Formosa Park Hotel & Apartments
7 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Formosa Park Hotel a hidden gem
"Almancil - The Formosa Park Hotel , Algarve, Portugal
Date - 9th July 2006
Reviewer - Accountant, Belfast, Northern Ireland
We have just returned from 2 weeks at the Formosa Park Hotel near Almancil Algarve. There were 3 of us, my wife & I and 10 year old son. Our holiday objectives were to combine some heathly sun with a few games of golf and to stay in clean comfortable accomodation and to enjoy good food in the evenings.- with some shopping thrown in.
The Formosa delivered in every respect. This is a relatively new complex and it certainly looked new. The rooms are spacious and spotlessly clean. The is a comprehensive maid service every day. Our room had a kitchenette for cooking and a refrigerator for storing drinks and food stuff. This is wonderful as you may wish to give the rich restaurant food a break . It is also very convenience to have ice cold drinks without having to pay hotel prices. The room had a good TV with cable, Safe and excellent balcony. The bathrooms were again spacious and well finished.
We have stayed in many 5star properties that could learn from the Formosa's attention to detail. Everything worked, no faults and the staff and I do mean everyone of the staff we encountered could not have been more pleasant or helpful. The staff can make or break a hotel and the staff at the Formosa certainly enhance the experience
The pool is really clean and a good size for both children and adults.The Praia de Ancao beach is a short walk from the Hotel through a wooded area and it is absolutely fabulous. Blue Flag and guarded by lifeguards. Beds to hire are expensive, but to walk this uncrouded beach is a delight. It stretches for miles and is fine sand without shingle and really very clean.
The food at the Formosa was exceptional. The breakfast was first class with an excelent fruit selection. lunchtime snacks slightly pricy but again good quality. Evening a la carte menu somewhat limited if you were staying full board for two weeks but the quality was amongst the best hotel food we had experienced.
The hotel is remote enough to feel totally isolated. You will need to hire a car to get to Almancil and surrounding sites. There is no local supermarket but the main shopping complex La Quinta shopping is excellent with some fine restaurants and shops and only 5 mins drive from the hotel. Faro Shopping if you want a mall shopping experience is only 15 mins drive and the main road into Faro
The Hotel is linked to the Pinheiros Altos Golf resort and this is a treat to play. â¬45 for a round booked through the hotel. great value for this course.
Everyone in the family was delighted with the facilities, food an leisure activities.
We would have no hesitation on returning to the Formosa and indeed would commend it highly to prospective travellers"
- Travel date: Sat 8th of July 2006
"We have just returned from a week at the Formosa Park Hotel where we had an excellent holiday. When we arrived we were told they were upgrading us to a 2 bedroom apartment (we had booked a one bed for 3 adults). The apartment was very spacious, extremely clean and had a large balcony. The 2 bedrooms are at the opposite ends of the suite and each have their own bathrooms. There is a separate kitchen with large fridgefreezer, toaster, hob etc
The breakfast was very good and we were only sorry that we decided to have dinner in the restaurant the evening before we left because the food and service were top class. Had we eaten dinner there sooner, we would have gone there a few more nights! The pool is lovely and there is a smaller pool for the children. There is also a playground for the children located away from the pool area. Nearby there is a fantastic beach and a great selection of restaurants, including 2 or 3 Michelin star locations. It is advisable to hire a car to travel around the area, particularly to Vale de Lobo and Quinta do Lago which are both lovely areas.
I would highly recommend this location for people with young families or for couples looking for a relaxing holiday. We definitely plan to go back!"
- Travel date: Sat 24th of June 2006
"We only had one night at the Ria Formosa Park Hotel but wished we had stayed a lot longer. This is a place I would highly recommend but you will need a car if you wish to look around the area. The beach is close to the hotel and is just a short walk through the nature reserve. We will definitely be back if they keep their prices reasonable. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The taxi they called for us was very good and comfortable and only 30 euros to Albufeira. We didn't have much time to look around so cannot comment on the area except that the beach is very long, flat and very clean - great for walkers!"
- Travel date: Sat 15th of October 2005
"This was an absolutely marvelous experience for my wife and I and for our family ages from 12 - 24. we were not aware of the hotel but when we described what we wanted to our travel agent they recommended it.
The hotel is situated among pine trees just 5 minutes walk from the fabulous beach in a quiet location yet only a short taxi ride to the bustling shopping centre at quinta do lago and the night spots of Val de Lobo - very safe for kids of all ages. It has access to the private members golf club of Pinheros Altos at reduced green fee rates. Whether you want to chill out, be active or play golf the Formosa has everything. Restaurant is excellent for dinner and not overpriced. The 2 bedroom 2 bathroom suites are perfect for a family of 5 or two couples. There is a large lounge and balcony between the bedrooms. Wonderful! We booked it with Fairways and Holidays 02897511232 who were very helpful."
- Travel date: Sun 4th of September 2005
"We have travelled to the Algarve many times, always over the Xmas period and we've always stayed in the Almancil area, normally in Quinta do Lago or nearby. Over the years, we have sampled so many hotels, apartments etc..., most of which were above average and of good standard. It was therefore pleasantly surprisingly to discover the Formosa Park Hotel which I believe was built just over 2 years ago. The complex consists of just under 80 1 to 2 bedroom apartments which are beautifully furnished, spacious and conveniently located 400 yards from the beach. The facilities include a large swimming pool and a children's play area, all set in a mature and nicely landscaped garden setting. The service in the restaurant, whether at breakfast time or dining in the evening, was superlative, which in many ways, typified the friendliness of the Portuguese people. The staff on reception were abundantly warm and genuinely friendly. And to cap it all, for a 4 star hotel, the prices were very reasonable. The only downside is the hotel closes for 3 weeks in December and reopens on 27th. As we tend to travel on 26th, it means we have to stay the 1st night in a different hotel."
- Travel date: Tue 18th of January 2005
"We have just returned from the Formosa Hotel.Fantastic hotel great location,short walk through the nature reserve to a lovely beach where sun beds will be waiting.A car is essential if you want to explore the Algarve.Cant wait to return again next year."
- Travel date: Sat 2nd of October 2004
A great choice
"I've stayed in tons of places in Algarve and this was one of the best considering quality and price. I've stayed there in August when it was crowded and had a wonderful stay.
The staff is very competent and friendly. The suites are quite spacious and confortable, a little bit to the pretentious side but still very livable. It's just a small stroll to the beach and it is a beautiful beach. Breakfast is excelent. Regarding the price it is indeed perfect. Quiet, everything in perfect shape. A family place with a small pool for the kids and a playground. The elevators are also convenient for people with small children.
The not so impecable side to it:
- the decoration although trendy is in fact of poor taste;
- as in Quinta do Lago "next door", you are in a touristic resort, they are all the same wherever you go;
- the beach chairs are not located in the beach near the hotel, but in fact in another beach that you either walk for half an hour or take the car for a minute;
- we had to wait on arrival for about 4 hours, they gave us access to the pool, we decided to go for lunch and shopping because we didn't have our swimming suits on and would need to unpack, they did give us a complimentary fruit basket and ofered us a coffee while we were waiting for the first hour;
- everything is very expensive at the hotel, so we never ate there, we either had dinner out or cooked, something like 15/20 euros for a normal spaghetti with tomato sauce...
I would come back, regardless."
- Travel date: Sat 7th of August 2004