This stylish hotel has some of the best views in the Algarve. It’s also got access to a beautiful sandy beach.
The hotel’s clifftop location gives you some amazing sea views. And there are steps leading to an 8-kilometre sandy beach. Meanwhile, it’s a 5-minute walk to Olhos d’Agua’s shops and restaurants.
This place has two pools – a peaceful lake-style number, and an indoor pool by the spa. For meals, there’s a buffet restaurant and an upscale Italian, as well as a pool bar serving lunches.
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Buffet breakfast and dinner.
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It has it all with three massage rooms, a sauna and steam bath area, hydro-massage tub, relaxation room and gym. There's also a wide range of facial treatments, aromatherapy, waxing, manicure, pedicure, body massages, wraps, relaxing treatments with mineral oils and reflexology on offer.
Spend the day having a swim or relaxing by the pool on one of the many sunbeds dotted on the surrounding sun terrace. The hilltop location gives you great views of the beach through the trees that line the edge of the pool.
Il Basilic Italian à la carte restaurant*
All your Italian favourites are on the menu here. And you'll have a choice of eating in or outdoors.
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These are tastefully decorated, spacious rooms that sleep up to two adults and one child under 12. They have twin beds, a fold-up bed, a small table and chairs, plus a balcony or terrace completes the picture.
twin room with limited sea view
These spacious twin rooms sleep up to two adults, and one child under 12 in a fold up bed. A small table and chairs, lamps and a balcony or terrace with a limited sea view complete the picture.
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A pleasant stay
We stayed in June. The weather was beautiful. Very hot but because of sea breeze it pays to take a jumper for the late evening especially if you are eating out. The hotel is very nice. It is spotless. The staff are lovely. There are a lot of German guests. We went b&b. Very good breakfast. More than enough choice. Fresh pancakes, eggs cooked for you. Even sparkling wine. Meats, cereals etc etc - really what you would expect from a 4 star hotel. There are lots of sunbeds so no rush in the morning to throw your towel down. We ate out most nights and there are plenty of restaurants e.g. Chef's Peking, Fratellis, La Cigale. The only restaurant that I wasn't too keen on was O Manuels Portuguese but that could just be a bad night. We ate one night in the buffet for 22 Euros. Eat as much as you want with starters, mains, salads, fruit and huge variety of sweets. Good value when you add up what you have. Reception staff lovely although they did make a major clanger on our last night by double booking a table in the La Biscale a la carte venue. These seats are outside and overlook the cliffs. Not best pleased. We walked out. Rooms: Decent size but let's be honest I have been in better e.g. Riu chain are bigger and better. One major consideration is whether you want to go for a sea view room. These cost 45 Euros a night to upgrade. Getting a higher floor is in my opinion essential if you are forking out this per night. I e-mailed hotel a couple of times requesting a high floor and got a room with sea view on the fifth floor. Some people got a room on the second floor and they were not impressed as trees obscured the view. Our view was excellent. Is it worth upgrading? Only if you could guarantee a high floor and they will tell you they can't do this so unless you spend a lot of time on your balcony then probably not worth it. Also there is no sun in the afternoon on the sea view side. Some people have commented on the rooms overlooking the car park and facing the Riu hotel i.e. mountain view. Firstly the Rio is not that close to spoil the view and unless you are on the first floor overlooking the car park then you shouldn't see or hear very little traffic. With regards to the comments about the hike to the beach don't listen to it. You can hop down each step. There are a couple of seats but if you can't do this little walk then there is something amiss. Lots of advertised trips. They go to Seville, Lisbon, Gibraltar as well as local trips. Pool area is very nice. Water lovely. Drinks however are pricey. A large beer outside is 1 euro but the hotel charges 4.5 Euros so buy in and stock up your fridge. Also beware of the odd waiter who tries to short change you - it happened twice to me. Look out for the brown and white stray dog. He is very gentle and very street wise. He will take food very gently out your hand and has his regular walk in the evening. They have tried to capture him but he is too cute for the authorities - a real true spirit!! Evening entertainment is the usual - flamenco show, Brazilian show, duo singing and everything tends to close down around 10.30 so not really a youngsters scene. There are bars outside e.g. Oasis which have live acts on until late. You must visit Vilamoura - beautifully laid out and some good restaurants near the harbour. We went in June and temperatures were rising e.g. 30 degrees at 9.00 a.m. so in August it will be very hot indeed. Hotel has individual room air conditioning. You can get a free shuttle service from the Riu hotel to the shopping centre but it is just o.k but it can fill in a few hours.Relaxing holidayMore
Isabel W, newcastle
Excellent stay for our Anniversary
We chose this hotel having had great experiences of Porto Bay group hotels in Madeira and we weren't disappointed - warm and friendly staff and lovely clean hotel set atop the cliffs with a super view over the Atlantic. Great facilities - spa, indoor and outdoor pools, tennis courts, table tennis, yoga, pilates and good, if not well attended, evening entertainment. We stayed HB as we were unsure how few/many local restaurants there were - there are more than we were led to believe so could have done B&B. We're both fussy eaters but the food was good and varied enough for us - a couple of observations though :- the salt is in a pot with 5 holes and pepper in a pot with 1! confusing and consequently 1st dinner spoiled and at breakfast despite there being an urn labelled cold milk it wasn't cold at all. Also, bizarrely, when I ordered a pot of tea in the Buzios bar and asked for another tea bag (I like my tea very strong) I was told I'd need to have 2 pots as they had to account for the tea bags used! That being said a big 'thank you' is due to the hotel for the champagne which greeted us on our return to our room on our wedding anniversary.More
Joan R, Chesterfield, United Kingdom
My wife & I stayed half board at this hotel for ten nights in June this year. The staff were friendly & helpful from the time we checked in till we checked out. We never had one surly member of staff for the whole holiday. The food was of good quality with ample choice, but the restaurant could get very busy if the two terraces were either full or ,as happened one day when it rained. We opted for a full sea view room on a high floor & got a room on the 4th floor & the view was fantastic. you also benefited from the live music around the pool at night . One downside was the only tv channels in English were news channels. More
Superb relaxing vacation
As young parents of 2 children, we hoped to get a relaxing holiday in a lovely hotel. And oh yes we did ð a wonderful hotel at a lovely location in the Algarve. Olhos d'agua is a touristic village but not so crowded as Albufeira. We did excursions to Faro, Sagres, Lagos, Cape Vincent, Monchique and Silves. All very lovely! The hotel staff was so friendly and helpfull. The food was very good and always lot of choices. We appreciated the fres juices at breakfast. The Italian restaurant served the real pure simple Italian food. The rstaurants nearby the hotel were also good: good chicken piri piri and beautiful fres fishes. We will certainly come back.More
Evelien S, Brussels, Belgium
To the Porto Bay Falesia management and team: congratulations! You suceeded delivering a week paradise.
The title says it all : We were at the Falesia 5 years ago , felt like coming home; what ever changed was an improvement; why the congratulations to the management and the whole staff. Excellent hotel , friendly and very competent staff, great service, wonderfull location, delicious diners at the Basilico with surealistic views on the clifs. 4th time Porto Bay..... We will be back.More
Patrick L, Mechelen, Belgium
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