We were travelling with other family members and had booked 3 x 1 bed apartments six months in advance on a half board basis (for convenience). We requested quiet rooms located near to each other. I contacted Alvorferias in advance of our stay as one of our group is coeliac, a prompt reply was received advising 'we are not prepared for this type of diet and do NOT cater for any special meals'. After receiving this information I carried out some research and found a great website that does 'foreign food cards' www.celiactravel.com and printed out the 'catering request letter' which I had translated into Portugese using Google + printed out restaurant cards in Portugese. I also found out that Pingo Dolce do 'Sem Gluten' products and when we visited here, we showed them the letter and they showed us to the correct section.
Upon arrival we were allocated rooms in 3 different blocks a distance apart from each other (reception side), requests cannot be guaranteed and we were all happy with the apartments we were allocated. 2418 - 2620 - 2674 (pictures are of 2674). We found the bed not the most comfortable but probably because we are used to memory foam!
For our first evening meal we were greeted by a friendly staff member and he read the letter, talked with the chef and discussed the menu with the person who is coeliac. So so helpful and reassuring, Cristiano looked after us throughout our holiday and is a credit to Alvorferias, he made our holiday with regards to dining much easier. The food is superb, you have a half board menu to chose from with a selection of fish - grills - pasta and includes 'starter, salad, main course & desert'. The food was cooked fresh, sometimes a wait if busier but that is to be expected. Would recommend half board. The breakfast was self service cereals/toast/tea (coffee not so good) and you order your cooked breakfast. The girls on breakfast very helpful and friendly.
The pool area near to reception is busier and kids jumping of the bridge, parents/staff do need to stop this happening as it is an accident waiting to happen. Warning signs are in place though.The snack bar is good & toasties yummy. Happy hour on beer 7pm-8pm 1.50euro 40cl. Otherwise 3 euro, the red wine is nice & 2.50 for approx 250ml. BBQ night on a Tuesday is nice and the food good.
The bar and pool over the footbridge are quieter and more relaxed, we ventured over this side more (drinks slightly cheaper?). Sunbed mats 1 euro each & worth it for comfort. Pool lovely temperature. Weather most days was 25 - 30c.
The town is a 10 minute walk away with a selection of bars/restaurants & shops.
The beach is about 15 minute walk, go to the left hand side of the beach and explore the caves and rock pools, lovely chilled out beach with some nice beach cafes.
The bar on site is reasonably priced and happy hour for beer is 8pm - 10pm. Ricardo is fantastic. Entertainment is varied between live music/karaoke/disco. We sat outside most nights and listened from a distance.
If you want air con, you pay a 30 euro deposit for the remote & safety deposit box is 10 euro for a week with a refundable deposit of 15 euro.
All in all a great week away with family, we hired a mpv and travelled to several sites, places worth a visit are: Sand Sculptures - Silves castle - Lagos - Monchique + Foia (highest point) + Praia da luz to name a few.
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- Alvorferias Apartments
- Clube Alvorferias Alvor
- Alvorferias Portugal