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“Wonderful setting but needs to meet the needs of all guests.” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Blue & Green Vilalara Thalassa Resort

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Blue & Green Vilalara Thalassa Resort
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Porches
Certificate of Excellence
Lymington, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Wonderful setting but needs to meet the needs of all guests.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2013

The hotel and setting are stunning. The newly refurbished room was ideal and house keeping were diligent in meeting any requests (mosquito repellent!). But why no daily bottle of water in the rooms - come on - at these prices!
However, we travelled for the spa experience and aimed for a relaxing time. Whilst we appreciate it is school holiday time the place was over run with badly behaved and un supervised children. The signs requesting'silence' around the spa pool were completely ignored and staff did not enforce. Hardly relaxing after a great spa treatment. Beware- those with very young kids travel in term time too.
They need to consider an adults only area, now provided by most resorts regardless of budget. This is not a cheap hotel.
The restaurant provides very good food, but high prices. Thankfully we read your reviews and went to the large supermarket 15 minutes walk away to stock up.

Room Tip: Request a refurbished room, and away from the apartments if you want peace.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Stockholm, Sweden
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9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2013 via mobile

Beautiful and very well kept gardens and grounds. From the main pool and restaurant you can enjoy breathtaking views of the ocean. We had a room in the new building and it was very spacious, clean and comfortable. Staff well trained, friendly and very service minded. We have never experienced such fast and professional room-service for example. However check-in could have been faster and smoother.

Well, what can then be improved? First of all the resort is not ideal for couples looking for a calm and relaxing holiday. The reason for that is that there are kids playing everywhere around the resort. There are 3 pool areas and there were lots of kids in all 3 of them. (don't get me wrong, we love kids but sometimes you need your calm space. Especially when you want to recharge and relax). We assumed, when we booked the hotel, that they had at least 1 adults-only pool area. The resort also has a "chill-out garden" which was very nice, overlooking the ocean. But again, kids playing around in it. Note to management: be more strict when it comes to relaxation areas and make one pool area adults-only.

One other thing that must be improved is pool service. It was perfect in the main pool area but did not exist at all in the other ones. For a five star resort at this price level the pool service must be perfect in all pool areas.

To sum up. A very nice resort. We enjoyed our stay in general but will probably not return if we are looking for pure relaxation.

Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Poland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2013

We spent a wonderful week at Vilalara in late June this year. The hotel is located on a cliff and has its own beach. The gardens are very well kept, the food was just amazing and the staff was extremely nice. The hotel has got a very relaxed atmosphere. The resort is quite big, but we rarely bumped into people other than in the restaurant. So it felt very private.
Make sure you take the room with the seaview!
We will surely come back!

Room Tip: make sure you choose the room with a sea view, they are a lot bigger and nicer than the regular ones
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Camberley
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2013

I have been many times to Vilalara over the years and it is always as described on the tin. The gardens are beautiful, the pool areas are calm and the staff are brilliant. It is a very calm place to stay. An ideal place if you want to switch off and leave the stress at home. If you want to venture out, there is Vila Vita Parc over the road and a really good supermarket 400 metres up the road. I will be going back again next year.

Room Tip: We prefer the pool view rooms, but all the rooms are in a tranquil area.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2013

Vilalara is a great resort: a beautiful garden and setting, en very good service. Food is good and quite good level of cooking. We read some reviews about outdated rooms on TA. But that is not what we found. on the contrary, it was recently renovated.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Antwerp, Belgium
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247 reviews
55 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2013 via mobile

The hotel is very good, no doubt about it.
The pool area is gorgeous overlooking the ocean. The same for the main restaurant, having breakfast while overlooking the deep blue ocean is a nice way to start the day. The staff is very helpful, speaking many languages and service minded.
The room was large, nice, well furnished, nice terras. Although this isn't a very small hotel it gives one an intimate feeling.
A few minor topics prevented me from stating the place is excellent.
This has to do with the service, don't get me wrong the service is good but not good enough to give an hotel of this price level an excellent status. Forks, knives or spoons weren't always changed spontanuesly after taking away a plate, towels for the 3rdperson forgotten, such small details. Off course these are details but for an hotel of this price level one expects details to be perfect. I would definitely recommend this hotel, even to high demanding travelers.

Stayed July 2013
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Messines
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104 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2013

Entering in this faboulous property the first moments, all the stress falls off from you.
It is the 2nd time that we visit, not for holiday as we live in the region but for their summer barbecue held every friday..
The garden is a real paradise and the the view on the Ocean is stunning. The "rustique" bungalows spreaded over an area of 11 ha are in harmony with nature.
Before enterring the Grill restaurant it is irresistible to make a walk around the swan lake and enjoy harmony and serene athmosfere.
The staff is very sympatic and helpfull. Paulo parks your car and when you leave, brings him back. Service at table could not be better.
Rita Vilela, responsible food and beverages works very hard and makes sure that all is o.k.
Vilalara is owner of several awards and they deserve it.
Looking forward for thematic activities in wintertime and stay overnight.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Blue & Green Vilalara Thalassa Resort

Property: Blue & Green Vilalara Thalassa Resort
Address: Praia das Gaivotas | Alporchinhos, Porches 8400-450, Portugal
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 Luxury Hotel in Porches
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Porches
#2 Spa Hotel in Porches
#2 Family Hotel in Porches
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Blue & Green 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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