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“A little bit different!”
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Quinta dos Amigos
Reviewed 17 July 2014

This is lovely accommodation, and quite a bit different from the usual self-catering places.
The difference started with the booking process, very laid-back, we made a reservation by email, but it was a long time before a deposit was required.
On arrival Sandrine introduced herself and gave us a very helpful, informative explanation of the complex and the surrounding area including which shops to use. The overall impression, from the moment of arrival is of a relaxed, laid-back atmosphere, where a great deal of thought and care has been taken to make it perfect.
Our double bedded studio was lovely, spotlessly clean, very comfortable and well equipped.
There are two very clean pools, one being intended for quieter relaxation. Both are well stocked with sun loungers and cushions. Between the two pools is a corridor with an extensive library of books in several languages.
The laid-back atmosphere extends to the on-site shop, which is well stocked, but self service to the point where you just leave a note of what you've had and it is added to your bill! Next door to the shop is business centre with computer and printer, just make sure you can cope with Windows XP Portuguese edition!
Nothing is too much trouble for Sandrine, who gladly provided more pillows, and a much needed fan. When the fan broke down she gave us another straight away.
At the time we stayed, there were a lot of families with young children there, it is a small complex, so it could be a little noisy at times. This didn't detract too much though from the atmosphere.
The complex is on the edge of Almancil, so a car is handy, there is a good sized car park. A big Aldi is 5 minutes' drive away, 5 litres of water there will set you back less than 50 cents, likewise loo rolls (which oddly aren't included in your room charge) are very cheap there too, just about any food or provisions you need can be bought there, or from Apolonia, a couple of hundred yards further along the road.
A great stay, be prepared for something a little bit different, you won't be disappointed.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 June 2014

This place is run by mother and daughter who take loving care for their apartments and the garden. The place is ideal for families. The kitchen is well-equipped and the two room apartments have enough space to spend your holiday. Every apartment is different and has a terrace with shade. Two pools have the advantage of spreading the guests around the property. One pool turned out to accomodate all kids, while on the other lazy adults were frying in the sun.
Good, pretty lonely, beaches are about 5 minutes drive, beautiful sand, great for kids, restaurant. The beaches for which Algarve is famous for are about 30 minutes drive. So you absolutely need a car. Supermarket is about 5 minutes drive.
We didn't like the beds, because I could feel metal pins pinching my back. I complained to Isabel, the owner, and she immediately put a matras on top of my matras. The owners were extremely friendly and helpful. I appreciated that a lot. We booked through elizawashere, but I heard that familytours, Amsterdam provides a better price.

Room Tip: Apartment 11 is beautiful and is overlooking the pool. Apartment 15 is on 2nd floor, away from the p...
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 11 November 2013

The top reason to visit the Algarve!
Idyllic, beautifull, very well organised, clean, great pool(s)
Ideally located, feels like being far away from the tourist crowds, authentic!
Perfect for families and couples.

Room Tip: Houses around the central pool are best located (both lively and private)
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  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

When arriving at Quinta dos Amigos you get an instant feeling that you are in a very different place in Algarve.
Very warm welcoming by the owner, wonderful gardens and pools (much better than in the photographs) and a place decorated with good taste and detail. This provides you the illusion that you are in a distant place of all the noise and fun of Algarve.
But don’t get me wrong, it is near good beaches, good restaurants, commercial areas and night life animation, though.
I would certainly repeat the visit to Quinta dos Amigos.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 September 2011

The good: in short, this place is perfect. Quiet, clean, friendly, great facilities. Much better than in the photos.

The bad: oh such a shame! And maybe nothing they can do about it? Someplace in the neighbourhood started burning something around 3am and it smells really smokey. First night we slept with the doors open and by 6am the smoke alarm was going off. We only kept a side window open the following nights but if it had been in the heat of the summer...........the owners really need to get onto the council about these fires in the night

Room Tip: Apartments by the small pool are quieter, but get one by the big pool to avoid the smoke!
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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 16 June 2011

It was very easy to find, the check-in was very personal, friendly and helpful. it was so lovely and quite, I could only hear the birds and the blowing of the palm trees, I felt like I was in paradise, a normally have a very hectic life so this was a piece of heaven for me, during the day I would lay by one of the pools, or sit in one of their little hide-aways to read my book, when I returned to my apartment it had been cleaned and tidied. I re-booked for later on this year, I would recommend it to people with a large family because they provide extra beds, and the houses are huge! I stayed in a studio and it had 2 floors all open plan, simply PERFECT!!!

Room Tip: They are all good! Every single one is original!
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  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 October 2017
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  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Quinta dos Amigos

Address: Rua Do Comercio | Lote 5, Almancil 8135-016, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Almancil
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 13 Speciality Lodging in Almancil
Price Range: £49 - £161 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Quinta dos Amigos 3*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The sun and the golden beaches, the architecture and the landscape, the sympathy of the people, the cosy and safe environment: all these ingredients have seduced Isabel Vilela, owner of the Quinta dos Amigos, who decided to settle in the Algarve in 1990. After having acquired the Quinta dos Amigos, a big rural property of the XIX century, the main objective consisted in restoring it and turning it into a tourist destination. The apartments as well as the outside spaces (small yards and gardens surrounding the two swimming pools) were carefully renewed, each one with its own atmosphere and individuality. The Quinta dos Amigos is an open space and at the same time an intimate place (surrounded by a rustic wall), ideal for a calm and relaxing holiday. Away from the crowds, it enjoys a privileged location, close to the main touristic attractions. Your children will be able to play in the swimming pool and the gardens, as well as in our swings and ping pong areas. For more peaceful moments, a little library grows each day thanks to the books that the clients themselves leave behind. The Quinta dos Amigos is close to the main beaches of the region, as well as to the touristic compounds of Vale de Lobo, Quinta do Lago and Vilamoura. Therefore it is near to sport facilities, including golf and tennis courts, spas and the Marina, or leisure facilities, like discotheques, restaurants and casinos. Quinta dos Amigos has a private car parking. ... more   less 
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