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“Just avoid peak season, and have a great experience” 5 of 5 stars
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Zmar Eco Campo
3.0 of 5 Cabin/Campground   |   Herdade a-De-Mateus, S. Salvador | Odemira, Zambujeira do Mar, Odemira 7630, Portugal   |  
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Cascais, Portugal
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“Just avoid peak season, and have a great experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2012

Great vacations, it was in may, it was not high season, so it wasn't too much crowd neither the whether was too hot.
Great environment, nice swimingpool, lot's of activities for the kids, and is located in one of the most beautiful regions of the country.
Just avoid peak season, and have a great experience

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Marcela D, Public Relations Manager at Zmar Eco Campo, responded to this review, September 20, 2013
Good Morning Daniel,

We thank you for the great review you left on our Trip Advisor webage. Your contribution is very important to us.

We thank you also for your kind words, as they are very gratifying and motivating to all our team.

We hope to see you again soon.

Best,
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Bournemouth
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2012

Basically, we don`t want to talk about it...but here it goes. We could write a book entitled "Things that are wrong with Zmar" however, here is a shortlist of issues!- Advertised as an Eco Resort however, VERY questionable eco-values.- No public transport links to anywhere, means hefty taxi fares and encourages use of cars.- Unnecessary and contradictory motor racing paraphernalia?!- 3 years since opening and still a building site.- Very poor and inefficient use of land.- More rules than pitches!- Interested only in money-making and exclusivity rather than eco-friendly ethics e.g. swanky wrist bands imported from the US, and overuse of plastic, rechargeable Zmar cards - only acceptable payment method.- And, most of all, EVERYTHING began with a Z! Zinfo, Zbar, Zlounge, Zswimming Zpool....Zunecessary

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Marcela D, Guest Relations Manager at Zmar Eco Campo, responded to this review, May 14, 2012
Dear Sir,

Thank you for all your feedback on Trip Advisor and on our Satisfaction Survey. All your observations are very important to us and to continuously improve our services at Zmar.

However, I would like to make some observations myself:

- 'we don't want to talk about it... but here goes' - there is no shame in admitting you want to talk about your experience, and we give you that choice because our client's opninions is very important to us and is valued in our company.

- When you mention 'VERY questionable eco-values', I must inform you that we are certifed as Eco-Hotel by TUV Rheinland. TUV Rheinland is a German Company that manages certifications and they take it very seriously. They have been accompanying Zmar since its construction, and everything that is ecology and sustainabuility was accomplished by the book. We have even been awarded 8 times Nationally and Internationally on our innovative concept, sustainability and as an example to be followed in terms of Tourism and how Tourism is practiced in the 21st century: with environmental conscious. What I can say is that perhaps Zmar is not for everyone: in my opinion, it is for the brave young open minds of the future, who care about the Planet and about our future generation. Maybe I would advise you to find a Resort in Acapulco, Mexico: it is all hard construction and palm trees. I think that would be a better fit for you.

- Also, the wrist brands are from a portuguese company. Where did you get the information that they were imported from the US? Why even post that, when clearly, you are misinformed? I also must refer that all our outdoor furniture is made out of recycled plastic, that was collected from eco-cointaners all around Portugal. It's about 400.000 tons of plastic that we prevented from going to a landfill;

- When you mention the motor racing, I also must inform you that our employees are not allowed to use cars inside Zmar. They have electric cars equipped with solar panels, or motorbikes that are environmentally-friendly (also electric).

- Everything begins with a Z, and our clients find it lovely! Zbar, Zinfo, Zpa...

I am sorry you did not enjoy your stay at Zmar, and our client's opinion is very improtant to us, as I mentioned before.

Thank you, and I wish you all the best,
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Lima
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2012

Not the type of person who camps or stays at camping parks every holiday, but this place is seriously an unique experience. You can opt to take your caravan, tent, or stay on their own rooms which was what I did!
Family or couple mode, the place is cleaner than my own house. Beds and sheets have an amazing quality, that most places don't have.
There's an infinity of activities to do, the restaurant is perfect and the food is from another world!!!!
Most beautiful beaches of the world are just around.
The staff is amazing!!

Room Tip: any room...but if you're going with family choose a Zvilla by the lake. Always ask for a room th...
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Marcela D, Gerente de relações públicas at Zmar Eco Campo, responded to this review, September 23, 2013
Dear Marta,

We thank you for your positive review on our Trip Advisor webpage. Your contribution is very important to us, and to the continuous improvement of our services.

Your kind words are very gratifying for all of Zmar's Ztaff.

We look forward to having you stay with us again soon.

Best,
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Cascais, Portugal
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2012

I truly loved my stay at Zmar and will go back for sure. What stroke me the most was the ecological concern present throughout the resort. Staff was also very nice, respectful and informed. The food was great, specially the pizzas made right in front of you :)! The outdoor activities and the fantastic beaches close by also make it perfect for a family vacation.
The atmosphere you feel at Zmar is definitely special and I really recommend a stay at this place.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Marcela D, Public Relations Manager at Zmar Eco Campo, responded to this review, September 23, 2013
Dear Diana,

We thank you for your great review on our Trip Advisor webpage. Your contribution is very important to us, and your kind words are very motivating.

We look forward to having you stay with us again soon.

Best,
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Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2012

Zmar offers you a very complete experience! You can chose to stay in the resort and enjoy a variety of wonderful experiences! Or you can go to the beach just 10 minutes away.
it is well suited for all types of vacation, with family, friends, romantic and even team building events!
A great service, an awesome vibe!!Looking forward for the next visit!!!

Room Tip: I picked a ZMOVEL and I really enjoyed it! A 5 star experience!
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  • Stayed May 2011, 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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Marcela D, Public Relations Manager at Zmar Eco Campo, responded to this review, September 23, 2013
Dear Filipa,

Thank you for your review on our Trip Advisor webpage. Your contribution is very important to us.

We thank you as well for your kind words, as they are very gratifying and motivating to all of Zmar's Ztaff.

We look forward to having you stay with us again soon.

Best,
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3 hotel reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2012

Zmar is the perfect way to explore holidays in Portugal. The location together with the smartness and uniqueness of the facilities make it The Spot to spend unforgettable moments be them social or romantic. I highly recommend it not only to Portuguese people looking for different options in their country as well as foreigners visiting Portugal and wanting to see the best of our country! Beyond this, it is a place that combines the best of nature (wilderness, sea, beaches) in one location only, and equally unique during the Summer or Winter.

  • Stayed August 2011, 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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Marcela D, Public Relations Manager at Zmar Eco Campo, responded to this review, September 23, 2013
Dear Sofia,

We thank you for your positive feedback on our Trip Advisor webpage. Your contribution is very important to us.

We thank you as well for your kind words, as they are very motivating for all of Zmar's Ztaff.

We look forward to having you stay with us again soon.

Best,
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2012 via mobile

many activities and thing to do! People are very nice and atentive. The food if great with variety too. It is very close to the beach and smack in the middle of nature! A must go in my book!

  • Stayed July 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Marcela D, Public Relations Manager at Zmar Eco Campo, responded to this review, September 23, 2013
Dear Joao,

Thank you for your review on our Trip Advisor webpage. Your contribution is very important to us, and to the continuous improvement of our services.

We thank you also for your kind words, as they are very gratifying and motivating to all our Ztaff.

We look forward to having you stay with us again soon.

Best,
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Address: Herdade a-De-Mateus, S. Salvador | Odemira, Zambujeira do Mar, Odemira 7630, Portugal
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Location: Portugal > Alentejo > Beja District > Odemira > Zambujeira do Mar
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 5 Specialty lodging in Zambujeira do Mar
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Zmar Eco Campo 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Zmar Eco Campo is a unique destination, awarded for its innovative concept, its ecological initiatives, and sustainability. Located in the South West Coast of Portugal, Alentejo, near the most beautiful beaches in the country, it's 81 hectares in the famous unspoilt <>, near Zambujeira do Mar and Vila-Nova de Milfontes, perfect for a weekend get-away, holidays or even long-term residences. An original family place, unique in its surrounding landscape, in its ecological awareness, in its wide range of modern and fully equipped facilities, with numerous activities and wooden accommodations, for resting and fun, in Harmony with Nature. Equipped with a Water Park (Outdoor 100 m Swimming Pool, Children's Swimming Pool, Indoor Swimming Pool w/ Waves), a Spa w/ Hydromassage Pool,Jacuzzi, Sauna and Turkish Bath, Bar & Restaurant, Kidz' House & Playground, Conference Rooms and Events Tent. ... more   less 
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