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Colina da Lapa
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Lagoa
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Reviewed 15 April 2012

We have just returned from a one week stay and had a two bedroom villa. The resort is quite a way from the airport and make sure if you are driving to get good directions as we found it very difficult to find having arrived late at night at Faro! I think that you do need a car as even the local beach is a trek but I've seen there are buses to popular destinations. The weather has been dreadful however the villas do have a fire place so stock up on wood logs for the evenings. It's very pretty although not much going on if the weather is bad, the pool area is very clean.

The kitchen could have done with a few more facilities and if you like a cup of tea in the mornings forget it as the 'mugs' are no larger than an expresso cup!

All in all we have had a nice stay and will return but only in the height of summer when the sun is shining!

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 14 March 2012

Me and my wife booked a late deal, allocation on arrival and as soon as we arrived we looked at eah other to suggest wow, how lukcy are we to get this place as cheao as we did.
You get your own house within grounds, gardens ect .....
On site they have a tennis, a shop and a Bar/Resteraunt.
The hotel offer a free shuttle servie to near by Caveiro which is a lovely little place, nice beach as well.
It is very quiet around the hotel grounds and surrounding areas but it was just what we wanted.
Staff at the hotel wee great and if I remember correctly there was a very friendly bloke called Rui. Always happy to help.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank 85MANC
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Reviewed 9 March 2012

Just spent a fantastic week at this great resort. Booked last minute online from lowcostholidays.com - the price seemed too good to be true, so wasn't sure what to expect!
However the apartments were huge and well equipped. The grounds were beautiful with lots of flowering plants and shrubs. The staff were fantastic and went out of their way to help us - the handyman even drove us to the nearest supermarket to buy nappies when our baby run out!

Although the weather was lovely during the day, it was chilly in the evening. Fortunately our apartment was heated and also has a real fireplace - firewood was sold at reception for a very reasonable price.

The only drawback i can see is that Colina de Lapa is quite far from the sea, however there is a free minibus available, so this is not much of a problem. The local beaches are all beautiful - although the water was pretty freezing while we were there! Overall I would definitely recommend staying here.

Stayed: February 2012, travelled with family
4  Thank fdlowe
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Reviewed 16 January 2012

We have stayed here 4 times and are about to book a fifth.
We love this place as it is a little away from the sea but in very pleasant surroundings.
The staf are very helpful and go out of there way to ensure you have a good stay.

There are shops and bars not far away and the other attractions of the Algarve only a short drive away.
The apartments are large and kept very clean and are well priced.

We will return in 2012

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank KenSolihull_England
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Reviewed 3 November 2011

We spent a week at Colina da Lapa at the beginning of October. The weather was wonderful we never saw a cloud all week. We booked this from a Travel Zoo offer and paid less than £400 for Flights, Accomodation and transfers, what a bargin it was! We had seen the Hotel on Tripadvisor and it looked just what we wanted, quiet, relaxed and lovely accomodation. Check-in was late, 1am but the reception staff were helpful and friendly. Our apartment number 71 was very large with typlical Portugese style furniture, a big well equiped kitchen, large bedroom with twin beds and air-con. Every thing we needed.
Some reviewers say a car is needed but we were fine without. We walked to the local supermarket (left out of the entrance and follow the road) which sold everything we needed apart from fresh meat. Its a 10 minute walk and was reasonably priced. Then we got the free shuttle bus (runs at 9:45 and 11am) into beautiful Carvaeiro town about 3 times and returned on it at 4pm. The other days we chilled out round the pool, which was very quiet with plenty of sunbeds. The shuttle also went to the local beach at 10am and returned at 3pm if that's what you wanted. We taxied into Carvaeiro one night and had a fantastic meal at Happy's restaurant, the taxi was 14 euros return so not bad at all! On our last night we went to the Island Cafe, just outside the Hotel entrance and had the best meal we have had for some time. (See my seperate review).
All in all this is a great resort and we have already booked a week in March next year as we enjoyed it so much. Thanks again to all the staff who made our stay perfect.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 October 2011

We just got back from a holiday in Ibiza where the hotel was awful so I thought I would write a review about the Colina which we visited in July as everything was really nice and relaxing here. The complex itself is like a small neighbourhood with a quiet street at one end where the villas are and a relaxing pool area at the other. We stayed in a one bedroom apartment not far from the pool area, the apartment itself was really spacious, clean and had everything we needed. The staff at reception where very friendly and helpful and the pool area is lovely and clean. The best thing for me is the complex is nice and quiet. You do need a car really to get about but as long as you know that before then it's not a problem. There is a lovely Italian restaurant about 15 mins walk in Sesmarias which I would recommend.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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3  Thank C-Oxfordshire
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Reviewed 18 October 2011

Have just got back from a week at the colina da lapa and for what we paid last minute it was well worth the money !

Firstly the one bedroom aparment we had was massive.. ( ive seen smaller one bedroom flats in this country lol ) we had a balcony back and front which was ideal for the sun ! the kitchen was we stocked with pots and pans ect for selfcatering over and hob worked fine, i see in some reviews they saw there was no KETTLE.. there is now as well as a toaster ! there is also a washing manchine plus iron, and a massive fridge with a proper frezzer not just an ice box

The living room was big with a table and 4 chairs, plus a sofa and arm chair, Tv with 3 uk channels + Eurosport in some random language

bedroom was ok, 2 x single beds.. and decent pillows now as see some people moaned about them b4. whole apparment very clean. i see people moaning about the smell in the bathroom, this is just you typical "abroad" smell u get in most palces and nothing to worry about

The pool and bar area where nice with plenty of sunbeds ( owners of colina if your reading this time for new sunbeds,,, to many fat bums been on those ones and they are a bit saggy in the middle lol )

The complex its self is quite far out from anything but this is what makes in nice and quite, there is a resturant oppsite which i think has changed hands from previous reviews as its now quite posh, but very nice and good value. There are two others when you turn left outside the main entrance and walk for about 10mins.. there is an itialan next to the water tower which was nice (closed on mondays out of season) apart from that the other places are all in the town.. Which is a very very long walk and for the sake of a 6 -7 euro taxi ride is not worth the effort

we walked to the beach one day that was a good 30mins so take a drink with you ! the beach was nice with sunbeds toilets showers ect ( abt 25wooden steps down to the beach no ramp ) very sheltered with nice sand and sea

All in all these are nice apartments if you really wana get away from everything, would prob hire a car next time. I would class myslef as fussy traveler, but really loved this place !!

**if you dont get on with steps or walking this may not be for you.. it is possible to get around, but aparments ect do have alot of steps to them so go for a 2 bedroom aparment as they are all ground floor (i thinnk)

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Address: Sesmarias-Farragudo, Lagoa 8400, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Lagoa
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Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Lagoa
Price Range: £25 - £107 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Colina da Lapa 3*
Number of rooms: 70
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