Just returned from 10 days, and had a fantastic time. We went with our 2 girls and had a lovely one bed apartment, twin beds in the bedroom and two sofabeds in the main living area, with patio doors opening in both rooms onto a double balcony. We overlooked the shrubland at the side of the complex which benefitted from the shade most of the day, sun went down directly opposite so was lovely in the evenings. Also opposite side of the pool and bar area so lovely and peaceful at night! Not overlooked by anyone and although on pool level, there was a level below us at the back which meant, not being on ground level, we could leave our patio doors open at night eliminating the need for air con - there was a unit but this was 10 euro a night to book, unless you booked the superior room where it came free! Pool area was fitting for the size of the apartments, sunbeds usually available early pm for those not early enough to bag one in the morning! Got busy mid to late afternoon with kids playing after a day out or on the beach, which was great for our youngest! Lovely and clean, but pool was freezing! I cannot fault the staff here at all, Ana and Adelaide did a fantastic job of running the bar, kitchen, reception and end of day pool and sunbed clearing and we were always greeted with smiley faces, nothing was too much trouble. The owners run a minibus service to and from the strip and the old town, but I have to say, I think the times could do with a little tweaking - the last bus to the old town left at 4.45 and you then relied on a taxi to get you back, I wouldn't even have tried to walk it - at 10pm, we waited 45 minutes for a taxi back. The walk to the strip took a good 20 mins but its quite steep in places and by the end of the holiday, it got a bit wearing! We did the shortcut to the beach down the dirt track, it was ok - wear closed in shoes and watch the steps as they are very steep down and then back up - we did walk back up on the last day, and am so glad we didn't attempt it before - not for the faint hearted! Eating out most evenings, we did find a few gems, but there were a few we'd rather forget! Disaster on the first night, our food took over an hour to come from ordering, which when you've been on the go all day with 2 kids, was a bit of a joke! This was at Raina's on what we called the small strip but that's reviewed elsewhere. I would recommend Balaia Sol if you want to be a little bit away from the noise and nightlife, quite hard work if you have smaller children or limited mobility. The wifi code is available from the bar at 5 euros for your entire stay, but its range is limited to the bar and pool area, not available in the rooms. Pool table, internet access and a couple of arcade games available in the pool bar, great range of snack foods reasonably priced and always served very quickly! The 4 out of 5 is purely for the location.
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- Balaia Sol Apartments Albufeira
- Balaia-Sol Holiday Club Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal