Estrela da Luz
12 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
"Easy to find and just under an hour from Faro airport. Plenty of free parking outside the complex You are given a keypad code to get into the compound but if it is dark you need a torch to see the letters on the keypad esp if your eyesight isn't brilliant You get a note under the door when the code changes but this isn't always changed when they say! Lifts up to rooms Had a very nice apartment in block E overlooking the tennis courts. Washing machine, dishwasher, halogen stove and oven. Fridge and deep freeze. Good selection of crockery and cooking utensils. Better than at home! As someone else mentioned the standard of fixtures/fittings may be down to individual owners but we were very pleased with the faciliies. Also the room location would be significant re external noise Our studio apartment was good size - think the 1 / 2 bed ones must have been huge Our room had aircon which could be turned down so it wasn't too noisy at night. TV and dvd player. Could get limited english tv with some fiddling. Small hifi Bathroom / shower well fitted (although swiching between bath and shower was difficult cos knob had a stipped thread Small balcony with table /chairs Drying rack, iron and ironing board cleaning equip. Room serviced every other day and towels changed Good gym with well maintained equipment and air con (although some people kept turning it off) Indoor pool good - closed sometimes for lessons. Towels provided Free wifi around the Hugo Betty cafe Didn't eat there but food looked reasonable quality / price. Didn't use outdoor pool areas but seemed fairly civilised. Most of the time it was quiet but halfway through week new family moved in above and kids were running riot up and down stairs at all hours Usual problems with people scraping furniture around tiled floors late at night or early morning echoing around. Luz itself quite quiet and not a lot going on but idea base for travelling around the area."
- Travel date: 5th September 2008
Excellent Apartment complex
"We decided to book these apartments rather than stay at a hotel, as we have done previously - great choice! The apartment was very spacious, well equipped and the most relaxing and stressfree stay I have ever experienced in any complex - great to have the space & it felt like a home from home! It was not your typical overcrowded & busy complex & the staff were very friendly & helpful. On holiday with two children, this was a perfect place to stay. The only negative aspect was the lack of evening entertainment (mini-disco, etc), which wasn't a bad thing as we were able to frequent different pubs and restaurants! I would recommend a quaint little restaurant called 'Aquario' with fine food and excellent service & a South African restaurant 'Dolphin' which was also very good. We plan to return next year."
- Travel date: 27th August 2008
"We stayed here on 7th August for 1 week. We had originally booked a Studio apartment but were upgraded to a 1-bed which was very nice! The apartment was lovely - very spacious with huge lounge/diningroom, separate bathroom and kitchen and 2 balconies. The only downside was that we were on the 1st floor over the restaurant/bar and it was very noisy to 1-2am!!! We asked to be moved but the complex was full. Earplugs came in very useful. Also the pools seemed a lot smaller than in the photos! That was the only negatives. The staff were so helpful and couldn't do enough for you. We only ate in the Gazebo Pool Bar for lunch (good Greek salads)! and Hugo Beattys restaurant/bar once (the waiter was not very talkative or friendly - food average). Praiz de Luz was very clean, tidy and quiet. We found enough restaurants to eat at but if you want something lively with shops/bars etc this isn't for you. There is a free bus which takes you to Lagos for a bit of shopping. The beach at de Luz is very clean/large. It gets windy at night so take a jumper! All in all a very good break - would recommend it. Couple from Solihull"
- Travel date: 17th August 2008
Superb Accommodation, could do more for kids
"We (3 adults and 3 children 6, 4, 2) booked a 3 bed apartment direct from an owner. The standard of accommodation is really good - very spacious apartments. The standard of the furniture is down to the actual owner of the apartment (all the apartments are privately owned). All the apartments seem to have fully controllable aircon, Fully equiped kitchen with washer dryer, microwave, dishwasher, juicer etc, there is also a dvd player and satelite TV in every apartment. After that it is down to the owner (aircon may be an option so check that before you book. The resort runs like a hotel. The staff are very good without exception. The pools are a bit on the small side but were very clean and well kept. The kids pool is very warm, the deeper pool beside the kids pool is just about warmer than tap water, the pool on the upper level which is an adult only pool is nicely heated and has nice underwater viewing windows looking at the indoor pool area. The indoor pool is warm but quite deep starting at about 4.5 ft going to 6ft very quickly. There is a jacuzzi, sauna and steam room here as well but no lifegaurd so a little problem if you have younger kids. The restaurants and bars are as good as I have ever seen at a holiday resort. The pool bar served beautiful salads (â¬3 - â¬6) and very nice paninis for about â¬3. Even the chicken nuggets (â¬3) that the kids always wanted were of top quality. The hugo bar was nicely informal - kids always welcome. Again the food was superb we honestly never had a bad meal there, eating everything from Thai curries, fresh fish, steaks and full irish breakfasts (did I mention that this is an Irish resort - occupied by about 80% Irish and 20% from UK) The Calabaza restaurant is more formal (only in looks - Kids are welcome everywhere) food is even better here. We even had a buffet here one night to find everything fresh, hot and very tasty. The kids club at â¬30 per child per day was too steep for us but looked to be run well - also with the recent events in Luz we were keeping the kids very close to us. Our 6 yr old went to the John Aldridge school one week - he loved it .I thought it was only ok - no better or even as good as the local GAA training at home - the prize giving night was great craic though. So overall it sound great - we had a couple of niggles though. 1. Housekeeping was really poor we paid an extra amount for daily house keeping - they swept the floor and made the beds only. 2. Our main issue was the lack of kids activities and any entertainment at night. The kids club finished at 4.30 then the only entertainment was the use of a DVD player in the bar (a very Irish soloution to Kids entertainment) Any sun type holiday we went to in the Med before had some sort of acyivity a few nights a week. The kids would have loved that. On Luz - This place is still recovering from the Madeline nightmare. There is a lul about the whole resort. A few restaurants have closed down recently but there still is quite a few places to go. Our favourite was the Dolphin. This was the only restaurant to match our hotel for quality. The beach is very gentle and clean, the village itself is pretty. Would we go again - No. We would sacrifice some quality in accommodation for more kids entertainment in say one of the H10 hotels. We would definately look at other oceanico resorts though and are even thinking of buying one of their golf villas - they really know quality. Lagos is very close by 5Km and is worth numerous evening visits using the hotel free bus - maybe we will go there next time"
- Travel date: 7th August 2008
very nice place
"Just come home from the esterela app , we enjoyed it and the appartments are lovely clean and big the beds are realy hard thats the only down side to the appartment. There is a adult pool which we thought was going to be what it said adults, but to our dissapointment they let children use it too and nothing was said which is wrong . But its got to be said its a nice village to go to and mix with the locals. Mrs Leggott Cheshire"
- Travel date: 2nd July 2008
This was one of the best apartments we'v...
"This was one of the best apartments we've ever stayed in. Superb facilities in the complex - three outdoor pools, one indoor pool, sauna, gym, free pool towels, pool bars. Fully furnished and well kitted out apartment. Would definitely go again and recommend to others. Ten minute walk (downhill) to the beach where beds/shade can be hired for as little as twelve Euros (two beds and one shade). Large supermarket nearby too. Lovely village, not over developed and not too commercial either. "
- Travel date: 8th September 2007
EDL - Brill!
"Just got back from a week's stay at EDL. Just wanted to comment that this is a well thought out complex with good security and everything you could possibly want! Three outdoor pools, one indoor pool, sauna, gym, free pool towels (if you buy a pass for 10 Euros), poolside bar and of course the Hugo Beatty cafebar which served excellent food/drinks. Apartment itself was very well laid out, had all mod cons and was very spacious. Will definitely stay here again and have no problem with recommending it. We used the owners direct website to book our apartment - also recommended."
- Travel date: 7th September 2007
"Stayed for a week at EDL. Lovely complex. Stayed in a 2 bed apartment. A little surprised that the master bedroom was a mezanine type room - it was nice as it had sea views but steep staircase with very open treads so maybe not good for small children? Also sloping ceiling above bed with velux window so no normal windows as such. View to sea is from glass wall over to double height window in living room. Large balcony which was nice and extremely new and had every type of equipment you could want. Pools nice but bit of a battle for sunbeds. People tended to leave towels and go even though there were signs everywhere saying not to. Steep walk up from restaurants and from the beach. About 15 slow minutes when hot!!! Better in evening as cooler. However most accommodation in Luz is like this unless you are right by the beach. Hugo Beatty bar on site does a lovely Irish/English breakfast and some lovely cocktails. Don't bother with resort pass unless you particularly want to be given towels for the pool or want to use the kids club as they are 10 euros each. The shuttle bus only runs 4 times a day to Lagos so not really worth it in my opinion. I have stayed at Ocean Club as well and feel this is better quality accommodation and much newer etc. There are visible security patrols and gates to all areas. Make sure your apartments has direct access to the pool if this is important as apparently some apartments you have to go out of complex and walk round to get access. Restaurants I would strongly recommend are The Lime Tree and The Dolphin. The Forteleza is great for sea views when eating but the food as not as outstanding as it used to be - although still quite good!! You can get Dolphin watching from the local beach without going to Lagos and it was excellent - loads of dolphins!!! Best supermarket is near Lagos and is much much bigger than the Baptista - more like a hypermarket - but I can't remember its name - something like Mobila or similar. If you go to Slide and Splash - get there before 10 am as we got there at 10.45 and is was already parking in overflow!!!!! Aqualand was less crowded and almost as good!! Also try the surfing beaches if your thing at Castelejo - but be warned take a jumper whatever the weather as it is very windy and chilly. Great big beach - great for kites, football, surfing etc. Go to Vale Di Bispo and look for tiny run down signs pointing to the beaches (you have to look hard!!!!)"
- Travel date: 23rd August 2007
Second time was even better
"The resort just keeps improving. This is our second time having a one week break in EDL and is was super. The kids club, and free WiFi, are new and welcome additions to this classy, friendly and well positioned resort. No wonder it's so hard to get a booking. The village of Luz has a number of very good family places to eat, Dolphin, the Chinese ( cant remember the name) and Aqario to name but 3. The beach is lovely and is only a short walk from the resort. The bar Hugo's is very well run and the service is top class. The Calabaza in the complex opens at the week end and is very suitable for families."
- Travel date: 26th July 2007
"We spend 10 days at the Estrela da Luz apartments which was a totally relaxing experience. The accommodation was excellent - clean, very spacious with all mod cons. I would definitely recommend staying if you are looking for a quiet relaxing holiday. Luz has a number of lovely restaurants, bars and cafes and supermarket. From Estrela all are within 10 mins walk so no car is needed around the village. I would however advise hiring one and visit the surrounding areas if you like a bit of a variety. Estrela da Luz is in a quiet location in the village, just 250m walk to a small sandy cove with lovely rocks for sunbathing on, or 350 m to the popular beautiful sandy Luz beach at the centre of the village which has a large range of watersports equipment for hire as well as a beach volleyball net. The coastal walking and cycle path starts about 200m from Estrela. I am extremely fussy but I have to say no complaints at all and would certainly stay again with no hesitation."
- Travel date: 22nd May 2006
This is the best holiday accommodation w...
"This is the best holiday accommodation we have ever stayed in. We are a family with two daughters aged 13 and 8 and we all loved this place. the complex has two large outdoor pools, an indoor pool and Jacuzzi, gymnasium, yoga classes, pool side bar/restaurants with lovely food, full restaurant - you need never leave the resort â BUT Luz village and beach are is only five minutes walk away, charming little streets, lots of restaurants and fab sandy beach. AND IF THAT'S NOT ENOUGH.... Lovely Lagos town (free bus from Estrela) is nearby, and down the coast are some really wild surfing beaches. We will definitely be back!!! You can book with Oceanico resorts or directly with owners, as we did, which is better value. Just search on holiday rentals or holiday lettings sites. Our apt was south-facing and overlooked the pools, and you also had a view of the sea. Perfect. Enjoy!! "
- Travel date: 27th November 2005
The Hidden Jewel
"We would highly recommend this fantastic apartment complex, a jewel nestled into the cliffside of the beautiful cobbled village of Luz and would beg to differ with the 4-star rating - this was definitely worthy of a 5-star rating. We have just returned from a 5-day break in the Algarve, which was also the first time in Portugal for two out of the three of us who went. Unfortunately, it rained and stormed from touch down to take off - the lightening was spectacular! But don't let that put you off - it was freaky weather and we were just unlucky that the long weekend we had booked happened to be a very wet one! The Estrela Da Luz apartments complex is very new so as you can imagine, it is pristine with all the luxuries you could wish for. We had a two bedroomed apartment which was simply enormous with wide corridors, a huge open-planned lounge with three massive sofas, dining for six, all mod cons - stereo, CD, DVD player, sky box, tv, everything you could possibly want (including BBC1 & 2 which made you feel very much at home). The big kitchen had all the usual appliances - microwave, dishwasher, double fridge freezer, elegant glassware and beautiful white crockery. One of the bedrooms was a large twin with a bathroom opposite, the other a large double with an en-suite, both of the bathrooms were full-size with double sinks as well as bath/shower/loo/bidet. The apartment was tiled throughout with double patio doors onto wide balconies from both bedrooms, the kitchen, and lounge - the double lounge balcony also having outside patio tables/chairs for six. The apartment was tastefully and simply decorated throughout. The resort staff were extremely friendly and helpful throughout - particularly on arrival which was around a quarter to midnight on Saturday night as we had stupidly not sorted ourselves out with a local area map of Luz, which is tricky to find without one! The restaurant staff at both the Hugo Beaty Bar and the Calabaza were marvellous, the food/service in both was excellent. We only had two minor complaints about the complex, the first being that in having all the mod cons you could dream of, we also had a fuse box with some 20-odd switches - turn on too many appliances and the whole lot goes off as we found out on our first night when we were plunged into darkness! Thank goodness for our lighters! Also, at night it was quite cool and we couldn't get the underfloor heating to come on at all, and showering was a long process as only one of us could have a shower per tank as there was only enough hot water for one before the tank would heat up again. That said, with the arrival of the PGA Europro golfers on Monday (that was a nice surprise) and the complex then being full, we all managed to get a shower each from then on with one tank, although the underfloor heating still did not come on at all and you did need it in the evenings, especially in such a vast apartment. The second minor complaint was that it was difficult to find the actual reception, which is out on the roadside. Once you've found it, you don't lose it again, but there were no signs to direct you to the reception. All in all, we would definitely like to return to the Estrela Da Luz as the service and quality are second to none, and we would like to see this little jewel of the Algarve when the sun is shining!"
- Travel date: 24th November 2005
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