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Vila Vita Parc Resort & Spa
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Porches
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Reviewed 13 October 2011

1 hour from Faro airport, Porches is an apartment town therefore you wont be sad that is not in walking distance from the hotel. The first impression is the garden with fountains, palm trees, swans and ducks. The reception area with the bar, terrace is stylish and authentic at the same time, one can sit there for the whole vacation.

Room and bathroom were spacious, well arranged and colorfully furnished. Although insulation was not perfect we had well behaving neighbours. Amenities were of high quality. Cleanness never was a problem.

Breakfast was perfect with wide selection and high quality. Fresh fruits, juices, smoked salmon, cheeses, fresh pancakes among others. Being with a 4 year old we alternated between the Portugiese and the main restaurant. Both were excellent. We tried the Italian one for lunch, a bit less impressed. We are fans of Michelin starred restaurants but paying ca. 150 eur more plus fee for babysitting if you have impeccable food in the other restaurants seamed to be not reasonable for us therefore we had not tried that restaurant. Once we went to the beach restaurant just for a change but it is similar to the other two in the resort that are included in the half board price.

We recommend this hotel to families but not to couples as 90 % of guests were with children. It was a bit strange to see that the swans had larger pools than the humans but if you are not a serious swimmer it is OK. The garden is beautiful and huge, may be 1 sq km, very calm, relaxing, lush vegetation. Getting to the resort's own beach is a 5 minute walking, the beach has good and clean sand, nice cliffs and ready to service staff. Unfortunately the water was very cold even in July.

Our daughter is a fan of mini disco so we went for an organized disco for children. Many small girls dressed their fancy clothes just to be dissappointed to see two kind but not professional animators making some exercises in the clubhouse where other children were playing.

We had 10 perfect days in this resort, one of the best in Europe.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 9 October 2011

We just spent 2 weeks at this resort. We read some recent reviews and one can more or less agree with most of them(but not all). Except for the fact that it was build 20 years ago and that one must consequently accept some very minor aging hints, the location is simply extraordinary, lush gardens with ponds very well looked after, very well designed resort, food was among the best we ever saw, big variety(7 venues), but one cannot simply enough praise their service and tolerance towards children. That was so outstanding that we will return probably in the next months... This should speak for itself! Ps: for families i recommend the 2bedroom suite

  • Stayed: September 2011
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Reviewed 6 October 2011

We had a 2 bedroom oasis suite and it was perfect for me and my husband, and our 17month old. There was no one in the suite under us, but occasionally when the maids came in there, there didnt seem to be much sound insulation at all, so if you had a noisy family under / above you - it could be a real problem I think.

The creche was great and the same people do the babysitting, so that was really reassuring.

The breakfast was excellent - huge selection.

The pools were a little on the chilly side. The beach was really nice, but a bit dirty - as in rubbish and alot of cigarette butts in the sand - not great for a baby to play around, but it wasn't terrible by any means.

We had a great 10 days at this hotel and would definitely return next year (make sure you get the hotel to collect you from Faro airport, as you don't want to be hanging round there for long!).

Overall it was a great hotel and very efficient staff.

Room Tip: The Oasis suites were an excellent size, and had 2 bedrooms and 2 balconies (great for space if you...
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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with family
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1  Thank tamsin K
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Reviewed 21 September 2011

We stayed at this hotel in June for a family holiday. We were celebrating 3 big birthdays. The oldest in the family is 80 years old & the youngest 50 years old. The hotel ticked all our boxes. Wonderful bedrooms & facilities and several lovely restaurants. It is expensive but, in my view, worth every penny.

Room Tip: Our rooms were located in the main part of the hotel & overlooked one of the swimming pools. Fo...
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  • Stayed: June 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 September 2011

We stayed for a week in the main building with garden views. Every attention to detail and service superb! A choice of restaurant for every night! We ate twice at Adega the Portuguese restaurant and once at Ocean, the one with the Michelin star. Beautiful gardens around all the buildings make it very special and I would love to think we could return soon!

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 August 2011

We are still staying at VVP and everthing is fine but one thing gripes, their teenage club isn't always on and in our two week stay only 3 times has it run!! This is becuase so few children take up the offer to partake.

Even on the trips orgainsed, more could have been done. A diving trip, was a snorkeling trip which all in all resulted 25 mins snorkeling and 5 hours out of the hotel. More to follow but beware, if you expect your teenager to be distracted be careful. Our wasn't and that's fustrating as we had promised him their would be lots to do.

  • Stayed: August 2011
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1  Thank tonka100
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Reviewed 21 August 2011

This is a 5 Star resort - no doubt, fantastic staff, grounds, attention to detail etc. In fact I could end my review there and say....just go!
But to be helpful here are my thoughts........Based on previous comments we opted for 2 of the newer Oasis Ocean View Suites, upstairs for the adults and downstairs for the children. These offer the ability to shut the outside door and have a self contained 2 bedroomed suite with a roof terrace - perfection, but, costly, at €1400 per night B&B! I would agree with previous comments that the downstairs suite would suffer excessive noise from the upstairs dwellers. Furthermore, there is a fair amount of walking required to get to and from all the facilities, but this does not dismiss from the overall experience. We never called for a club car.
The restaurants are all very good, again probably slightly more expensive than than average for the Algarve, but all the ingredients are fresh, the wine list excellent and the ambience, on the whole, very pleasant. We particularly enjoyed Arte Nautica, which involves a 10 minute minibus transfer (no hassle) for its freshest, of fresh fish and Aladdin, again, for fresh fish, seafood and a flambe. The sommelier here is also delightful and very educational, I like my wines, particularly from the Douro.
We ate at the Ocean restaurant, but cannot but feel that this is slightly misplaced in a beach side resort? The whole ambience, from the somewhat monastic dining room (too windy on the terrace for comfort), to the overly stark service, did not make for an enjoyable eating experience on holiday. As a business meal it would be fine, but it simply doesn't fit comfortably with the rest of the resort experience, sorry Ocean Restaurant!
As mentioned previously the grounds are vast and beautifully maintained with exquisite fountains and ponds, but despite this, we felt that the resort appears to suffer from a lack of swimming pool space.
There is a heated pool connecting with the indoor pool next to the main building, but you feel a little confined by the excessive plant growth which has occurred over the years around the pool. There are two further smaller (unheated) pools by the clubhouse, one, however, is almost unusable due to its depth (2.15m), which would be fine if it was a 25m pool for swimming lengths, but is useless as a "dipping" pool which it is designed for! Down a flight of stairs is a smaller pool, adjacent to the pool bar, but rather oddly, separated from the bar! This pool is again a little too small for the size of the resort and there was always an unhappy mix of children wishing to enjoy themselves and, the more mature, adults wishing to relax on the suspended sun-loungers - we witnessed the occasional flare-up from splashing episodes on more than one occasion! Furthermore, those trying to tuck into an enjoyable lunch at The Whale Restaurant would also be disturbed by pool noise.
I cannot help but feel that in a resort of this size it is "crying-out" for a good sized (25m) pool with plenty of concreted surrounds with sun loungers placed perhaps on the expanse of grass in front of the residence building?
The beach is small and shared with locals. It can only be reached by 35 quite steep stairs, so is not ideal for all. the loungers have to be cramped-in close to each other due to the available space. Despite this many days were spent down on the beach and in the adjoining rock pools. Furthermore, for a more complete beach experience, one can take advantage of the minibus shuttle to the huge Armacao de Pera beach on which the Arte Nautica Restaurant stands.
Tennis courts, mini-golf, and pitch and putt golf course were all well used by my 14 and 11 year olds and all got the "thumbs-up". My 11 year old had a couple of one hour 1:1 Tennis lessons with the Tennis Pro for €50 which was good value.
Will we be back? Probably, as the 2 weeks were heavenly for the adults, but we all said we would definitely be back if a decent sized heated swimming pool was added.

Room Tip: Go for the Ocean View Oasis Suites, but get a top floor one (even numbers)
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  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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Address: Rua Anneliese Pohl | Alporchinhos, Porches 8400-450, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Porches
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection 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 Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Porches
#1 Family Hotel in Porches
#1 Green Hotel in Porches
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Porches
#1 Luxury Hotel in Porches
Price Range: £143 - £559 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Vila Vita Parc Resort & Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 170
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
VILA VITA Parc celebrates the best of Portugal, immersing you in a luxurious and lush seaside oasis with every imaginable service, amenity, activity and pleasure. Portugal's finest five-star resort is the ultimate escape to a pampered world of personalized and diverse experiences, flavoured with Portuguese culture and hospitality. Endless views to the horizon blend with the luxuriant greenery of our gardens and the sparkling blue of the Atlantic Ocean, creating an extravagant display of vibrant colours and filling the air with the sounds and scents of sunny days at the beach. Your holiday destination VILA VITA Parc will not only meet, but exceed the highest expectations of the most discerning traveller. Set on 54 spectacular acres of lush, blooming subtropical gardens in front of a striking coastline, at VILA VITA Parc a choice of exquisitely appointed accommodations can be experienced, from rooms and suites to villas with terraces and ocean panoramas. Perched above the cliff top and located in various distinct buildings, each having its own character and architecture, the different accommodation types exude an air of sophisticated, refined luxury and are all surrounded by a spectacular park landscape offering breathtaking views. ... more   less 
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