Me, my wife and two children, aged 11 and 7, stayed here on an all inclusive basis in August 2013. There are far many positives than negatives about our stay and we would definitely recommend the hotel.
The pool is a good size, which meant that it was never too busy. Between 1 and 3 it was especially quiet. At the deepest the pool is around 9 ft and the shallowest part of the main pool is still quite deep, but there is a separate child's pool.
There was generally enough loungers to go round for everyone and sufficient space on the grasses area for towels etc.
The food is of a good standard. There is always fresh fruit and salad and normally a pork, chicken and beef dish available. The option of the pool snack bar during the day was great. They do burgers, baguettes, chips and ice cream etc which runs 11am til 6pm. You can use the main restaurant if you want to.
The rooms are of good size, with fully operational kitchens and air con, which was ok. There was cleaned fairly regularly.
The hotel itself is clean and modern and the staff are very helpfully. They allowed us to use the Internet and printer in the main office to print off some park tickets, which was good of them, their English is very good.
The facilities are good, with football area, tennis courts, crazy golf and gym, however there is a £5 euro charge for the golf and the gym is £6 euro, a little expensive I thought. You can hire towels for a deposit and change them every day, and a safe which is £25 euro deposit and £3 euro a day.
Tue to Sat there is entertainment 3 times a day with water volleyball, tennis, darts and pool etc.
The location many people say is a problem but you know that it's remote when you book. For us that isn't a problem as the idea of all inclusive is to remain on the complex for most of the holiday. If I wanted to explore the area I would go more central and probably not all inclusive.
The hotel free bus takes you to the town Mon to Fri and is great.
The evening entertainment has live music, a reptile, parrot show and a pianist. There is generally no music on in the hotel reception, so there is no atmosphere. If they had bingo or a quiz on a night it would improve the evenings.
The evening meal doesn't begin until 7.30, which is quite late, especially if you have young children.
The bathrooms need a little TLC and the windows throughout the hotel could be cleaned more often.
Request a 1st floor room so that you are on the same level as the pool.
The parrot and reptile shows start at 9pm in the pool bar so get there early for decent seats as it gets busy.
We went to slide and splash water park, which was good but the queues were long. You can book through the hotel reception, which isn't advertised.
Again, for the money, the hotel and overall holiday was excellent and we would return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Balaia Atlantico is a natural oasis surrounded by the unique beauty and contrasts of the Algarve countryside, among the over 3 km of sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. Located on the outskirts of Albufeira, surrounded by magnificent forests of olive trees and lush citrus tree plantations, it offers spectacular ocean views from any of its 139 apartments. The use of some services such as Fitness Centre, Games Camps has an additional cost. The use of swimming cap in the indoor pool is mandatory. Customers can buy caps at € 4.50 / each at the front desk. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Apartamento Balaia Atlantico Albufeira
- Apartamento Balaia Atlantico Hotel
- Balaia Atlantico Hotel
- Balaia Atlantico Aparthotel
- Hotel Apartamento Balaia Atlantico Albufeira, Portugal - Algarve