About Vila Gale Nautico

  • high speed internet in room
  • swimming pool
  • free internet
  • restaurant
  • bar lounge
  • fitness center
  • spa
  • suites
  • public wifi
  • wheelchair access
  • air conditioning
  • dry cleaning
  • non smoking rooms
  • laundry service
  • flatscreen tv
  • banquet room
  • family rooms
  • multilingual staff
  • breakfast buffet
  • airport transportation
  • outdoor pool
  • car hire
  • english amenities
  • french amenities
  • 24 hour front desk
  • game room
  • ironing service
  • massage
  • shops amenities
  • snack bar
  • sun loungers beach chairs
  • free breakfast
  • private balcony
  • sun umbrellas
  • bicycle rental
  • reduced mobility rooms
  • pool beach towels
  • spanish amenities
  • hot tub
  • heated pool
  • indoor pool
  • kids activities
  • poolside bar
  • kids club
  • portuguese amenities
  • paid public parking on site
  • safe

Reviews summary

( 1617 reviews)
  • 5 room
  • 3 pool
  • 5 beach
  • 5 service
  • 5 value
  • 5 food
  • 5 cleanliness

16 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog

family holiday

Reviewed Wed 22nd of July 2015

"Had ten gorgeous days at vila gale nautico nine of us age from 6 to 66 two birthdays which we celebrated at hotel .the hotel is spotless the rooms are cleaned everyday the pool bar is used as much as restaurant delicious food at cafe bar and restaurant staff lovely the only downside was entertainment really poor but would definitely return. "

Holiday details

  • Travel date: Tue 14th of July 2015

Rating breakdown

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

Just came back from a week here and was...

Reviewed Mon 9th of June 2008

"Just came back from a week here and was very disappointed. The Hotel was fine, good facilities and very professional and helpful staff. The breakfast buffet had good variety and the pool area and rooms were clean. However the resort of Armacao De Pere left alot to be desired. Its full of empty apartment blocks, covered in graffiti and nothing of interest to see or do. We walked for miles trying to find the quaint fishing village we had been promised only to find it just wasn't there! The shops bars and restuarants were very tatty and so quiet that none seemed worth visiting.
The reason for it being quiet was probabley because it was out of season but even so it doesn't excuse the graffiti and faded look of the town.
I wouldn't recommend this place to anyone its just too depressing. we will never book through Thomas Cook again and I doubt, visit Portugal."

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  • Travel date: Mon 9th of June 2008

I have just come back from my weeks holi...

Reviewed Sun 7th of October 2007

"I have just come back from my weeks holiday in Portugal in Armacao de Pera, at the Vila Gale Nautico hotel.

The hotel was excellent, food was very good, the people were very friendly they could not do enough for you; it was glorious weather there to. The hotel had a large swimming pool with plenty of sun loungers around the pool. They had some entertainment of an evening.

The restaurants are nearby only about 10 to 15 mins walk away. There are plenty to choose from and they are good value for your money.

All in all the whole holiday was relaxing and peaceful, so if you want partying all night do not chose this hotel, it is for couples and people who wish for a quieter holiday."

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  • Travel date: Sun 7th of October 2007

We spent a week at the Vila Gale Nautica...

Reviewed Fri 29th of June 2007

"We spent a week at the Vila Gale Nautical in Armacao de Pera. Depending on what room you get there can be some stunning views as the hotel is set in landscaped gardens.

The rooms are great very spacious and they have air con which is a must as the weather is hot in summer. The maids also keep the rooms spotless. I was disappointed to find that there was no mini fridge to keep things cool and I have to admit that this is the first place I have been to where there isn’t one.

The beach is quite a hike from the hotel, you have to cross a busy carriageway which is not good with children, and however once there it is lovely as there are lots of sand dunes which I had not expected.

We only had bed and breakfast booked and I am so glad as many people complained at the food at night although the breakfast was actually quite good. I think it was around about an extra £100 to upgrade to half board and most of the food was barely warm.

We found some great restaurants nearby, the best being The Water Dog which serves great English food at a reasonable price. There is also a beach hut where you can eat fresh fish but can’t think of its name but you can’t miss it.

I suppose I would go back to the resort but not the hotel as I had a few clashes with staff, which I found to be pretty rude in their attitude towards people."

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  • Travel date: Fri 29th of June 2007

Wish we were still there

Reviewed Fri 14th of December 2012

"We arrived at Vila Gale Nautico at 9pm on 23rd August, just getting dark but a lovely warm evening, followed instructions from Expedia, all went well until we got to Armacao De Pera where we could not locate the hotel, it turned out that we had driven past it and not realised because it is not really signposted and the hotel sign is not actually on top of the hotel, it is in fact in the middle overlooking restaurant and pool area.
Check in was quick and easy and a porter took our cases on a trolley for us as in his words it was confusing to find our room, initially perhaps but was ok after the first time. Requested a pool view and was not disappointed, had a view of pool and sea, plus the roadworks which were almost non existent, the workers arrived one morning looked at the work and never returned, but this is quite usual inPortugal.
The walls inthe rooms are pretty thin so you can hear the people next door but it is not a real problem, there are two resident seagulls who perch on top of the roof but never woke us in the morning, we also had a family of sparrows waiting for crumbs every day.
Room was comfy, air conditioning was a must as it was 37/38 every day.
We prebooked a fridge and was very pleased that we had. I just e.mailed the hotel to ask for one and they replied a couple of days later confirming the request, we paid for that and the safe on departure, I took a travel kettle for a cup if tea though as they do not supply tea making facilities.
Shower/bath water was hot and plentiful.
Breakfast was lovely, plenty of food, fruit was fresh every day apart from one day when they had tinned pineapple instead of fresh but I looked forward to the fruit while my husband and son had bacon eggs, toast etc. The only down side was the queue for the toaster, just one, and very slow.
Only had one evening meal which was at the Thursday BBQ, very nice it was too. Music each evening, including a karaoke night and folk dancing on Tuesday, I would say if you want an early night then ask for a room away from the dining area as this is where the music takes place. We were fortunate to be at the other end to the music.
Staff friendly, games room hot as the air con did not work. Pools lovely, kept spotlessly clean, we enjoyed the indoor pool when most people were at evening meal.
We hired a car at the airport and was able to park in a carpark opposite front of hotel.
Cleaning staff also very friendly, most days our lady arrived in the afternoon but then she did have an awful lot of rooms to clean.
The aerial view picture of the hotel that I had seen shows greenery all around, this is not the case, there are buildings around but it did not disturb us.
It is a residencial area and also the time we were there was during the Portuguese holidays so it was mainly Portuguese people that we holidayed with, this was a bonus as they were all very courteous and pretty quiet.
Beasch was great, clean and tidy. Hired sunbeds and canopies, it was essential. Lots of bars and restaurants nearby. Buses ran frequently but we had a car which I think is the best option. It is not a place to go clubbing or heavy drinking, instead its a good place to relax and chill out.
We would go back again, in fact we didnt want to leave."

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  • Travel date: Sat 3rd of September 2005

overall excellent but just a few points to improve

Reviewed Sun 25th of November 2012

"we stayed at this hotel from 21st to 28th July.


Staff were very friendly and always tried to help.

Food was about average.

Resort was very quiet but close to other more livelier towns. Resort suited to families.

Beach was lovely very clean

I would recommend "O pelintra" restaurant to eat for meals that are lovely 5 euros for two people to eat. Try the chicken with mushrooms. yum yum. Located near the supermarket.
It was nice to have an indoor pool and spa.


I would say this hotel was a 3+ rather than a 4*.
One thing that annoyed me was not having a fridge or minibar in room or water at the tables at breakfast. The glasses were so small it meant that you had to queue for water every 5mins. Also, although the rooms were cleaned were only cleaned at 4pm and not thourough, eg the cleaners sometimes forgot to clean the balcony area. This is the main reason why I have rated it 4/5 and not 5/5. Also a few more activities could have been fun, we played volley ball and thats it.

The building works are really not a problem.

Buy a tourist pass for 20 euros to explore the algarve there is a lot to see.
Our experience was a pleasant holiday. Would recommend this holiday. Clubbers visit albrufreira."

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  • Travel date: Mon 1st of August 2005

Absolutely faultless stay

Reviewed Fri 14th of December 2012

"Spent two weeks at the hotel, couldn't fault the hotel, facilities, cleanliness, service or the food. I would certainly strongly recommend this hotel. Perhaps better signage would make it easier to find, although the directions given were spot on."

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  • Travel date: Tue 26th of July 2005

4 Night Stay

Reviewed Fri 26th of October 2012

"Before booking we were unable to choose between this hotel, and the Garbe which is 500m along the coast. Funnily enough due to an Expedia booking error, we actually had to stay in the Garbe for the first 2 nights as Expedia had only booked our last 2 nights at the Gale Nautico.

The pool area at the Gale Nautico is fantastic, spotless and always being cleaned. Also has other great facilities such as Table Tennis, a Pool table, Gym, Spa, Indoor Pool and Kids entertainment. The reception area is also spotless with great service. However, the rooms were quite noisy and not as well equipped as the Garbe which also had, in our opinion, a better restaurant. The Garbe was right on the beach where-as you have to cross a main road to reach it from the Gale Nautico.

To summarise, both hotels were excellent especially for the money and even now we couldn't choose between them! Try the lovely home made food at the Waterdog pub. Also, the Clipper restaurant is also excellent."

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  • Travel date: Mon 18th of July 2005

"A holiday to remember with wonderful food"

Reviewed Sun 25th of November 2012

"An excellent hotel, with great service, wonderful hard working staff especially the restaurant staff, great for children. My son lived at the pool, which is beautifully laid out, and it has a very nice warm indoor pool. The staff was always willing to fulfil our needs and help us in any way. There is so much more I could say but I just want to thank Vile Gale Nautico for a truly memorable wonderful stay."

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  • Travel date: Mon 18th of July 2005

first impressions

Reviewed Mon 17th of December 2012

"The hotel was very clean and the rooms were ample sized. We had a double room with pool and sea view and paid only £40 per night for 9 nights. The breakfast was excellent, really good choice and the fresh fruit was superb. Bit crowded round 9am, but when we went earlier it was much less crowded. Gym wasn't up to much and the indoor pool smelt, but the outside pool was kept clean and was well used by everyone. Pool snack bar offered wide range of food at reasonable prices, comparible to in the town. There was a lot of road works going on just outside the hotel and lots of other building work nearby. The resort itself was not our cup of tea. High rise scruffy apartments and the pavements covered in dog dirt. Beach side was fine though, and there are some good restaraunts. Clippers is well worth a visit or two. The old town is quaint with windy streets and good choice of shops and bars etc. Buses run to main resorts regularly, beware if you go Albefeira on bus, the walk from the terminus is quite long and in the heat is tiresome. Would we go again? To the hotel yes, if they picked it up and moved it somewhere else! To Armacoa de Pera? No."

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  • Travel date: Mon 18th of July 2005

Can get too noisy at late nites and early mornings

Reviewed Sat 20th of October 2012

"I stayed at the hotel vila gale nautico.in armacao dse pera. algarve. for a week from 26the june,2005. The hotel location,and room service were good.Though I must say I was rather disappointed by the lack of proper insulation in between room,as on most mornings I was woken up my people next doors T.V. especially have had a late night out the night before,on most nights I could hardly get any sleep. Also the bleeding seagulls were such a racket,at 5 in the morning ,hoping to get some food from the pool area breakfast tables,which was another annoying thing.

But hotel itself was not too bad. Mind you they did play lound live music every nigth till 1 AM, which was annoying at times too."

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  • Travel date: Mon 18th of July 2005

really enjoyable stay

Reviewed Tue 18th of December 2012

"Clean, good location, friendly staff, nice pool, everything needed for a weeks stay in the Algarve.

Highly recomend it to other travellers."

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  • Travel date: Sat 16th of July 2005

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