53 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"Just arrived back from Dunas. We stayed for 2 weeks, loved Alvor it has everything you could need and more. The apartment we stayed in was below our expectations. The kids beds (one of which was dangerous, one of the legs only had one screw in, and the shower head was split which fired all over the bathroom when showering) both of which we reported to the staff the day after we arrived, they were never fixed. The curtains had holes in them and the lighting was poor only one energy bulb in bedroom and no light shade. The fridge handle had broken off which made it hard to open much to our amusement with our teenagers. The bath bottom was scratched and dirty the sink had underlying cracks and a few days before departing the drains started to leak, these apartments need some serious TLC and with some little finishing touches would be great. The only bonus was their location only 10 minutes from beach and 5 minutesfrom the center of Akvor, large pool with grassed area in case you can't get a sun bed and the great bars next to them Cactos11 and Pic Nic, Cactos at â¬1 a pint at Happy hour."
- Travel date: Mon 1st of September 2014
The BEST place in whole wide world!!!!!
"We stay at the Dunas twice a year...each for 2 weeks...Eduardo and his staff are absolutely fabulous...nothing is too much trouble....the Cactos II bar with Mark, Ali, Helen, Lynne, Dan and Jane is the friendliest joint in the village.Your on holiday to enjoy yourself and thats what you'll do here. It has a fabulous swimming pool, it is clean and tidy and comfortable and we think pretty amazing.Thomson Reps especially Claire are amazing ...they are always ready with some sort of witty banter...great to make your holiday even more personal. Can't rate this place high enough."
- Travel date: Fri 25th of May 2012
Great location shame about the Cactos
"Second time visitor this year, first was great we had a private apartment in the quiet area of the complex. If you go with Thomsons, you'll get a lesser room within nightly earshot of the Cactos bar. No escape EVERY NIGHT till midnight, hope you like Dire Straits and Hotel California cause after listening to them from the Cactos every night you have no choice. If you fancy the odd early night in forget it. "
- Travel date: Thu 21st of July 2011
Lovely Lovel Alvor â¥
"This is the forth time we have been back to the Dunas Apts, and can honestly say it will probably be the last. We love Alvor and everything about it. Would recommend Georgets restaurant Drakes for an excellant breakfast which is good value for money. The Pic-Nic bar for the fantastic chicken Salads The Black Stove for some Irish entertainment especially with Keith who has great craic with everyone. Not forgetting the Cactus 2 every year Mark and Ali never fail to make everyone feel welcome. Mark your Simply Red song was brilliant!!!! Unfortunately I have to agree with the last review as regards the apartments. I noticed the cleaning was not up to the usual standards especially with the changing towels and bed linen. The majority of the sunbeds were broken, and there was not enough to go round. These Apts are advertised as a 3* but if they are not careful and dont spend a little bit of money to bring it back up to a decent standard, it will fall down to a 2* which would be ashame as they are located in a prime position."
- Travel date: Sun 5th of September 2010
"We arrived here on the crest of a heat wave (wished we'd had aircon, but hired fans)! Apartments are spacious but the room is not used to it's best (they could of been 2 bedooms, if better thoughtout). Everything you need but no oven (which would have been handy for pizza etc). Had a problem with towels didn't seem to want to change them!I think like most places they were feeling the pinch (well thats how it felt!). And I must say that is totally the moans out of the way. Well that can't be bad! We had a great holiday lovely food, plenty to see if you want to, we didn't, had had a big holiday in USA the year before and needed a rest that we got and plenty of it! Even the kids had a great time (two teenagers) walked into the wonderful harbour and ate then back to the Cactos 2 bar for a drink with Mark and Ali, lovely people (some comments made are misleading) they are a lovely couple who make EVERYBODY feel soooooooooo welcome and introduce you to everyone Oh! by where you come from! Fab, would we go again CAN'T wait gonna book as soon as even me kids want to go straight back! I've travelled to many countries I think you'd be hard pushed to find a better country"
- Travel date: Sun 29th of August 2010
"Just returned from a fantastic week in Alvor, in my opinion best resort on the Algarve. We have been 4 times now and have seen quite a bit of developement in the area so it is more commercialised now than it was our first couple of visits.
We stayed at the Dunas apartments this time and were amazed, after reading the other reviews prior to our visit to the Dunas, that we had our pick of sunbeds and brollies. Apparently the owner of half of the rooms is putting them up for sale so many were empty at the time. The rep did admit that usually there would be a crowd chasing the beds.
We found the staff very friendly and helpful. The room was very spacious and cleaned daily. We overlooked the inside square and pool. We were not disturbed at all by dogs or noise from the bars (but admit we came in late most nights!) Our balcony was very small however. We had housemartins nesting over our patio doors and we enjoyed watching them flying in and out to feed their young.
The kitchen had microwave, elec. kettle, toaster and the usual pots and pans.
The only thing really needed was air conditioning as it was a very hot week. We managed to rent an electric fan which did help considerably.
I highly recommend Alvor. Loads of really nice restaurants and friendly bars. "
- Travel date: Mon 29th of June 2009
"The rating is for the Cactos Bar, not Dunas. We found an apartment close by after getting few up with being given the road view/dog chorus apartment, but still go the Cactos for a pre/post dinner drink. Good fun, warm welcome and an ideal place to relax (even if he is a scouser!)
We`ll be back in Sept/Oct again."
- Travel date: Tue 19th of May 2009
"OK, so it's not perhaps the best hotel in the world. But we had a great week. If I went back to the Algarve, I would want to go back to that hotel. It was clean, tidy, recently refurbished, but otherwise nothing to write home about. Nothing to complain about either.
We had a room overlooking the road, and to be honest, it was prefereable to looking toward the pool. We used to sit out on the balcony, looking towards the lights of Lagos. Yes, the dogs barked a bit, and yes the odd car went past, and yes, sometimes, a group got a little loud in one of the local bars. But it did not spoil the holiday.
The great thing about the hotel, and the one reason why I would go back was its location. It is so close to Alvor centre that you have a great choice of snack bars and restaurants. However, you are also walking distance to the beach, and its miles of sand. The pool was too cold to use, and so there was not a lot to do with the kids at the hotel. Having the beach nearby to tire them out was just what was needed.
I think Alvor is great. I love the choice of food on offer, and would recommned Ze Morgadinho Tebarna on the habour front. Sardines are fantastic, cataplanas are wonderful (although one would do between three, not the sugested two).
We drove through Portimao, Praia da Rocha, and Albufeira, and they were not as nice as Alvor; there were so many more hotels. Alvor is not perfect, and there are some parts of the hotel zone that look, to be honest, like a bombsite. However, the UK is not much better.
I would certainly recommend the hotel, and would like to go back, not so much as for the hotel itself, but where it was. It was a great holiday."
- Travel date: Mon 27th of October 2008
this is the 3rd time i have visited port...
"this is the 3rd time i have visited portugal this year and staying the dunas apartments each time i love the complex it is quite and really good for families i have been with my family and also my friend and loved each holiday and the place alvor more each time i go gutted the season is coming to an end and that means i wont be going until next year. The apartmens are basic but they have got all the basic amenties that you will need the maids come in most days to clean and make your beds.
Now found that the pic-nic bar food wasn't very nice a bit greasy for my liking but i did find another little gem it's called marco's which is owned by mark and jackie and i would recommend it to anyone the food is gorgeous and the people who own marco's are so friendly nothing is too much trouble it is a gorgeous little resturant but make sure you book because they can get quite busy. especially in the high seansons
Another little bar is the cactos bar it is a lovely place next to the pic-nic bar were it has got mark singing everynight and he is very good i would recommend you visit it. It is a friendly place and they make you feel at home mark and his wife ali are lovely and make you feel welcome from the firt mintue you get there.
- Travel date: Fri 12th of September 2008
these apartments were spacious and clean...
"these apartments were spacious and clean, staff pleasant, pool very good(apart from putting towels down at 09.00)bars and restraunts downstairs were great for all you need for poolside, food very good from pic-nic bar and cactus 2 bar,
mark and ali in the cactus 2 bar were great, really friendly and help you as much as they can, unfortunately we witnessed a person having a heart attack, ali was absolutely brilliant,from sprinting to alert reception, to going with the husband to hospital and being their for him, she also taxied the husband around for a couple of days after it happenned till all was confirmed she was good and well.(more medical grounds coverded i won't go into)well done ali.
mark, ali's husband was a great entertainer, he would work his shift during the day then don his guitar and vocal chord at night from 9.15ish, the songs and patter from him from the off were just what you needed on holiday, he makes all-comers into the bar part of the entertainment with hilariuous results, I must add mark is very good on vocals and guitar, very repetitive, but hey, very good entetainment, cactus 2 bar does a mean pint of super bock(in a frozen glass)aahhh.
mark recommended a few restraunts to us and all were great, one we found, mister alvor's, round the corner from the dunas, absolutely one not to miss.
will definately return to dunas and enjoy another relaxed and entertaining holiday.
Mr Stirling(drummer) "
- Travel date: Wed 16th of July 2008
my wife and myself have stayed at...
" my wife and myself have stayed at these apartments for the last 6 years
they are a great base to explore the area ie just a few minutes from the beach and the village.
they are cleaned every day except tuesdays no heating if it is cold but we dont worry as we only sleep there
we would not stay anywhere else we have made a lot of friends in the area.
please try them by the way the staff at reception are great nothing is to much trouble "
- Travel date: Wed 2nd of July 2008
Apartments were lovely The evening ente...
"Apartments were lovely
The evening entertainment at the cactos 2 bar was fantastic, mark and ali were great and very friendly. And the bar staff were excellent, would definately recommend people to go there who are coming to portugal.
All take care from the leeds lot."
- Travel date: Sat 21st of June 2008