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This was the best holiday I have ever been on! I am 14 and I loved every minute of it, there was loads to do during the day and especially at night! For teenagers this is perfect as there is loads of other people your age and the people who work there are very nice. At night the hotel entertainment is good but especially for people who are 14+ they will very much enjoy 'the strip'. For parents if they dont really want to be by the pool, the hotel is right by the beach and all you have to do is walk down a few steps. The beach is lovely though as there are many different parts, some busy and some very secluded. The rooms were well equipped and spacious especially in the one bedroom apartment. We would defenatly consider going back to CPO next year!
Thought the Club Praia da Oura was fantastic
Our second time at the Club Praia da oura, although this time we were given an apartment at the Oura Praia. The apartment was lovely, first class and not too far to walk down to the Club Praia da oura for the pool and Amandas bar at night. My daughter loves it there, she met loads of people her own age, the entertainment team are brilliant, would recommend it to anybody with teenagers.
Fantastic all round holiday
this was our second time at cpo, and it was just a great as our first visit in 2004 it is right next to the beach, but just a few minutes walk into the heart of the hustle and bustle of the strip. the portuguese are lovely friendly people and there are tons of eateries you cant go wrong. anyway last year our studio was overlooking the bowling green with a fab view of the beach and the grounds we coul not fault, so this year we asked if we could be on the same blockbut this time we paid a little extra for a 1 bed apt. but on arrival they put us over the swimming pool, we thought it may be a little noisy but it was great the view was again great looking out onto the beautiful complex, and well worth the extra for the apt lots of space. the staff that you see around the grounds all work so hard to keep it up to standard and the maids are brilliant cleaners and pleasant, what more can i say except we will definately go back. just one drawback ther is no air conditioning but there is a fan on the wall and the hotel staff sent us a tower fan for the bedroom.
Good family hotel
Nice Hotel just extremely busy. In our two weeks starting the 23rd July we did not go by the pool side at all. All beds reserved by towels and crammed together very closely. I would recommend the beach. Go towards the sea and turn left and you will see a lovely cove with sunbeds if you want them 6.50 euros each bed each day which is a bit pricey but we bought a cheap umbrella for 8 euros and two low deck chairs for 20 euros for the two and they were great. When in Portugal do as the Portugese do and use your own equipment. Take a cool bag and ice packs for the beach. We bought rolls, ham, cheese from the supermarket at the hotel and made up a picnic everyday. We were a little disappointed at first with the position of our apartment (Block J by the supermarket and car park) but the apartment was fantastic two storey with a bedroom upstairs and bathroom. Super separate kitchen will all the equipment you could ask for. They supply T towels, washing up liquid, scourer. There is a kettle, fridge freezer, microwave/grill, toaster, two ring hob and all the cutlery, plates etc you could ask for. Sun loungers on the terrace and a table and chairs and umbrella. We were glad we were where we were after a day or so. The supermarket has everything you need you do not need to take a thing. From heinz baked beans to pantene shampoo. Do not buy cans of pop or water from the hotel. V expensive 2.50 euros for a can of pop and 2.00 euros for a small (and I mean small) bottle of water. Use the supermarket - staff a bit grumpy but they get friendlier the more they see you. Anyway you will love the Algarve the beaches are fab - Take a trip to Villamoura if you get the chance. The marina is fab ! See how the other half live. You will need to give a 100 euro deposit (refundable when you leave) when you arrive at the hotel and did you know if you arrive before 5 pm you will not get your apartment until 5pm? You have to vacate your apartment by 10 am on departure day. The strip in the town is a bit like Blackpool but great for the kids. Watch where you eat some of the food on the strip is processed junk. You cant go wrong with the Beach Cafe on the beach mentioned above for snacks and evening meals. Very good value and the chinese restarant over looking the sea to the left along the beach. The hotel (Jackies Bar) is okay too. Try a La Bamba burger on the strip and then some of their icecream - great value and very filling. The water sports are good -try the donuts and the parasending. Donuts 12 euros each and the para sending 35 euros each and 10 euros for a spectator. Well worth having a go. The ocean Bar at the hotel is nice for a coffee and cake. Watch the bowling and top up your tan at the same time. We saw people with dreadful sunburn so please be careful. Even on a cloudy day, and we had one or two, you will burn!! A taxi into the old part of town costs around 3-4 euros per taxi each way. The bus service from the hotel is 3 euros each return so watch as it may be cheaper to get a taxi. It is a long walk but try walking there and getting a taxi back. There is a free train but it is always full. Finally watch out for the time share touts. They congregate at the end of the strip and show official looking cards but I would not waste my time. If it was that good they would not have to tout would they?? have a great holiday.
Had a great time at the CPO!
Right next to the beach. Lots of entertainment & a great crowd.
Would throughly recommend going to the zoomarine.
Be aware of the timeshare during the day & the people selling watches on the street.
Good for a basic family holiday
We have stayed at this aparthotel for many years now having inherited a one week timeshare in June from my father. The complex is fab for this sort of holiday - beautiful gardens, beaches and restaurants nearby.
The pool area is very small and should you dare to reserve a bed by the pool and then disappear, your towels will be promptly moved!!! We have given up staying by the pool during the day. It is noisy, crowded and the pool area far too small for the number of guests. We prefer to go to the beach and rent a bed for a small amount per day! Well worth it! It is so tranquil compared to the rest of the resort - with good cafe's for lunch! As there is a charge, not many people go there, prefering to be squashed in like sardines by the pool!
Beware of the complex's jacuzzi's - they are warm, full of kids and rather smelly at the end of the day - be warned!!!
Entertainment is mediocre, but there is plenty of life outside the resort. Apartments are good although basic. TV, fan (no air conditioning), good kitchen and spotlessly clean. A good all round complex - not posh or fancy, but good old fashioned, family holiday stuff.
PS: Beware of timeshare sellers! Ignore them and they will go away, speak to them and you can't get rid of them for the rest of the holiday!!
This place is amazing! Everything is superb! This place has it all! There are lots of restaurants and bars just a few minutes walk away! Everything you could ask for... and just a few hours away! All i would say, is ask for a pool view for the best rooms! They are superbly located and you have access to everywhere! The place itself is also in a brilliant location! I think you get the idea by now because i could waffle on all day! Basically, you'd be mad not to go!
CPO maintains its standards
I have to admit I'm biased..because we own a week at the OuraPraia hotel. CPO continue to maintain the resort to a high standard. Great facilities, restaurants cater for all tastes, but if you don't fancy staying within the resort, there's food and entertainment immediately outside too. This makes CPO competitive.
Nightly entertainment for those who want it, but strict rules about quiet after midnight
Try the two swimming pools, sauna, whirlpools, bowls on site and access to a private beach.
An ideal location for a family holiday
We went for the golf this year, and CPO is ideally situated about an hour from Faro airport
Paradise - just a few hours away!
This hotel was excellent. By far the best holiday that me and my family have been on. The location is excellnt. There are shops and restaurants just a few minutes walk away and 'The Strip' is a mile long walk full of bars, shops and restaurants which is also just a few minutes walk away. The hotel is gorgeous. The room are very spacious and very clean. Staff and maids are all friendly and the resort is definately a family place. The beach is just a few minutes walk away and the entertainment in the hotel at nightime is adequate. Recommended to anyone!!!!
Club Praia da Oura is beautifully kept, with landscaped gardens and superb views from the apartments. It is a short walk to the beach, which is very clean. There is lots to do in the club itself, and the shops, restaurants etc in Montechoro are only a few minutes walk away.
My friends and I enjoyed some superb meals in the local restaurants, not to mention sampling the local wines!! I will definitely be back.