We had a half-board week at Vila Gale Albacora in early October, as there were very few families with children at that time (just before the October school break). Great location, tasty food, and the continuous sunny weather was very welcome. The herb gardens and flowering bushes around the balcony areas were very pleasant on the nose and the eyes. One or two minor issues - the location in the old tuna fishing village out of town surrounded by salt marshes was wonderful and quiet, however I didn't sleep as well as I expected due to the uncomfortable mattress and the random plumbing noises during the night, although the pillows were great. If guests were arriving late or departing early the noise from the suitcases wheeled over cobbles was quite loud, and the piped music in the restaurant and lobby was an odd "new age" mix which didn't really do anything for me. Fortunately when the restaurant was busy the background music couldn't be heard! Variety and quality of food at the breakfast and dinner buffet was generally excellent, and I particularly enjoyed the local fish and fruit. We didn't actually use the spa this time as the weather was so good, but it looked well appointed. There was a shuttle bus which ran regularly between the Albacora and the sister hotel in Tavira town, and a boat from the hotel to the island - definitely worth visiting. Overall, we would certainly be happy to go back.
- 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