We stayed in a 3 bedroom villa for 10 days in July.
The resort is a bit isolated although I expected that from the reports and thought it would not be a major issue with the 5* hotel close by with dining options.
The villa was superb. Very spacious and private - beautifully decorated (albeit a little sparse). If I was to look for a fault - given we paid a substantial amount of money for our stay- I would say:
for a villa of its quality the showers were bog standard "over the bath" style - I would have thought they would be equipped with "walk in" showers. Also due to the style - they were DARK. No lighting at all and if you closed the shower curtain you were in total darkness. Speaking of shower curtains - it was a fitted on a plastic extendable plastic pole which you could probably get at B & Q for £1.99. Not exactly what you pay £7k for...but maybe I'm nit picking...
2 of the 3 en-suite bedroom extended on to terraces above the pool. Perfect for sunbathing - except there was NO balcony furniture at all. What are you supposed to do - stand?
Other very minor issues were - despite an adequately furnished kitchen - there were no cereal bowls and oddly, no tea spoons. Not exactly Armageddon but again - £7k and (with kids) no cereal bowl or teaspoons? Just odd.
The above didn't put me off the villa one bit but I must take issue with one other matter.
I know this is probably a "one-off" but I cannot review the resort without mentioning it.
The villa has a safe (which I always think essential) but after a few days it failed to operate and would not close. I contacted reception and some-one came to look at it - couldn't get it working and said he would have to call maintenance. With our valuables (inc a large amount of cash, ipads, and passports - (probably very safe in my used sock drawer) - we left for a day away in our hire car.
On return in the evening (several hours after we left) we found a key to our villa in the door!!!! - WHAT!!apparently left by "housekeeping" by mistake. Could have been an expensive mistake for us but thankfully nothing was stolen.
Once again - is this the security you can expect for £7k...?? (we left 4 days later and no-one had turned up to fix the safe)
We used the hotel only rarely. It looks superb and the staff were friendly and helpful.
The pool area is excellent and facilities look great.
And that was the contradiction. Everything LOOKED great but the fact is on one of only two visits to eat in the hotel (the buffet) I have to say it was terrible. Apart from a lack of hot dishes (any beef, fish or chicken trays were empty) the overall standard is what you'd expect in a 2* hotel not 5* . The waiters were clueless, ( we ordered 5 drinks and were served by 3 waiters several minutes apart - eh? maybe something new - drink by instalment? but we normally like to socialise which isn't easy when half the table have drinks and the other half are awkwardly looking at their feet) there seemed to be no-one in charge and the whole thing was just chaotic. We didn't go back.
Ok - it all sounds a bit petty and harsh but I write this on the strength of the cost of the holiday - I just expected a little bit more for the money we paid and I would be reluctant to pay the same again until they get it a bit better organised.
To finish on a more positive note - the failings of the hotel catering made us eat at a couple of local restaurants just outside the resort which were superb ( and inexpensive) Another plus is the golf course right beside the hotel. It is superb - very inexpensive - (none of which made me play any better) but I would happily return in the expectation that the teething troubles encountered this year are rectified (This is the first year its been opened and to be fair - some issues may have be expected)
I'd go again - in 18 months or so.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 5-Star beachfront Hotel enjoys a fabulous location: on Salgados beach sand dunes, alongside a golf course and nearby a nature reserve. The Vidamar Algarve Hotel Guests can experience the MAR laid-back experience with the lively VIDA family facilities. All hotel Guests stay on Half Board basis and can take advantage of the Dine Around concept, whereby you can sample a variety of cuisines at a selection of restaurants. This Hotel offers 250 double rooms and suites, with different views. Doubles rooms can accommodate up to 2 adults and 2 children 0-11yrs. The Aquatica Kids World is designed around children and their daily needs. From 3 to 11-year-olds, the emphasis is on fun in a safe, secure environment. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Vidamar Resort Algarve Albufeira, Portugal