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“Absolute Heaven!”
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Quinta do Mel
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Reviewed 17 June 2013

My fiance and I stayed at Quinta do Mel last week for 4 days and we had such a fantastic stay there! It really is such a unique and lovely place to stay.

We love to find quirky places to stay when we travel and this was the perfect spot. We had a rental car which you do need to stay here (most people had cars) but it is still really close to towns-shops, restaurants, beaches, bars etc.

The food in the hotel is delicious (tapas style dishes) and very fresh. Breakfast was by far my favourite time of the day there. The friendly staff serve you your breakfast each morning which is such a lovely treat compared to the usual buffet style breakfast in most hotels- fresh bread, croissants, eggs, cheese, meats, fruit, whatever you want really. The food is all produced on the farm- fresh and home cooked. The honey is amazing!

The pool area is small but perfectly relaxing with only goats and dogs to be heard! The rooms are simple and traditional but cosy and there is such a relaxed atmosphere throughout the whole hotel. The staff are so friendly and chatty and the chef even comes out to each table to see how the meal has been. Excellent service. Each evening, you are brought one of their home made teas and fresh cookies to the room which is such a sweet touch.

I would highly recommend this place for a relaxing break away.

Room Tip: There was rooms upstairs with balconies which would have been our choice had we been aware of them
  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 February 2013

Very quiet, relaxing spot. A bit over charged for the service provided. Perfect to take the bikes and circulate to the nearer beaches. For those who want to recharge batteries, it is the perfect resting place, especially by the pool, enjoying the sunny Algarve, yet feeling the sea breeze. The rooms are good, clean and comfortable.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank xanicomiserias
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Reviewed 21 October 2012

I hesitatd to give the Quinta "exellent" as a rating only because the rooms are rather small and simple, event though cosy. The tv-set was definitely too small (19 inch would be my guess) but you do not go to the Algarve to watch tv. The rooms come without fridge but there is a big common one for use of all the guest. WiFi however worked better than in some 5-star hotels. The setting is gorgeous, green and quiet. Still, you are close to the beach, shops and restaurants. If you do not mind the complications of arrival and departure without your own transportation, you can well manage without a car. The owners and all the staff are very friendly and helpful. The food was delicious, even though breakfast (included) comes served rather slowly, step by step. Owner encouraged us to order more if we wanted. If you like to have dinner there, you need to order main dishes beforehand (lunch-time?) and the restaurant is not exactly a bargain. Faro airport, less than 20km away, does not disturb the silence of the place. Perfect relaxation!

Room Tip: There are 2 rooms on first floor with balcony and an appartement as well. All other room on ground f...
  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 May 2012

This quinta is in a beautiful setting overlooking the surrounding area. The architecture is a nice mix of modern and traditional, and as others have stated seems to be a very realxing place to be...

We only went for the "agrotourismo" to try the food, however the dining area seems more geared around teas and is surrounded by shelves of local produce (mainly grown on the farm) which are priced at "Harrods" levels... As the name suggests this farm mainly produces honey which I thought the chef should have tried to incorporate into the cooking

The food was VERY basic but the prices suggested something far better (the message on the till says "Agrotourismo-Gourmet" which is what we would have expected). €7.50 for a prawn cocktail which had 4 prawn, lettuce and sauce. Thetomato soup tasted like dish water (nothing some lemon, salt and peper could not fix though). Mains were OK and the selection of wines was local and vaired.

If it's the vista you're after though, then this is a real treat, and only a couple of minutes away from the local vilage which has a wide selection of bars for the night owls amongst us

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled on business
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3  Thank JimB1707
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Reviewed 23 May 2012

Quinta do Mel is an extraordinary place for ultimate relaxation. The owners and people in the restaurant were very friendly and helpful. Even on our last day we were able to keep our room till the evening- not having to worry about check out time.

Every other day we had dinner here, superfresh fish or perfectly cooked meat with some lovely wines and for a good price. A couple of times we had some sangria; both the white and the red sangria were the best I ever had! Enjoying it outside

The tea (made using the herbs from the garden- I recommend the rosemary tea :)) and cookies that they provide daily in your room in the evening (on the house) was a nice extra to look forward to.

The beach Falesia was about a 20min walk away - past orange and olive trees near the hotel- and was very nice, and the beach was very empty (mid May) which was a pleasant surprise.

If youre planning to go to the Algarve, this is a good option if youre not looking to get away from the buzz of the city and away from mass tourism.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 March 2012

The staff is great and the breakfast is really wonderful, fantastic food with many regional specialties served in a beautiful balcony overlooking the landscape.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 December 2010

Nice typical Portuguese guesthouse, well located. Tasty breakfast. I went with my family and 2 small children and was not made to feel very welcome by the owner who was there during the day, they even charged me for a cup of milk when I asked them to fill my daughter's bottle in the morning which I thought was absolutely ridiculous. I would definitely not go back with kids.

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled with family
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Address: Apartado 6080 | Rua dos Foros - Caminho do banco, Olhos de Agua, Albufeira 8201-925, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira > Olhos de Agua
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 12 Speciality Lodging in Olhos de Agua
Price Range: £78 - £150 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Quinta do Mel 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Quinta do Mel is small peace of countryside near Algarve's best beaches. With 10 rooms and 1 apartment, results from the recuperation of an old farmhouse respecting architecture and materials. Most of the products we serve are from our own production. Besides vegetables we produce strawberries and aromatic plants. At the Quinta there's also a Tea room / Restaurant, open to general public, where is possible to taste several traditional products and mediterranean recipes. At only 1,5 Km from Praia da Falésia, Quinta do Mel still preserves the countryside quietness and spirit. Close to everything, away from the crowd ! ... more   less 
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