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Club Med Da Balaia
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Reviewed 17 October 2013

Having visited club med in Turkey last year for a tennis holiday we we're expecting the same standard this year. Unfortunately the only part of the holiday that came close was the food.

The rooms were tired, the bathroom taps were loose and tiles were cracked, the air con was useless and we had problems with our safe not working properly. We had to pay for wifi but couldn't then get it in the room and even in the hotel it was hit and miss, we eventually got our money back but only after half an hours discussion with their tec adviser who spoke very little English.

Unfortunately it rained on our first two days so we were unable to play tennis, but even when the rain stopped, the clay courts were still unusable and it was impossible to clear the puddles off the slippery hard courts. When we did play the courts were not in very good condition but we had fun with the tennis coach who was lovely an extremely patient especially as he was on his own for all the group lessons.

We also found that as the resort was predominantly French, that even though some of the French tourists were extremely rude to both ourselves and the staff, that they received much more attentive treatment.

We will definitely not be returning to this resort!

Stayed: October 2013, travelled with friends
3  Thank PaintingitRed
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Reviewed 14 October 2013

We spent 5 nights at this facility because it was the conference hotel. One tends to feel sad to return home but after staying here we couldn't wait to get back home. The poor experience started with unhelpful reception staff. The room was abysmal and over looked a concrete block. The hotel itself may have been very modern In the 60's but was well past its prime with no attempts to modernise it. The airconditioning which is turned of in October regardless of the temperature was at least 25 yrs old( made in Western Germany ). The food was meant to be the saving grace but after a couple of days do being subject to buffets, queues and canteen style atmosphere we were quite fed up. Anything that tastes half decent runs out quickly and is not replenished and the restaurants close at 21.30. The bar was tacky and under staffed and the quality of the alcohol was poor.
Would we go back ----- never again! We have been all over the carribean in all inclusive resorts and that's where we shall continue to head in the future

  • Stayed: October 2013
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6  Thank Mad_Doug
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Reviewed 12 October 2013

Club Med Da Balaia is a well-established hotel/resort, on the fringe of the Albufeira area. Being older it has a good, attractive, and spacious location.
The buildings are not new, but from my experience seemed to be in good condition or recently renovated (exterior, public areas, bedroom). The steam room, however, was a bit smelly, and the ceiling was blistering.
My double room (in the Pyramide building) was of a generous size, with new fixtures within.

The gardens are very attractive, with well established trees and shrubs, with a lawn which sweeps downwards towards the cliffs. ‘Zen’ sunbathing spaces are set out in the gardens for those wanting to distance themselves from the bustle of the pool area.
Getting to the beach, reaching some sports facilities, and generally going up and down from the main reception area, involves taking some steps. It perhaps isn’t ideal for those who aren’t good on their feet.

There is an beautiful pitch and put area (greens a bit worn). Club use is free, but you have to buy/bring your own balls. It is largely on a cliff edge, so it isn’t too hard to knock them over the fence and lose them.

Evening entertainment is largely the shows in the theatre (and it really is a theatre). It is principally dance routines to backing tracks, with abridged versions of ‘Mamma Mia’ and ‘We Will Rock You’ being 2 of the 4 shows. Costumes, sets and choreography are of a surprisingly high level. Specialists produce the shows. The performers are the daytime workers, and they have to be commended for their versatility and energy. One evening per week is a casino, for pretend money.

The food was superb – the quality was what you’d expect a mainly French clientele to demand. If you love pastries and cakes and fresh French bread, then go to Club Med Da Balaia. There was no skimping on quality. Coffee and orange juice in the pool bar was made individually from an espresso machine, and from squeezed fruit, respectively.
I spoke to lots of French tourists who have been doing Club Med for years. Not one had a negative word to say about the food in the resort.
You get 3 main meals, morning and afternoon snacks, plus a pre-dinner aperitif.

I speak French well, which helped me to mix as a single traveller.
Normally I could spend the week barely speaking a word to another soul – which was getting a bit sad. At Club Med, with the range of activities (short free sports lessons, ‘tournaments’, exercise class, walks, etc.) and the atmosphere of camaraderie within the resort, I had loads of company, met some really nice and interesting people, was very active, and had a great time.
The one problem was not having enough time in the day to do everything.

Staff speak English to a greater and lesser extent, and try to do things in a bilingual way, but if you think you’ll not like French being the dominant language/culture, then it isn’t for you.

The staff were friendly and helpful. They live on site and eat with the guests. They often join guests at meal times or approach them in the bar and chat about their holidays. It wasn’t overpowering – you can keep yourself to yourself very easily at the resort. However, if you travel alone and want to mix, it is much easier here than elsewhere.
Though the workers are largely young, in this resort at least they aren’t too crazy. It is a family hotel.

Just one member of staff was unpleasant, and other guests picked up on it. Certain staff members were aware of her, and she should have been rooted out as it undermined their and the management’s excellent work. She was in a peripheral role, so happily most people wouldn’t actually have encountered her.

This was the best holiday I’ve had in years, and the only money I spent in a week was to tip the cleaner. There was no need for money. I wanted for nothing. By taking a Club Med package holiday I also had a later check-out time, baggage allowance and a meal on the plane.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled solo
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4  Thank Britboyslim
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Reviewed 3 October 2013

This was our second trip to La Balaia, having visited 4 years ago. We had originally booked to go to Opio in France but despite booking in early January our booking was cancelled by Club Med in May due to a corporate booking they accepted. As usual, the travel arrangements were well organised and worked like clockwork. The staff were welcoming and friendly and ensured that everyone had a good time. Whilst the food was good, we have noticed during our latest trips that the choice and "luxury" seem to be a little less, but still better than a nearby competitive chain (which shall remain nameless). It's only mentioned because during our last visit, the food was amazing. The hotel offers something for everyone no matter how energetic or chilled you wish to be. Lots of activities on offer but plenty of little quiet spots too to grab a quiet half hour. The small library of books left by departing guests is a nice touch, especially when the weather lets you down. If there was one small criticism to find, it would be that perhaps guests with young children (say, under 5) be encouraged to dine in the designated children's areas rather than the main dining areas. Alternatively a child free dining zone might be welcomed by some guests. All in all a nice relaxing week and we would have no hesitation in returning to this friendly resort.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Trish071
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Reviewed 16 September 2013

I rarely use travel companies as it had always seemed to me that it's a complication that you don't need when you can just book everything directly yourself. However my wife and I now have a small baby daughter and decided to try an all-inclusive resort for the first time. Looking through the countless companies offering to find "the best" all-inclusive deals within our price range, we came across Full Circle Travel. As they are a smaller travel agent we thought we would give them ago as we felt that they may be able to offer us a more personal service than what you would imagine receiving from a large chain operating purely on how much money they can squeeze both out of yourself aswell as the destination you plan on going to (which I believe could dampen the quality of service at both ends), and we could not of been any further impressed! Niall and his team were completely on the ball from the word go.
Firstly - we had absolutely no idea where we wanted to go but knew that we didn't want to go somewhere too hot (as previously mentioned we now have a baby in tow) and likewise, not too much travelling.
The team at Full Circle suggested a few countries we could visit, to which we eventually decided upon and settled on Portugal. We then settled on our eventual destination which was to be Da Balaia, a Club Med resort in Albufeira, the Algarve.
We listed the requirements of our holiday to Full Circle Travel who dealt with absolutely everything in a professional manner that was - in my opinion - second to none. They were so slick and non pushy in approach and we really did come away from our experience with Full Circle feeling like we mattered as customers, which can be suprisingly rare to find.
Now the holiday itself ........
Fabulous fabulous fabulous is all I can say! The flight was fairly standard although Kudos for the inflight meals. We weren't expecting them at all but it really kicked off the whole experience with a possitive. When we arrived at the airport we were met by a Club Med rep and swiftly taken off to our transfer and believe it or not, we didnt have to pick up our bags again until we arrived back at the airport at the end of our stay.
We got to the resort and was independtly shown around and then onward to our rooms. We had requested an inter-connecting room so our daughter had her own room. The Club Med staff were excellent and really went out of there way to make you feel like the king of your own holiday. The food was fantastic, varrying from meal to meal and always looked fresh and inviting regardless of the time you chose to have your meals. In between meals the refreshments and nibbles were plentyful, and the choice of available drinks was vast. The entertainment was upbeat when it needed to be and relaxed, romantic and serene at other times. 'Baby Med' is great if you wish to use it. My only regret is that I didn't take my Golf shoes - excellent facilities there!
So all in all and excellent stay which was backed up by excellent service from the teams at both Full Circle Travel and Club Med.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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2  Thank Karl P
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