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Bela Vista Hotel & Spa
Ranked #1 of 20 Hotels in Praia da Rocha
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bangkok
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“best place i have ever stayed...ever”
Reviewed 21 July 2012

I stayed here for 10 days and we plan to go back every year. I have now visited over 50 countries and I say without exception this is the best hotel ever. The staff were amazing the food outstanding. I cannot say enough of the great time I had.

We were to first people to hold an event at this hotel and the staff did everything to make our stay right. they are going for their 6th star and they deserve it.

Truely magical. Only downside is that i gained 5 kilos.

Room Tip: stay in the old palace it is more fun
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 July 2012

André is passionate about his cocktails & the ingredients he uses. He is truly an artist & an excellent host. Throw away the cocktail menu & ask him to make you a cocktail of his choice & you will experience his creatitivity & flair. TOP CLASS ANDRÉ

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Stockport, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 July 2012

Impressive interior decor & architecture, small and exclusive feel, the usual 5* service & prices, excellent for relaxation & good spa. Right on the strip so bang on location hence noisey during the day but ok @ night when needed.

  • Stayed July 2012
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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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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
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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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 Luxury Hotel in Praia da Rocha
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Praia da Rocha
#1 Family 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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