Me and my boyfriend (both 23) visited this hotel for our first trip abroad together. On arriving at the hotel we couldn't believe how much nicer it looked from the pictures we had seen on the internet. The reception staff were very friendly and helpful and the bar, internet room, pool and reception were very clean and attractive; if a little empty at this time of year!
The apartments themselves were beautiful and a lovely size. There were good appliances and utensils for people who wanted to cook in the apartments however all the local resteraunts are cheap and delicious so we ate out every night. There is a small shop 2 minutes walk away or a Spar shop about 15 minutes walk away, which was very cheap and had a wide range of food and drink.
The weather in February was quite tempremental and would be brilliant sunshine one minute and hailing (no exxageration!) the next! I would probably reccomend going to Albufeira in April time when it will be warmer but not too busy.
The range of day trips were large and varied, however again these were limited due to the weather: no boat trips, etc. We visited Quateria market, which was a nice way to spend a morning although again it was smaller than usual due to the fact it had been raining a lot that morning. We also went on a half day trip to Silves and Monchique, absolutely beautiful locations and the tour guide was lovely and friendly as well as extremely knowledgable about the local area. Sadly, when we got to the top of Monchique (the highest point in the Algarve) it was pouring down and so foggy we couldn't see any of the view! It is definitely worth doing a lot of the day trips on offer but we were glad we only paid for half day trips as the weather was too bad to commit to a full day's trip. However we were told by other travellers on the tour that they had been to Albufeira at this time of year before and the weather had been beautiful so maybe it was just a one-off.
The local area was beautiful and there are a couple of small beaches about 5 minutes walk from the apartments. There were hardly any people on the beaches and it was the first time I've been to a beach that actually looked like something out of a travel brochure!
Even though many of the resteraunts on the strip were closed due to it being out of season, there was still quite a wide range to chose from. We had some lovely meals, in particular the wonderful 'Donaldos' with it's very friendly staff and delicious food and a lovely resteraunt and bar by the beach where they made a huge effort to make sure everyone had a wonderful valentine's day. I can't remember the name of this resteraunt but if you head down the hill to the sea front, BJ's cafe is on your right and this is on your left, from the roundabout, with tables outside to sit by the sea and enjoy some lovely sangria!
We would both highly reccommend these apartments and this area although maybe a little later in the year!!
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