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“A Simply Wonderful Experience”
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Vale de Carros
Ranked #49 of 154 Hotels in Albufeira
Certificate of Excellence
Dublin, Ireland
1 review
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“A Simply Wonderful Experience”
Reviewed June 12, 2012

My friend and I visited Vale de Carros in June 2012.

From the outset it was clear that this was a family run hotel with select staff chosen for their particular expertise. The management and staff made the entire holiday experience an excellent one. We were greeted by a very friendly and helpful receptionist and later we discovered that the catering staff were very attentive, making sure we never got too hungry or thirsty. The bar and restaurant has an extensive drink and food menu and also has two large screen televisions. There was entertainment every night during our stay and music all day. The maid service is regular and towels etc. are changed every other day. The entertainment staff including kids club staff are also very good and ensure that all customers enjoy their stay and are included or excluded from all the resort's activities as the guest prefers.

The resort caters for literally all holiday makers. We met couples of all ages, families, and people travelling alone. All spoke very highly of the resort and in particular the staff.

The villas surround two seperate swimming pools (three if you count the kids pool). The main pool is overlooked by the resorts bar, restaurant and entertainment centre. The main pool is approximately 15-18 metres in length with a deep and shallow end and the baby pool approximately 5 metres in length.There are various pool activities for all ages including aqua aerobics and water polo to help work off that "holiday overindulgence". The second shorter (10metre) pool is much quieter and a little more isolated. We spent a few afternoons by this pool and it is the most relaxing spot in the resort. There is also a kids club and we noticed that the kids club staff actually keep a watchful eye on the kids while in the pool. So while not officially lifeguarded the pool has eyes on it at all times. There are also tennis courts although we did not try these out.

Vale de Carros is frequented by many different nationalities, including the Portugeuese themselves as well as their neighbours the Spanish, but we also met Swedish, Dutch, Russian and German nationals as well as Irish, English, Welsh and Scotlish clientele.

The mature grounds of the resort are imaculately kept with a range of colourful flowers and plants adding to the beauty of the surrounds. The villas are all connected by little pathways which lead to the various pools, bar, swimming pools and reception.

The resort is located in a rural setting and is approximately a 10-15 minute drive from Albufeira town. At first we were grateful that we had hired a car but as we got our bearings we realised that only a short 3 minute walk away were 2 mini markets, and numerous bars and restaurants. Praia Da Falesia (Falesia Beach) is only a short 5-10 minute drive, maybe a 25 minute walk away but well worth the visit (or several). The view of the beach from the parking area was spectacular and the beach literally does go on for miles.

Dotted along the beach are more bars and restaurants as well as sun loungers and parasols for rent. The beach is a supervised by lifeguards who are located every 750-1000m along the sands. We always saw green flags along the beach and water was always very welcoming. The waves were small but powerful and were a lot of fun for a splash and a swim.

We actually saw a wedding at one of restaurants and I can honestly say that it was the perfect location and setting for such an occasion, even if it was a little funny to see the grooms men fully suited and booted with their trouser legs rolled up....

We would also recommend a visit to Oldtown Albufeira which has many shops and market stalls as well as fine restauarants and bars. It also is fronted by a number of beaches including a sports beach which caters for anything from pedalos to speed boats and jet skis, parasailing to kite surfing. Oldtown Alufeira is also the nightlife centre of the town and has many sports, cocktail and late night bars and clubs.

For a little culture, we visited a little fishing village called Lagos, which was a short 45 minute drive from the resort. This quiet town provides boating trips to nearby caves, and beaches. The food we had at the local tapas bar was only second to the food we had on another trip to Olhao (near Faro). You must try Portuguese Green Wine and ask the locals about its origin. If you like a good white wine, you will never taste better. And for food, we would recommend trying the locally sourced seafood which is simply exquisite.

All in all, we thoroghly enjoyed our stay in Albufeira and we would highly recommend not only a holiday in Portugal but to stay in Vale de Carros.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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Gainsborough, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 11, 2012

Stayed here in may 2012 and the apartments are basic but excellent value for money. Everyone was very friendly and nothing was too much trouble, we were always greeted with a smile and the whole complex was very clean.The maids were excellent and the towels and bed linen were changed regularly. Several bars and restaurants nearby and Albufeira and Villamura are both within easy reach by bus or taxi. The food was very good and excellent value for money, we really enjoyed our time here and would come back in the future.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 8, 2012

I have just returned from spending 6 nights at Vale de Carros. I traveled with my boyfriend and two of our friends. After a late flight we was greeted with a warm smile from the manager who told us not to worry about checking in, and to have a great night sleep. On arrival to our rooms we found we was situated next door to one another (something we requested) which we were delighted about.
Both couples stayed in a studio apartment which was clean, comfortable and perfect for a self catering holiday.
The hotel is located a little out of the way, but has bars a few restaurants and two supermarkets near by. I must recommend a near by restaurant 'antiono' something which was lovely and cheap. The snack bar just up the road from the holiday also done lovely piri piri chicken and we got a special take out price (we was shattered from spending the whole day at slide and splash).. it cost us around 25 euros for 3 chickens and 4 portions of chips!.
I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone, although situated out the way a taxi into old or new Albuferia costs less than 10 euros!

Room Tip: Any room situated in one of the beautiful villas will be fine!
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 7, 2012

Me, my girlfriend and another couple visited Vale de Carros at the end of May'12, which is probably one of the best times to visit Portugal if you do not want to be hit with overly populated accommodation or unnecessary overpriced holidays. I cannot emphasise Portugal as a great holiday enough, this is my second holiday to portugal in the last nine months and I am already planning another holiday to Alvor in September.

Anyway... Vale de Carros is a great complex, the studios I stayed in were immaculate, clearly looked after as the cleanliness is impeccable. There are two pools, one located near to the reception and bar, and the other located towards the rear of the hotel, the further pool is referred to as the 'quieter pool', however I could not differentiate between the two as both were as quiet as the other. The Vale de Carros staff were friendly approachable and incredibly helpful. After settling into our room, I became aware of a light bulb which was not working in our bathroom, after informing the staff of this minor issue, it was dealt with the next day, as our arrival to the hotel was around midnight. I can not doubt the hospitality of staff, who were always cheerful and very informative.

There are basic products sold within the hotel for a small charge, such as bread, butter, water etc. alternatively there are two supermarkets located 15 minutes away from the hotel which have a large range of products and nearby restaurants which serve scrumptious peri peri chicken, probably one of the best recipes of peri peri I have ever tried. I cannot remember the full name of the restaurant , but I know it has 'antonio' in the name, if you ask the staff behind the bar or reception I am sure they will clarify the name for you.

As for booking activities and excursions for your holiday, the reception again, is instrumental with planning and organising your trips. Trips range from boat rides to quad bike tours, to jet skis or even a free bus to the beach which will need to be organised the day before. We all visited the water park: ' Slide and Splash', which I must emphasis is a MUST if you plan on going anywhere in Portugal. The water park is great and only costs around 35 euros per person.

If I HAD to give one minor disadvantage of the hotel, it would be there is no local town nearby, but this was no issue for any of us. On the other hand, the location of the hotel enabled a continuos silent ambiance to be established throughout the holiday. Other than this insignificant minor detail, the holiday was faultless, and would recommend Vale de Carros to anyone who wishes to visit Portugal in Albufeira.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 3, 2012

Despite arriving at 11:30 pm (5 hours late thanks very much Jet2, but that's another story!!)
we were welcomed by Renato like we were old friends, supplied a soothing beer and furnished with essentials for a much needed sandwich .
From that moment on the staff at Vale de Carros were nothing less than charming and helpful. The girls in the morning made a cracking breakfast , the bar staff and receptionists were lovely and Renato was always on hand to provide laughter and entertainment.
The apartment was spotless, the terrace was large and lovely and the swimming pools were both clean and great for sitting around soaking up the sun. The gardens are beautifully kept with loads of palms and trees. There are plenty of bars and restaurants within 15 mins walk. Felisia beach is 20 mins stroll away and Olhos D'Agua is about 35 mins, both are worth a visit, clean quiet and very pretty.

Anyone who expects a 5 star holiday complex should look elsewhere, but I guarantee you will not get the value for money or levels of care and service that was provided to us at Vale de Carros. Those who come on TripAdvisor and complain about inadequate pillows should really go somewhere else and leave this fabulous little place to realistic people who are looking for a great value holiday!!!!

  • Stayed May 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed June 2, 2012

i visited vale de carros mid may 2012 for a week. it was great! had lovely weather and we got more than we expected!
it is clean, cheap and in a great location. we stayed in a studio apartment with two beds, fully equipped kitchen, bathroom with bath and shower, balcony and small tv.
lovely gardens and a nice sized pool. The staff are very friendly as were all the portuguese we met!
the local shops, restaurants, and bus stop are only a 5min walk away, its a nice quiet town far enough away from the hustle and bustle of the bars but only a short cab/bus ride away from the "strip" with all the bars and more restaurants, only takes about 10-15 mins and about the same distance in the other direction is the old town.
the beach is about a 20 minute walk, you could get a cab for only a few euro if you didn't want to walk and its a gorgeous beach.
had a really good time! would defo go back and would advise anyone going to that part of town to stay there!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 31, 2012

Back now two weeks after a great one week break in Vale de Carros. We asked for a certain apartment and on arrival we got it. The Receptionist was extremely frendly and helpful. The apartments are basic but very clean and got several changes of towels. Renato the Manager was always round for advice or just to have a wee chat. The pool was clean and the surrounding gardens are extremely well kept. This is a family run complex and they take a lot of time to make sure their guests are having a good time. What struck me was that they had a lot of time for people with disabilities. The apartments are in walking distance from the local supermarket which is reasonably priced and the tobacconist is as cheap or even cheaper than any of the shops in Albuferuia.

The bar staff were extremely friendly and bent over backwards for whatever you asked for. I would have no hesitation in recommending this complex to anyone. Actually we are hoping to return again in September this year.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Vale de Carros
Address: Apartado 6015 | Olhos d'Agua, Albufeira 8201-925, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira
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Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #49 of 154 Hotels in Albufeira
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Hotel Class:3 star — Vale de Carros 3*
Number of rooms: 111
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