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... stand, but also turn and (yes theres more) even catch the odd green wave. For those mind numbing seconds on each of the waves I caught, it was one hell of a feeling and my smile and nod of approval as I rode the wave to shore definitely showed this. To be honest, just picture Kelly Slater.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Bayside Salgados Albufeira
Liked the apartments too far from anywhere
stayed at bayside aug 2006 for two weeks myself husband and two teenagers first impression ok too far from anywhere courtesy bus to supermarket ran three times per day walk to nearest supermarket 20 mins there and 20 back cost 12 euros to new town and 12 back so you could not do that every night apartments basic no kettle no toaster double ring cooker you plugged in rain through night realy heavily came through light in bedroom ceiling rooms smelt musty like dirty water clean towel change everyother day would not go back too quiet restaurant basic meals but snack bar done lovely toastie and burger
Avoid ground floor apartmants as it seems most if not all are damp & smelly. We were a family of three & in the 8 days of our stay in albufeira checked out on the fifth as we could not take it anymore. We tried to complain but the staff really did not want to know. Hence us moving to an alternative hotel. In the 5 days of being there we did not unpack our case because of the stench, we did not want our clothes to smell damp. Even the bed sheets when getting into bed felt damp! Very miserable cold apartment. Which I do not recommend!!
Hire a car or you will be moneyless, bored and tired from walking!
I just returned from Bayside Salgados on Tuesday 11th July and I must admit the place itself was a lovely place to stay. The rooms were clean, the staff were lovely, the pool was nice and the roof terrace was a very pleasant place to relax. But that was all we really seemed to do, I'd highly recommend hiring a car during your stay at Bayside, if you decide to stay there.
I was with my Mum and my sister and we had a car which was great, even for just going to the beach which is NOT 400 yards away or the supermarket. We also used the car for travelling to Albufeira and Amarcao de Pera on various days. WIthout a car I think that you would feel very isolated and trapped with the location of Bayside Salgados.
There are however minibuses which travel to Albufeira 3 times a day, but be warned the minibus only holds 8 people and there can sometimes be 25+ people waiting on the bus, which means the people left behind after the first bus leaves have to wait til it returns from Albufeira. I might also add that the last bus to Albufeira is at 4pm, which I think is a bit too early for the last bus, especially if you are planning to go out for the night.
There is not much entertainment on site at night, there was a karaoke night held and a quiz night during my stay but these were not very big nights and I was a bit disapointed by them. I think that there should have been more to do at the resort, even a pool table or something would have given it something extra.
I would also like to add that there are only 2 places to eat which are close to Bayside, the restaurant facility on site or a small bakers 1 min up the road. The bakers only does snack-type foods and the restaurant on site was very limited with much higher prices than say restaurants in Albufeira. We found that we cooked in the room most of the time, although we were limited to pasta mostly as there was no oven or grill.
I would recommend Bayside Salgados to people who just want to sit by the pool all day and just basically relax or older people who like to stay in the one place for their holiday. I would not recomment it to young groups of people, families (the kids have nothing to do apart from the pool) or people who love to party. I will say that if you have a car then the surrounding area is great for shopping and the beach. We didn't use the car for going out at night though as my Mum couldn't drink when she was out.
I travelled with 7 other women from Edinburgh to Bayside. We were a bit worried that we were being taken out of the area (no nightlife), but found that the hotel put on a mini bus three times a day driven by Gomez (he was great). Although the last bus was at 4pm it only cost 10 Euros for a taxi. One of our party was taken ill on our last night and had to be taken to hospital. The hotel couldn't have been nicer and offered any help they could. We would defo go back as we were made to feel very welcome. The rooms although pretty basic were clean. What more do you need for a holiday?? We only slept in it and were out all day. Thanks for a great holiday!!!!
Location, location, location
I am sorry to have to do this.
The apartments themself I couldn't fault apart from currently right next door to a building site(actually outside our balcony), but this is the worst location I have ever had. Okay if you want to stay on site 24/7 or hire a car.
Totally impractical location. The nearest supermarket is a half hour round trip at which you need directions The shuttle only runs 3 times a day until 4'clock. No later but goes via the supermarket.
Local restaurants consist of one/two nearly every half hour walk.
As I said nice enough apartments but really isolated location and definitely not if you are thinking of going into Albufeira for a night out unless you want to pay 15 euros a time.
What fantastic value for money!
After reading a few reviews of the hotel I was unsure as to what to expect. The place was a treasure.
The apartments, pool, poolside, restaurant, reception and bar area where all spotless.
The apartments were very clean and towels were provided at least every other day. They were two storey high. To get to the top apartments you did have to climb a narrow spiral staircase, which could be a problem for the elderly or small children.
Each block of apartments shared a jacuzzi on the roof top which were very very clean but also very very cold.
The breakfast was 5 euro's for an english breakfast or 5 euro's for continental. Which we found to be excellant value for money. The staff were very friendly and helpful.
A car is a good idea as the place is a little bit of a walk from the beach and any life.
Building work is going on around the complex, and although they were working we could hardly see or hear them at any time.
The pool was covered over at the time of our visit. Again it was very clean, the inside area of the pool is very hot, but we found the pool to be quite cold. I am sure that later in the season it will be lovely and warm though.
I had a fantastic family holiday and will definitely be returning again next year.
It was my first visit to Portugal and will not be my last.
Some of the beaches we found in Portugal were the best I have ever seen.
Out of town location
Stayed for 5 days in late March 2006. The hotel building is old, and partially privately occupied. It acts as the focus for the complex as everything else is a building site at present. Rooms basic, each block has a jacuzzi on the roof which had not been cleaned out yet.Taxi to Alberfuria 15 euros. Villamura 30 euro. You are in the middle of nowwhere except for a golf course. Bakers/cafe on the corner OK. Supermarket is a long walk. Not the best of locations.
Quiet Yes but very clean
Arrived late morning no problems booking in staff really helpful as they were all during our stay.Some building work taking place next door but luckily most of the work have been done and there was little noise during the day. Car hire is a very good idea to get around but the nearby bakers/ shop and lighthouse cafe are worth checking out for cheap food and drink and other restaurants aren't far away.
Check out the local coves really good. Its quiet at night but that's a good contrast from the town. Pick up the free map .
Dungeon to delightful apartment
First ground floor studio apartment we were allocated was awful. It was damp, dirty, had cobwebs and resembled a `dungeon'. We complained and initially were told that there were no other apartments available but after we produced a camera to take photos of `dungeon' we were allocated a first floor one bedroomed apartment in a different block which was delightful. It was very clean and spacious, towels changed every day. No kettle provided. Apartments are very isolated and taxi fares to albulfeira mounted up (10 euro each way) but nearside beaches were lovely. No courtesy room provided at apartments. Suitable for couple wanting lots of peace and quiet but definately not for families or young people who will be bored.
Hated Bayside Salgados
Last August (2004) myself and my family decided to spend a few
days (10 days) near Albufeira. We booked an apartment (T1) at Bayside
Salgados. The experience was terrible:
--The apartment was dirty;
--Some of the lightbulbs were broken;
--Everything in the apartment was in poor
The worse happened at the end of my stay. At
checkout time I asked for the complaints book that
they have to provide. They refused. As a result I
called for the police (GNR). They showed up and
even after they showed up the manager refused to
provide the book for registering the complaints. A
legal action was taken.
This was one of the worst experiences in Algarve!
Avoid Bayside Salagados at all cost.