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“Fantastic stay at Vila da Praia apts” 5 of 5 stars
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Alvor, Portimao, Portugal   |  
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Ranked #7 of 26 hotels in Alvor
leamington Spa
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“Fantastic stay at Vila da Praia apts”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

Just back from 10 fantastic days in Alvor. This is the first time we have stayed in this resort, and was not disappointed,lovely harbour and town,days were spent on the magnificent beach or traveling around and most nights visiting Cactus 11 bar,a gem of a place ,thanks Mark and staff from Mr & Mrs ROYAL Leamington Spa!! The apartment we booked was from holiday rentals.com (1016648) it was on the second floor overlooking the sea and the balcony had the sun all day. the flat had everything you needed (apart from a kettle!) and was very clean and well furnished. the complex is very quiet and secure, the most we saw around the pool was 6 people! just a very short walk from Vila da Praia you will find Dunas complex where they have bars and resurants and a supermarket. will definitely visit again and can highly recommend this apartment and complex and resort.

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  • Stayed September 2012, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2012

This was our first family holiday abroad with 2 children (aged 5 and 2) so we were initially nervous about booking a rental accommodation (instead of the usual package deals). We need not have worried...from the initial communication with Gary it instilled us with confidence that things would go smoothly.
Gary met us at the complex when we arrived and showed us round the apartment. We we were very impressed with what was going to be our home for next 11 nights. The kids were especially pleased with the large box of beach/pool toys that we could use for the duration. The apartment was spacious, clean and there was nothing that we could have wanted for. The TV had Sky (all important for the CBeebies channel). The location of the complex is ideal, just a short walk from both the beach and the centre of Alvor. Can also recommend (as other reviews have mentioned) the 2 bars at the nearby Dunas Complex are very well priced. Couple of minutes walk further and there is a good supermarket that stocks all the essentials. The complex itself is securely gated and there is no noise in the evenings to disturb a good nights sleep.
We made good use of the kitchen, the dishwasher and washing machine were particularly useful.
In summary, an excellent apartment, ideally located in lovely Alvor. We had never been to Portugal before but we will definitely be returning and Trina and Gary's apartment will be at the top of our list.

Room Tip: Apartment 41477, 2 bedroom ground floor apartment is ideal for families.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2012

vila da praia is ideally positioned, unspoilt view to the sea, lovely pool, even had a lifeguard!
Rented te apartment from Trina & Gary, it was very clean with all the mod cons, ideally positioned with the evening sun blazing into our balcony, fab way to start our evening with an aperitif before going out! Centre of Alvor 3 min walk away, very quiet, no rowdy teenager parties, ideal family complex. we will be back :)

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2012

have been to alvor many times staying at various places. This has to be one of our best.For a start it is in a prime location[5 mins to centre] between 5 n 10 mins to beach depending how fast you walk]and best of all abt 2 mins to dunas complex where you have chill out and cactus bars.Stayed in 2 bed apt 1 on suite with seperate bathroom outside 2nd bedroom.KITCHEN well stocked with everything you could want.Pool area average size with toddler and main pool.Was quiet when we were there as was alvor itself[last week of may]Complex is gated with cctv.Give it a try I dont think you will be dissapointed.PS.it is managed by gary and triona bergin]Some others you may want to consider close to centre are dunas/ clube alvor ria and alvormar which look well from outside with the new paint job.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2012

I love Alvor and this is the third time I've been and I have to say that this is my favourite complex.
Our apartment is owned by Trina and Gary who were really friendly and informative. They own several apartments on the complex.
Our one was on the first floor overlooking the pool and it was absolutely gorgeous! The apartment was spotless on arrival, spacious and beautifully furnished. The kitchen was well equipped and the balcony was large with good views. The kids were absolutely thrilled! The whole complex was very quiet (just what we like) and immaculate! It was also gated and extremely safe for the kids. The weather was unusually 'British' for the Algarve for this time of year so the unheated pool was too cold to swim in but lovely to sunbathe around when the sun did come out.
Alvor harbour and town centre are 5 minutes walk away with a food lovers paradise of scrummy fish restaurants in particular, bars and boutiques.
The beach is also 5 minutes walk away and if you like the sheltered, rocky coves another 15 minutes walk along the wet sand. Very beautiful and also some lovely beach side bars and restaurants here.
The next apartment block - Dunas has a selction of bars, snack restaurants and shops. You have to pay a visit to the Cactos Bar! 1 Euro for a large beer! And cocktail happy hour every day! The snacks are also yummy, football coverage if required and superb entertainment! The owners are very friendly and take the time to get to know you all.
I would return to these apartments and would recommend Gary and Trina's apartments!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2011

Booked through holiday rentals again - 2nd year running here. Complex gated so secure and clean. Grounds well looked after and lifts or stairs to first and second floor apartments. One larger pool used by adults and children alike, sometimes inflatables and balls brought in but usually possible to get time for just a swim too. Smaller childrens pool too. Plenty of sun loungers usually, all free of charge. Pool area monitored and kept clean. No reception or bar/snack bar on site but excellent location. Snack bars and bar just round corner with excellent minimarket selling good range of products and fresh bread etc too. 5 to 10 minutes or so walk to beautiful uncrowded beach or other way along river front into town. Many excellent restaurants, variety of cuisine and children welcome and well catered for. Family and couple type place mainly, are bars too but not a resort for louts. Easy access to surrounding places in Algarve by public transport or hire car. Apartment we visited was clean and well equiped with balconies overlooking pool where we ate and hung washing. Would love to go back.

Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2009

Having read the one and only review for these apartments we decided to go ahead and book as we were able to book for five days only [not in high season] and they seemed ideal. We were not disappointed ! everything in the previous review was true ,Fully equiped kitchen[bring a couple of dishwasher tabs/washing machine tabs if you want to use these facilities] spacious,modern decor and spotlessly clean. We would certainly stay here again if we were to return and have to say that Alvor was much nicer than other parts of the Algarve. If you want an extra special meal we would recommend The Captains Table just alittle way from the harbour.
We would also say "thank you" to Trina and Gary who manage several apartments here for their help.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: Alvor, Portimao, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Portimao > Alvor
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Ranked #7 of 26 hotels in Alvor
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