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Prado Villas
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Reviewed April 8, 2008

Spent the last week (1 - 8 April 08) at Prado Villas. Directions from airport almost impossible to follow - it took us over 2 hours to find. Accommodation is ok - could use some refurbishing. Wanted a nice, quiet break, however due to a new house being built 50 feet from our villa with building work starting at 7.30 a.m. and finishing at 6.00 pm Monday to Saturday and also various (noisy) building work taking place on the complex - our stay wasn't the relaxing one we'd hoped for. The manager of Prado Villas was very unhelpful, saying 'No one else has complained' which we found highly unlikely. We were so glad we'd hired a car and were able to escape every day.

  • Stayed: April 2008, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank alutep
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Reviewed January 3, 2008

Prado Villas is situated about 2 miles from the beach. You have to cross a main road though to get to the beach side. If you have a car there are many beautiful beaches if can reach on the coast.

We really enjoyed our relaxing holiday in this charming place. The villas themselves are white-washed bungalows and surrounded by green lawns and trees. In the middle there is the open air swimming pool (which we didn't use as it was winter and the water a bit cold). The Villas are equipped with self-catering kitchen, an en-suite bathroom, they have a TV (no satellite channels though), a couch, a dining table, and on the terrace there is also plastic table and chairs. The rooms can be heated using an electric heater in the winter found in all rooms. This was very adequate (temperatures in december were around 15 degres). There is a cleaning lady who comes twice a week. We found the staff courteous and helpful. Vilamoura town itself consists mainly of accommodations and facilities for tourists but the adjoining town of Quarteira (about 2 miles away) is more interesting and is a typical Portuguese town in the Algarve where restaurants, cafes, and all modern facilities can be found. There is also a town beach. If you have a car, we recommend visiting Lagos, a town about 1 hour drive to the west from Vilamoura, and the western tip (cape) of the Algarve "Cabo de Sao Vicente".

  • Stayed: December 2007, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Jonathan_68
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Reviewed October 20, 2007

We booked this holiday because it was very cheap and it rated no1 in Vilamoura on trip advisor.
I knew what to expect before i got there so it wasnt a shock however if I had booked this through an agent and paid more money for it it would have been a disapointment.
The complex is very basic, the villas are old and the decor inside relects that however there are very clean and well looked after.
This is an ideal place to stay if you are looking for somewhere to lay your head at the end of the day but not for someone who wants somewhere which has everthing in one place as this has nothing except a pool.
As advised by other traverlers we had a hire car for the entire holiday and this was invaluable, the marina and beach is within 5-10 mins in a car but too far to walk daily and we saw other people at the complex that were very bored as all they could do all day was sit at the pool or organise a taxi.
There are guard dogs in the nearby villas that do bark all night which would disturb some of the residents however our villa (no 13) was far enough away for it not to be a problem. One thing I didnt like is there is no lighting so when we got back after dark you had to feel your way around the complex to get home and you could not walk on the path as it was unstable.
One villa was burgeled while we were there however the resident left one of their shutters open when they went out so it was easy for the window to be forced open.
In general this complex would not make for a family holiday however is ideal for a bargain holiday for people that need a base to stay and for golfing parties as all the main curses are nearby.

  • Stayed: October 2007, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank NETGATE
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Reviewed August 10, 2007

We returned today from a weeks holiday in Prado Villas. I would describe this holiday as short but sweet.
The pool was great as it had sun beds, parasols and a shower. Most days there was only us and a few other people. The only downside for me was that it wasn't heated. I think that most people would prefer it like that, but it wasn't for me!
AND it took us 2 hours to find! It only should have taken 1/2 an hour. When you enter Villamoura look for Prado golf, i think its on your left! We asked the lady at reception and she gave us directions. If your really stuck then ask for the Hilton Hotel as it is near that.
We were disappointed as it did not have a bar where you could buy ice-creams or drinks from.
Taxis are cheap to go in and out of town from, but I would recommend hiring a car.
The harbour is beautiful, It is heaving with shops and Restraunts, something to suit everyone!

All in all I think that it was a FAB holiday which was highly recommended.

  • Stayed: August 2007, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 5, 2007

We hired a car and drove from Faro Airport which is 25 minutes away down the N125. Our villa was ready at 11am so we were lucky and got to check in early.

The complex has 18 or so individual villas. Our Villa was number 7, Villa violetta which has it's sun terrace / patio directly opposite the pool.

The centre point and main feature of Prado Villas is the pool area. Surrounded by a wide and paved sun terrace, with both flat and sit up style moulded sun loungers.

A medium sized non heated pool is perfect for taking the edge off that very hot Portugeuse sun. We went in every day either at the beginning or end of the day. The kids loved the pool!

There is great news here, there is no 7am scramble to get towels out! Everyone uses the pool and the beds sensibly so there was no need.

There is a maid service twice a week and you can hire a safe deposit box from reception which is open every day until 6pm.

The Bar / bistro was not open for the two weeks we were there. This did not really cause a problem as each villa has a fridge to keep your drinks and ice creams to sustain pool activity when you are there.

We ate in at our villa a couple of times in the evening, there are good facilities in the villa for preparing and serving your own meals.

The centre of Vilamoura is just a 5 minute drive away (a good 25 minute walk). There are numerous restaurants of all denominations but be warned, you will have to hunt around for bargains as most of them are expensive when compared with Spain or Cyprus for example.

Prado Villas is nice and peaceful, we would go back and would recommend it to anyone with pre teenage kids.

  • Stayed: August 2007, traveled with family
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1  Thank stevenpatrick
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