The Vilalara is the most beautiful relaxing , peaceful and magical place I have ever stayed at. The staff are exceptional , the location is unimaginable and the peace and quiet is a tonic for life. I will visit the Vilalara many more times in the future without doubt. We have traveled extensively but this has got the be the top of our list for summer vacation. We hereby thank all the staff at Vilalara for a wonderful stay. there truly is nothing to dislike
marvellous place! excellent dinner. Not so good service for price and quality of food. Improvement is needed in staff. We ordered a glass of "Morgado de Ste Catherine" and another wine was served with no explanation.
The resort is fascinating with breathtaking views of the beach. The view overlooking the pool is spectacular. The hotel has its own private beach which is beautiful. The hotel is landscaped very well with beautiful plants and flowers. The rooms are big and spacious, and the staff is very courteous. Would certainly recommend the hotel to anyone considering visiting Faro. The hotel should have had a tea/ coffe maker in the room. For the price you charge, this is an expectation. To call for room service costs 5 euro per person which normally other similar resorts worldwide do not chanrge
A peaceful retreat with plenty of places not to do anything...... restaurant choices on site were limited
Excellent hotel in beautiful gardens, very nice staff, perfect for a resting family holiday. High standart new rooms. We were there a couple of years ago and will return for sure in the future! The Spa is wonderful. Only quite expensive. More attention should be given to room cleaning for this luxury hotel
Superb location, great facilties and very friendly staff
Spacious room, fully carpeted, well furnished; low rise accommodation; beautiful gardens and cliff top location. Daily change of complimentary pool towels. Restaurant prices are much too high.
Comfort and quietness. Should have towel service at beach
Wonderful grounds everything on site
The variety of facilities, the high standard, the staff, and the wonderful gardens. Beds could be better. Do not like two singles pushed together to make a double or king. Need better beds.
We were impressed with the staff who were very friendly and helpful. They have a lot of repeat clientele for that reason The Hotel has a few restaurants to choose from so you can choose to dine in any one of them. We liked Arte Nautica as it is on the beach in Armacao de Pera - stunning location and brilliant fish, or you can have a snack The location isnt so great as it is out of town. If you are not mobile you will need to hire a car or take a taxi which are cheap and plentiful. The staff seemed to push their very expensive New Year dinner and there wasnt much choice. to dine elsewhere. They also naughtily put the costs of two New Years dinner on our bill when we hadnt even booked or attended the event which goes to show that behind the staff smiles there is the pound signs motive to make as much money as possible from their guests! We were not convinced the hospitality was genuine for that reason especially when the staff all repeated the same sentence - is there anything we can do for you. It seemed they attended a management school and were taught to say that
In addition to the above, I liked the peace & tranquility & space in general, in particular the spacious grounds, gardens etc. I was disappointed with the quality of furniture on my balcony given the fact that I observed furniture of quality in similar suites where I was based, furniture on my balcony was that of a 1 or 2 star Hotel, I have already indicated my disaproval on the personal questionaire at the Hotel, I would at some stage like a report directly to me regarding the unsuitable furniture on my balcony, I stayed in 7 Oasis Parc at the Hotel.
Variety of restaurants, quality of food, amazing beach with beds and professional level of SPA. Servants in the restaurants expressed quite strong dissatisfaction if the tips were less than 10 %.
Well kept hotel and equally smart guests. Excellent food & beverage. Interior decor style needs updating.
excellent service by staff, beautiful grounds, private beach & overall pleasant ambience. Good buffet breakfast Forget the bar snacks - both too expensive and very poorly prepared. The main restaurant was acceptable - just. The food was OK but not exceptional however the prices were very high. You can easily find a better dining experience outside the hotel so only go to this restaurant if you really don't want to leave the hotel surroundings.
Everything was brilliant,with the exception of below. Food was not up to a good standard, but was not overpriced.
hotel was of a very high standard and we were very well treated by the staff. not really
the location was outstanding
We got a suite instead of the booked room, which was a nice surprise.
Cliff top location, spacious public rooms, very friendly staff, well equipped kitchenette in room, good sized bathroom. Breakfast and dinner buffets both good variety and quality. Restaurant service excellent. Parking is extremely limited. Bathroom amenities were rather sparse. Price of dinner buffet higher than usual in our experience of 4 star hotels.
Everything was exellent!staff was very friendly with kids,very helpful!the atmosphere is great!location and views are fantastic!would like to come back again!
Good and comfortable hotel, nice room, excellent pools (one of the best inside pools ever seen), very well located in a quiet area, very close to the beach. Although the chairs and umbrellas around the pool are not enough when the hotel is fully loaded, there still are a considerable number of them to be used by the guests within a very large area of grass over the sea! The hotel staff was amazing, very friendly and helpful at all times, but I would like to make a note around Marisa Costa (Pestana's Vacation Club) which was unsurpassed with us and especially with our baby, making everything for us to feel comfortable and welcome at the hotel. Between 19h30 and 21h00 the showers have a significant loss of pressure making every bath in this period a negative experience. Although parking is free to guests, they could control it better, as some guests tend to feel that their cars occupy more than one place. Breakfast was good but they failed inexplicably in terms of variety of fruit, bread and (during August week) clean dishes and coffee mugs. For a family hotel they could already have a dvd player in each room!
Lovely big,clean and comfortable room. Breakfast was excellent! It was noisy at night but that was possibly because it was during school holiday time and there were lots of children and also maybe the floor we were on?
breckast was very good,nice staff,close to the beach
The staff was very helpful. They did their very best to solve a problem that came up during our stay and did a great job! Not really.
Hotel has a great location with easy access to Golf and beaches. The amenities are plentiful and of a high quality. Indoor and outdoor pools with a small fitness center and Jacuzzi and Sauna. Breakfast Buffet is good. The price of Internet service needs to be more competitive ..too high.The Fitness center needs more equipment.
The proximty of the beach and the service from the front of house staff The Bed was very uncomftable
This would be theideal hotel for people wishingto get away from the hustle and bustle extremely peaceful.
Lovely hotel with excellant helpfull staff There wasn't anything that I didn't like
excellent hotel and real value for money nothing , all is perfect
The location, with immediate access to great countryside and coastline More variety in the buffet dinner would have been welcome
Location,views, facilities and beach No courtesy Room
Facilities were brilliant, and view spectacular Nothing
It was very good time. Everything was very good. However, as the hotel was almost complete, at breakfast we had to wait long to have our coffee and milk pots. Also the orange juice had too much sugar. But that is nothing compared with the good things we had there.
Nothing was a problem in the hotel staff lovely No just walk to the beach but I probably unfit
really enjoyed our stay, the hotel had so much to offer - a really romantic setting with loads of different options to pass the time. I would like to have the option of a double bed in the room rather than two beds pushed together - took a while to get used to the memory foam mattress!
nice clean rooms and very helpful staff breakfast was a bit poor and i think staff need to be trained in order to deliver quality service and good food.
The hotel had only been open a few weeks so everything was clean bright and very modern. Breakfast good. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay. A little chaotic at reception as obviously having problems with computer system and reservations although I suspect only teething problems
The confort and the location. The level too high of the music in the central lobby and the hours of beggining and ending, very early in the morning (7.00 am !!!) and very late in the evening (11.00 pm)
Ultra Modern and stylish
Very modern hotel in agood location near to the beach, shops a good selection of restaurants and public transport links. As a single traveller I found it rather impersonal. I chose the hotel as I am very familiar with the area expecting a quiet location. One night I was kept awake until 2.30 am by a nearby (but not adjacent) karaoke bar which is a considerable problem for the whole area.
noise from rooms upstairs or alongside, high heels on stone floor.
quiet comfort, ample and well-cooked breakfast, interesting modern design, professional staff
The staff were outstanding, especially Carlos at the front desk. Nothing was too much trouble. Tea/coffee facilities should be in all rooms.
The check in staff were extremely friendly and helpful. Breakfast was splendid. The hotel was spotless. None
Totally suitable for our needs- Nothing to fault-Everyone was wonderful and eberything hit the spot. Nothing- We will definitely return.
Staff and overall eperience excellent.
Super nice appartments! Everyting is very clean, fully equipped kitchenett, wonderful view from huge balcony to the sea and amazing sunsets. No any complaints about room and stuff. Everything is perfect Well, its around 15 min to sea, but for me it was not a big problem. 15 min to large supermarket. A bit expensive but its normal for resorts)
quiet area and not far away from the beach
very calm place, family place, staff was perfect.
Size of apartment, surroundings, swimming pool, equipment: more than I've expected eg. iron with iron board, coffee machine, toster, microwae, safe, parasol, etc. All was fine. Just may be hotel's mini market could provide small packets of sugar, salt etc. for a short stay
The site was clean and the three pools were really appreciated by the kids. The bar staff were friendly and spoke good English. The 2 level apartment was spacious, clean and we appreciated the air con, washing mc, oven and dishwasher. We would definitely recommend this site and plan to use it again asap! No complaints!
wonderful lady receptionist who was very helpful, large rooms, price, convenient and easy to find from main roads, near beach without being 'on' the beach everything perfect
Lovely nice warm smiles on arrival, spoken english excellent, ease of check in especially at night time, restaurant stated to be open until 10.30pm (we arrived at 9pm but we too tired to use this). Rooms and apartment smelt of cleanliness at every stage & was very very very clean, good hot water at all times, plenty of extra blankets - lovely swimming pool, nicely appointed and well kept site. I asked for an upstairs apartment and they obliged. absolutely nothing wrong here Shower and bathroom at bit out of date by uk standards but of course we were in Portugal not the uk, so no complaints there and this is only a very small criticism - everything else there was simply fantastic and we would be overjoyed to go there again.
Situation and view Noise from entertainment - far far too loud
Good location,clean,very good swiming pool ,recomended.
I liked that all the appartment were two story and the lay out of the grounds excellent, each block was private and very accesable for people with mobility difficulty, the pool was beautiful. The beach was within walking distence.
Relaxing by the pool, having bbq lunches, strolling into Albufeira. Bus transfer facilty was very convenient. Trip to Golf Academy was most enjoyable The restuarant menu in the evening was very limited and the Sunday buffet was very disappointing when one was used to the buffet at lunch time. The food generally was of very high standard so this was disappointing
Beach front, very quiet, beautiful gardens. Excellent swimming pool with warm water. Near Santa Eulália center. For a 5-star hotel, the carpet is a bit used and with some stains. Sauna and turkish bath are not included in room rate.
A wonderful oceanfront property full of amenities and lots of charm. I went in the off season so it was magical and relaxing. Good restaurants, good food, complete gym and spa and an amazing beach at the doorstep. Really enjoyed my stay. The lack of a tea kettle in the room
Surroundings, Club Atlantico, Restaurant, closeness of beach to eating places Should have been water in room for our arrival
This hotel is everything you could wish for on a relaxing holiday. The service was amazing, the food was delicious, the location magnificent, I will be telling all my friends
My 18 year old daughter and myself returned for a 2nd time in September. We love the hotel, particularly the beach side location. The food is very enjoyable. The pool areas clean and beautifully appointed. The breakfast selection is varied and fresh, nearby snackbars offer a selection of food whilst enjoying the sea view Although expensive, we always feel relaxed and refreshed after our short stays.
Friendliness of the staff, faclilities good, location good Beds were not 5 star standard ( they were rather hard )
Hotel is very nice because of his separte T0,T1,T2 suites. These suites has separte living room and bedroom and a kitchen. The total cleaning is done for you
Breakfast Spa and Staff.
The staff were really helpful and polite, especially in reception and in the restaurants. The food in the buffet was ok and we liked the choice of the other restaurants. The beach was great. The room that was advertised as resort view was of the car park. The overall standard was not that of a 5 Star hotel - just a 4 star. The Kids club was basic. The beds were extremely uncomfortable and you had to pay for sun beds
the hotel, the staff, the beech and every thing connected to the hotel was fantastic this is a 5 star hotel make no mistake about it,i would have no hesitation in recommending to friends and family if i visit portugal again i will be making another booking at the grande real santa eulalia
the atmosphere. friendly staff. breakfast was excellent. ocean view from our room.
relaxing atmosphere no sky films as advertised
The fantastic view and location
i thought the hotel was run in a quiet and very efficient way. profesional
Love the position - and the pool etc
Great location, excellent facilities
It was next to the beach
access to the beach superb..loved the breakfast on the outdoor terrace Hotel is overlooking the beach. great happy hour from six till eight pm which we only discovered on the second last day! lovely long beach for walking in the morning breakfast is good great coffee handy location if you have a car as you can tour easily from here.. hotel is quiet bar closes at 12 am which is a bit too early if you are out late for dinner and would like to relax and have a drink before going to bed... make sure you get sea facing room although balcony is very small but great view
Overall location of the hotel ( best in the region!!) the location of room - direct access out , view ( -1 floor) Nice breakfast, friendly staff The roomservice was poor.
Great location Older hotel. Big rooms that wasted space. Didn't have a refrigerator in the room.
The location, 2 minutes from the beach.
The beds were comfortable and the quality of the bed linen was very good. A small detail but the hot food at the buffet breakfast was not hot.
The hotel staff is very professional e provides excellent service
Excellent in every way, this is a very fine hotel indeed If I had to find something then the quality of the lunch in the bar could be improved but that is being really fussy!
Modern style. Cleanliness. Facilities. Attention to detail. Internet is very slow
I liked the room, it was huge with a nice balconi. The view was excellent as well. The room service system, the cleanness of the dishes and glasses. we were cheated in several things. Valet made an Accedent in our car and even didn't apologize.
Modern but well designed.Excellent spa.Roomy bedrooms and great shower. Breakfast buffet not well maintained.
View and location excellent, grounds and pools lovely. Simple things like a bin in the room were missing, while the whole ambience suggested hgh standards the atmosphere lacked warmth.
It was a lovely hotel that is one of the best hotels i have ever stayed at. The rooms are beautiful and would love to go back again.
Very nice location away, yet close, from the city center (if you have a car) and wonderful beach.
One of the finest hotels you could ever stay in. This is truly a 'must do before die' experience. The staff were faultless from arrival to departure. The food in the dining room would be the best available in Portugal!! And the breakfast is without doubt the finest of any restaurant in the world.A New benchmark has been sent. You could not fault this hotel, the staff, the food. A Magnificent experience which I hope to repeat. Nothing
very clean, nice design, fantastic location
enjoyed everything from the hotel itself to the wonderful staff who work there. there isn't one thing I would change. a most enjoyable break.
It offered comfort and space and cleanliness and the staff were pleasant and helpful. Food at the beach resturant needs looking into. However, there needs to be some improvement regarding the pool seating arrangements as there were a number of unhappy guests who put towels on the beds only to return to find someone occupying them. As a family we only took sunbeds when we were acctually using them and it was somewhat annoying when people who had reserved the beds before 10.00am only to return at 4.00pm. There were clearly not en
The hotel is a very relaxing place where my young 3 year old son was made very welcome. The pools are beautiful and the gardens are great. Staff in the beach resteraunt were quite rude.
A very modern hotel, quality fixtures and fittings, spacious public rooms. Our room (deluxe suite) was extremely spacious and comfortable. Complimentary safe in room. Kitchenette with kettle provided. No child-proof breakfast room, as in some 5 star hotels! No buffet dinner.
The staff and cleaniness were excellent. The sofa bed is not suitable for an adult and we were three adults sharing
Spacious accommodation in the suite with plenty of cupboard space, nice outlook at the rear over the rooftops to the sea. Quirky decor. Kitchen facilities in suite but only two tea bags, no coffee or milk available. Chairs on balcony and in dining room unusual and uncomfortable. Charged for using internet.
Luxury hotel, a wonderful staff The rooms overlook the road. It was noisy
The quality of the hotel was outstanding and the staff were very friendly The indoor pool, although the three outdoor pools make up for it
Peace and quiet the first few days the staff were very obliging. The noise from the pool, indoor pool was out for maintenance lots of children running!!! About during breakfast and dinner. there was nothing to do after dinner no entertainment unless you went into town, just sport on the T.V. in bar.
pool and pool bar and restaurant bar service
the staff were extremely nice, great selection at the breakfast buffet, nice rooms and nice surroundings. Huge Pool and loads of sun loungers. the beds were very uncomfortable and they didn't have the room we requested and paid for available. Also the hotel is situated in a very quiet area where there are no resteruants or entertainment.
The staff was so courteous and the proximity to the beach was great. The breakfast was fantastic!! There was not one usable electric outlet in the room or bathroom with the exception of the one used for the TV. Also, there were only 2 bedside lights for the entire hotel room. It was quite dark at night. Our housekeeper also wanted to clean our room one day at about 5pm after we had already gotten back for the day. We have a child so this was not going to work for us. Subsequently, we ran out of toilet paper and tissue and our very small trash bins were overflowing. Also, our room was also not incredibly clean when we got there. The main elevator was broken for some time one of the days.
nice clean comftable hotel having to pay to use gym etc
Overall the service was excellent
Very nicely specced out hotel, lots of facilities like a gym; plenty of entertainment for bored holidaymakers in the evening. The wi-fi internet access was not available on the 5th floor - we couldn't get any coverage at all and had to sit in reception to send and receive e-mails, which was a nuisance and not really good enough for a hotel that advertises availability of wi-fi access throughout the hotel.
The breakfast and the outside pool was excellent, staff were friendly. The room had 2 single beds pushed together to make a double. The Jacuzzi was cold and the turkish bath smelt of damp. The gyms facilities were also very basic
The staff are very friendly and helpful
The hotel itself is very good, with a nice entertainment area (bar, restaurant, pool,...). It has a good location since it is outside Armação de Pera and very close to the beach. The staff really needs to be renewed since they have no experience at all and are not nice as they should. The rooms are not correctly cleaned day after day, specially the bathroom.
Hotel breakfast excellent- facilities reasonable. Good location, if you enjoy walking! Very near the sea . The question of the hotel providing a two-tier price range is debatable. The question of the sea view (at extra cost needs defining specifically as our room had a view towards the sea, but the sea view was miles away!!!
friendly staff very cold and only small heater with no effect
We enjoy the privacy and quiteness of Alfagar and yet the resort is set in a beautiful garden with convenient access to such a lovely beach. Cleanliness is excellent and staff are very pleasant. This was our third visit. Hot water for washing and cooking was in very short supply for half the time we were there.
The best place to stay for holiday in Albufeiro. Very nice place with view to ocean, new rooms, apartment has a coffee machine, microwave, oven and many other comfortable things. Cleaners could remove debris on a daily basis, and change the towels, which did not have time to dry.
Everything we needed for a perfect holiday with three small kids was close by. Good beach, good swimming pool with slides, playground, well stocked supermarket and good take aways from the restaurant. While we were there we got new pillows, a new garden table, new pans and a new large flat screen tv. Everybode from staff and house keeping was very friendly. The bathrooms do not have the same standard as the rest of the apartment, When we ordered a taxi via reception to get back to the airport we had a delay of 50 minutes. The staff did not manage it properly and we almost missed our flight.
The maid service and reception staff were brilliant and issues were dealt with straight away, everything was clean Building work at back of our apartment started every morning and 7.30am, we feel we could have been told about this. The stray dogs barking constantly during the night made this the perfect hotel for insomnia
The weather! apart from that the location was lovely and the complex was spacious, beautifully landscaped, and provided for all needs on-site. The fact that our stay was off-peak time was also a bonus in terms of tranquillity away from noise and crowds. It was interesting to see that a few previous criticisms/comments from guests had been noted and the requisite improvements made.
The pools, restaurants were great the entertainment was good, had fun the fact that there was no air conditioning, and if we opened the windows or doors the bugs would go in.
Appartment,swimming pool,facilities for the kids. Nothing to complain.
It's surprising to find such a relaxed place in this busy part of the Algarve! Airco was really missing in Alvagar I.
The children loved all the different pools - especially the one with the slides and water jets. We went in quiet season and found it very laid back and relaxing. Short walk down steps to beach and 20 min stroll to main strip of restaurants cheap taxi back.
Great rooms plenty of room. Didn't like the fact that you have to pay to use the fitness facilities and indoor pool.
Good standard room, great views, good vfm
Cleanliness, size, location and pool area I was surprised that there were no waitresses at the pool area to take drink orders. The prices of drinks were also extremely expensive...
The pool, the place: is near beach and fun (strip), but quiet and has relaxing view. Just didn't use my car for 5 days because everything was very close. The studios and T1 apartments didn't have couple beds (the ones given to me), ar conditioned in studio where noisy but good in T1.
The facilities were excellent Additional payment for use of pool and gym
We have stayed at this hotel 6, times and have been very impressed and will return again.
my wife and i have stayed several times at this hotel and would again without any hesitation we have always found the service very good indeed
Staff were excellent Late check in- did not get in till after 3pm
not bad location, 5 minute stroll to old town. hotel states 4 star but i feel it is more like a 3+. reception pleasent.i booked a room with a seaview at an extra cost to a pool view, they are the same rooms and both face the sea so i think it was a way of charging an additional £40.00 to a pool room, unfair!
very nice restaurant,lovely food for breakfast,indoor swimmingpool nice
very near all facilities and the town of albufeira.lovely pool area and bar. didn't like having to pay for the use of indoor pool
The hotel staff were all very friendly. All our accomodation was in order when we arrived. The food was lovely and a good variety. We had breakfast every morning and a buffett dinner one evening which was very nice. Our room was cleaned every day and towels changed every day. everything was being kept very clean. Could they supply additional umberellas at poolside as there was not enough to facilitate each two sunbeds.
Has above should confirm my wife & i cannot think or find a better place than your hotel
Excellent hotel very central Entertainment could have been better at night
pool area the room particularly bathroom seemed ready for refurbishment