Ponta Grande Resort
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... here via Ryanair - an interesting experience with limited luggage allowance and hand luggage and pay for everything extra - and stag weekend lads starting the partying on board - we were made welcome by Vivienne and John. The reason we are here is that they said they were coming over from Nova Scotia for month and it might be fun if we could join them. So we have! ...
... sand and turquoise blue waters is absolutely breathtaking! I found myself literally gawking at the the view in amazement. After about three hours and three million pictures, we decided to head back to the hostel! After supper, we all sat around the dinner table and visited then ended our evening watching Pitch Perfect projected up onto the wall in the living room. It was so lovely to be with a big group of people and just enjoying each ...
... so beautiful, but by the time we had checked in, unpacked, and got ready to go again the sun was hiding and it was a bit chilly. We went down to the beach with our bathing suits on regardless of the lack of sun and enjoyed the gray sky and crashing waves. We had previously just got off a 15 hour train ride so we were a bit exhausted, so we had an easy going restful evening as the rest of our hostel went on a night of the town! The next morning we got homemade pancakes made ...
... for the evening's live entertainment. I told them we would be back for a nightcap anfter our evening walk and dinner. The tradional Portuguese Taverna I had noticed a week ago, 20 minutes away near Ouro Beach, did not disappoint. I was up for cataplana, seafood for 2. It was served to us in a copper wok-like container with a flip-top cover. a tureen of fragrant rice was served on the side. The cataplana itself had huge shrimp (head on), baby clams, and ...
... 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 ...
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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.