We are a couple with 2 children, 3 y old and 23months. We stayed at Vila Baia, Block M, no 40, in october 2010, booked through owners direct. The townhouse was great - 2 separate apartments but the owner gave us the lot for €65 per night. Very modern, spacious, clean and secure. Furnishings geared more to bachelor golfers than families - glass, timber, leather. Not homely, but very hi spec. However our hearts sank when we first arrived. 2 steep flights of stairs inside and one outside. We had to do some diy barricading to contain our busy toddler. The house has great balconies on the 1st floor - one east facing overlooking the pool, the other west - but again we had to be careful - there is a large gap between the balcony railings and the floor through which a toddler could easily slide. There are 2 adult pools, one moderately heated, and a kids pool, v cold. In October, with most of the townhouses seemingly unoccupied, there were plenty of beds available around the pools. During peak times it must be hellish, as pool-side space is very sparse. We discovered that an indoor pool/spa at a sister-development, Estrala da Luz, 15 mins walk away, is available to guests for - I think - €15 per week, which is great for use on wet days. They actually let us use it for free. The kids play area is small, with nothing for children under 3. We didn't get a chance to try the onsite restaurant but another guest we spoke to gave it a glowing report, having eaten there 3 times. The complex is a 5 minute stroll to the lovely beach and promenade. There is a bakery and 2 supermarkets 10 mins walk away. If you plan to fully self-cater here be prepared to stock up from scratch - cooking oils, condiments, wash-up liquid/detergents, loo roll etc. Overall we had a very good experience here, but would not go back with young children.
- Also Known As:
- Vila Baia Hotel Luz