We have just returned from a 10-day fab holiday at Club Med Da Balaia. We are a family with an 18-month old toddler. Absolutely everything was provided for us, from pushchair, high chair, travel cot, grobag, change mat to bottle warmer etc. This is the most relaxing holiday we have had in ages. The food at Da Balaia is gorgeous. We had lobster, foie gras, freshly grilled fish and lots of other delicious food. The house wine served at lunch and dinner was of very good standard. Our daughter also ate freshly prepared food from the baby buffet. We stayed at the Pyramide Hotel and had a newly refurbished room with sea-view, it was lovely. Air-con, fridge, flat screen, we felt spoilt!
The swimming pool is fantastic and our daughter loved it (especially the pancakes and fresh fruit being served at the pool bar from 4pm!) The pool is not heated though so I am not sure how cold it would get out of season. We didn't spend much time on the beach as our daughter doesn't like sand (!!) but it is beautiful (white sand and clear water). There was a real international feel about the place with Brit, Dutch, Spaniard, Italian, Portuguese and of course French guests. Finally, the staff was very kind, eager to help and make us feel welcome - Thumbs-up!
We will definitely go back to this Club Med. The only downside we found was that some guests tended to smoke on the outside terraces where we ate. We had a word with the "Chef de Village" about it who said he was going to enforce smoking and non-smocking area on the outside terraces so hopefully this won't be a problem for much longer.
I would highly recommend this Club for families with small children. We had a ball!
- 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