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Nautilus Apartments
Ranked #25 of 36 Hotels in Vilamoura
Blackpool, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
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“Nice Nautilus”
Reviewed June 7, 2004

We arrived at The Nautilus not really knowing what to expect of Portuguese holidays.
It seemed really quiet and peaceful, and we hoped this would last.
While we awaited keys we rested at the poolside bar and gasped for breath in the searing heat (much warmer than early morning Manchester Airport!), while the kids ogled lustfully at the clear pool!
The accomodation was clean and satisfactory-quite spacious! Kitchen was well equipped (apart from a pair of scissors) but the electric cooker a little slow.
The bathroom was fine, bath with overhead shower, a shower curtain (quite a novelty after the Greek Islands), a WC, bidet and large wash-basin.
The pool is treated every night from 9pm onwards, and is open until then.
There are supermarkets 5-10 minutes walk away. (Out of main entrance, turn left, walk to roundabout, turn right, at next crossroads turn left and past the "Topiaza" snack bar (and Pub) you will find Alisuper the "supermarcado"
A walk into town is about 20 minutes-about 25 to the marina. There's a shuttle bus available too, from reception almost every half hour.
for a family of four it is probably cheaper to get a taxi...we usually walked in and then taxid back-fro less than 5 Euros!
We visited Aqualand which is near "Albufeira" - their coach stops at the Nautilus daily there and back! Take your sunblock!!
The 4 of us did a "sunset cruise"a 2 hour boatride total cost with 2 adults and 2 kids was about 27 euros.
Don't miss the Roman Ruin near the Marina. I'm no history type but they amazed me and my 8 year old is still excited about having seen them. There are amazing examples of preserved mosaic floors and the varios parts of the villa are incredible! Entry there is cheap too-we paid 2 Euros-for all of us. They give you an English map and there are info boards all the way round. At the end a small museum with some of the artifacts and SKELETONS unearthed there!
Do NOT miss the marina and the shops and snack bars there...and gorgeous ice creams!
Back at the Nautilus more kids arrived over the 2 weeks we were there and days around the pool livened up. However, at night time the bar called last orders at about 11pm ish (serves food till 10pm) and by 1130pm all is peaceful and quiet!
Another thing about the bar: It serves the best Chicken Piri Piri in Vilamoura! And that's a fact!
Would I go back? Absolutely. I might pack a dishcloth this time and a pair of scissors but that's all.

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Reviewed May 6, 2004

As a family we had a wonderful time, it was relaxing, quant and the surroundings were beautiful
The apartments were clean and spacious and a great atmosphere.
I recommend all to these apartments

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Lincolnshire, England
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Reviewed April 28, 2004

The nautilus was very accomodating, we are a family of 5, we took our 3 daughters and 1 extra my teenage daugters friend. we arrived 4th may 2003 all a little tired,but soon got into the holiday mood.we had a 2 bedroom and 2 bathroom apartment, which had ample space,after unpacking the 2 teenagers started complaining of a musty smell which i did notice but didn't mention anything it wasn't that bad,i'd unpacked everything by that time,they would't stop moaning, so called at reception,they explained that being closed over the winter season the air needs to circulate and will smell fresher in time,but the girls couldn't stand the smell,so we were given an option and offered a completely different room,they only had 2 1 bedroom aparments available, at first i wasn't sure of the 2 eldest being on there own plus i 'd have to repack and start again,it turned out fine and dandy,the 2 teenagers had a great to weeks and kept there apartment very clean and tidy,and the other 2 shared a bed settee that turned in two comfy single beds,we met some lovely families and a few times made use of the spacious private garden and had bar-b-ques,franando was very entertaining for the kids,he even organised a birthday cake for one of our girls,we hired a car which nautilus organised for us,the local supermarkets are just 10 mins walk,and the use of the beach bus was excellent!!. The marina had some good eating out rest for the kids even PIZZA HUT,and some nice rest for us grown ups, on the whole we will deffinatley return, i would give it 8 out 10 for a 3 star for the location and service.

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Scotland
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Reviewed January 10, 2004

We have had many family holidays at Nautilus and have all enjoyed every minute of them. It is such a friendly, safe enviornment and we were lucky enough to meet two great couples who we keep in touch with.

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Reviewed July 26, 2003

My husband and I have had the most enjoyable holiday ever. The Staff including Duart and Fernandos were so very friendly and kind. The views were pretty overlooking the beautiful, peaceful gardens. The apartment was just perfect, as it was comfortable, imaculately clean and spacious. Every aspect of our holiday was perfect and extremely enjoyable. We have recommended Nautilus to all of our friends and hope to return ourselves in the near future.

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Reviewed June 3, 2003

I chose the Nautilus as we have a 2year old boy and the apartments have a children's pool and play area. The play area is sand with old, metal swings, slide, see-saw and a few other things but the sand had quite a bit of rubbish in it. Not as good as I'd expected. The aparments are approx 30mins walk into Vilamoura but the apartments' bus service is excellent and the bloke on reception was great (he was more useful than the rep). Every Wednesday and Friday they have a quiz or karaoke in the pool bar so expect some noise from your balcony!

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Reviewed May 7, 2003

My boyfriend and I stayed at the Nautilus Apartments during the last week of April 2003. We were both really impressed by the apartments and the staff. We were lucky enough to have a ground floor apartment with a garden, which got the sun from 8.00 am until 5.00 pm, at the far side of the pool. A perfect spot for a bit of sunbathing if you didn't want to sit round the pool itself, although there were plenty of sunbeds if you wished to. Our apartment was so spacious that even if there had been four adults staying there would still have been enough room for everybody. There was plenty of cupboard space for all and the kitchen was so well equipped it was a real 'home from home'. We had a microwave, toaster and kettle. There was also a proper cooker with four electric rings and a full size fridge with a decent size freezer. The kitchen cupboards were stacked full of every possible utensil and piece of crockery you could imagaine or would ever need. There was even a tv set in the living room, although very limited channels and a refundable charge is made by Reception if you want the remote control. The apartments also have air conditioning which provide heat as well as cooling the apartment, but again there is a charge for this of about £25.00 per week payable at Reception. The pool bar/restaurant was really impressive as well. Although not a very large restaurant, the food was always excellent and the staff were just the best (particularly Fernando the Bar Manager). Overall I would say probably the nicest self catering apartments I have stayed in over the years.The Nautilus Apartments are about a 20/30 minute walk (or five Euros in a taxi which you can ring from one of the payphones situated within the apartments and will pick you up from Reception) from the Marina in Vilamoura where all the 'action' takes place. Plenty of bars, restaurants and shops to visit and, although I understand that Vilamoura is one of the more expensive resorts in The Algarve, we were probably only paying the same price for tnd Carvery and the Sete Bar (which is part-owned by the footballer Figo) are definitely worth a visit for a lively and entertaining night.The beaches by the Marina are absolutely beautiful and almost deserted whilst we were there. We were told that the season proper does not really kick off in The Algarve until about June and it can reach as high as 110F (in the shade) during the Summer months. It was probably in the mid-eighties every day whilst we were staying, definitely hot enough for us.Overall I would say a most excellent holiday and a place I would definitely recommend. We are hoping to go back in the not too distant future (although probably not during Euro 2004 as they are planning on building a new stadium not so far from Vilamoura especially for next years tournament).

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Property: Nautilus Apartments
Address: Avenida Parque, Vilamoura, Quarteira 8125, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Quarteira > Vilamoura
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Bar / Lounge Restaurant Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #25 of 36 Hotels in Vilamoura
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Hotel Class:2 star — Nautilus Apartments 2*
Number of rooms: 66
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