6 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Good service but expensive and lacking culture
"We have just returned from a 2 week holiday in a two bed roomed villa at Monte de Quinta. We had never been to the Algarve before, but having had two great holidays in the Greek Islands we thought we would have a change. We were looking for a resort providing villas for flexibility and privacy close to a beach and with a kids club for our 5 year old son, Monte Da Quinta seemed to fit the bill. We returned feeling disappointed with our choice.
The entire Quinta do Largo area seems to be the Knightsbridge of the Algarve, with prices to match, which on occasion left us reeling, â¬4 for a Cornetto ice cream at the clubhouse being one example. There appear to be quite a few rich people with villas in this area and all the prices for everyday things seem to reflect this.
The 2 bedrooms "villas" in Monte Da Quinta are actually terraced houses, they are spacious inside and well equipped, but they are all directly set onto the road that circumnavigates the âvillageâ and each villaâs garden is a small affair surrounded by other gardens, leading to a distinct lack of privacy, we could hear every word spoken by the families in the three adjacent gardens when outside, and were overlooked by several villas. It felt quite claustrophobic, the view from the garden was a hedge and other villas, the view from the master bedroom was of other gardens and rooftops and the view from the front of the house was the houses on the other side of the street.
The beach although advised as within walking distance is not really when you have a hot and tired 5 year old in tow, so you do need a car, especially if you want to take any refreshments with you as the only restaurant on the beach is the rather expensive Gigiâs for which you need to book in advance. Also note that there is a â¬15 charge for a bed and umbrella on the beach, so you might like to take one of your own.
The entire area seems to be very artificial, it was a struggle to find any restaurants serving traditional Portuguese food as they all seems to focus on more British and Irish tastes but I guess we should have realised this when we booked, but having never spent time in a golfing resort before we were probably being a bit naÃ¯ve.
This is not all a moan though, there are some good points. The kids club was well equipped and all the staff spoke English, a half day sessions at â¬25 without lunch were reasonable if not a bargain, and our son enjoyed himself whenever he went there. The kids club also offered daily options for older children (normally 6+) to partake in outside activates such as tennis or snorkelling lessons and a visit to the nearby theme park Zoomarine, although these were at a higher price
There was a special childrenâs evening at the club house with a SHREK theme which was very enjoyable, in a way it was a shame that the club did not do more things at the clubhouse like that. As otherwise it was just a rather unimaginative, burger, pizza and pasta bar in the evening.
The service was very good, any issues we had were dealt with quickly and with a smile and the free golf cart service around the resort was a novelty our son loved
If like us you were hoping to experience the real Portugal then the Quinta Do Largo area should not be your first choice. If on the other hand you have money to spare, want sunshine, nice accommodation, good service and do not wish to experience another countryâs culture then this could be the ideal place."
- Travel date: Fri 15th of August 2008
"We stayed here for 2 weeks this August in a 3 bedroom villa. The house was even roomier than the pictures on the website suggest -- it was heaven! Lovely decor, very well maintained, beautiful garden. The daily maid service was much more than a quick straightening of the bed -- she actually vacuumed, mopped, cleaned out the BBQ etc every day! Made my holiday!
The only tiny gripes I have about this place is the daily scramble for sunbeds at the pool: arrive too late and there are none left. Also: there are no towels at the pool so you have to carry the towels from your house back and forth. Coming back, when they are wet and heavy, this can get quite annoying.
Another slightly disappointing thing was the Kids Club. It says it's until 12 yrs old -- but the room is quite small, and certainly boys above 8 would not be able to stay in there for longer than one hour! (I guess girls might like to do some crafts and such for a longer period of time...) They don't take the kids out for any activities or excursions (except on a Friday morning to the lake), they don't even take them into the pool. A bit of a pity.
We're a bit worried what will happen when the hotel opens -- it might get much more crowded. It's fantastic as it is now, and we will be back!"
- Travel date: Mon 3rd of September 2007
Excellent, but be warned!
"A lovely resort with the luxury of your own town house or villa. We rented a 4 bed villa with my parents and our 20 month old son. The villa was gorgeous, with all mod con facilities you could wish for. It was immaculate, and the maids come in daily to clean, change towels, and make beds etc. The pool and gardens are wonderful.
Only warning .. unfortunately my mum slipped in the shower whilst reaching for the towels ( they are far out of reach!) and broke her shoulder. So, please be careful on that one .. best to get out of the shower, then go for the towles!
Quinta shopping in very easy reach, along with restaurants also. A very quiet and family orientated place ... would highly reccommend Monte if you have a family. We shall definitely book again."
- Travel date: Sat 7th of July 2007
a great holiday - loved it
"we stayed at monte da quinta for 2 weeks in august last year. We hired a 2 bed town house with its own plunge pool. The house was really spacious and beautifully decked out with every modern convenience available. The back garden was really well looked after and although small it was pretty private with nice sunbeds and best of all a plunge pool which was the perfect size for our 5 year old.
The whole complex is incredibly well manicured with large villas and town houses well arranged and looked after. It is the first time I have managed to find a villa that is of such a high standard in the med. Think Florida and think better! You will not be disappointed at all.
The pool complex has some fab views and a wonderful childrens club with caring staff. Our little boy popped in and out throughout our holiday. The sunbeds do go quickly by 9.30am so you have to be up early for them. I thought the food was great in the resaurant along with the service although it is very quiet in there. We ate there a few times and didn't see any other diners. I have no idea why. The only thing I can think of is that everyone is enjoying their beautiful villa so much they didn't want to move from it.
In all we had a great holiday and I would thoroughly recommend this resort to anyone but especially families."
- Travel date: Tue 6th of February 2007
"Just returned from a wonderful holiday at Monte da Quinta club.
Prior to having children, we were used to staying in 5* luxurious hotels and now really struggle to find something of this standard that is suitable for or young children and our needs alike. This place is perfect. We had a fantastic 5 bed villa - excellently decorated and highly equipped. The villa was a really good size; all bedrooms were on suite and most had a dressing room also. The villa had a really good size swimming pool and lovely garden furniture. The villas have complimentary towels, bathrobes & toiletries.
The complex's communal swimming pool is nice and well used by families. The childrenâs club, located at the main swimming pool is excellent with very good nannies which can also be booked for babysitting in the evening. We had a baby sitter every third night so that we could go out and enjoy the many fantastic restaurants near by. (The French restaurant at the top of the hill passed Victory Village is superb as is GiGiâs on the beach!)
I agree with a previous review that the Italian restaurant within the complex could be a little better - it lacks a little in atmosphere and the food is just ok. The complex is currently rated as 4*, if they wanted to achieve 5* then I think the complex really need to look at the dining facilities as everything else is of an excellent standard.
There is a sanitary works just down the road and occasionally you may get a small waft of it but on the whole it is hardly noticeable.
The resort is not cheap, nor is the area â itâs very upmarket and has shops such as Hugo Boss in Quinta da Lago shopping complex.
The Portuguese are very friendly and helpful.
We would highly recommend it and we will defiantly return. The standard is high and a joy to take our children to. Why is there not more good 5* quality family resorts??"
- Travel date: Wed 11th of October 2006
"We booked 10 nights on 16th August 2006, through Scott Dunn to go with my husband and I and our two young boys, aged three and a half and two years. We stayed in a two bedroomed town house which was beautiful. The accommodation is self-catering but the house is cleaned daily by a maid. The kitchen was fully equipped and the bedrooms and the whole accommodation was lovely. Each house/villa has a pool and we had a plunge pool which was fine for our two young boys to play in. Due to the size of the development, if you don't want to walk to the pool, then you can just call a buggy to take you between your house and the pool, which are very quick. The pool area is good with a restaurant there too. Be warned though that you have to get down there early to grab a sunbed! The whole development is beautiful - the villas are stunning and the gardens are kept perfectly. It's a good location too for golf lovers as there is a golf course every five minutes nearby! Only criticism is their cafe - the pizzas weren't very nice but we only ordered one of these on the night we arrived and didn't bother again!
Would thoroughly recommend it and would go back again!"
- Travel date: Wed 13th of September 2006