I've just come back from 6 days of golf and relaxing with 3 lads at Vila Sol. I've read some of the other reviews (negative ones) and a lot of them I don't get. We had a fantastic trip there. The hotel is very roomy and spacious in the communal areas with a large pool outdoor and an indoor pool and jacuzzi in a separate building. The golf is first class although the buggies were extra with our package which made it a bit pricey (€40/buggy). Saying that, they all had a good GPS system built in which other courses we played didn't and charged more for (Millennium Course at the Oceanico Resort - €50/buggy).
Breakfast was excellent, a true 5 star buffet with theatre kitchen to cater for any special egg/omelette requests, made fresh to order. Outside of the golf there is a tennis court, table tennis, pool and arcades and a purpose built spa area.
We stayed in an apartment which was a 3 minute drive or 10 minute walk but the hotel were excellent at coming to pick you up and drive you to the club house or hotel area - just dial 8 and request a pick up.
Downsides to the area (for some) might be that yes it is a bit of a way from the Marina/town but the hotel have a free shuttle to and from town and a taxi was €17 which isn't bad between 4 of us. It was very quiet on the complex but I loved that, millionaires golf really.
We paid £250 each for accommodation including breakfast so all in all fantastic value. Was it 5 star? possibly not quite but it was certainly 4 star deluxe. If you aren't into golf, why on earth would you go to Vilamoura to begin with, it's hardly the capital of culture (?!) but if you want peace and quiet by the pool in the sun, get on that plane!
- 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