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“Relaxing getaway”
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Monte Santo Resort
Ranked #2 of 19 Hotels in Carvoeiro
Certificate of Excellence
Sussex
Level 5 Contributor
57 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Relaxing getaway”
Reviewed 19 May 2014 via mobile

Just returned from a 4 day break. This hotel surpassed our expectations as was very reasonably priced. The gym and facilities were excellent indoor pool is a good size. The outdoor pool was huge and well kept. Couldnt believe how empty it was mid May. The restaurant was exceptional quality and staff in all areas polite and friendly at all times. Does appear this resort is aimed at those with younger families but wasnt an issue. Rooms were spacious and very well equipped (2tvs. Dvd. Ipod4 dock) and well looked after. Trip into town was 5mins by taxi (5 euros) and I would recommend buying beers and water from the town as a lot cheaper.

Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Monica R, Sales & Marketing Manager at Monte Santo Resort, responded to this review, 6 June 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you so much for taking the time to post such a great review on the site following your stay with us and we are so pleased that you found everything impeccable. We are indeed a family resort with fantastic facilities in a quiet area of Carvoeiro at 10 minutes walking distances to Carvoeiro beach and centre.
We look forward to welcoming you back in the not too distant future and please do not hesitate to contact us if we can be of assistance at any time.

Warm regards,

Monica Ribeiro
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Reviewed 17 May 2014

My boyfriend and I have just got back from a 11 day stay at this resort. We were so impressed with everything about it and for the money we paid on a last minute deal- it was such a treat. The resort is compact lovely indoor and outdoor pools. Outdoor pool quite chilly but great for cooling off and it is a big pool. Lovely beds to lay on whilst enjoying a cocktail in the sun. We did not eat at the hotels restaurant but it was very smart, a nice setting. The tennis court and gym are great for keeping fit on holiday.
The apartment we had was lovely, I think we were upgraded as we had a large two bed, two bath (which became his and hers) one with a sea view from our sizeable balcony where we ate breakfast each morning. Lovely toiletries, ipod dock and speakers, tv in each room, remote control air con, good hairdrier, good quality sheets and towels, jacuzzi baths, powerful showers all great to add to the experience. Washer/dryer was a great thing to have although we didn't use it and having a dishwasher was also great, the one time we left our dirty dishes on the side housekeeping had washed them in the dish washer. We bought fairy liquid and when we had washed up housekeeping put our dishes away. Great service as not something you would usually get in self catering apartments- they made up our room each morning and replenished the toiletries and changed towels. The resort was about 3/4 empty which made it very quiet, even if full it would still feel like there's enough distance between guests. The walls are thick and you do not hear neighbours, resort is on a quiet road so no noise.
Staff friendly and helpful. Overall a fantastic stay, I could go on singing it's praise....

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank LauLizG
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Monica R, Sales & Marketing Manager at Monte Santo Resort, responded to this review, 1 June 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to share your review of your recent stay at Monte Santo Resort.
I was thrilled my team took care of your every need during your stay with us and delighted to read you also enjoyed our excellent apartments and resort facilities.

I look forward to welcoming back soon.

Kind Regards

Monica Ribeiro
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London, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 May 2014 via mobile

I stayed at this hotel from May 9th-13th this year with 3 of my friends and it was the best experience! The overall look and feel of the hotel is great, the facilities are great and in tact (5 pools, sauna, gym) and the service was beyond excellent.

All the staff, from the restaurant to the front desk, were extremely helpful and polite, and our every need was met. William on the front desk was especially helpful to us over our stay, helping us book cabs and offering advice on what to do and where to go during our stay.

We had a two bedroom apartment with two bathrooms which was lovely and convenient for us. It was cleaned and replenished daily.

The food in the restaurant was very good too. There could've been a bit more selection but, nonetheless, the quality of the food served was really good.

As four young girls, we did want to go out and experience the nightlife. In that respect, the location of the resort wasn't the greatest as Albufeira (where the main party strip is) was about a 30 minute cab ride away which cost about €40 each way. Split between us it wasn't too bad but I would definitely say this hotel is geared more towards families. There is a small beach about a 5 minute drive from the resort and the resort offer a shuttle bus.

Overall, we loved our stay at the hotel and I would definitely stay here again and recommend others to stay here despite the location.

  • Stayed May 2014
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Thank CaseyEO-13
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Monica R, Sales & Marketing Manager at Monte Santo Resort, responded to this review, 1 June 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for choosing to stay at Monte Santo Resort and we appreciated your feedback posted on TripAdvisor.

I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us appreciating the resort's fantastic accommodation's and facilities. It is always a pleasure to hear that our guests have enjoyed the services that we offer. I am delighted to discover that our associates have positively contributed towards this enjoyment. I will pass on your encouraging feedback to them as they all are working very hard to make every guest feel special.

On your next visit to Monte Santo, I suggest you visit praia da Rocha in Portimão, about 15 minutes drive from the resort. A wonderful city with many attractions and a great night life.

Thank you once again for your contribution and we do look forward to having the opportunity to welcoming you back very soon.

Kindest regards,

Monica Ribeiro
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London
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Reviewed 14 May 2014

Ive just got back from a long weekend holiday with 3 other friends. Everything about this resort was amazing. The quality of service received from all of the employees, in particular William at reception was 10/10. He was so helpful, friendly and welcoming throughout. The only downfall was its location as it is a good 40 minute drive to the nightlife in Albufeira. Other than that, the resort is beautiful. Would definitely recommend it to those wishing to experience a taste of Portugal's finest.

  • Stayed May 2014
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Thank VDigie
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Monica R, Sales & Marketing Manager at Monte Santo Resort, responded to this review, 21 May 2014
Dear Guest,

We very much appreciate the wonderful endorsement on TripAdvisor.
I can see that you were particularly impressed about the friendliness and professionalism of our team members who were delighted to receive such kind words of praise. Thank you.

On your next visit to Monte Santo, I suggest you visit praia da rocha in Portimão, about 15 minutes drive from the resort. A wonderful city with many attractions and a great night life.

We are looking forward to welcome you and your friends back again very soon to Monte Santo.

Warm regards,

Monica Ribeiro
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Croydon, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 May 2014

We were looking for some cheap sun and this fitted the bill perfectly. The resort is in a nice quiet town 45 minutes from Faro airport and is reasonably new. We stayed in room 6 on a room only basis, which was located in the club house which was very nice. A main room with a great kitchen with full cooking facilities along with a lounge and dining area, 1 bedroom and 2 bathrooms. It also had a very large terrace with sun loungers and table and chairs. The neighbouring terraces were only separated by a small fence, which would have been slightly annoying but luckily no one was occupying the adjacent rooms. In fact I’d imagine the whole resort was only about a quarter full which was nice as the pool area was very quiet. Pool was a bit chilly but this was understandable for the time of year.

We cooked our own food for a couple of nights and it would have been nice if some things like oil and washing up liquid were provided, but as we went shopping anyway it wasn't a huge problem. We had hired a car, which I would recommend. It was about a 20 minute walk down a big hill to the town and access to the supermarket required a car. Parking is free at the resort.

The small amount of service we received from the staff at the resort and all were quite friendly. I imagine this place would be very expensive in the high season, but for a short break in May it was great value and the weather was more than good enough.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Monica R, Sales & Marketing Manager at Monte Santo Resort, responded to this review, 21 May 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your review, we were delighted to read you enjoyed such a wonderful stay.

It is was pleasing to learn that you memory our full equipped, privileged and stylishly furnished Monte Santo Suites.

Carvoeiro beach and centre is about 15 minutes walking distance. Our daily free shutle service to the beach and Carvoeiro centre allows our customers to use this service several times a day.
I also noticed your comments about some items that you missed in your Suite during your stay and was dissapointed to learn that you have not been informed about our shopping service that we organize before guests arrival or/and during their stay. Please apologize for not having received this information before your arrival.
However, I'm please that you found one of our three nearby supermarkets and could enjoy our full equipped kitchen.

Once again, thank you for your wonderful comments.
We will be looking forward to welcome you back again very soon.

Kind regards,

Monica Ribeiro
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Reviewed 13 May 2014

I spent 4 days at the resort with 3 friends. All staff were extremely friendly, helpful and professional and they exceeded my expectations with the level of service.

The food at the resort was tasty, with good portions and reasonably priced. Interestingly the food at the resort was better than any restaurant we visited in the in the time we were there!

The cocktails and drink menu were also very well delivered and moreish!


The only downfall was that we are a young group (early 20s) and the party area was a 30min drive each time, the resort location is more family orientated but still worth every penny

I would definitely go again and recommend this resort to anyone. I am beyond satisfied :)

  • Stayed May 2014
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Thank Chelsiboo_
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Monica R, Sales & Marketing Manager at Monte Santo Resort, responded to this review, 21 May 2014
Dear Guest,

We very much appreciate your wonderful endorsement on TripAdvisor.
I can see that you were particularly impressed by our menu options at "Monte dos Comensais" resataurant with the wonderful terrace overlooking to the pools and garden's of the resort.

I also noticed your comments about the friendliness and professionalism of our team members who were delighted to receive such kind words of praise. They are truly dedicated.

Albufeira truly offers a very lively variety but it could also be fond in Portimão at a short 15 minutes drive from Monte Santo. On your next visit to our resort, please accept our suggestion to visit the lively evenings of Praia da Rocha in Portimão.

Thank you again for your comments.
We hope that you travel plans bring you back again to Monte Santo in the near future.

Kindest regards,

Monica Ribeiro
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Bedfordshire
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Reviewed 13 May 2014

Myself and my best friend went for a 5 day trip before she has her baby and we couldn't have chosen a better resort. Our 2 bedroom town house was superb - far better than any self catering apartments we have used before and the breakfast provided, although basic by 5-star terms was more than adequate. I would reiterate previous comments, take your own dishwasher tablets and washing machine powder! We had 1 King size bedroom with ensuite and one twin room with ensuite. All rooms in the house were spacious and linen provided of excellent quality.

We clearly chose a VERY quiet week to go as daily by the pool there were no more than 2 dozen people. However this suited us!

The resort was very close to the town and we had lovely meals out each night. We did have lunch by the pool twice and the food was good.

As European 5 star hotels go this was good. Its not Dubai 5 Star good but certainly by European standards we couldn't fault it.

I would go back with my husband or friends at any time.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank felicity1977
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Monica R, Sales & Marketing Manager at Monte Santo Resort, responded to this review, 21 May 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you so much for taking the time to post such a great review on the site following your stay with us and we are so pleased that you found everything impeccable and enjoyed the luxury townhouse. We are indeed a family resort with fantastic facilities in a quiet area of Carvoeiro at 10 minutes walking distances to Carvoeiro beach and centre.

We look forward to welcoming you back in the not too distant future and please do not hesitate to contact us if we can be of assistance at any time.

Warm regards,

Monica Ribeiro
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Property: Monte Santo Resort
Address: Rua Joao Paulo II | Lagoa, Carvoeiro 8400-556, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Carvoeiro
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Carvoeiro
#2 Family Hotel in Carvoeiro
#2 Spa Hotel in Carvoeiro
#2 Romantic Hotel in Carvoeiro
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Monte Santo Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 133
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Monte Santo Resort in Carvoeiro, offers a range of modern and luxurious Suites, apartments and townhouses. Just 45 minutes from Faro airport, Monte Santo is situated on the hilltops over Carvoeiro, a historic fishing town.Whether you are looking for a relaxing Algarve holiday, a fun-filled family holiday, or a spa or golf weekend, Monte Santo will cater to your every need with 5 star luxury. ... more   less 
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