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“Staying here was the highlight of our trip”
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Quinta do Mel
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Reviewed July 10, 2013

Quinta do Mel, the Honey Farm, is a great respite from the busy city of Lisbon. The staff made us feel welcomed immediately and we were treated like family. The location is peaceful, somewhat "zen", and was a wonderful place to return to in the evening after a full day of sight seeing. Each night we had a fresh thermos of tea (they grow teas at the farm), lemon verbina, camomille... all fabulous. The restaurant opens on 2 sides to the outdoor patio and seating areas where we would sip local wines and enjoy the night air. Be sure to take advantage of the breakfast, included with your stay, as each morning was truly a work of art as our breakfast courses included fresh fruits, meats and cheeses, eggs (local chickens!) and a special treat each day such as pancakes or their special version of french toast. Their coffee is excellent. Louis, the owner, could not have been more gracious and accomodating. The twins on his staff, Fabiula, and Fabina, took our hearts from day one. We will miss everyone from Quinta do Mel. Truly a magical place.

Room Tip: Any room we saw was great. Be sure you have a window so you can open it to take in the wonderful nig...
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

This place is relitively simple but the quality of the location and the attitude of the owner and staff make it a great choice for those poeple looking to have the feel of the countryside with ez access to the large beachside communities with the noise and all of that stuff. When we arrived, we were met by the owner Luis, who welcomed us. He prides his place by his staff and each staff person was exceptional. The twins from Brazil were our favorites. The daily breakfast included with the room is excellent and the home baked goods are awesome. We ate dinner there one evening and the young chef did an outstanding job. The rooms are in a large villa type house built with thick adobe walls. They are small but everything works and is comfortable. The shower is the best! They have a nice pool with lounge chairs and you really feel at home here and it is very tranquil. We liked the staff and property so much that when we were returning back to Faro for the train, we stopped in for breakfast to say one more goodbye. You will not be disappointed.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 19, 2013

The service is great!! There is always someone available if there are problems, even in the middle of the night...
Breakfast and dinner are delicious. The tea and cookies at the end of the day were a nice suprise.
Location is nice: there are a lot of nice beaches and towns nearby.
The pool is really nice and a great place to relax ande read a book.
I woulde definitely recommend this place to everyone!!

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 17, 2013

My fiance and I stayed at Quinta do Mel last week for 4 days and we had such a fantastic stay there! It really is such a unique and lovely place to stay.

We love to find quirky places to stay when we travel and this was the perfect spot. We had a rental car which you do need to stay here (most people had cars) but it is still really close to towns-shops, restaurants, beaches, bars etc.

The food in the hotel is delicious (tapas style dishes) and very fresh. Breakfast was by far my favourite time of the day there. The friendly staff serve you your breakfast each morning which is such a lovely treat compared to the usual buffet style breakfast in most hotels- fresh bread, croissants, eggs, cheese, meats, fruit, whatever you want really. The food is all produced on the farm- fresh and home cooked. The honey is amazing!

The pool area is small but perfectly relaxing with only goats and dogs to be heard! The rooms are simple and traditional but cosy and there is such a relaxed atmosphere throughout the whole hotel. The staff are so friendly and chatty and the chef even comes out to each table to see how the meal has been. Excellent service. Each evening, you are brought one of their home made teas and fresh cookies to the room which is such a sweet touch.

I would highly recommend this place for a relaxing break away.

Room Tip: There was rooms upstairs with balconies which would have been our choice had we been aware of them
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 21, 2013

Very quiet, relaxing spot. A bit over charged for the service provided. Perfect to take the bikes and circulate to the nearer beaches. For those who want to recharge batteries, it is the perfect resting place, especially by the pool, enjoying the sunny Algarve, yet feeling the sea breeze. The rooms are good, clean and comfortable.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 21, 2012

I hesitatd to give the Quinta "exellent" as a rating only because the rooms are rather small and simple, event though cosy. The tv-set was definitely too small (19 inch would be my guess) but you do not go to the Algarve to watch tv. The rooms come without fridge but there is a big common one for use of all the guest. WiFi however worked better than in some 5-star hotels. The setting is gorgeous, green and quiet. Still, you are close to the beach, shops and restaurants. If you do not mind the complications of arrival and departure without your own transportation, you can well manage without a car. The owners and all the staff are very friendly and helpful. The food was delicious, even though breakfast (included) comes served rather slowly, step by step. Owner encouraged us to order more if we wanted. If you like to have dinner there, you need to order main dishes beforehand (lunch-time?) and the restaurant is not exactly a bargain. Faro airport, less than 20km away, does not disturb the silence of the place. Perfect relaxation!

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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 24, 2012

This quinta is in a beautiful setting overlooking the surrounding area. The architecture is a nice mix of modern and traditional, and as others have stated seems to be a very realxing place to be...

We only went for the "agrotourismo" to try the food, however the dining area seems more geared around teas and is surrounded by shelves of local produce (mainly grown on the farm) which are priced at "Harrods" levels... As the name suggests this farm mainly produces honey which I thought the chef should have tried to incorporate into the cooking

The food was VERY basic but the prices suggested something far better (the message on the till says "Agrotourismo-Gourmet" which is what we would have expected). €7.50 for a prawn cocktail which had 4 prawn, lettuce and sauce. Thetomato soup tasted like dish water (nothing some lemon, salt and peper could not fix though). Mains were OK and the selection of wines was local and vaired.

If it's the vista you're after though, then this is a real treat, and only a couple of minutes away from the local vilage which has a wide selection of bars for the night owls amongst us

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled on business
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Address: Apartado 6080 | Rua dos Foros - Caminho do banco, Olhos de Agua, Albufeira 8201-925, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira > Olhos de Agua
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 13 Specialty Lodging in Olhos de Agua
Price Range: $110 - $203 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Quinta do Mel 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Quinta do Mel is small peace of countryside near Algarve's best beaches. With 10 rooms and 1 apartment, results from the recuperation of an old farmhouse respecting architecture and materials. Most of the products we serve are from our own production. Besides vegetables we produce strawberries and aromatic plants. At the Quinta there's also a Tea room / Restaurant, open to general public, where is possible to taste several traditional products and mediterranean recipes. At only 1,5 Km from Praia da Falésia, Quinta do Mel still preserves the countryside quietness and spirit. Close to everything, away from the crowd ! ... more   less 
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