We had such a great holiday here with our children and it could only be down to the apartment and resort. Such a lovely place to relax and real live in comforts which make all the difference. There is an Aldi and Lidl store a short taxi or bus ride away and we stocked up the freezer with treats for the kids food for lunches and dinner saving a fortune and greatly reducing the stress of feeding our kids needs every few minutes. We did also eat out and Nosola Italia restaurant on the Marina was a big hit with the whole family. This apartment is on the Orada resort which is the same development as the Marina but has a large and spacious landscaped area in the center with a beautiful pool and a separate very shallow children's pool and plenty of lounging areas which our boys never left. The enclosed patio outside the apartment is shaded from the sun in the afternoons if you want to stay out of direct heat. Local bus service (€1.40) stops right near the reception if you don't like walking, if you do the quaint Old Town is about 20 minutes away passing some good restaurants I see previous guests have also enjoyed. Our thanks to the owners for letting us share their little piece of heaven and also making the booking easy and helping us with suggestions to get the best out of our trip.
Stayed with my wife and daughter for 14 days and enjoyed every minute of it, either relaxing by the pool or sitting by the secluded patio area was a pleasure.
The apartment has every thing from a fully equipped kitchen to a media player with numerous films to be played on their 40" TV.
While there are a few shops and restaurants in the Marina area, we much preferred to walk into Albufeira (Very pleasant 15/20 minute walk along the coastal path) which is a little hilly but very scenic.
Thanks to Jack & Pat (also Trip Advisor) who made the booking and answering of my numerous questions fast, easy and helpful.
Everything I asked plus a lot more information on the apartment, Marina, buses, supermarkets, restaurants, Albufeira,maps etc is included in a folder in the apartment.
Thanx again for a wonderful holiday.
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It took me a while to choose this place as so many apartments describe themselves as Albufeira Marina when they are not even close. Technically this apartment is located on Orada Apartments which is part of the marina development which in my opinion is better for families than marina front apartments which are all elevated with smaller pools. Orada has a large central landscaped relaxation pool area which we were happy not to leave most days. The Marina front is a very short walk away with cruises water activities bars and restaurants and we enjoyed spending time there rather than the snack bar on the resort. The apartment was better than we expected, was really like visiting someones home except it was a holiday home. Holidaylettings made booking very easy and afterwards the owners were very helpful in suggesting transfers and helping answer a few questions about the area and what to do. We found the beaches on this side of Albufeira beautiful and more private, it would have been nice to have had a car to explore the coastline further. The beach we visited most was Sao Rafel which was a 5 minute taxi ride over the hill. We loaded up the cooler box which was in the apartment and that was us set for the day. Reception were always very helpful even though we were a private let, they arranged taxis when we wanted and suggested trips we might try. All in all we really enjoyed our visit and if we come back to Albufeira we will return to this resort.
Stayed in this ground floor apartment with wife and daughter. It was like home from home with UK TV BBC etc . English speaking radio. Good size bedroom and bed settee in lounge. Good bathroom and fully equipped kitchen. Terrace leading to pool area. Short walk to Albufiera New Marina where there are bars and restaurants. Some with Sky Sports. Taxis usually wait near here. For beaches further down Coast. Boat trips and fishing trips from Marina. Golf in area. Beautiful walk to the Old Town via cliff path. Steep at start and about 30 mins. Bars and restaurants on way. Shorter walk to large beach. Jump on off bus stops at Marina if you want to fill in a few hours? Lidll short car ride or Taxi ride. V cheap wine. Plenty of life in Old Town and on the Strip. Never made it to strip at night but Old Town was sufficient for us. Reception staff will book tours and are helpful bearing in mind this is private apartment. Transfers arranged by Owners were reliable but might consider hiring car next time.
Our family had a fabulous ten days staying in a very well equipped and clean apartment. The TV and media centre was a fantastic addition
The pool was superb for our toddler and was his first time swimming alone. We hired a car which was fantastic and an ideal opportunity to explore the beautiful coastline.
The dolphins at Zoo Marine is a must see.
We ate out a few times and one restaurant in particular is one we would visit again and that was Louisiana at the far end of the beach next to Flavours. The food was great and it wasn't like others getting customers in and out.
The whole holiday as better than we expected, the Algarve climate suited us all and apartment was lovely, we will visit again.