we travelled with thomson, transfered from airport by minibus due to narrow roads in praia de gale which was a bonus for us. on arrival to the hotel we were greeted with green tea with lemon and cold damp flannels to freshen up and very friendly staff.
Then our second floor, pool view room was clean, modern and peaceful and exceeded our expectations. We then ordered room service to top up our tummies which was very timely and gorgeous (good variety on the menu, however lacking a pizza).
We ate in the hotels restaurant once, which was very nice. I had mushroom risotto which was yummy! we also enjoyed wine from the vila gale's companies very own vine yard which was tastey and good price (however first bottle free). We only ate once in the restaurant as we found it expensive and limiting as i am fussy with meats and dislike fish, however this was the case across other restaurants in the area. there are a hand full fo restaurants in walking distance, however for those who dislike or would prefer a change from fish and meat, there was a modern pizza/italian called he lighthouse which we recommend highly.
We enjoyed the peace and quiet by the pool many days, soaking up the sun and enjoying a freshing dip in the pool, with afternoon drinks it was prefect. Drinks in the hotel and area are expensive, ie small coke cola is 2.50e, large water 3.50e. we recommend going to supermarket which is a five minute slow walk.
The spa was devine, however was disappointing as there is a fee to use facilities of 5e before 3pm and 10e after 3pm. However, if you book and have treatment you can use the spa free that day which we did. We had a romeo and juliet full body massage which was perfect to aid relaxation and destress, however, costly but worth every penny. Hotel stayers get 20% off spa treatments.
We also booked a great boat cruise for the day via the rep, and it was like paradise! we were taken to a small sucluded beach were we had a bbq and seen some dolphins :)
Overall, our holiday was peaceful and perfect for us.We will be going back to vila gale praia in the future and recommend it to any couples...all ages!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This adult's only hotel is located in a peaceful Gale district of the city, close to the like-named sandy beach. It is about 8 km to the city centre of Albufeira that offers countless shopping and entertainment venues and that can easily be reached by making use of the public bus service that departs from a stop located just 150 m from the hotel. Faro international airport is located some 50 km away. Completely renovated in 2004, this 3 storey hotel has a total of 40 double rooms. Guests have access to a vast pool and garden complex, a spacious foyer with lifts and a 24-hour reception desk, a games room, a TV room, a newspaper stand, several shops, a cosy bar and an air-conditioned a la carte restaurant with a separate non-smoking area. Room and laundry services as well as medical assistance are on offer and guests may make use of the parking facilities. The tastefully decorated rooms come equipped with a bathroom with hairdryer, a telephone, LCD TV with cable, a hi-fi stereo system, a kitchenette, a minibar/fridge, a double bed, carpeting, air conditioning, central heating, a hire safe, a sitting area and a balcony or terrace. In the outdoor area there is a swimming pool, a snack bar and a sun terrace with parasols and sun loungers laid out ready for use. It is also possible to make use Satsanga Spa with mega Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room/Turkish bath, fitness room, a massage service and beauty treatments. The nearest golf course is approximately 1 km away. Guests may select their breakfast from a wide buffet; lunch and dinner may be chosen from a menu although the evening meal may alternatively be taken a la carte. Guests have the opportunity to book a half board stay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Vila Gale Praia Hotel
- Vila Gale Praia Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal