My husband and I took a week holiday at Joinal in June this year and can honestly say we loved it.
On arrival we were given bread, milk, jam, butter, tea, sugar and coffee which we thought was a very nice touch!
It depends on what kind of holiday you're going for as to whether you should go here! We wanted to go and chill out and do absolutley nothing! Which this place was perfect for, very quiet with a few restaurants near by and 2 supermarkets within walking distance - one about 5 min walk, the other probs 12-15 min walk, but quiet days by the pool were all we were after and we got that and enjoyed the walk to the supermarket to break the day up a bit! :D
The marina is about a 5 Euro taxi ride away and Albufera centre about 10-12 Euro ride, plus you can get busses. So yes, it is a little bit in the middle of no where but if what you want is peace and quiet then this place is perfect and if not then hire a car and go exploring or book excursons (which there are plenty of!!). If you visit anywhere in the algarve and want exploration etc it is advised you hire a car anyway!! We chose not to and got along fine!!
each apartment has a private garden which I loved! And a bbq which we used several nights and dined alfresco! The cleaners even cleaned the bbq in the morning!! We also ate out at 3 of the restaurants and enjoyed both very much!! There is also a fab family bar up the road called scooby's who offer a free minibus service to and from the bar to your apartment!!
We did take our own pillows as read a few reviews complaining about that and we're glad we did as the pillows were a bit hard.
The apartment itself serves its purpose!! it has all the facilities you need including a downstairs toilet and shower!! what more could you ask for?! 2 bedrooms upstairs - more like a house than an apartment. There are marble stairs though which i understand can be a worry for those with children, however, i've been to many apartments where the floor is all marble and stone stairs leading to it. They're not going to put carpet down for it to get dirty now are they?! And yes, the appliances are a bit old but they work absolutely fine!!!
The TV is small . . . but why on earth do you need a TV on holiday?! We didn't even switch it on!!
There is a book shelf with books on which we both loved as we'd brought our own but we read a lot so we read a few of those too!!
They also have free wifi.
The pool was clean, the grounds very well maintained and very nice!!
All in all we had a lovely time. . .like i say, only go here if you just want a quiet, relaxing holiday.
If you want busy, lively, lots of things around, a brand new apartment with brand spanking new appliances then this isn't for you. But I feel if you live in the real world then here is just fine!
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