We chose Villamoura for our honeymoon as this was where my then boyfriend proposed. We booked into a different hotel for our return not because the other hotel wasn’t good, it was very nice (Dom Pedro Golf) but just because we thought we would try a different one.
The hotel is very clean and well organized. The staff were friendly and helpful, and the food was nice. Randomly our balcony looked out over the exact spot where he proposed so that was nice and we also had a view of the lovely marina. The room was a Junior Suite; this included a large bathroom, dining area, kitchen area, huge bed, sofa, chair, coffee table and TV. The only downside to the room was the local nightclub (not sure where it was) It was so loud and ran into the very early hours, so if you are a light sleeper then be prepared to listen to base for hours on end.
We booked Full Board, thinking this included everything, inc drinks, (sold to us by Thompson, so probably a breakdown in communication) This was not the case and upon ordering our first drinks we were rather disappointed that we had to then pay for them all week, and they were not cheap! We ate out around the marina a few times, 1. Because the food in the hotel was nice but a bit samey and 2.because the restaurants around the marina are not to be missed and the food is gorgeous!
As the hotel is quite large you did feel like a bit of a ‘number’, we didn’t get friendly with any of the staff, unlike the Dom Pedro. The pool is large and they have another little one for the small children. The spa is nice and we both had treatments, my nails painted and he had a massage.
We wouldn’t choose this hotel again because of the above points, but don’t let us put you off it’s still a nice hotel, just not really for us
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This attractive hotel is situated directly next to the Marina beach and is located in the tourism centre of Vilamoura. Just across the street guests will find the local casino and the marina just 100 metres away with a huge offer of shops, restaurants, bar and other entertainment attractions in the immediate vicinity. The nearest golf course lies 2 km from the hotel and it is just 50 metres to the nearest public transport connection. The hotel was built in 1992 and completely renovated in 2003. It has 357 rooms divided by 10 floors, including 84 suites suitable for families. Guests are offered a large, peaceful garden and pool area, a stylish lobby with 4 lifts, and a reception that is open to guests around the clock with a safe. It also has parking lot, a game room, a newspaper stand, a shop, a cosy bar and an air-conditioned restaurant with a non-smoking area and highchairs available for small children. The hotel is fully equipped with a conference room and the public Internet terminal room. For an additional cost guests may take advantage of the laundry service and the garage. The impeccable rooms are equipped with air conditioning, electronic safety door look, direct telephone, safe, LCD TV with Cable and Pay TV, Wi-Fi Connection (for and additional cost), Minibar and 24 hour room service, private bathroom with telephone and hair dryer. The hotel has an outdoor pool with a children's area, a snack bar, sun loungers and parasols. In addition, it offers an indoor swimming pool, a gym and a spa centre with Jacuzzi, sauna, massage service and beauty treatments. It is also possible to take advantage of offers such as tennis, golf and snooker/billiard tables. There is a fine buffet available at breakfast and in the evening. At lunch and at dinner guests may dine a la carte or chose from the set menu. It is possible to book a half-board stay. The hotel accepts American Express, Diners Club, Eurocard, MasterCard and VISA as payment options. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Vila Gale Ampalius Vilamoura, Portugal - Algarve
- Ampalius Hotel Vilamoura
- Hotel Vila Gale Ampalius