I felt compelled to review this hotl after returning from my holiday staying at Colina da Lapa with my boyfriend.
Self catering villas can always be a bit hit and miss but these are like proper houses! There is so much space that you really can relax and spread out. We were lucky enough to be upgraded to a 2-bedroomed villa (due to some renovations happening on one side of the complex) but this proved surplus to requirement as there was so much space that we only used the other room to put our suitcases in!
In our villa we had a large kitchen with 4-ring electric cooker, microwave, fridge freezer and washing machine. We also had a dishwasher but having read the manual in the villa this only applies to the larger villas. We only cooked in on one night but there is everything you need to cook sufficiently. We particularly liked the electric juicing machine as oranges are so cheap that we could enjoy freshly squeezed juice every day.
The living room area had a sofa bed (very comfy) and two armchairs along with a big dining table and chairs. There was a small screen tv there too which was a bit too small in my opinion but we didn't spend too much time inside anyway! A nice touch was that you could get perfect signal for BBC1 and ITV1.
The bathroom had a strong shower and bath tub, double basins and a bidet. There was also a downstairs toilet.
The complex itself is quite low-key. You have a children's paddling pool and a large pool. The restaurant serves food for breakfast, lunch and dinner (set times, not throughout the day) but we didn't eat here as we were always out. To be honest the menu looked very bland and uninteresting. The lady who is in charge of the restaurant is also very rude and unhelpful, everything looks like its a problem for her. Included in the price of your stay you do get a continental breakfast buffet which is basic but sufficient.
There is meant to be a mini supermarket open next to the restaurant but we never saw it open. There is a reasonably sized supermarket 10mins walk up the road where you can get everything you need anyway.
The hotel arranges free mini bus transfers to Carvoiero beach and to another beach, which I can't remember the name of, but it's amazing! A tiny beach all tucked away with soft sand and a little restaurant.
In terms of eating out there are two lovely restaurants nearby that I would recommend. Firstly there is a pizzeria about 10mins walk that offers great pizza at an extremely reasonable price. The lighting is perhaps a bit harsh for a romantic meal but the quality of the food was fantastic.
Lastly I cannot recommend the following place ENOUGH- Island cafe. We were told about this place by the man at reception but having the word 'cafe' for a romantic meal didn't really do it for us so we had gone to carvoeiro instead. It was only a couple of days later that we were speaking to some other guests and they recommended it.
Food, service, ambience- all amazing. If this place was in london it would be twice the price!! Having said that this is not a cheap meal- they use excellent produce and present the meal beautifully, but we had fillet steak at €20 with sides that was amazing and tiger prawns with Thai curry for €24. We had just been served our fillet steaks when my boyfriend accidentally knocked my glass of sangria over, spilling it onto my plate and my lap. As I was wearing a light coloured dress I immediately went to bathroom to mop up the stain but when I came back to the table 3 mins later there was a new fillet steak and a new sangria. The head chef who had finished for the evening had seen the accident had rushed into the kitchen and told them to cook a fresh one. Impeccable service!!! We went back twice more!
In summary this is a great villa complex really aided by the great guys who work reception and are eternally helpful. This place is really perfect for couples as there dont seem to be that many kids and certainly no 18-30s around! Having said that, if you do feel like a mad night out there are plenty of bars in carvoeiro with taxis costing €7 so it is definitely an option if you want it!
One tip would be to hire a car as there are so many lovely beaches and villages around that you can explore.
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- Also Known As:
- Colina Da Lapa Hotel Lagoa
- Colina Da Lapa Carvoeiro
- Colina Da Lapa Portugal/Algarve