Good organisation - sensitive to Corona virus discipline - peaceful setting - excellent for family with small children - villa with very well furnished kitchenette - effective and necessary air-con in two main areas - strong shower - bedroom sheets and towels changed daily - enjoyable outside space. Could have done with more English news channels on tv. A very enjoyable stay.
Bought a 3 night stay here 4 my hubbies xmas present. Of course i went too lol. Staff brilliant. Nice young man in restaurant very proffessional and friendly. Lovely welcome on check in. We Had booked a studio. But we got a free upgrade to a 1 bed villa. It was perfect. Immaculate too. Its quite a few miles from tavira maybe 4 or 5. But theres a bus service €2.35 we used that twice and taxi once. €10 . Beach is lovely get the free train to it. Would highly recommend Pedras del Rai.
A table of eight of us went to the Croquet annual Christmas dinner held at Pedras d’EI Rei. Wonderful warm cozy setting. Excellent, friendly, professional service. The set menu was absolutely perfect. Fish or Turkey. Both where amazing. A fabulous night with music and dancing. Thank You Pedras, a memorable evening was had by all. Highly recommend.
When we wanted to find accommodation near Praia do Barril, we found that the only place was Pedras d’El Rei. Both the reviews and a comment from some friends who recently stayed there (hard uncomfortable beds) made us very cautious. When we arrived at the reception to see if we could obtain a room, we asked if we could view it first. The two ladies we spoke to were very helpful and they organised a friendly gentleman to drive us to the apartment. The apartment was much better than a few mentioned in some recent reviews; the bed was comfortable, the apartment was clean and there was no musty smell, so we decided to check in. Our stay was very pleasant and any further interaction with staff was always pleasant. We also decided to risk trying the restaurant for some dinner (even after reading some of the poor reviews, but we just felt like staying in the accommodation complex and relaxing). Much to our surprise, the food was OK, since contrary to many Portuguese dinners we have had during our holiday, our two dinners had some sauce with the meat offering some flavour. Also the location on the terrace overlooking the slopes to the pool was very relaxing, and the waiter was pleasant and very helpful with his service. Regarding the accommodation we noted that some of the apartments next to where we stayed were up for sale, so we guess that some (if not all) of the apartments are privately owned and holiday bookings are managed by the resort; that would explain the different reviews of musty rooms and hard beds due to different owners (but at the same time the resort management should have set some standards for owners). In any event we were pleased that we inspected the apartment prior to accepting it and found the stay quite pleasant.…
Perfect location and beautiful place to stay, but the mattresses in the ¨studios¨ are very uncomfortable. Hopefully we will get another house to stay next time ;) Lovely place and very nice people!!!!
Great location with good acces to Praia do Barril; a lovely white sandy beach with former fishermen huts, which have been respectfully converted into nice cafes, friendly restaurants, very clean public toilets and some small shops. Pedras d'El Rei guests travel for free on the little train that transports you the 1/ 1.5 ?km from the mainland to the beach. Pedras d'El Rei is a very peaceful park setting with little houses (villas) and some apartments (in small blocks with balconies, ours 422b had nice views over the water/island) dotted arund the well maintained gardens with lovely flowering trees. Good small supermarket, fair prices, good selection and fresh bread. Daily cleaning (bins emptied, bed made, sweep, toilet paper replenished). Our T2 apartment had dishwasher and washing machine, bath tub, balcony, 3 bedrooms (all with twin beds) and 3 bathrooms. Interior was dated and very basic (extra fridge in awkward place in sitting area, small hob with 2 electric plates, no cutting board, minimal cups, etc), but spacious and clean. Spring mattresses were very uncomfortable and in need of replacing. Mind that there is no paddling pool and Internet only near the facilities. Make sure you bring the basics when arriving late at night; I would have appreciated a bottle of water on arrival. Some washing up liquid/dishwasher tablets and a cloth or sponge for the worktop would have been nice. I can see us going back to this lovely place, but only if mattresses have been replaced.…
Pedras d'EL Rei was the first place we ever visited way back in 1998. The place generally is much the same as it was. On site there's sizeable restaurant but I got the feeling that it had aspirations of Grandeur and the prices reflected this. As a result we took a taxi into Tavira for our evening meals and entertainment which isn't the cheapest option. There is also the option to go into Santa Luzia itself which is probably a little bit too far to walk so again taxis. The one ovewheming plus for the area is The Barril. Take the little train over the nature reserve and treat yourself to the delights of The Barril. No Cars, the only access is by the train or by sea. There are a few bars and restaurants and endless miles of soft golden Portuguese sand.
I know this resort is given a three star, accomadation in the villas is basic but the apartments T2/T3are very accomadating with air con, washing machine, have been coming here for a number of years and if you have small children and wanting a relaxed holiday with the beach literally on your door step this is great! Portugeuse come here grandparents with siblings in relaxed atmosphere not your typical ‘All in’ but quiet, relaxing, need to have a car to visit ‘Tavira’ must see beautiful town worth heading into some super Tapas bars! Aqua Sol! Dugusta! Sol e Mar in St Luzia! Would advise booking some of these because they book up quickly and this Year we found ‘Antonio’in Moncarapacho!! Def a must! Love this coming back xxx
Settings were nice, at this point in the season, very peaceful, and the gardens were well tended. Pool area was nice, unfortunately sun bed had to be rented, one would have thought that this would be non gratis.!!!!!!!! As it is a complex. There is a small supermarket that stocks all of the basics requirement to get you going. Café, bar and dining establishment serviced adequate fare. Staff were pleasant, although the reception staff were not that helpful with issues, once you were checked in. Our allocated accommodation, had a very musty smell on entering, to get to it required climbing up, and down a succession of stairs, to gain access, which proved problematic as I have a .............. I admit I booked a studio, as there were only two of us, which I have done on a number of occasions previously, but there was no room to swing a cat in it. Two day beds covered the sleeping arrangements, not the double I specified. I went to reception to ask if there was an alternative, but was told the only option was to up grade which I did, enduring an additional cost of 400 € Even the upgraded apartment was not not great. The furnishing were shabby, large cigarette burnts in the sofa, and a broken leg, which made sitting on it to be more of a balancing act, than a place to relax, never mind a place to sleep. Towel change/bed change once a week, REALLY. The complementary shower gel/soap was not replenished in the ten day stay. Television, Spain’s, French, Portuguese and German channels. But no English speaking. Would one English news channel be too much to ask, to keep up to date on world events, on a TV that is smaller than my lap top screen,. The kitchenette was good, apart from the fact that the oven had no shelves in it, just an empty space. Unusable as a appliance, obviously the housekeeper, does not check the rooms. Internet, non existent. A basic requirement in this day and age. Fungus around the bath and on the ceiling in the bathroom. A good holiday spoiled due to lack of attention to detail, and the understanding of a travellers basic requirements in 2018. 3* should have had better standards. We holiday on average 5 times a year, and this is one place that will not be frequented again, unfortunately. Was looking forward to a peaceful getaway from a busy career. P.S. the photos on the “ON THE BEACH” website bear no resemblance to the actual establishment.…
2 families of 2+2. Payed €560 for 4 nights through Airbnb. Very spacious with plenty of beds (not sofa beds). 3 bathrooms all with very good showers. The bed linen was musty and stale plus the WiFi wasn’t very strong. The house did not seem as though it had been cleaned recently as it was very dusty. The TV options were very good with the smart tv. The kitchen was very well equipped. The showers were very good although the drainage was very slow and blocked. Outside area was spacious and great for the kids. A nice place overall.