My wife and myself are regular visitors to the hotel and make a special point of returning every May without fail. It hardly needs to be said that we think everything about the hotel, and the location, are great.
The Hotel …
The Falesia is an ideal for a quiet, relaxing and stress-free holiday for adults. Visitors tend to be retired couples and the occasional honeymoon couple. As a Thomson Gold hotel children are not catered for which contributes to the quiet and relaxing atmosphere. All the rooms have free Internet connection, full air conditioning, television and a private balcony. In standard rooms there is a safe for valuables and a fridge that may be used but only at an extra charge. In Superior rooms or junior suites the safe is included in the room price but the fridge is still extra and, in my opinion, too expensive to be worthwhile. The hotel grounds include the usual pool with the organised games but the lawned garden with fishponds is always a quiet alternative in which to relax.
The restaurant is all self-service with a wide variety of dishes to satisfy all tastes. There are frequent “themed” evenings where, for example, Chinese, Italian or Portuguese dishes will be offered. My wife is a vegetarian and is often spoilt for choice when choosing between the offerings. The head chef, Angelo, actively manages the restaurant by mingling with visitors helping and advising when choosing between the many offerings. The food choice and quality is excellent but be warned, the price of water at the table is too high at about 3.5euros a litre.
There is the usual evening entertainment. Many people enjoy it, some hate it. We don’t know, we go for a walk instead.
The reception staff all speak English and we have always found them to be pleasant and helpful.
Acoteias is not a “resort” but a quiet, largely residential area is situated in the Algarve approximately half way between Albufeira and Vilamoura and is close (1.5miles by road) to a small fishing village called Olhos d'Agua. The walk to the beach is an ideal stroll after dinner and is just under a mile and takes you through the Pine Cliffs resort. This is a private resort but has a special arrangement with the Falésia. Here you can watch the sun set over the cliffs or continue your walk using a private lift down to the beach. During the day the Falésia hotel runs a shuttle bus service to take visitors to the Falésia Beach. Within a couple of hundred yards of the hotel are a cash machine, supermarket, pharmacy, cafes, cycle and car hire, taxis, tour agent, bus stop. There are also a few restaurants that look very attractive but I must add that we‘ve never used them because the food at the Falésia is so good and we don’t want to miss a meal. A short walk along the beach or along the road to the fishing village Olhos d'Agua is very pleasant. Here there are a number of gift shops, cafes and restaurants. A great place to sit on a sunny afternoon, buy a drink, sit and watch people passing. We use the local bus service to travel to Albufeira and Vilamoura and then to walk back to the hotel along the beach or cliffs. From Vilamoura along the beach or cliffs is just over four miles and from Albufeira about five miles. The last part of the walk from Albufeira must be done at low tide to avoid a long detour by road. Either way you should carry plenty of water.
The Thomson rep will offer the usual coach trips to the usual places, markets and beauty spots etc. These tend to be expensive and sometimes fail to deliver exactly what they advertise.
The Falésia Hotel is a Marmite hotel. One reviewer said, “it’s not a proper resort”? He may be right! Some will love it and some will hate it. Some will miss the sports bars, time-share touts, illegal immigrants selling sunglasses and noisy stag party crowds found in some “resorts”. If these are the things you want then the Falésia is not for you. Others will value the peace and tranquillity in Acoteias that the absence of these brings.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Falesia Hotel is located close to Falesia Beach (800mts) and the town of Albufeira and in the center of the Algarve. Falesia Hotel in Acoteias surprise you with tranquil gardens and ample spaces, where one can soak the sun, tranquility, fresh air and smell of the beautifull umbrella shaped pine trees.For you well being and complete relaxation, there is a large outdoor pool as well as indoor one with Jacuzzi, Turkish Bath and Spa. Falesia Hotel is offering 169 rooms - all of the with the balcony and the views either of the pool, gardens, mountains - or even the driving range of the next door Golf Course. All the rooms also come with LCD satellite television, air condition (cold / hot) and very important free access to Wi-Fi connection. Our elegant "O Lago" restaurant is overlooking the Falesia Hotel beautiful gardens with some small fountains and where our delicious Buffett meals are served. "Show Bar" is the place to be in the evenings where the entertainment is provided for all those that are ready to party (occasional entertainment during the winter only). "Palm Bar" is serving those fantastic cocktails and the rest of the refreshing drinks during the high summer months.All the Golfers don't need to go far. There is a Golf Course next to Falesia Hotel and Vilamoura - with its best Golf Courses in Europe - is only up to 15 minutes drive from the Falesia Hotel.And if you want to have much bigger selection of shops, restaurants, bars, discos and any other entertainment, it is only between 5 and 8.5 Km to get to the capital of Portuguese tourism - Albufeira.If you are after complete relaxation you do not need to look any further. It is all waiting for you in the Falesia Hotel... "Simply relaxing... Holidays with no children" ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Falesia Hotel Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal
- Hotel Falesia Algarve
- Falesia Hotel Portugal
- Falesia Hotel Algarve