Hilton Vilamoura As Cascatas Golf Resort & Spa
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Fantastico Hilton As Cascatas
Sono appena tornata da una vacanza di due settimane in questo posto. Le camere erano fantastiche e gli appartamenti favolosi. Questa volta abbiamo prenotato un appartamento con due camere da letto, comunque il nostro attico da 4 camere da letto sarà pronto nel gennaio 2008. Non vediamo l'ora di andare a starci. Gli appartamenti sono arredati con mobili di gran qualità. Questo è sicuramente il miglior hotel dell'Algarve, supera anche il Lake Resort. Il ristorante a buffet dell'hotel è eccellente, il costo è di circa 38 euro, i bambini sotto ai 12 anni, invece, non pagano. C'è un bus navetta gratuito per Villamoura e un altro, sempre gratuito, che parte ogni 15 minuti e porta in spiaggia. Lo staff del miniclub Paradise Island era eccezionale e il costo era di 10 euro per mezza giornata, dalle 9.00 alle 13.00 o dalle 14.00 alle 18.00. C'erano tanti ottimi ristoranti da provare: "O Alamabique" (dove ha fatto il suo pranzo di nozze Chris Evans), "Don Giovanni", un ristorante italiano, "O Malveiro", vicino Alamancail, e "Casa dos Pinheiros". Se avete bisogno di informazioni [--]
We would go back....
We are a family of 4 and stayed in a 2 bedroomed apartment within the hotel. For us it had the advantages of a hotel with the convienience of a washing machine. The rooms were a good size and the kitchen area was well equiped. Breakfast was fantastic! I hope this was not just becuase they were trying to impress having just opened.
This was not mirrored at the pool restaurant where the food was poor and service apalling.
The only other gripe was that our room was not serviced until at least mid afternoon, just when you may want to be returning to your room.
As for the surroundings, not sure about the pink exterior colour with the blue, the artists impression looked far better.
Kids club we decided not to use as in the afternoon they seemed to just let the kids watch a DVD for a couple of hours (because it was in the shade) they could still be playing games, arts and crafts under the shade, and I would question that it is the biggest Kids Club in the Algarve (as they advertise) as we normally stay at the Sheraton Pine Cliffs and their Kids Club is enormous!!!
Nous revenons de 2 semaines de vacances au nouvel hotel Hilton Vilamoura, tout est neuf, super propre, le personnel est très motivé et parle anglais et français pour certains.
Il y a 4 piscines plein air, 1 bac pour les touts petits, 1 piscine interieur. On peut commander un snack à la piscine le service est un peu long mais en vacances on a le temps.
Le kids club " paradise island" est un super atout, l' equipe très compétente propose beaucoup d' activités variées. ( compter environ 15 euros la 1/2 journée), le seul hic est qu'ils n' acceptent pas les enfants en dessous de 4 ans pour raisons d'assurances, mais l' hotel propose un service baby sitting pour 15 euros de l' heure.
Vous devez absolument essayer le SPA, très Zen, la décoration est somptueuse et les prix comme partout environ 90 euros le soins.
Il y a 3 restaurants dans l' hotel, 1 gastronomique, celui ou ils servent le petit dejeuner ( le soir ils proposent un buffet), et celui de la "grotte" ou on peut avoir des grillades de poissons/ viandes avec live music certains soirs. A noter qu' il y a 1 soirée spéciale enfants 1 fois par semaine avec clown, magiciens... nos enfants agés de 3 et 6 ans ont fort appréciés...et nous aussi!!
Le buffet du petit déjeuner est grandiose..il y a tout ce que vous pouvez vouloir...restez raisonnable !! j' ai pris 2 kilos!!
Une navette nous emmène à la plage " praia da falesia", ils ont des serviettes de plages , parasols...snack et boissons.
Nous avions choisis une très belle chambre vue golf pour le calme, orientée sud est, mais les chambres vue piscines sont très bien aussi.Nous pouvons recommander cet hotel pour les familles avec enfants, les golfers bien sur et ceux qui veulent passer du bon temps en ce faisant cooconer!!
voila et bonne vacances au portugal.
Una vacanza perfetta
Siamo una famiglia di 3 persone e siamo appena tornati da una vacanza di 7 giorni; non ci sono parole sufficienti a descrivere quanto ci è piaciuto questo hotel. C'erano tutte le attrezzature che avevamo sognato di trovare e il personale era molto disponibile. Essendo un hotel nuovo, avevamo paura che ci sarebbe stata qualche difficoltà di rodaggio, ma non avevamo motivo di preoccuparci. Lo scenario in cui sono state collocate le piscine è molto bello, un giardino con cascate e piante tropicali, dove poter trascorrere tante ore a rilassarsi sotto il sole e a nuotare. La spiaggia è a circa 3 Km di distanza, ma l'hotel ha un servizio di bus navetta da e per la propria spiaggia privata, con bar, toilette e docce. Eravamo già stati in questa zona e avevamo cenato sul lungomare, ecc., perciò abbiamo deciso di noleggiare una macchina per poterci spostare più facilmente, anche se i taxi non sono costosi e, a quanto pare, la sera l'hotel mette a disposizione un bus navetta che porta sul lungomare. A cena potrete scegliere tra due ristoranti, se vorrete restare all'hotel, noi non l'abbiamo provati; quando la sera tornavamo, però, andavamo sempre al bar, perché c'era la musica dal vivo. Se volete andare nella regione dell'Algarve vi consigliamo questo hotel.
A perfect holiday experience
We have just returned from a 7 day break (family of 3) and we cannot praise the hotel enough. The hotel facilities were all that we wanted and the staff were very helpfull. Being a new hotel we were a bit concerned that there might have been some teething problems but we need not have worried. The setting for the pools in very well laid out gardens with water falls and tropical plants made for relaxing times spent sunbathing and swimming. Although the beach was approx. 2 miles away the hotel had its own transport to and from its own beach club with a bar, w.c's and showers.
We have been to this area before and visited the marina in the evenings for dining etc. We therefore chose to hire a car during our stay to make this an easier option, although the taxis are cheap and the hotel appeared to run transport to the marina in the evenings.
The hotel had 2 restaurants for evening meals but we chose not use them, although the bar had live music at night which we did go to on our return to the hotel at night.
We can recommend this hotel for a visit to the Algarve.
Sono membro del club "Hilton Diamond" e sono stato in oltre 100 alberghi soltanto quest'anno, questo è probabilmente il migliore di tutti. In breve: 1) staff eccezionale; 2) cibo delizioso a prezzi contenuti; 3) hotel dal design funzionale, lussuoso e con delle piscine fantastiche; 4) i lettini a bordo piscina sono comodissimi; 5) posizione fantastica. L'unico problema è che ad agosto è difficile trovare un taxi e l'hotel non disponeva ancora di un servizio navetta. Parecchia gente ha menzionato questo problema, e l'hotel ha subito provveduto a risolverlo: esempio lampante di quanto il personale sia attento alle esigenze della clientela.
J'ai une carte de membre Hilton Diamond. Cette année, j'ai séjourné dans une centaine d'hôtels et c'était probablement le meilleur. Je résume :
1 - Personnel exceptionnel
2 - Repas délicieux à des prix raisonnables
3 - Hôtel bien aménagé, tout est luxueux et superbes piscines
4 - Chaises-longues très agréables autour de la piscine
5 - Très bien situé
Seul bémol : en août les taxis sont débordés et il n'y a pas de service de navette. Depuis qu'un grand nombre de personnes l'ont mentionné, ils en fournissent un. C'est pour dire à quel point le personnel est à l'écoute.
I am a hilton diamond member and have stayed in over 100 hotels this year alone and this is probably the best. In summary
1 - Amazing staff
2 - Delicous food at reasonable prices
3 - Well designed hotel, every luxury and great pools
4 - Most comfortable pool loungers
5 - Great location
The only downside was in August it is busy for taxis and there was no shuttle service, now after a number of people mentioned it they provide one, just one example of how responsive the staff are
Ok but not great
Not sure about the Hilton Vilamoura. Has good points and bad I'll try to be as objective as possible.
- Brand new therefore everywhere is spotlessly clean
- Decent breakfast with large selection
- Pleasant friendly staff
- In nice area of Vilamoura
- Bed was very comfortable and room was very nicely decorated
- Soft towels and robes in room
- Gardens around apartment blocks will be stunning, the apartments and area look much nicer than Hotel.
- Separate shower and bath
- Great Michelin star restaurant at back of Hotel called Willies. Reception staff at Hotel were not very helpful - we didn't know where it was and asked at reception if it was far and did we need a taxi. They booked a taxi which literally drove to the back of the hotel and then asked us for the money with a bemused smile! We walked back and must have taken all of 5mins!
-Complementary bus to Beach every 15mins during day.
-Very good Kids club and play area but this costs extra each day.
-Internet access in rooms but again costs £40 per week.
- Had to wait two hours to be given a room, we arrived at 11.30am but I had emailed the Hotel previously and on arrival we were told the Hotel had an occupancy 0f 60%. First room we were given overlooked bins and main road (which quite a few do!). We refused this and were given a room that had a lovely view of the pool.
-Bedroom and bathroom not very big. Wardrobe very small with only 8 hangers.
-Balcony very small
-Pool side bar food very poor selection, and not great quality (I choose just to have fruit after first day)
-Service beside pool you can expect to wait at least 1/2 hour for your drink order.
-At least 1/2 walk to marina though taxi's are cheap each night we had to wait over 1/2 hour for them to arrive.
-Beware of being invited to attend information meeting re the apartments / Hilton Grand vacations Club. We did not attend but others who did and were told it would take 90mins were there for over 4 hours! While we were there they were encouraging people from other Hotels to attend these meetings and have a tour around the Hotel and apartments. After they could bring swim gear and stay by the pool. There really was quite a few people drifting about looking around with Hotel staff.
We had an ok stay but there wasn't anything about the Hotel that would encourage us to stay in it again given the rate that we paid.