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Reviewed 23 July 2010

I took my 16 year old daughter and four of her friends here on a post GCSE trip and we all had a great time. The apartments were spacious and clean; the staff were very helpful and tolerant of us moving furniture between our two apartments. The pool was small (I suspect too small if the apartments had been full) but very clean and there were plenty of sunbeds around it. There were two supermarkets within 5 minutes walk and the lovely beach was 6 minutes walk away, which had lots of bars and cafes nearby. The girls found some decent nightlife in Alvor, a 5 Euro taxi ride away, and could also have gone to Praia do Rocha. All in all we had negatives and lots of positives and will definitely be going back.

Date of stay: July 2010
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1  Thank greencroft4
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Reviewed 16 July 2010

After reading the other reviews about these apartments I can only assume that since the tour operators have pulled them from their brochures they have gone down hill.......rapidly. The whole place has a feeling of a business barely clinging on. The building seems tired and run down, and the bar that was advertised is no longer open, replaced by a garden shed selling only the very basics.
On arrival we opened the curtains to be confronted with a dirty brick wall as our view. We asked to be moved as the apartments were clearly only half full, but were told they were full so it couldn't be done. Because of this, the apartment, though clean and spacious, was dark with no sunlight at any time. Not somewhere we were keen to stay in.
The staff, when you could find anyone, were generally unhelpful.
The location is quiet (apart from a nocturnal dog barking) and only a 10 minute walk from a good beach with snack bars and restaurants nearby.
It was sold to us as being in Alvor, this is not the case. Praia da Rocha is a quick taxi ride away or as we did a 20 minute walk along the coast, Alvor is more like a 10 to 15 minute taxi ride, but worth going to.
In general, give these apartments a miss, we saw many more places that we would rather have stayed in.

Date of stay: June 2010
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Slighty3
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Reviewed 14 October 2009

Again great stay for bargain holiday, beautiful beaches in local area. Friendly complex and great value. Sorry it has been removed as above have not renewed contract next year. Many will be disappointed.

Date of stay: October 2009
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2  Thank spikey
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Reviewed 25 August 2009

Just returned from a weeks holiday, with husband and 2 sons (11 and 15). Sad to leave! Admittedly apartments were basic but on the plus side they were spacious and very clean.
Usually stay at Praia Da Rocha, but over the years found too noisy for family holiday. So the location of these apartments are ideal.
The reception and bar staff were very helpful and good fun! Would definitely recommend these apartments and return again next year. Met many families who return year after year. Good snack bar with varied menu at reasonable prices.
Nice location 10 mins walk to lovely beach and just a short cheap taxi ride to lively Praia Da Rocha, Alvor and Portimao. Don't bother with buses as same price for 4 bus tickets as taxi.

Date of stay: August 2009
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Thank LondonEnfield
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Reviewed 24 August 2009

We went as a family of 5 - kids aged 14,13 and 9. All the staff were friendly and helpful. The appartments were HUGE and we had an unoverlooked shady balcony. The food from the bar was delicious and good value and we had takeaways a couple of times. The free airconditioning was fantastic as the temperature was over 30'oC every day. Kidszone was great for our 9 yr old who especially liked the choco party and the pool games.
We took a taxi to the large Continente supermarket and a 7 seater taxi to & from Alvor (a lovely fishing village with cobbled streets, little shops,a great beach, lots of good restaurants) for 6.45 Euros each way, ordered from reception. We bought a parasol at Continente which was really useful at the beach and the Vau pool.
Had a fantastic guided tour trip (ordered through friendly Rep, Katy) to Lisbon and another to Zoomarine, where we saw a Dolphin show and Aqualocos a fun high dive display.
Praia Do Vau is very quiet but is a good base. We ate at the Jacaranda restaurant (varied menu) All restaurants do a childrens menu with the usual chicken nuggets & chips . Good beach too. Had a lovely hol!

Date of stay: August 2009
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Thank RivendellLondon
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