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Apartamentos Olhos do Mar
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Reviewed 29 May 2012

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We stayed in the appartment on the 1st floor with a large terrace. It was very clean, a friendly cleaning lady appeared every day. She brought even new towels every day and toilett paper which we did not expect. The equipment in the kitchen was sufficient. The outside pool was very clean.
The appartments are close to the small *ecomarche* and a larger *intermarche*. There are few restaurants close by and you can reach the beach in a few minutes.

Olhos d´Agua ressort:
It is nice and quiet, mainly off season. A perfect place to relax. It is suitable rather for families and older people. If somebody likes to do lots of partying they should book a place close to the famous strip in the *new* Albufeira.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank NunuN1
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Reviewed 3 October 2009

We stayed on the 3rd floor, a small studio style apartment with a private terrace and a lovely view of the ocean. The Olhos do Mar itself is located in a lovely working fishing village called Olhos D'Agua.

Plus points:
1) Clean: the studio and kitchenette was very clean, and the room was tidied daily - towels/loo paper replaced.
1) Peaceful: This small resort was incredibly quiet, and perfect to sit out on the terrace and eat breakfast/have an evening drink without any disturbance what so ever, it's set back from the main road, no traffic noise issues either.
2) Reception - polite and friendly manner - one morning the shower head just dropped off - (the water appeared to have worn away the inner stem), but we got a replacement within 10mins.
3) Location: The proximity to the small local 'ecomarche' and a larger 'intermarche' was very handy, and the beach only a few minutes walk. The nearby towns of Albufeira and Falesia are only 10-15mins by a reasonably regular bus service, the bus stops are less than 5mins walk from the apartments. The village of Olhos d'Agua itself, is just perfect for a few days of relaxation at the beach. Some lovely restaurants and bars all within walking distance - the whole village just feels very relaxed, friendly and safe.


Problems:
1) No air con - and the room was extremely warm at the end of each day (probably due to the hot water tanks we discovered next door on day two) however there is a fan which was adequate
2) Self catering - the grill oven, but only the grill facility worked which made self catering difficult (there is a separate two ring electric hob which was fine)- however plenty of local eateries at reasonable prices available. The fridge would periodically 'rattle' every 2-3hrs which may annoy lighter sleepers.
3) Security- the reception closes at 8pm - there are side steps into the building, and a lift to all floors - there is a small side gate which allows you to enter the terrace in front of the studio apartment. The front access to the studio is a single glazed glass door (bottom half is metal) felt a little worried at first that someone could just smash in the window and jump in. A metal safe, which is bolted to the floor can be used - but this cost an extra 10 euro for a week.
4) Twin beds - this is a general lesson learned, don't assume two single beds will easily combine to make a double....

It's a shame that the resort itself feels out dated and tired - ok for young singles/couples/groups on a budget, there is a small pool, but it didn't look filtered, and really with the beach just a few minutes away, why bother. We really just wanted a quiet base near the beach, and without the typical resort feel of nightly entertainment and sitting round a pool all day. During the few days we were in the village, we discovered plenty of other resorts that looked much better presented - Olhos D'Agua and Oceanus Apartments and we will be exploring those options next time round.

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank AppleCoreGlasgow
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Reviewed 19 September 2008

arrived to find a friendly english speaking receptionist. the apartment was spacious with a lovely bath/shower. very clean with towels provided. pool was sparkling clean, plenty of sun loungers and some very friendly cats. one ginger one had been in the wars (bless him)....look out for a moggy with a wonky head and funny eye...he is hilarious and likes ham!

thoroughly recommend as a good value place to stay in a very central location, though quiet enough to chill round the pool. no traffic noise and 2 mins from intermarche. brava!

Stayed: September 2008
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Reviewed 15 July 2008

arrived back today from these apartments with mixed views. The apartments themselves were great, just been done up, very large, with seperate kitchen and large balcony. The main problem was the reception only opened certain hours and of coarse we arrived outside these hours! None speaking english staff and the bar which never opened once even though its high season! ther was 1 day (saturday) when 2 blokes stood by the pool selling lager with a portable radio and called it a beer party! no entertainment which we didnt mind because we went for a long weekend break. overall a nice base for a long weekend but not for families or anyone wanting to be entertained. Oh and the lads next door partied til 4am on a daily basies!!!!!!! something which is pot luck, but after complaining twice without success found out they were the relatives of the guy on reception! the apartments like i say were great, but beware if going in high season there no air con!

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled with family
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1  Thank theworthys
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Reviewed 8 October 2007

Found these apartments to be terrible. Have never left any comments on this website but would hate for people to go here with the wrong reviews. We arrived at 11:30pm and the reception was closed, even though there was an emergency number which we called several times there was no answer, we left numerous messages and a note but did not recieve a call back. On calling the number again at 6am we finally checked in. With no apology or explaination. We had gone to the resturante next door to ask for help and the receptionist whom lives in the apts came done and seen our note at 11:35pm with 2 mobile numbers on it and choose not to call us. First impression on the apt was that it was spacious with large balconies. The apt was dirty with dirty furniture, fility dirty shower curtain, and dirty uncleaned extermely basic swiming pool. On Wednesday we checked out 4 days early and where not asked by reception why were were leaving early or if there was a problem. These apartments are by no means 3 star accomodation I have stayed in better hostels than this. This really but a dampner on the holiday as we could and did not relax until we moved. We moved to the Oceanus which I would highy recommend. With Paula on reception being so helpful and nice. I would advise anyone to go to Olhos de Agua as it is beautiful but not to stay in Olhos do Mar.

  • Stayed: October 2007, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Ciara11
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