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“Privately Owned - Not a 'holidaycamp'” 5 of 5 stars
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Vila Marachique
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Urbanizacao Vila Marachique, Alvor, Portimao 8500, Portugal   |  
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Ranked #8 of 26 Hotels in Alvor
Paisley, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Privately Owned - Not a 'holidaycamp'”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2012

Having read some negative reviews, I would like to take this opportunity to inform you that Vila Marachique is a private residential complex. The pool bar/cafe is excellent the facilities provided are exactly what the owners of the properties want.

There is no entertainment as it's not a tour operated complex.

The owners want to retain the 4* plus surroundings in tranquil, relaxed and safe surroundings the pleases the majority of families and couples who reside or rent.

In summary if you’re looking for a holiday with karaoke, television and entertainment at the pool - book a package holiday!!!!

  • 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 Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Worthing, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2011

Apartment was overlooking the fabulous pool and gardens. Pool for the children was excellent - baby pool for the very young and larger pool for us 'oldens' and the teenagers. Pool bar run by tony and his team who offer excellent bar meals for lunch and cold drinks. Situated on the outskirts of alvor so quite a walk to alvor town and beach but we had a car, so not a problem for us. Great choice of restaurants and beaches are beautiful coves or long sandy beaches. First time we have visited Potugal and would seriously consider coming back to this lovely complex! 9 out of 10 in my opinion for the money

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
1 review
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2011

This was our first visit to Vila Marachique and indeed to Portugal.We will definately be returning.The complex is fantastic.The swimming pool is larger than most hotels I would say,and there is a completely seperate pool for the little ones.It is well kept and cleaned every morning.There are plenty of sunbeds around the pool.The pool is also surrounded by a huge grassed area with several large Palm trees(if you fancy a bit if the shade).There are sperate areas for a childrens playground,volley ball and football.This whole area is gated off which makes it extra safe for the kids.
Prior to going I had read mixed reports about the pool bar.This has now been taken over by owner residents Tony and Jane.The have put a great deal of effort into transforming this area and is a great place to relax and have a drink/bite to eat.This area is open from 9am to 8pm and offers a good choice of food and drink at very reasonable prices.The staff are extremely friendly and nothing is too much trouble.In addition to running the pool bar they can provide welcome packs,picnics for the beach etc.
We stayed in a one bed appartment which easily accomodated our family of four.
The complex itself is located about 20 minutes walk from the centre of Alvor.Having said that it is downhill from the complex and a taxi back at the end of the night is no more than four euros.The walk to the beach is slightly longer but the quickest route we found was to turn left by the creche(yellow and blue building as you go down) and then just follow the road down.There is also a locally run shop just down from the creche on this road which provides all the basics.The larger supermarkets being in Alvor.
There are a large number of restaurants and bars to choose from.There are also two restaurants directly opposite the complex if you dont want to walk into town.If you fancy a cheap beer then Chill out Bar does a pint for a euro and amazing toasties.This is located opposite the school at the back of the Ali Super.
There is good water park called Slide and Splash which is worth a visit.The bus journey takes over an hour.We booked a taxi for 19 euros each way and takes about 25 mins.Each to their own but we preferred this as it gave us more time in the park and less travelling.
All in all a great holiday,met some lovely families and well worth a visit if your thinking about going.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Lisbon, Portugal
Top Contributor
130 reviews 130 reviews
21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2011

i've stayed at vila marachique for several years now. usually for 2 weeks in the summer.
it's not in the center of alvor but it's a 15 minutes walk to all the restaurants, bars, banks, supermarket, etc. alvor is not to big anyway. to the wonderful beach of alvor is a 25 minutes walking..
the apartments are comfortable and clean. the pool area is great. nice big pool and well preserved gardens. parking is easy.
it must be great for families with children.
the vila marachique is 5 km to portimão. you can use a bus to town.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Bolton, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2011

First time we have stayed at this complex and we were thoroughly pleased with everything there. The apartment we had was beautiful and the complexc itself was extremely well kept and the pool and gardens fantastic. Slight comment on distance out of Alvor was a bit further than we were led to believe but we still walked it each way every evening and also walked it to the beach a few times. Will definitely go again!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Pontypridd, United Kingdom
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216 reviews 216 reviews
158 hotel reviews
Reviews in 162 cities Reviews in 162 cities
291 helpful votes 291 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2010

Very large complex with eight blocks of apartments some would be 200 metres away from the pool. It would be unfair to generalise and label all accommodation the same as it seems each is individually owned so quality of furnishings, comprehensiveness of equipment and cleanliness etc would be different. Because there are so many apartments, you would probably have to rely on individual comments or recommendations. As mentioned, some apartments would be near the pool, others further away. The pool area is completely fenced off with pass key access to only allow residents. A good thing perhaps but annoying for families who might want to visit the area separately. Also with so many apartments some face the pool others do not. And opting for a pool facing one may mean you don’t get the sun on your balcony at all whereas some facing away from the pool could have sunny balconies. Or not. It’s all a bit hit and miss unless you know to ask these questions of an owner. Our apartment overlooked the pool 100 metres away but never saw the sun on the balcony. The complex is a good 30 mins walk into the town centre. 45 mins from the beach. The nearest shop 15 mins walk away tucked behind another complex a few hundred metres down the road and on the opposite side. Difficult to find even by car. Nearest restaurant is opposite and another two a few hundred metres by turning right out of the complex away from the town centre. Nothing on the complex open, no shop or restaurant. The complex is very well kept and quiet but overall felt a little isolated even more so if you didn’t have a car for ease of access.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Birr, Ireland
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2010

We stayed in apartment 113 in lote 5 for 10 nights in August. The apartment and complex was so clean and safe. The apartment had everything you needed for a family holiday even a small cool box which was so handy. The complex itself was perfect, the staff very helpful and plenty of green areas for the kids to play (our children are 12 and 8). They were allowed to play in the pool ie. jumping, diving, etc. you just are not allowed any inflatables or balls in the pool but these are allowed in the pool for younger children.
There were lots of families with different age groups and the kids all played together, rounders, football, etc. The pool table at the bar was a great addidtion with all the kids having their own tournaments. I would have no hesitation in reccommending this apartment which we booked through holiday lettings or the complex. It is a 15 minute stroll to the town and 4 euros in a taxi ,so a great location.

  • Stayed August 2010, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Urbanizacao Vila Marachique, Alvor, Portimao 8500, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Portimao > Alvor
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Alvor
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Alvor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Vila Marachique 3*
Number of rooms: 32
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