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Blue & Green Vilalara Thalassa Resort
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Porches
Certificate of Excellence
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Peace and Tranquility”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2014

Outstanding resort in the heart of the Algarve. Service never surpassed and everything about this heavenly place exceeded my expectations. The rooms were large and comfortable, breakfast was sumptuous (omelettes, pancakes made to order in front of you), dinner excellent and staff at all times exemplary- the waiters and waitresses are a credit to this resort. Gardens were absolutely stunning as were the "chill out" beds strategically placed with sea views. This was a 5 star experience- please ignore those who are saying anything negative about this fantastic place- it's aim is that you have a relaxing holiday in a heavenly location and it ticked every box - obrigado!!!

  • Stayed May 2014
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2014

This place is simply stunning. It really is paradise, and is a credit to each and every person who works there. They work so hard at keeping the place beautiful and it is a joy to witness them obviously taking such pride in it.
I don't usually write reviews but the reason I'm writing this particular one is that I fell ill during my time here, unfortunately, which was unexpected and quite scary. As soon as I phoned the front desk, the doctor at the spa saw me straight away. His kindness and concern, and the kindness and genuine concern of all who took care of me that day (someone from the spa escorted me to hospital) exceeded my expectations, it was simply second to none. The doctor was reassuring, caring, thorough and went above and beyond his job to ensure I was ok. I am so grateful to them not only for making sure I was ok (and the front desk continued to check how I was feeling afterwards) but for how kind, attentive, and genuinely caring they were. It's true that this is an expensive place, but I don't think money can buy hospitality. The staff here are genuinely fantastic. If you worry about being 'out of your comfort zone' when abroad, then don't be. You are looked after from the moment you step into the hotel, to the second you leave. Fantastic.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled on business
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Dublin Ire
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2014

Nice hotel with a great breakfast. Hotel staff were excellent. Bit disappointed none of the outdoor pools were heated in April as it was a bit too cold for swimming in the sea. Beach was the highlight of our visit.The surrounding gardens are also well worth a walk around.

Little disappointed the place didn't have more eco features such as low energy lighting etc. Also, a bit expensive compared to some other places for the off season.

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Nunspeet, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2014

The location is a dream. A secluded garden of several hectares - I am gratefull I do not have to do the weeding- with hotelrooms and apartments spread over it in earth colours... My children named it ´Flintstone village´ and it still goes by this name in our family. The views from the restaurant over the Atlantic Ocean is breathtaking. The food is unrivaled... And having saved the best for the last - the Spa - which offers treatments and cures based on seawater , seaweeds and earth.. Thalassa therapy. After you once spend some sunny days here, you only have to close your eyes and think back to be sure ; paradise exists.. on earth.. ..in europe... Come and taste it !

Room Tip: There are many types of rooms. Given the small surcharge, I would opt for the seaview rooms. The poo...
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
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East Hampton
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2014 via mobile

An old world hotel/spa in an old world country. Very quaint rooms in traditional Portuguese style. Hotel center, w/ restaurants, pool & cool, opulent 80s' style bar/lounge situated on bluffs overlooking towering limestone out-croppings from the sea. Beach service & tours of sea caves right from the hotel beach. A fantastic spa. The locals are lovely, happy and kind people & the local restaurants are fantastic, particularly for seafood mariscada (stew) & chicken piri piri, both local specialties. Have spent more time here vs. any other non-U.S.-based destination & for good reason!

Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2013

We stayed for 4 nights for a last break before the winter months. The hotel was really lovely with a great welcome and reception. Our room was a bit away from the main hotel but faced the thalasso pool. It was spacious and very clean with a small seating area but a lovely terrace to sit on. The restaurants were excellent and the chocolate souffle is out of this world. The views from the main pool and restaurants of the sea are gorgeous not to mention the gardens within the hotel which are so well kept. This is really suited to couples as it asks for quietness around the thalasso pool and main pool, however there was another pool for families which we didn't venture over too.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sacramento, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2013

What a beautiful resort! The view of the ocean is so spectacular! The gardens are kept so wonderfully. We saw a white and black swan on the small pond they have in the middle of the gardens. They even have a kitchen garden that is used by the restaurant.
We did not stay at the hotel so I cannot speak about the rooms. We stopped here on our way from Lisbon, Portugal to Seville, Spain for lunch. The food was good, I wouldn't say it was great, but it was good and the buffet setup was nice. This resort would be worth seeing even if you only get to stay a few moments for the view.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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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 On the Beach Hotel in Porches
#2 Luxury 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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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
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