The Porto Bay Falesia provides fantastic views. Its clifftop location means its gardens look straight out to sea, with the panoramas broken only by pine trees. Plus, steps lead down to Praia da Falesia Beach, where the sands stretch for eight kilometres.
The hotel’s pool bar makes the most of the setting. Perched on the cliff edge, it’s a perfect spot for gazing over the sandstone rock formations and sea beyond. And as for the rest of the culinary line-up, you’ve got two restaurants – a smart buffet number and Il Basilico, which serves modern takes on classic Italian cuisine.
Outside, the pool is framed by terraces and pines. You’ll find sunloungers placed in the best viewpoints around the lawns, as well.
Another plus point of this place is the location. Although the hotel is in a peaceful spot, it’s just a five-minute walk from the restaurants and shops at Olhos d’Agua.
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With three massage rooms, a sauna and steam bath area, hydro-massage tub, relaxation room and gym. Offering a wide range of facial treatments, aromatherapy, waxing, manicure, pedicure, body massages, wraps, relaxing treatments with mineral oils and reflexology.
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*
You'll find all your Italian favourites on the menu.
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Perfect Short Break
We wanted a hotel for a few days in April to relax in the sun. We could not have chosen better than this. We had 'garden rooms' (code for view of car park). The rooms were clean and comfortable and the car park doesn't look too bad! The food was good. Breakfast was very good. Evening buffet was a bit restricted if you don't like fish (I do but my daughters don't). The 'posh' restaurant Il Basilico was very good if a little pricey. The real gem though is the pool area which is superb. Tantalising glimpses of the sea and beach through the beautifully kept and colourful clifftop garden. Lots of chillout areas and a very nice cafe by the pool (very good club sandwiches and banana splits). The Spa was also very good. The only thing that was a disappointment was the truly awful pub singer on Saturday. Would definitely go back.More
PaulV929, Manchester, United Kingdom
Great beach hotel
We wanted to stay on Falesia beach so we chose the Porto Bay Falesia. Rates are reasonable and we had a room with a decent view. The best part about the hotel is the proximity to the beach, which is just a 5-min (steep) walk downstairs.More
HeatherMcK1020, Portland, Maine
Another relaxing stay
We stayed for 4 nights both in December and february, neither disappointed in any way. Our first stay was garden view which was OK, on our second stay we were upgraded to sea view which makes a big difference and would definitely recommend as the views are lovely all day long. The outdoor pool is too cold to use throughout the winter but the indoor pool and spa make up for it - 5 euro surcharge for the suana. Open 8am-8pm. Breakfast and dinner we could not fault, with a wide range of foods for all. We had lunch in the pool bar several time and would recommend the goats cheese. Lovely walks on your doorstep especially to villamoura which took us 1 hour each way. Busses and taxis are available. All staff are very friendly, professional and helpful. I recommemded this hotel to my parents who have just came back and also could not fault it. We have got our prestige card now and are definitely going to book their sister hotel in Madeira for our anniversary in December - and very much looking forward to it! Our only criticism would be that they don't do omelettes at breakfast and we would love a pool table for after dinner, but the are only very minor and did not effect our stay. This hotel is suitable for families and couples but not anyone with walking disabilities due to the stairs to the beach and the incline to the hotel or town.More
TinksPixieDust, East Anglia
a great hotel
this hotel doesn't disappoint in any way. rooms, staff, food all of high quality. even a bad weeks weather couldn't detract from a lovely break. check-in fast and friendly, rooms good size well appointed and kept spotless by the maids. I defy anyone not to find something to their liking at breakfast, fresh fruit, cold meats, cheese, several breads and rolls and the usual cooked food with some unusual items. waiting staff very attentive but not in your face. problem with flooding in our room after huge rainstorm flooded a flat roof nearby but staff were immediately on hand to sort it out fast and move us to another room. thanks to them any damage to the hotel and our belongings was kept to a minimum. if you are fit enough try a walk along the beach to Vilamoura. it takes about one and a half hours have a look round and bus back. it's well worth it.More
suspad, bexhill on sea
Four stars for a four star
After driving for around 30mins, the shuttle pulled into what seemed like an estate of hotels, various multi-coloured concrete pantheons looming in all directions, we pulled up outside one of these and thought to ourselves ‘feel sorry for who’s staying here’ it was of course at that point the driver announced we were at Port Bay..Our sprits sank. We walked up the stairs into the bright clean reception and immediately we caught sight of the view across the pool to the sea, spirits very much lifted. We had arrived rather early, just after 10am and were expecting to have to leave our luggage, go for a wander and check in at the appointed 2pm. It was a pleasant surprise that we were informed that our room was ready and that we could check-in immediately. This made such a difference and we felt like we’d gained an extra day. The interior of the hotel and the rooms are decorated in a style the like of which I’ve not experienced in similar resorts. Usually these large-ish beach hotels are all white washed walls, cooling floor tiles etc, the Porto Bay however, is filled with dark woods, thick carpets and other touches that reminded me more of a city hotel, in the best way possible. We had a twin sea view room (a sea view a must). The room wasn’t massive, but was adequate with all the facilities you’d expect for a four, perhaps even five star place. The bathroom again was nice enough, it was stocked with Ritual products which was a nice touch, perhaps the old plastic ‘over the bath’ shower was the only mild let down, but it did give off quite a blast. The pool area was immaculate (coldest pool in the world by the way!), being mid march, it was pretty quiet. It was nice that there was a variety of places to relax, by the pool, in the gardens, on the cliff top look out etc, there has definitely been some thought put into this place. Breakfast was fine, no better or worse than in similar places, we didn’t eat in the restaurant in the evening as I think it was around 25 Euros each for the buffet and for this price, two of us were able to eat in town. One point of contention..the a la carte restaurant was Italian, why? If I want Italian food, guess where I’ll go? When in Portugal, I want to try Portuguese food. The hotel is situated in a small fishing village, why don’t they source stuff from here and give guests a flavour of the local cuisine, or is this just un-British of me? The staff were friendly and accommodating save for what I presume was the night receptionist/manager, a tall blonde man, think he may have been German, very gruff and abrupt. The hotel is in Olha d’agua, a smallish fishing town. The main part of the town is no more than a five minute walk down the hill. The town is pretty quiet but there are at least 5-6 bars, a nightclub or two and in excess of ten or so varied restaurants, so there is plenty to keep you occupied for a week. There is a beach down in town, but the one accessed from the hotel is far nicer. We ventured in to Albufiera one night to see if we were missing out, we weren’t. It’s a big town, full of concrete and tourist trap restaurants, the whole night we were plagued with demands to go into various eateries, we were so glad we’d chosen to stay a bit further out. The hotel is four star, and I can see why. Almost everything is branded with the Porto Bay logo; it reminded me a bit of a Vegas hotel. In so much of what they do it’s obvious to see the care and attention that has gone into it yet, it’s also quite scruffy in many ways. In our room, we had a wire dangling over the balcony door, not sure if it was live, we daren’t touch it, the toilet had a huge scuff on the seat and there was plaster coming away from the wall. The room door looked as those the lock had been forced at some point and a hasty repair job had taken place, the locked didn’t seem right and we were quite sure whether the door was shut properly, also the bathroom door wasn’t hung correctly and the extractor in the bathroom didn’t seem to work. The beds are also far from 5* quality, hard with thin foam mattresses, I felt stiff every morning. If you looked closely in the corridors there were a few holes in the walls and plaster flaking away, like I said, this all seemed slightly at odds with the other outstanding features of this place. One final gripe, and it’s not necessarily just this venue, but, if I leave the ‘do not disturb’ sign on the door, do not disturb me! I know the maids have a job to do, but I dont want or need my room to be cleaned every day, I want to lay in some mornings and relax. Every day we were constantly bothered as to when we wanted our rooms cleaned, we told them we didn’t, yet the minute we left for the pool or the beach, they’d be in there. A number of times, despite leaving the sign on the door, we’d return late afternoon and find our room being serviced and so we’d have to hang about for 10-20 mins, I really wish they’d just respect your privacy a bit more. Anyway, to surmise; A great hotel in a great location. Worthy of four stars. We are already looking at other Porto Bay resorts as we were so pleased with our stay here. Very recommended.More
SMI9, Chatham, United Kingdom
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