The rooms are spacious, clean and modern with good A/C and flat screen TV's. The bathrooms are also well appointed. Rooms are cleaned daily with fresh towels.
The restaurant is the usual buffet type scrum unless you get there before 0830 in the morning and before 2000 at night. We stayed for 14 days on an All Inclusive basis and for the first 9 days we couldn't fault the food - good choice, hot, plentiful and tasty, however on the 10th day it seemed to fall off the edge of a cliff with nothing but stew based dishes, no tuna for salads, pasta etc. Also, they don't make the best use of the open grill, with no omelettes in the morning and no steaks, chops etc at night.
We ate lunch mostly at the pool bar which is fine with a basic sandwich and salad menu. However, beware if you are on AI as not everything is included - we didn't get a list when we checked in and just assumed that it was everything including drinks - this is not the case. The steak sandwich, club sandwich and hot dog are not included nor are most of the salads. Bloody Mary's, branded spirits etc are also not included. This did mean I got into a heated discussion with one of the bar staff which was quickly resolved by one of the managers who are excellent by the way and very visible.
Sun beds are plentiful as are umbrellas and there is no rush to book your bed as you can't! The pool guys will lift your towels if you try to reserve, this is great as this is one aspect of a holiday that I dread - the morning scrap with the Germans!
The weather is fab and the temperature just right with a good breeze - very strong most afternoons. Close to the beach too if that tickles your fancy.
Pool towels are provided by reception. There is free wifi access there too.
All in all it was a good hotel. I do believe that this was the first year they have gone AI, if they want to continue in this vein then everything needs to be in - as it is in the Caribbean. Staff are excellent, notable mentions are the twins Mariana and Patricia. Rui in the restaurant and Malfada at the pool bar. Also the two managers - they will do all they can to make your stay as comfortable as possible. I wish more service industry staff in this country worked as hard as these guys and took the same amount of pride in their jobs!
Thank you. We will be back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel is located on the beach front, along the sandy Meia Praia beach. It is the new reference point on the Western Algarve Coast. The closest train station is about 1.5 km away and Faro Airport is about 85 km away from the hotel. Occupying an 85-thousand square metre area, the building faces the ocean and allows for an optimised view from the hotel's rooms. There are 168 guest rooms in total. The premises are air-conditioned and guests are welcomed in a lobby with 24-hour reception and 24-hour check-out services. Facilities at the beach hotel include lift access, a hotel safe, TV lounge, children's playground, children's club, bar and a restaurant. As far as business activities and conventions are concerned, the facilities have a large convention centre which is 1100 m² in size and wireless Internet access is available for a fee. Guests can take advantage of the hotel's room and laundry services (the latter for a fee) and leave their vehicles in the car park or garage (the latter incurs an additional fee). The hotel offers its guests spacious and comfortable rooms with LCD TV with national and international channels with access to a film menu providing entertainment and information. For guests' convenience, there is a lounge area with a table and work desk with a wireless Internet connection for laptops (for an additional cost), minibar, radio and electronic safety lock. The en suite bathroom has a shower, bath, hairdryer and toiletry kit. Individually regulated air conditioning and individually regulated heating are provided. Private balconies for enjoying views of the hotel's surrounding areas also come as standard. Guests can take a refreshing dip in the hotel's swimming pool where there is also a children's swimming area, poolside snack bar, and sun loungers and parasols available on the sun terrace. This hotel offers guests all the comforts of a real resort. Located in front of the beach, they can enjoy either the swimming pool or the beach. Guests can also unwind in our Spa, Satsanga, with Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and it offers a spa where guests can pamper themselves with a massage or spa treatment (extra fees apply). There are also 3 tennis courts, pool/snooker, bowling and golf as well (all for extra fees). Moreover, the hotel organises an entertainment programme for children. Breakfast and dinner may be chosen from a wide breakfast buffet. Lunch and dinner can also be taken a la carte. ... more less
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