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“Contact with Nature”
Review of Vila Gale Albacora

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Vila Gale Albacora
Ranked #2 of 15 Hotels in Tavira
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Lisbon
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134 reviews
21 hotel reviews
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“Contact with Nature”
Reviewed 7 June 2013

I have to say it's not the best place in Algarve for beach lovers, but yet to relaxation spot, and a bit of adventure. The area is difficult to find (thank you GPS!) as the signs are not very explicit. Ideal to take children (and not for people that try to escape from them). We had kids on skate around the pool area! Yet, this place is big and we can always find a more quiet spot. The rooms are big and clean. I recommend the ones facing the "ria" (small river). The pool is nice and big, the inside pool and jacuzzi, small, so better when not too many people. We took the boat from the Hotel to visit the river. Very convenient and super interesting. We saw many "bird watchers" so I take it its a chosen place for those investigators. The restaurant is great! spacious and the food is D-licious!
Parking is no problem. The road to it is. Very narrow, 2 ways but only room for one. Terrible if cars are parked on sidewalk. Avoid upPeak seasons if you dont like this problem. Algarve has good weather all year so its better to choose a lower season, besides its much cheaper!

Room Tip: The houses (rooms) in the pool area are nice but have two problems, not good for bags with weels and...
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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VilaGaleHoteis, General Manager at Vila Gale Albacora, responded to this review, 24 September 2013
Dear Guest,

We are glad for the pleasure time you had with us.
We wait for you on next trip to Algarve.

Kind Regards
César Gaspar
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Strandhill, Ireland
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Reviewed 9 May 2013

Spent 5 days with some friends there. It is a really great place.
The staff a the hotel were extremely helpful and polite. They really went the extra mile to ensure we were happy with everything.
The food was amazing. From the buffet breakfast to the quality and variety of the dinner. You cannot get tired of it.
During the day, the swimming pool is a great place to chill. When we were tired of it, we just took the boat to the island for a swim on the sea there.
The rooms were big enough, very clean, tidy and comfortable.
The hotel is about 2 km from the town. Having a rental car may help accessing the town, however, taxied we're cheap enough. But the idyllic location makes the distance from town irrelevant.
The town has a lot of nice shops and restaurants with a good variety of foods.

Definitely a must.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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VilaGaleHoteis, General Manager at Vila Gale Albacora, responded to this review, 24 September 2013
Dear Guest,

We are glad for the pleasure time you had with us.
We wait for you on next trip to Algarve.

Kind Regards
César Gaspar
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 8 April 2013

We have been staying at this hotel for several times: the location is great (quiet), staff is most friendly, the hotel is comfortable with nice swimmingpool and restaurant and it has an unique historical 'background' (small village where fishermen and their families lived who fished for the albacora tuna fish). The old, school, chapel and houses have been restored with good sense of cultural value. There is one thing you should know: because of the tide and the salt lakes, you frequently sense an intense smell of... mud. It can be so intense that you can not open your windows at that time.

Room Tip: Rooms in mail building have great (sea)view; rooms in the 'village area' have nice private g...
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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bmcamartins, General Manager at Vila Gale Albacora, responded to this review, 17 April 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your review and your kind comments, especially being a repeated guest. The mention of the singularity of this place (classified building and Museum - Former Tuna Fishing Village) converted in an Eco-Hotel and the opportunity to relax with nature in Ria Formosa Nature Reserve and Tavira Island Beaches real help other guests to feel welcome to this resort.

We also appreciated the reviews, especially about the friendliness of the staff and facilities.

Your feedback was important to help us to to continue trying to exceed the expectations of our guests and improve our services.

On behalf of Vila Galé Albacora staff, we hope that we will be able to welcome you back in the future.

Kind regards

Bruno Martins
General Manager
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Naples, Florida
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Reviewed 4 November 2012

This is 21st century and hotel is well behind in time or just focused on older customers. You can feel old fashion feeling on every single corner. If you are young business man depending on internet, forget this place. Wifi is available only in reception and it;s much slower then mobile. Don't forget to rent a car if You are staying at this hotel.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled solo
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3 Thank kasrupi
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bmcamartins, General Manager at Vila Gale Albacora, responded to this review, 17 April 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your review and your comments.

The singularity of this place (classified building and Museum - Former Tuna Fishing Village) converted in an Eco-Hotel and the opportunity to relax with nature in very special location in the middle of Ria Formosa Nature Reserve and Tavira Island Beaches really are a distinctive characteristics of this hotel.

About the "old feeling", I can now say that we redecorated the hotel this year.

We also knew about the need for wifi conditions as also the quality of speed. I also inform you that form the beginning of this season we offer wifi internet in all property with a very acceptable speed.

Your feedback was important to help us to to continue trying to exceed the expectations of our guests and improve our services.

On behalf of Vila Galé Albacora staff, we hope that we will be able to welcome you back in the future and see the improvements that we made for 2013.

Kind regards

Bruno Martins
General Manager
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Ilmenau
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75 reviews
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Reviewed 18 October 2012

Tavira has 2 hotels of the Vila Gale brand: Vila Gale Tavira is near the city center, Vila Gale Albacora is a little outside of the city, in a nature resort. For guests that don't have an own (or rental) car, there is a shuttle bus to town taking about 10 minutes. It is going about every 2nd hour but not after 6 p.m. Since the hotel is divided from the city by a river, requiring a long way around, it takes about 30-40 minutes to the city by foot. (On the way, you come across a large shopping center with a supermarkt, fashion stores, a cinema and large food court, which is a good alternative for those looking for some budget eating).

Rooms are laid out in rows of single-storied buildings, with AC and refridgerator. The bedrooms have no window, just the patio door. Walls are relatively clairaudient and in the night we sometimes heard a loud noise from the roof, maybe from AC pipes.

Breakfast buffet was really good, with full English breakfast (hotel generally seems to be dominated by english guests), bread, very good and original jams, cheese and sausage, fruit, etc. We tried the dinner buffet once, found it good too, but certainly overpriced for our needs. Eating a la carte we easily got away with not much more than half the price.

Internet was only available in the lobby and at a cost. We didn't care as we had our own UMTS modem with us.

Since the main Tavira beach is on an island before the coast line, you can only get there by boat - the hotel has its own boat shuttle going several times a day.

The staff was always very friendly and helpful. All in all, we really enjoyed our stay in the hotel, and spent two very relaxed weeks there.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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GrupoVilaGale, General Manager at Vila Gale Albacora, responded to this review, 22 October 2012
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your review and your kind comments, specially about the mention of the singularity of this place (classified building and Museum - Former Tuna Fishing Village) converted in an Eco-Hotel and the oportunity to relax with nature in Ria Formosa Nature Reserve and Tavira Island Beaches. The information provided by our guests help many others to understand this destination and resort.

We also appreciated the reviews about the Restaurant and specially about the friendliness of the staff.

Your feedback was important to help us to to continue trying to exceed the expectations of our guests and improve our services.

I already can confirm that the wifi internet service is already free of charge in all public areas (inside and outside). In the rooms is an extra-fee.

On behalf of Vila Galé Albacora staff, we hope that we will be able to welcome you back in the future.

Kind regards

Bruno Martins
General Manager
Hotel Vila Galé Albacora
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 12 October 2012

En route to a wedding in Seville we stayed here for two nights in early October. We were so pleased we returned a week later after the wedding and stayed another two nights. The amenities at the hotel were great as well as the weather in the Algarve this time of year. We thought the food was great and so was the service and attitude of all staff we encountered. We would definitely stay here the next time we are in the area

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank PeterCLee
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GrupoVilaGale, General Manager at Vila Gale Albacora, responded to this review, 16 October 2012
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your review and your kind comments, specially about the staff.

Your feedback was important to help us to to continue trying to exceed the expectations of our guests and improve our services.

On behalf of Vila Galé Albacora team, we hope that we will be able to welcome you back in the future.

Kind regards

Bruno Martins
General Manager
Hotel Vila Galé Albacora
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Perth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 October 2012

We had a half-board week at Vila Gale Albacora in early October, as there were very few families with children at that time (just before the October school break). Great location, tasty food, and the continuous sunny weather was very welcome. The herb gardens and flowering bushes around the balcony areas were very pleasant on the nose and the eyes. One or two minor issues - the location in the old tuna fishing village out of town surrounded by salt marshes was wonderful and quiet, however I didn't sleep as well as I expected due to the uncomfortable mattress and the random plumbing noises during the night, although the pillows were great. If guests were arriving late or departing early the noise from the suitcases wheeled over cobbles was quite loud, and the piped music in the restaurant and lobby was an odd "new age" mix which didn't really do anything for me. Fortunately when the restaurant was busy the background music couldn't be heard! Variety and quality of food at the breakfast and dinner buffet was generally excellent, and I particularly enjoyed the local fish and fruit. We didn't actually use the spa this time as the weather was so good, but it looked well appointed. There was a shuttle bus which ran regularly between the Albacora and the sister hotel in Tavira town, and a boat from the hotel to the island - definitely worth visiting. Overall, we would certainly be happy to go back.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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4 Thank dod9899
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GrupoVilaGale, General Manager at Vila Gale Albacora, responded to this review, 16 October 2012
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your review and your kind comments! Your words talk from themselves....

Your feedback was important to help us to to continue our work to exceed the expectations of our guests and improve our services.

On behalf of Vila Galé Albacora staff, we hope that we will be able to welcome you back again in the future.

Kind regards

Bruno Martins
General Manager
Hotel Vila Galé Albacora
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Property: Vila Gale Albacora
Address: Estrada 4 Aguas | Vale do Olival, Tavira 8800-602, Portugal
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Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Tavira
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Tavira
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Tavira
#2 Luxury Hotel in Tavira
#4 Romantic Hotel in Tavira
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Vila Gale Albacora 4*
Number of rooms: 162
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the Natural Park of Ria Formosa and approximately 4 km from the centre of Tavira and 3 km away from various restaurants, bars, nightclubs, shops and the public transport network. The nearest beach is just outside the hotel and just 400 m away you will find yourself in one of the best sandy beaches in the Algarve. The hotel was rebuilt in 2000 from an old tuna fish camp and has a total of 162 rooms of which 43 rooms with river view and 5 junior suites suitable for families. The hotel has a 24-hour reception, lovely lobby area, a currency exchange desk, a luggage room, a chapel, a museum and a game room. Among the common areas guests may enjoy the air-conditioned TV room, bar and restaurant where free Wi-Fi internet connection. Children are very welcome to this hotel being that they have their own Club full of activities and entertainment. Guests may park their cars in the parking lot and for an additional costs may use the laundry services and hotel safe. The pleasant rooms are equipped with air conditioning, electronic safety door look, direct telephone, LCD TV with Cable and Pay TV, Wi-Fi Connection and safe (for and additional cost), Minibar and 24 hour room service, private bathroom with telephone and hair dryer. The hotel Spa, Satsanga, is composed with a gym, an indoor heated pool, Jacuzzi, steam room/Turkish bath, Vichy shower massages and beauty treatments. The seasonal entertainment programme ensures that there is never a dull moment at the hotel. The hotel restaurant has a wide buffet for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There is an a la carte menu offered at lunch and a set menu available at dinner. ... more   less 
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