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Pestana Vila Sol, Vilamoura
Ranked #15 of 36 Hotels in Vilamoura
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Toronto, Canada
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“A resort for golf-lovers with a great pool.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2013

This large five-star resort features charming villas with lovely grounds surrounding a huge pool with a waterfall. The villas are very comfortable and have well-appointed bathrooms and individual patios. We had a mini bar and a safe as well as a large closet. We did not use the 27 hole golf course but did take a cab into the town of Vilamoura which was fun for lunch and strolling around the harbour on such a beautiful day. The food in the hotel dining room was very good (dinner and breakfast buffet) and the service overall was exceptional. There was no wifi available and the advertised spa was in reality a gym with massages available. The poolside bar was pleasant but overall the resort seemed empty and a bit forlorn even though the décor could not be faulted.

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2013 via mobile

We stayed here for 4 nights in June as a very last minute booking after our holiday to France got cancelled due to air traffic controller strikes! To be honest I think we got lucky with this trip as we probably had a better time herre than we may have had in Nice!

Initially we were put in a twin room, which I think was a consequence of our last minute booking. When we raised this with the reception staff they bent over backwards to rearrange things and we were swiftly moved to another room. The room was spacious, pleasantly decorated, and with an enormous and very comfortable bed. The bathrooms were large and very well appointed, and the balcony was large and had a great view out over the golf courses and the hotel's fish pond. Perfectly oriented for a bit of post-breakfast sunbathing too, which was nice!

We only used the restaurant for breakfast so couldn't comment on the evening meals, but the breakfast buffets had an enormous choice of good quality fresh produce, and the was a chef on hand to prepare anything you wanted cooked should you so desire. Very impressed! We ate at the pool bar for a light lunch on a couple of occasions, and the food was decent and freshly cooked so no complaints there either. The staff in the restaurant, at the poolside, and in the bar on the evening were all extremely friendly and professional.

Didn't have any golf clubs with me so didn't sample the golf courses on offer, but they looked great from what I could see! If I was wanting a relaxing golf retreat this hotel seems to fit the bill perfectly.

Location-wise it was a few kilometres away from the hustle and bustle of Vilamoura town centre and marina, which means the place was always very peaceful and relaxing. Only downside of this is that it's not really walking distance to anywhere, so hiring a car as we did is highly recommended, otherwise you'll be forever ordering taxis to and from the marina and beach!

Overall my wife and I thorougly enjoyed our stay here and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it. Everything at the hotel was of high quality, from the room to the food to the pools. I especially thought all the staff we came across were extremely good, perfectly striking the right balance between friendliness and professionalism.

Stayed June 2013
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2013

I liked this hotel. Good atmosphere, exceptionally clean and the staff were very friendly and accommodating - a real asset to the hotel.

It doesn't have the 'wow' factor of the Lake Resort but then you're not paying £200 a night to stay here! Garden style rooms were great with a romantic, log cabin feel about them (wood roof). All in all a nice place to stay and would use this hotel again. My only gripe is that wireless Internet was only available in the lobby and reception areas.

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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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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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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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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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
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