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Pestana Dom Joao II Beach & Golf Resort

Praia De Alvor, Alvor, Portimao 8500-088 Portugal
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What you can expect during your stay
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Updated 09/09/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 09/09/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#5 of 27 hotels in Alvor
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The Pestana D. João II is a is a 4-star hotel overlooking the sandy Alvor beach with calm, crystal clear waters. It is only 10 minutes on foot from the town centre, very close to the Alvor river. Take a dive into one of the 2 outdoor saltwater swimming pools surrounded by lush and peaceful gardens, or relax at the Spa with an indoor swimming pool, Turkish bath and sauna where you can schedule a Magic Spa massage. For your meals, there is 1 restaurant and 3 bars (2 of which only open in the summer). If you have kids, the Pestana Kids Club is the perfect place for them to have fun (open from June to September). All rooms offer a balcony with views of the sea (frontal or side), garden or hotel grounds and have a TV and Wi-Fi.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Public wifi
Pool / beach towels
Indoor pool
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Saltwater pool
Fitness / spa locker rooms
Breakfast buffet
Kid-friendly buffet
Snack bar
Poolside bar
Game room
Mini golf
Evening entertainment
Kids club
Airport transportation
Car hire
Taxi service
Business Center with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Couples massage
Facial treatments
Foot massage
Full body massage
Hand massage
Head massage
Neck massage
Steam room
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Currency exchange
Non-smoking hotel
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
24-hour front desk
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Private balcony
Room service
Flatscreen TV
Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Good to know
Park View
Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish, German and 1 more
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gerard h wrote a review Oct 18
London, United Kingdom103 contributions80 helpful votes
Check in was quick.Suite overlooking gardens was fine.All clean and tidy.Serviced every day.Bath robes are getting old.Soap was good quality. Friendly chamber maid. Breakfast was good apart from hot buffet.It is luke warm and never hot.Sausages are too small and the bacon looks disgusting. Some staff very grumpy. Bar was ok in the evenings.Never open during the day.Live music was very poor. Almost every second day all glasses and debris from night before lay on the bar until early afternoon.Poor and not 4 star standard. The steam room was broken 4 times during my stay.Sauna also broken 1 day. This was our third stay at this hotel.I feel services etc were better in the past.
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Room Tip: Sea or garden views,
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Ronan Mythen wrote a review Oct 13
Gorey, Ireland1 contribution
Myself and my wife visited from 3rd - 8th October. On arrival our check in was very swift and smooth, the lady on reception was nice and helpful giving us all the details for the hotel. Our room was very nice, it looked like it had recently been updated. The balcony view overlooking the ocean was really nice. Room was cleaned everyday and the cleaning staff were really pleasant. Hotel facilities were pretty good all around. The pools were kept really well, plenty of sun beds all around and even beds were available on the grass areas which was a great idea. The beach was only 50 metres away which was great. Breakfast was included in our package and we enjoyed it every morning. The freshly made omelettes were really nice!! The spa was superb also, both myself and my wife got a massage and the lady Sofia was really nice and professional. Would definitely recommend this. A few little things that I would complain about. There was no snacks available from the pool bar, not even crisps or peanuts, had to go into the restaurant or down to the beach restaurant for lunch. Also the lobby bar was kind of hit and miss, the bar staff always seemed to be a bit withdrawn and grumpy. We didn’t spend too much time there. The pool towels had seen better days and were a bit tattered in places. Other than these few things I would definitely recommend staying here and we will hopefully return here in 2022.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
fw93 wrote a review Oct 11
London, United Kingdom95 contributions43 helpful votes
We were transferred to this hotel after a horrific experience at Alvor Praia. We had a much better stay at Dom Joao - it's actually clean at least! Lovely views and breakfast options were good - although the queues did get quite long. The rooms could be a little bigger but otherwise a good stay.
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Date of stay: June 2021
Reddevil81 wrote a review Oct 6
Chesterfield, United Kingdom38 contributions20 helpful votes
Another fantastic stay at the Dom Joao all very covid safe. The staff are very friendly and efficient the hotel clean and benefitting from a makeover. We were blessed with glorious weather so we used the large outdoor pool and garden frequently. We managed breakfast most mornings which had a great selection I must agree with previous reviews the hot breakfast buffet was a little cold and does need more heat under it but all in all a lovely holiday in a idyllic location
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Traveled with friends
BigBhoy wrote a review Oct 5
Coatbridge, United Kingdom43 contributions76 helpful votes
The hotel has had a facelift inside and we stayed for 3 weeks this time. I had some difficulty with my membership number so booked through Expedia for the same price the hotel was offering. I had to make two bookings for the three weeks as it looked full for the last two days but I think cancellations made it available just before we came so booked a sea view. The carpets decoration in the lift halls and circulating areas are very nice and as always the views from the upper floors is wonderful. Most staff and especially the cleaning staff and those on breakfast reception are lovely. Special mention to Raquel who was on both reception and breakfast sometimes and always pleasant and helpful. Breakfast is pretty much the same as the past with personal tongs to save multiple handling but no champagne for the same reasons but COVID control aside is pretty much bedlam. The fruit is lovely and became our staple starter and the usual toast and cheeses and cold meats were fine. The cooked buffet not so good with occasionally finding some hot food but mostly it was lukewarm and sausage wee Willie winkie type hot dogs which I never enjoy. We spent a lot of time at the pool which was a bit cold but mostly pleasant in the heat. There were staff around and option to change towels every day. One criticism is the cleanliness around the pool which could have been better with spilled drinks from the night before along with masks and old towels and masks left from days before all attracting flies which became a pest when sunbathing. It would also have been good to sweep the areas in front of the toilets to remove small stones and fruit from trees more regularly as most in bare feet found it a bit sore to walk on. There are showers around the pool and a couple in the toilet changing area along with a few changing cubicles. The gents was cleaned regularly and fine but my wife complained about the smell in the ladies. The hotel is a pleasant walk to Alvor either using the walkway or road and so many choices and places to eat. Capacho and Steak on the Stone among our favourites but so many we ate in a different place most nights. Taxis are plentiful and about €5 into town. Buses are on the doorstep though timing can be 20-30 minutes late but only €4.30 to Lagos each way. We took the water taxi from Alvor to Lagos for €25 each for the return and well worth the journey to see fishermen windsurfers and water sports along the coast. The hotel is full of golfers as usual and it’s what attracted us all those years ago with multiple nationalities but most were courteous and pleasant though some didn’t want to share a lift even when wearing masks (which up till this week was compulsory. We still have a few days to go but overall a lovely place to stay and hope the criticism is constructive to help make our next stay even better.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: On the beach it will cost €15 for two sun beds but if you walk a hundred yards left they provide...
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Frequently Asked Questions about Pestana Dom Joao II Beach & Golf Resort
Which popular attractions are close to Pestana Dom Joao II Beach & Golf Resort?
Nearby attractions include Sunset Bar (0.7 miles), Alvor Boardwalk (0.6 miles), and Praia dos Três Irmãos (0.6 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Pestana Dom Joao II Beach & Golf Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an indoor pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Pestana Dom Joao II Beach & Golf Resort?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Pestana Dom Joao II Beach & Golf Resort?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a poolside bar during their stay.
Is parking available at Pestana Dom Joao II Beach & Golf Resort?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Pestana Dom Joao II Beach & Golf Resort?
Conveniently located restaurants include Ristorante Pizzeria Napoli, Tasty Cuisine, and Indian Garden.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Pestana Dom Joao II Beach & Golf Resort?
Yes, guests have access to an indoor pool, a fitness center, and a sauna during their stay.
Does Pestana Dom Joao II Beach & Golf Resort have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Pestana Dom Joao II Beach & Golf Resort offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Pestana Dom Joao II Beach & Golf Resort located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.5 miles away from the center of Alvor.
Does Pestana Dom Joao II Beach & Golf Resort offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business center, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Pestana Dom Joao II Beach & Golf Resort?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, German, and Portuguese.