My family came back to Quinta do Lago and this time stayed in Encosta do Lago via a private villa hire from Owners Direct.
Having stayed in both Quinta and Val do Lobo before we knew the area but not this resort. It works well for young families.
What we can say is that it is lovely, well kept, but very quiet (which for us was good).
We travelled with 3 children (6, 5 and 1) and found the pools the best part of the stay. The complex is predominantly privately owned, and much is not rented out and so there were only a smattering of occupied villas. This meant it was very quiet even in August (by Portuguese standards).
We found a few other families had booked direct with the complex, but they had a few gripes as there appeared very little staff on hand and the reception was barely manned. We never found it, as it was a small office near the edge of the development, but never needed it either.
Our private rental was cleaned regularly and was very well equipped. However the corkscrew was broken which meant we tried some novel ways to open wine one night.
Eating on site was ok, as the snack bar by the pool provided good service of drinks and light snacks all reasonably priced. The restaurant was practically empty most nights and is at the top end of Quinta prices.
The location is handy for the Quinta beach and lake, but we knew the Dunas Douradas beach in val do lobo is much better for kids (nicer sand, shallower slope to sea, and only 10 mins drive away).
So to all the reviews about the airport noise. Not sure what planet you stayed on. Being 20mins from Faro airport is very handy, and of course means you get planes landing and taking off. Think Central London aircraft noise given Heathrow is about the same distance away. Not oppressive, but then again were we used to it.
Would we go back, maybe. We liked Dunas Douradas Beach Club, but with kids of school age now, we are priced out. Defo a quiet family holiday with great pools, and especially if you want to do your own thing. Nice people by the pool, many with similar aged kids. Happy memories, and even better if you like playing tennis in 40C heat or standing in the small but well equipped gym pretending to work out, but watching Sky news.
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