We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“I would highly recommend it”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Luz Ocean Club

Best prices for -
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 3 more sites!
Luz Ocean Club
Ranked #6 of 8 Hotels in Luz
Certificate of Excellence
UK
Level Contributor
4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“I would highly recommend it”
Reviewed September 29, 2007

Stayed for just a few days and was not long enough !

Got to the airport where we were dealt with by the Mark Warner reps (bright red flowery shirts). Thomas Cook also feature this property but Mark Warner do Half Board including watersport. Thomas Cook do Self Catering.

Transfer to the property was about an hour and we arrived in darkness.
Had a huge 2 bed apartment, very very spacious, very clean and had a great big balcony with a side sea view. TV, Fridge, Washing Machine, 2 bathrooms, 2 twin room and a pull out sofa bed.

Woke up to glorious sunshine and decided to go for breakfast. My only snag about this brilliant resort is that depending on your room and board basis, you may have to walk quite far to breakfast and dinner but it does build up the appetite.

The beach is only a short walk away down a small hill and you
pass watering holes en route so you won't get too tired.
Food and drink are reasonably priced and there is a supermarket for the bottles of Rose and beer a couple of
minutes away, beware cobbled streets so high heels should be
avoided ladies unless you are confident at walking in them after
a night out.

Lagos is a short taxi ide away and will cost about 10 euros.
The night life is great but finding good bars can be difficult but follow the lcals at kicking out time. Dring the day, it is great for familiies with a lovely promenade and coffee shops where you can sit and watch the world go by.

The Ocean Club is a great place to stay and great value and should be a place that you should go !
You can get there from most regional airports and needs not to be missed.
Book it tomorrow.
Hello Jack

  • Liked — large, spacious and clean
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled with friends
    • Value
    • Location
    • Check in / front desk
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
    • Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
4 Thank ADAMGP
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

193 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    80
    58
    30
    14
    11
See reviews for
116
38
2
Business
0
Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (37)
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Kent
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed September 19, 2007

Just back from spending a lovely two weeks at the Ocean Club. Arrived after a long transfer but it was worth it. Paid for a one bedroom apartment for four but was given a two bedroom three storey house. What a result!.

The Thomas Cook Rep was fantastic, and couldn't do enough for us.

The house we had was lovely, homely, spacious and clean. We were right opposite the Tapas pool and bar. It was fantastic for the kids. We were lucky in that our holiday wasn't over shadowed by the Maddie thing but did see the press three or four times but they were very discreet and didn't ruin our holiday.

Found a lovely restaurant called the Dophin, run by South Africans and possibly had the best meal I have EVER HAD! Expensive but worth it if you are treating yourself.

Praia Da Luz is quiet and not that large. Best to book tables at semi decent restaurants or you may have to skip dinner, but the ones we did visit were very good, Reasonable food and not bad prices. The beach is nice and not too far from the Ocean Club.

The staff at the Tapas bar were great and the pool was lovely and clean. We should know the kids spent most of the two weeks we were there in it!. We also had dinner at the Tapas bar which was a great surprise.... really nice food, well presented and the staff were pleasant.

Overall we were extremely happy with our holiday and would certainly recommend the Ocean Club and Praia Da Luz. Take a tip and hire a car. We found some fantastic almost deserted beaches not too far away (but do mind the nude sunbathers!).

Will certainly be visiting Portugal again.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — No Air conditioning
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Check in / front desk
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
4 Thank MagsandGraham
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
twickenham
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed September 14, 2007

We had a marvellous holiday despite our concerns over the awfully sad Maddie situation. Our apartment was perfect - 5 mins stroll from the beach, sea view, fully equipped and spotless - what more could we ask for. The food in The Millenium was alright but certainly not as good as some of the local restaurants especially the two opposite the church (can' t remember their name!s). This is a very relaxing family friendly resort and our only "bleet" would be that there is nothing much going on in the evening...BUT that really is a minor complaint when you measure up the beautiful surroundings during the day. There are 2 great pools, tennis courts, the option to travel on lots of organised day excursions (we recommend the beach safari!) a beautiful promanade with cafes and restaurants. Lagos is a short bus journey away and has a great market and plenty of decent shops for those in need of a retail therapy fix (shops in Ocean Club are rather sparse). Would I go back - yes!

  • Liked — great beach
  • Disliked — no evening entertainment
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Check in / front desk
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
    • Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
2 Thank JJMTwickenham
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
UK Reviewer
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed September 8, 2007

I have just returned from a week at the Ocean Club and would thoroughly recommend it. Having seen the mixed reviews I was worried that we'd made the wrong choice but that certainly turned out not to be the case.

We (a young couple) travelled with Mark Warner who were excellent from start to finish, we were met at the airport, given plenty of water on the transfer along with all of our check in information so that we did not need to go through a laborious checking in process when we arrived at the resort. When the coach arrived (a 10 second walk from our apartment) we were personally taken to our apartments by one of the Reps.

On waking up the next morning we discovered that we had a sea view and were very close to the Tapas area which has it's own pool. The Millenium restaurant where breakfast is served is a 5-10 minute walk away but the road has a pavement and I did not feel unsafe at any time walking along it. The breakfasts are the same every morning as they are in most establishments and whilst this is the case, they have a great selection of fruit, cereal, toast, pastries, cooked breakfast and continental style breakfasts which never disappoint. The evening meals which are served in the same restaurant can be quite samey but whilst we were there they had an italian night, a BBQ night and a portugese night so there is alot of effort made and in the deal which we went on you can swap dinner for lunch giving you the opportunity to try the local restuarants for a change.

The lunches served in both the Tapas and Millenium restaurants are fairly pricey as they have a captive audience but the supermarket is fully stocked and the apartments have great facilities if you want to make lunch yourself. As with all European resorts they know how to serve a great cold beer and huge measures of wine and spirits all of which is very competitively priced. The staff are friendly and helpful whenever you need them.

If you are looking for a wild holiday this resort is not the place to go, however if you are looking for something relaxing and refreshing you may well find just what you need here.

On a final note, do try the local restuarants, we ate in a couple down by the church which were outstanding.

Stayed September 2007
Helpful?
1 Thank New_Reviewer_7
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
33 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed August 26, 2007

Yep, this is the same resort where Madeleine McCann was abducted. I picked Portugal because we have a 10-1/2 month old baby and I didn't want to deal with jetlag and timezone change! The press was at a distance and I didn't feel their presence around.

As someone else mentioned, the resort is spread across the village mixed in with residential homes. The streets are NOT good for a buggy because you have to hug the walls as you walk about 10 mins to the Millennium Restaurant. I think if your kids can walk this wouldn't be so much of a problem. The biggest negative is the walking especially Rua Direicta which is the main cobbly road and and as I mentioned, a distance away. The cars whizz pass you so fend for your life.

The Mark Warner childcare was great for our daughter, she was the only one in her age group so she was spoilt. The food at the Millennium was okay, you'll find something to eat but it is Britishfied meaning you'll find sausages and chips on the dinner menu. Breakfasts are boring and that's when you have to make the trek to the Millennium! The highlight dish has to be their lunchtime sardines. Freshly grilled. I found their lunches the best of the meals but it's the same menu everyday. This may not be an issue with a lot of you but coffee is not free at meals--squash, a bottle of red wine, and water are. Even soft drinks you have to pay for.

The staff is fantastic. You know they are trying hard for you so mention it on the Comment Card they give you in the end of your stay.

The room we had was lovely. The beds are not comfy and expect single beds although you may be a couple. Nevertheless, the kitchen is a great addition, and the view (we requested above ground floor) was overlooking the water.

Foodwise, I HIGHLY suggest going to some of the restaurants near the Church and along the beachside. The fresh catch of the day is what you want to indulge in. Sea bass, bream, swordfish, and prawns are made with flavour and they are FRESH unlike something you'd find in your local UK market.

If you need some supplies, the one supermarket they have should suffice. They're stocked with a lot of British goods, and they get the Brit newspapers the same day! I suggest you bring a good supply of nappies as they tend to run out very quickly. Same with baby wipes.

You'll meet some nice couples and families. We played tennis to our hearts' content so we finally felt like we were on vacation. The childcare is btwn 9-12:30 and 2:30-5:30. I think that's a bit limiting but that's just my view. You can arrange for the evening service as well but I don't know anyone who used it.

The weather was super so that made things even better. My advice is enjoy the village but bring a good pair of walking shoes and a rugged buggy if you have a baby.

  • Liked — The fresh seafood available at the surrounding restaurants.
  • Disliked — The walking on the narrow, cobbly roads.
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Check in / front desk
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
    • Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
4 Thank zabrinacollings
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Nottingham
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed August 23, 2007

We went on 4 Aug 07 for 2 weeks with Thomas Cook. We endured the almost 3 hour journey from the airport, arriving at the Ocean Club at around 9.15pm.

We were taken to a terrible villa apartment and given a rough map of the area (not to scale and no distances on it). It was dark, we were in an unknown place, right at the top of the Ocean Club perimeter with no supplies, the supermarkets shut, well away from the restaurants and no food, other than cereal bars, for the children who were far too tired to go exploring but desperately wanted a little something to eat (the reason we went self catering).

I managed to obtain a bottle of water from reception before I they took us to the apartment and had brought some hot chocolate with me, so they were able to have that and cereal bars. But we felt dumped and abandoned far away from everything - we were not happy.

We were far too far away from everything and our villa was full of ants, we had 1 bedroom with fold up beds, which were incredibly inconvenient and involved complete moving of furniture to put up and take down. With this in mind, the next day we asked to be moved. Luckily we were to a much better villa apartment but, again, as far away from amenities as you could get. It was a 1km walk up a hill to bring those 3 litre bottles of water and shopping back to the apartment and, when we took up the offer of free delivery from Baptista, as recommended by the rep, they missed some of our shopping. So we didn't get everything we paid for.

Praia da Luz is very busy too with no proper pavements on the main road and, when there are, they are often slippery. I do not consider this to be a family resort at all.

we did use the Millennium pool (the nearest to us) and ate at the snack bar during the day on a few occasions because you cannot take your own food in, but found it to be very expensive and I noticed that 1 of the barmen was overcharging me and not giving me a receipt - so I was not happy.

In the end we got out of Luz and went on a jeep safari in the Monchique mountains (highly recommended and a very memorable day), then hired a car for 4 days and went to other beaches. We noticed too that in other resorts and even in Zoomarine (another fab day) the food was an awful lot cheaper than in the Ocean Club.

Although I was very happy with the Thomas Cook rep (she tried to help as much as she could, but as it's August it was fully booked), I was very unhappy with how Thomas Cook sold the holiday. We thought we were going to a family resort, near amenities, a quiet little fishing village. It just wasn't, it certainly is no longer a fishing village, it's not quiet, the shiny, dangerous cobblestone, steep streets mean it's not for families, it's very expensive and we were as far from the amenities as you could get.

Avoid like the plague!

Stayed August 2007
Helpful?
7 Thank DrWatsonNottingham
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
cardiff
Level Contributor
30 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed August 10, 2007

Stayed at the Ocean club for a week from 27th July. The accommodation is spread all over Praia Da Luz and was difficult to find at night , made worse by being given a key that didnt work from a not very helpful man at the reception. Once inside I can only say that the apartment was wonderful. It was huge and the decor was very nice.one of the bedrooms had an ensuite bathroom and there was another bathroom next to the 2nd bedroom. the kitchen was well equipped too and there was a huge balcony area with a view over Luz to the sea. the only negative was there was no air conditioning! how you can have such a gorgeous apartment and have no air con is beyond me. We had to hire fans which cost 12 euros each for 4 days and one of them was so small it was useless.
We went to the pool area at the top of the village (not at the tapas bar) and whilst the pool was excellent the place is in need of some tlc. the sun longers are the worse I have ever known. they are hard and do not recline but are fixed in one position. there were no cushions for the loungers so it was an uncomfortable experience. the second minus factor is the complete absence of umbrellas other than the sun canopies on one side of the pool. most of the hard longers had no umbrellas for shade.there appears to be no money being spent on the pool area and the same appeared to be the case at the tapas bar pool. It may be the case that because the maintenance is down to the owners of the apartments that there is not enough money in the pot to sort it out. thats a shame as new sunbeds, plenty of umbrellas and a lick of paint would make the pool areas superb.
As for Praia da Luz? loved it. the beach is great, the whole village has a relaxed feel and though at this time you have to book restaurants if you want to eat between 7.30pm and 9.00pm its worth it and the food was excellent in marjulos near the church and at o antonio on the hill leading to the beach ( recommend the golden bream-dourada!)

  • Liked — superb quality accommodation (except for lack of air con)
  • Disliked — sunbeds at pool were hard and lack of shade from umbrellas. also poor maid service at apartment.
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Check in / front desk
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank wales45
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
Travelers also viewed these Luz hotels
0.7 mi away
Hotel Baia da Luz
3.8 mi away
Hotel Luz Bay
Hotel Luz Bay
#8 of 8 in Luz
265 reviews
0.4 mi away
Hotel Belavista da Luz
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
1.3 mi away
Quinta Do Mar Da Luz
0.3 mi away
Vilamar Hotel
Vilamar Hotel
#7 of 8 in Luz
21 reviews
0.2 mi away
Estrela da Luz
Estrela da Luz
#2 of 8 in Luz
499 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Luz Ocean Club? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Luz Ocean Club

Property: Luz Ocean Club
Address: Praia da Luz | Vila da Luz, Luz 8600-160, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Luz
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 8 Hotels in Luz
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Luz Ocean Club 4*
Number of rooms: 150
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Hotwire, Hotels.com, Priceline, Booking.com and HotelQuickly so you can book your Luz Ocean Club reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Luz Ocean Club Hotel Luz
Ocean Club Portugal
Luz Ocean Hotel
Luz Ocean Resort
Ocean Club Apartments
Ocean Club Praia Da Luz

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing