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Dunas Douradas Beach Club
Ranked #3 of 16 Hotels in Almancil
Certificate of Excellence
Dublin
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216 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 464 helpful votes
“Best in class - but would recommend a car”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2014

Just back from 2nd time visit with young family (all three under 10).

Have also done Pine Cliffs, Martinal and Blue & Green Villamoura over the last few years.

I liked them all but I think Dunas Doradas is the best of them - very high standard of accommodation (best I have seen - very cleverly designed apartments with large balconies and roof-top terraces / bar-b-que) and all in a compact well laid out resort.

You get 4 pools (deep, shallow, indoor, plus indoor and outdoor Jacuzzi pools), very close access to beach plus pretty reasonable on site restaurant (plus very popular nearby Marias).

Dunas Doradas and the others I have mentioned all have the same generic drawbacks:

1. they are for young families (pool will be full of arm bands etc.) - really not for couples etc.

2. the dining and on-site supermarkets are expensive (2-3x local) - get a car (especially for here)

3. they can feel a bit 'sterile' - in fairness, the Algarve is not really strong on historic/culture

However, if you like the formula of an upmarket family pool / beach holiday in the sun this is one of the best I have found so far in the Algarve.

I would re-iterate my past post on Dunas, that of them all, a car is really really recommended here. The apartments are really well kitted out and with great bar-b-que's, fridges, freezers and microwaves etc. The nearest supermarket however is too far to walk (Almancil or Quinta). Unlike the other places I have mentioned above, there is no village or even commercial area etc. in walking distance to Dunas Doradas Beach Club (you are +45mins walk from anything).

In fairness, Dunas does run a shuttle service to Almancil to address this, however I think it is much better to have a car and keep loading up as your needs change. There are also a lot of great restaurants of all types within 20min drive of Dunas (Quinta, Vale etc.) that you can access more easily with a car. If you have a young family, you are also likely to consider a day trip to Zoomarine (really well worth it) and Aquashow (weaker than Zoomarine, but decent), which are within 30 mins drive (again, having your own car will save a lot on taxi fares etc.).

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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Silvia B, General Manager at Dunas Douradas Beach Club, responded to this review, 28 July 2014
Dear guest,

Thank you for your second review of the Beach Club. We are pleased to hear that after staying on various five star resorts in the Algarve you think we are the best resort in the area.
To have a car really gives the freedom of choosing the time you go shopping and enables you to maximise your experience of the beautiful Algarve. We have an arrangement with a local car hire company whereby we can offer guests a very competitive rate and pick-up at the airport.
Thank you for pointing out the attractiveness of Dunas Douradas Beach Club for families. Outside of the peak season, Dunas Douradas Beach Club can also be a very good location for couples. In the Winter, the accommodation is much more spacious and comfortable for a longer stay than a hotel room, but prices compare very favourably.
We look forward to you visit again next year.
Best regards,

Silvia Biscaia,
CEO – Dunas Douradas Beach Club
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2014

Dunas is 5 star from all perspectives. Accommodation, restaurants, pool and especially beach close to VDL for entertainment but away from the crowds and great for beach restaurants like Maria's that are fantastic.

  • Stayed July 2014, 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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1 Thank Mark B
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Silvia B, General Manager at Dunas Douradas Beach Club, responded to this review, 28 July 2014
Dear guest,

We are really pleased to hear that you have appreciated the comfort and high quality standards of the Beach Club.
We thank you for your positive feedback and look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.

Best regards
,
Silvia Biscaia
CEO Dunas Douradas Beach Club
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Derry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2014

Not much to say except go there. Fantastic apartments in a great location....only slight complaint were that the staff at reception weren't particularly friendly...but apart from that it was top class

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank TravelledCouple
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Silvia B, General Manager at Dunas Douradas Beach Club, responded to this review, 22 July 2014
Dear guest,

Thank you for your review of the Beach Club.
I am glad to hear that you enjoyed the apartment and the great location of the Beach Club.
We do pride ourselves on the comments we have received about the friendliness of our staff, so I am saddened to hear that the receptionist did not greet you with their usual friendly manner.
We look forward to seeing you again on your next visit.

Best regards,
Silvia Biscaia
CEO Dunas Douradas Beach Club
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2014 via mobile

Our 4th visit in 5 years and standards are still superb. Stayed in 3 bedroom ground floor in Praia which is very close to pool but no significant noise. Albatroz restaurant excellent and better value than many nearby well regarded restaurants. Staff very friendly. Only comment is housekeeping come calling a little too early (10.30am) for sleepy teenagers !

Stayed July 2014
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Silvia B, General Manager at Dunas Douradas Beach Club, responded to this review, 15 July 2014
Dear guest,

Thank you for your review and for coming back to spend your holidays at the Beach Club.
Having a restaurant onsite that has a wide variety of options is very convenient to families that stay with us and we are very satisfied to hear that you consider the staff to be very friendly. In relation to the timing of housekeeping visits, we try to prepare a daily schedule for the maids that is distributed fairly across the resort.

We look forward to continuing to welcome you and your family again.

Best regards,

Silvia Biscaia
CEO Dunas Douradas Beach Club
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Dublin, Ireland
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275 reviews
51 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2014

We stayed for a week in an upstairs 3 bed apt. Not quite frontline but with sea view and great location. There were two adults and 3 teenagers in the party. The standard of accommodation was excellent, all rooms had en suite, kitchen clean, well stocked and of a high standard. There was a really good entertainment package , cable television , DVD player and the furnishings were great.
Last year I stayed in Monte de Quinta and to me this place is better. In particular the beds were very comfortable also the pool facilities , clubhouse, little shop all made this an excellent place to stay.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 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 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Motorsportenthuisias
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Silvia B, General Manager at Dunas Douradas Beach Club, responded to this review, 6 July 2014
Dear guest,

Thank you so much for your review.
Dunas Douradas Beach Club has the luxury accommodation and facilities for families as you mentioned and has the great advantage of being located just a few steps from one of the Algarve’s most spectacular beaches.

We look forward to welcoming you and your family back again soon.

Best regards,

Silvia Biscaia
CEO Dunas Douradas Beach Club
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Formby, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2014

This resort has everything you need for a relaxing family holiday. Many people seem to return which indicates its quality. Speaking to other guests everyone has come to the conclusion that there is nowhere else that comes close to this development . It is kept spotlessly clean and the apartments also get a thorough clean each day . I expected to see signs of wear and tear but the only changes were the new sun beds by the pool which are fine but not as comfortable as the old sun beds. The area around the resort is also very tidy .Marias which is on the beach has developed into a great spot to go for a drink or a meal and the clubhouse also have a great menu with good food. As a family we look forward to returning.

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Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Silvia B, General Manager at Dunas Douradas Beach Club, responded to this review, 19 June 2014
Dear guest,

Thank you for writing another very nice review of the Beach Club.
Hearing from a repeat guest that there is nowhere else that comes close to our development and that we have been able to maintain the high standard of facilities fills us with immense pride and gives us great pleasure to know that we are providing a truly nice experience to our clients.
Please note that the sunbeds that are in use now are there temporarily. We are waiting for the new ones that we expect to come very shortly.
We look forward to receiving you again at the Beach Club soon.

Silvia Biscaia
CEO Dunas Douradas Beach Club
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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2014

This place is just amazing, the location is very convenient for the airport and obviously right on the beach. The main outdoor area is sheltered from the coastal winds but still affords a gentle breeze. There are 4 pools and a hot tub with numerous comfortable sun loungers all over. The pools vary in depth and design and we found the indoor heated pool perfect to take our 5 month old daughter into. I say indoor but the huge amount of glazing felt like it was outdoors yet was sheltered from the sun.

The staff were incredibly helpful and nothing was too much; blowing up inflatables with an air pump, moving sun loungers, giving advice and drawn directions, whatever you needed they helped in a friendly and efficient way. Sometimes in a high end facility the staff can be a little snooty and aloof, but not here and it's something I couldn't value higher.

The overall design was to an exacting standard: beautiful, paved cream stones gave way to very tasteful tiered landscaped gardens and stunning white villas with classic terracotta roofs. The architecture was very sympathetic to the local style, yet had a modern feel with lots of glass, resulting in an open and smooth 'feel'. Manicured lawns and trees everywhere created a wonderful environment not normally associated with a beach location.

Our villa was perfect, 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, FOUR TVs! 2 sun terraces, front and back gardens, a pool, aircon everywhere, a perfect kitchen that was fully stocked with more utensils than you could ever use and floor to ceiling sliding doors in every room with amazing external security/blackout electronic shutters that operated at the touch of a button. Wifi, English TV, you genuinely couldn't have asked for more.

The food was outstanding, we ate in the restaurant many times which served a great range of food including perfect eggs benedict, venison t bone, king prawns in white wine and garlic sauce with chips and more. It really covered everything from a nice lunch by the pool down to fine dining.

We can't wait to return to DDBC and we really recommend you give it a try!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
    • 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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1 Thank Dan B
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Silvia B, General Manager at Dunas Douradas Beach Club, responded to this review, 19 June 2014
Dear guest,

Thank you very much for writing such a comprehensive review of Dunas Douradas Beach Club.
To hear that our staff are incredibly helpful makes us proud and gives us the confidence to continue to do our best in order to deliver an excellent service to our clients.
The villas are truly luxurious and are an excellent choice for families to have an unforgettable vacation.
We look forward to seeing you again in the near future,

Silvia Biscaia
CEO Dunas Douradas Beach Club
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Property: Dunas Douradas Beach Club
Address: Sitio do Garrao, Almancil 902-8135, Portugal
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Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Almancil
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Almancil
#2 Family Hotel in Almancil
#3 Luxury Hotel in Almancil
#4 Romantic Hotel in Almancil
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Dunas Douradas Beach Club 5*
Number of rooms: 140
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Beautifully located on the Golden Algarve Coastline between the luxurious resorts of Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo, Dunas Douradas enjoys an enviable position in every sense. Imagine the smell of the ocean and the sound of the waves breaking on the shoreline as you wake from a relaxing sleep. Dunas Douradas Beach Club offers 132 quality apartments and 8 villas situated in a prestigious beach front location within Algarve's Golden Triangle. ... more   less 
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