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Vilalara Thalassa Resort
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Porches
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 27 September 2011

We stayed here for our 10th wedding anniversary. We are lucky to be frequent 5 star travelers and this was the first time without our 3 yr old and 8th old for a few nights break. The grounds are absolutely stunning, streams and beautiful flowers. The beach is private and quiet. All pools were incredibly kept and this for this and the service give five star. The food was okay, not great. The lunch time menu was simple but not outstanding. The evening menu was good but we ended up eating twice at Vila vita opposite. The rooms fine nice bathroom and lovely sea view. We would recommend for couples as the place being out of half term was empty! However I only saw 1 baby. We looked at kids club which looked good for young ones. However the numerous steps meant not buggy friendly nor wheelchair friendly. I also think our 3 year old would play havoc amongst the calibre of high class guests here. I prefer the layout etc here and rooms rather than vila vita but the restaurants better at Vila vita. We were greeted with champagne and chocolates one night which was lovely. I would 100% recommend it's a proper 5 star equivalent as that in Dubai. Whereas other 5 stars in Europe are not.

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4  Thank ronniecharlton
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Reviewed 17 September 2011

If you are lucky enough to go to Vilalara it is truly a magical place. ( Not too crowded - a lot of people do the Thalasso treatments). Three beautiful pools and a stunning beach. All set in mature colourful gardens. A good gym, tennis courts and kids club. If you want to have a real holiday book in here. Great for couples or families. Relax here and enjoy the comfort and superb scenery. Easy to get to - 30 mins from Faro Airport. A really amazing place if you want to get away to somewhere incredibly special.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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5  Thank Jennie R
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Reviewed 11 September 2011

The location of this hotel is truly spectacular. It sits about 200 feet above the beach in a break in the cliffs. The main pool, restaurant and bar look out over the sea which was azure and merged with a cloudless sky in the week of our visit. The resort sits in lush well maintained gardens and seemed uncrowded the week we were there although I suspect it was actually running at close to full capacity. Bar and restaurant staff were friendly although not always particularly attentive. The breakfast buffet was generally OK but possibly did not have quite the variety that you would expect in this category of hotel e.g. limited choice of bread, only a couple of types of cheese, only pre-prepared branded yoghurt. We did not eat in the restaurant as prices seemed steep at 46 euros for a three course set dinner with only a very restricted choice at each course. However there are several restaurants in the immediate vicinity serving excellent fresh seafood at very reasonable prices. The rooms were slightly tired and overall I would describe them as comfortable, rather than luxurious. The air conditioning was more effective than I would generally expect to find, insofar as it was possible to calibrate it easily to a comfortable setting. However what was described at the time of booking as a junior suite is actually just a large room and I felt misled to some extent as regards this. There is free wi-fi throughout the hotel and this was a definite plus.

Room Tip: Junior suites are actually just large rooms
  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with family
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4  Thank allric
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Reviewed 11 September 2011

We stayed four nights at this lovely place. We had a room with garden view. This room was grand with a very beautiful bathroom.

The resort was very relaxed and quiet. The ideal spot to chill down!

Initially we booked for three nigs, but during the stay decided to extend for one day longer.

Would certainly come back.

  • Stayed: September 2011
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3  Thank Menmtravel
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Reviewed 8 September 2011

This hotel is set in an ideal location with beautiful gardens and sandy beach in a alcove. Buffet breakfast includes a wide choice. However, the many fruit flys landing on the food served in the dining area puts you off. WHY do they not do something about this??? Cover it up please....Very unhygienic!!! Stayed in Junior suite with a great large balcony. Weather was really hot during our stay and must say the Air conditioning in the room was the best ever expirenced. Food & drink in pool area was ridiculously expensive as was the main restaurant! Recommend Mirasy's Restaurante 10 minutes walk away. Will come back but will eat outside the hotel in future.

  • Stayed: September 2011
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5  Thank GMM1958
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Reviewed 4 September 2011

We have just returned from a 5 night stay at this fabulous hotel where the rooms were really comfortable, the food delicious, the surroundiings beautiful and the staff extremely kind, courteous and helpful. It was a last minute decision to go, but we will definitely return next year. The pictures are true to the hotel, its private beach and the swimming pools. If you want a totally relaxing break in a beautiful setting with a spa, gym and tennis on hand then this may the place for you. We went with our teenage children and they thoroughly enjoyed it too. It is expensive but for a short stay we think it was worth it.

Room Tip: choose a room with a pool view.
  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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1  Thank MrsT1961
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Reviewed 21 August 2011

After staying in many hotels and resorts in the Algarve over the years, I decided I wanted to stay in a property where I could walk to the beach easily, preferably a secluded beach with hotel service. This narrowed my search down to three hotels: Vilalara, Vila Vita Parc and Quinta do Lago. The latter has quick access to Ancao beach, a very fashonable large and flat stretch of sand. The other two have acess to the kind of small golden cliff postcard beaches for which the Algarve is famous. I chose Vilalara over the other two because the rooms seemed much more to my liking, and it seemed to be smaller and more exclusive.
I wasn't disapointed: Vilalara is a not to be missed world class experience.
The hotel is made up of a group of buildings set on a cliff amid beautiful gardens boasting magnificent ocean views. The small beach was heavenly, with great ambience, and again what a view. The junior suite i stayed at was large, very tastefully and soberly designed. Huge balcony, very nice bathroom and lots of storage space. Service was competent throughout, allthough a bit hit and miss at the beach bar. I didn't try the restaurant for dinner, but had lunch by the pool everyday, and it was always excellent.
About half of the hotel accomodations are privately owned apartments. Many of the owners are civilized upper class portuguese, which is a good thing. The hotel is owned by a portuguese millionaire who vacations there, thus taking exceptional care of the property.
All in all, Vilalara completely won me over, and became my hotel of choice in the Algarve.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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7  Thank PortoTraveller
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Address: Praia das Gaivotas | Alporchinhos, Porches 8400-450, Portugal (Formerly Blue & Green Vilalara Thalassa Resort)
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Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Porches
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Spa Hotel in Porches
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Porches
#2 Luxury Hotel in Porches
#2 Family Hotel in Porches
Price Range: £150 - £731 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Vilalara Thalassa Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 131
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
50 kilometres from Faro airport (FAO, ALgarve - Portugal), the Blue&Green Vilalara Thalassa Resort is a lakeside haven of style, comfort and exclusivity. As you gaze out and enjoy the setting you will realize the resort’s true essence and magic. This is a fascinating place where every detail has been designed for your wellbeing. Located on the Praia das Gaivotas cliff overlooking the sea, with a 12-hectare area consisting mainly of magnificent gardens, the Resort has 100 junior suites, 11 suites and 13 apartments. The low-rise architecture is marked by soft lines and colours and appears to have been inspired by Gaudi. It includes one restaurant of Portuguese cuisine and gourmet, low-calorie menus, and another with theme dinners and barbecues. It also features six outdoor pools of fresh and sea water and one of its main trademark images: the Thalassotherapy and Spa Center, the first in Portugal and one of the most respected in the world. soft lines and colours and appears to have been inspired by Gaudi. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Blue & Green Vilalara Thalassa Hotel Porches
Blue And Green Vilalara Thalassa Resort
Vilalara Thalassa Hotel
Sofitel Armacao De Pera
Vilalara Thalassa Porches
Sofitel Thalassa Vilalara
Vilalara Thalassa Resort Algarve, Portugal - Porches

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