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“Tavira Garden 19B and Mr. Ted Mooney”
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Tavira Garden
Ranked #12 of 15 Hotels in Tavira
Reviewed December 9, 2012

My friends and I wanted a quiet, relaxing and charming get-away place close to Tavira and that is exactly what we found. I saw the pictures and read reviews posted on tripadvisor, enquired about availability on one of four properties owned by Mr. Mooney and promptly received a response. We confirmed the booking and received very detailed information about the apartment, the complex and the town itself. From first to last contact the experience was a joy.

The instructions to find Tavira Gardens were a bit confusing - given the number of roundabouts and the proliferation of signs we attempted to read as we made our way to the complex - but, at least for us, it was half the fun.

Once we arrived, we met Mr. Mooney. A wonderfully helpful, friendly man who showed us to our apartment (in which he had placed a bottle of wine and some treats) and then kindly acquiesced to our desire to check out his other properties as well.

All of them were first rate. However, the one I shall comment on is 19B, the garden flat in which we stayed. It instantly felt like home.The location of the apartment within the complex - it is set in a mature landscaped garden area near one of the pools - was ideal. As we chose to visit Tavira in December, we found the complex extremely quiet and really quite lovely. It is conveniently located very near shopping complex and cinema, and within easy walking distance of the city center.

The apartment itself boasts a first rate kitchen and breakfast bar from which you step down to a living/dining area and semi-enclosed terrace. There are two good sized bedrooms and two baths - one with a heated floor and both with heated towel racks. In brief, you'll find everything any traveler would expect, plus other features that continued to surprise us during our four day stay.

The reception office near the restaurant is equipped with a wireless connection. We opted to have a wireless hot-spot set up in the apartment. It functioned intermittently before refusing to connect. A call was then made to Mr. Mooney who made every effort to cheerfully resolve the issue. He returned several times and kindly refunded a portion of the internet charge. You cannot ask for more in terms of service.

I plan to return. My friends and I loved Tavira, we truly enjoyed Tavira Gardens and genuinely enjoyed the time we spent with Mr. Mooney.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 3, 2012

We stayed for the 1st time in Tavira Gardens last summer, and we were very pleasantly surprised by this lovely complex! We rented a 2 bedroom flat for over 2 weeks and loved our time there. The pools are great, with generally enough sunbeds for all. The pools are rarely overcrowded. There is a lovely bar/restaurant on site, as well as a reception which is very helpful when it is the 1st time there. The complex is 3 minutes walking distance from the supermarket and 10 minutes from a big mall that includes a hypermarket and cinemas amongst other shops. The only slight minus point on Tavira gardens is that it is a 20 minute walk to Tavira town centre and getting to the beach is a bit of a hassle too, but if you have a car you're fine!

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 13, 2012

We were very impressed with our apartment in Tavira Gardens. The rooms were spacious and the four levels provided a degree of privacy so we didn't feel we were living in one another's pockets. The smaller, nearby pool was invariably dominated by a gaggle of boisterous children, making it virtually impossible to swim, let along secure a lounger. But the main pool was a delight, well supervised and plenty of opportunity to relax in the sun or tone up those muscles in the water. There is also a great supermarket 100m or so from the complex with an excellent range of local foodstuffs and very reasonable prices. And if you want to explore further afield, the city centre is only 15-20 minutes away by foot and the nearby Porta Nova train station offers convenient access to Faro or Vila Real.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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2  Thank Greghory
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Reviewed May 27, 2012

We have just had a fantastic week here. The complex is stunning & well kept with one large pool & a smaller one & we mostly had the latter to ourselves. It was quiet but will almost certainly be busy in high season. Its a 15-20 minute walk into the town through a quiet residential area & there's a good supermarket just up the road. You can walk but its along the busy N125 so maybe not ideal if you have kids. Our appartment was nice with plenty of room with a balcony that got the sun from 4pm. It did suffer the usual holiday let woes of odd mismatch of kitchen ware, bizarre ornaments & slightly dated furniture but it was clean & comfortable & the towels were changed twice. Maybe a midweek clean & change of bedding would be good for a weeks stay like ours. I would recommend a stay but not in high season unless you like crowds & if you book with Owners Direct the appartments are privately owned holiday homes & from reviews i think may be to a slighlty higher standard of decor/furnishing.

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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank KellyGreenteam
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Reviewed May 3, 2012

We have just returned from our second visit to Tavira Garden (booked through Owners Direct) and it’s just as lovely as we remembered – immaculately kept, generous grounds with lovely gardens, and great facilities. Our apartment was superb. It’s obvious it’s someone’s second home as it’s so comfortably furnished and had everything we could wish for and more, with lots of extra personal touches that made all the difference. And it was great to meet Mike and his staff again at the Tavira Garden Bistro, and enjoy more nights of great food and great company.

We love Tavira, an elegant, unspoilt Portuguese town with historic buildings, narrow cobbled streets, lots of little shops to browse around, and so many restaurants and bars to choose from.

There are lots of places to visit as well as the beaches. We particularly enjoyed Nora Cacelo, a picturesque village about 10 km along the N125 and also recommend a drive up into the hills – try lunch at the Mesa Do Come.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Judith G
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Reviewed April 24, 2012

We are absolutely astonished to read the recent review headlined 'Rats' about the area around Tavira Garden's restaurant. We have been regular visitors to Tavira for ages and have visited the complex and excellent restaurant many times including this year. We have never ever seen a rat anywhere near the restaurant, or indeed in any other part of the gardens or complex.

Stayed: March 2012, traveled with friends
3  Thank CandAWorcester
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PortuGolf, Manager at Tavira Garden, responded to this reviewResponded April 26, 2012

This review is far more in keeping with the reality of Tavira Garden (and with the generality of reviews) than the previous review to which it refers. Thank you for coming to our defence.

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Reviewed April 3, 2012

We went to eat at the restaurant last Friday,30/03/2012. As we went up the steps to the restaurant we realised that the trees surrounding it was ALIVE with RATS, we could not believe our eyes. Not just a few but loads in every tree. What did we do RUN

Stayed: March 2012, traveled with friends
6  Thank carole233
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PortuGolf, Manager at Tavira Garden, responded to this reviewResponded April 9, 2012

Rather obviously the unexpected sighting of a rat can be disturbing and my sympathies go out to Carole in this regard. In a garden area where carob and other fruit trees abound, rats are always attracted. Tavira Garden has an ongoing, and rather successful, pest control program. While I would never claim that it is possible to eliminate rats entirely, my experience is that they are few and far between. The notion of rats swarming in the trees seems, however, simply not credible.

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Address: Sitio Cara de Pau, Estrada Nacional 125, Tavira 8800-221, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Tavira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #12 of 15 Hotels in Tavira
Price Range: $33 - $146 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Tavira Garden 3*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tavira Garden, Algarve, is a modern holiday rental apartment complex. Set on a low hill looking out to sea over Tavira town, it is an expressionist rendition of the medieval Moorish style. The lush, mature gardens boast an impressive array of palm, carob and ancient olive trees, set off by lovingly tended shrubs and flowers. The family-friendly complex is ideal for those seeking a relaxing location from which to enjoy the sun, sand and sights of the Algarve or the magnificent golf courses, hills and countryside! Disco bars and lager louts are in short supply in Tavira but two night clubs are to be found! The complex has main pool 20mx10m, second pool 15mx6m (plus 2 kids pools), full gym (with personal trainer), tennis, boules, 2 kids play areas. On-site bar, restaurant (off-season opening limited) ensures convenient wining and dining. Large supermarket 300m. Car rental on site (airport drop-off OK) but many visitors walk (10-15 min) or taxi (4 Euros) to town centre. Free WiFi internet on site in Tavira Garden main reception area (guaranteed during office hours). ... more   less 
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