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Villa Termal das Caldas de Monchique Spa & Resort
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Monchique
Reviewed 23 September 2013

Me and my boyfriend spent a week in Villa Termal this September. Good points about the hotel...firstly the scenery is quite beautiful, the whole area has a lovely traditional untouched feel to it, and its very quiet and relaxing. Our room was really lovely, high ceilings with antique furniture, it was spotlessly cleaned each day. The pool area was also great, lots of sunbeds and cushions to laze around on, and this was also kept spotless and not too busy. You could have your breakfast in the central courtyard which was a really nice area to eat in. Breakfast itself was nice, fresh fruit and juices, jams, cheeses, meat and toast were there everyday, but did start to get a bit samey by the end of the week. There are also two mountain bikes on reception which you can use free of charge, I'd highly recommend trying a trip up the mountain, the views are breathtaking, but it's very steep, and watch out for the guard dogs!

Now bad points, maybe because we were there in September but there was VERY little to do. Transport links are very poor. You can get a bus to the neighboring town of Monchique, or to the larger town of Portimoa, but they are irregular and quite expensive at 4.25 Euro single. In the end we had to get a car otherwise we would have gone stir crazy with boredom. We had dinner at the restaurant one night, which was nice but nothing special and quite expensive, we found a much nicer place on the main road, about 300m left from the main entrance. We also went to the spa, which was pleasant, but needs a bit of a refurb. The main problems we had were the staff. They were very reluctant to give information, and some were just plain rude and dismissive, apart from the housekeeping staff, and one nice girl at the pool bar, staff really didn't seem to want to interact or speak to guests at all, and when we asked one girl on reception what to do, and where we could visit she told us we should just stay on complex. There were a few event going on, like an outdoor cinema, and walk of the local area, but these were hardly advertised, and we only found out about them after they had happened. Even finding out about being able to take the bikes out only happened because I remembered someone mentioning it in their review. This seemed to be more of a place were Portuguese people would go for a day or two for the spa treatments, or where daytrippers would come for a visit. At night it was deadly quite, they had one nice bar there called O Tasco, with a lovely outside seating area, but on more than one night we were the only people there.

In summary I think this place could be something quite special with a few improvements, and on the whole I'd rather go somewhere unique like this then your average cheap touristy resort. Both me and my boyfriend agreed we would go back, but that 3-4 days was all you really need see the area.

Room Tip: Ask for a room overlooking the pool, the view down the valley is lovely.
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 September 2013 via mobile

We have just come back from celebrating our wedding at villa Termas and what a great celebration it was.The day was more than perfect and we couldn't give one fault of the whole day.

We stayed a few days before the wedding so we got to experience everything the place has to offer. The facilities at the hotel were great and everything was clean, there were lots of places to eat and the breakfast had more than enough options with even the choice to order your own eggs any way you wanted them.

The wedding day itself was the icing on the cake, from start to finish the staff at Villa Termas were on hand to help whenever needed and the day ran without fault. The location is beautiful and the chapel is one of the most beautiful we have ever seen. We have not yet seen a photograph of the day which does not look picture perfect.

We also want to say a special thank you to Tiago and Ana who helped with the planning and everything on the day. They helped with every request we had and provided everything we asked for and more. The day would not have been as great if they had not been involved and we will never be able to thank them enough. We will always remember our day here and always look back on it with only the best memories.

We could not recommend this place enough and I could not think of a better place to have a wedding than here.

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Reviewed 22 August 2013

Stayed at Villa Termal for 4 nights, absolutely loved it, staff at pool bar and tapas bar were so friendly' offering fresh fruit during morning and evening.
Rooms were spotless cleaned everyday.
Water aerobics available 2 mornings a week and Zumba 2 evenings a week.
The live entertainment at weekends at restaurant 1692 was fantastic.
Can't fault it at all, loved every moment will definitely be returning in the future.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank margaret A
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Reviewed 21 August 2013

The hotel is located in a beautiful green valley, far away from all the tourist crowds. It is the perfect spot to relax! The garden around the swimming-pool is very well looked after and it is great to spend your day there! Even in August and during the high season, you can relax and enjoy! The location is also great because it is not a long drive from the hotel to the South coast, nor to the West coast.
In the Villa Termal where we stayed, breakfast was served on the fourth floor and it was possible to sit outside on a very nice terrace!
However, I would like to point out:
- we stayed in the part of the hotel complex called Villa Termal, just next to the factory that is producing the mineral water "Monchique". The water pumps of the factory can be heard all day and night and it is impossible to sleep with an open window (which would have been perfect in the green valley!), so you will have to keep the windows closed and the air-conditioning on all day and night.
When we booked the hotel, we were not aware of the different buildings in the hotel complex. So when you are booking it might be worthwhile to check in which part of the hotel complex your room will be located, there seem to be big differences in quality and quietness.
- there were lots of ants in the room (between corridor and bathroom), which we pointed out to the receptionist. She came and sprayed the room and said she would check again the next day and we could change the room if it stays the same.
The ants were back the next day and we pointed it out again to another receptionist, which did not seem to be aware of the problem. She noted it down but nothing changed.
We also did not insist to change the room, as we were not too worried about the ants, but if somebody is allergic or just does not want to have ants in the room, please ask beforehand.
- There was no hair dryer in the bathroom, the shower cubicle was tiny and not up to the standard of this hotel.
- No WiFi in rooms.
- The coffee at breakfast was a real disappointment.
- On the first night we had dinner in the hotel's restaurant on a beautiful terrace under old trees. The location was excellent but the value for money of the food was not good, it was well over-prized.

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Just down the road (when coming up from Portimao, just before getting to the roundabout) there is a nice little restaurant and souvenir shop. In this restaurant you can sit on the terrace overlooking the whole valley with the buildings of Portimao in the distance. The food is excellent and the prices, too!

All in all we had a wonderful time there, due to the natural location of the hotel, its surroundings, gardens, swimming-pool area, service, and we would also book it again! However, I think the hotel is sometimes not up to the standard that it pretends to be.

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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank julipeach
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Reviewed 21 August 2013

A 2 day stay at villa termal revealed a beautiful hideaway in the mountains, howevever the restaurant service and the spa in general was a bit of a let down. Good value ultimately so definitely worth a visit with some expectation management.

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2  Thank Chapster73
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Reviewed 18 August 2013

We recently stayed at Villa Termal Monchique for a couple of nights to break up our coastal holiday in Portugal. The setting is beautiful and idyllic, nestled in a small and pretty town. Our room was located in the old part of the town, overlooking the central square of the hotel - around which the restaurant and evening activities took place. The room was pleasant, however it lacked some basic amenities we should have expected to find such as an ironing board, a working safe (ours had the lock removed) and a decent hair dryer. There were also no coffee or tea making facilities in the room.

The restaurant in the square is the main venue for eating, and whilst the food was good the service was disappointing. On numerous occasions our food arrived before our drinks, and it was frustrating to have to clear our own table a number of times when the waiter arrived hands full with our next course and we had not yet finished our starters. Breakfast was functional and adequate, although the layout and the single beverage machine made it a bit of a battle at peak times. The coffee machine wasn't working properly and there were many annoyed guests.

We utilised the spa on the second day and the functional white spa building, that sits slightly apart from the main square and gardens, seems a little at odds with the old town beauty that is reflected in the villa itself. We booked a number of treatments throughout the afternoon, and had mixed experiences. The aqua massage seemed a little brusque and amateurish and the foot massage was pleasant but seemed to lack real skill or expertise. This was a theme that continued throughout our final full massage, and we were left with the distinct impression that the staff were perhaps not fully qualified in their areas of work in the spa.

However, despite some of our frustrations we had a lovely time and especially enjoyed relaxing in the garden around the pool. Although it is a spa I would note that there are more children than you would expect, probably due to the fact we went in August. This unfortunately spoilt the tranquil settings.

I wouldn't discourage anyone from staying at Villa Termal, however it is not as professional as some of the spa resorts we have been to before. It is good value however, so I would imagine some expectation management would be useful when you book!




Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 August 2013

The atmosphere of peace, old-style living and refreshing environment make this beautiful, hidden secret a perfect holiday get-away. The spa, the restaurant, the service, the local 'chouriço' bread, the gurgling of running streams - a gem.

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Additional Information about Villa Termal das Caldas de Monchique Spa & Resort

Address: Caldas de Monchique, Monchique 8550-232, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Monchique
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Monchique
Price Range: £32 - £120 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Villa Termal das Caldas de Monchique Spa & Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 89
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the top of Algarve!Resembling a white village perfectly nestled among the Monchique Hills, Villa Termal features an outstanding Thermal spa using the only thermal waters in the south of Portugal . An indoor warm rich mineral water pool and exquisit facial and body treatments and massages by La Phyto are a welcoming card.The elegant and charming rooms distributed through 5 unique lodging complexes, are furnished with 18th- and 19th-century pieces.Guests of Villa Termal Das Caldas De Monchique Spa Resort can enjoy some great tapas and a glass of local wine at the stone-walled bar " O Tasco". The 1692 Restaurant offers a grill menu and Portuguese cuisine with traditional delicacies from the Monchique region, including special meat dishes.The outdoor swimming pool is surrounded by green garden and padded loungers. Besides relaxing in the sauna or steam bath, guests can enjoy walking and mountain biking tours in Serra de Monchique National Park. Other Nature related activities are available including canoeing, Climbing, Paintball, mountain bike downhill just 10 min away.Perfect for a relaxing getaway or an alternative holidays, the Villa termal das caldas de Monchique is 20 min away from the main stream locations, 25 min from the The best Algarvian beaches on the Atlantic, 40 min from the best wild Alentejo coast and Beaches. ... more   less 
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