We stayed here about 4 years ago, have never returned to anywhere ever before, but in need of a total chill out holiday due to a recent family bereavement we decided we would go back. It proved to be an excellent decision, as we were familiar with the area and the hotel so didn't feel the need to do any local exploring. The hotel was much the same as previously, ideal for a relaxing couples holiday, our favourite cocktails barman was still there and still offered a fantastic service. We could see the change in the service industry in Portugal since we last visited, in that the rooms were cleaned throughout the day rather than first thing which seemed to bother some people but really as long as it's cleaned each day does it matter when. It is remote to the point of there being NO bars, shops, restuarants, cafes within the immediate vicinity but that for us is its huge attraction, it is so peaceful. Unlike some reviewers we didn't feel the need for a car, the hotel bus takes you into town & back for free and if the returns are not late enough a taxi is cheap enough but the fact that you are in a nature resort there is so much to see walking near the wetlands and directly behind the hotel is a fabulous small beach again ideal for a relaxing walk. There is also a boat (small extra charge) that takes you to the adjacent island where there are many beach bars and restaurants. The rooms are a little dated in decor but we feel that is part of the hotel's charm rather than that being a negative point and they are cleaned to a high standard which is surely the important factor. Breakfasts are varied in choice (our first morning was a Sunday - don't be put off by the weekends as the hotel attracts many locals on short stay so it can be rather frantic) we ate many lunches from the bar, reasonable choice and price and we had dinner 3 nights choosing the buffet one evening which was ok, not fantastic but plenty of choice and decent quality, and a la carte a couple of times which was good quality food with classy presentaton for the same cost as you would expect to pay in the UK. Having returned a second time and not been disappointed we will not leave it 4 years before we visit again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the Natural Park of Ria Formosa and approximately 4 km from the centre of Tavira and 3 km away from various restaurants, bars, nightclubs, shops and the public transport network. The nearest beach is just outside the hotel and just 400 m away you will find yourself in one of the best sandy beaches in the Algarve. The hotel was rebuilt in 2000 from an old tuna fish camp and has a total of 162 rooms of which 43 rooms with river view and 5 junior suites suitable for families. The hotel has a 24-hour reception, lovely lobby area, a currency exchange desk, a luggage room, a chapel, a museum and a game room. Among the common areas guests may enjoy the air-conditioned TV room, bar and restaurant where free Wi-Fi internet connection. Children are very welcome to this hotel being that they have their own Club full of activities and entertainment. Guests may park their cars in the parking lot and for an additional costs may use the laundry services and hotel safe. The pleasant rooms are equipped with air conditioning, electronic safety door look, direct telephone, LCD TV with Cable and Pay TV, Wi-Fi Connection and safe (for and additional cost), Minibar and 24 hour room service, private bathroom with telephone and hair dryer. The hotel Spa, Satsanga, is composed with a gym, an indoor heated pool, Jacuzzi, steam room/Turkish bath, Vichy shower massages and beauty treatments. The seasonal entertainment programme ensures that there is never a dull moment at the hotel. The hotel restaurant has a wide buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There is an a la carte menu offered at lunch and a set menu available at dinner. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Vila Gale Albacora Tavira
- Vila Gale Albacora Hotel