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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Tavira Garden Hotel Tavira
- Garden Hotel Tavira