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Bela Vista Hotel & Spa
Ranked #1 of 20 Hotels in Praia da Rocha
Certificate of Excellence
Guildford, England, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“One of the best hotels in the world!”
Reviewed July 5, 2013

As you drive through the gates to the private hotel, you are greeted by staff to collect your bags, then taken to the hotel bar area for a welcome drink and a warm introduction. We stayed in the standard rooms which had a world theme, and were spotless. Probably the cleanest hotel room we have ever stayed in. The attention to detail is exceptional, and the staff are extremely kind and make you feel special . The highlight of the stay was eating in the restaurant, which if in the UK would have several Michelin Stars! The food was amazing, and again the attention to detail was great. We had a 5 course dinner and wine and it cost around £65 each including the tip we added. Not cheap but you pay for what you get, and was well worth every penny. The breakfast was great, as you get a choice of eggs and the rest of your breakfast is presented at your table, which included pastries, fresh orange juice, bread etc. This is a must hotel to visit or stay at if in Portugal! (especially as it does not cost the earth)

Room Tip: Standard rooms are good and have rain head showers, L'Occitane products and a private balcony.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Poole, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 5, 2013

FANTASTIC!!
My husband and I have just returned home from our 5 night stay at Bela Vista - which I can sum up with just one word. Perfect.
We were fortunate enough to be upgraded on arrival to a character room, which is in the original part of the hotel. The room was beautiful with bright colours and a superb view from the balcony over looking the sea.
I can not speak more highly of the staff and the service they provided, we were made to feel very welcome and nothing was to much trouble!
The little touches make a big difference, every evening a note from the hotel with ideas on what to do during your stay and little 'treats' are left including small L'occitane soaps, fresh fruit and cookies.
At midday when lounging by the gorgeous pool the staff bring round a refreshing smoothie or fruit kebab which is very welcome in the midday heat!
As you can see we have nothing but high praise for the hotel and staff and are already planning when we can go back.
Thank you Bela Vista

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed July 1, 2013

We had a very nice meal in this beautiful setting, the food was well presented and very good indeed. The hotel has been beautifully restored and is fascinating, however, the service has an almost amateurish feel, the young staff mean well but there is a lack of decision making so little things like who gets your drink, who opens the bottle etc result in dissatisfaction and quite frankly upset the evening. For a restaurant associated with the prestigious Relais Chateaux brand it clearly has to get its act together. The wine list is poor for a reputed restaurant also. Although we were in great company and the food was very good with imagination and beautiful presentation, the poor experience with the pre-dinner drinks and air of inexperience spoilt things. If the owners invest in a good Maitre D then they will turn this good restaurant into an absolute star! Listen up owners of the Bela Vista!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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3 Thank Alan J
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Gonçalo N, Manager at Bela Vista Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, July 2, 2013
Dear Guest,

Many thanks for your review and we appreciated the time you took to share your feedback with us. Your comments are of great value to us and will contribute to improve our service and details.

In the meantime, your comments were addressed to the respective management and will have our best attention in order to serve you better.

We truly hope you grant us another opportunity to welcome you back and to restore your confidence in our service.

Yours Sincerely
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Dublin
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Reviewed June 28, 2013

from the start of our one night stay to the end, we absolutely loved it, the intimacy the ornate ornaments, the clashing colour, the magnificent tiles, the peaceful ambience, i could go on and on. We stayed in the original house and each room is so different, the bathrooms were modern and just blends with the old. The food was fantastic, the service is slow but this is Portugal and you just got to go with the flow and relax. The pool area is fantastic with electricity sockets by each bed station so we could stil charge up our phones etc. the staff are eager to please and happy to oblige. PDR is not my favourite place in the Algarve but this Hotel makes it a worthwhile visit.

Room Tip: ask for the original house
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Gonçalo N, Manager at Bela Vista Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, July 2, 2013
Dear Guest,

Many thanks for your great and valuable review.

We hope to welcome you again in the near future.

In case of some other information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Best Regards,
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San Francisco, CA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed June 23, 2013

Absolutely loved our stayed here! The property was lovely, the rooms were gorgeous (would of been nice to have a ocean view room but oh well) and breakfast was amazing! It's also the little things that count... L'Occitane body wash, shampoo and conditioner!!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Albufeira, Portugal
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145 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed June 13, 2013

We stayed in Bela Vista Hotel for 1 night for our wedding night and had an excellent stay.
The room was beautiful, with a lovely view and very well decorated.
The staff was extremely friendly and polite, always with a smile on their faces.
We ordered breakfast in the room which was of great quality.
Unfortunately we did not stay any longer to get to experience all facilities.
I highly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Gonçalo N, Gerente at Bela Vista Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, June 19, 2013
Dear Guest,

On behalf of Bela Vista Team, I would like to thanks you so much for the great and valuable feedback.

We hope to welcome you again in the near future.

Best Regards,
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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed June 11, 2013

We love Relais and Chateaux hotels and this is no exception. The hotel is beautiful, situated on a cliff right at the beautiful (though touristy) beach. The service was excellent, from the phone conversations, to our greeting at the car and luggage assistance, to the check-in in the inviting reception area complete with welcome fruit tea, to room service, who delivered a variety from the included breakfast buffet to our room for a mere 5 euros. Our room was in the new section on the lower level, which we loved as we had a shaded patio that opened out to the lawn and gorgeous blooming landscape. The only downside is the disco a few doors down - my husband hates that deep bass beat of dance music - which played until about 1am, but we were on such a late schedule in Spain and Portugal that it really didn't matter; the music stopped about the time we went to sleep. We had a really inventive, flavorful gourmet meal that my best foodie friends would even have loved, with great variety for a small hotel in shoulder season. We didn't get a chance to try out the spa, but would have loved to! Highly recommend.

Room Tip: For a quieter stay, i assume the original house would be better, but we loved the patio and lawn out...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Gonçalo N, Gerente at Bela Vista Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, June 19, 2013
Dear Guest,

It is with great pleasure the we receive your great review.

We look forward to hearing from you very soon.

In case you need something from us, please do not hesitate to contact.

With kind Regards,
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Property: Bela Vista Hotel & Spa
Address: Avenida Tomas Cabreira, Praia da Rocha, Portimao 8500-802, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Portimao > Praia da Rocha
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Praia da Rocha
#1 Family Hotel in Praia da Rocha
#1 Romantic Hotel in Praia da Rocha
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Praia da Rocha
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Bela Vista Hotel & Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 38
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The hotel Bela Vista has been completely renovated and it's now a 5 star Boutique Hotel with 38 rooms. The restaurant has a unique view and fantastic food! ... more   less 
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