Pestana Vila Sol Golf & Resort Hotel
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As of yesterday morning I was still saying that we were going to Portugal, then The Algarve, then Albufeira. Now I can say we are at Olhos d'Agua - means Water Eyes. The apartment is very pleasant indeed - we are in a two bedroom one, although we booked a one bed, and the sea view is just something else. And the sky is blue and the sun is warm! We are lucky. Very quickly ...
... Too wackered for tennis, we freshened up then went to the lobby bar for happy hour. As mentioned in a previous blog, the drink prices from 5:00 - 7:00 are 1 euro 25 (under $2 Canadian) and the glasses of house wine are huge, mon! Also,fellow travellers are ready and anxious to share new pertinent information (Olympic updates, newly discovered scenic towns, pubs, etc). So, we sipped, we chatted a bit, we played some darts, we watched the brother-sister duo set up ...
... Then called it an early night. This morning 7 us us met in the lobby, then hiked to the local Gypsy market, which is held every second Tuesday. What a zoo! After buying some figs and underwear, we gave our women some cash and us men went to the outdoor cafe for espresso and churros. A few hours later, 10 of us now, we hoofed it to the firehall for lunch. I had blue shark and boiled potatoes (see photo) and a lovely baked apple for dessert. Carafs of white and red wine ...
... the second time. While we hate supporting such a cash grab, it perfect for ping pong and a great set up. Going no-stop for an hour WILL get your heart rate going! Dawn beat me yesterday, and drove another game in to OT. Lots of fun! ps....I heard from someone that after a close hockey match yesterday between the American and Russian men, USA won, Mr. Putin was quoted as saying :"Those referees should be shot" ...
... and wide variety of cheeses is stunning in its high quality. The calamari, sardines, salmon and tuna make selecting a main dish challenging. There are bakeries every which way you turn, with so many choices. The coffee also is great, although I am now making my own in the morning. Dawn and I are soon about to embark on several excursions to nearby towns and areas. More ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsPestana Vila Sol Golf & Resort Hotel Vilamoura
The resort and amenities were great and the location was extremely convenient to the towns nearby. There is also a shuttle that takes you downtown for shopping or to the beach. The restaurant on site is amazing and if you are celebrating something, they will go out of their way to make you feel welcome. The only downside to this resort that we experienced was that we were robbed from our guest room the second day at the hotel. After complaining about the missing money from the room, they told us that they have records of everyone going in or out the room and it had only been staff (hint hint - maybe they took the money)...at the end they told us that they can't do anything about the missing money because it wasn't in the hotels safe (the one you as to leave things in at the front desk, the hotels vault). We ended up having to cancel a day trip and it wasn't a great start to our honeymoon, and the hotel manager didn't offer to even buy us a drink to calm our nerves or any compensation for the lost day trip and the stolen money, or the emotional distress on the second day of the honeymoon. All he offered was a sorry, and "our staff don't steal", so I don't even know if they looked into the staff that had been in our room that day.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Pestana Vila Sol Golf & Resort Hotel Vilamoura
We recently stayed at Vila Sol for 10nights in one of their 2bed apartments. We were really impressed with the actual apartment which felt as if no one had stayed there before us. The decor was modern and comfortable and all the kitchen ware was clean and new.
Not impressed !! but then I am increasingly dissillusioned the 'Leading Hotels of the World' and how they earn their 'stripes'!! 1) The Food acceptable but inconsistent and overpriced and poor selection for my 2 year old daughter who lived on plain pasta and either chicken or fish dippers for a week because of the lack of choice.2) Also after 12 days we asked the manger was the poor EVER cleaned - he said of course every day at 7 am - then lo and behold the next day at 10.30 the pool was given a thorough underater 'hoover'.3) The resteraunt staff were obliging . But the meals were very overpriced and 8 euors for a small bar of choclate in the mini bar it ridiculous - and had I been interested in a miniture of whisky - the 11 euro price tag would firmly lead me back on the teetotal path.
We stayed at the Vila Sol for 7 nights at the beginning of September. The hotel was not that busy, and does lack a bit of atmosphere and character.
We stayed at the Vila Sol hotel in June 2006. The hotel is relatively new (2004) and has just become a member of the leading hotels of the world. Perhaps it has yet to become widely advertised and this may partly to explain why it was so quiet. We had most of the faciliities to ourselves.
Having just got back from a week at the Vila Sol Hotel it's my pleasure to let you know what a wonderful place it is. I would recommend this hotel to anyone. It is lovely and the perfect place to relax and enjoy the Portugese sunshine. We had a superior twin room which was extremely well equipped and spacious with a luxurious bathroom and comfortable welll equipped balcony. The staff were friendly and nothing was too much trouble - they even arranged our hire car to be delivered to the hotel. The pool area was fab, thought the pool was just a little on the chilly side - I expect this is more appreciated in the heat of the high season (even though it was very hot and sunny whie we were there.)
Just scraped a five
Villa Sol is a new hotel, we stayed in on of the villa's (a three minute walk from the main hotel building). The rooms were spacious and clean, the pool area was large and had plenty of sun loungers and parasole's. The staff were very helpful, this is certainly not one of those five star hotels where the service is stiff.
Food was ok for an establishment of this standard, we did not have a meal where we were blown away, but nor did we have a bad meal either. As another reviewer commented they could do with more staff around the pool. Overall a good experience by European hotel standards, just scrapes a 5.
excellent room and amenities, large bathroom and terrace, big pool.Close to the beach. We were given a splendid massage and all the staff was perfect, we will come back now that the spa is open!
We have just returned from the Vila Sol hotel and enjoyed every minute. The hotel was spotless,all the staff helpful and professional, nothing was too much trouble. The gym was not open however as I had emailed pre arrival to confirm this, we were offered reduced daily rates for a local health club called Browns.
We stayed here for 8 days with our 3 boys aged 17, 15 and 12. The Hotel is gorgeus, the rooms excellent, clean and tidy with clean towels every day. We had a garden suite and the boys just had a room and ensuite. In hindsight we probably didn't need the garden suite as each garden room has a lovely patio area overlooking the gardens where we sat with our G&t's most nights. The staff were superb, friendly and courteous, we did half board - and the food was excellent, the breakfasts were unbelieveable and our boys certainly ate to bursting. Loads of fresh fruit, full english breakfast and loads of croissants etc. The Green Pines rest in the evening was dead but the food was excellent - as was the Bar - so nothing for the kids to do in the evening. Everyone went out - we went out one night but as five had to have two taxis and the taxis from the hotel were expensive - 9 euros to get into town and only 6 back with a local taxi! We also ate one night at the L'Olive which again was excellent but also dead! The transfers to the beach were good but make sure you find out when they are - as we were told different times by two members of staff! You need to book the beach in the height of the season - takes about 25 mins. to get to the beach, you get clean towels on the beach, there are three beaches, green, blue and yellow - yellow has all the water sports - which is a bit of joke - one windsurfer, hobie cat and a few kayaks - no activities organised for the kids, you get lovely sunbeds and parasol and the delight of being dropped off and picked up without worrying about parking is great.
Vila Sol Hotel and Spa is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World Group. On arrival it is everything you would expect from a 5 star hotel.