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Vilalara Thalassa Resort
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Porches
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 27, 2013

We spent a wonderful week at Vilalara in late June this year. The hotel is located on a cliff and has its own beach. The gardens are very well kept, the food was just amazing and the staff was extremely nice. The hotel has got a very relaxed atmosphere. The resort is quite big, but we rarely bumped into people other than in the restaurant. So it felt very private.
Make sure you take the room with the seaview!
We will surely come back!

Room Tip: make sure you choose the room with a sea view, they are a lot bigger and nicer than the regular ones
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Reviewed July 24, 2013

I have been many times to Vilalara over the years and it is always as described on the tin. The gardens are beautiful, the pool areas are calm and the staff are brilliant. It is a very calm place to stay. An ideal place if you want to switch off and leave the stress at home. If you want to venture out, there is Vila Vita Parc over the road and a really good supermarket 400 metres up the road. I will be going back again next year.

Room Tip: We prefer the pool view rooms, but all the rooms are in a tranquil area.
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Michael B
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

Vilalara is a great resort: a beautiful garden and setting, en very good service. Food is good and quite good level of cooking. We read some reviews about outdated rooms on TA. But that is not what we found. on the contrary, it was recently renovated.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Jose19711971
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Reviewed July 12, 2013

The hotel is very good, no doubt about it.
The pool area is gorgeous overlooking the ocean. The same for the main restaurant, having breakfast while overlooking the deep blue ocean is a nice way to start the day. The staff is very helpful, speaking many languages and service minded.
The room was large, nice, well furnished, nice terras. Although this isn't a very small hotel it gives one an intimate feeling.
A few minor topics prevented me from stating the place is excellent.
This has to do with the service, don't get me wrong the service is good but not good enough to give an hotel of this price level an excellent status. Forks, knives or spoons weren't always changed spontanuesly after taking away a plate, towels for the 3rdperson forgotten, such small details. Off course these are details but for an hotel of this price level one expects details to be perfect. I would definitely recommend this hotel, even to high demanding travelers.

Stayed: July 2013
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Reviewed June 29, 2013

Entering in this faboulous property the first moments, all the stress falls off from you.
It is the 2nd time that we visit, not for holiday as we live in the region but for their summer barbecue held every friday..
The garden is a real paradise and the the view on the Ocean is stunning. The "rustique" bungalows spreaded over an area of 11 ha are in harmony with nature.
Before enterring the Grill restaurant it is irresistible to make a walk around the swan lake and enjoy harmony and serene athmosfere.
The staff is very sympatic and helpfull. Paulo parks your car and when you leave, brings him back. Service at table could not be better.
Rita Vilela, responsible food and beverages works very hard and makes sure that all is o.k.
Vilalara is owner of several awards and they deserve it.
Looking forward for thematic activities in wintertime and stay overnight.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

We have stayed at the Sheraton Pines in the past and in my view, this hotel is better. It is much smaller and personal and the staff are extremely friendly and helpful. It is about 40km from Faro airport, we, as usual, hired a car, and it is not an arduous journey – even avoiding the motorways (it is a ridiculous price to use the motorways in Portugal).

We had a garden suite, which was large and probably had the best wardrobe space I have ever encountered in any hotel. My only criticisms would be that the room felt “tired” – it was bland, no pictures or colour and the bathroom was a bit tired looking.

Food was excellent – we regularly lunch around the pool, a varied menu with something for everyone. We also had dinner in the restaurant a couple of times, which was to a very high standard. I was surprised to read on some reviews that they thought the prices were high – (where have they been staying!) - we thought they were extremely reasonable for both food and drinks; indeed, I would go as far to say it was the lowest priced hotel I’ve stayed in for a long, long time! There are some great restaurants, some not far from the hotel and others a short taxi/drive away - now they really are reasonably priced for excellent food and drink!

I loved the location, it is quiet and quite picturesque in places. There are some lovely towns and villages to visit, and for the golf lovers, a course round every corner!

The only reason I haven’t rated the hotel as excellent is the room was a bit tired and I thought housekeeping was a bit lax at times. However, it was thoroughly peaceful in a beautiful setting and that is why I will be going back.

Room Tip: The rooms are spread out in places it is quite "steep" and if you have any mobility issues...
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Reviewed June 14, 2013

Beautiful location, stunning views. spacious rooms and lots of green open space. Staff are very friendly and only too happy with anything. Food and drink around the resort is expensive but that seems pretty standard in a place like this. We would recommend this hotel to anyone.

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Additional Information about Vilalara Thalassa Resort

Address: Praia das Gaivotas | Alporchinhos, Porches 8400-450, Portugal (Formerly Blue & Green Vilalara Thalassa Resort)
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Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Porches
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Porches
#2 Family Hotel in Porches
#2 Luxury Hotel in Porches
#2 Spa Hotel in Porches
Price Range: $219 - $666 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Vilalara Thalassa Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 131
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
50 kilometres from Faro airport (FAO, ALgarve - Portugal), the Blue&Green Vilalara Thalassa Resort is a lakeside haven of style, comfort and exclusivity. As you gaze out and enjoy the setting you will realize the resort’s true essence and magic. This is a fascinating place where every detail has been designed for your wellbeing. Located on the Praia das Gaivotas cliff overlooking the sea, with a 12-hectare area consisting mainly of magnificent gardens, the Resort has 100 junior suites, 11 suites and 13 apartments. The low-rise architecture is marked by soft lines and colours and appears to have been inspired by Gaudi. It includes one restaurant of Portuguese cuisine and gourmet, low-calorie menus, and another with theme dinners and barbecues. It also features six outdoor pools of fresh and sea water and one of its main trademark images: the Thalassotherapy and Spa Center, the first in Portugal and one of the most respected in the world. soft lines and colours and appears to have been inspired by Gaudi. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Blue & Green Vilalara Thalassa Hotel Porches
Blue And Green Vilalara Thalassa Resort
Vilalara Thalassa Hotel
Sofitel Armacao De Pera
Vilalara Thalassa Porches
Sofitel Thalassa Vilalara
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