No mistakes here: this club is for young families with babies or small children or elderly population. There is no in between here. The club is exceptionally well equipped for families with young children: there is babies swimming pool ( with cold water), baby and petit clubs and fully equipped baby food corner available from 7:30 in the morning until very late at night. Travel cots are of a good quality and the club understands babies very well.
-good tennis school, great tennis teacher (Etienne);
-two relaxation areas: one next to the pool, under the trees, one next to mini gold, adults only..... Very pleasant, quiet and relaxing;
-great fitness area under the pines ( unless raining);
- very good food, every day there was something very tasty on the menu;
- massive rooms, very large living space, large separate toilet and large bathrooms (stay in Golf, no view but it is very quiet);
- good service from reception, in general quite friendly GOs;
- decent shows at the theatre ( see cons);
- view from the resort is beautiful;
- it is generally pleasant to spend a week at Da Balaia;
- poor solution for rainy days: the fitness is moved to a dark, old and dusty theatre. The energym in the morning ( Marco) is done on the floor of this dark airless place and it is rather unpleasant to breath in the smell of old dirty dusty carpets. Marco is fantastic and seems to be exceptionally popular with elderly ladies, but he does not bother to translate the instructions to English. So all you have got left is to copy your fellow fitness buddies. Energym still took place in the theatre despite an excellent weather one sunny morning.
- tennis house/club: very strange young lady manning the tennis house. One morning we asked for a court and she replied that all courts are busy. We went to the courts to see if somebody wanted to play doubles and found that two out of 5 courts are free. When we came back for rackets she seems to have been unhappy that we have found a court to play. Very weird! On another occasion, the same weird young lady claimed that the courts are too wet and cancelled all the tennis lessons. It was a bright sunny morning and the court dried up within 10 minutes. All the courts were busy with people playing tennis, but the lesson was still cancelled. The general feeling was that she doesn't want people to play tennis.
- GO seems to be busy socialising with themselves .
- afternoon stretching is either held in the theatre ( see above) or in a very unattractive corner between two walls in the shade ( next to mini golf). It is Marco again and it is very popular, but bearing in mind an exceptionally beautiful scenery on the cliff with the view to the sea and the sunset I struggle to understand why it is not utilised. 3 years ago the same class was held on the cliff and it was breathtaking experience.
- cleaning is very average, but it is a minor con;
- no water activities in this resort;
Despite the above, it is a decent club, it has been an enjoyable week and I would not mind returning here in a few years or at retirement. I would not recommend this club to groups of friend aged below 50, unless with small kids.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Da Balaia stands on an ochre cliff in southern Portugal, overlooking a magnificent white sand beach. The Resort allies sports and well-being in an outstanding setting. It's a world to unwind in, perfumed by the woody scents of parasol pines, olive trees and eucalyptus. Comfort and cosiness are to be found everywhere, even in the reception area where marble floors and deep red walls set the tone. This is a Club Med Resort where families, golfers and Spa enthusiasts live together in harmony. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Club Med Da Balaia Hotel Albufeira
- Da Balaia Club Med
- Club Med Albufeira
- Albufeira Club Med
- Club Med Da Balaia Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal