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Rocha Brava Village Resort
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Reviewed October 24, 2012

We've been to Carvoeiro 5 times now with our 5 year old son and have finally found the best place to stay. A real gem. It is a way out from the town (around 3km) but there are 3 courtesy buses a day and the it isn't an issue. Two beautiful beaches within walking distance, some good local small supermarkets and lots of bars and restaurants. And heated pools which is very rare! And friendly staff. We will definitely be going back.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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15  Thank Maria M
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Reviewed October 23, 2012

If your idea of a holiday is discotheques and wild parties you won't like Rocha Brava. On the other hand, if you want a relaxing holiday in a beautiful location you need look no further!

Within a few kilometres of the resort there are half-a-dozen beautiful coves with sandy beaches, and if you're feeling adventurous you can visit them all by following the recently completed coastal path - it's about three hours in each direction should you decide to walk the whole length.

The nearest of the beaches is just 10-15 minutes walk away at Vale Centianes, though I prefer Carvalho - of course, everyone has their own favourite.

Unlike so many resorts which just keep growing upwards and outwards Rocha Brava is a mature development with no high-rise buildings and no ongoing building work. Adding to its charm is the fact that whilst the villas and apartments may be pigeon-holed into the usual categories, you'd be hard to pressed to find two that are identical in size, layout, or appearance. Most of the property is privately-owned and the character of owner (or owners - some are divided into quarter-shares) invariably adds an extra touch of uniqueness to the decor or facilities.

Sea-views can be a mixed blessing - because the Algarve is on the south coast of Portugal a property that faces the sea will inevitably get hotter - and many of the properties with seaviews are first floor properties, so don't offer instant access to the beautiful gardens.

There are three pools in the resort, the smallest of which is heated during the winter, for those who insist on a dip every day of the year - but it isn't big enough for 'proper' swimming. The four tennis courts have been recently refurbished and rackets and balls are available for hire if you haven't brought your own. There's also a nine-hole golf course nearby.

To make the most of your visit hire a car - except in peak season the amount you'll save by shopping in supermarkets and eating in will pay for it many times over. Intermarche is the nearest supermarket, about 10 minutes away on the road to Lagoa, and you'll find Pao de Acucar (think Waitrose) on the N125 heading out of Lagoa - but for the ultimate shopping experience visit the new Aqua Centre in Portimao, which boasts an enormous Jumbo amongst its dozen of shops.

There is a restaurant and a cafe within the resort, and there are several restaurants within 5 minutes from the main entrance. There is also a mini-market just inside the main entrance which is open long hours.

Be warned - you may end up liking Rocha Brava so much that you decide to become an owner!

Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
12  Thank StanstedPete
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Reviewed September 25, 2012

Sitting on some of the most beatiful views in the Algarve this well managed resort has everything. Well maintained properties, fantastic gardens around the site and good eating in and around the area. The staff are polite and helpful, always happy to go that extra mile.

Room Tip: Top tip wold be to go for a property with a sea view.
  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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5  Thank 165David
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Reviewed September 25, 2012

Rocha Brava apartments are located in a great position, near to the local fishing town Carvoeiro. We went at the beginning of September and the weather was perfect. On arrival we were given a free up-grade to a 2 bed apartment with a garden view which was a lovely surprise. The apartment was spacious, clean and well equipped. The resort was very quiet and peaceful; there were always plenty of sun beds around the pools to choose from. The site is very well kept, with beautiful flowers and palm trees which line the paths. The only slight downfall was the beds were quite hard, but this was solved by placing the thick bed cover under the bottom sheet!!
We loved wondering around Carvoeiro in the evening and walking up to the cliff tops to watch the sun sets. The views were stunning. We would definitely go there again.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Joy186460
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

We booked the holiday at the last minute for some sun. The accommodation booked was for one bedroom apartment with breakfast. We arrived at 21.30 and the receptionist was very welcoming she arranged for the mini bus to take us to the appartment which turned out to be 2 bedroom with lounge and kitchen which had evrything you needed.There was also a roof terrace with sunbeds for us to us + a balcony to sit out on. The furniture and fittings were a bit dated but they were clean and fuctional. One tip if you have a bed that creaks when you turn over pull it away from the wall as the head board is attached to the wall not the bed and this stopped the creaking . We did get clean towels and bed changed twice in the week.
Breakfast was the same each day but there was plenty of choice. they have a free shuttle 3 times a day into Cavorioura from reception.
We tended to go to the pool at the bottom of the resort which was about five minutes walks this was quite with only us being there on most days. There was a bar area but this wasnt open so do take drinks and snacks with you.
The grounds were well maintained and clean the supermarket was a little expensive but i expected. I would not hasitate to book again.
The things i would change is the sunbeds as they were a little worn so where not the best to lay on. Secondly there was no safe in the accomodation although they did have safe boxes in reception so wasn't to bad.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank linda187
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