We have just arrived home after 11 nights at this beautiful hotel.
The hotel itself is wonderfully clean, very modern, good food, beautiful bedrooms, fabulous rain shower and free standing bath, fluffy pillows, great staff, large pool (if a bit cold), free fridge, free safe, comfy sun beds and a wonderful white sandy beach with a crystal clear sea just a stones throw away.
We walked to Lagos several times by walking down the to beach, turn right at the sea and then just keep going for about 30 mins, we also used the trains which only cost €1.40 each way but actually the walk is so pleasant we opted for that most of the time. Lagos is a lovely place with lots to do, shopping, eating and drinking, boat trips around the coves and caves and a lovely marina. The town has a lovely vibrant feel, quite upmarket and well kept. We ate out some nights at an Indian called Komal, a steak house called Don Torro and a tapas bar called Limos. Our meals for 2 ranged from €50-80 but the food and atmosphere were great. A taxi home at night was €7.
If you want a quiet adult only hotel with a touch of luxury, a clean white sandy beach and crystal clear sea on the door step, a lovely seaside town a short trip away with plenty of attractions then this place could be for you.
We enjoyed the food, we are big fans of fresh seafood of which there was plenty. Some nights the vegetable option was a bit lacking but we opted for the wonderful array of salad options instead. We broke the repetitiveness up a bit by eating out a few times but it's not necessary if you prefer to eat in house, you will find something to enjoy. We thought there was plenty of choice, it was well cooked, hot and fresh. It was a shame that the dress code at dinner wasn't met, many guests in shorts and beachwear which brought the tone down a bit but there did not seem to be a manager about so no effort was made to keep up the standards. I think a certain dress code for a 5 star hotel should be respected.
Now for the moany bit!
I hate to complain after such a fabulous holiday as it was an absolute treat.
The biggest gripe for us has to be the entertainment, not for us at all. We've now visited a few Thomson adult only or Couples hotels and they seem to assume we are are dead from the ears down. We are mid 40s and still enjoy concerts, live music, comedy nights and decent dance music. Please lay something on for the younger couples and those, like us, that are young at heart. A contemporary music area would be nice as an alternative, the hotel is very modern but the entertainment is, for us, old hat. The other gripe is the bar costs. Two spirits came to €15-17 and they were just standard UK measures. We have no issue with spending money on holiday but when you witness costs for drinks outside the hotel you do start to feel a little bit ripped off. We drank in town or at the beach bar near the hotel for less than half the price. We're not big drinkers, I suspect if you are, you may also want to drink elsewhere or your bill at the end of the holiday could be a stinger.
Water from the little shop down the road and to the left is very reasonable, they stock most essentials. Water is not provided by the hotel except for the first bottle in your room. For a 5 star hotel I think basic drinking water should be provided within the cost of the holiday.
We had room 325, facing the top pool, which also faces the sea. We had a lovely view and sun all afternoon and evening. We recommend the boat trip around the coves and caves, a great photo taking opportunity. This part of the Algarve is breath taking.
Would we go again. Yes, certainly, it's a lovely hotel in a prefect location. I was going to give it 4 stars but just can't mark it down for drink prices alone, you have a choice to pay it or drink elsewhere. Dress code also needs to be looked at to bring it up to 5 star dining standards.
The Thomson girls were lovely, the best yet.
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