I try never read reviews before I actually go on holiday, but because I was traveling with a very young family, I thought It might have been a good idea just to read what other people and some families thought.
I read such things as bugs in the beds, non-stop noise, mold in the bathroom... This is exactly why I don't read what other people think until AFTER I come home!!
The Vilanova Resort is very good value for money, and as a result, is very basic. But come on! How much time do you spend in your room when your on holiday!?
I was there with a young family (2 kids aged 3 months and 4 years) and when we arrived (after midnight) the reception staff were very helpful (if a little slow!)
We finally got to the one bedroom villa (after negotiating a tricky and quite poorly lit route through the resort) and were so tired that we just fell into bed. The following morning, we awoke to a lovely little cottage-style villa with a kitchen (inc. microwave, toaster, kettle, oven, hob and all the utensils and crockery) with a patio area and a huge bathroom.
Now, I'm not gonna sugarcoat it: the villa could have done with a lick of paint and some poly-filler, but it was clean and tidy. There was no mold in the bathroom and no definitely no bugs in the beds!!
The pool area is lovely (unfortunately, not heated which would have been nice in October!) with plenty of sun loungers. There is also a lot of grassy areas to sit on. We didn't make use of the pool-side bar, but it was always busy.
As for the noise... we didn't hear a sound our entire trip. It does depend on where you stay in the resort because 'The Strip' runs along one entire side of it. There are clubs, bars and restaurants that are open until the wee hours! During the day though, The Strip is a perfect little area for shopping, eating and just generally walking around!
You can book excursions to some really nice places - We went to ZooMarine (which is perfect for kids, with swimming pools, slides, animals, fairground rides and some really good animal shows) and I would definitely recommend it. There are others that include day trips to Gibraltar, shopping trips to Lisbon, really fun water parks and safari-style Jeep rides.
There are tons of amenities right on your doorstep when you stay at this hotel. Take the Tourist Train (which stops right outside the main entrance to Vilanova) up The Strip and along to the amazing beach or stay on it and ride around the area.
So, still not sure if Vilanova Resort is for you? Go on! Take the plunge and have a fantastic holiday!! :)
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- Also Known As:
- Vilanova Hotel Albufeira
- Vilanova Resort Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal