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.
The resort was extremely clean and staff were always friendly and helpful. We were really surprised at the size of our town house. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, huge louge/dining area, and a substantial patio. Definitely more space than needed just for the two of us.
The resort has two pools: a large pool, and a childrens pool. Our stay was out of season, so it wasn't too busy, and at most there was around 20 people by the pool. The majority of those though had small children and were by the childs pool. There were several occassions when we had the larger pool to ourselves!
As others have also mentioned, we would also recommend hiring a car and the hotel had a deal on with Auto Jardim for 4 days rental for the price of 3, which suited us.
We ate only once at the resorts restaurant, and the food was delicious, and the price was very reasonable. Another local restaurant we would highly recommend is Dom Dini's. Lovely atmosphere and always popular. No doubt due to the fantastic food!
Oh, one tip - pick up a "Free Map" from a shop if you can. As the name suggests, they're free, and although they're just advertising, we found the maps to be more detailed than ones costing 4 euros!
There are deposits to be paid for the air con controller which seemed a bit petty (why not just include it as part of the inventory?) and also the gate fob - which you only need if you hire a car. This seemed fair enough though.
Would we go back to Ponta Grande? Absolutely!
Fantastic place to stay
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.
Overall we were very impressed by the accommodation, very spacious and great for families and much better than staying in an apartment. The villas have lovely large terraces although if you don't get a pool view you will be looking at the front of someone elses villa but this did not worry us - the view from the front of the villa was much better, looking out to the surrounding countryside. The location is fantastic with restaurants within walking distance although we would definitely suggest renting a car to get out and about. The nearest beach is fantastic although the sea is not warm even at this time of year - you may want to stick to the pool on the complex!!!
We will definitely be returning to the Ponta Grande and would highly recommend it to anyone seeking a peaceful, relaxing holiday away from the bustling Albufeira.
Excellent villas, poor service
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.
I wouls strongly recommend hiring a car as there is little to do around the resort and taxi rides in an out of Albufiera get quite exensive over the length of your stay. We stayed on the bed and breakfast board basis. As with the last review I totally agree with their comments. The breakfast was very hit and miss. On one occasion the staff just would not provide anything else other than bread rolls and one cup of coffee.
The service was very poor and the staff both in the restaurant and reception were on occasions rude and very unhelpful. That said the breakfast on out last day, the 24th May, changed to a buffet style with the various cereals, breads, orange juice and coffee placed on a central table on a self service basis. This allowed us to help ourselves. There was much more choice which was nothing like the previous eight mornings. I can only assume that as more peple were staying the staff resort to the more traditional buffet style continental breakfast. As for the previous eight mornings we were very disappointed.
The other annoying features are as what have been previously mentioned. Deposits for the air conditioning unit, security key for the gate, safety deposit box and so on and on. The place has numerous rules which must be followed. If you break anything such as a glass which they have supplied then you will be expected to pay for a replacement. The place has alot of rules!
My only other negative comment about the resort was at reception. The staff will call you a taxi from reception if you require but it costs a euro. I was happy to do this this until we needed to call a taxi to take our daughter to hospital who was suffering severe sickness towards the end of our stay. We did ask if the staff would drive us to the hospital as they have a mini bus outside. They refused, and when we asked them to call a taxi to go up to the hosptal they still charged us a euro for the call. I was livid with their rudeness and for that reason alone I would not return to the resort. However, this is still a very nice and quiet resort, perfect on a self catering basis. If you are looking for fun and action then this is not the place to come. If you want peace, quiet and tranquility, in a nice area surrounded by beautiful expensive villas then I would recommend a visit to this resort.
For a first class meal visit "Grandmothers House" restaurant in the old town. All the local taxi drivers will know where it is. A taxi driver recomended it to us. The food is just fantastic and excellently priced. I will go back to Albufeira just to eat here. It was one of our highlights. Enjoy
Ok, but not 4 star service
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.
We were booked as bed and breakfast. The breakfast was hardly worth attending - distinctly on a shoestring budget - one glass of juice, coffee, one egg and a couple of buns. One day even the egg was not on offer. There was no buffet and there appeared to be discouragement to guests requesting any extra e.g. a second glass of juice. Restaurant staff were borderline rude about this. This attitude just made us to boycott the resort restaurant in the evening (along with everyone else), so really backfires. Other cost-cutting/efforts to gain additional revenue were evident - rather expensive tennis court use, various messages about fees for breakages, 50€ deposit for remote controls, which were a little irritating.
Overall only average for us, not 4 stars.
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!
Wonderful blue flag beach straight down the road opposite the resort - spectacular views from cliff tops and amazing vistas when walking in any direction. Also try Evanistra beach with fab restaurent frequented by Beckham and Renaldo apparently!
Try a trip to Lisbon with 'Follow Me Tours'. Amazing city and great trip with tri-lingual and hugely knowledgable guide. At E30 an absolute bargain (First Choice charge E52 for the same trip!) I would go back tomorrow.
Ponta Grande is our "Winter Home"
Forget Florida. Portugal represents excellent value and is loaded with culture.
We have been wintering in the Algarve for 9 years, following retirement fom teaching.
Five of those years have been at Ponta Grande. The owner is usually on-site asking for feedback from clients. Jose Xufres, Portuguese national, worked in Montreal for many years, returned to his homelnad and built his dream resort. Ponta Grande resort looks as new as the day it was built 7 years ago.
His staff, Ana and Pedro at the front desk have been constant from the beginning.
The gardens are beautiful and well-kept.
Best of all, are the numerous day trips available...country markets, a ferry trip to Ayamonte,Spain or to Seville (2 hours on 4 lanes, no toll), fairs, free concerts (symphoniy..guitar...fado).
Great place. We are booked for Jan/Feb/Mar/Apr 2006...10 years running.
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.
Albufeira: Ponta Grande Resort: Superb!
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 booked through EuroSun Vacations, and got everything we expected and more. Staying June 5th-19th, we had booked a one bedroom villa which was supposed to house between 1 and 3 people. What we got was a massive house with one true "bedroom" (2 single beds), plus a guestroom with 2 daybeds, and lastly 2 massive couches in the living room which also converted easily to single beds by removing the back cushions. Both bedrooms had tons of closet space. There were also 2 bathrooms, one with a tub and the other with a standing shower. The walk out patio had a pool view where we often ate lunch or dinner.
All the resort staff were pleasant and helpful, as well as english speaking. Being the only two 20something single females on site, we came to befriend the overnight security guard who would call us cabs and greet us on our return from late night excursions. Even though most of the guests were families with children, we never felt out of place or unwelcome (had we hosted crazy parties it may have been a different story). Overall, we would absolutely return to Ponta Grande (at the first available opportunity!). It's an extremely good value, although perhaps not for long, as a new 5 star resort has just opened up down the street.
We stayed in Ponta Grande for a week in late March. Being off-season, the resort and the whole area was very quiet
The accommodation was in the style of a town house and was very good, with good quality fixtures and fittings apart from one notable exception. The sofas in the lounge converted to single beds and while we didn't use them as beds, they were not very comfortable as sofas!
Cleanliness was excellent and the standard of housekeeping and grounds was also very good.
The apartment was fully air conditioned.
As reported elsewhere, there were two bedrooms upstairs. One bedroom looked out the back of the apartment while the other looked out over the lounge inside the apartment. There was a screen which could block out the light but it wouldn't block sound either from the bedroom or from the lounge television or chatter. Unusually all beds were single beds.
The best bit of the apartment was the massive (about 6*6 metres square) terrace overlooking the pool and kiddies playground. All apartments have a terrace but they don't all overlook the pool
The on-site restaurant was good but very quiet at that time. There were a couple of good restaurants a short walk away. There is also a laundry, a games room and a couple of internet PCs (but no facilities to print) on site
The resort is about 3 kilometres west of Albufeira in a village called Sesmarias, not too far from Albufeira new leisure marina. The nearest beach is probably a kilometre away.
A car would be useful to get around. The resort has a shuttle bus on request for a nominal fee for trips into Albufeira. And taxis are reasonably inexpensive although the local taxi company did not take advance bookings. You had to phone when you wanted a taxi and they would send one round. This was OK off-season but I can't see it working in high summer
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.