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“Home from home,with better weather!” 5 of 5 stars
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Vila Vita Parc Resort & Spa
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Rua Anneliese Pohl | Alporchinhos, Porches 8400-450, Portugal   |  
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Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Porches
London, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Home from home,with better weather!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2012

We have just returned from our second visit to this hotel. The welcome we received at check in was amazing. Ariana on reception has a wonderful smile and you just feel as if you have returned to your second home. The staff are really committed to providing the best possible service. I would say it is the friendliest hotel I have stayed in and I have stayed in a fair few! We found the Aladin restaurant to be very good, we didn't try them all, prefering to eat in town. Breakfast superb, room spotless, grounds and pools well kept. All in all a jewel in the Algave. We will be returning, thank you Vila Vita!

Room Tip: Rooms in main building are lovely.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Surbiton, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2012

Main reasons:
- only one pool heated
- tiles around swimming pool area are very slippery - impossible for a newly walking toddler
- beaches down very steep steps
- restaurants are not all open every night - and no advance warning of which are shut. On one night 3 restaurants open - 2 of which did not accept children under 6
- some bedrooms have steps in the room making something else to be looking out for

Stay at Martinall

If you haven’t got toddlers the hotel would work – excellent service and food and nice facilities.

Other points to note – hotel not really Porches – nearest town was apartment/tower blocks and largely all closed in May.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Long Island, NY
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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2012

We stayed at the Vila Vita Parc for several days in May 2012 because our daughter was getting married there. What an excellent resort! Beautiful rooms and property, a secluded beach at the bottom of the cliff, pools kept sparkling clean and at the perfect temperature, and a great breakfast buffet to start each day.

The staff at the hotel speak numerous languages and do everything possible to help you. My brother in law got sick while we were there, so the front desk arranged for a doctor to visit him at the hotel and provide the prescriptions he needed. Now that is great service!

  • Stayed May 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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Kildare
2 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2012

We celebrated our wedding here, last June. In a word it was a fairytale. Helena, Diana and the team put their heart and sole into making our day the fairytale that it was. Both our families said they never wittnessed anything like Vila Vita, from the surronding, food, service and of course the team that make Vila Vita the dream location. Our guests said they were never at a wedding like ours and are still talking (nearly a year later) about our day. It truely is like a fantasy island. In my opinion i have never been in a hotel like it and feel so fortunate to have had our special day there. To Helena, Diana and the team: You went above and beyond our expectations for our special day, you treated us and our guests (who travelled from Ireland) feel like royalty for the day. Thank you so much and we hope to see you soon.

  • 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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Blackpool
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31 hotel reviews
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2012

My partner and I stayed at the Vila Vita for a short spring break, upon arrival we were greeting by a charming young man called Francesco, who personally showed us to our room and explained to us the dining options available during our stay. The room was spacious with a small sitting area containing a sofa and table and chairs, the drinking glasses provided were lovely not the usual "tooth" ones from the bathroom ! the patio doors opened onto a beautiful seating area with comfy wicker lounger chairs overlooking the fantastic grounds and the fountain. We had breakfast in the "adults only" dining room overlooking the sea. The service is impeccable and the food is very well presented, with hot choices being served by the staff. The whole holiday experience is exceptional, we will definitely return very soon.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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london
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37 reviews 37 reviews
24 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2012

'Welcome Home!' says the Vila Vita sign a few kilometers from the hotel as you leave the autoroute - and after three stays, it really does feel like home. I've had reservations about Vila Vita, but it's grown on me.

First - location - secluded, in large, mature, beautifully landscaped grounds with a semi-private beach. The main hotel is also built to a superb standard - solid, with lovely detailing and furnishings, more like a converted palace than the usual 5* - absolutely stunning.

Then, service - excellent. And a superb breakfast - the hotel is German owned, by a small group, and the breakfast is more like a top class Swiss or German breakfast, with lovely fresh breads and cold meats as well as everything lese you'd expect.

A decent sized heated pool and plenty of pool towels for pools and beach without having to beg for them as in so many other places, along with a decent gym and spa complete the picture.

Vila Vita's accommodation is in four parts. Avoid the mini-villas which are outside the grounds and when we stayed were a bit '80s dated. The Oasis Parc, which are two storey runs of suites are also a way from the main building and was again not fully modernised when we stayed late last year - views can also be limited. There is a group of rooms in the gardens overlooking the sea, which is children-free and has its own breakfast area. Our favourite, however, is the main hotel, where the rooms are lovely, modernised with flat-screen tvs with plenty of satellite and great views over the gardens to the sea. These rooms are also closer to the restaurant and pools - and combining two rooms if you have kids with you can be cheaper and better than an Oasis suite. The hotel also has a couple of large villas overlooking the sea - poa.

Some niggles - first, though the grounds are stunning, with plenty of specially planted rare African trees, some of the ponds are a bit naff and swimming pool-like. Having swans and other fowl with their wings clipped, prisoners in the grounds, isn't to my taste either. And though the breakfast is great, the other in-house restaurants are a bit over-priced and not that great, though we never tried their flagship Atlantico (expensive).

They do own a great restaurant on the far side of the nearby town, however, a five minute drive - it's called Arte Nautical and overlooks a lovely beach - no more expensive than the other local fish places and well worth a visit. In general, I would advise against going half or full board and check out the local restaurants of which there are plenty - and decent quality too. Many are also within easy walking distance along the sea cliffs to the town (10 mins) or close to the supermarket at the back of the hotel (5-10mins).

We normally stay April or October and get mid season prices around Euros 280 a double inc. breakfast, which is about the best rate we have obtained - and usually we get that from the hotel itself. On the face of it, that's a bit pricey, but then it's worth every cent for the service, the location and the beauty of the place. Vila Vita doesn't seem to get very busy except for high season summer when people have complained of lack of pool space, but theywere building a new pool near the Oasis Parc while we were there which should address that.

Fabulous place!

Room Tip: Go for main hotel building rooms - and go for b and b and try the local restaurants
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 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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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2012

We have stayed at many 5 star hotels abroad and in the UK and this is by far the best.
After reading a slightly negative review regarding the tired accommodation in the oasis villas we were delighted to find that they had been completely renovated. Fresh decor and furnishings and,yes, that flat screen TV missing for a previous reviewer was there. The standard of cleanliness was superb. Service throughout the hotel was very efficient and friendly , nothing was a problem . I cannot recommend this hotel highly enough and look forward to a return in the not to distant future. For those who considered there was not enough for their kids to do, take them of on an activity holiday and leave the pleasures of this delight to the appreciative guests.

  • Stayed April 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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Address: Rua Anneliese Pohl | Alporchinhos, Porches 8400-450, Portugal
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Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Porches
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Porches
#1 Luxury Hotel in Porches
#1 Spa Hotel in Porches
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Vila Vita Parc Resort & Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 180
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
VILA VITA Parc celebrates the best of Portugal, immersing you in a luxurious and lush seaside oasis with every imaginable service, amenity, activity and pleasure. Portugal's finest five-star resort is the ultimate escape to a pampered world of personalized and diverse experiences, flavoured with Portuguese culture and hospitality. Endless views to the horizon blend with the luxuriant greenery of our gardens and the sparkling blue of the Atlantic Ocean, creating an extravagant display of vibrant colours and filling the air with the sounds and scents of sunny days at the beach. Your holiday destination VILA VITA Parc will not only meet, but exceed the highest expectations of the most discerning traveller. Set on 54 spectacular acres of lush, blooming subtropical gardens in front of a striking coastline, at VILA VITA Parc a choice of exquisitely appointed accommodations can be experienced, from rooms and suites to villas with terraces and ocean panoramas. Perched above the cliff top and located in various distinct buildings, each having its own character and architecture, the different accommodation types exude an air of sophisticated, refined luxury and are all surrounded by a spectacular park landscape offering breathtaking views. ... more   less 
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Vila Vita Parc Porches
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Vila Vita Parc Resort & Spa Algarve, Portugal - Porches

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