We stayed here over the Easter holidays. The first thing to say is that I thought the cost was amazingly cheap for these lovely, big apartments.
Our apartment was so spacious, we had a big living room with a small balcony, a bedroom - with a second balcony (bigger) and a big wardrobe, a huge bathroom with a sink each, and a well sized & well equipped kitchen. Everything we needed really.
The furniture was minimal (Ikea stuff), all clean and well suited to the place. The rooms were cleaned each day. There was only the two of us, but the apartment would be big enough for a small family easily. We paid a tiny bit extra so we could have a pool facing room, and I'm glad we did, the view from our balcony looked out to the two pools and in the evening caught the beautiful sunset.
The pools are not heated and were quite cold, but that was very refreshing in the hot sunshine. What I loved about the pool area when we were there is that it was so quiet! There was a couple of families and one or two other couples, but it was really chilled out. We walked past one of the larger hotels in the area and there was so much noise coming from the pool area and it looked packed! I guess Aqua-Mar may be busier in the summer months, but it's much smaller so I think it would always be a quieter choice than the big hotels.
It's very conveniently located, near to everything you need (Olhos is only tiny anyway, so everything is quite close!)
We had free wi-fi in the rooms which was useful, and a tv with dvd player. We took a few dvd's with us and it was nice to chill out in the apartment watching them occasionally.
We got pool towels from reception, as well as a couple of razors when we asked. As some of the other reviews have pointed out, you need to pay for the key to the safe which is in your room, we didn't bother with this. The kitchen was quite well equipped, only thing missing was an electric kettle - but we just boiled some water in a saucepan.
To sum up, this isn't a fancy, luxury apartment - but it is really good for the price and exceeded our expectations. I would stay there again.
The only thing I would mention is that the room had two single beds instead of one double, which seems to be the norm? It wasn't really a problem for us, we just pushed them together!
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- Also Known As:
- Aqua-Mar Aparthotel Hotel Olhos De Agua
- Aqua-Mar Aparthotel Olhos De Agua, Portugal - Albufeira