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“Top class hotel” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Vila Vita Parc Resort & Spa

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Vila Vita Parc Resort & Spa
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Porches
Certificate of Excellence
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London, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Top class hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

The hotel is set in beautiful gardens leading down to cliffs and a good secluded beach. The rooms are well appointed and comfortable. There are numerous swimming pools and different areas to sit or sunbathe without feeling crowded. There is a good choice of restaurants ranging from light snacks to the wonderful 2 Michelin star Ocean restaurant. The latter is quite superb although as you would guess it is not exactly cheap. But if you want a very special dining experience-- allow four hours for what is with various amuses bouches a nine course meal-- it is worth the price. The staff are without exception friendly and helpful. Overall a very good hotel, but perhaps a little overpriced.

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Service
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1 Thank Graham P
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KGillig, Gerente geral at Vila Vita Parc Resort & Spa, responded to this review, August 10, 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback following your recent stay at Vila Vita Parc, also for pointing out our restaurants particularly the “Ocean”, our comfortable rooms, the swimming pools,and the helpful and friendliness of our staff.
Your kind words are much appreciated.

We are looking forward to welcome you again.
With kind regards

Kurt Gillig
Managing Director
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Nice hotel, poor service and lack if response when complain. A big disappointment. Room smelt of old paint, apparently recently done, but clearly by men- no mirrors apart from one (not full length) in bathroom. Restaurants good if what represented in website, but check before you eat- we were completely fleeced when the supposed Italian with reasonably priced pizzas turned into the most poor quality buffet I've ever experienced, and charged a fortune for the privelige of a mangy salad starter, slice of pizza and donut for dessert- yuk!

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

I almost don't want to share this because I want it to be kept secret, however, it's impossible not to want to enthuse about this amazing hotel. From the moment of arrival, you are met with such warmth & immediately made very welcome. It's a safe reassurance that your holiday is in good hands. As mentioned by other reviewers, the staff are flawless but never fawning. Each request is met with efficiency & helpful suggestions are made just in case you hadn't thought of them. The staff are trained so well & are genuinely proud to be there. Management are not unseen & make themselves known to guests offering their services. I've never experienced that before, not even at The Four Seasons.

Because we were celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary, we were well looked after, though I rather feel as any guests, they would still be given royal treatment. The heart shaped petals left on the bed was such a lovely gesture.

The rooms are immaculate & so much attention to detail. Plenty of closet space & cupboards. Having sun loungers on your balcony together with the table & chairs is a fabulous touch. I so enjoyed my morning tea out there. If I have one little gripe it's that a docking station for smart phones would have been useful but then was this a ploy by VVP to ensure complete relaxation? The maid service & turndown service was excellent & we so looked forward to our evening chocolates on our return from the days events.

The choice of pools is incredible & the resort sports 9 restaurants. You will find something appealing in all of them. We unfortunately had a bad experience in Arte Nautica, their own beach restaurant. Sadly they seemed understaffed, we waited 40 minutes for our first drink & our main course took nearly 2 hours to arrive & on one dish, the sauté potatoes were not cooked through & the other dish of cod in Provençal sauce was disappointing. The staff apologised & offered to replace but it was too late in the evening so they dealt with the bill, We did coincidentally meet Oscar, the Food & Beverage Director the following day & we mentioned our experience. Oscar immediately took notes & I somehow doubt there would be a repeat & again, felt safe & assured that our comments were treated seriously. Such is the importance to them of maintaining their fine reputation. So I would still urge people to try Arte Nautica & to see favourable reviews.

The grounds are breathtaking & gardeners work very hard daily to ensure they are maintained. I sadly didn't get to use the Spa but plan to visit again so it will definitely be on my agenda. There are daily events held for which you are notified the night before by way of a newsletter delivered to your room with the turndown service.

I would like to give a personal mention to Pedro, Sandra, Jorge (Deputy Manager), Jolita as they were so incredibly helpful & made our stay all the more enjoyable. However, all of the staff are fantastic & it's a rare treat to see this throughout an entire resort. Clearly they are trained so well & made to feel special to work there. Very refreshing & it is obvious management know what they are doing.

I would also like to give Captain Jose & Antonio a mention for their sublime care on our last night. It was a memorable trip. Not forgetting Jorge, our driver.

All tha remains is for the planning of the next trip. Enough said.

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Location
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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4 Thank chess3
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KGillig, Gerente geral at Vila Vita Parc Resort & Spa, responded to this review, August 11, 2014
Dear Guest,

On behalf of my team I would like to thank you for sharing your “Secret”, and for such a detailed and thoroughly review on your recent stay. We are delighted to hear that you have truly enjoyed your time with us, and have had such an amazing experience.
We strive everyday to deliver the best experiences to our guests and extremely grateful when these are being recognized.

We are truly looking forward to welcome you back again at Vila Vita Parc.
Thank you very much for your support and recommendation.

With kind regards
Kurt Gillig
Managing Director
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Edmonton, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

It was our first visit to Vila Vita and we had a wonderful time. The service was phenomenal and the staff was very friendly and helpful. Everyone spoke English well and communication was never an issue.

Rooms are nice and in good condition.

There are numerous pools available with pool bars, restaurants and loungers. Finding a place to lounge for the day was never an issue.

The hotel can arrange for a sea cave adventure for you, which is well worth it! Explore the beautiful sea caves and hidden beaches on a private boat, all arranged by the hotel.

If you're planning on visiting other parts of the Algarve (for golfing, sightseeing, etc.), the hotel is in a great location as it's exactly in the middle of the Algarve and nothing is more than 30-40 min away.

Fly into Faro if you don't want to drive from Lisbon.

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Location
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Service
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1 Thank Jyoti L
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KGillig, Gerente geral at Vila Vita Parc Resort & Spa, responded to this review, August 3, 2014
Dear Guest,

We would like to thank you for sharing your Vila Vita Parc experience and for the compliments on the service and staff throughout your stay, your comment is much appreciated.
Thank you for choosing Vila Vita Parc.
We are looking forward to welcome you back again in the near future.

With kind regards

Kurt Gillig
Managing Director
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

I must complement the dedication and commitment of the entire staff as they are the true reason the resort is a pleasure to stay at. The food and beverage director is outstanding, the restaurants are top notch, the training and experiences of the F&B director shine thru. We were able to see the wine cellar and I still cannot believe the beauty and quality of the wines in the cellar. Our room was immaculate daily, staff are accommodating and cordial. Yes, it may be more expensive than other places to stay in the Algarve but sometimes you really do get what you pay for!! I will be back very very soon!

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Location
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Service
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Thank Sherryvdiet
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KGillig, Gerente geral at Vila Vita Parc Resort & Spa, responded to this review, July 30, 2014
Dear Guest,
Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your recent stay at Vila Vita Parc.

I am delighted to learn that your holidays were such an amazing experience, also for mentioning our exclusive “Cave de Vinhos”, the culinary experience, Housekeeping, as well as our staff members which are an asset to Vila Vita Parc, and strive to deliver the best experiences to our guests. All of them are extremely grateful when recognized.
Your compliments are most appreciated.

We are looking forward to welcome you back again in the near future.
With kind regards,

Kurt Gillig
Managing Director
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

My three year old and I stayed at this hotel for a 3 night break - it was far too short. All aspects of the resort are just wonderful - the rooms have been refurbished to a beautiful standard, the grounds are well kept, the service is first class (friendly not fawning) and everywhere is scrupulously clean. There was a large choice of pools and restaurants so at no point did the place ever feel cramped or overly busy. There really is no need to leave the resort. I had a gorgeous massage while my son spent a few happy hours in Natalie's creche. The welcome for my son was very thoughtful - in our suite he was left with a bag with some goodies including a hat, crayons and paper. The resort is exceedingly family friendly and yet doesn't compromise on quality (eg with its choice of furnishings) just because guests include sometimes young children. To my dismay my son dropped bolognese sauce on the cream cushion of his chair and no one (except me! ) batted an eyelid. I highly recommend this hotel - you wont be disappointed.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Tagmama
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KGillig, Gerente geral at Vila Vita Parc Resort & Spa, responded to this review, July 29, 2014
Dear Guest,

On behalf of my team, I would like to thank for your kind review regarding your recent stay, and also for mentioning your preferences and the facilities available for our guests. e.g. the Spa, our new refurbished rooms, the well kept grounds, and particularly the way you mentioned the quality of our service makes us very proud.
Thank you very much for recommending Vila Vita Parc.
We are truly looking forward to welcome you back again at Vila Vita Parc.

With kind regards.

Kurt Gillig
Managing Director
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

All you read about within the review sections are well justified.
Fantastic holiday experience throughout. Have holidayed throughout the Algarve over the last 20 years and this place is really special !

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Location
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Service
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KGillig, Gerente geral at Vila Vita Parc Resort & Spa, responded to this review, July 28, 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for your kind words and also for your compliments.
We are looking forward to welcome you again at Vila Vita Parc.

With kind regards

Kurt Gillig
Managing Director
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Property: Vila Vita Parc Resort & Spa
Address: Rua Anneliese Pohl | Alporchinhos, Porches 8400-450, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Porches
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection 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 Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Porches
#1 Family Hotel in Porches
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Porches
#1 Luxury Hotel in Porches
#1 Green Hotel in Porches
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Vila Vita Parc Resort & Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 180
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
VILA VITA Parc celebrates the best of Portugal, immersing you in a luxurious and lush seaside oasis with every imaginable service, amenity, activity and pleasure. Portugal's finest five-star resort is the ultimate escape to a pampered world of personalized and diverse experiences, flavoured with Portuguese culture and hospitality. Endless views to the horizon blend with the luxuriant greenery of our gardens and the sparkling blue of the Atlantic Ocean, creating an extravagant display of vibrant colours and filling the air with the sounds and scents of sunny days at the beach. Your holiday destination VILA VITA Parc will not only meet, but exceed the highest expectations of the most discerning traveller. Set on 54 spectacular acres of lush, blooming subtropical gardens in front of a striking coastline, at VILA VITA Parc a choice of exquisitely appointed accommodations can be experienced, from rooms and suites to villas with terraces and ocean panoramas. Perched above the cliff top and located in various distinct buildings, each having its own character and architecture, the different accommodation types exude an air of sophisticated, refined luxury and are all surrounded by a spectacular park landscape offering breathtaking views. ... more   less 
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