I read some of these reviews and wasn't sure what to expect. Our experience was brilliant.!
We were welcomed at our hotel with champagne and our rooms were ready early, so we could just drop our bags in our room and go. The hotel was immaculate and the rooms spotless, roomy and had a luxurious feel to them. Housekeeping were great and left the room sparkling each day, without being intrusive. Air-con was great, but remember its set to switch off if you leave your patio doors open - its meant to do that, it isn't broken!
The grounds were beautiful and well kept. Yes, there was the odd broken sun lounger, but there were still plenty to go around. The pool was gorgeous and always clean, so no idea what people are saying about it being dirty and brown??!! The tiles are a beautiful shimmering mix of brown and turquoise and you are surrounded by palm trees, and a great pool bar with great (although a little expensive) cocktails.
Food was great, and typical of the buffet food you expect. It was always hot and you had a different menu each night, with several choices of main, and various vegetables/side dishes. Breakfast was great, with everything from cereal, fruit, pastries, full english or omelettes cooked especially for you. I would DEFINITELY recommend booking yourself into the al fresco restaurant as often as possible. Service there is brilliant and the food is amazing! The pool-side barbecue is also great, especially the desserts! The only slight draw back is that the hotel is quite secluded, so you can't really eat out in a decent restaurant without a short taxi ride. This does, however, mean that you are in a lovely tranquil setting with no other holiday makers or being annoyed by people selling things all the time!
Please ensure you have a cocktail on the roof terrace/chill-out bar. It is amazing and sooooo relaxing!
Absolutely loved this holiday. It was relaxing and we will definitely go again in the future.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Just minutes from the centre of Albufeira, the São Rafael Atlântico enjoys a fabulous location overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and with direct access to the São Rafael beach. The interiors are spacious, bright and airy, with contemporary design features. The rooms are modern in design and have spacious balconies with sea or garden view. The extensive gardens are magnificent, beautifully landscaped in Mediterranean style with an abundance of olive and palm trees. The hotel’s facilities also include a modern spa offering the most innovative treatments and therapies. ... more less
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