We have just returned from two weeks at Pinhal da Marina. We travelled as a family of four (two kids 4.5yrs and 9 months) and were really happy with our stay. Pinhal da Marina really surprised us. The setting is lovely, set amongst lovely gardens dotted with pine trees and enclosed by a perimeter fence, it was a lovely quite, safe environment for kids. We stayed in a ground floor one bedroom apratment with a garden view and it was perfect. Very spacious apartment, with excellant AC with all the facilities/appliances you would need (expect for laundrey although this can be organised by reception staff), very clean with a nice ground floor terrace with two sun loungers looking onto plenty of grass areas for the kids to enjoy. The staff were wonderfull, from front desk reception, to restaurant/bar to cleaning staff, everyone was courteous, friendly and always willing to help (spoke perfect English also). There is two pool areas, one by the restauraunt/bar which had a large pool (with a shallow 1.1M and deep end 2.7M at its deepest - which was great!) and a lovely kids pool 0.55M deep all round. There is another large pool (shallow/deep end) at another end of the complex with tennis court close by. Also near the pool is a kids playground, with a swing, see-saw monkey bars etc but smartly closed in with acess in and out from pool area only. A kids club started begining of August and this was great. The activities co-ordinator (unfortuanely her name escapes me) was excellant. Great with the kids and organised so many different activites throughout the day from 10am until 5/6pm some days. The restauraunt/bar was lovely. Food was very tasty but menu was limited and could have offered more lunch/snack options during the day. You could also order take away from the apartments and they would ring when food was ready which was very handy. The nearest shop was a Spar (had everything you would need) is about an 8 minute walk away and the Marina was 15 minute walk (a taxi depending on what side of the Marina your on, would be €5/€6)
During our stay, my sister and her husband and my father also stayed for a week. They stayed in two studio apartments. I was really impressed by both there apartments. Really spacious with modern decor (particuarly the one with a pool view at the single large pool) and ideal for couples or singles looking for a quite get away in Villamoura.
Villamoura Marina itself is very nice with plenty of bars/restauraunts to choose from. There is also a kids funfair at one end which is a handy distraction at times. One critism I would have many restauraunts on the Marina is service can be slow, particularly noticable with kids, but the earlier you eat the quicker it will be, we found if not ordering by 7.15pm service could progressively get slower. The Marina had a very nice safe feel to it and a great buzz around every evening.There is two nice beaches off the Marina, one near the Tivoli hotel and a nicer beach near the Lake Resort side, however Pinhal da Marina has everythiong we looked for and we never really left the complex by day. All in all, a great holiday made very enjoyable by our stay in Pinhal da Marina, I would highly recommend it for families and couples/singles alike, we will certainly return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pinhal da Marina Apartments 10/15 minute walk to the Marina for restaurant's, bar's, shop's, and the casino, with a choice of 2 excellent golden sandy beaches either side of the Marina. The Vilamoura golf courses are all within a five minute drive. "Pinhal da Marina" itself comprises of 128 apartments (from studio to 3 bedroom apartment) all furnished with air conditioning in the living room, heater in the bedrooms, satellite tv, a safety deposit box, and if your clients are eating in, the kitchen's are equipped with cooker's, micro wave oven, toaster, tea-coffee facility's and cooking utensils. A feature of the apartments is the spacious veranda's overlooking the gardens or swimming pools where you can sit and watch the sun go down with your favourite beverage in hand. "Pinhal da Marina" host's two large outdoor swimming pool's, a child's paddling pool, a children's playground, restaurant/bar, tennis court, and football, volleyball, basketball area's. Wi-Fi is free of charge in common areas (pool and reception) at Pinhal da Marina Pinmar restaurant is located at Pinhal da Marina by the main pool and it is open from Abril to October. Every day you can have meals a la carte or choose to have half / full board regimen. Also you can have a snack or drinks all day long. Continental breakfast is served daily from 7 am to 10 am (extra cost per person/ day). O Pinhal da Marina is a great place for family holidays and self-catering holidays all year around. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pinhal Da Marina Vilamoura, Portugal - Algarve