Real Bellavista Hotel & Spa
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... A seaside mecca for the Australian backpackers if you will. So much soon, Lagos has been nicknamed a 'mini Australia' amongst locals. If ever in doubt though, just skim the floor and observe footwear. The abundance of Haviana's are the/a dead giveaway.
The beaches are undoubtedly one of the biggest draw cards for tourists and locals alike in Lagos. Beyond the main beach, every turn in the cliff provided a ...
... warm water. Our hotel had a couple of restaurants to choose from and we enjoyed a delicious bbq dinner our first night there. Lagos is definitely a popular holiday destination and the old town was packed. We wandered around the stores once or twice but preferred the marina for our evening meals and a walk in the sun. The area between Praia da Luz and Lagos is famous for it's many grottos and stunning beaches at the base of high cliffs. ...
... tension dissipated. Upon speaking to another couple afterwards apparently we weren’t the only ones who were tested by the ride. But be that as it may it was all Brionys fault ha ha never mine.
After our ride we walked to our hostel which was about 15 minutes but felt like 40 after listening to that insufferable Pakistani American Sok! My god you never heard a guy complain on holidays so much in your life. He ambushed me at my walking pace in the front of the ...
So annoyed that my phone died for the whole first day we were in Lagos. So no cool photos of the beach or their neat little town centre. Unless I steal Emma's photos. The beach was beautiful. White sand beaches with crystal clear water that looked devine. But it was deceiving. It was bloody freezing. So freezing there was no chance ...
... we were way too sober for this! The following day it was off to the beach, Jed hadn't seen the sand and sea for a few days, and my pathetic attempt of a tan was looking even more pathetic! The weather was bloody hot, and the ocean freezing cold! Extremely refreshing. I was trying to be brave and dive under and everyone else was fafing about on the shore line, I wadded on in, took a breath and went for it. I got major brain freeze and I couldn't catch ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Real Bellavista Hotel & Spa Albufeira
We booked this hotel based on the reviews on this site-although we found the hotel spotless we found certain bar staff, waiters and reception staff to be abrupt and sometimes quite rude.The entertainment EVERY night is a guy playing the same songs in the same order on the keyboard and although he has a fab voice it became depressing. The buffet was good, if you like that sort of thing, a bit bland. I much prefer to order a meal off a menu hence we ate out 3 nights. The breakfast was again ok but was sick of the same things 3 days into the holiday.
We had an interconnecting room which was nice but the view was rubbish.
Snacks round the pool at the hotel were good as were the drink choices.
There is a hotel run club for kids which was great as the hotel didn't really cater for children (especially in the restaurant)
We didn't visit the new town (strip) but did go to the old town and ate at the steakhouse which I would highly recommend. We never used the courtesy bus as it left the hotel at 7pm and didnt bring you back so we used taxis costs 3.90 Euros each way, well worth it.
All in all it was a good holiday but that was more to do with us rather than the hotel, wouldn't go back in a hurry.
What can I say..
When booking our accommodation, I was abit apprehensive about the location of the hotel being on top of a hill but everything else sounded fantastic so we decided this wouldn't be a problem . Upon arriving into the airport and boarding the coach , the representative could not praise the hotel enough and said it was one of the best in the area. I was not dissappointed , the staff , the food and bedrooms were all of the top calibra and many an evening would go by having a drink in their bar and chatting to the bar staff. Everyone was so helpful and friendly.
With the free shuttle bus , it was easy to get to the beach and the shops and in a way , being further afield from the main town did have an advantage.
The only downside was that we were only there for 10days - How I wished we could of stayed longer..
Great hotel also try Vecchia Italia restaurant
Just back from Albufeira and I have to say the hotel was great with a superb health spa and gym. Albufeira is becoming a tourist trap but has a good night life and stunning drives along the coast. If you do want to eat on 'the strip' in Albufeira there is only one place to go 'Vecchia Italia'.
Nice Clean Upper Market Hotel
Hotel was nice and clean in a residential location set away from the main area of albufeira 'the strip'. It was in reasonable walking distance. Stayed half board and there was a variety to choose from both at breakfast and evening meal. Room was of a good size and towels changed everyday by maid service. Would recommend to mainly couples but also suitable for children. The only downside but this is a personal preference is that it is not very close to a beach. I would visit this hotel again.
Good new Hotel
Stayed at the Real Bellavista Hotel, 4-5star, in Albufeira, Portugal. mid May for one week. Excellent new Hotel with all facitities a 4/5 star should have, excellent decor. Pehaps a bit early in the season, but some things were not open ie poolside bar/restaurant. A nice haven in a totally spoilt area.
Loved the hotel and the Algarve
Our first vist to Portugal turned out to be an excellent, economical and relaxing vacation. This hotel is first class, lovely, and spotless with excellent service in both the dining room and front desk. We thought about a hotel with a kitchenette, but very glad we didn't as the buffet breakfast offered an excellent variety of fresh hot and cold food served until 10 am, which sufficed until dinner. The weather was beautiful and sunny with temps at 21-23 degrees. We did lots of walking - 15 minutes to old town with a centre courtyard where you can relax and listen to the musicians or 25 minutes to the new strip, but the hotel does offer free shuttle service. The outdoor pool was a real treat as it is one of the very few that is heated and again, kept spotless. The hotel is only a few years old, therefore the furniture is still very new, and if your not used to a very firm mattress, I suggest you fold a couple of the blankets provided in half and put them under the bottom sheet - it really does the trick! For excellent food and service try Doce Diner near City Hall, I particularly enjoyed their lasagna. It's owned by an English couple, she supplies the service and jokes and he's the chef. Also try the bakery at the Brisasol hotel - great place for a sandwich and dessert. Book the catamaran for a full view of the Algarve - well worth a couple extra Euros. Next time we'll go for at least 2 weeks!
Wonderful Hotel, Wonderful Country
I spent a week at the Real Bellavista in February 2005 and can not say enough wonderful things about this hotel. I was travelling on my own (female in early 30's) and was worried that the hotel might put me in a sub-standard room (as has happened in the past at other locations) but I had a wonderful large room with 2 twin-beds.
The staff are very friendly and helpful - all you need to do is ask and they will help you out (bus/train schedules, info about nearby towns, local sights, shops, etc).
The buffet breakfast was great - lots of fresh food available every day. While I was not on on the dinner plan, some other people I met at the hotel were and said the food was tasty as well as being a wide variety of dishes.
The hotel is on a hill away from the closest beach, however it's not a long walk (20 minutes or so) and there is a free shuttle provided by Real Bellavista.
I hope to come back to Portugal next year and will try to book myself into this hotel again.
Such a good hotel alround
Having spent three periods this year in the Real Bellavista, we have nothing bit praise for the hotel, holiday reps and staff. Our first visit was in June 2004 for our daughters birthday, unfortunately this clashed with the England Portugal game during Euro 2004, despite the hotel being full everything was spot on. We later spent 11 days in September, everything was just as good. We built up a rapour with several of the staff which made the stay even more enjoyable. Our last visit was last weekend, despite the hotel being quiete, yet again the staff were a credit to the hotel. Many thanks to all concerned for the time my wife and i spent there this year, looking forward to next years visit
Well worth the 4 stars
I stayed here at the beginning of June 2004 for a 3 night stay. We were a group of 9 sharing triple rooms. The rooms were large and very clean with a balcony. Staff and facilities were excellent. Especially the reception desk staff. Quiet hotel suitable for couples & small families.
After staying in Portugal in 2002 in the apartments from hell (won't tell you which major tour operator we were with.......) we decided to try this new hotel just down the road for our 2003 summer holiday. The Real Bellavista is labelled as a 4*, but could easily sneak into the 5* category. The hotel had been open for a year, and everything was nice and new, clean and tidy, and nothing was too much trouble for any of the staff working there. The food was excellent (buffet breakfast with everything from cereal and fruit salad to bacon, eggs, toast, ham, cheese, rolls, sweetbreads, far too much to mention, and far too easy to put on weight!!) Free towels and sunbeds every day, daily activities for kids and adults, including Portugese lessons in the bar, outdoor darts and table-tennis, and nightly activities too, including Bingo and Karaoke. We're definately going back there this year......shame our football team won't be there though!! Cath & Steve