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“Relaxing break in the Algarve”
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Prado Villas
Ranked #21 of 36 Hotels in Vilamoura
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 4 April 2009

If you want a centrally located place within easy walking distance of beaches, restaurants and shopping then Prado Villas is probably not for you.

If on the other hand you want a quiet relaxing break in a comfortable villa in beautifully maintained grounds and don't mind driving to the shops and restaurants then Prado Villas could be just what you are looking for!

When you find a property listed on Expedia at £15 per night you start to suspect that something must be wrong but reassured by the TripAdvisor reviews we went ahead and were delighted to find that it is even better than we were expecting. (We actually booked through Sky travel and with a £100 Sky Perks discount the total cost of the holiday was less than the cost of booking flights!)

Unlike many self catering holidays couples are not discriminated against with 'under occupancy' charges, instead there is a cheaper one bedroom villa rate although all of the villas do have two bedrooms and two bathrooms (one with bath and one en-suite with shower).

There are only 18 villas spread around quite a large site with mature trees and flower beds. The Old course is on one side with obviously very expensive mansions on the other sides, some were being renovated leading to some noise but not excessive. On most holidays we tend to spend most days away from our hotel sightseeing but we found the villas so nice that we happy to spend much of our time on site just relaxing.

The villas are not perfect though the faults are not major.

They would not suitable for those dependent on a wheelchair since there are three steps between the bedroom/bathroom area and the living area. Fortunately this was not a problem for my wife.

The TV only picks up very snowy Portuguese stations but a satellite dish was being installed on one villa during our stay so this may be resolved shortly.

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 October 2008

We stayed at the PradoVillas in September with our teenage daughter and her boyfriend.

We chose this accommodation as a cheap four-person base in Vilamoura for which, I suppose, it was ideal. The villas themselves are not that attractive but the grounds and pool are pleasant and they are located in a good residential area near The Old Village. They are notoriously difficult to find and in the end we resorted to stopping by one of the A-Z map signs beside the road and using a camera phone to provide a map.

Check in was easy enough although you need to tell them in advance if you are arriving outside office hours. I think they overstated the personal safety speech though. It left us feeling anxious about our safety, not helped by the flimsy security shutters and quietness of the area at night.

The inside of the villas are best described as clean but basic. The kitchen was in desperate need of a refurb and we had to share it with the local ant population.

I thought the lack of TV remote would be a problem until I realised there were only a few Portuguese stations with abysmal reception. Our main frustration though was the lack of aircon. The villas stayed cool during the day thanks to thick walls but at night it was stifling. If we had stayed any longer we would have bought fans from the supermarket.

The walk to the marina took us 25 minutes and was actually quite a pleasant stroll. The beach would take about another 10 minutes. We always got a taxi back at night because the area is so quiet. The taxi fare was always less than 5 euros.

So, yes, the villas are cheap but I would have paid a bit more for aircon (or even just a couple of fans) and satellite TV that actually worked.

The villas won’t suit everyone and you need to be sure that you want a quiet, basic villa, 25 minutes from the marina before you book here. The pictures should help you decide.

  • Stayed: September 2008, travelled with family
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3  Thank Curtis_977
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Reviewed 19 June 2008

neat, tidy and clean villas. Excellent price for basic furniture and terraces.far from city centre but great outdoor location.At night could be very quiet. no gate, no security, no reception!

  • Stayed: May 2008, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank fabybona
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Reviewed 25 May 2008

We had booked this as a base for a cheapish holiday in the Algarve, primarily to get some sun. Weather aside, it delivered exactly what we needed.

Once you had spent the first day learning about all the funny kinks in the villa i.e. the toilet splashing the seat when it flushed, then you began to truly appreciate what amazing value the villa was. We had only paid 18 GBP per night, cheaper than living at home!

The villa itself is located about 30 minutes walk from the Marina in a well kept garden, among another 20ish identical whitewashed buildings. They all look out over the garden, some directly at the clean, if not a little cold (it is, as you'd expect, not heated), swimming pool. The villas all have their own small patio areas with a table and chairs. These were perfect for reading a book etc.

The local shop and adjacent cafe are around 10 minutes walk. The new Hilton is only 5 minutes walk up the road and great if you want to nip over there for cocktail / meal etc. There are 3 golf courses within 2/3 minutes drive, one of them backs onto the villa's grounds.

The decor is dated, but all serves a function. There were also enough utensils etc to cook basic food. There also were several builders around the site updating bits here and there in anticipation of busier times (we reckon only half the villas were full when we left).

Other points to note were the friendly and very helpful reception/owners, as well as the resident cats!

There were areas that could have ben improved:

-The directions are a disgrace...they seem to lead everywhere except the villas. It is a maze around them so feel free to email us and we will pass you a good set. I'll email the villas to get this rectified in the meantime.

-We arrived late at night, and reception was understandably closed (they had left a note etc with all details for us). The garden was very dark and some lighting would have helped us locate the villa easier, and safely!

-The television (it was raining!) in our villa only had 4 Portuguese channels. Most of the time only one was watchable (RTP1).

-The shower and toliets were in need of a once over from a plumber. They did work however, just not quite perfectly.

-Would have been nice to have a heated pool. It was cleaned every morning though.

All I would say is, if you want a perfect room, heated pool etc. go to the Hilton. If you want a great value villa to live in for a week, go here!

  • Stayed: May 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 May 2008

We stayed at Prado villas for a week in April. The villa we stayed in had two double bedrooms and there was plenty of space for my family of four. The furniture is dated but villas are clean and house keepers visit twice a week. There is a television but it only has three local channels. The villas are set in a beautifully landscaped garden. The pool is a good size and probably best in the summer, as it is not heated. There is also a play area for families with small children.We found the staff at reception very helpful and responsive when dealing with minor problems we encountered during our stay.

It took us almost two hours to find the villas although we had directions from the Expedia web site. I recommend that you rent a car but would suggest calling Prado Villas ahead of your arrival for directions. I would recommend Prado villas as a base for exploring the Algarve.

  • Stayed: April 2008, travelled with family
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2  Thank millieDerbyshire
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Reviewed 15 April 2008

We managed to get a 7 night stay at Prado Villas for £18 a night which represents amazing value. We were given a roomy villa, with 2 twin bedrooms and two bathrooms (one with a shower and the other with a bath). The villa is slightly dated in terms of decor but is spotlessly clean and we found the kitchen to be equipped with everything we could need, and the beds to be comfy.

The Villa is in a quiet, residential area with some lovely houses (very near Hilton hotel) and we felt very safe walking home in the evening from the Marina.

The Villa is about a 25 minute walk from the Marina, however it only cost about 4 Euros in a taxi. We also hired bikes and it took no time at all to get into town.

The reception staff were exceptionally helpful and welcoming.

Overall, we were most impressed with Prado Villas and I hope to stay agin.

  • Stayed: April 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 April 2008

Spent the last week (1 - 8 April 08) at Prado Villas. Directions from airport almost impossible to follow - it took us over 2 hours to find. Accommodation is ok - could use some refurbishing. Wanted a nice, quiet break, however due to a new house being built 50 feet from our villa with building work starting at 7.30 a.m. and finishing at 6.00 pm Monday to Saturday and also various (noisy) building work taking place on the complex - our stay wasn't the relaxing one we'd hoped for. The manager of Prado Villas was very unhelpful, saying 'No one else has complained' which we found highly unlikely. We were so glad we'd hired a car and were able to escape every day.

  • Stayed: April 2008, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Prado Villas

Address: Volta da Manha, Vilamoura, Quarteira 8125-518, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Quarteira > Vilamoura
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#5 Top resorts Hotel in Vilamoura
Price Range: £29 - £258 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Prado Villas 3*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Prado Villas is a small, private development of 18 well appointed two bedroom linked villas, ideal for those seeking a self catering holiday in Vilamoura. The villas are set out in extensive grounds, with the communal swimming pool (unheated) and its large terrace area at the heart of the complex and framed by landscaped gardens. With only 18 villas, guests are ensured that their stay will be quiet, relaxed and free from the noise and disruptions of larger resorts. Located at the end of a cul de sac and bordering the 13th Fairway of the Old Course the tranquility of Prado Villas is retained even in the busier summer months. Each villa offers:•2 spacious bedrooms with twin beds with fitted wardrobes and drawers•One en suite shower room and a separate bathroom with a bath/shower, bidet, toilet & sink•A well equipped kitchen including oven, hob, fridge/freezer, kettle, crockery and utensils•A generous open plan lounge/dining room with defined areas including dining table and chairs and relaxed seating•A private sun terrace through sliding doors from the lounge, with table and chairs. Additional features include:•Satellite TV•A safety deposit box (2 euros per day)•Full length mirrors in the bedrooms•Hair drier•Ironing board and iron•Shutters on the windows•Maid service is twice a week, change of towels mid week (pool/beach towels are not provided), change of linen (more than 7 nights). Our friendly reception team will endeavour to ensure your stay is as enjoyable as possible and are able to assist with all requests including:•Booking airport transfers•Booking taxis, car hire and bicycle hire•Booking of green fees across the Algarve with up to a 30% discount•Organisation of excursions•Local information, advice and assistance. Within walking distance or a short drive away:•Falesia Beach and the Marina (Central Vilamoura)•Old Course, Pinhal, Laguna & Millennium Golf Courses•Brown’s Sports & Leisure Centre (promotional rates available)•Health Spa•Family Golf Park (Mini Golf)•Lawn Bowling•Horse riding•Nature Reserve•Water Sports & boat trips. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Prado Villas Hotel Vilamoura
Prado Hotel Vilamoura
Prado Resort Vilamoura
Prado Villas Vilamoura, Portugal - Algarve

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