This was our first time at this hotel and I have to say everything about it was fantastic. It was a last minute booking, and as we normally stay in self-catering we were a little aprehenisive about spending money on an all inclusive package particularly if we didn't like the food, as both of us are very particular eaters. However, we needn't have worried as both the quality, amount and variety of food was simply fantastic. It was served on a buffet basis with the main hot dishes of the day cooked on an open grill by the head chef. The restaurant also has a terrace where you can bring your meal outside and eat in the shade. Breakfast lunch and dinner are served in the main restaurant and in the afternoon "snacks" are also served in the adjoining bar beside the pool. "Snacks" is nearly a repeat of lunch without the main dishes as it includes burgers and toasted sandwiches - great for the kids and golfers (who may have just missed lunch) returning from an early morning round. In addition to the quality and variety of food, it was also presented beautifully and the staff were continually managing the presentation by clearing away the finished items and replenishing the serving tables with fresh dishes. It's often the case that some restaurants who serve food on this basis will usually under cater by "front loading" the food for the early diners and those who come late are greeted by what's essentially "left-overs"! This was absolutely not the case, food was served fresh right through the dining times and dishes were continually replenished right up to the finishing time. The staff were excellent in every way - nothing was too much to ask - on the last day I misplaced a bag (after checking out while we waited for the coach to airport). When I brought it to the attention of the staff on the front desk, the whole lot of them (about six people in all) were despatched in all directions looking for my bag - I was very impressed (and embarressed) and they did indeed find my bag (which I apparently left on the 9th floor lobby while I waited for the lift) - this was three hours later and everything was still in it! The hotel had a very spacious feel to it and although we were told it was full while we were there, it didnt feel like it. The hotel was spotlessly clean and cleaning staff were always in evidence working away pretty much all day - every day. The all inclusive package included all drinks, soft & alcoholic (including spirits) & packed lunches for day tours and golfers. The bedrooms were very spacious - we had #918 with a balcony pool / beach view & the beds were very comfortable.
The swimming pool is a very generous size with plenty of room to actually swim with free towels available beside the pool and for those wishing to take a plunge in the Med, the beach is accessed by a walk of about 500mtrs through the hotel gardens. A great attraction running east along the beach are the stunning cliffs / coves which can be explored - a short walk along the rocks reveals a vast number of little hidden beaches and hideaways where one can experience a quieter beach day! Also along this stretch is a Restaurant/ Bar called Canico which is built into the cliff face and accessible from the beach by steps or from the cliffs above by elevator - it's an absolute must visit! During the day they serve drinks & snacks - the food is excellent and as it's very popular, a reservation is required for evening dinner and the food combined with the view is exceptional. Alvor is the local town (a lovely quiet low-rise fishing village) - about 15mins walk away or you can take a taxi or bus which are both right outside the front door. A great fish restaurant in Alvor is the aptly named "Fishermans Restaurant" - you select your own fresh fish and it's cooked on an open grill - wonderful. The hotel owns a number of golf courses and their golfing administrative department is actually located in the main lobby beside reception. As it was a last minute booking for us, we didn't have time to organise our schedule of games for the week (we weren't sure what days we wanted to play in advance), so we rang the hotel before we left and as we were arriving on a sunday (when their golf office would be closed) they advised us to call into them on the monday morning and they would organise everything for us. True to their word, on the monday morning both Margarite and Delio (in the golf department) looked after us very well and organised everything for us. I should say that if you intend playing particular courses on certain days, then booking in advance is definitely advised as it can be quite busy particularly in spring and autumn when the weather is a bit cooler. As it was, we were very flexible time and day wise, so we had no problems. We played at two of their courses; Gramacho and Pinta and both of them were simply stunning courses - it's definitely the only way to play golf! Some information for golfers which might be useful: We hired clubs from clubs2hire.com on line - €55euros (incl insurance) - brand new callaways! - we picked them up in Arrivals at Faro airport - which really beats hawling them all the way and paying €40 euros each way (per set) for the privelige! Green fees per person for patrons of the hotel were €47 euros in Sept (fees are seasonal - also check for special deals they run from time to time) - a buggy is €40euros (payable at the course) and a direct transfer to and from the hotel (for the entire week) is €40euros pp. - which meant we didn't have the hassle of having to hire a car! All in all a faultless hotel in a brilliant location which we would have absolutely no hesitation in recomending it to anyone.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Pestana Delfim
- Delfim Hotel
- Pestana Delfim Alvor