Ponta Grande Resort
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... wall leading down from the house today, to edge a flower bed and contribute to the positive feng shui by breaking up the straight line of the path to the front door. We're joined by two Germans, Hanas and Inken. Like all 20 something travellers they are fabulous switched on and friendly and they cheerfully bobbed about the site in the back of the tractor tailor collecting strangely shaped stone which Ol and I tried our best to jigsaw into the wall. The connection ...
... 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 ...
... The Portuguese use a lot of coriander in their cuisine, very enjoyable. On the way back, it seemed to me the city was getting ready to welcome hordes of British youths ready to take on the night, as dancing bars and apartments in town were slowly filling up with cockney accents. Lovely. Tomorrow, the challenge will be to find a place to view the game with a not too extensive German crowd, as both victory or defeat could prove either dangerous or ...
... 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 Ponta Grande Resort Albufeira
We recently stayed for a week (Saturday to Saturday) in September 2006 at the Ponta Grande resort, and couldn't have asked for more.
Have just returned from a short break at the Ponta Grande staying for 3 nights (4-7 July) and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The complex is clean, accommodation superb and even the breakfast was not as bad as the previous 2 reviews stated, although we would not recommend this as it did take some time for the breakfast to be brought to the table. We only went for breakfast 2 out of the 3 mornings we were there and apart from one other family we were the only ones that were in the restaurant. There was not a buffet set up but the waiter bought tea/coffee, orange juice, bread rolls with jam, cheese and ham and eggs and bacon to our table all of which was very nice.
I totally agree with the comments of the last reviewer. The accomodation itself is very good. The villas are spacious, clean and the maids visit daily. The pool area is never overcrowded and the grounds are very well maintained. The resort is quiet although more villas were occupied towards the end of our stay. The resort is a short taxi ride from the old town of Albufeira.
Positive points are that it is very clean and tidy. Appartments are very large - small houses in fact. TV incuding UK channels 1-3. Views from the appartment patios are mostly of other appartments, so those wanting a sea or countryside view will be disappointed. Cleaners came every day. It was very quiet when we were there - a plus point for us, but probably worrying for the resort owners - more staff than guests. Pool area was ok - moderate sized and plenty of loungers free. Location of the resort is ok, within 15 mins walk of a small nice beach, and placed midway along the Algarve. Parking is secure on-site behind automated gates.
Huge space at amazing price as 'allocation on arrival' with First Choice guaranteed 4* 2 bedroom acommodation. Couldn't fault it. Better equipped than many English holiday cottages. Spotlessly clean and huge space in apartment. Beautiful and clean pool area. Excellent restaurant with good service and excellent food at very reasonable prices. Reception staff friendly, smiling and nothing too much trouble. Lovely quiet location in very beautiful surroundings. If you go do try Dom Dini's restaurant - turn right out of entrance and 1/4 mile walk down the road on the right - fantastic food, wonderful friendly service and noithing too much trouble. I recommend the clams!
Forget Florida. Portugal represents excellent value and is loaded with culture.
Superb family holiday
This was our 2nd stay at the Ponta Grande, the 1st was 4 years ago. It was great to see that standards have remained very high throughout the complex. A huge townhouse was spotlessly clean. The landscaped areas were kept very well. The pool is safe, clean, plenty of loungers and not too many people reserving 'their' louger either. The bar/restaurant are lovely and very helpful, the facilities were a little tired, but all working. Overall we had a great time.
Top tip, hire a car and get yourself out into the countryside. Its fabulous up in the mountains and around Monchique and Silves.
Just returned from a 2 week stay at the Ponta Grande a few weeks ago, and must say, we couldn't find a singe fault. This villa complex was new and well kept. The houses were modern and spacious. The location was within walking distance of Praia da Sao Rafael, one of the Algarve's top 10 beaches. Yet, still a little away from the crowded Albufeira city centre in the western suburb of Sesmarias. This is the perfect base to enjoy peace and quiet, but still only be a 10 minute cab ride from "The Strip" and a night of partying. The kitchen in our villa was fully equipped and we were able to save a good deal by often eating in.
We stayed in Ponta Grande for a week in late March. Being off-season, the resort and the whole area was very quiet
These appartments are fantastic. Kitchen, cloakroom and large dining/lounge area downstairs with 2 bedrooms and bathroom upstairs. The dining/lounge area leads out onto a large patio through huge glass doors. Upstairs the second bedroom has a panel which slides open and looks down over the lounge area. It was all immaculately clean and tidy with maid service every day. The pool area was clean with plenty of loungers for everyone. There is a small playground for the children and tennis courts. We ate out every night so did not use the restaurant but the menu looked lovely, with a wide variety for all. Plenty of walking in the surrounding area, views of the sea and gorgeous houses you can only dream about. A walk to the nearest beach will take around 15 minutes and well worth it. The only down side to this holiday is that the town was a good 45 minutes walk, we went to the old town every night and because we did not hire a car, we spent a fortune on taxi's! Had a great time all round and will be going back this year.