Been going here for years being a timeshare holder. Having converted to points this was a free hahahahaaa holiday. Nothing is free when its £125 admin charge to book it.
Having flown in on Squeasy Jet we arrived at about 10.15 in resort. Obviously too early for the apartments to be ready. We were told, after the receptionist had checked, to come back in a couple of hours. We grabbed our books, tracked down the apartment and went and read in the glorious sunshine near to this
Two hours later we went back to reception to get our key. We were told we could not get into the apartment for another two hours. Having sat watching the apartment we knew that it was ready so I remonstrated. The man who originally said two hours came and confirmed ... we had to wait another two hours. At this point we grabbed our luggage and went to the apartment with the view to camping on the balcony! The doors were open, we entered. It was obvious the apartment had been cleaned and was ready. We then spotted the wonderful Iryna who promptly phoned reception. A key was sent up immediately.
Iryna was an absolute gem and should train staff on customer service. All other staff met were friendly and helpful.
As I say I have been coming here for years. Its a good base but the place is now seriously tired. There is no air conditioning; electric free standing fans are available. Whilst we were there there was a problem with sewage pipes so the apartment smelled rank. We were given a very powerful spray to mask this.
The apartment (C309) is large but would not have liked to have 4 people stopping in it. There was a sofa bed and a separate bedroom. As it was a sofa bed the actually sitting bit was well worn and not exactly the most comfortable. The bathroom door was also odd, did not fit and was not gloss painted.
There are large grounds and an all weather bowling pitch that was actually covered in furniture .. so no bowling the week we were there.
Its a fabulous beach but there seems to have been an outbreak of sunbrollies and sun beds and the dreaded jet skis and other water sports. It might be these are usually here in high season ... we normally stay at CPO November or January - so these could be packed away out of season.
As a points holder there it cannot be classed as cost effective when the maintenance fees are taken into account. This with the admin fees and flight costs means the self catering holiday becomes expensive.
This time we hired a car. The Algarve is a beautiful place to explore and we went to Cabanas up near the spanish border to the most south westerly point of Europe, Cape St Vincent. We were lucky with the weather and just had the best time.
However, CPO needs to undergo major refurbishment. It is tired and slightly tatty. Now that MGM (not the film company) have taken it over perhaps the major investment will occur. Technically blocks should be shut down and completely ripped out.
Its still a goodish place to go. The site and gardens are lovely and well maintained. The hot tubs have gone but there are two pools. Theres a bar and restaurant - Jackies.. though I have to say I have never eaten there as have generally self catered (one shop on site one in a shopping complex nearby and one a 10 minute walk away. There is also a profusion of restaurants closish by. Cataplanas is a portuguese fish stew dish that has to be tasted.
Being points holders we will not doubt be back. However, we may leave it a while before we return
- Also Known As:
- Club Praia Da Ouro Albufeira, Portugal - Algarve