Lovely hotel set between two small but super beaches. Quiet location so not for you if you want nightlife and shops. Scenic walk along the cliffs to Armacao, which is a pleasant little resort. Rooms are spacious and well-equipped - really good kitchenette area with kettle, fridge, microwave, crockery etc. Safe costs 2 euros a day. No hairdryer or iron in the room, but hairdryer available from reception. Really lovely pool - lots of sunbeds, free pool towels. Ate in the restaurant twice - a la carte was good, themed buffet every night too. Was a kids club and activities in the pool for an hour every afternoon. The staff were very, very helpful indeed. Spa area and treatments are great. Main gripe was that we booked a room with a sea-view and got a room at the side of the hotel, which was a view of trees with glimpses of water between. However, this issue was resolved satisfactorily by the reception staff. Used Yellowfish for our transfers from Faro to the hotel - can highly recommend them too. Local buses to Portimao and Albufeira are fast and cheap, but not particularly regular, so you need to plan carefully, but otherwise are an easy way to get around without a car. We visited both these places and Fieas, The World of Sand at Pera (there is a special bus you can book from the office in town) and this is definitely worth a visit. We would certainly book a Pestana hotel again.
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- Hotel Pestana Viking
- Pestana Viking Resort Algarve, Portugal - Porches