The location, buildings and pools make this a fabulous place, a little piece of paradise. Quiet with stunning views, awesome walks on the wooden pathways over the natural reserve (turn to your right and try the larger part of the reserve too, you have water, ducks - an awesome place for jogging). Also the place is mainly visited by Portuguese tourists in season, which makes you really feel on holidays, if you see what I mean.
Now, as some people said, the place has gone through a difficult period, it was closed for a while and has just been re-opened in June 2013 with a new crew, and new investors injecting money at the moment. So, not everything is perfect, in terms of a true "5 star service", certainly the food was a little disappointing (I would recommend not to go for the full-board option personally, or not yet), but the location more than compensates for this!
You do need a car unless you want to spend all the time at the pools or beach. There's some lovely Portuguese restaurants in the area, ask at reception.
If you look for party, city, lots of shops and restaurants, this is not for you.More