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“Too Distant”
Review of Praia Village

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Praia Village
Reviewed November 6, 2011

We stayed at Praia Village for two weeks in September. The apartment was very well appointed with all the required equipment for a self-catering holiday - air conditioning was a boon. We enjoyed our stay, however, we found the complex to be remote - there was no poolside bar or mini market on site. The nearest supermarket, with suitable provisions for self-catering was at least 10 minutes walk - a bit too far to have to "drag" bottles of water and everyday shopping. While,in the first few days, it didn't seem such a big deal but into the second week, it became a bit of a chore. The walk to the Marina was at least 15 minutes. Due to the large number of vacant undeveloped sites, we found the outlook at the apartments to be unattractive and we had a feeling of isolation because of this, hence, we would not have dreamed of walking back to the apartment at night. The major downside of this apartment is its location in relation to the resort and lack of on-site amenities.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 11, 2011

My family and I travelled to Praia Village Apartment H on 24thAugust 2009 for 9 nights, a party of 2 adults and 2 kids (10, 8). We booked directly with the owner from Ownersdirect.co.uk Ref 6119.
This newly developed complex in Vilamoura is set within its own landscaped gardens and boasts a good sized pool for the size of the complex. The accommodation is located in a quiet residential area, all amenities and attractions are close by, the Marina is about a 15-20 min walk and the beach is about 20-25 min walk. There is a Mini Golf complex about 10 mins walk from the apartments which cost’s around 12 Euro’s Adult and 8 Euro’s Children. There is a supermarket close to the minigolf, however I would recommend walking to Jaffers a further 5 mins away – they had a bigger variety and the prices were much cheaper. You can get a land train from the Minigolf which takes you to 3 central places and runs from about 10am upto early evening. There is a water park (Aqua Show ins theme park rides) which was really good, book from a ticket office in resort and include the transfers – we were able to secure a 15% discount doing it this way supposed to paying a higher price on the door. We did a Cruise along the coast line which then docked at a small beach - this was fantastic and great value for money 15 Euro's Adult and half price for children - book at the offices at the Marina opposite Parkys Restaurant. We would highly recommend News Cafe - really nice and reasonbly priced food. You have Zoomarine and karting, close to the resort. The Apartment is contemporary, with good facilities, it has all the mod cons....dishwasher, microwave, washer, Jacuzzi, steam shower, Sky, DVD player, Air Con. The apartment came with 2 sunbeds and considering we travelled in August were not a problem at all – plenty for everyone.
We travelled to the apartments via Yellowfish Transfers from the airport at a cost of approx 30 euro's each way. The apartment is on the ground floor and overlooks the pool, ideal for families with children and is an added benefit for this particular apartment – it was ideal for us and really quiet. Overall a very good standard of accommodation and would recommend this accommodation.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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6  Thank bettybakewell
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Reviewed August 25, 2011

The standard of the apartment in this small complex was excellent. I am glad that our garden apartment provided sun loungers because there was a shortage of communal ones. The electric shutters proved excellent for sleeping although the sound proofing in the apartments left a lot to be desired!

One important thing to note the walk to the marina took longer than advertised on the website, it stated 10 minutes but it took more like 20 minutes. Also the nearest supermarket and cash machine took 10 minutes not the advertised 4 minutes!

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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2  Thank PrimaryBursar
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Reviewed October 26, 2010

10 minute walk to the marina, no more, seems to be over estimated by some reviews. Apartments were faultless, all mod cons which would not be expected on holiday. No noise heard in apartments, taxi to shop for large shopping was only 4 euros. Booked directly with owner which was very straigh forward, have stayed twice in different apartments and will certainly go back.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled with family
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4  Thank charmcork
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Reviewed August 25, 2010

Stayed at Praia village in June 2010 and had an amazing week, lovely clean, modern apartment, fantastic pool, cannot fault the accommodation. Walk to the marina was a little tiresome, but I was 7 months pregnant, usually took us about 15 minutes, also a few of the supermarkets are now closed due to insolvency, only jaffers left which is also about 15 minutes walk, hot during the midday sun!

Great that sunbeds were allocated to the apartment for around the pool, it was never too busy and our little boy (2 and a half) enjoyed playing in the toddlers pool and made a few friends. Loved the shutters on the windows, gave us all a nice lay in!

Could have done with a few bars a bit closer, there were some about 10 minutes walk in the opposite direction to the marina, but they seemed a little isolated. Marina was pretty expensive for eating out, but we cooked in our apartment 2/3 nights, butchers at jaffers supermarket was very good.

The beach at Vilamoura, Praia de Falesia we visited, was absolutely gorgeous, very clean, nice cafe on the beach for lunch, however 15 euros for 2 sunbeds and umbrella for the day. We walked from the apartment, took about 20/25 minutes, just past the marina. The little train does go to the beach so worth catching that!

Didn't have a cloud in the sky all week, couldn't have asked for more, would thoroughly recommend for young families.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled with family
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2  Thank poolers
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Reviewed August 13, 2010

Just returned from 2 weeks in apartment G in Praia Village and they were fabulous!! We have 13 year old and 7 year old. The standard of furnishing and fitments was extremely high. How many times have we been to holiday apartments and the sofa is so uncomfortable to sit on!!

We had everything we could have needed, including beach towels. It was extremely clean.

The pool was good, very friendly and most people passed the time of day with you. Mixture of ages from very young families to young couples. Enough kids to play with, but not too many that the pool was over run with them!

It is a good 15 minute stroll down to the Marina, but not too far - especially after a day lounging at the pool it was good to stretch your legs.

Great apartments - Owners very friendly, efficient and answered every question we had.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled with family
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1  Thank fifiq
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Reviewed May 31, 2010

I am not usually the one to write reviews, prefer to read them but felt I should comment on our visit to Praia Village. We were a mixed age group however I felt the holiday didn't quite work for any of us. The teenagers were to young to do the very long walk to the marina on their own or down the lonely road to the beach. The grandparents (not aged) were driven mad by the constant baby cries from virtually every apartment (sound proofing is dreadful here) and the four adults were disappointed by the size of the balcony and pool area - which is far to small considering how many apartments use it. The adjacent apartment blocks seemed very quiet and relaxed compared to Praia Village. Marina excellent - great places to eat and drink - just a shame it was so far away from the apartment. Golf in this region is also very pricey. but the courses are very good. I feel we were mislead by the literature which had we known the reality we would not have booked.

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled with family
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3  Thank jennyomalley
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Additional Information about Praia Village

Address: Vilamoura, Quarteira, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Quarteira > Vilamoura
Amenities:
Free Parking Swimming Pool
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Ranked #10 of 35 Specialty Lodging in Vilamoura
Number of rooms: 4
Also Known As:
Praia Village Hotel Vilamoura
Praia Village Vilamoura, Portugal - Algarve

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