Spent two weeks here in July 2014. Immediately when you arrive in the gate the complex has a classy, relaxing and homely feel to it.
We were a family of two adults and one child and had a studio apartment which was lovely and suited our needs perfectly. Excellently kitted out kitchen with everything you'll need (including dishwasher and washing machine). The back of our apartment opened onto a little garden seated area which was lovely to sit out in for our meals. The apartments are spotlessly clean and extremely well maintained.
The pool area is lovely and not too difficult to get a decent sunlounger if you put your towel down by about 9:30am. There is also a nice little snack bar beside the pool also which serves ice creams, snacks, coffee and beer / wine / etc.
As regards location the complex is just outside the town but a pleasant 15 min walk (downhill will have you in the centre of Carvoiero). Carvoierio itself is lovely with a lovely beach. There are no high rise developments and it is a cosy little town with a nice family oriented atmosphere. The nearest beach is about 5 mins walk away.
We did not have a car and to be honest didn't need one. We usually walked into town and got a taxi home for €5. You can also get to the large Intermarche about 3 miles away by taxi (about €15 return) for a big shop. There is a small supermarket on the way into town (about 10 mins from the complex for the basics). The only reason to have a car would be if you wanted to explore further afield in the Algarve. It's certainly not a necessity though.
Ate at the restaurant once for lunch. Lovely food but the quantities were TINY! It was very much a novelle cuisine type of place. Looks lovely, tastes lovely but you wouldn't want to go there hungry!
Finally the staff in general were friendly, in particular the cleaning staff. The only slightly negative experience was one of the reception staff who had a bit of an attitude problem and a number of simple requests were greeted with a frustrated sigh! Maybe she was just having a bad day!
In summary and most importantly, would I return here. Most definitely YES! One of the nicest and most relaxing holidays I've ever had. We will be back for sure.
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