We booked a 2-bedroom suite through Jet2 in mid-August. It was the best family room we have yet stayed in - bags of room, very comfortable and a nice big balcony. The living room and kitchenette/breakfast bar were very useful. The only small downside was that the view from the room was partially disrupted by the palm trees in front.
Breakfast was excellent with plenty of choice and variety, though the staff occasionally struggled to keep everything topped up. Don't miss the waffles! We booked B&B and felt the dinner menu, though varied, lacked veggie options and was a little over priced. Instead we explored the local restaurants. We would definitely recommend the New Delhi Indian restaurant and Mirasy's, both within easy walking distance of the hotel in Senora de Rocha. We also enjoyed a takeaway pizza from Belmondo's on our balcony - tasty although a little pricey.
We usually avoid hotel entertainment, but not this time. From aqua-aerobics in the afternoon, to evening entertainment including an outstanding circus night including children's workshops, the activities were well organised and fun. The Kids' Club is really good, well staffed and with popular activities including bracelet-making.
The salt-water outdoor pool is very clean and is complemented by a popular fresh-water indoor pool. The water in both is regularly checked with ph levels, salinity and temperature which are all prominently posted. There are plenty of subeds and static umbrellas round the pool and down the lawned area to the cliff-top.
The main beach of Senora de Rocha is easily accessible with plenty of facilities. It's worth exploring through the tunnel at the end of the beach through to the quieter beach the other side of the promentory. A trip to the main centre of Armacao - for a day trip to the beach, or for an evening meal and walk along the promenade - is a must. The hotel do provide a courtesy bus.
Trips out that are worth taking include Zoomarine and the "Fiesa" - the stunning sand sculptures in nearby Pera. It's worth visiting the sand sculptures in the early evening so that you see them in daylight and then lit up at night. One word of warning - if you book trips through the hotel you will need to pay in cash or face a credit card supplement.
All the staff at the hotel; established and trainee; were helpful and friendly. We would have no hesitation in recommending this hotel to anyone.
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- Also Known As:
- Pestana Viking Hotel Porches
- Hotel Pestana Viking
- Pestana Viking Resort Algarve, Portugal - Porches