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Vale do Lobo Resort
Ranked #7 of 14 Hotels in Almancil
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 20, 2013

A 3 night golfing break for my son and my husband plus me as a non golfer. We had a standard appartment which was excellent with a private roof terrace plus jacuzzi and a seperate balcony (it's possible we were upgraded it really was that good). I cannot fault the appartment and with its barbecue facilities built into the roof terrace it would have been possible to self cater.
The golf package came with 2 rounds and this was extended to 3 at a 50% discount. The spa is great and although treatments are expensive they come with use of the sauna, pool etc which would normally cost 25€.
Others have mentioned the discount card when paying cash. There are lots of cash points and so it's well worth doing this.
I wasn't prepared for the vastness of this place. The bus is essential and never took longer than 10 minutes to arrive and usually quicker.
We found staff friendly. Spikes was best for lunch which we always enjoyed as there was a good choice of salads. The Praca has atmosphere but feels manufactured and is too expensive for the pub food on offer.
While I enjoyed the break and would certainly go again the downside was without an expensive taxi ride (or of course a car trip) you are restricted to the Vale do Lobo itself. The packages (golf or spa) are quite good value and it is the cost of food, drinks etc that really bumps up the total cost. 100€ for Dinner for 3 with no wine and only 2 courses for 2 of us in Monty's for what is really pub food wasn't untypical. Your budget needs to take this into account.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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ValedoLoboAlgarve, Marketing Department at Vale do Lobo Resort, responded to this reviewResponded November 26, 2013

Thank you for your comments and for choosing to stay in Vale do Lobo. We pride ourselves on providing a luxury holiday experience for guests, however we are unable to dictate prices charged by businesses operating within the resort. Many of the restaurants and bars within Vale do Lobo have promotional menus available and there is also the option of purchasing food to cook at home from the onsite supermarket. Holiday promotions including the provision of some meals are available from the tourism department, please visit our website for further details and we hope to welcome you back to us in the near future

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Reviewed September 6, 2013

A very nice gated community type of golf resort, perfect if you are on vacation with babies and small children. On site supermarket, gym, doctor, golf, pool, tennis, restaurants, pools, spa and much more. The villas are equiped with fully functional kitchen with all appliances and a washing machine, which is very practical if you travel with children. It's like having a five star resort in your own holiday home. The staff is very discrete and professional. Also nice for groups of grown ups. Nice beach and park.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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ValedoLoboAlgarve, Marketing Department at Vale do Lobo Resort, responded to this reviewResponded November 13, 2013

Thank you very much for your review and we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay in Vale do Lobo. We hope to welcome you and your family back to the resort in the very near future.

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Reviewed September 2, 2013

We have probably been a dozen times over the last 20 years and the place itself is clean, safe with a very good beech which has always been one of the main attractions. The Praca has lost some of its attraction, over priced with surley staff seem to have forgotten they are there to look after visitors.

The Tennis club is the exception and work hard to keep everyone happy and are cheerful about it! With an early checkout from our Villa we also found this the ideal plce to spend a day around the pool at minimal cost and good facilities we could use.

So another pleasant holiday in VDL but perhaps its time for teh management to change things a little at the Praca.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank Ber909
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ValedoLoboAlgarve, Marketing Department at Vale do Lobo Resort, responded to this reviewResponded November 26, 2013

Thank you for your review and comments, these have been passed on to the tourism department of the resort. We value all feedback from clients in Vale do Lobo and are constantly working to improve customer experiences.

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Reviewed August 19, 2013

Stayed in a deluxe villa with infinity pool. It was the first time we had been away with our children for a number of years (25 & 23) the apartment was superb all it said in the details well equipped and well positioned. I thought that the villa was fantastically positioned and had all of the amenities that you could need. It was extremely modern and felt like a home away from home. It was close to some wonderful restaurants which catered to everyones taste. We will definitely be returning and couldn't ask for better accommodation and resort to stay in. A 5% discount card is given to all of your party to use in the Praca and such things as crazy golf etc. also a free resort bus which you just call reception to travel. Lots of wonderful golf courses in surrounding area.
We will say we think the Praca needs some better facilities and restaurants.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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ValedoLoboAlgarve, Marketing Department at Vale do Lobo Resort, responded to this reviewResponded November 26, 2013

Thank you for your review and for your fantastic comments. We are very pleased that you and your family were able to enjoy Vale do Lobo to the full and hope to welcome you back here again in the near future.

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Reviewed July 30, 2013

Several golf courses, a tennis academy, a hotel, hundreds of high quality villas and a central hub with restaurants, shops and an amazing beach. The restaurants are not for the squeamish when the bill arrives but the food is high quality to match the needs of its regularly VIP clientele. Security is heavy in a comforting way but very friendly. The supermarket on site was expensive and so trips into nearby Almancil added to the fun. A great place to do nothing or do lots depending on how fit you are and if you enjoy golf! About 30 mins from Faro Airport by car. Great place if you have a few quid!

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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ValedoLoboAlgarve, Marketing Department at Vale do Lobo Resort, responded to this reviewResponded November 26, 2013

Thank you very much for your fantastic review of Vale do Lobo and for your constructive comments and tips for future guests. We hope that we will be able to welcome you back to Vale do Lobo again in the very near future.

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Reviewed July 24, 2013

Stayed in a beach villa, built directly on the beach, we had our own pool and one footstep brought you to the sand, amazing location, great restaurants and bars. Area has 2 golf clubs, high end gym, wirld renowned tennis facilities, something for everyone, Will be back.

  • Stayed: June 2013
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ValedoLoboAlgarve, Marketing Department at Vale do Lobo Resort, responded to this reviewResponded November 26, 2013

Thank you very much for your wonderful review of Vale do Lobo. We are very happy that you had a memorable and enjoyable time with us in the resort and hope to be able to welcome you back again in the future

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Reviewed July 22, 2013

The resort is beautiful, clean, well maintained and friendly. Our villa was exceptional and close to all the amenities.
However I'm afraid there was a lot we didn't like. The Praca wasn't really up our street. Felt very much like a 'resort' rather than a collection of authentic local eateries. We ate in Monty's the first evening and La Terrazza the next night only to discover the food is all from the same kitchen! The staff all rotate between restaurants and we found the food in the four restaurants we tried was entirely average and exceptionally overpriced. Chicken (dry) and chips (cold) =18 Euros!?! The kids menu is *exactly* the same in most of the restaurants too so our kids were bored by the chicken nuggets and fish finger choices by night 3!
The beach is beautiful, however sunbeds are overpriced at 21 Euros for 2 beds and an umbrella. There is no discount for after 4pm which is common on many beaches.
The rotunda pool is great for kids with the lily-pad steps being a huge favourite with our 8 year old son. We tended to go down after 4pm as it would cost 30 Euros for 2 adults to go for the whole day. Even the promised evening children's 'entertainment' mentioned on the Vale do Lobo website came at a price of 3 Euros for 10 minutes on a tiny bouncy castle. Poor.
It think we just felt like we were getting ripped off every day for the priviledge of staying there.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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ValedoLoboAlgarve, Marketing Department at Vale do Lobo Resort, responded to this reviewResponded November 26, 2013

Thank you for your review and comments. We value all feedback from clients in Vale do Lobo and are constantly working to improve customer experiences. We pride ourselves on providing a luxury holiday experience for guests, however we are unable to dictate prices charged by businesses operating within the resort. Resort cards are available to provide discounts for many of the amenities and are provided to guests who book directly through the resort. For further information, please visit our website or contact us directly by phone or email.

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Address: Estrada Vale do Lobo, Almancil 8135-864, Portugal
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Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Almancil
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Almancil
#5 Spa Hotel in Almancil
#6 Family Hotel in Almancil
#7 Luxury Hotel in Almancil
Price Range: $98 - $555 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Vale do Lobo Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 100
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Vale do Lobo Golf & Beach Resort offers a unique concept in luxury living. 1,500 residential and holiday properties, makes it the largest luxury resort of its kind in Portugal with endless facilities and services in a unique location in the Algarve ... more   less 
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