Location.. The Dunas is ideally located within a 10 minute walk to the beach and a 5 minute walk to the town centre, the centre has an abundance of bars and restaraunts open from early morning to early in the morning. the quaint harbour town has several day trips available and fishing expeditions plus cave tours around the area
About the Dunas..
you may read on here that the Dunas Du Alvor in Alvor Portugal is a little basic in its accomodation and this is true, the apartments themselves are functional with basic cooking facilities, such as a toaster, microwave, kettle and 4 ring hob with no oven, but remember that this is a 3 star hotel complex and whilst the apartments are sparse in their offerings it is the location and the facilities which in my opinion makes this a hotel more than worth staying in and going back to year after year.
The bedroom arrangements are made up of 1 or 2 rooms with 2 single beds and a pull out bed settee is available in the main room of the apartment, whilst they arent the comfiest beds in the world they are more than adequate for sleeping on as i can tesitify having stayed there for the last 4 years.
so lets discuss the complex, well to start with its clean and tidy through out with Maid service either on a schedule or they can be requested via reception if need be, we found ourselves with a broken TV aerial cable which was replaced immediately by the lady on reception, Internet access is available in the downstairs reception area although a little pricey and other such facilities can be found elsewhere on the complex usually cheaper.
Whether...we usually go to Alvor at the end of August beginning of September and we have yet to have a temperature lower than 30 degrees, for obvious reasons i can't guarantee it to be this hot but it has been for the last 4 years we have been there, in fact in 2010 it hit a high of 38 for the 2 weeks we were there, even the Alvorians couldnt take it, evenings are cooler with temps in the range of 25 -26 degrees which makes drinking outdoors a pleasure, however the downside is that is hard to sleep as the complex doesn't offer Air conditioning in its apartments, however i do believe that you can have a fan for your room if you ask at reception.
Facilities... (see my video here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUJFZtv22bs)
The Dunas has several places to both eat and drink, you have probably heard about the Catus II bar, this is run by a chap called Mark and his wife, he likes to play guitar and sing in the evening for the entertainment of his guests and to be honest the guy is good at what he does, he is a funny bloke with a great sense of customer knowledge and you are guaranteed a laugh and a good night of fun, his drink prices are 1 euro for a beer from midday until 9pm and he does a nice set of cocktails both alcoholic and non alcoholic so the kids can join in.
Round the corner is the aptly named "Chill Out Bar", this is run by a nice guy called Lionel and as the name suggests there is no loud music just a chilled atmosphere, although he has Music playing on TV's facing outside and also shows the footaball matches as well, The Chill Out bar has beer again at 1 euro a glass and this is all day until he closes (usually only when its gone quiet). Lionel also does food from midday until 7pm and does a toasted sandwhich which he claims is the biggest in Alvor and i dont doubt it.
The complex has its own hair salon and mini market which sells a range of good, some prices are a little high, others are reasonable however there are several other supermarkets in the area and Pingo Doce (Asda/tesco) a short walk away. Or you can take a taxi to Portimao and visit the Continente shopping centre.
Other places to eat include a sandwich bar by the pool which does snacks and other hot food, a terrace bar facing out onto the road and marco's (see my review here http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g642199-d1791643-r141347316-Marco_s_Bistro-Alvor_Portimao_Algarve.html). where ever you eat the food is freshly cooked and is always hot and tasty.
The pool is no doubt the crowning glory of the Dunas and if you take the time to do a google earth view of the Alvor area you will see that it has the biggest pool in any of the hotels that are in the area, it starts out cold at the start of the year and as it is fresh water it warms up towards the middle of July, however when the temperature is hot a cold pool is a delight.
About the area...
The beach is no doubt one of things most of us go away for, and you wont be disappointed, its a couple of miles long and is breath taking, bear in mind however that it leads to the Atlantic which can be cold, however once it comes in onto the warm sand it makes paddling a pleasure,
Their is a little shop that sells cold drinks and cold beers if your thirsty, however again a little pricey so it may be best if you take a cooler box and take your own drinks.
All in all i would say that compared to the likes of other complexes around the Alvor area this one is definately the best of the bunch, just stay there one time and you will fall in love with the place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dunas Do Alvor is a large, modern and stylish complex is located close to Alvors sandy beach and the resort centre. The spacious sun terraces that surround the pool have bars, shops and restaurants, making this an ideal choice for families and couples seeking a relaxing holiday. LOCATION-400m from Alvor beach; 300m to Alvor village; 50m to nearest supermarket; 3km to Alto golf course. FACILITIES-Free-form swimming pool and sun terrace; independently-owned shops, bars and restaurants. Holiday Highlights are free kids, subject to availability. ACTIVITIES-Tennis court. ROOMS-1 bedroom apartments (2-4 persons) have a separate twin bedroom, living area with telephone, TV, kitchenette with fridge, full bathroom and a balcony or terrace. Some apartments have a microwave oven (subject to availability). Prices are based on 4 adults sharing on Self Catering. CHILDREN-Splash pool; cots free. Child prices: age limit 16. Option Offers:- Great group deals available, pre-bookable flowers available - £33 and pre-bookable champagne available - £30. Please note: this property is located on a busy side road. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dunas Do Alvor Apartments Hotel Alvor
- Dunas Do Hotel Alvor
- Dunas Alvor