We stayed at the Adriana Beach Club for 5 nights (Tuesday to Saturday).
We flew into Faro airport and rented a car. From there it's a 30-40 minute drive. If you don't have a Sat-Nav and you are driving make sure you plan your route carefully as the Adriana Beach Club is at the end of a road that is not that obviously sign-posted and it's very easy to get lost - even after driving up and down the road quite a number of times. The Portuguese seem to love to have a road sign pointing down a road then after a few hundred yards you come to a junction with five roads leading off and no other sign for where you want to go.
We arrived at 9pm and check-in staff were friendly and spoke good English. The restaurant closes at 9.30pm so they sent is straight off to eat then we finished check-in formalities later and were shown to our room.
The complex consists of a main building where the pool, restaurant and entertainment is with several accommodation buildings scattered throughout the grounds. There are three standards of accommodation - Basic, Standard and Superior. We chose Standard and were about a three minute walk from the main building. No cars are allowed past the initial area - the resort is car free so a porter took us and our luggage on a golf buggy to our room (which we thought was a nice touch) and showed us how things worked.
This was our first holiday in Portugal so I have nothing to compare standards on. The room wasn't luxurious or opulent but functional and very clean. We had a bath and two balconies (one looked east - the other west). Our double bed, as in common with every other European country we have been to was two single beds pushed together. We had a faint Wi-Fi signal in the room but I was never able to successfully connect and we had to go to the main building in order to use the free Wi-Fi. Some things in the room could be improved – such as the sliding wardrobe doors which I am sure sounds wonderfully noisy to the people who are staying around / above / below you and also the tiles around the shower / bath could do with regrouting. There’s a hair dryer in the bathroom too. The pillow(s) were thin and too small.
Breakfast was available from 8am to 10am with lunch from 12.30pm to 2.30pm and evening meal from 6.30pm to 9.30pm. In between these hours you can have “snacks” which when we were there consisted of help-your-self- beef burgers, hot-dogs, chicken nuggets, potato fritters, ham, cheese, crisps and breads rolls. The food available at meal times was extensive. There was always a choice of salad, meats (hot & cold) and fish. At breakfast there were such things as Baked Beans, Eggs, Bacon, Hash Browns, Sausages and the usual continental foods (croissants etc.). There were always lots of available seats and you could sit where you wanted – outside or inside. One night whilst we were there they had a Mexican night with the waiters dressed as Mexicans with almost all the food being Mexican too.
The hotel has three food serving areas and two pools but only one of each was in use when we stayed. The others open peak season. We used the pool area a couple of times. There’s the usual (annoying) habit of people reserving loungers with towels and often you had to have a lounger with no umbrella for shade.
We walked to the beach. There are 96 steps to go down to the beach (and obviously the same amount to come back up). It’s a public beach and no loungers are available.
There are a handful of tennis courts which we used once. There was a four Euro charge for 1 hour plus a 20 Euro deposit (which you got back if you took the rackets and balls back on time). The tennis court area is floodlit but we never saw the lights on and tennis is only available 9am-5pm – the hottest part of the day.
All in all we enjoyed our stay at the Adriana Beach Club. The layout has a feeling of space and not crammed in like a traditional hotel. The grounds and plants make you feel like you are somewhere exotic.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in an area of 17 hectares, Adriana Beach Club Hotel Resort has 439 rooms, providing family environment, diverse service offer and quality care. Situated in Olhos de Água, in the municipality of Albufeira, in the Algarve, this Resort is housed in natural environment and enjoys a privileged location next to the beach, guaranteeing the peace and privacy of our guests, yet ideal for holding events. The proximity of the city of Albufeira and Vilamoura tourist complex, two tourist destinations and animation of the region represents an alternative for those who prefer to explore the potential around the hotel. The All Inclusive concept takes in this hotel its highest expression, given that waiver include the diverse range of services provided. Adriana Beach Club Hotel Resort offers a huge variety of buffets in our 3 Restaurants: A main Restaurant and two theme restaurants(availability and time-tables may change and are subject to seasonal demand), which include meat and fish dishes, as well as vegetarian options, freshly baked pizzas,soups, pasta, salads and desserts. Throughout the day, in addition to the main meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner), there are snacks. Drinks are also included, throughout the day and during all meals. There is water, soft drinks, beer, wine and other alcoholic drinks. In our hotel, the All Inclusive offer theme nights, where our buffets change and give you the possibility of enjoying new dishes: Portuguese, asian, tropical, mexican and many more. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aquamarina Beach Club Hotel Olhos De Agua
- Aquamarina Beach Hotel
- Aquamarina Beach Albufeira
- Adriana Beach Club Hotel Resort Portugal/Algarve - Albufeira