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Adriana Beach Club Hotel Resort
Ranked #4 of 8 Hotels in Olhos de Agua
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Reviewed May 11, 2013

The complex is remote although only half an hour from the airport but a very disappointing check in. There was no champagne on arrival as we'd read about and because they were so busy with the French guests, who had arrived at the same time, we were told to come back later to have things like towels for the beach and safe etc explained. The clientele is predominately French, very few English guests. Plenty of choice with the food, no chance of going hungry. The public areas and rooms were very clean although in need of updating as some areas eg indoor pool, gym, sauna are tired and tatty. The rooms are very basic but functional. We booked a standard room and were told we had been upgraded to a superior .... I'd hate to see a basic room! Be warned that if, like us, you arrive in time for lunch then breakfast is your last meal on the day you leave and they are very insistent on this which left a bad taste in our mouth, very penny pinching feeling and made us feel very unwelcome. There's plenty going on so you can do as little or as much as you like, perfect for kids. There are a lot of steps down to the beach, very worth it but definitely not for those who struggle with stairs. Having said all this, we had a totally relaxing week with perfect weather.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 10, 2013

We thought it was great value for money and would recommend

After a 50 Min coach journey we arrived and were well greeted. We happened to be near the front of the short queue but it did take some time to be 'processed', but everyone was very pleasant and helpful. Our room wasn't ready but we were shown to a room off the main dining room to get some snacks. At this point let me tell you that I like my coffee and if you do then avoid the machines like the plague! Vile!! A better coffee can be bought from the bar. TIP: Take a kettle and supplies for your room - it can be quite a walk for a drink! Anyway, it wasn't a long wait before we were shown via buggy to our rooms (the children loved it). There was five of us, three adults and two children, so we were able to have the three females together in one room as the room configuration was great. Basically one front door leads into a hallway which in turn has two doors each leading into a self contained room (see pictures), so we were able to lock the outer door and walk between the rooms. Ours was a ground floor and all the buildings are only two floors high which is so much nicer than blocks of high rises. The gardens are very well maintained but also have areas left more natural to encourage wildlife. Because it was low peak season, the whole of the complex was not open, only one dining room, one open pool and the indoor pool, but this was perfectly adequate for the amount of people staying there at this time.
The rooms are comfortable and the cleaning ladies very obliging coming in to clean every day. The rooms have a fridge which is very handy but one of the very best things is the FREE WIFI. Don't get me wrong i like to turn off when on holiday but goodness, free internet access is a total God send.
Anyway, more briefly, as these reviews can be lengthy;
Outdoor Pool (By Bar) - excellent (although icy cold when we were there).
Bar - Excellent staff (a part from one man, but there is always one!) be aware that you have to pay for drinks after 11 pm.
Indoor Pool - Not many loungers so get there early if you want one. Great if you have young children who you want to keep out of the sun.
From my seven year olds point of view:
The staff were friendly and made great mocktails, the pool was great, really enjoyed the butterflies and birds especially the woodpecker and cat. The shows/entertainment were mostly quite good.
There was a kids club but there were only very young children in it so mine did not participate.
Dining - I am vegetarian, 2 only eat fish and the other two anything, but we were all catered for. There were themed nights which were really good, plenty of choice and lots of it. As you would expect the wine was rocket fuel, but drinks could be taken in from the bar and bottles of wine bought. If you have difficulty finding a table, just ask a member of staff they were very helpful, setting up tables for us.
Shop - has lots of useful and very nice items, clothes, trinkets, hats, toiletries and daily papers. You can also buy cards and stamps, balls, games etc.
Hairdresser - my broth in law used for a beard and neck trim and was very pleased.
Spa Treatments - not used but heard it was very good see pictures
WIFI - could be patchy usually in the main building but excellent most of the time, two computers also available in the lobby.
Games room
Lots of Tennis Courts, beach volley and table tennis available.
Closeness to the Beach - a beautiful beach, part sand but with lots of gorgeous shells and the occasional spot of wildlife. Also popular for dog walkers we saw only one lot of dog poo, so very clean. A great 3 km walk to Vilamoura either along the pathways or on the beach. with a lovely coffee, bar and snack shack at the end before entering Vilamoura. TIP: Be aware that catching a taxi will cost between 20 and 25 euros one way to Vilamoura!! No direct route so takes nearly as long to drive there, quite literally!!
We went with Thomas Cook and as only there one week did not venture far;
Vilamoura (under own steam both walking and with Taxi), good shops and restaurants definitely worth visiting if only to view the yachts in the marina.
Albufeira, we caught the mini bus available to pre book at reception for a small charge. considering the cost of taxi's i would take this option! TIP: book as soon as you can as it quickly gets filled.
Once in Albufeira there is the usual things to do so I wont list them here but I will highly recommend a fish restaurant - Tasca do Viegas on the sea front in the old town, up a few steps. This was recommended by an english woman living there and was well worth the visit. Family run and we asked all sorts of questions about taste etc and even the fussy children were not only happy but voted it as a holiday culinary highlight.
Zoomarine - very enjoyable, food ok but the shows were great. It wasn't overly busy, in the height of the season I can imagine it to be a nightmare. But we all enjoyed ourselves.
See the bottom for a list of some of the trips you can go on and for pictures of itineraries and maps.
Summery;
Would recommend especially for a quiet Easter Holiday, families, couples and groups.
Clean and friendly
Beautiful setting
Gorgeous Beach
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Pay cleaners, they are worth it!
Think about getting a waiter (money) on side for those after 11 drinks
Book mini bus in advance and soon and this goes for the courts etc too
WALK to Vilamoura its good for you especially after all that food and drink!
Find out the fish restaurant in Albufeira,you wont be disappointed
Take a kettle and supplies

Happy Holidays!! Oh and we will probably go again next year, cant get better than that.

Room Tip: Over looking the gardens, not too far away from the main building especially blocks E, H, N, as only...
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Reviewed May 8, 2013

Just come back from holiday at this hotel and must say it was outstanding, hotel staff were very friendly and helpful, plenty of choice at mealtimes something for everyone. Whole complex was well laid out and beautifully clean. Would thoroughly recommend it to families and couples alike, would definately go back only setback because of location you need to take the courtesy bus if going into Albufeira as taxis are expensive especially at night, but apart from this small point can't fault the Adriana at all.:)

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AdrianaBeachClub, General Manager at Adriana Beach Club Hotel Resort, responded to this reviewResponded May 30, 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for your review. We are very pleased to know that you enjoyed your holiday with us. We look forward to welcome you again in Adriana Beach Club Hotel Resort.
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Reviewed April 29, 2013

Arrived at reception to the most lovely and friendly reception staff and a welcome glass of champagne, we were taken to our room in block AA by the porter by electric buggy, our room was on the first floor the porter carried out heavy baggage for us he showed how all the air con unit worked and where fridge was etc.....
Very clean room, toiletries in bathroom and a bottle of water in fridge which we topped up from the water fountains which are located in the courtyard of each block. Our rooms were cleaned every day, fresh towels daily and sheets changed every other day, some days the maid made some lovely things with our towels on our bed.
Our first meal was lunch on our day of arrival everything was first class an excellent choice of fish, meat, vegetarian, fresh fruits salads, two soups, desserts, wine, beer, soft drinks and water. All subsequent meals were of the same quality. Several theme nights throughout our two week stay. All the restaurant staff from the lovely man who swiped our card at the entrance to the waiting staff all happy to help, also there was a choice of outside and inside dining.
The bar service from Milton, Tania, Joas and the team always smiling and could not do enough for us, all inclusive drinks served in glass at all times around the terrace and bar and hard plastic around the pool, a very good selection of wine, spirits and beer and great cocktails best ever bar team we have experienced, and we have been on many all inclusive holidays both in Europe and Caribbean...
The animation team were excellent Jeffery and all the team always happy lots going on and the managers cocktail where all the management team were introduced to us all on the out door stage. Although we did not go to the theatre for the entertainment there was plenty going on for all, kids were well catered for.
Pool area kept to the highest standard with plenty of loungers and umbrellas towels were available to hire. Pool water very clean good swimming had bit chilly at first but nice under the hot sunshine.....
Everyone from the General Manager took time out to speak to you and always wanted to know how things were, always excellent.
My wife and myself would definitely return to this hotel and to the Algarve, this was our first time in Portugal and we were not disappointed the Portuguese people so friendly.
We booked two excursions with Follow Me Tours, Lule Market and Historical Tour both excellent with very informative guides for both.
The hotel had a shuttle bus into Albufera four times a day which had to be booked the day before, the driver Jorge was excellent and so helpful.
Both myself and wife would sincerely like to thank all at the Adriana Beach Resort for making our stay so memorable.

Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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AdrianaBeachClub, General Manager at Adriana Beach Club Hotel Resort, responded to this reviewResponded May 30, 2013

Dear Kevin,
Dear Guest,

In name of Milton, Jeffrey and the whole team of Adriana Beach Club we would like to thank you for your words that give us strength to improve ourselves and keep working with a smile doing what we most like, serve with the heart. We know it is difficult to satisfy 100% everybody but working for that will be allways worth it.
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Reviewed April 26, 2013

RECEPTION Outstanding with their attitude to all . friendliness and attention your needs
HOTEL overall very good with good facilities re pool and gardens etc with a plenty to do for all age children. AND always kept clean and tidy
FOOD Very good choices something for everyone at all times including the snacks etc plenty of drinks always available.
ACCOMADATION very good selection with good housekeeping services
BEACH excellent beach very clean etc PITY about the number of steps to access beach but worth it. walk to Villamoura about 45 mins.

OVERALL WE HAD A GREAT TIME BUT YOU NEED THE WEATHER AS ACCESS TO LOCAL SHOPS AND TOWN RESTRICTED ONLY BY HOTEL BUS AND LOCAL BUS AS A LONG WALK TO LOCAL VILLAGE .

Room Tip: ALL bungalows style rooms in blocks A B C D E F only 2 storey high near hotel Balance of rooms...
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AdrianaBeachClub, General Manager at Adriana Beach Club Hotel Resort, responded to this reviewResponded May 30, 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for your review, we are very please that you enjoyed your holiday with us. Best Regards

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Reviewed April 22, 2013

We booked to stay 3nights at Adriana and it was absolutely beautiful hotel, the staff were very friendly and helpful. we had an amazing time. all thanks to the staff who managed to sort a surprise birthday for me arranged by my fiance in a short period of time . room facilities were clean. Reception staff you are a gem. thank you!

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Reviewed April 21, 2013

We booked a week here because the weather was so cold in Britain. We arrived on Sunday 7th April just in time for lunch and were immediately extremely impressed by the quality of the food. This was maintained throughout our stay - there was always at least 4 different hot meat dishes and two fish dishes at lunch and dinner. It was a pleasure to have proper 'British' style bacon for breakfast on alternate mornings. The fresh oranges were superb and the desserts were as good as many French restaurants.
The location of the hotel was perfect for us to go walking along the beach and into the surrounding countryside. It may have been too quiet for some people. There are large well kept grounds surrounding the accommodation blocks and this merges into beautiful wildlife gardens. The staff were all friendly and efficient. Whilst the weather was not as warm as we had expected it was certainly warmer than the UK. By the time we left the outside pool was warm enough to swim in and is particularly spacious with plenty of sunbeds surrounding it.

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AdrianaBeachClub, General Manager at Adriana Beach Club Hotel Resort, responded to this reviewResponded May 30, 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for your review, yes it is true we had an unsual weather and a little bit cooler, but we are happy to know that you took the best of it and enjoyed your holiday by us. And the end of the day it is right to say "the sunshine is also inside us". We hope we will have the opportunity to welcome you again.
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Address: Apartado 6115 Rocha Baixinha, Olhos de Agua, Albufeira 8200-379, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira > Olhos de Agua
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #4 of 8 Hotels in Olhos de Agua
Price Range: $116 - $319 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Adriana Beach Club Hotel Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 438
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated in an area of 17 hectares, Adriana Beach Club Hotel Resort has 439 rooms, providing family environment, diverse service offer and quality care. Situated in Olhos de Água, in the municipality of Albufeira, in the Algarve, this Resort is housed in natural environment and enjoys a privileged location next to the beach, guaranteeing the peace and privacy of our guests, yet ideal for holding events. The proximity of the city of Albufeira and Vilamoura tourist complex, two tourist destinations and animation of the region represents an alternative for those who prefer to explore the potential around the hotel. The All Inclusive concept takes in this hotel its highest expression, given that waiver include the diverse range of services provided. Adriana Beach Club Hotel Resort offers a huge variety of buffets in our 3 Restaurants: A main Restaurant and two theme restaurants(availability and time-tables may change and are subject to seasonal demand), which include meat and fish dishes, as well as vegetarian options, freshly baked pizzas,soups, pasta, salads and desserts. Throughout the day, in addition to the main meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner), there are snacks. Drinks are also included, throughout the day and during all meals. There is water, soft drinks, beer, wine and other alcoholic drinks. In our hotel, the All Inclusive offer theme nights, where our buffets change and give you the possibility of enjoying new dishes: Portuguese, asian, tropical, mexican and many more. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Aquamarina Beach Club Hotel Olhos De Agua
Aquamarina Beach Hotel
Aquamarina Beach Albufeira
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