We have just returned from ten days at the Duna Mar and had a fantastic time. The hotel is right on the beach (no roads to cross) and the beach is beautiful -miles of golden sand. The hotel itself is very well run and ideal for families. It's kept very clean and seems to run very efficiently. We were self-catering and had a sea-view apartment, which we loved. The apartment has a two ring electric hob, a microwave, toaster and fridge. There's no oven or kettle but there is a coffee machine. There's a self-service launderette in the basement.
There is a cafe by the pool which is open lunchtime - excellent food and friendly service.
We did a day trip to Seville using Paradise Tours (they ran on the day we wanted and were also the cheapest. They were also very good - we were picked up at the hotel at 8.15, in Seville about 1.5 hours later and had over 4 hours free to explore the city). On another day we took the bus in to Vila Real de Santo Antonio (2.10 euros single, takes about 15 minutes and leaves from outside the Vasco de Gama Hotel next door). This is an interesting Portugese town to look around. You can also take a ferry over to Spain (1.60 euros single) and explore the town of Ayamonte.
On other days we were very happy to spend time on the beach or by the swimming pool. Our teenagers were content but this is not the resort if you want lots of night life other then walking along the promenade, looking at the market stalls and eating waffles and ice cream. For us it was just what we wanted - a very relaxing holiday.
The hotel had very few English guests when we were there which was fine by us. The reception staff all speak English and were helpful. There are some organised activities - aqua aerobics, beach volleyball etc and the cheerful leader gave instructions in both Portugese and English.
We don't usually go on holiday to the same place twice but would certainly consider returning to the Duna Mar .
- Also Known As:
- Duna Mar Aparthotel Hotel Monte Gordo
- Duna Mar Aparthotel Hotel
- Duna Mar Aparthotel Monte Gordo, Portugal - Algarve
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