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Villa Termal das Caldas de Monchique Spa & Resort
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Monchique
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“Relaxing holiday”
Reviewed July 14, 2014 via mobile

Perfect relaxing holiday, we stayed in hotel Carlos which was clean, and the bathroom and bedroom was of a good size. Views from room were breathtaking! There isn't much to do on this resort and the evening was very quiet almost too quiet! Needs some entertainment! 2 nights a week there is an outdoor cinema, subtitles were in Portuguese but the actual film was in English but it was more or less on mute so didn't satisfy all the audience which we thought was unfair. No bad points about the food, it was fresh and the service was brilliant. The house white wine was superb! We also ate in the tapas bar but only had a snack here, service there was also great and food good. Pool area was clean and tidy, the added touch of pineapple that was brought round was a lovely touch. There is a bar next to the pool area, there is a young lad that works there and we found him to be so polite and friendly! He works his butt off! I think if we were to come back again, we would most defo hire a car! I would like to mention the bad experience we had at the start of this holiday too, no idea who's fault it would be but it's worth a mention. We got dropped off by our bus transfer at the entrance of the spa ( we didn't know this at the time) it was pitch black and it was half 12 at night, the doors were locked to this building so we had no idea how to get in! We wondered round the resort carrying 2 heavy suitcases, up steps etc with no indication where to go! There was nobody around to ask or anything, no signs! After traipsing round for the best part of 45 minutes we came across another couple having the same problem! We all managed to find the reception in the end. But it was a disappointing start really. All in all a great holiday!

Stayed July 2014
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Villa Termal M, Gerente de relações com clientes at Villa Termal das Caldas de Monchique Spa & Resort, responded to this review, July 18, 2014
Dear Krystina,
Thank you very much for your feedback about the stay in Villa Termal das Caldas de Monchique. Your opinion is very important to us to work better and we'll take it in consideration. In addition to the outdoor cinema we also have yoga classes, sport circuit and nature walkings and, from now on: zumba, barbecue, live music, fado... Hope to see soon again in Caldas de Monchique!

Kind Regards,
Villa Termal das Caldas de Monchique
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Lincoln England
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Reviewed July 13, 2014

went for a long weekend for some rest and some amazing food. the rooms where clean and tidy and perfect for a long weekend. the staff where great and friendly and really helpful. the breakfast was ok nothing to write home about. But the views where to die for if you like walking you would love it here.

Room Tip: Stay in the de carlos high up on the third floor at the back
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled solo
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Villa Termal M, Gerente de relações com clientes at Villa Termal das Caldas de Monchique Spa & Resort, responded to this review, July 18, 2014
Dear Lincoln,

It was a pleasure to receive you for a long weekend in our Resort! Thank you so much for your feedback about our services/staff. We hope you enjoyed the nature and the views of Caldas de Monchique! Please share some pictures in Tripadvisor for all the users can see the amazing views!

See you next time in Monchique.

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Villa Termal das Caldas de Monchique
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Reviewed July 5, 2014

We recently had the pleasure to stay in this unique resort/spa. It seems that this resort has evolved over the years and there are many added buildings. Rooms lovely but dated. We went to the taps bar on the first evening expecting traditional and nice bites to eat, what a disappointment, the chicken wings where greasy and cold/tasteless, traditional potato skins dry and listless, the rest not worth a mention.
The next day we utilised the Spa and where not disappointed - highly recommended and excellent service. Dinner in the 1642 restaurant was good and location on the terrace beautiful. Worth a visit

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Villa Termal M, Gerente de relações com clientes at Villa Termal das Caldas de Monchique Spa & Resort, responded to this review, July 18, 2014
Dear VKXAN, Thank you very much for your comment about our services.
Your feedback is so important for us to monitor what we can do better and we will take in consideration your opinion about our service in the Wine Bar Tasco.
We look forward to being able to welcome you back to Villa Termal das Caldas de Monchique, Spa Resort.
See you soon!
Villa Termal das Caldas de Monchique
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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 2, 2014

Attended for one night for a wedding and were more than impressed, we had a lovely room overlooking the courtyard with a juliet balcony & lovely shuttered windows very romantic! Room was an older style but clean with a handy fridge and enormous bathroom, shower head looked small but it was very powerful.
The wedding was in the small onsite chapel and was lovely, very special. The wedding reception was in the courtyard which had been beautifully prepared by the staff, lights in the trees, candles, very 'mama mia' just in Portugal! Food, service, ambiance all perfect. Wedding planners were on hand all night making sure everything ran smoothly, sometimes too efficient as if you went off to dance and left your drink it was gone when you got back, ok as the bar was free but you'd be a be a bit miffed otherwise!
We didnt use the spa as we wanted to make the most of our last day sightseeing but the pool looked fantastic. Monchique itself is beautiful and its well worth a drive to the top of the mountain, look out for farmers selling potatoes & herbs on the way & a stall at the selling honey, herbs & cheese. The air up the top is so fresh and the views outstanding, lots of restaurants with great views on the way up or down!

Room Tip: If want peace & quiet check if there is a function on before booking a courtyard room, we had a...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Villa Termal M, Gerente de relações com clientes at Villa Termal das Caldas de Monchique Spa & Resort, responded to this review, July 18, 2014
Dear FrankyZumba,

Thank you very much for your comment! It was a pleasure to receive you for the wedding and we're glad that you enjoyed Caldas de Monchique. Hope to see you soon in our resort!
Kind Regards,
Villa Termal das Caldas de Monchique
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Waalre, The Netherlands
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Reviewed May 27, 2014

Second time I stayed in this hotel and I love the atmosphere. It's a wellness resort with different kind of hotels and small restaurants, like a small village. In the main building you have a wonderful old hotel with beautiful furnished rooms. The rooms are older, but clean. Some of them with a nice view of the courtyard. There is a wellness centre I didn't use but looks nice. There is a nice pool for the hotel guests.

Room Tip: For a nice view choose the courtyard, for a quiet room choose the front (although the courtyard side...
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
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Villa Termal M, Gerente de relações com clientes at Villa Termal das Caldas de Monchique Spa & Resort, responded to this review, June 1, 2014
Dear Danny,

Thank you very much for your kind words about our resort! It will be pleasure to receive you next time in Monchique and give you a spa experience with the only thermal water in the Algarve.

Kind Regards,

Villa Termal Team
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed May 20, 2014

Stayed for three nights off-season as part of a walking holiday, the hotel is one of a group of hotels clustered around the spa (which all seem to be owned by the same company). The rooms in this hotel are traditionally decorated each with their own style (except for the Perspex TV stands which look rather out of place). The bed was comfortable and the bathroom spacious (with a nice powerful shower). WIFI was patchy in the room but good in communal areas. Breakfast was excellent with a good choice of cereals, fruit, bread etc. We also ate in the restaurant (as alternate options were thin on the ground off-season), the food (although not particularly Portuguese) was very good with an excellent selection of reasonably priced wines.

Room Tip: Rooms on the top floor are brighter being above the trees, those below are cooler for the same reaso...
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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Ireland
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Reviewed May 7, 2014

We spent five nights in a junior suite in the Hotel D Carlos. room was very big and spotlessly clean with housekeeping every day. Tv a bit dated but we hardly used it. Caldas de Monchique is a beautiful place, so relaxing and quiet compared to the overcrowded beach resorts. Breakfast in the restaurant was fine, nothing special but everything you would want. We had dinner two night in the restaurant, food was good, service a bit casual for our liking especially with the prices, no "front of house" staff to be seen to ensure everything ran smoothly but food was good and a very good wine selection. I would say that this location does get a lot busier in the months of July and August, we were surprised at how quiet it was but it suited us perfectly. A car is essential, the town of Monchique is just stunning along with the scenery. Some very good local restaurants too if you decide not to dine at the Villa Termal. We will definitely return.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Villa Termal M, Gerente de relações com clientes at Villa Termal das Caldas de Monchique Spa & Resort, responded to this review, May 15, 2014
Dear Ennis,

Thank you very much for your comment and kind words about our services. It was a pleasure to receive you in our Hotel!

Your feedback is so important for us to monitor what we can do better and we will take in consideration your opinion about our Staff in the Restaurant.

We look forward to being able to welcome you back to Villa Termal das Caldas de Monchique, Spa Resort.

See you soon!

Best Regards,

Villa Termal das Caldas de Monchique
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Property: Villa Termal das Caldas de Monchique Spa & Resort
Address: Caldas de Monchique, Monchique 8550-232, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Monchique
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Monchique
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Villa Termal das Caldas de Monchique Spa & Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 89
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the top of Algarve!Resembling a white village perfectly nestled among the Monchique Hills, Villa Termal features an outstanding Thermal spa using the only thermal waters in the south of Portugal . An indoor warm rich mineral water pool and exquisit facial and body treatments and massages by La Phyto are a welcoming card.The elegant and charming rooms distributed through 5 unique lodging complexes, are furnished with 18th- and 19th-century pieces.Guests of Villa Termal Das Caldas De Monchique Spa Resort can enjoy some great tapas and a glass of local wine at the stone-walled bar " O Tasco". The 1692 Restaurant offers a grill menu and Portuguese cuisine with traditional delicacies from the Monchique region, including special meat dishes.The outdoor swimming pool is surrounded by green garden and padded loungers. Besides relaxing in the sauna or steam bath, guests can enjoy walking and mountain biking tours in Serra de Monchique National Park. Other Nature related activities are available including canoeing, Climbing, Paintball, mountain bike downhill just 10 min away.Perfect for a relaxing getaway or an alternative holidays, the Villa termal das caldas de Monchique is 20 min away from the main stream locations, 25 min from the The best Algarvian beaches on the Atlantic, 40 min from the best wild Alentejo coast and Beaches. ... more   less 
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