Ponta Grande Resort

Sesmarias Sao Rafael, Albufeira 8200-385 Portugal
4 star hotel

Overview

Ratings summary

Brilliant
77
Good
64
Average
27
Poor
16
Awful
2

Rating by feature

  • 5 room
  • 5 pool
  • 4 beach
  • 5 service
  • 5 value
  • 3 food
  • 5 cleanliness
  • 3 location
 

11 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog

4 Star Resort - Great Location - Fantrastic Beaches & Restaurants

4
Good
by

"We are just back from the Ponta Grande and had an absolutely fabulous time.

On the positive side ...
Location, Location, Location.... 7 Minute walk to an incredible beach - which has beautifult restaurant and bar on the beach. 5 minute drive to get into the Albufeira Old town which has 100's of great restaurants, shops and coble lock streets. The best restaurants we found were Tasca do Diegas , Casa da Fonta, The Beach Basket and O Penedo. Beside the resort you have O’Marinheiro which is outstanding. There are also about another 5 or 6 good restaurants within a 5 or 10 minute walk of the resort. - but we preferred the old town for atmosphere.

The accommodation and resort are incredible ! I am very fussy and never stayed anywhere that was as clean as this - it was immaculate. All the villas are identical - painted different colours - like something from Disney. There inside of the villas exceeded all our expectations - very large and really high ceiling in the main living area - it was 2 stories high!. Our villa overlooked the pool and we spent at least 1 or 2 hours in the evening just looking out over the pool reading books- very relaxing.

While the resort is beautiful and the local beach incredible - we had 2 children with us Girl(15) and boy (12) and they wanted stuff to do :-

Zoo Marine
This was lovely - but probably more suited to 14 and under - our 12 year old loved it - but the 15 year old thought it was only o.k.
There is a bus from the resort - just ask at reception. www.zoomarine.com/Start

Slide & Splash
This is very good water park and a bus collects and drops back to resort. Bring your own food - the food at the water park is rubbish!

Aquashow - near Quarteira. This was one of the highlights for our kids - they had a ball. It doesn't have a huge amount of slides - but the quality makes up for the quantity. It has a massive wave pool - it claims to be the biggest wave pool in Europe. It also has a brilliant water roller coaster. If you have hired a car – I would much prefer this water park. www.aquashowpark.com

Algarve Shopping
Probably just for Ladies – unless everyone is into shopping. Again the resort can organise – there is a courtesy bus service on Wednesday’s that collects and drops you back.
www.algarveshopping.pt

Market
There is a market in Albufeira on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month. Book a taxi for coming home as the queues are huge - it took us over an hour and we were baking.

Water Sports - Old Town beach
Para-gliding, banana boat, rings, waterskiing etc., Bus from Resort – 3 times a day or Public Bus – Resort have time table). Only 5 minutes by taxi.

There is also a great little bar down the road from the resort called City bar - It has pool tables and table football outside and was great in the evenings for the kids.

On the Negative side ....
Service in the resort was not great. It depended on what staff were on. Some were very courteous and some not so !

Dom Dini's restaurant - beside the resort looks fabulous but the food is very poor.

Extras - The resort charge for the hire of remote control for the air conditioning and for the hire of a key for the safe deposit box. Very petty - It did not cost much - but you should not have to pay extra after paying so much top get there - It should be included in the price.

Overall - Fantastic resort - will definitely be back !"

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  • Travel date: Sun 24th of June 2007

Great place to stay

5
Brilliant
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"Got to say, when I arrived at the resort I was wondering if we (my wife and I) had chosen the right place to stay. While I had no problem with appearance of the hotel I was slightly concerned at how far we were away from "The Old Town" of Albufeira. Turned out I had nothing to worry about.

Yes, these villas are a 5 euro taxi ride to the Old town, but I paid £300 a head (including flights) for a week here and think I more than got value for money. You can order a taxi from the reception at a cost of 1 euro (seemed a bit petty to charge that) or you can phone the taxi company using your mobile, they all speak English and the number is in your villa’s welcome pack.

I also never saw a single place closer to the main pubs and restaurants that I would have wanted to stay in. Closest second I spotted was the 5 star CS Hotel just along the road, but in any game of top trumps a villa beats a suite so I was more than happy with my chosen accommodation.

The villas are massive and in some lesser places would be expected to sleep 6 (all single beds). We had 2 showers, a massive patio, large kitchen and despite being at the end of the resort we were only about 30 seconds from the hotel bar. There is a TV in the room (channels 1-3), and the manager assured me he was trying to get some Sky channels into all the villas, not always easy considering the "grey market" that is getting Sky abroad.

The Ponta Grande resort itself was actually very quite (this is a mid May holiday), great for my wife and I as we had the pool to ourselves and felt like we had our own waiting staff, but a bit of a worry if you are a running the place. Hopefully this will not mean a down turn in standards as costs are cut to meet the lower income. I tried my best to top up the bar takings as much as possible ;-)

The nearest beach is about 800 meters away, and is simply fantastic, although the sea is a bit on the cold side (remember this isn’t the med)

The staff were excellent, particularly Eliza (I think that’s how it’s spelt) the bar manager, James the barman and Gert the chief.

I found the food here to be top notch and easily stood for comparison with any of the other restaurants we ate in during our week long stay. Even if you are staying near by, pop in and try the food.

So, in conclusion: great apartments, great food, great staff and a short stagger away from an amazing beach. If I went back to Albufeira I’d stay here again in a heartbeat."

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  • Travel date: Fri 18th of May 2007

perfect in every way

5
Brilliant
by

"my friend and i are two females in our thirties. We booked our holiday on the internet last year for a week in ponte grande.
At approximately 300 pounds each this was excellent value for such a high calibre establishment.
The apartments were huge and spotless, two bedrooms and two bathrooms.
swimming pool nice, quiet and clean.
Food, very good but try the a la carte restaurant at night, we ate there several times, trying different dishes every time and each one was delicious.
The staff were very friendly and could not have done more for us.
The beach was breathtaking and clean, we did walk along the different beaches (approx 4 miles) exploring different beach front restaurants and some of them were amazing and very reasonably priced.
As for comments on the prices of food, the area is a classy place , I dont know why people expect everything to be cheaper than uk, we are european now.
We ate out every night paying between 40 - 60 euros for two including starters and wine and never had a bad meal, you get what you pay for, the fish dishes were especially good.
The breakfast included in the price in Ponta grande was a big plate of bacon and eggs, bread rolls , ham and cheese, jam, also
orange juice and tea or coffee, so I dont know how anyone could complain. Not only that but i lost 4 pounds in weight as well!!!!

Taxis into town were 5 euros each way which is very cheap.
The town of albufeira has a good choice of old and new, if you want excitement go to the strip, but the old town has a good choice of every kind of entertainment.
This was a fantastic holiday, made especially good by the staff at ponte grande!
Thank you, Obrigado xxxxxxxxxxx"

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  • Travel date: Mon 8th of January 2007

Fantastic 4 star villa

5
Brilliant
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"I booked on --- For a two week break for a family of 5 (includes a 19 & 15 year old boys and one 14 year old girl.) The total was about £1500 for flights accomadation and airport transfers. For me that sounded really cheap, so we went for it. We havent had a holiday in ten years so it was very exciting to have a break from the busy city life. When we arrived at the airport Faro and started out on the road, it was quite alarming to see rural portugal, it looked more like mexico. Poverty stricken, graffitti, police stopping cars every so often. Made you think what I have i got myself into. Anyways, it took one hour from faro (airport) to Ponta grande in Albuferera. First impressions were clean buildings that were modern and very nice views. Once we had our keys, we stormed into the villa to an amazing suprise. It was better than expected. All rooms were a very good size. Very clean. Two showers, loads of cooking utensils, a decent sized colour television, large balcony. It was superb. You couldnt ask for more. So throughout our stay the villa was confortable and was clean regulary by two nice maids. Now for the resort, the pool is a good size and never over crowded, however it is purely for swimming, no ball games, lilos, rubber duckies are not allowed. We ate at ponta grande restaurant once, it was not bad. The food is not brilliant- the charge 13 euros for a pizza that had come from a box. Other things they cook fresh like sea bream etc. As we are talking about food, let me ellaborate about restaurants in Albuferia old town.- VERY EXPENSIVE- restaurant food is almost the same as Britain. We tried about 12 restaurants in our two week stay and not one I cam reccomend. Portuguese food is awful- very oily and salty. There is one restaurant thatr YOU MUST AVOID- RUINA- all taxi drivers and local people reccommend it because its in the top 5 recommneded places to eat in albufreria, however asking those people have they ever eaten there, the reply, No. The restaurant is in a beautiful setting, built into the rocks overlooking the sea. However the food is another subject matter. I ordered muscles- it came and was not very and had this very very slaty garlic butter- you could not tatse the muscles- the salt level was too much too bear. I am not fussy with food, but i know good from bad- my mother is a home economics teacher has cooked in the Ivy in new York so I have been brought up whats good food. Basically the whole thing was terrible- a simple seabass pan fried with boiled pototoes was 65 euro's. Absolutley ridiculous. The total meal came to 160 euro;s just for main courses and drinks. They charged 4.50 euro for a very very small glass of fresh orange. Anyway all of the reastuarant are like this- over priced and poor food. I cannot reccommend one restaurant as they are all poor. What is there to do in portugal, I reccomemend the beaches- DO NOT go to sao rafael beach- it is horrible- its about a 5 minute walk down a hill to a small private beach which is so full of stones, unbelievable- its awful- the waves are very harsh as it is near to the rocks-not ideal for swimming- you are lucky if you can stand up in the waves. I reccomend a beach called praia de Gale- its about a 20 minute walk from the resort Or a 6 minute taxi ride. Beautiful long beach, sandy excellent. Another warning is sun beds- they charge 15 euro's a day just for the privelage of sitting in sun beds- i reccomend bring an umbrella and beach towels. For me a 19 year old boy, there was not much to do in the second week. To be frank I was bored, there were no young people about, and if they were all they were doing was getting drunk and going to clubs. Thats not my scene, so I ended up playing tennis with my brother- which again cost 15 euros and hour- very expensive. Other places to go is Algarve shopping- very nice shopping mall- lots of good quality clothes- ZARA etc. The best food shop there Continente its like a TESCO- much better than MODELO. You can buy all your food stuffs there if you wish to self cater which we did. ANOTHER VITAL point is TRANSPORT- DO NOT TAKE THE BUS ANYWHERE- its always late and just as expensive as a taxi. Ponta grande is far away from everything- so need a taxi to get to anywhere- Taxi's are very expensive- So i recomend taking out a rental car to save money, as you really really need it. Portuguese people in general are very unfriendly, they are very serious and most of the times rude. FRom experiences with txi drivers, waiters, local people, they are not a pleasant bunch. For me I enjoyed the holiday however I would only recommend to stay for one week. Two weeks is too long. To sum up ponta grande is excellent."

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  • Travel date: Wed 4th of October 2006

Nice pool, good location

4
Good
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"We had a great holiday and would recommend this resort. The pool was big, refreshing, without being "cold" and not over crowded even though it was mid Aug and during the Portuguese's own 2 week summer holidays.
We had one of the Resort owned apartments which was nice although perhaps missing some "luxury" equipment - e.g. dish washer. Had to hire hair dryer.
On-resort mini market was very useful and cheaper than the small supermarket down the road.
Great selection of restaurants close by: Chinese, Indian, Fish, Steak.
Don't get excited by the sea view - if you get one you'll be next to the main road (but not too noisy) and it is only a glimpse or so - The resort is positioned well for access to excellent beaches."

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  • Travel date: Thu 7th of September 2006

Great Hol!

5
Brilliant
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"A great place to holiday - very friendly staff - will go again! Surrounding area quiet - tho good restaurants that we went to. Good for kids great 2 bed appt tho pool cold unless few days sun. Sometimes a little petty asking ie 1 euro to book taxi but minor prob - very good in conclus!"

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  • Travel date: Mon 5th of June 2006

Lovely Holiday

5
Brilliant
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"This Luxury holiday site is great for all ages. The atmosphere is really nice and all staff are friendly and helpful. The spacious appartments are great for relaxing in. This quite resort offers nice entertainment and has a nice atmosphere in the small bar area. There are only 20 houses opened to holiday makers which makes this resort quiet and relaxing. Albufera is only about 3 kilometers away which is a lovely place to enjoy a nice drink and a bit of entertainment. The nearest beach is only about a tem minutes walk from Ponta Grande and is called Sao Raffel. This small beach is set in a rocky alcove with caves and tropical fish with plenty of holiday makers. Around the resort is a few small traditional Portugese restraunts with good quality food and a nice atmosphere. In the area there is places to go shopping and fun events like Zoo Marine or Slide and Splash. This holiday is great for kids as there is plenty to do in the hotel like playing in an enclosed pool area with a childrens poll when the adults can relax on the sunbeds . There is also a swing park which the children love. The two floored houses are extremely spacious and has 2 bathrooms it was great. From the O'Briens"

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  • Travel date: Fri 26th of May 2006

Gorgeous

5
Brilliant
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"A brilliant, spacious apartment with helpful bar staff and a friendly atmosphere. The villas are huge and should be classed as villas, as they are in no way apartments. I wasn't expecting such a brilliant place and I could of easily bought the villa outright and lived there if I had the money. Would hugely reccommend it to anyone considering visiting Portugal."

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  • Travel date: Wed 26th of October 2005

Long Term Stay

5
Brilliant
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"Would be really interested in hearing more about your long term stay in Ponta Grande App. and a long term stay in general. Anyone else have any info or suggestions...... it would be appreciated."

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  • Travel date: Mon 23rd of August 2004

Wonderful Holiday

5
Brilliant
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"What an excellent vacation here... even in January and February when we were there. The accommodations are excellent with large rooms and a very spacious terrace or balcony. Some have views of the Atlantic, but even without the view all are in a south-facing mode so everyone can enjoy the sun.

Although listed as a two-bedroom facility, we used one bedroom for storage of "stuff" for the month. Utensils were excellent.

Restaurants nearby are good...but we recommend having an automobile for the 4 km run into Albufeira.
Nice secluded beaches nearby, although the closest one is about 800 metres.

Staff are excellent and courteous; front desk area has a computer room with internet access.
We shall return!"

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  • Travel date: Tue 17th of August 2004

We'll be back!

5
Brilliant
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"We took a chance here - 4 weeks at a resort we had never been to before but we were really pleased with our choice. The apartment was great, so much room, the outside space had enough room for table, chairs and loungers and was a veritable sun trap which was brilliant as it was November/December at the time of our visit. The beds were really comfortable, there was everything we needed to be self-catering and an excellent restaurant for our lazy days. The staff were very friendly and helpful and the place was spotless. The grounds were immaculate. The entertainments manager was working her socks off to provide entertainment and special offers at a difficult time of the year and the Fados were great."

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  • Travel date: Wed 19th of December 2012

Rating breakdown

  • 3 Location
  • 4 Beach
  • 5 Room
  • 5 Pool
  • 5 Service
  • 5 Value
  • 3 Food
  • 5 Cleanliness
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