We stayed for one week at the end of June 2013. We have 2 children ages 3 and 6 years and we stayed in one of the 2 bed apartments. The apartment was faultless, spacious, pristine and the best part was the daily maid service. On returning from the pool, the dishwasher would be emptied and the kitchen would look like new. Our kids loved the pool area, we were surrounded by like-minded families, although you never had the impression that the place was very busy. There is a kids club, although in the end our kids didn't really bother with it.
Every evening we got a taxi to Carvoeiro for about 5 euros. The restaurants are all very child friendly, although the food was pleasant mostly and certainly not impressive.
We didn't hire a car, and honestly we didn't feel like we needed one, although if you are staying longer we would recommend one. Note though that there is no supermarket within walking distance, so if you don't hire a car you will require a taxi, though they are cheap and reliable.
You definitely don't need to bring shampoo shower gel or a hair dryer as those supplied are excellent. I could have done with decent hand soap.
Also handy to bring if you have young children would be dry snacks such as Tuc or Rich tea, a travel mug for coffee (good percolator in the apartment), salt and pepper, 2 washing tablets to run a couple of washes, a cooler bag for drinks by the pool, teaspoons, sugar and plastic bowls/cups for young children.
However the restaurant on site is reasonably priced by Irish standards.
Overall we had a wonderful week here and would highly recommend it for families with young children. My only downside was the distance from the beach.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Monte Santo Resort in Carvoeiro, offers a range of modern and luxurious Suites, apartments and townhouses. Just 45 minutes from Faro airport, Monte Santo is situated on the hilltops over Carvoeiro, a historic fishing town.Whether you are looking for a relaxing Algarve holiday, a fun-filled family holiday, or a spa or golf weekend, Monte Santo will cater to your every need with 5 star luxury. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Monte Santo Hotel Carvoeiro
- Monte Santo Resort Carvoeiro, Portugal - Algarve