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BELA VISTA Hotel & SPA
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Av. Tomas Cabreira, Praia da Rocha, Portimao 8500-802, Portugal   |  
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Hanover, Niedersachsen, Germany
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“absolute luxury”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

We have just come home from a week in this absolutely beautiful hotel in the Algarve. The staff were wonderful n friendly and they always checked with us if everything was ok. The dining room is brilliant white and woud actually hurt your eyes on arrival but we got used to it. The rooms were beautifully decorated in navy lemon and white and the ensuite was spacious and very calming. The food was 1st class and their cocktails were done to perfection and nothing was too much trouble4 for the staff. The pool area was immaculate and was really relaxing with beautiful views of the beach and the sea. I would have no problem recommending this hotel to anyone.TThe weather was not on our side for the week we were here so we were so lucky the spa was beautiful and relaxing.

Room Tip: Rooms are all beautifully decorated while a bit on the expensive side you certainly get what you pay...
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  • Stayed October 2013, 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Los Angeles, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

Our first trip to Portugal and our first stop- what a glamorous beginning! This hotel is everything you can dream of: beautiful location, impressive building, overlooking the ocean, spacious room (traditional style, brand new interior), most comfortable bedding. Great pool and spa amenities. The staff is super corteous. Breakfasts were exellent and dinners even though quite expensive were worth every penny ( the restaurant is nominated for a Michelin star- please, count my vote!).
I made a call to the US and it turned out it was complimentary (not sure if it was a temporary promotion, but I was really pleased).
Thank you, Everybody at Bela Vista!

  • Stayed September 2013, 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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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I started her for 5 nights at the beginning of October, and I have to say this was one of our most enjoyable hotel experiences. The location is amazing, the spa and pool are fantastic, the food is excellent and the staff go out of their way to make your stay fabulous. The service we received was second to none, from breakfast through to dinner every day. We are in the hotel restaurant for dinner on our first and last nights and we're thoroughly impressed.

This hotel is heads and shoulders above anything else available in the vicinity....well done Hotel Bela Vista - you should all be extremely proud!!

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 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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Gonçalo N, General Manager at BELA VISTA Hotel & SPA, responded to this review, October 10, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thanks you for sharing your great feedback regading your last stay at the Bela Vista Hotel.
I am truly pleased to know you liked our services and also our staff.

We really hope to have the pleasure to welcome come you again in the near future.

With king regards,
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

My husband and I were in Portugal for the fourth time recently and across the road from us was a vision. The Bela Vista. I was brazen enough to go in and ask for a look around and was made most welcome and that made me want to book in for the Bela Vista experience. Low and behold, two months later here we were for a four night stay. With very high expectations, we received an even better service than we had hoped. We had a room in the old building and after a welcome drink and introduction to the services of the Hotel, were shown to our room. What a jaw dropping moment that was. It was beautiful and while we were still in awe, the door was gently knocked and yet another charming member of staff stood with a bottle of champagne in an ice bucket, complete with strawberry's dipped in chocolate. This was a gift from the manager along with a letter of introduction offering a discount for the Spa downstairs.
The room had a wonderfully huge bed and an equally luxurious bathroom with fluffy bath robes and slippers.
The breakfast was lovely and we were sitting outside with a terrific view and again the Staff were on hand for anything we could ever want. It was the quietest place we had ever slept in.
The pool and cabanas were spotless and when there, we were given fruit smoothy cocktails.
Our time went too quickly and our flights home were early, however after the Staff confirmed our transfer time, we were offered an early morning wake up call and breakfast. We never expected that and it was the night Staff who had made this for us and he was so nice too, same as everybody else.
The whole experience was fantastic from start to finish. The biggest problem I can see is how we are going to follow this. Anything else is going to be downhill so . . . back to saving up for our return visit. Thank you Bela Visit for the most wonderful experience and see you again.

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  • Stayed September 2013, 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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Gonçalo N, General Manager at BELA VISTA Hotel & SPA, responded to this review, October 10, 2013
Dear Guest,

I am absolutly impessed for such a detail and great review.
It is great to all of the team to know you have enjoyed your stay with us and all the services we provied to exceed your expectations.

Thank you very much and the Bela Vista team look forward to welcome you again.

Best regards,
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

We have just returned from an amazing long weekend at this hotel for my husbands 30th. The hotel & service is excellent we were blown away with our full sea view room in the old house which is bursting with character!! The service in the day around the blissful pool is excellent with drinks & snacks brought to your beds along with complimentary smoothies & late afternoon fruit kebabs. We eat lunch & dinner here & WOW it's not a meal here it's an experience the food is the best I have eaten the pre starters & desserts were a nice touch & you never even lift a finger to pour your wine!! We were glad to be introduced to the chef to praise such a talent & the staff in the restaurant are fantastic too.Breakfast again brilliant with a basket of breads,pastries etc served with coffee, juice & smoothie of the day, a seperate egg menu made fresh to order, then fruits, cheeses, cereals etc along with champagne as a special treat. The small details at this hotel make it special such as having the room turned over not only in a morning but also at evening with treats left each night for us, the champagne & strawberries brought upto our room on my husbands birthday an hour before the best sea view table was reserved for us for our meal. The Restaurant was full on 1 evening so the hotel recommended & booked us a fantastic sea front table at F restaurant which I would also recommend. Praia da rocha is as everyone points out a bit of a dump but once you enter Bela Vista it really is forgotten. Thank you to all staff here for a truly memorable stay we can't wait to return. Mr & Mrs McCracken.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 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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Gonçalo N, General Manager at BELA VISTA Hotel & SPA, responded to this review, October 10, 2013
Dear Guest,

I am delighted to hear you have enjoyed your stay at the Bela Vista and specially the small treats we provide to our guests in order to provide an unforgetable experience.

On behalfo of the team, thank you very much for such a great review.
We all look forward to hearing from you very soon.

Best regards,
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Watford, England, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

Bela Vista was everything we could ever expect based on the incredible reviews we had read. We can only agree with every positive feedback already published. Exceptional food, rooms, service, staff, decor and overall experience made this one of the best hotels we have ever stayed at, in fact we think it is the best. We stayed for 10 nights and could have stayed for another 10 as we loved it so much.

The reviews of Praia da Rocha had prepared us but we were still disappointed with the general area, but thanks to some helpful reviews we found some good restaurants in F, Atlantis and a nice Chinese near the casino and the marina offered some fair options too. We also took the advise to visit Alvor had a great lunch and will visit again for evening meal when we return to the Bela Vista.

Praia da Rocha is not for us but the Bela Vista most certainly is .

Tarnia and Jim

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Dorset
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

How often do you see photos online and then are disappointed when you check into a hotel. Well this is one occasion that the photos more than lived up to the online pictures of this stunning hotel.

We were met at the steps by a member of staff and taken into a lounge where a welcome drink awaited us and instead of standing at a reception waiting to check in we were left to do the small amount of paper work in comfort. Then we were escorted to our room and our luggage had already been placed in our room.

Here everything was explained about the room this was more like the experience we have had in Asia were service is always first class a change for a European hotel.

The room was a character room in the main building large, light and airy. Well equipped and very tastefully decorated. Wonderful views over the beach.

The linen and towels just what you would expect from a hotel of this quality.

The bed was the most comfortable we have never had away from home and the peace was great as you heard nothing at all.

The bathroom once again was well equipped and lovely toiletries.

Each night at turn down a small petit four or fruit was left.

The breakfast was well presented and a very good choice with a basket of bread and pastries for each table. A carafe of fresh orange juice and a smoothie of the day. A buffet of cheeses meats, fruit, yoghurts , cereals and eggs etc. cooked to order simply a great choice something for everybody. Not forgetting a glass of cava if you wished.

The comments about seagulls were unfounded yes they are around but you are right on the beach and the staff would soon clear the odd one away. But I mean an odd one unlike the review which implied more.

The restaurant at night is well worth a try with some of the best food we have eaten in a hotel. Imaginative well presented and explained. Yes if is expensive but you get what you pay for. With an amuse bouche and a taster desert as extras.

The pool area with comfortable sunbeds, tented sunbeds and cabanas. Bar service on hand which bring around each day a complementary smoothie and fruit kebabs each day.

We will certainly return and were sorry to leave after a very relaxing stay well done to the team at the hotel.

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  • Stayed September 2013, 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: Av. Tomas Cabreira, Praia da Rocha, Portimao 8500-802, Portugal
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Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Portimao > Praia da Rocha
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Praia da Rocha
#1 Romantic Hotel in Praia da Rocha
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Praia da Rocha
#2 Family Hotel in Praia da Rocha
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — BELA VISTA Hotel & SPA 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The hotel Bela Vista has been completely renovated and it's now a 5 star Boutique Hotel with 38 rooms. The restaurant has a unique view and fantastic food! ... more   less 
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Bela Vista - Hotel, Restaurant & Spa Hotel Praia Da Rocha
Bela Vista - Hotel, Restaurant And Spa
BELA VISTA Hotel & SPA Praia Da Rocha, Portugal - Algarve

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