Vitor's Village Resort
9 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"We had a fab time. The waiters were really good at their job
By Laura Allison
P.S.the pool was cool"
- Travel date: Tue 19th of August 2008
"Just back from a lovely week at Vitors. We booked through First Choice and as it was my first holiday as a single parent I was a bit skeptical, also not having been on a package holiday since having children, however I needn't have worried....Everything went very smoothly. We did have a long journey from the airport to the resort owing to the fact that the driver got lost a couple of times! We weren't too worried as we knew we probably wouldn't be able to get in to our apartment straight away. We arrived at Vitors about 2 (after a 2 hour journey) and told we would have to wait about half an hour for our apartment. We had a bite to eat at the snack bar and enjoyed the views. The apartment, as mentioned in previous reports, was contemporary, clean and comfortable, although fairly compact! Probably not equipped for cooking for a family every day....It was cleaned every day and sheets, towels, etc changed. We found all the staff very friendly and helpful and really have no complaints about the complex at all. The shop we found had a limited variety of food, especially fruit and veg but it's only a small shop and difficult to cater for all tastes. We did wander up to E Leclerc one day (it took us about 20 minutes slow walk). I recommend a coffee in the little cafe (80 cents for a coffee with milk - as opposed to 2.20 at Vitors). Most days we ate out in the evening and apart from our first night we had some lovely meals. The Portrade on the square, run by a british couple, was the only place we wouldn't recommend. Probably as it has such a prime location they rely on that and don't worry too much about the quality of the food. We thought it overpriced and poor quality. We went to the Pizza restaurant just off the square one night (we had to book), it was extremely busy and we had to wait a long time for our pizzas but they were really nice. Just across from the square is Toc Toc which we would also recommend, especially if you're hungry! The potions are huge. I had a squid kebab which was served with rice, chips and salad....Very good value for money. (Also very busy). Our favorite was O Velho Novo which was just up from Toc Toc and around the corner. The menu, although quite basic, offered good value for money, the staff were also very friendly. My son enjoyed the chocolate mousse (homemade and only 2 euros). We also ate once at Purple, again the staff were very friendly and we had a really lovely meal here too.
We booked, though First Choice, to go to Slide and Splash, we later found that we could have booked the same trip with the hotel and saved ourselves 10 euros! It was extremely busy with huge queues for the slides and also in the cafes. By the time we arrived by mini bus it was about 12 and then we were picked up again at 5. Probably not one we would recommend. Also there is very little shade and the when queuing you're in full sun.
One day we took the little ferry on the harbour over to Praia Da Rocha, the return trip cost 6 euros per adult and he came and picked us up when we asked. We then went on a boat to watch the Dolphins. This was quite an experience. The sea was really rough, however, and quite frightening on the boat!! As the sea was so rough we actually stayed quite close to the shore and went right along to the end of the Algarve so got some lovely views of the coastline. We then went straight out to sea and came across the dolphins, which was lovely, before a very fast, rough journey back! Not one for the faint hearted!
We also enjoyed our days by the pool and i think as long as you got out by 9 you would be ok for a bed and parasol. We never found the pool itself over busy although once people had beds they seemed to keep hold of them all day (some people disappeared off for hours leaving their towels in place). Usually we found by about 4.00/5.00 people started to drift away and there was plenty of choice. Overall we really enjoyed our holiday and would recommend this complex.
Another plus ....we didn't encounter a single mosquito! It must be a first holiday without a single bite!"
- Travel date: Sun 17th of August 2008
Fantastic holiday had at Vitors
"We just got back from Vitors village yesterday and all wish we were still there. The apartments are really nice, contained everything you need and are clean, although the kitchen area in the apartments give to first choice customers are a little on the small side meaning it is quite difficult for 2 people to try to do anything at the same time but this is ok as it meant I could just let Hubby do all the cooking. It also had to be kept tidy as there was no room for leaving things out but this was fine by us.
There were 4 of us in our 1 bedroomed apartment and it was fine, plenty of room for chilling when not by pool or in bar. Double bed settee is fairly comfortable and the kids slept very well in the beds so they must have been fine too. TV very nice but you do get fed up of BBC world news after 2 days, but who goes on holiday to watch T.V?
Pools and surrounding areas are lovely, bottom pool cooler than top one as it gets sun later and jacuzzi doesn't always work but spent many a happy hour next to the pools and loved every minute. The double beds around the pool are fab although you can stick to them if you are nut totally on your towel. Sun loungers are good, but beware arms on these get really hot. Is a bit of a rush for beds in the morning but any towels left lying around unattended first thing do get removed so ok up til around 8.45am.
Restaurant Purple on sight is lovely, great food and wonderful staff, ate here 4 times and was never disappointed.
Skyline bar is great, top tip is to go at happy hour between 6pm and 7.30pm and save 40% off all drinks (we worked our way through the cocktail list at least twice and had countless jugs of sangria. Lying on the bed on the bar terrace and looking up at the stars is so lovely. The bar staff Marco and Carlos were great really friendly and helped to make our holiday a fab 1 (try speaking a little portuguese to them they really appreciate it).
Entertainment not wonderful but ok for a laugh, karaoke not one of my favourite things anyway but Ray the live singer is good.
The resort itself is ok not much going on, we hired a car so got out and about a bit. I think maybe 2 weeks without a car might not be so good but a week would be fine.
Staff on reception all friendly enough and staff in shop nice especially the man whos name I can't remember who also appreciates peolpe trying to speak Portugese.
I could probably go on forever as we had a great time so if anyone has any questions don't hesitate to ask.
By the way 1 minor problem is the walls aren't particularly thick so if you have noisy neighbours this is not great and the crickets like tio be very noisy at night but in no way did this spoil our holiday adn we will consider going back in a few years after trying out other locations."
- Travel date: Mon 11th of August 2008
'ideal for a lazy do nothing holiday'
"We were very apprehensive about this holiday as it hadn't been finished when we booked it so only had an artists impression to go by and no reviews. We wanted a lazy 'do nothing' holiday and this was the ideal place!
Now about the holiday....it took over 2 1/2 hours to get to the hotel from Faro airport!?!....the coach driver and First Choice rep decided to do a few drop offs in the area of our hotel and then take other holidaymakers to their hotels miles away from ours where the rep then left us and another family on the coach to double back on ourselves to get to our hotels!!
We had read the reviews on here before we left so it didn't come as a shock when asked for our credit card so they could copy it...we weren't happy with this but you have no choice.
We checked in very quickly and were shown to our appartment by the receptionist.
The apartment was lovely, everything finished to a high standard, even had a flat screen TV and lovely big balcony. It was well equiped....i.e tea towels, hand towel in the kitchenette, tiny bottles of shampoo and shower gel and small bars of soap in the bathroom. And airconditioning in the bedroom and lounge area.
The pool is lovely and clean. It is cleaned every morning as is the area surrounding it. There are not enough sunbeds for the size of the complex...I counted about 70! And there is not enough parasols. Now back to the sunbeds, although these were not the same as in the artistis impression they were still comfy and had little clips to keep your towel in place. For the first part of our week you had to be there very early 7.30am-8am to get a sunbed, we didn't 'reserve' ours but stayed on them as we wanted to make the most of our holiday. But by 9am all the beds would be 'reserved' and some days some would stay 'reserved' for 6 hours with no one using them. One morning was good and quite entertaining as the pool attendants were told to remove all the towels!!! They had a huge pile which the took to reception for people to claim when they emerged from their apartments. The look on their faces when they came to find their sunbed only to find someone else on it and their towel missing. And the look on other faces when they came expecting to find no sunbeds and found they could take their pick. We were told this is what they were going to do from now on. It gets very windy at times and the parasols kept falling over, one even landed in the pool! And they are not light weight either!!
We ate in the Purple restaurant three times and each time we weren't disappointed, very nice food and reasonably priced, and lovely service.
The last couple of days of our holiday they were getting up an entertainments programme which included some daytime activities and live music in the evening in the Skyline bar. Its a lovely bar and sould be lovely sitting outside with a view over the river if it wasn't so cold with the wind blowing a gale.
The supermarket stocked all the essentials plus a handful of gifts, but no postcards or stamps. A little pricey but it was handy so we didn't mind.
There was also a laundry which we didn't use and toilets and showers and a games room and table tennis table infront of the supermarket.
The walk to Ferragudo took about 15mins, quaint little village but nothing much there, four gift shops and a few restaurants and bars. Bascially there is not much to do in the area. The hotel ran some excursions which sounded good but as we had already had a busy holiday this year and wanted to chill and be lazy on this one so we didn't go on any.
There is nothing to do for teenagers and I can imagine some might get a little bored.
All in all it was a good holiday and really was a 'do nothing' holiday. Would we return?...maybe.. we loved the hotel but not the position as we like a little more to look at in the evenings i.e gift shops and the wind every day got on our nerves. But don't let that put you off..oh and the journey back to the airport...1hr 15mins!!!!
If we can be of any help please email and we will do our best to answer any questions.
- Travel date: Sat 2nd of August 2008
"Just back from Vitors Village and feeling very relaxed and in awe of the hotel. We arrived around 12 noon and we were met by a really bright and helpful receptionist who explained that we couldn't check in until after 2pm... so as instructed we left our luggage behind the bar in reception (I notice that another reviewer stated this happened to them and they weren't very impressed and I have to admit that it did feel a little odd but everything was ok because the reception area is manned 24/7). We visited the pool bar for a drink and enjoyed the sunshine and views while we waited for our rooms to be ready, however we ended up being invited to check in early at 1pm which was really helpful. The rooms were absolutely beautiful with marble floors, comfy sofa, flat screen TV, queen size bed - and because the complex is newly built everything i.e. furniture, kitchen, hob, microwave, crockery, pots/pans and utensils etc, are all immaculate. The bathroom was luxurious and x2 fresh flanels, hand and bath towels were replaced every day. The maids work all day until around 7pm so you could never quite tell when your room would be serviced but without fail at some point during the day the maids cleaned the bathroom, mopped the floors and made up the bed up with fresh white cotton linen. (Tested them to see if they would do the dishes too... but alas... no.) Our balcony was at the side of the hotel so it meant that we had total privacy rather than overlooking the pool area or other apartments which I think the majority of apertments did - anyway, it was lovely and peaceful and we all agreed that we had the best aspect possible.
The hotel has 3 pools across 2 levels. The large pool (some floor tiles missing but no big deal) and the infant pool (both on the higher level) are aimed at younger children really and they get incredibly busy. The lower pool feels like you are in another hotel and is more for the holiday maker who needs a quick dip to cool off in the sun (which is relentless - thank goodness that Portugal has a strong breeze every afternooon - the parasols take a bit of a beating but if you just wind them down a touch to let the tautness out then the wind can blow through them a little easier and you don't feel like you are about to get impaled). The jacquzzi (outdoor at the moment but according to the staff it will be indoor eventually) is also on the lower level but it broke while we were out there which was a shame because it was very pleasurable - hopefully they'll get it fixed soon. There does unfortunately seem to be a shortage of sun beds and the dreaded towels were out to reserve blocks of beds fairly early, but the sun terrace which has the double bedded loungers was always quiet so you could guarantee a space up there if you missed the beds around the pool - the only draw back was that you were slightly remote from the pool and had to take a quick trip down the stairs to cool off... 2 seconds really so no real problem. Ferragudo is quickly developing so there is quite a lot of building work happening in the surrounding area each day but personally I didn't find that it was too disturbing although I would of course have preferred not to hear drills and cranes. The hotel is open plan and easily accessible from the surrounding roads. The complex is built to look like a little village with cobbled paths to the various sets of apartments so the grounds aren't actually very secure although your apartment can only be accessed with your door key and there are safes in each bedroom (15 Euros per week). Have to say that we didn't notice anyone wandering around that caused us any concerns during our stay.
There were 4 of us across 2 apartments (we met people who had 4 people in one apartment and they said it was quite cosy!) and we self catered by doing a huge initial shop at Lidl via taxi (approx 4 euros there and 7 Euros back with the bags. 5 min journey but you wouldn't want to walk back up the hill while carrying shopping. There is a French supermarket (E Lec.. something, it's next to Lidl but we were advised that although it is has more vareity the fact remained that Lidl had everything needed and presented much better value - that was excellent advice and saved us a fortune). Lidl have local Rose wine at 99 cents a bottle which tasted suprisingly good (and didn't give you a hangover at all - bonus!), compared to paying around 4 Euros for a bottle of Mateus Rose from the hotel shop - still a good price but 99 cents.... c'mon! The hotel shop was incredibly well stocked and didn't appear to obviously take advantage of the captive audience that the hotel has - they stock more or less everything that you would need and we often visited to replenish with fresh bread rolls (gorgeous), cold meats, cans of Super Bock lager or the odd bottle of Rose (it just wasn't viable to pay the taxi journey back to Lidl for another case of the 99 cent bottles...).
Having read reviews on Ferragudo restaurants, we excitedly wandered down the hill for the 10 min walk into town and tracked down 'O Barril' as previous reviews had labeled it as the best place for Sardines and Piri Piri Chicken, however having lunched there and tried both dishes I would recommend that O Barril is visted for a Super Bock only (food not great at all) and then move on to Toc Toc (across the river/over the road from the main square). Get there early! This place is teaming with locals and holiday makers who visit for the 18 inch kebabs that Toc Toc make and cook to order (served with small mixed salad, rice and chips as well as the many vegetables accompanying the huge chunks of succulent meat on the skewer) For around 10 Euros per person you will have a delicious and, quite frankly, enormous meal. The staff are really welcoming and although the place looks a bit like a cafe and they display the most cheesy pictures on the wall, the food is something else. Don't be afraid of the nightly special either - it's usually just meat with rice but the flavour, texture and price will make you very happy. Our party went twice and over the course of our visits we had their turkey kebab, beef kebab, mixed kebab, squid kebab, piri piri chicken and piano ribs...... there were clean plates all round - well for those of us who managed to finish everything anyway!!!!. The owner also let us try a plate of the 'special' and it was good good good! When you have finished in Toc Toc pop back over to the square and sit in the very first bar you get to and ask for a glass of Medronhos - trust me, it tastes like fire water but it will help the kebab digest! If you're lucky you'll get the pipe players set up in the square for a live music session (they sound better after a couple of glasses of medronos) and if you are very very lucky then you will get to meet a pair of delightful springer spaniels named Roony and Leyla who belong to some very friendly ex-pats.
Our only other night that was not self catered was to a village called Alvor (kindly recommended by the hotel receptionist). 4 of us cost 18 Euros in a taxi and the journey was about 15/20 mins. The taxi driver took us down to Alvor Harbour where there are just mountains of fresh fish BBQ restaurants (also lots of late night shopping for local ceramics, leather etc). You buy your fish by the weight rather than the portion which looked like fun because you can order a large piece of swordfish for example and then share it amoungst you with plates of steamed vegetable and salads... it looked fabulous. The sardines also looked excellent and clearly very popular. We plummed for the mixed fish catalana (fish stew)and although I was slightly pensive as to what we would end up as the waiter couldn't quite put his finger on the types of fish used, it was very very nice and excellent value. I am now a fan of a fish called stone bass... a huge ugly looking critter that they slice and use in the stew - but man it's tasty.......if only they sold it as Tesco!
For anyone looking for a quiet, clean, relaxing holiday then Vitors Village and the surrounding areas are for you.
- Travel date: Sat 2nd of August 2008
"Well all i can say is oh dear.
Sorry to be negative but please read on.
We are very frequent Portugal visitors and I have to say the surrounding area of Ferragudo is a very down market and sad place. Not a place to meander about late at night-In the local English paper a tourist had infact been mugged. The restaurants also were the worst I have ever experienced in portugal.
Vitors village maybe brand new and yes obviously the apartments are brand new-however.....
We arrived to be met by an appauling receptionist-there is no porter service and the place you leave your luggage is behind the bar-honest. All our request was to have a quiet room-we were sent off as no rooms were ready-what ever! Upon our return we were put in a room overlooking the building site-it was horrific-the receptionist suggested if you close the doors it blocks out the noise. The second room was a little better, but not much. Everywhere you look there is building and the view from the pool areas is a huge crane.
The sunbeds suffer from the morning towel savers and the room is very limited around the pool areas.
There is nil entertainment for teenagers and no animators on site dispite promises and only one internet computer.
Anyone can wander in to the complex and the maintenaince staff are not corperately dressed.
I could go on and on...If you are to stay on site and lounge around the pool and spend time in the apartments fine, but for the beauty you can find on the west coast and to the east of faro I would avoid this built up area. Anyway hope it helps and sorry if i have disappointed any of you-I would not have gone there if the sites I had visited had informed me of what we experienced."
- Travel date: Sun 20th of July 2008
Also very impressed
"Got back on Saturday from a fortnight at Vitors Village. We loved it.
As stated elsewhere, the rooms are furnished to a very high standard, and cleaned every day. Flat screen telly, microwave, cooking rings, fridge, bidet etc.
The hotel has one large pool, a smaller one, and a toddlers pool, all of which are very nice. Some of the tiles were coming off the floor of the larger pool however, so I guess they may have to close it for a day or two at some point.
It may have been unique to our stay, but you do get a bit of a wind blowing in the afternoon, not helped by Vitors being on top of a hill, which tends to test the umbrellas rigidity a bit.
There's a pool / snack bar which is OK, open until 8pm, and a shop that is open 8-8. There is also a restaurant (called Purple) which we never tried. We did use the skyline bar on occasion, which offers wonderful views across Ferragudo and the River to Portimao.
The hotel isn't the cheapest to drink in (but when are they ever). The shop was useful, although if you were doing your 'big shop' you'd probably use E-leclerl or LIDL, both of which are around 15 minutes walk, both being situated off the same traffic island towards Parchal.
Also behind E-leclerl is the train station, which we used for a day out in Lagos. 20 minute train trip (5 Euros for three of us), and well worth a visit.
Ferragudo is a lovely village (and we didn't think of it as full of rubbish at the review below suggests). Little narrow streets to explore, and you can see why it claims to be the most photographed village on the Algrave. Very Greek in feeling. To walk to the village square is around 5-10 minutes. The square is a reall nice place for a beer in the evening / night, with a real family atmosphere.
The hotel runs a courtesy bus to four beaches (Grande, Molhe, Pintadinho, and Caneriros). All are worth a visit, and all are nice. Grande is an easy walk (guess 20 minutes), the others are worth getting the bus to, and either waiting for the return bus or walking home. Caneiros is the furthest from Vitors, and it took us around 45 minutes to walk back to Ferragudo square.
Plenty of places to eat in the village - I'd guess around 10-15, and a load more snack / coffee bars. We really enjoyed the little Italian off the square (best Pizza I have had for ages), and O Barrill (spelling could be wrong here), also just off the square, both of which were cheap but excellent. Also recommended are A Riu and Sueste on the harbour, and the restaurant on the Praia Grande beach half way down the steps. The only bad (ish) meal we had was Portarade on the square, but that may have been our Naivety at accepting all the 'covers' which left a nasty taste when the bill came. The steak at A Riberia (a fish restaurant on the harbour) was also a bit rubbish, but that's probably like moaning about the quality of the scampi in an Indian restaurant.
It's not a hotel or resort for you if you want lots of entertainment, pints of real ale or discos. If you want a quiet holiday, in a nice location, in a comfortable modern hotel, it would take some beating on the Algrave I reckon. We hope to return.
If anyone has any questions, Ill do my best to answer."
- Travel date: Thu 17th of July 2008
"Booked two weeks through Cosmos June/July 08. We usually stay a little up the coast at Carvoeiro but liked the look of this place.
We weren't disappointed. From our first contact with the friendly receptionist, who walked us through the complex to our apartment, it was apparent that a lot of thought had gone into every aspect of the village. The pools are great and the landscaping and building are top quality. In fact, quality sums the place up in my opinion. The apartments were spacious and well equipped, as were the public areas. The staff, from the reception to bar, snack bar and restaurant, were genuinely friendly and helpful.
The maids were cheerful and kept the apartments spotless. Fresh towels were provided every day.
My only minor criticisms are not really of the management at all. However, having not stinted, I do think a few more umbrellas around the pool might be useful - say one for every two beds. Not a major issue but it ties in with something which is a personal hobby horse. We got up before eight every morning to swim in the small pool. During the second week we saw a few "regulars" reserving the beds, one person placing perhaps four towels. I do dislike this practice, particularly as many of these beds would then remain empty until the afternoon. The other thing I think management could do with looking at is the playing of football on the landscaped areas. I'm no killjoy but it won't take too much to make all the expensive and well thought out planting look a mess. There were kids using immature palms for target practice and the grass was getting worn already.
Ferragudo is somewhere we'd only visited for the day in the past. It's a pleasant enough little town but it has a serious litter problem (and that's saying something as litter is a bit of a feature in the Algarve). They are going big guns on the new marina but I don't think I'd want to be spending 400,000 Euro on a place there (this is what they are advertised at).
The walk into the village, and the walk to Portimao, take you through tons of c..p, literally at some points. A particular favourite seemed to be LeClerc supermarket advertising. Whoever has the delivery round there isn't doing their job as the things were dumped everywhere.
The beaches are likewise full of litter and the river has a fine scum floating on it. The banks of the river in the town, and the storm drain that runs through it, are clogged with litter. Luckily, wherever we stay we travel around so this was not a major hardship. However, if Ferragudo wants to compete with other resorts I think they should sort this.
In the town, we enjoyed eating at Ferragood and, especially, O Barril. Their chicken piri piri is the best I've ever tasted and it's the cheapest thing on an inexpensive menu. Steaks and cataplana great. BSE (!) is a decent, reasonably priced dry white wine on their list. Port Arade was a different matter. Right on the square, it has everything going for it location wise. We ate there the night we arrived. Both food and service indifferent but we gave it another go later in the holiday. Dreadful - we ate inside as it looked quite nice but the poor lighting was deliberate I think. When we asked for a table the waitress just pointed at one at the other end of the restaurant. The wine I ordered was brought to the table open - an absolute taboo to anyone in the restaurant business. Bread was stale and mains a disaster. My wife ordered a seafood salad which when it arrived had three prawns (frozen) and salmon and tuna, each of which covered about a square inch. this was 13 Euros (about twice the price and of much lower quality than lunchtime salads elsewhere). The chicken I had was swimming in grease, which covered everything else on the plate. It made me feel quite ill. What a disappointment - I got the distinct impression they couldn't care less. I've found service throughout the Algarve to be generally very good, whether you are spending a lot or a little. This place was an exception. We were told later by a fellow guest at Vitors that his wife's dinner was spilled in her lap there, without an apology, let alone any discount! By the way, Purple, the restaurant at Vitors, was superb. Again, no compromise at all on the food, presentation, decor or service.
So, overall, Vitors is great in my view. Ferragudo has some nice bits (well worth a walk up to the church), but isn't somewhere I'd want to be without a car."
- Travel date: Sun 13th of July 2008
Great holiday at Vitors Village!
"Have just returned from a great week staying in an apartment at Vitor's Village in Ferragudo, Portugal. Booked it without seeing any actual photos, just artist's impressions so were a little nervous, although reading some comments on Tripadvisor before we went did help a bit.
Pretty much as soon as we arrived we were not disappointed!
There are 3 of us, me (30) my husband (34) and our daughter (23 months). We loved the apartment, really stylish and modern, very well equipped - although we did feel like we had to be really tidy all the time - not a bad thing though! We requested a cot and we were really pleased to find a good sturdy, decent sized cot waiting in our room for us. Also had a ground floor apartment which made moving around with a pushchair much easier.
Swimming pools are great, good kids one and lovely "big kid's" one with beach style entrance so child friendly too.
All staff really friendly and spoke good english. Little supermarket on site with most essentials (compared prices to Leclerc / Lidl supermarkets about 20 mins walk away and prices not much more, less in some cases)
Amazing roof top bar at hotel which is well worth a look, and restaurant really good too - don't be put off by the stylish decor, we found it all really child friendly.
Ferragudo itself is really pretty, did lots of walking and exploring. Nice little playground opposite town square. Make the effort to walk (or take free bus from hotel) to see the beaches as you won't see them from the hotel side of the village. Praia Grande is lovely, with another playground on it which our daughter was more interested in than the sea / beach!
We would definitely think about going back to Vitor's Village, so would highly recommend it for a holiday.
(will try and add some photos later)"
- Travel date: Sat 21st of June 2008