Balaia Golf Village Resort
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We stayed in Balai Golf Village in September. We were really pleased with the apartment, it was spotlessly clean. Even had a dishwasher and freezer plus the usual microwave, full cooker and fridge. There was even a mini barbecue where we cooked out sardines. I loved the electric juicer, I'm sure it was a novelty, we used to buy 5 kilos of oranges on the road to juice up - great.
We had an upstairs apartment which was great with a balcony where we could eat. The grounds were superb on the complex, the golf course looked an oasis of green. There was so many shrubs around the complex it made it a lovely place to stay. There was a swimming pool nearby which was lovely and clean. The supermarket on the corner of Balai Golf Village was rather expensive, we only used it for emergencys. The beach was about half a mile and was lovely, sun beds etc to hire, plus there was a little beach cafe for drinks and snacks.
We had hired a car so it wasn't too far to travel to Albeferia main town centre about two and half miles plus. There were so many places to eat in town plus there was entertainment in various pubs which was quite good. There was an area about a mile and a half called the strip, it was quite noisy but people looked like they were having fun. Loads of pubs and entertainment in that area.
We travelled around Algarve, going up to the mountains and as far a the Spanish border. I thought that Lagos looked a really nice place to stay, had flat sandy beaches and quite a lot of things going on. The restaurants were very good, loads of fish. We went to Sagres and Cap St Vincente. Carvoeira was a pretty village to visit, the beach was tiny though. We went to Armacao de Pera, it was quite traditional compared to many towns in the Algarve, most are new builds. There was some really great fish restaurants there, one in particular you get a selection of fish for 10 euros, it was loads of fish. We visited Loule market, it was a bustling market town. The market was in a temporary car park as the original market is being re-built. We bought beautiful pottery there plus some fresh fish and fruit.
Guia has a great shopping complex, we used to get our shopping when we passed by. I think the supermarkets name was Continentale.
I would definately recommend the Algarve and would stay at the Balai Golf Village again. The staff were so friendly and would change the bedding and towels when ever you asked, even though there were only meant to change them twice.
Stayed here last week in July/first week in August and had a very relaxing time. Appt was clean and had everything we needed. No air-con, but the way the appt was built meant it stayed cool enough anyway. We had a ground floor which was great - straight out on to the grass from either the terrace off the lounge or the bedroom and about 100yds to the pool.
It was never very noisy - any noise we did hear seemed to come from the traffic on the main road. The grounds are beautiful with lush vegetation and flowers everywhere. Reception was reasonably close and the excellent resort supermarket was just 2-3 mins walk. It was VERY hot when we were there so this was a definite bonus. Some of the appts were a long, long way from everything and it would mean getting in the car every time you wanted to go to the restaurant or supermarket whereas we nipped backwards and forwards several times a day.
The pool areas were well kept - plenty of sunbeds and the rules about no inflatables and balls in the pool were rigidly enforced. I think maybe early in the season they would feel cold, but on a day in August with 40degree heat they were just right!
An easy drive to plenty of local restaurants and I do think a car is almost a necessity. The excellent new motorway all the way along the Algarve has made a big difference and made getting around very easy.
My only very minor gripe about the resort was lack of signage for the appt numbers- we spent AGES on arrival trying to find our appt in the dark!!
Got back from a fantastic 2 week holiday and can't wait to go back. We stayed in a superior 2 bed apt near the driving range. Everything we could have possibly needed was there, including buckets and spades etc for the kids. The whole village is spotless, maid service is superb.
We had a ground floor apartment and suffered a bit from ants but as we are used to seeing them it was not a problem. We found some fantastic powder from the local super market down the road. Use the larger supermarkets rather than the one just outside the gates of the village as its expensive, but good for emergencies.
The pool nearest to us was great and we spent more time there than on the beaches. It was a great way to cool off. We did enjoy Sta. Eulalia beach though as it was very clean and without lager louts.
My husband enjoyed playing golf and the children and I enjoyed time learning how to hit a golf ball on the driving range.
My only moans are that the golf club stops serving food by 6.30 and it was quite expensive in the veranda restaurant. There should have been entertainment of somesort on site then we wouldn't have need to go out of the village. We went out quite a few nights (hired a car) to Villamoura or to Albuferia (The Strip) . Johnnys Bar (a jazz restaurant) is just off one of the side streets in Albuferia but the food is fantastic, as is Johnnys sax playing.
Top class place
Just back from a 10 day trip to this place. I stayed near the driving range at the furthest place away from reception which was blissfully quiet every morning. This might not be the case if you got one near the pool or reception.
The apartments are first class and have everything you'd need. Aircon in both bedrooms and main sitting room, English speaking sat TV (a must if you have kids, I have 2), dishwasher, hairdryer, washing machine, spin dryer, hair dryer, microwave etc. It even had a kettle & toaster. Everything you'd need on holiday was there.
It also had 24 hour security which was very comforting at night.
Daily maid service was excellent. Sheets & towels were changed very regularly. The pillows were like clouds.
A car is a must. We used it every day. It was handy for the shopping (turn left at main entrance and drive for a few mins and you cannot miss the Maraschino on the LHS - yellow & green).
Handy also for the day trips. Check out night life in Albufeira and beach at Praia de Rocha. There was also a beach "Maria Luisa" about a 5 min walk from the main reception. Quite small but plenty of room on it with jet skies etc.
Plenty of restaurants were within walking distance of the complex. "Martins restuarant" (Turn right at main entrance & walk for about 7 mins on LHS) was very cheap and food was tasty. The restaurant at the resort was fine. Service was a bit off some days. Good value for lunch. At the higher end for dinner.
I have been to many resorts in Spain, France etc and without doubt this is the best place I have been to with kids. The pools, grounds, apartments were spotless and the staff were very friendly.
I'm booking this place again next year. If you decide to book this place make sure you don't forget the car.
Great value for money, definitely recommend it
We stayed here in May 2006 and had a fantastic time. The apartments were equipped with everything you could want including dishwasher, freezer, tumble dryer and iron, and the resort is lovely. Maid service was excellent - they swept and washed all floors every day (except Sunday which they dont work) as well as making the beds, and linen was changed 3 times per week. Although they leave tea towels there are no dishcloths which is a pain when wshing up and wiping down, so I suggest you take one.
It was not particularly busy when we went and there were loads of sunbeds for the many pools. The pools were very cold, and husband couldnt stay in long although my daughter and I were made of sturdier stuff! Apparently there is an indoor heated pool in the leisure centre but we never visited it.
The on-site supermarket is reasonably well-stocked (including fresh milk) but very expensive. I really would recommed you bite the bullet and hire a car asap to load up on water, drinks, bread etc from one of the local Maraschino's.
The restaurant was OK, and fine for daytime snacks but we found the service very slow in the evening. It also closes between 6pm and 7.30pm which was a pain for us with small children as that is when we would have opted to eat.
All in all a great time, would definitely return.
Great place but not if you've got noisy neighbours
We have just returned from our second trip to Balaia Golf Village, having visited there last May also. We rented the same ground floor apartment as we had last year, overlooking the driving range as its nice and quiet there (we have a toddler) and the apartment (2 bedroom) was really spacious and generally well equipped (although no iron for some reason to go with the ironing board!).
As was the case last year, the village itself is great- beautiful grounds, loads of swimming pools, reasonably priced food. It is also a superb base for visiting the surrounding area if you have a car (word of warning, unless you like walking a lot, hire a care as the nearest village within walking distance, Santa Eulalia is pretty dismal).
This year's stay was however totally spoiled by our upstairs neighbours who insisted on playing v loud music late at night and early in the morning when they returned from clubbing. The walls of the apartments are very very thin and you can hear every step, every scrape of a chair etc etc. We complained to reception (who incidentally, i think are very helpful) but as the offenders were guests of the UK owner, there was little they could do.
The pools are also freezing -one is meant to be heated but its not. My husband and I had to stick to the baby pool as it was the only one we could bear to be in.
The maid service this year was really disappointing- all they did was a daily sweep and empty of the bucket in the kitchen. The shower curtain in the en suite was absolutely disgusting and had obviously not been washed all year.
I agree with the previous reviewer's comments that the apartments smell musty. We didn't manage to get rid of the problem.
Despite all this, we did enjoy our holiday and would recommend the village. But, if you are looking for a guaranteed quiet relaxing holiday, this perhaps isn't the place for you.
Enjoyable place to stay
I'm just back from here and we used the Village as our base for Golfing in Vilamoura and boozing in Albuferia, I have no real complaints about the place other than the apartment had a bit of a damp smell, which with a few hours light and air seemed to disappear. The place was very clean and tidy and the cleaners visited daily although the only changed linen, towels every other day.
We had no issues whats soever with the staff on reception, in fact they were very helpful the few times we required their recommendations.
The restaurants in the Club house and down by the Reception were both excellent even if the staff in the one by Reception were not the friendliest.
There are loads of swimming pools and there is a supermarket at the bottom of the complex although i would recommend that you use the big green and yellow one about 5 minutes up the road as its much cheaper.
Golf courses are excellent and even the par 3 course on site is maintained like a championship course.
Does the job well
I went there in September and have only just got round to adding a review (probably going again!).
Overall, if you're looking for a relaxing self-catering holiday on a quiet complex that isn't too expensive, this is for you - that is if you don't have a query for the front desk!
The apartments are fine. They're clean, have all the amenities and basics in the fridge on arrival (also previous occupants left loads of stuff including beer, cereal, butter), but the maids didn't change the beds quite as much as would have been desired.
The complex is pretty enough with good gardens and each ground-level apartment has a big terrace to eat out on.
The several pools and surroundings are very clean (attendants seen twice a day), with plenty of sun loungers. They are fairly quiet too - ie no yobs or lager-fuelled idiots.
The beaches close by are good. They're big and not crowded, but not the best ones - take a look in a local guide and take a trip out in the car in the 30-45 minute range and you'll find some breathtaking beaches.
Food is good, fish is cheap and people are friendly. If you want a quick, easy meal, turn right out of the main entrance and walk for five to 10 minutes, there's a local restaurant on the roadside that does very good basic-ish food (and ice cold lager)at a very agreeable price.
We often travelled to a beach in the afternoon, say to Lagoa, and went to the nearest town for dinner and that tended to be enjoyable.
If you've got kids (we took a two-year-old), Zoomarine is the place to go and it's 20 minutes away. Yes the entry fee initially seems steep and yes you think it's going to be badly crowded, but we were pleasantly surprised.
If you accept the fact the wildlife is not as nature intended (ie wild), then the shows are good (particularly the dolphins) and the ok food surprisingly cheap.
You obviously have to queue for some things, but there is a huge saltwater pool (and kiddies' section) with grounds to relax in too.
We had a full day out there and thought it was value for money.
Also do go to a fish market, even if it's just to see what's on offer - amazing.
The complex had a nine-hole golf course somewhere - but if that's your thing, you'll probably go to one of the many high-class 18-holers in the area.
Oh and back to the front desk. Manned by Germans and pretty unhelpful on a query - ie shrugged shoulders and said to speak to a manager who was always unavailable! But that was our only encounter with them - so good and bad!
Hope this helps you.
Fantastic place to relax
Just got back from Balaia Golf resort, stayed end May/start June. Appartments are great, very clean and bright, fully equiped kitchen, and washer/drier. The Veranda restaurant on site is pretty good, all of the staff we came across were excellent, especially the lady at the pool bar. Loads of pools, all very clean, and never overcrowded, the gardens are really pretty and everything is well maintained.
The two nearest beaches are lovely, take your own parasol though because charges for the parasols and sunbeds varied day to day it seemed. The beaches are really clean and had lifeguards, the waves are pretty good for fun body boarding, nothing huge but great for families. The cafe bar at Santa Eulalia and the restaurant there has the most fantastic views, try the paella at Restaurant Atlantica, and the grilled shrimp at the Maria Luisa beach cafe.
If you want a relaxing beach holiday then this is great, we did have a day in Albufuria but it's just hugely touristy, probably good fun though it you want a big night out. I'd recommend that you hire a car though since there's only the hotel supermarkets at Balaia. The drive from Faro airport takes about 25 minutes, take the N125 and it's very nearly just one well signposted road.
Will probably return next year with a bunch of friends and children, none of us are golfers, but you don't need to golf, to enjoy this resort.
i stayed at this resort in march of 2005 and would like to warn others not leave valuables in your room just keep them with you or at home other than that it was a nice resort
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