The luxurious Melia Dunas faces the ocean, and has a boulevard brimming with places to eat and drink.
This resort leads down to the white sands of Algodoeiro Beach. It’s huge - in fact, it'll take around 15 minutes to walk from one side to the other - and is surrounded by tropical gardens. Santa Maria is just a few minutes' drive away, too.
Interior designers here are going for something completely contemporary, so expect rooms and public spaces dressed in neutral, earthy tones, and accessorised by plants and wall art.
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Food & Drink
|Dining options||Breakfast||Lunch||Evening meal||Drinks||Snacks|
Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner. 1 visit to each à la carte restaurant included per week. Select local alcoholic and soft drinks. Snacks at set times.
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2 outdoor pools
The Melia Dunas offers up a pair of pools, one of which is exclusive to those staying in the adults-only The Level rooms.
Atlantis buffet restaurant
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Gelatto's ice-cream stand*
Gelatto's has a range of Italian favourites.
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3 Bedroom Suite with Balcony or Terrace
Adult's Area Premium Double Room with Pool View and Balcony or Terrace
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Fantastic holiday venue
We visited as a family in June 2017 and couldn't have wanted a better hotel experience. The staff throughout our stay were excellent in all aspects. They are friendly, warm and welcoming and the customer focus is genuine. I would like to mention the check-in staff who were very efficient and professional and the guest manager Hosea. The hotel is spotlessly clean in all areas with talented and dedicated housekeeping staff. As a part time wheelchair user it was great to be allocated a disabled friendly room with grab rails in the shower and near the toilet. There's disabled toilet facilities throughout the resort and the golf buggies are a real bonus as they make getting around much easier. The only down side on our room allocation was for my daughter and family. Having a first floor room with an 18month baby without lift access was very difficult when there was a sleepy baby in a buggy and Your by yourself .... perhaps the room allocations can be thought out a little differently in future? The facilities for young children are excellent. Milk is freely available at any bar or restaurant and bottles are regularly steam-cleaned by staff making the anxiety over feeding our travelling toddler much easier. The children's meals in the restaurants are great and high chairs are readily available. Good quality fruit, meat and fish were always available, the pizza and pasta went down a treat too! Lots of things for finger food toddlers who are trying to gain their independence. The beach has plenty of sun loungers and shade. It gets quite hot in an afternoon down there and there's a rocky ledge into the sea but the beach is very clean and the sea is beautifully clear and warm. Beach toys are available in the onsite shop but they are a bit on the expensive side. The main pool up by the reception with the swim up bar again had plenty of sun-loungers available. A reasonable amount of shade too although maybe a little more near the children's pool would be good? The water spouts add an additional piece of fun to a tranquil and restful space. Guests can also use the pools on the Sol part of the complex which are busier and more active. There's a larger children's pool with small slides and water spouts, great for pre-school age. Every afternoon we wandered down to Macchiatos Coffee Shop to enjoy a quiet end to the pool/beach day. This is a great space, with lovely staff again. There's a good range of coffees that are included on the 'all inclusive' package and the small charge for the cheesecake is well worth it....the portion is certainly enough to share! There's lots of bars to choose from, our favourites were the piano bar near the main entrance and the beach bar on an evening. Saturday night live entertainment down there with fire eaters and stilt walkers was great fun! The restaurants are all of an excellent standard. A small buffet style range at every meal in two along with an a-la-carte menu...choose off one or both...no one bothers 😊. We ate at both the a-la-carte restaurants as well. Booking is straight forward and availability is good. Two sittings for each restaurant, go as often as you wish. The Indian restaurant was interesting, good food but without popadoms, naan or the amount of rice:meat that we would normally have. We enjoyed our visit but didn't return. Perhaps it would be good to have a restaurant themed to the local cuisine or at least one night a week that is a local themed night? The steak house restaurant saw us returning. Lovely food and service. The Atlantis fish restaurant had delicious fish, tasted very fresh and a lovely place for lunch but the Aqua Italian restaurant was our favourite. The fresh pasta bar and pizzas are delicious! We also had a manicure in the Spa and the use of their facilities. The relaxation room is lovely along with the massage pool. Again this is accessible by wheelchair and staff are well trained in wheelchair etiquette....not once did someone try to grab my handles and push me. Staff were happy to walk alongside me chatting whilst I wheeled myself along. This might sound a little thing but to me it made a huge difference. The salon staff were also very good. The shellac nail varnish was well applied and has proved robust. They styled our hair beautifully and we enjoyed having our hair and makeup done. This was in preparation for a photo shoot with the onsite photographer. The shoot was free and photos €10 each. No hard sell and lots of fun to do! We visited the local town (free shuttle bus morning and night from the hotel) or €3 each way in a taxi. There's a small supermarket and pharmacy here if you need it. It's a great place to visit and the area is clearly part of a developing country. The Catholic Church and the church of the Nazarene both welcome visitors to their services. The market stalls on the main streets are interesting to browse. Don't be tempted to go off the beaten track though as some areas are a little more repressive. If your approached to purchase something and your not interested just say 'no' and the guys will often reply 'no stress' which appears to be the local catch-phrase. You must go to the large wooden pier where the local fishermen land the catch around 11am each day. It's a great place to people watch and a good surfing spot too! The locals also sell beautiful large shells....haggle over prices and you can pick up a real bargain. Our daughter and partner went on the 4hr quad bike trip. Great for a rush of adrenaline. This was very good value for money and they got to see the entire island! Take long trousers for the excursion as the sand against the skin can sting a little otherwise! To summarise I can't praise the hotel enough. The cleanliness, quality and variety of food (especially considering everything is imported even the water!) and the approachability and fantastic attitude of the staff make for a wonderfully restful and relaxing holiday for couples and families alike. The weather is great, warm dry heat with a gentle breeze especially in the evening. If you are in two minds please just go - it is a decision you won't regret! More
Ideal to relax
This is the second year my husband and I have stayed here. There have been a few changes but the staff and quality of the service remains the same, excellent. One thing I would change however, would be to return the buffet to Spices. We felt that the quality had maybe slipped a bit but still excellent. This resort is still learning. With this in mind we are still going back next year. Thankyou Melia Dunas.More
Week on Sal
We're currently in the melia/sol Dunas resort on the island of Sal and are absolutely loving it! All the staff are so helpful and smiley, nothing is ever too much. We fully recommend the Rancho restaurant in resort which serves lovely grilled food with a good selection of vegetarian food along with excellent service. Thank you to Antonio and Jose for providing us with a lovely evening.More
Beautiful with Pest Issues
My partner and I are just back from spending a week at this beautiful resort. First of all, I would like to complement how hard working the majority of staff are, in particular Silviane, Junior, Jamier, and Deisiley. There were one or 2 members of staff who let down the service, but this was mainly in the mornings (I'm a bit hard to deal with in the mornings too, so I don't really mind about this). We enjoyed a wonderful week in the sun - please take note though that although it is cloudy, you will burn without skin protection. I wore factor 30 applied every few hours and ended up like a tomato on the first day!! There are LOTS of cats around the hotel, they all seem to be harmless and just want a snuggle/food. Had to contain myself and not smuggle them all home in my suitcase! The staff do their best to keep them out of restaurants but I'm sure if any of you have cats, you will know how much of a nigh impossible task that can be! Not so much in the hotel, but around the beach and if you go into Santa Maria there are lots of mosquitoes, so make sure you have insect repellent on. This hotel does seem to have a mighty problem with flies in the restaurants and around the bars, and there is no sign of any bug zappers or traps anywhere in any of the restaurants - I'm pretty sure this is against health and safety regulations, but again this is not the UK so not sure whether this is something I should expect. No matter where I am on holiday however, I do not expect to see flies hatching and crawling around on the cheese and cold meat platters which are just left out in the open as breeding grounds. I would at the very east expect bug covers to be placed over them. This may be a lawsuit waiting to happen, however I have emailed Thompson regarding this separately. Because of this simple issue and downfall of the hotel, I would not say it is a 5* by any standard. Get rid of the flies and then it might just squeeze into that category.More
Overpriced. Nothing to do.
Well me and my fiancée are currently in the hotel (room 115). The hotel is fine, nice clean room, very spacious very modern. Upon check in we were trying to be pushed into upgrading our room, which we had already paid an upgrade for when booking our holiday. They wanted to charge us a further £35 per person per night. We're here for 10 nights, so that's another £700, all you were to get extra is a better room, premium spirits, a private adult pool. For £700, we kindly declined after already paying £3000 for the holiday already. Then before check in was completed we were told we have to pay a tax of £2 per person, per night. So another £40 to pay at the end of the holiday. They had to take bank card details from us as well, which I was not keen on doing, but we couldn't check in otherwise. With the wrist bands, no one had ever said the hotel had been split up in to two hotels. You can use all the pools, but not all the bars and all the restaurants. Being on the melia dunas hotel we had a bit more range of areas to use, but still limited. If you like food and a big eater like me, be shocked. All the buffet gets covered in flies, and there's nothing in place to stop them getting near the food. So instead of fish and chips, it's flies and chips. Or spaghetti bolognes, but spaghetti flyanese. Just not good. They provide you with a menu, after the first two nights it's edible, after that it becomes boring and not hot, but only just lukewarm. We had a meal in the rancho steak house last night, food was mediocre, I had the tornado beef, cooked ok, but served with mash potatoes that were ice cold. You can't really complain as the English spoken is not great and they don't seem to care. If you want ice cream, oh yes you have to pay for it as well. We're all inclusive but at the same time were not. There to my eyes isn't any snacks to have e.g burgers/hotdogs/chips. If there is its hidden away, but probably you'd have to pay as well. I don't like to complain, we have been abroad on holiday every year for the last 6 years, we have never had a problem, and wanted to go back over and over again. This time, this holiday, we're on day 5, I was ready to come home on Day 3. We still have 6 days to go. My partner no longer wants to eat in the restaurants because of the flies etc, causing stomach cramps. All I can say is you get bottled water included on all inclusive, but not all inclusive. For the money we have spent on the holiday, we haven't enjoyed it, and won't enjoy the remainder of the holiday. We could have gone back to Mexico for £1000 cheaper, with better food options, more to do. And you were all inclusive, nothing was no problem. More
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