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Vale do Lobo Resort
5.0 of 5 Resort   |   Estrada Vale do Lobo, Almancil 8135-864, Portugal   |  
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Ranked #5 of 17 Hotels in Almancil
Certificate of Excellence 2014
London
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Pure luxury!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2012

We had a great holiday at the Vale do Lobo. We had booked an appartment but on arrival we were upgraded to a 1 bedroom villa with roof terrace, sun deck and jacuzzi overlooking the golf course which is more than we could ever have wished for! I have never stayed somewhere so spacious and luxurious! The beach was quite far from our Villa so we had to order one of the Vale do Lobo minibuses to take us there and pick us up. The beach quite busy but nice and the water is warm. The restaurants at the Vale do Lobo are great. We played tennis a few times although this did get booked up during the most popular times (early morning/evening) so a couple of times we tried to play in the midday heat which probably wasn't the best idea. The most disappointing things were the gym, which lacked any good equipment and the fact that the supermarket shop on the resort was quite expensive and did not have a very varied range of food so you were limited to what you could buy if you did not eat out at a restaurant. We went as a couple but I think the Vale do Lobo would be great for families with young kids as well as there are many different activities they can get involved with. We hired a car one day to explore the Algarve and took a couple of recommendations from the staff at reception as to where we should drive to and I have to say I was a bit disappointed with the general area, it was very built up and touristy, so after that exploratory trip we stayed in the resort for the rest of the week which was much more relaxing and pleasant. I am sure there are nice places in the Algarve to visit but we just didn't find them. Therefore, if you are looking for a luxurious break, you like sports and beach activities, nice food and general luxury, I would recommend the Vale do Lobo but it is probably not the best place to get a real sense of Portugal.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Warwick, United Kingdom
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89 reviews 89 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2012

We have stayed at the resort each year for several years and never been disappointed. My wife and I only rent a standard 1-bedroom apartment for a few days each January but the overall standard of service cannot be faulted and all of the staff are courteous and helpful. There are cheaper places to stay but if you are visiting the Algarve in low season and want to be sure of staying somewhere that is not cold or damp and where reception/housekeeping will resolve any problems within minutes, this is a place to consider.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2011

This was our first time in Vale do Lobo and we will definitely be going back. Lots of fun and relaxation at your fingertips!

I loved VDL as it seems to have something for everyone, the main pool is lovely, the golf courses are brilliant, the grounds well maintained and staff are very friendly. Great place for all ages to enjoy. The Spa at the Golf club is a must!

There is a great buzz in the Praca area both day and night.

We rented Villa 989B - it was perfect, as close to heaven on earth you can get! We spent one week here, and loved every day of it!!!! 2 large size bedrooms over 3 floors, great pool, just across the road from the tennis centre and 10 min walk to the beach. It’s got AC throughout and three different terraces!!!!! The villa came with broadband and cable which was great for the Rugby World Cup games!!. The Jacuzzi and BBQ terrace on the top floor was amazing and made for some great nights in.

The Villa's owners are Members of the VDL Resort. This means that you can receive discounts for free transport around resort, activities including great discounts on the golf courses & free access to the pool, other discounts on shopping and even food and drink on the resort!!!

All in all I would def recommend VDL and villa 989B.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2011

This resort is as close to heaven on earth you can get!
We spent one week here, and loved every day of it!

Excellent apartments, pools, employes, and golf courses!!
Good restaurants and a magical beach!

But be sure to get the "RESORT CARD" or it will be very expensive...
This gives you 50% on the golf courses, free access to the pool, and much more!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2011

We will have been to VDL 12 times over the last 20 years staying at various places. We like it because it is of an excellent standard and is safe and private. The Praca is good although eating there is expensive for what you are getting! We generall head outside the area to some very good local retaurants towards Almancil and then go back and sit at the pancake place and listen to the live music. The beech is fine with plenty of space to lounge.

The last few times we have been we ave seen roadworks around the resort which seems to get completed very slowly. This year they had also just installed parking fee machines near the waterfront which seems a bit of a rip off.

A good palce to go if you are not on too much of a budget.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2011

Have been to Vale do Lobo year after year and always have lots of fun and relaxation!
Great place for all ages to enjoy - the golf courses are v.good, Barringtons also has a driving range.
The Spa at the Golf club is a must! just go and try it! v.relaxing
If you fancy splashing out on a very nice meal try the Alambique it will not disappoint! Equally the pizzeria in Quinta shopping is perfect for a pizza and beer
We rented Villa 910 - it was perfect, 3 lovely size bedrooms, great pool, just across the road from the tennis center and 10 min walk to the beach - would def recommend it. Its got AC throughout even marble floors. The plunge pool and BBQ made for some great nights in.
All in all would def recommend VDL and villa 910

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2008

Had another fantastic week at the Vale Do Lobo, have been several times over the last few years and yes there has been alot of building work but alot is now finished. We went in september this time (usually go May/June) but what we have noticed over the last couple of years is even out of season has become quite busy which is good as it means more of the resort facilities are open.
I love the VDL as it seems to have something for everyone, the main pool is lovely, the grounds well maintained and staff are very friendly.
If you go I would advise you hire a car and get out and see some of the Algarve as it is beautiful.
Looking forward to next year...........

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  • Stayed September 2008, 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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Address: Estrada Vale do Lobo, Almancil 8135-864, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Almancil
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Almancil
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Almancil
#3 Spa Hotel in Almancil
#3 Luxury Hotel in Almancil
#4 Family Hotel in Almancil
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Vale do Lobo Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 100
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Vale do Lobo Golf & Beach Resort offers a unique concept in luxury living. 1,500 residential and holiday properties, makes it the largest luxury resort of its kind in Portugal with endless facilities and services in a unique location in the Algarve ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Vale Do Lobo Hotel Almancil
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Vale Do Lobo Resort Portugal/Algarve - Almancil

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