We stayed here early September and it was lovely. Rising out of the salt flats it is like an oasis with real charm. The pool area was delightful, particularly late afternoon and the staff extremely friendly. The rooms were well appointed and spacious - we had river facing rooms and never came across any noise.
The boat services to the beaches were really good and a treat in themselves. I would strongly recommend the Estreita beach - less crowded and also good to swim on lagoon side. It was a simple hop by boat (another ticket) to Santa Luzia and the excellent seafood restaurants. Eating out was a treat here and in Cabanas. We did not make it into Tavira for a meal but I have no doubt there are a good places.
The food in the hotel was good but would be reason for a 4 not 5 rating. The pool side bar was excellent and had god varied lunch. Morning breakfast excellent. The downsides were evening buffet and lack of outside seating in the evening - it is a real shame to have to sit inside an a/c restaurant at night given the lovely temperatures outside. We also had a very disappointing a la carte dinner - the waiter got it all wrong and the choice pretty weak given how good portuguese food can be.
I would strongly recommend this places, especially for young families as the kids club was very active. Hopefully some outdoor seating can be sorted at some stage.
- 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