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“World of Golf Coaching Holiday Venue” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Pestana Vila Sol, Vilamoura

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Pestana Vila Sol, Vilamoura
Ranked #14 of 36 Hotels in Vilamoura
Certificate of Excellence
Sutton Surrey
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34 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“World of Golf Coaching Holiday Venue”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2011

I arranged and escorted a party of 12 novice golfers here, advised by Vilamourra Villas because of the 9 hole academy course and that since Pestana had bought the hotel they were encouraging golf professionals like my self to bring parties of newer golfers and they would be welcomed on the course unlike most courses in the Algarve that only want experienced golfers.
This proved more than true, the hotel and particularly Vanda the group organiser and the golf director Tony were first class in their help and organisation. They made everything run smoothly for my group even though the hotel and the golf courses were really busy.
The hotel was perfect, we had the garden rooms, have stayed in the hotel block before and would always prefer the garden now, food was excellent, but we were there for me to teach my group golf on the driving range and the golf course and all the facilities were perfect for that and although some of the golfers in my group were really new, they all got round the academy course on all 4 days and the feedback from them is they loved it and we are arranging a return visit in Feb

Room Tip: Rooms numbered 1200, 1300 1400 are a long walk from the hotel, for us they were perfect as they were...
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank golfgolf1
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Preston, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2011

Flight outgoing spot on via Ryanair Liverpool, as was the pre-booked taxi transfer to the hotel, very slick and well organised.
The hotel is very nice, but not 5*, possibly a 4 or 3+, the place needs money spending on it to spruce it up, lots of stains on the restaurant furniture and some of it was falling apart, other than that, the hotel is very clean and all the staff we encountered, wonderful in every way, our room was excellent and always kept clean and tidy.
The hotel is situated out on a limb, the nearest shops or bar are a good 20 minutes’ walk, a taxi to Vilamoura (15 minutes duration) is 10 Euros from the hotel and 6 or 7 Euros back to the hotel (not too sure why?) The golf courses are fantastic at the complex (but very pricy to play 18 holes even with the hotel discount and on top of that even for hotel guests golf trolleys are extra for every round at 5 Euros) but anyone who just wants golf or a good rest, this is the place, it is very professionally run and lots of quality space in or out of the hotel to rest and unwind.
Bar drinks and lunchtime snack costs are what we expected to pay and the food in general was very acceptable, the big issue was, if the hotel had large group/guest booking (which happened 6 times within our 10 nights) the evening meal was reduced to buffet style and not silver service as we expected for half board, the buffet was not in the same league for quality/standard, we also noticed that staff levels were a little on the low side when coping with the large influx of additional guests, maybe a sign of the times and time of year.
We were on half board and based on taxi costs to Vilamoura to dine out this is a good option to consider.
We booked a couple of trips whilst not golfing and the "Historic Algarve" was very good, the other trip to visit the gipsy markets at Loule was a waste of money and time, we wouldn't recommend this to anyone unless they are into car boot sales.
The trip back home was not as good, but this was due to severe storm damage to the airport building and the knock on effects with flight cancellations and late arrivals, the taxi transfer to the airport was again spot on, very well organised.
We hired the golf clubs direct from a company at the airport, this proved to be great and again their operation was very slick and easy to deal with, I would recommend this if sports baggage costs are high from the airline companies being used.

To conclude, quite enjoyable but pricy, golfers with lots of disposable income will find it heaven, but a great place to stay and relax.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank John D
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2011

We have been visiting Vilamoura every year for the last 6 years and this has been without doubt the best experience we have had. There were 16 of us golfing this year and all our needs and requirements were met. The staff are friendly and helpful and if like us your there for the golf it couldn't get any better! The Garden suites are large and airy, tastefully decorated, and the small patio offers a nice area to sunbath in privacy.

Room Tip: The garden rooms are quiet and make it feel less claustraphobic
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Jonathan B
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Brisbane, Australia
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63 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2011

Stayed here for 2 nights as part of a Trafalgar Tour. The beds are big and comfortable. The bathrooms are very good. The breakfasts have everything. While there was a minibar in the unit, it was really just a heat exchanger and so small as to be virtually useless

The main downside is that it's a fair way out of town with the nearest supermarket about 2 kilometres away.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Nat255068
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Jersey, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2011

Very disapointed with the whole experience.
this club had no course stroke savers guide apparently run out of them,plus buggys + drinks Most of the greens where seriously damaged, it was like being on a cows patch how can these so called great resorts get away with what ever they want. the whole experience was if you dont like it lump it.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Gastao P
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2011

Stayed for first time here for a week Sept/Oct 2011 in a Garden Suite with wife plus 3 year old and 8 month old kids. Having read reviews was unsure what to expect in terms of quality.
Would equate this hotel to a Marriott rather than some top luxury 5 star hotels, but the price reflects this - you can't expect it to be mind-blowing if you're paying what I would consider to be very fair prices.
Very little to criticise about the hotel. Great facilities, especially for golfers and kids pool was excellent (depth was only up to my 3 year old's knees, so could happily leave youngsters with only half an eye on them and read a book, which I'm not used to on family holidays these days !).
Fantastic buffet breakfasts, exery conceivable choice.
The staff are extremely helpful and friendly - couldn't do enough for you.
Happy to supply things like milk for our infant when requested with no charge, even arranged a pick up and drop off at a local restaurant at no extra cost (it was quiet season and I'm sure they were glad of the trade, but I was left with the impression the whole week that all the staff just wanted to be as helpful as they could be, not fleece you for every extra like some places can).
Overall, I would thoroughly recommend this hotel as great value for money.

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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank Matt J
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London, United Kingdom
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50 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2011

My wife & I, an ex- golfer due to spinal problems, spent 11 nights here in Sept 2011.The staff were very helpful especially Flavio, who buggied us to & from the hotel/clubhouse where we ate most evenings-good food.
The flat screen in room TVs needs to better their reception & include more UK channels.The hotel bar needs to open more hours especially when major sporting events are on Sky i.e Rugby World Cup as there are sporting people staying in the hotel & 2 large TVs are in the bar turned off.
A fine place to relax, good pool & excellent weather with breakfast served until 10.30!

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Pestana Vila Sol, Vilamoura
Address: | Morgadinhos, Vilamoura, Quarteira 8125-307, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Quarteira > Vilamoura
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#7 Business Hotel in Vilamoura
#13 Luxury Hotel in Vilamoura
#14 Family Hotel in Vilamoura
#15 Romantic Hotel in Vilamoura
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:5 star — Pestana Vila Sol, Vilamoura 5*
Number of rooms: 189
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Pestana Vila Sol is located 5 minutes from Vilamoura and a 10 minutes ride to Marina de Vilamoura and the beaches. It has a 27 hole golf course, extensive green areas, fountains and small lakes. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Pestana Vila Sol Golf And Resort Hotel
Pestana Vila Sol Golf Hotel Vilamoura
Vila Sol Hotel
Vila Sol Resort
Pestana Vila Sol, Vilamoura Portugal - Algarve

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