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Calema Aparthotel
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Reviewed 18 June 2007

We went to Monte Gordo the second week of the season, so was still very quite which suited us as all we wanted was a good beach and some
local restaurants serving local food. The hotel was fine - 1 bed apartment which was kept clean and tidy, only slight problem was we were at the front of the hotel so got a little traffic noise, and were above the gym, so between 4.00pm and 7.00pm had noise / music from below.

Food wise, all the beach bars are much of a muchness - but do great fresh sardines, which, when washed down with a bottle of crisp house dry wine was fab for lunch - 7 euro's for the sardines (and plenty of them) 5 euro's for a bottle of house wine.

For evening meals there were a couple of places which we felt stood out especially Veleiro Restaurante which is about 20m past the Casino. A lot of local seafood, and did "cataplana's" which is like a big stew which can either be meat, fish or both, and have an extensive wine list if you fancy something a little more special than the house wine. Also, you can get a taxi down to Vila Real Santo Antonio for about 5 euro's and there are some good restaurants along the marina - we went to the Associacao Naval which was recommended by the waiters at Veleiro for great seafood. All in all a great place to go for a low key, non noisy realxing week!

  • Stayed: May 2007, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank SarahLeeds_UK
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Reviewed 7 October 2006

My husband and I, both over 60, stayed at the Calema 14-28th Sept 2006. The apartment was very clean, being cleaned every day but Sunday. The bedding was changed twice weekly and the towels every day. There was a microwave but no toaster or egg cups. Plenty of crockery and cutlery etc. but no tray and pots and pans a bit limited. We didn't cook much but missed the toaster and egg cups so we bought them there.

Our first week was in a north facing apartment with absolutely no sun at any time. It also had a chest high (when standing) wall which made us feel very cut off from the world. I asked for a change for the second week and was then given a south facing apartment with open access over the pool. It was like being in a different hotel. Sun all day, contact with the world so we spent a lot of time there unlike with the first apartment. Half of the apartments are north facing so be aware of this when booking.

Monte Gordo itself is very clean with plenty of cafes and restaurants. But it's very limited because the beach is very wide making the sea very far from the road and the beach dips down near the water's edge so that when you sit down beside the beach you cannot see the sea. There's no promenade because there's no visible sea, therefore there's no real focus to the place,
which is a big disadvantage because walking by the sea is something you do on holiday. The beach itself is very nice and very big and the water is safe to swim in.

We visited Villa Real which is about 3.5 klm away. It's a lovely small town and it's where you get the ferry to Spain which is very close by. Taxis are cheap as are the buses. There's also a train nearby which goes to Faro and everywhere in between. We went to Tavira by train.

All in all we enjoyed the holiday but wouldn't go back because of the previously mentioned limitations.

  • Stayed: September 2006, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Bluebell66
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Reviewed 3 August 2006

just got back from the calema aparthotel montegordo
for the two weeks we were there it was excellent
6 of us shared a two bed apartment
it was very large plenty of space
we had two bathrooms one with a shower, toilet,sink.
the other had full bath with shower over it ,toilet,bidet,sink.
all looking new and very clean
two very large bedrooms
with plenty of storage space
living room and kitchen also very large
kitchen has everything even a microwave oven
although we took our own toaster and kettle
but we always do that where ever we go
two large sofas in the living area good for the children
to sleep on
tv with limited channels but ok
air con with its own remote control
both free
large balcony
as my wife was in a wheelchair
the calema is great there are at least 4 ramps outside
the hotel
and one inside just outside the lifts
it was easy for her and me as i push her around in her
wheelchair
as we were self catering
there was plenty of supermarkets
ali super being the main supermarket in the algarve
but the was plenty of others
we went out every night to eat
plenty of places to eat local fish a specialty
but there was plenty of places for english breakfast
indian,and chinese places as well
plenty of small bars to have a cheap drink in
one place owned by a very nice local couple
a place called the hamburger bar
we drank and had snacks at was very cheap
everything drink wise nearly all cost 1 Euro
very nice friendly couple
the area was very flat very good for wheelchair users
beach great very flat we walked straight off the prom
onto the beach
all in all a great hotel and resort
if anyone is going there soon i can suggest places
to eat and drink
we are going back next year 2007 in august
we all cant wait

  • Stayed: July 2006, travelled with family
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15  Thank smith1
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Reviewed 1 June 2006

My wife and I stayed at the Calema for a week in May 2006 and we thought the hotel was excellent value for the money. We had a one bedroom apartment which was spacious, very clean and maintained daily. We were provided with loads of towels throughout our stay. Kitchen had a micro, fridge and two ring hob. One (very minor) gripe: there was no toaster or any type of grill. There was a TV and an air conditioning unit in the apartment’s lounge area and the A/C was free (other hotels sometimes charge you extra).

Not much in the way of views from the balcony but for the money we paid for the holiday we couldn’t complain. There was a safe in the bedroom wardrobe and it cost 10 euros a week for the lock for it from reception which is cheap to ensure that your passports and valuables are safe while out.

Staff were friendly and helpful and all spoke very good English (much better than our Portuguese!)

Overall value for money. While the holiday was enjoyable, we wouldn’t go back to Monte Gordo as it was just too quite for us.

  • Stayed: May 2006
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11  Thank rabnala
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Reviewed 13 March 2006

My husband and I spent our honeymoon last September at the Calema. It was the first time George had been abroad and it was the best place we could have chosen. The hotel was great, staff fantastic and Montegordo was a lovely town. We enjoyed it so much, we're returning in May!

12  Thank Helen B
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