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BELA VISTA Hotel & SPA
Ranked #1 of 20 Hotels in Praia da Rocha
Certificate of Excellence
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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“We could not have hoped for a better experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2012

We have just returned from a 5 day stay at this stunning hotel. All our expectations were exceeded by the wonderful staff, relaxing ambience and beautiful interiors of the Bela Vista hotel and spa. It was our second wedding anniversary and we wanted to spend a weekend away in a beautiful location and to treat ourselves to a bit of luxury.

On arrival we were warmly welcomed at the reception and offered a welcome drink in one of the beautifully decorated reception rooms in the main palace. Shortly after we were led to our room in the new part of the hotel, our room was of generous proportions, spotless and with a gorgeous view of the beach and hotel gardens. A bottle of chilled sparkling wine and a fruit dessert was waiting for us - what a lovely touch. The breakfast was a highlight of every morning during our stay, served on a terrace with sea views, a great selection of pastries, fruit, cheese, jams and eggs cooked to our individual orders ( we absolutely loved the benedict eggs with bacon and hollandaise- try it!).

We were very impressed with the staff at the Bela Vista hotel who went out of their way to make us feel welcome in a very discret and professional manner. During the day we enjoyed sun tanning by the pool, long walks along the rocky beach of Algarve or just relaxing on our private balcony with a sea view. One night we ordered burgers from the room service which were delicious - highly recommended! The pool bar was amazing as well, one evening we enjoyed staying at the pool bar until late, chatting with the lovely bar tender Andre and listening to the bosa novas played by the DJ - a perfect relaxing evening. Despite the fact we had a very early flight, the staff made sure our check out was very smooth and pleasant and we were served a full breakfast in the hotel restaurant before the sunrise at 5.30 am!

If i could improve one things about this hotel I would recommend buying a new coffee machine or training the restaurant staff in the art of coffee making ( please note I'm very demanding when it comes to my morning coffee.( I would imagine it does not matter to most of the hotel guests though ).

Overall we will recommend this hotel to everyone and we cannot wait to come back! Thank you to the lovely staff and hotel management for making our stay truly unforgettable.

Room Tip: rooms with a sea view in the new part of the hotel offer a great value for money. We were in room 20...
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Oldham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2012

We are currently at the end of a five night stay in this hotel and we have had a wonderful time. The property is exceptional throughout and the staff are excellent. We booked the "Long Stay Package" which included 2 dinners for 2 in the restaurant both of which exceeded our expectations so much so that ,having tried other restaurants in the area, we ate here again realising that it was head and shoulders above anything else in the area and well worth the extra cost.

Room Tip: Worth the extra for sea view
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2012

Andre is the best cocktail waiter ever his strawberry bite are amazing. Great hotel excellent staff,really friendly and helpful. Breakfast was great a real treat. we will be back thank you.

P.s seagulls love the breakfast too :) restaurant manager a little intimidating though but thats his Sense of humour?

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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1 Thank Seanie G
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Linho, Portugal
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2012

I'm currently staying in this stunning hotel, with a magnificent view, wonderfully decorated, excellent bedrooms, unforgettable view to the sea, and the food, everything has a detail, for goodness. Don't forget the SPA!, and also someone washed my car. Many thanks for all the personal that makes the their best to make our wonderful stay.
Above from all, with some friends, this stay as "unforgettable".

Room Tip: Blue house rooms, alone, quiet, pretty
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2012

We saw this hotel in January when we were last in Portugal and were stunned by the decor, so treated ourselves to a night there when we were in the Algarve again in May. We had the most amazing room, with sea view and the bathroom was a chapel with stained glass windows throughout! The staff were lovely, and our evening meal was outstanding. However the breakfast was very ordinary, and a few people actually complained.....cold coffee, overcooked eggs, etc...I presume there was a different chef for breakfast, but it was definately not a 5* breakfast. I cannot comment on sitting around the pool as it was pouring with rain!! We did return for lunch with our children the following week, and it was really wonderful to sit out on the terrace overlooking the beach enjoying a gourmet lunch. They have a special 2 or 3 course lunch which is very reasonable. We shall certainly go back there again when in Portugal and recommend friends. The spa looked stunning too, but the best thing about the hotel is the vibrancy of colour,the design and furnishings, I have never ever seen anywhere quite so beautiful!! Only good for a weekend break though, as Praia de Rocha is not a nice part of the Algarve especially in peak season. There is a wonderful walk along the beachfront though, on a new boardwalk which is worth doing and you can walk to the marina where there is a large variety of restaurants....we will go back!.....

Room Tip: Ask to stay in the main building, it is outstanding. Ask for a sea view room only - any room overlo...
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Zurich, Switzerland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2012

Be it as couple, group of friends or a family, this hotel is at the best location in Portimao. But most importantly, it is incredably beautiful, very well styled. The staff is competent and serves with the right attitude. Can recommend this place without the slightest doubt. Booked a romance-package and was surprised by the value we got for the money...

Room Tip: Room 220 offers great sea view
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Paris, France
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2012

I was there this week end to celebrate m'y best friend Birthday! Hôtel gorgeous, service us great. When we arrive they brought us to the room, they have two buildings, the historical one and the other newer. Our room was in the newest one. I asked to change as their was only one bed and no sea view. It took them 10 minutes to upgrade us and bring our luggages to a big nice room with sea view.
I had gotten a great rate from booking.com so really worth the trip.
Go to bela vista and you will be happy!

  • Stayed June 2012
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Property: BELA VISTA Hotel & SPA
Address: Avenida Tomas Cabreira, Praia da Rocha, Portimao 8500-802, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Portimao > Praia da Rocha
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Praia da Rocha
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Praia da Rocha
#1 Family Hotel in Praia da Rocha
#1 Luxury Hotel in Praia da Rocha
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:5 star — BELA VISTA Hotel & SPA 5*
Number of rooms: 38
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The hotel Bela Vista has been completely renovated and it's now a 5 star Boutique Hotel with 38 rooms. The restaurant has a unique view and fantastic food! ... more   less 
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BELA VISTA Hotel & SPA Praia Da Rocha, Portugal - Algarve

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