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Not a good day weatherwise!! Very grey and lots of rain.
D, B and I walked to town to purchase some fridge magnets for Chris and the girls. Had to take refuge in a coffee shop when the heavens opened and have a drink. On the way back I bought a handbag and had to stay in the ...
... off the beach. Watched some surfers attempting to surf through the waves. It was very bracing but not cold. As we headed homeward the rain started and by the time we got back to Lagos it was quite heavy.
Back at the hotel we had the birthday party with champagne and cake and played games all afternoon until it was time to clean up ready for ...
What a beautiful day. A few clouds but warm and sunny. We went and sat on the beach next to the sand dunes and relaxed and read a little. Had a snack lunch at the beach bar and then back for some more relaxation. We had a short walk along the beach to the river to see the marina from the other side. A great day doing ...
Had a lovely day. The weather was better, high cloud with occasional bursts of warm sunshine. We walked along Meia Praia, a beautiful stretch of sandy beach. No pebbles, seaweed or any type of debri. I paddled my toes but it wasn't warm enough for a swim and too rough for me although the surf school was in the water. When we got back we had a drink at one of the beach bars and the headed off to ...
Rain on and off all day but we still enjoyed ourselves. After breakfast we walked around the town checking out restaurants for our evening meals. Then off in the car for a trip to Monchique in the hills. It looked as though the sun was shining there but alas we must have taken ...
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Good but could have been better
Visited the resort for the first time this year on our annual family holiday. The complex is very well maintained and the gardens in excellent condition. The villas have all the equipment you need. There are however some problems, the beds are very uncomfortable, pillows also uncomfortable, the cleaning is non-existent (after two weeks with a family of five the bathrooms were not nice). The pool area is small for the number of guests and on several days we found nowhere to sit. The location is quiet, which we liked, but if you want to go out then you need to drive (so no drinking for your driver). We all had the weekly barbeque and found the food to be plentiful but cold and nothing for a vegetarian to eat. We tried the pool bar on a couple of occasions but it was never staffed and we were always told to go into the resturant to order (not ideal in your swimsuit). The staff were very nice and those in reception always ready to help. I can't comment on the kids club, the one day ours decided to go no-one turned up and ther was no explanation or note as to why this was the case. We also had a horrible day by the pool when a large, loud and very foul mouthed group sat beside us. Every second word was an expetive and was yelled at their children who were only about 3 or 4 years old. This isn't the fault of the complex but is a sad refelection on cosmos clients. We tended to go to the beach after that. We enjoyed our holiday (the beaches were lovely) but we will not be returning next year.
Our 4th visit to site in July 2005
Just an update on our 4th visit to the site, some disappointments and a horrible incident.
During this visit it was plain to see that in the 4 years we have holidayed there the site has had no improvements or investments.
Everything is as it was 4 years ago, nothing modernised or improved. Same tiny kettle, same tiny coffee cups(take your own) and lack of utensils.
We were quite saddened by this as we have had so much fun there and it appears that the management are just running things down, no signs of imagination or investment in the site.
The grounds are immaculate and are tended with care, if only housekeeping were as good
The villa was cleaned basically but the dust gathered and when we left we wrote goodbye in it! (take duster) The towels are changed most days but they are grey and rough. They are years old.
Now to the horrible incident
My parents came with us and stayed in an apartment. This was not cleaned properly.
One day after the maids had visited and changed the towels, my mother showered. She started to dry herself with a towel and noticed a foul smell, upon examination of the towel she saw excrement! She was beside herself with horror. Thats all you need to know. The managerment apologised but nothing else. My parents will not be returning to the resort. It really saddens me to write this as we have loved going to the site, but this year looks like being our last. We are looking for somewhere else in Carvoeria.
Fantastic Family Holiday.
We arrived at about 3pm to be told our room wasn't ready as the previous residents had vacated late. This wasn't a problem as the receptionist was very helpful & apologetic. As we'd hired a car we went to the supermarket and got essential provisions while we waited for the maids to finish. (You pick up signs for the Intermarche as you come into Sesmarias from Lagoa).
If you've hired a car you'll be offered full cover insurance at an extra €10/day- this will cover vandalism & remove/reduce the excess if you do have an accident. It does add quite a bit on so think before you get there whether you actually want it. (When you return the car to save hunting for a petrol station in Faro I filled up at the Silves services on the E22 & the tank was still full when I got back to Europcar). In our opinion the car was a necessity- nothing much except the twice weekly Karaoke or the weekly (recommended) BBQ happens in the complex (don't forget your pack of cards & travel games!)& most people either stay by the pool all day or use it as a base as we did. The courtesy bus doesn't run at the weekend- so you may be stranded. We took advantage of the Cosmos half price car rental offer- I would recommend you take this option if possible as the car rental is no cheaper when you get out there.
The layout of the complex is brilliant - plenty of space, with the semi-detached 2 bed villas arranged within beautifully landscaped gardens, with plenty of grass between each villa (beware of leaving your clothes out to dry at night- they may get soaked by the automatic sprinklers!). The 1 bed apartments appeared to be sited in 2 blocks and fitted in well. The accommodation was outstanding, we had a 2 bedroomed villa which was massive. It had air conditioning, TV (but CNN the only English language channel available), washer, dishwasher, hair dryer, coffee maker, fridge freezer. The bed was comfy 'ish, but the plastic mattress protector makes it less comfortable especially when it's hot. The pillows are poor but we got extra ones after the 1st night. The towels are grey but they are clean & changed daily (except Saturday- the maids day off) Maid service was good although a €15/week tip is "expected".
The staff were great from the Cosmos reps to the complex staff- no complaints at all. Kids clubs available, although not very busy, we used it just once & the feedback was positive.
The supermarket on site is rubbish- expensive & no choice- there is a small supermarket (Alisuper) 10 mins walk away (couple of places to eat here as well) which is worth the effort. Otherwise in the car the Intermarche 10 mins drive away is best. If you want newspapers the Pizzeria next to the Alisuper sells them or they are also available in the newsagents at the front of the Intermarche.
The other services in the complex are swimming pool, kids pool (both warm, once you get in!) internet access (€1/10mins), tennis courts, bowling green, pool bar & restaurant. We had one evening meal which we didn't enjoy but the lunches were fine- don't have the burgers- they're the minging tinned type.
We went to Carvoeiro several times for our evening meal - you are told the taxi will cost €5 but the taxis cost us anything between €4.50 to €8 for 2 adults, 2 kids, an infant & a pushchair. We were charged supplements varying from nil to almost €3??? In addition the reception charges €0.50 just to call the taxi! Carvoeiro isn't big- go to Vilamoura or Albefuria if you want more activity- but it has plenty of restaurants and a small beach, most nights there is entertainment on the stage by the beach. We had about 5 meals here & they were all great. For the best Indian I've ever tasted go up the hill by the taxi rank & near the top on the right hand side you'll find The Tandoori. Our favourite restaurant however was O Patio which is on the main square - a little dearer but the seafood is brilliant & the waiters very good.
The taxi rank gets very busy going home at night- up to 30 mins wait- if you don't want to queue go home early or late!
We visited Slide & Splash, Zoo Marine & Aqualand- all are highly recommended and are all full days out. If you want to go shopping Faro is great- follow your nose to the centre - find a parking space & walk round the shopping area, for lunch make your way to the marina area. Our best day out was on the "Top Cat" full day boat tour from Vilamoura. It cost €25 (€12 for kids) for a 6 hour cruise including a beach stop, pork & sardine BBQ lunch inc. wine/drinks & a short cave trip. Great value - but take your own snacks & drinks- they make their money from the sale of these.
Go-carting is also worth a visit- quite expensive - €15 for 10mins- if you buy 5 get 1 free- sign posted off the E125 after Vilamoura (going towards Faro). Not a full day out but an enjoyable few hours.
We found a great beach at Vilamoura- beautifully sandy & clean, the water was refreshing - we parked by the massive Tivoli hotel- €3 for the day.
Pick up the "Freemap" publications which are available at various locations and give a detailed map of a smallish area along with recommended activities, restaurants etc- very useful & we found them to be accurate in terms of their recommendations.
In summary this was a great family holiday- perfect accommodation, a little out of the way but with the car & taxis we had a great time. If you want a full on lively holiday don't go here!
If you want a relaxing family holiday and are going here I guarantee you'll have a fantastic holiday.
We have just returned from a weeks stay at Colina da Lapa..9th June - 16th June, had a really great time, the villa we had was absolutley fantastic, we could not fault it, well equiped and so much space to the back and front for our two year old to run about in. The villa itself was huge, the weather was also very hot but breezy. A couple of things we did have a problem with but if you dont take kids - mainly toddlers - then this isnt for you...the flooring around the kids and adults pools are a nightmare..as soon as they get wet the kids are slipping everywhere, so take some swim shoes for them to wear...and the thing we found the most worrying is the cosmos kids club...our little two year old managed to get out and away from the creche girls and ended up on the road and they didnt even notice..there was only my daughter and another baby in there and two supervisors! I dread to think what they are going to be like in the peak season jul/aug, we are talking to cosmos about this now so hopefully improvements will be made...and thankfully my baby was rescued by a lady who was sunbathing nearby so she was fine! If that lady reads this ...thank you! All in all we had a great time it is so clean and tidy, and the restaurant/bar was good, entertainment ok...we are going to return next year we would recommend this complex to families and couples, so book up and enjoy!
Amazing place; best holiday we've had
By far the best holiday we've had...so good we recommended it to my mother and father in law who are there now!
We took our 5 month old daughter so was a bit daunted, but it went so smoothly. The place was spotless, the staff were friendly and the complex was spacious and green.
A Great Relaxing Family Holiday!!
We've just enjoyed a great 2 weeks at the Colina Da Lapa resort - it was the most relaxing time we have ever had. The weather was lovely and hot 26C + with a gentle breeze - the evenings got a little chilly. The apartments are lovely and clean, spacious with lots of storage, well kitted out especially the kitchen (cooker, washing machine, dish washer in 2 bed aptmnt microwave, fridge-freezer, kettle, filter coffee machine, toaster, juicer, hand blender) aswell as an iron, ironing board hairdryer - it made a big difference having these things on holiday! The resort itself is very well designed and not overlooked. A little out of the way- a car was very useful even though there is a daily courtesy bus into Carvoeiro and the small beach Caneiros nearby. There is a small shop on the complex that sold basic things bread milk etc but it was pricey. The best supermarket we found was Intermarche at Carvoeiro - excellent! (the trolleys take a 50cent coin NOT a Euro as many of us found out). The restaurant at Colina was very good and served really nice lunches and evening meals. They even provide a takeaway service!! The main pool is nice but the water was still a bit cold for this time of year. The day time activities were only just being organized as we left -football, rounders, water volleyball - they could do with a few more suggestions. The evening activities are Colina's only downfall in our opinion - they have a Kareoke twice a week and that's your lot. Our son is 13 and he did find it a little bit quiet but he did enjoy the pool, playing tennis and basketball. There is also an outdoor pool table and table tennis which was in constant use. The water parks are brilliant especially Slide and Splash - best to get tickets in Carvoeiro better discounts than through reps. The staff are all very friendly and helpful especially Sergio in Reception and Nelson in the Bar. Overall it was great and we would definitely go again!!
Spent three weeks there in march, its just fabulous!!!!!! Clean apartments, well fitted out, friendly staff, great views. Can't wait to go back there.
Stunning place. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Will definately return.
The place was absolutely beautiful. Accomodation was well maintaned and spotlessly clean. The courtesy bus takes you into Carvoeiro and to the beach at Caneiros, but the beach is walkable and taxis to Carvoeiro are only 6 Euros. Staff were great. Will definately return.
FANTASTICK - THIRD YEAR RUNNING
This is the third year running my family will be returning to Colina Da Lapa which says a lot. Last year we took friends with us and they will also be returning this year. The Villas and apartments are excellent and exeptionally spacious. There is even a dish washer and washing machine. The childrens club is very good and is on twice a day. There is regular evening and daytime entertainment. A courtesy bus goes to the beach (5 minute journe) three times a day. You could walk but it is up hill coming back and very hot. Car hire with Cosmos is included with the holiday at 50% of the cost. A small car for two weeks costs approximately £150.00. The town is very nice with lots of restaurants to try. I would recommend Colina Da Lapa to both families and couples.
Good times good stuff
as soon as we arrived the whole family felt welcomed .we arrived quite late nate approx 10 30pm but the bar wasstill open so we went to meet and greet the guests and staff/reps, they were all very friendly. in the daytimes there was so much to do : e.g. play tennis ,water polo,volleyball, organized football matches.for the kids there was also plenty to do: e.g. special kids clubs with different age groups (kids clubs alsso have trips and special events such as jeep safari,movie mania,night out in alburfira,play mini golf,restaurant of your choice.
there is also a playground and sand park too. the evening entertainment is great ,rep caboras ,talent shows and plenty of dancing!!! i would rate it 10/10 without any doubt it was the best holiday ive ever been on, as for the rooms/villas and appartments excellent top marks there,there clean fully furnished and with all the applainces you need,they also have balconys and own garden space with a special area to sit out an relax!!! i would definatly reccomend it tooo anyone you ll have the best time ever i guarentee