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“Great holiday” 4 of 5 stars
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Prado Villas
3.0 of 5 Resort   |   Volta Da Manha, Vilamoura 8125-404, Portugal   |  
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Ranked #20 of 36 Hotels in Vilamoura
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2007

We returned today from a weeks holiday in Prado Villas. I would describe this holiday as short but sweet.
The pool was great as it had sun beds, parasols and a shower. Most days there was only us and a few other people. The only downside for me was that it wasn't heated. I think that most people would prefer it like that, but it wasn't for me!
AND it took us 2 hours to find! It only should have taken 1/2 an hour. When you enter Villamoura look for Prado golf, i think its on your left! We asked the lady at reception and she gave us directions. If your really stuck then ask for the Hilton Hotel as it is near that.
We were disappointed as it did not have a bar where you could buy ice-creams or drinks from.
Taxis are cheap to go in and out of town from, but I would recommend hiring a car.
The harbour is beautiful, It is heaving with shops and Restraunts, something to suit everyone!

All in all I think that it was a FAB holiday which was highly recommended.

  • Liked — The Pool
  • Disliked — That there was no bar
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Cleanliness
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Shropshire, England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2007

We hired a car and drove from Faro Airport which is 25 minutes away down the N125. Our villa was ready at 11am so we were lucky and got to check in early.

The complex has 18 or so individual villas. Our Villa was number 7, Villa violetta which has it's sun terrace / patio directly opposite the pool.

The centre point and main feature of Prado Villas is the pool area. Surrounded by a wide and paved sun terrace, with both flat and sit up style moulded sun loungers.

A medium sized non heated pool is perfect for taking the edge off that very hot Portugeuse sun. We went in every day either at the beginning or end of the day. The kids loved the pool!

There is great news here, there is no 7am scramble to get towels out! Everyone uses the pool and the beds sensibly so there was no need.

There is a maid service twice a week and you can hire a safe deposit box from reception which is open every day until 6pm.

The Bar / bistro was not open for the two weeks we were there. This did not really cause a problem as each villa has a fridge to keep your drinks and ice creams to sustain pool activity when you are there.

We ate in at our villa a couple of times in the evening, there are good facilities in the villa for preparing and serving your own meals.

The centre of Vilamoura is just a 5 minute drive away (a good 25 minute walk). There are numerous restaurants of all denominations but be warned, you will have to hunt around for bargains as most of them are expensive when compared with Spain or Cyprus for example.

Prado Villas is nice and peaceful, we would go back and would recommend it to anyone with pre teenage kids.

  • Liked — Quiet unhurried life style
  • Disliked — No air conditioning in villas
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2007

Returned from a wk in Villamoura. We had a fantastic holiday! Stayed at the Prado Villas which was a perfect base. Yes the villas were dated but extremely clean, although our bed linen wasn't changed. Would recommend hiring a car as we drove to the Marina most nights and did not pay a penny for parking! We also drove to Vale Do Lobo and Quinta de Lago which were very easy to find from Villamoura. The grounds and pool at Prado Villas are immaculate and perfect to relax in if you don't fancy the beach! It would have been perfect had the bar have been open, and there were not really any great restaurants nearby, you have to go down to the Marina for those! The Hilton has just opened, dinner was delicious! Fairly difficult to find as signs to Prado Villas in Villamoura are fairly limited! Perfect for those who are not bothered about the dated look of the bathrooms or the fact that the TV only has four channels!!

  • Liked — Gardens and pool were superb
  • Disliked — Pool bar would have been nice!
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Oldham, Lancs
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2007

Just arrived back from a relaxing break at the Prado Villas. The accomodation was a spacious 2 bed villa that was very clean and well equipped, although a little dated. The surrounding gardens and the pool area was lovely. The location of the villas is a tranquil getaway that backs onto a golf course and woodland.
I would recommend a car if staying at these villas as the centre of Vilamoura is about a 40 min walk. The marina at Vilamoura is lovely with some good restaurants that are not too pricey. The only negative part about the holiday is that we found the Villas a little difficult to find as they are not clearly sign posted. Otherwise we had a great holiday, that was excellent value for money. We will be returning soon.

Stayed June 2007
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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2007

I stayed here with my husband for the first two weeks of June 2007. We had read all the reviews on Trip Advisor and I'm happy to admit they are all true! We rented a car from Faro airport and drove to the Villas - they're about a 20 minute drive from the airport. The directions are quite good, however when you reach the last round-a-bout (near new Hilton Hotel) and they tell you to go up the road and take a right, you actually take the first left!

On arrival the receptionist was very pleasant and polite. She gave us an information booklet of the area and showed us to our villas straight away even though we were a couple of hours early. There's parking up beside each of the villas. From the outside the villas look a little bit grotty (but they just need a fresh coat of paint), once you open the patio door from the living room you don't mind though! Our villa was looking straight out onto well maintained gardens and a gorgeous pool that was kept spotless. There are only about 18 bungalows in the complex and they all look out onto either the gardens or the pool. They all have two large bedrooms (one with ensuite), a patio, a large living/dining area a decent size bathroom, a fully equipped kitchen and a utility room!
The decor of the villas is very oldfashioned and the tiles in the bathroom were horrible!! However, once it's clean (and it was) i didn't mind too much.

Again, the staff were very helpful. At one stage the bulb in our patio light blew and we went down to reception to ask for a replacement. By the time we walked back to the villa (2-3 mins) the bulb had been replaced!

The villas are about a 25 minute walk to the marina. We rented a car which I found very handy but it's not a bad walk if you don't have one. You'd really need to walk to the marina to get nice restaurants (although once the Hilton opens - which is very close - there'll be restaurants there), but there are little snack bars around the area.

The reception was only open from 9am -1pm and 2pm - 6pm, however i didn't really find this a problem as I didn't have much need to contact reception.

I felt the only drawback to these villas was the lack of a bar or restaurant on the premises. There sister villas (Prado golf) are about a 5 minute drive away and they give you a voucher for a free bottle of wine if you have dinner there....however I wouldn't reccommend it!

Overall, had a great time in these villas and will definitely go back.

Stayed June 2007
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2007

We have just returned from a wonderful holiday at prado villas. On arrival our villa was immaculate with all the facilities you would expect. The kitchen was fully equipped with cooker, fridge, toaster, kettle and microwave. We had 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. During our stay the villa was kept very clean and tidy with towels being changed, bins emptied and bathrooma being cleaned. We did have a plumbing problem but it was dealt with immediately. The staff were very pleasant and helpful. Nothing seemed like too much trouble. Being a cat lover, my stay was made complete by the resident cat who visited us most days. I would certainly recommend this accommodation to anyone considering booking a holiday in the Algarve. I do not believe you would find better for the money we paid. I would return tomorrow if possible.

  • Liked — cleanliness, tranquility, friendly staff
  • Disliked — not applicable
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2007

Excellent holiday! Accomodation is extremely clean, and the area espeshially at night is very quiet with lots of birds. A lovely swimming pool and about 25 minutes walk to the nearest town Villamoura of which has two wonderful beaches and a Marina surrounded with restaurants selling traditional food and Mcdonalds and Pizza Hut. Lovely place.

  • Liked — Tranquility
  • Disliked — No reception after 18.00 till 9 o'clock the next morning.
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Volta Da Manha, Vilamoura 8125-404, Portugal
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Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Vilamoura
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Swimming Pool
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#6 Top resorts Hotel in Vilamoura
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Prado Villas 3*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Prado Villas is a small, private development of 18 well appointed two bedroom linked villas, ideal for those seeking a self catering holiday in Vilamoura. The villas are set out in extensive grounds, with the communal swimming pool (unheated) and its large terrace area at the heart of the complex and framed by landscaped gardens. With only 18 villas, guests are ensured that their stay will be quiet, relaxed and free from the noise and disruptions of larger resorts. Located at the end of a cul de sac and bordering the 13th Fairway of the Old Course the tranquility of Prado Villas is retained even in the busier summer months. Each villa offers:•2 spacious bedrooms with twin beds with fitted wardrobes and drawers•One en suite shower room and a separate bathroom with a bath/shower, bidet, toilet & sink•A well equipped kitchen including oven, hob, fridge/freezer, kettle, crockery and utensils•A generous open plan lounge/dining room with defined areas including dining table and chairs and relaxed seating•A private sun terrace through sliding doors from the lounge, with table and chairs. Additional features include:•Satellite TV•A safety deposit box (2 euros per day)•Full length mirrors in the bedrooms•Hair drier•Ironing board and iron•Shutters on the windows•Maid service is twice a week, change of towels mid week (pool/beach towels are not provided), change of linen (more than 7 nights). Our friendly reception team will endeavour to ensure your stay is as enjoyable as possible and are able to assist with all requests including:•Booking airport transfers•Booking taxis, car hire and bicycle hire•Booking of green fees across the Algarve with up to a 30% discount•Organisation of excursions•Local information, advice and assistance. Within walking distance or a short drive away:•Falesia Beach and the Marina (Central Vilamoura)•Old Course, Pinhal, Laguna & Millennium Golf Courses•Brown’s Sports & Leisure Centre (promotional rates available)•Health Spa•Family Golf Park (Mini Golf)•Lawn Bowling•Horse riding•Nature Reserve•Water Sports & boat trips. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Prado Villas Hotel Vilamoura
Prado Hotel Vilamoura
Prado Resort Vilamoura
Prado Villas Vilamoura, Portugal - Algarve

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