We have just returned fro a week staying at Colina da Lapa
For the past 15 years we have taken our holidays in the Carvoeiro region and have driven past this resort many times - this year we were holidaying on a budget (a quick week in the sun was all we wanted!)
We booked for B&B in a 2 bedroomed villa and for the 1st time ever - we didn't hire a car!
The resort was absolutely fine for us (me - my husband and 2 daughter's aged 13 and 18) - the villa was big and spacious and had all the necessary equipment!! It was a bit dated and basic but adequate for our needs.
We ate at the restaurant 5 evenings out of 7 and couldn't fault the food - it was always perfectly cooked - well presented - tasty (not fine dining by any means but it suited us all perfectly!) the staff were very friendly and always polite and helpful - we enjoyed the breakfast -bread/croissants/jam/salami/cheese/eggs(if you ordered them) cereal/yoghurt/juice/fruit/hot drinks (not sure how much extra we paid for this but was well worth it for us)
We really liked the pool area - in the past we have stayed in private villa's so it was a nice change to have some company!! It was fairly quiet at the beginning of the week (still slightly out of peak season) but we could see it starting to pick up in our last few days. We never had a problem not getting a sun bed and the pool was plenty big enough.
The grounds of the resort were very well looked after and the gardeners were always busy - the villa was cleaned every day except Sunday - clean towels and beds always made - the staff on reception were always helpful - we booked a couple of taxi's and also made use of the complimentary mini bus one day - all very easily organised.
There was a basic entertainment programme over the week - no pushy animation team - just one girl covering a bit of everything - live music one evening - a quiz - even a parrot show which the little children seemed to enjoy - but it was all very low key - so you could take it or leave it!
If there were any down sides - one was the beds - very hard mattresses and the other was the air conditioning - it did seem to work but it had very little effect - we ended up sleeping with ALL upstairs windows open - which isn't ideal when (like me) you're allergic to mossie bites and insect stings!! (must remember to take anti-histamines next time!!)
We managed without a car as we knew we wouldn't be going anywhere (and we were on a tight budget) - however if you want to get out and about then I would recommend car hire as the taxi fares soon mount up!
So - overall we were very pleased with our stay - definitely value for money and we will go back at some point
Thank you to all the staff for making it so enjoyable and easy (especially the bar/restaurant 'boys!)
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- Also Known As:
- Colina Da Lapa Hotel Lagoa
- Colina Da Lapa Carvoeiro
- Colina Da Lapa Portugal/Algarve