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Pestana Golf Resort Gramacho
Ranked #9 of 19 Hotels in Carvoeiro
Certificate of Excellence
Southampton, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“Superb facilities, lovely setting, great golf and very helpful staff.”
Reviewed May 9, 2013

On arrival at Pestana golf resort Gramacho, the views and surroundings were stunning. The staff at reception were very helpful and made our transfer to apartment easy. The 2 bed 2 bathroom apartment was spacious, clean and had everything needed. The golf courses were in excellent condition, a real gem of a holiday. Plenty of choice of food at the restaurant or in nearby Carvieiro. Our holiday was booked through Golfbreaks.

  • Stayed May 2013
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Emanuel A, Diretor de vendas at Pestana Golf Resort Gramacho, responded to this review, February 18, 2014
Dear Sirs,

We are delighted that your experience was such a great one, and thank you so much for making the Pestana Golf a reference here in Algarve.

Looking forward to seeing you again soon,

Sincerely Yours,

Emanuel Amador
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Reviewed May 8, 2013

Just returned from a 3 night break at Pestana and have to say it is great value.
8 had 2 x 2 bed apartments with were excellent, large, clean and everything you would need for a SCatering break. The only small issue was we had one twin room and one double for a group of guy but one of the sofas pulled out and this resolved the issue.
When we arrived we had no hot water but a call to reception resolved this, the apartments are first class.
We were located at Pinta which was a 5 minute drive/20 min walk from the clubhouse at Gramacho which was a bit of a pain but if you seek out Antonio who drives the resort bus for the resort you can arrange for him to collect you. He really is a lovely guy and we used him every day, this is a free service but we always gave him a tip.
Breakfast is good, fruit salad, cereals, yogurt, bacon, eggs, sausages, mushrooms bean, bread and tea, coffee, and juices and what a way to enjoy breakfast sitting outside the Gramacho clubhouse overlooking the 18th green in the morning sun.
The Pestana staff are fantastic and can’t do enough for you. The clubhouses are excellent with TVs showing Skysports and the Super Bock is ice cold!
The Course are excellent we played Pinta and Gramacho which were superb and we also played Silves (10 min drive away ask Antonio to take you) which was very nice but the tees needed lawn mowing.
Lunch at Gramacho was very good and pretty decent value for the size of the portion that you receive.
The village is a 5 minute taxi away and is a very relaxed fishing village with plenty of bars and restaurants.
To summarise the whole Pestana resort is excellent and the golf very good. It’s pretty chilled as its away from the hustle and bustle of the larger resorts and we will all be back next year and for slightly longer than a weekend if the wives let us.

Room Tip: breakfast is served at Gramacho so try and stay in this part of the resort if you don't have a c...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Emanuel A, Director of Sales at Pestana Golf Resort Gramacho, responded to this review, February 18, 2014
Dear Mr Mark Hindy,

Thank you for taking the time to write a review of our hotel. Your feedback is greatly appreciated.

We are delighted that you had a great experience and enjoy our hotel. Many thanks for the kind words regarding our staff. We pride ourselves on the service we provide and I will be sure to share your sentiments with the whole team here at Pestana Golf

We look forward to welcoming you back to our golf resort.

KInd Regards,

Emanuel Amador
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Reviewed May 5, 2013 via mobile

This is our second year at Pestana and we really enjoyed it. From the day we booked the holiday to the day we arrived a d departed the staff really looked after us and it was amazing that after a year a few of them remembered us too. Service and quality was excellent on both courses. The villa was amazing and clean. We are so looking forward to going back next year but will look to play silves and milho. Special mention to Joana, Caterina, Rebeca and Ricardo who have been excellent and treated us really well. Thank you Pestana for making our holiday so enjoyable.

  • Stayed May 2013
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2 Thank holman_ma
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Emanuel A, Director of Sales at Pestana Golf Resort Gramacho, responded to this review, February 18, 2014
Dear Mr Holman,

It is always a pleasure to read and share great reviews however your comments that our staff are 'always excelent"' and both recognize you and you use their names are particularly gratifying to read.

Thank you so much for taking the time to write, and please do let me know when you plan to return in order that I may thank you in person.

With best regards
Emanuel Amador
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Lisbon, Portugal
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Reviewed April 1, 2013

We have been staying in Pestana Gramacho several times in the latest 3 years.
You can enjoy the best of 2 worlds... Being in a very calm and exclusive area but, at the same time, close by several beaches and all kinds of services.
The houses/apartments are just great. One thing we like about it is having enough room for a family, better than just staying in a small hotel room. The houses are very spacious, very well equipped and nice decorated (you even can get a jacuzzi!). Depending on the option you can get a small terrace or lawn for kids to play. The houses are equipped with barbecue and outside furniture so you can enjoy a drink or meal outside during Summer.
You get a swimming pool close to groups of apartments, shared but most of the time you are there alone… because there are many… The sunset is just beautifull from the houses and some swimming pools. Some houses have their own swimming pool.
We are not golfers but some friends say the best about the court and Pestana is know for high quality in this regard… Check other reviews…
The restaurant proved to be great whether in a New Years Eve and in a simple barbecue party.
Close by (2-5minutes by car) you can get all services you might need in Carvoeiro or Lagoa (post-offices, supermarkets, shops, gas station...).
The personnel is very nice and helpful on everything you might need and there is security service around the hotel.
Carvoeiro area has some of the most beautiful beaches in the Algarve just some minutes away by car (around 10 minutes or even closer if you choose the closest one)… Try Caneiros, Marinha, Rocha… The area has also some great restaurants (fish and meat – traditional ones or other international like italians…). For great pictures by the sea visit “Boneca” in Carvoeiro or the river in Ferragudo or just go to visit Silves castle, one of the most beautiful in the country. By night Portimão is close by and has some different options.

Room Tip: We loved the houses by the driving range!
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Emanuel A, Director of Sales at Pestana Golf Resort Gramacho, responded to this review, February 18, 2014
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Exmª Srª Nídia Afonso e familia,

Gostaríamos de agradecer desde já a vossa preferência pela nossa unidade hoteleira e por ter partilhado a vossa agradável experiência connosco através do tripadvisor.

Tivemos imenso prazer em receber os vossos comentários e sugestões relativos ao nível deste resort, os quais foram transmitidos a todos os departamentos envolvidos.

Na expectativa de voltar a recebê-los num futuro próximo, apresentamos os nossos melhores cumprimentos e subscrevemo-nos com toda a consideração,

Melhores Cumprimentos,

Emanuel Amador
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Great Malvern, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 27, 2013 via mobile

We have stayed at Gramacho many times over the last 8 or 9 years and this month although the courses were in fine condition especially after the recent downpours, the admin has become creaky. The original apartment we were allocated was very poor, poorly equipped and very very smoky. We were reallocated a lovely apartment, but two friends who joined us for a week were in a similarity poor 2 bed. When they moved in the alarm bleeped every time they moved through a sensor. Reception claimed people liked it that way!! Come on!! Maintenance eventually switched it from its engineering setting and silence reigned. Uncomfortable furniture and an antique tv did not endear the place to them on their first visit.
On our last night, we were disturbed late on as a key rattled in the door and in came a charming but amazed couple who were the owners. They do not let the flat through Pestana so were perplexed to find it let out by the resort. We had a sleepless night after the adrenalin rush and they went off to find a hotel, sportingly really in the circumstances.
Gramacho you need to get your act together, your standards for apartments are being ignored, and as for owners finding their flat let without their permission, wel!! The cable tv system is failing, but no corrective action taken.
We love the courses but there are too many hiccoughs. The staff are delightful and helpful but some are just being over stretched, we may think again before booking next time.




Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 3, 2013

A golf trip for 8 back in April 2012, we stayed in a Villa for 3 nights on the Gramacho resort from the day we arrived to the day we departed the staff were always friendly. On day 1 we arrived at 11:00 however check in time is from 2pm onwards. Staff still showed us to the Villa to allow us to get ready for the golf as well as purchase a few groceries from the local supermarket. We didnt hire a car and the transfer driver was more than welcome to take us out to the village rather than us ordering a taxi. On departure day we were not getting picked up till 4pm and once again the staff allowed us to stay a little longer rather than having to check out early in the morning. We played the Gramacho course which was more forgiving than Vale Da Pinta but you still need to be straight. However beware of the 12th green because its a big right to left putt and fast, also hole 16 strok index 1 is very interesting too. Vale Da Pinta was very challenging with undulating greens and tight fairways. All in all it was a lovely stay and experience hence we have booked again for this May

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
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1 Thank holman_ma
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Emanuel A, Golf & Resort Sales Manager at Pestana Golf Resort Gramacho, responded to this review, March 4, 2013
Dear Mr Holman,

We were very pleased to learn through your very kind comments that you enjoyed your stay with us and we would like to thank you for that.

We hope that we will soon have the pleasure of welcoming you or your friends/relatives to the Pestana Golf & Resorts and we will do our utmost to make your stay a most enjoyable one.

Assuring you our best attention at all times, we remain,

Sincerely Yours,

Emanuel Amador
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Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed February 22, 2013

Stayed here on a bed and breakfast basis in a group of 3 golfers. Upon arrival we were guided to our apartment; a huge apartment! 3 big bedrooms with 2 ensuite 1 with jacuzzi, and a huge living room with a fully equipped kitchen (including washing machine!). We then had a tee time on the Vale Pinta course which was nice. A nice layout with some nice holes.
We played all the courses which were part of the unlimited golf deal, the best being Vila Sol about 45km from Gramacho on the way to the airport. The fairways were all well cut. The only improvement the courses could address are the greens; they weren't very receptive and putted quite slow. Otherwise the courses all have their great signature holes and are all courses that I would play again.
The real issue I would say that needs to be addressed is the restaurants in the clubhouses: the food is not good at all. Vila Sol has a different menu but I heard its status is not the same as the other courses of the Pestana group. Maybe they should copy Vila Sol's menu...
Otherwise the stay was extremely enjoyable and I would definitely want to come back in the Algarve to play these courses again.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Emanuel A, Golf & Resort Sales Manager at Pestana Golf Resort Gramacho, responded to this review, March 4, 2013
Dear Mr Thibaut,

Firstly, we would very much like to thank you for choosing the Pestana Golf & Resorts - Carvoeiro and also for taking the time to fill in the tripadvisor guest questionnaire form, upon which we were indeed most pleased to learn that in general you found our facilities and standards to your liking encouraging you to a return visit.

We also would like to inform you that we haave taken good note of your construuctive commments and suggestions, which have already been forwarded to the F&B Director.

We do sincerely hope that we will soon have the privilege of welcoming you, or your friends or relatives, to the Pestana Golf & Resorts- Carvoeiro and we will certainly do our utmost to make your or their stay a most enjoyable and remarkable one.

In the meantime, we remain with our very best regards,

Yours Sincerely,

Emanuel Amador
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Property: Pestana Golf Resort Gramacho
Address: Apartado 1011, Carvoeiro 8401-908, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Carvoeiro
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Spa Hotel in Carvoeiro
#7 Family Hotel in Carvoeiro
#8 Luxury Hotel in Carvoeiro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Pestana Golf Resort Gramacho 4*
Number of rooms: 49
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This resort offers spacious apartments and villas with a balcony. It is situated just 2 km from Slide & Splash Water Park. It offers massage treatments and an outdoor pool with sun loungers. There is also Spa facilities (Indoor heated pool + sauna + steam room + jacuzzi). Guests can enjoy a round of golf at Gramacho and Vale de Pinta golf courses or a game of tennis on the court. A selection of regional and international dishes is served at the restaurant. Guests can enjoy a drink at the bar. The peaceful town of Lagoa is just 2 km away and the hotel is a 30-minute drive from Faro International Airport. Free private parking is available on site. ... more   less 
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