Hotel Riu Palace Algarve
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... burgeoning veg plot and a shady stable for their Shire 'Ben' and Irish tinker pony. Olaf has taught himself to make tipis and two 8m tipis stand proudly on the land. Their sun bleached canvas gentle tugging with the breeze which thankfully skims across the slopes. the swimming lake is blissful! The dark 6m depths are home to carnivorous fish, frogs and dragonflies, edged with dense bull rushes. We drove away from the wind whipped coast yesterday so we've been ...
... nighttime activities consisted of comparing Portuguese lagers and watching penalties, you can tell the Dutch have been practicing, they even have a special keeper only for shoot-outs. Hats off to Costa Rica in any case. Today we might quickly check out Faro, but our next stop is now inland. Evora, another unesco heritage place, awaits us in the ...
... are going up slightly. The highlight of today was undeniably the best beach I've seen so far in Portugal, Carvalho beach near Lagoa, between Lagos and Albufeira. Some places in Lagoa look like a Portuguese version of Beverly Hills, but it has really sweet collection of cove beaches. See pictures below. Tomorrow, we may or may not make it to ...
So that's where all the tourists went. To the south coast of Algarve. Mind you, I can understand them, the beaches are certainly pretty here in Lagos, and the historic town center does have a lot of character (and restaurants). It's just that the contrast with the empty campgrounds of west Alentejo and Vicentine coast is pretty extreme. The beaches here are already pretty packed, even tough the water is still seriously freezing. It didn't stop us this time ...
... eye and end up at the cafe club. Marty takes Candice and I trekking to a look out at the top of a cliff to watch the sunrise- amazing! Day 2- Booze cruise Dinner at Stay home with shin and reg and book Day 3- Wake up early Snorkelling- freezing water Shop Say bye to shin and reg Nap Coffee overlooking water Dinner out with ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Riu Palace Algarve Albufeira
We (Husband, 2 teenage boys and myself) Have just returned from a lovely relaxing week at the Rui Algrave it was our first time in a Rui hotel and wont be the last. Rooms were lovely and big we paid extra for a sea view well worth it. Food really nice our flight was delayed on arrival so we were too late for the late sitting in the resturant so had to eat in the Portugese resturant not too impressed stick to the main resturants if you can. The outside pool was rather on the cold side so wasnt used very much the indoor one is lovely along with the steam room and juzzui only problem there was alot of young children in there with no adult supervision.
We used the Rui hotel next door as they had activeties Steve is the guy who runs them great fun boules football and volleyball etc
we booked direst with rui on the web and got a good deal give it a try we can recommend it
Feel like royalty
Arrived at hotel 19june 2006for one wk my husband and our two teenage daughters.We were greeted with some bubbly and very courteous staff.we booked seaview rooms next to each other, we were on the side of hotel but view from balcony was superb. The room was first class biggest bed weve ever seen.only downfall no tea coffee facilities but we had a mini bar which was not that expensive. pool area beautiful ,waiters to get drinks so you need not move food also available. Breakfast room was lovely all you could eat very varied so need not starve. evening meal in same room but you are greeted by staff as you walk in once again very varied excellent food every day. building work at front of hotel but we didnt find it a problem not much noise .there are a few bars in town a short walk from hotel people very friendly one in particular was called california bar run by a man called antonious who was lovely, made you very welcome. if you want a relaxing break this is the hotel to go to nothing is to much for the staff and location lovely not to commercialized. plus from there you can go to villamora and albefiera not expensive either .This is definately a hotel we will return to
Me gusto bastante buen servicio
Nos costo localizarlo puesto que llegamos muy tarde y lo teniamos justo enfrente pero no encontrabamos la entrada falta señalizacion
Zweifelsohne das beste Hotel, in dem wir in Europa übernachtet haben .... Alles an diesem Hotel ist wunderbar. Das Personal, die Lage, Essen, Bedienung und die Liebe zum Detail. Man wünscht sich, dass alle Hotels diesem Standard entsprechen. Waren noch nie zuvor in Portugal und es war eine ausgezeichnete Erfahrung und ich kann es nicht erwarten wiederzukommen. Es gibt Poolkellner, Handtücher, die auf die Sonnenliegen passen, man bekommt auf Nachfrage auch Matrazen und um den Pool herum viele Sonneliegen und Sonnenschirme. Im Dorf gibt es nicht viel zu unternehmen, aber es auf der linken Seite des Strandes, gegenüber dem Dorf, gibt es eine gute Bar und es ist ein schöner Spaziergang dorthin. Der eigentliche Strand ist ein ziemliches Stück vom Hotel entfernt und man muss ca. 75 Stufen hinuntergehen, so ist nicht so ideal für ältere Menschen/Körperbehinderte. Man muss beachten, dass man im Spa nur mit Bargeld bezahlen kann. Kreditkarten werden nicht angenommen. Wir hatten eine tolle Zeit und können das Hotel nur empfehlen.
Das Riu Palace Hotel entsprach dem Prospekt zu 100 Prozent. Bei unserer Ankunft bekamen wir ein Glas Sekt, die Kinder bekamen Saft, während die Formalitäten erledigt wurden. Unser Zimmer hatte einen wunderbaren Blick über die Küste (neben dem Rui Falesia Hotel gibt es Treppen, die zum Strand hinunter führen).
Zimmer war groß, sehr sauber, viel Speicherplatz. Essen (Buffet) war ausgezeichnet, etwas für jeden Geschmack, und das sogar für mein pingliges, 14-jähriges Kind. Bedienung am Tisch war kostenlos, Getränkerechnung bekommt man am Ende des Urlaubs präsentiert.
Personal ist sehr freundlich, wir machen normalerweise in Frankreich Urlaub und so sind war an übellaunige Kellner gewöhnt.
Weihnachtsprogramm war eingeschränkt, im Rui Falesia gab es mehr Unterhaltungsangebote - 300 Meter weit weg.
Kann es empfehlen, wir kommen wieder.
Without a doubt one of the best hotels we've stayed in in Europe.......
Everything is wonderful about this hotel. The staff, location, food, service and attention to detail. This is the standard that you wish for in all hotels of this rating.
Having never been to Portugal before this was an excellent experience and I can not wait to visit again. There are waiting staff around the pool, towels that fit the sunbeds properly, matresses provided if you want them and more than enough beds/umbrellas around the pool.
There is not too much to do in the village, however, it is a pleasant walk and there is a good bar opposite the small village beach to the left hand side. The main beach is quite a walk from the hotel and you have to go down 75 steps to get to it so not ideal for the elderly/infirm.
Please note, if you book at the Spa you have to pay cash. Credit cards are not accepted.
We had a great time and would highly recommend this hotel.
We stayed at the RIU palace for 1 week with our 8 month old daughter and my parents. We had a lovely holiday and the hotel was fab as expected. The hotel is only 1 year old so everything was very modern and clean. The views from the hotel were beautiful and the nearby beach was long (8km) with beautiful rugged views. Our room was very spacious and we had a cot which was well made up and of a high standard. There was a mini bar in the room which we substituted as a fridge. There are supermarkets nearby but if you are travelling with a baby - come well prepared as we struggled to get any baby jars from anywhere nearby. The staff at the hotel really try to make you welcome and are happy to assist. The restaurant has 2 sittings which works reasonably well and the food was of a high standard, although towards the end of the holiday we were glad to have a meal out in vilamoura - which is definitely worth a visit (10 -12 euros in a taxi). The hotel has another restaurant which you can book at no extra charge but it was relatively dull and the meal portions were small and there wasn't much choice - the staff were trying to promote it whilst we were there so hopefully it may improve.
It was a bit cold on a night as we travelled beginning of May so we spent most nights in the hotel - as other reviews have said the entertainment was pretty poor. The germans seemed to enjoy it tho! It had more of a comedy factor for myself and was at times bordering on the ridiculous. There was however a fab pianist and nice cocktail area we just wished he played until late at night.
Overall we had a great time - it was really relaxing and spent in beautiful surroundings. The only thing I would want to improve would be the location, there is a lot of building work going on around the hotel (there was no problem with noise tho or the view from the hotel) and the center had a few bars and restaurants which were OK but nothing out of the ordinary, but vilamoura and albuferia are not too far (beware of albuferia old town at the mo as they are digging up the old square and putting down new pipes - not sure when this will be complete).
We booked direct through RIU and got a great deal and booked our flights through excel who were very good.
I would recommend this hotel to anyone wanting a relaxing break and to those who dont mind grabbing a taxi etc. to get around.
The Rui Palace Hotel lived upto the brochure 100%. On arrival we had a glass of fiz, fruit juice for the kids while the formalities were compleated. Our room had a glorious view over the coast (steps to beach from nearby Rui Falesia Hotel).
Room large, very clean, plenty of storage. Food (buffet) excellent something for all tastes, including that for a very picky 14 year old. Table service available for no extra charge, drinks billed at end of stay.
Staff very very friendly, we usually holiday in
France, so are used to surly waiters etc.
Christmas program limited, more entertainment provided at Rui Falesia - 300 yards away.
Would recommend, we will visit again.
the hotel is nice lobby nice on arrival they gave us a glass of champagne at check in and in our room we had a bottle of champange and a fruit platter. the staff were very friendlty as they all are in the riu hotels. this is the third one i have been to in total. the beach looked nice from our balcony but the weather was not nice enough to go on the beach as itw as mid october. pool area looked lovely as well. the breakfast was nice variety of foods. the bathroom was really spacious and had bidet in which we liked. overall the hotel is nice but we spent a fortune getting to albufeira as the hotel is quite far from everything!
Very Good 4 star Hotel
We have just returned from 7 nights at this hotel. This hotel has recently opened so as you would expect, everything is clean and new. This hotel is an above average 4-star. The rooms are spacious and modern with a good sized bathroom. We booked the hotel through the Riu web site and paid a supplement for a sea view. On arrival, we were given a side sea view and were told there were different standards of sea view, so please bear this in mind when booking. After saying this, the side sea view had a lovely view up the coast.
We went half-board, which I would recommend, since there are limited options in Olhos d'Agua, particularly if you are staying longer than one week or do not have a car. The food was very good and included a choice of buffet or waiter service for the evening meal. Vegetarians are not particularly well catered for, with salad, pizza and pasta being the typical options. However, there was plenty of choice for non-veggies including show-cooking, carvery etc. Evening meals are offered at two set times (6.30 or 8.30 in summer), so you have to choose one of these sittings for the duration of your holiday. You will be allocated a set table aswell for all of your evening meals.
The heated indoor pool is a very good size. There's also a jacuzzi, steam room and sauna aswell as a small gym and health spa offering massages etc. There's no outdoor facilities e.g. tennis courts. The outdoor pool is a very good size and there were plenty of loungers.
The staff were very friendly and helpful. There was organised entertainment every evening which usually consisted of a live band/group.
When we visited, there was a new Riu hotel being built behind this hotel, although the noise was not obtrusive. You had to walk around the cordoned off site to get into the town (15 minutes walk). The hotel is located on a cliff top above the beach and town. The main beach can be accessed by a steep set of steps in the sister hotel next door. This hotel and resort in general is not really suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.
Overall, the hotel was very good and more than worthy of it's 4 stars, however, there's not much in Olhos d'Agua if you're looking for shops and nightlife.