86 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Booked through Budget Holidays.com and g...
"Booked through Budget Holidays.com and got a bargain at Â£700 for four of us in the school holidays. We had the services of Thomson reps, transfers etc. which surprised me - thought weâd be on our own. Apartments were a bit lived in but spacious, we were opposite the reception, which was noisy, when the coaches arrived early in the morning. (We arrived from Teesside at about 10 p.m. and left at 11.00 am which was reasonably civilised.)
Didnât use the hotel facilities much, we were out and about around the area in a hire car. (Â£130 for a Ford Focus for five days - Avis booked in advance). Loved Lagos, Caldas de Monchique, Cape St. Vincent and the drive up to (and view from) Foia. Alvor itself is brilliant - at the moment. The ugly hotels are going up all around.
Tried a different restaurant in the village every night and tried to keep to the Portuguese type of food. Discovered I loved the cheapo house red wine at about four quid a bottle (cheaper in the shops) which kept the prices down. Meals generally between 40-50 euros for four with wine. Weather disappointing, 20 degrees C most of the time. Braved the sea a couple of times and found it warmer than the sea around Britain in the summer, but only just.
Will definitely go back to the Algarve when it's warmer, either Lagos or Alvor again."
- Travel date: Thu 30th of September 2004
It took 50 mins to transfer, but was wel...
"It took 50 mins to transfer, but was well worth it. The site has well kept gardens and the rooms are neat and tidy, the site is quiet but has a lively pool area with bar and supervised games for the kids every day.
Very friendly helpful staff on call 24 hours and all the reps are very visible, helpful and approachable. Alvor is 10 minutes walk away with few touts. Most of the restaurants serve a variety of meat and fish and cater for all tastes including vegetarian.
The beaches are 15-20 minutes walk, but are well worth the effort because they are spotlessly clean and safe although the sea can be a little rough for small children. Most of the locals speak English and the supermarkets stock a lot of typical English food."
- Travel date: Mon 31st of May 2004
This complex offers very little for chil...
"This complex offers very little for children or anyone without a bus pass. A cold swimming pool, lack of facilities for children, and ill suited rooms for couples with children all add to the sense that you are in a retirement home.
If you require a double bed for yourself or your wife you must request one!!!! Lots of steep marble steps, so if you do go with children request a lower floor apartment.
Uses of the microwave blows the fuses, sockets hanging off the walls and a hotdog served at the pool restaurant had green mould on it (yummy).
Childrenâs playground consists of a small sanded area (which the many stray cats and dogs use as a latrine) with broken see-saw a push along car (on sand) and a small playhouse.
The bar evenings offer bingo, raffles, karaoke and live music, we could not tear our toddlers away.
All in all better than sticking needles in your eyes, just."
- Travel date: Mon 1st of March 2004