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Pestana Vila Sol, Vilamoura
Ranked #15 of 36 Hotels in Vilamoura
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2013

Having just arrived back from this hotel I only have good things to say. I was moved to this hotel as there was a mix up in my booking. I do not think this could have worked out any better for us. My husband wanted to play golf and there was a 27 hole course. He played this course 4 days out of the 5 although he did not pay for the buggy. Our accomdation was excellent and the complex was large and clean. Yes the rooms could do with wi-fi but isn't it nice to get away? I would just like to say a BIG thank you to all the staff (especially the front desk) for making our stay so wonderful.

Breakfast was the same each morning but there was plenty to eat, I did not try the spa but I did enjoy the pool.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2013

Travelling with my wife, my mate and his wife, we booked this 5 night trip based on 2 previous visits to the Hotel/Resort, the last time being 2 years ago. We recommended to our friends when considering the Hotel facilities, the quality and size of the pool, the service throughout the resort and for the quality and challenge of the golf course.
We've stayed in the Tivoli on the Marina on 3 occasions, and as great as it is, and its is, however just different...Vila Sol is better located for the proximity to the cracking Championship Course, although the other Vilamoura courses are all within 5 to 10 Mins via Shuttle or car of the hotel. As most of the previous reviews state, 5 to 10 Mins maximum in a taxi at 10 Euros is more than acceptable.
The Hotel rooms are very good, always clean, huge double bed.. HUGE..., limited stock in mini- bar, no tea/coffee in room also a minor issue. Very good breakfast, in fact, my memory of the restaurant was that it could probably do with a bit of a refurbishment, there may have been previous comments to that effect, however, the bench style seating along the interior walls had all been replaced, as had all the tables and chairs, my guess at fairly reasonable expense, good work.
The exterior of the building, pool-side is a bit imposing, again I felt previously this could do with a lick of paint, this has clearly been completely re-painted, well-done. So time and effort had been spent in areas that are noticeable to most, when simply looking around.
The clubhouse, service was a bit slowish, however the girls were very busy and always served with a smile, so no issue with that, the beer was cold and just what was needed, as for almost 6 full days, there wasn't even half a wisp that could be classed as a cloud, 33 to 38 all week.. got our moneys worth out of the weather.
For anyone that has been previously, the old golf reception at the entrance to the clubhouse and the sort of pro-shop !! with limited clothing, has been replaced with a brand-new classic Pro-shop, I think it may in fact be a Nevada Bob's outlet, however a fully stocked pro-shop, just what was missing, again, great investment.
The course, all 27 holes were as challenging and well presented as usual, a wee bit warm to walk all 4 rounds, so we buggied the final round at 38 degrees, at a discounted rate of 20 Euros, as opposed to 12 for 2 trollies, well worth the additional 8 for a smooth buggy with built-in Sat-Nav.
My mate wants to go back next year, we'll see. Highly recommended, any review is of course subjective, it all depends on your expectations, maybe what you're used to and the reasons for going, go.. and enjoy it for what it is. If your used to the rolling plains of the Serengeti and herds of Wildebeest grazing in the night sky.... probably not for you. Or Palace of the Lost City in Sun City SA, you may have unreal expectations, Vila Sol isn't that, and why should it be, its Vila Sol.
TIP... When taking the Shuttle to the Beaches in Vilamoura, 3 drop-offs AM, around 9, 10 & 11 am and 3 pick-ups from around 4.15 onwards, make sure you book your place with the Reception, 3 years now I've witnessed individuals arguing with the driver about getting on, when everyone else has booked, embarrassing for all concerned. each time, it seems to be large families trying to squeeze on, the Shuttle will only take around 12 maximum, they will return for additional people, however the delay will be around 30 mins... BOOK IT.

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2013

We booked this hotel through low cost holidays wry cheap with flights included for a week away last minute. The hotel is rated as 5* and I wouldn't argue with that, although their are a few things that could be improved, I.e. no wifi in rooms and having to pay 6euros to pay pool in the bar, also the drinks menu in the bar was a little disappointing, but other than those little niggles we loved the hotel, the pool was huge and the gardens were immaculate. We were upgraded to garden villa upon arrival (we'd only booked a hotel classic room) and it was stunning, high ceilings and very clean, light and airy, the barroom was huge and the shower was amazing, it also had a large balcony with day loungers and a table and chairs. The staff were extremely pleasant and helpful, the breakfasts were fantastic, so much choice and very fresh, there was even a chef on hand to cook anything you wanted, eggs, pancakes, omelettes!

The car park was huge with ample parking and it's only a 5 min taxi ride into villamoura/beaches, the hotel does offer a great shuttle service to villamoura/beaches throughout the day if you didn't want to hire a car.

The hotel doesn't have a shop/supermarket onsite which I think guest could benefit from as the water in the room is charged at 5euros per bottle.

All in all for the money we paid a great hotel, great service and lovely accommodation!

  • Stayed June 2013
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Liverpool, England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2013

Went to this hotel with wife, son (20) and daughter (18) to celebrate my birthday and retirement. Lovely hotel, and outstanding 27 hole course on the doorstep. You can choose your back nine from 10-18 or 19-27. Played two rounds on an immaculate course although the buggys were expensive at 40 euros a round.

Breakfast buffet very good, rooms excellent, and with the softest pillows Ive ever slept on. Balconies face the driving range and have two sun beds and two chairs and a table, and face the sun for most of the day. Staff were very friendly and always had time to assist. We had just one problem in that both rooms were twin bedded, whereas we have booked one twin and one double. This was rectified within ten minutes by the staff - top class. Massive outdoor pool, and an indoor one as well in case the weather is not good.

Taxi was 10 euros into Vilamoura to the harbour area. Only twenty minutes rom Faro Airport for a transfer. Definitely recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2013

Stayed here for a last minute two night getaway for sunshine!!!
Hotel was just what we needed for this and had a lovely stay. Spotlessly clean with good room, balcony and bathroom. Beds/pillows exceptionally comfy!!!
Staff very helpful and friendly.
Pool was nice and wasnt at all busy which was a bonus.
I can see that this is very ideal for a golf orientated holiday.
With regard to location there isn't much in walking distance.. we did walk to a Portuguese restaurant the hotel recommended; which although didn't look great, the food was very good.
Otherwise it's a 10 euro trip to the marina (free shuttles in the day) of an evening where there is plenty of choice for food and drink!!
Cons of the hotel for me were food (pool bar food left a lot to be desired) and air conditioning in the room wasnt hugely powerful for a 5 star hotel.

  • Stayed June 2013
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Derby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2013

We stayed here as a last minute get away, just liking the look of the photos on the website; we were not disappointed. The hotel is immaculate. It has an incredible golf course, providing stunning views; lovely rooms, excellent service and pretty good food. What makes it, is the incredible service, from everyone; it is outstanding. This really makes you relax, and feel like you are on holiday pretty quickly.

If you are with a family, I would recommend a garden room, which look out onto the pool and garden areas. Our children loved the swimming pools and fountains; and helping themselves to enormous plates of cakes and croissants at breakfast.

I will definitely be seeking to stay in Pestana hotels now when traveling / and that sounds like an advert sorry.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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Cork Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2013

My wife and I enjoyed a marvellous golfing holiday at the Pestana Vila Sol in May. Set in an excellent location, this hotel ticks all the boxes. After a late arrival, we had a problem with a hard bed on the first night but this was rectified speedily the following morning. That was our first exposure to the staff at reception and I can truly say that I have never encountered such a consistently hight standard of courtesy and service from each front office staff member. Each employee was local with a detailed knowledge of the surrounding area and, in particular, of its many restaurants. The breakfast was very good (admittedly bacon and sausages not quite up to Irish standards!) while the fine golf course was in wonderful condition. Here again the courtesy was everywhere to be seen. I would have no hesitation in returning. S and H.

Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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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
#12 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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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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