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Bela Vista Hotel & Spa
Ranked #1 of 20 Hotels in Praia da Rocha
Certificate of Excellence
Boston, Massachusetts
Level 5 Contributor
35 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Delightful”
Reviewed 12 July 2014

Background: Portimão was the last stop on our week long journey down the coast of Portugal. We drove from Lisboa. We stayed at Bela Vista for two nights, relaxed at the beach and pool during the day, visited the spa for a massage, and then dined both evenings at the hotel restaurant. Our room was in the historic, main house ("character room").

Hotel: Excellent
-simply beautiful inside the main house and restaurant (azulejo tile detail, modern furnishing, bright and vibrant colors)
-rooms are spacious, clean, and comfortable, and quiet (we slept so well!)
-relatively small so you feel like you are getting star treatment from staff
-romantic, perfect for couples

Staff: Excellent
-attentive
-friendly
-multilingual
-although I'm fluent in Portuguese, I'm a little rusty from lack of practice and the staff were very kind and patient with me

Location: Excellent, excellent, excellent
-you visit Portimão for the beach, Praia da Rocha, which is right in front of the hotel. The hotel is slightly above the beach so you feel like you are away from it all but, on the other hand, you are just a five minute walk down to the beach front and boardwalk.
-you can rent lounge chairs and an umbrella down on the beach for 12 euro/day (the hotel has a deal with the company) and your spot is reserved all day so you can come and go as you wish
-easy walking distance to the touristy shops, restaurants, bars
-sea views from all around

Amenities: Excellent
-upon check-in you are given a refreshing welcome drink
-free, fast wifi in room
-breakfast included (must select B&B rate) and is quite excellent, not to mention you can sit on the terrace and soak in the sun and sea views
-halfboard rates available
-the spa is located on the hotel grounds
-no fitness center, but you wouldn't want one for this type of hotel anyway. Take a run down the boardwalk and out to the lighthouse for gorgeous views of the beach/city.
-pool with lounge chairs and covered beds (first come, first serve), DJ and poolside bar
-an iron is available for guest use free of charge
-hotel restaurant (Vista Restaurante) offers a la carte gourmet experiences as well as a tasting menu, reservations recommended, desserts are INCREDIBLE! As noted previously, the menu is the same most evenings
-parking 5 euro/day (cheapest we paid in Portugal)

Overall: We have no complaints with this hotel, everything went smoothly and we felt utterly relaxed during our stay. It was the perfect end to our Portuguese adventure and we hope to return to Bela Vista and the beautiful country of Portugal again.

Room Tip: Stay in the main house and ask for a sea view!
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Gonçalo N, Gerente geral at Bela Vista Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, 18 July 2014
Dear Guest,

Many thanks for your amazing words.

Me and my team couldn´t be more happy with your great review.
Thank your for sharing your experience in detail with the entire world.

We look forward to welcome you back very soon.

Kind regards,

Gonçalo Narciso
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Northumberland UK
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Reviewed 7 July 2014

This is 5* luxury at its best! Cannot recommend highly enough. Stunning breakfast terrace overlooking the ocean. Fabulous breakfast menu. Sipped Cava and ate scrambled eggs and smoked salmon at a leisurely pace until mid morning every day! Fabulous pool with loungers, cabines, beds. Waiter service by the pool and complimentary smoothies and fruit each day. Sweet little basket of fluffy beach towels and bottles of water to take to the beach with private entrance. Personal DJ by the pool. Lovely spa. Cocktails on the terrace late afternoon rounded off the day. So very sad to leave.

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Gonçalo N, Gerente geral at Bela Vista Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, 11 July 2014
Dear Guest,

Many thanks for your wonderful review and for sharing it with all the Tripadvisor community.

I am delighted to read you enjoyed each details at our property and that you had a great time with us. Our main goal is to exceed our guests expectations and after your comments, I know we did.

Many thanks once again and the Bela Vista team would like to welcome you back in the near future.

Kind Regards,
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 July 2014

Stayed here late June and it was a great place to chill out and relax. The Spa is just brilliant. However, these are the points I think should be addressed :
1: the evening menus are the same for two months ! No specials of the day, so if you stay there are week, you are forced to seek somewhere else to dine.
2: On the occasions I reserved dinner, I was told to come at 21:30 as the restaurant was full. We went down for drinks before dinner and to our amazement there were only 6 tables of couples there. When w were seated, it took 30 minutes before anyone showed us the menu!
3. The chef is limited as to his menu and wont deviate from it, so if you dont like Olive tapenard on your sea bass, too bad !
Overall the place is great, but as a school report often says, "It could do better" especially as its a 5 star Hotel.
I must single out one waitress (Claudia) as the best I have ever come across, She will go places, shes that good !
Will I return ? YES but I will seek other places to dine in......

Room Tip: If you dont like loud music on a Friday/Saturday, be warned ! All you do is shut the french doors an...
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Gonçalo N, Gerente geral at Bela Vista Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, 6 July 2014
Dear Guest,

Many thanks for sharing your experience with the tripadvisor community.

I am delighted to read your had good stay with us highlighting the Place, SPA and the staff.

Concerning the Restaurante, your comments were already addressed to the department in charge as we always aim to improve our standards.

About the menus they changes 2 or 3 times a year concerning the season, fresh and local products available on that time.

It was a great pleasure to welcome you here and the Bela Vista team would like to welcome you again in order to provide you an even better experience.

Many thanks once again and kind regards,
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Reviewed 2 July 2014

We have just returned from 7 nights at Bela Vista and we were very sorry to say goodbye. This is a fabulous hotel, nothing is to much trouble and we felt very looked after during our stay. In particular Debra was an excellent example of outstanding customer service, always making us feel welcome. We stayed in the Blue house, with fantastic views over the sea and a lovely room, we also sampled the spa and had a wonderful treatment, a must have for the next time we stay - hopefully soon! Overall we loved this hotel, the service, location and ambiance of the Bela Vista. p.s the cookies at turndown and the smoothie of the day were a lovely touch

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Gonçalo N, Gerente geral at Bela Vista Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, 3 July 2014
Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for share your experience with the tripadvisor comunity.

We are very proud to know you enjoyed so much your stay with us, servive and small details.

One of our main goals is to exceed our guests whises and I believe we did it.

We all hope for your next visit to our Hotel. I am sure next time would be even better.

Kind regards,
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Manchester
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 June 2014

After spending 5 nights at the lovely Bela Vista I could only wish for one thing and that was we had planned to stay longer! After reading reviews I was eager to get Bela Vista and see it for myself! Service upon arrival set the tone and this continued throughout my only small criticism would be there is not enough drinks service around the pool! The rooms although smaller than usual are very clean modern and very comfortable!! We had a amazing sea view which I would recommend! We had breakfast delivered to our room a few mornings which was lovely and a nice touch! Although close to bars and clubs it was very quiet when in the rooms at night! Although yes as soon as you walk out of the hotel you are right in the middle of bars and shops which don't reflect the hotel we found that if you went right when coming out of the hotel instead of left and carried on walking you came to a beautiful marina and some very tasteful bars and restaurants!! At least there is plenty to do if you choose to! The beach was huge and we walked for miles it was well kept and we came across some gorgeous small beaches and coves! Our stay was perfect and felt nothing was to much trouble for the staff at the hotel! Hoping to return in the future!

  • Stayed June 2014
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Gonçalo N, Gerente geral at Bela Vista Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, 26 June 2014
Dear Guest,

Many thanks for your great and beautiful review about the Bela Vista.
I am delighted to read and know that you were impressed with the hotel and facilities including the services we provide and also the Bela Vista team.

We all look forward to welcome you back in the near future.

Once again, many thanks for your great feedback.

Kind regards,
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Miami, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 184 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 June 2014

This hotel is an oasis in the Sea of Praia da Rocha, Portimao. Surrounded by tacky gift shops, too many Irish pubs, and second rate hotels, Bela Vista Hotel and Spa stands out above the rest. Originally opened in the 1930s it now stands as a fine hotel and restaurant. In addition to the main house a second modern structure of rooms and spa are located next to the main building. The main house is home to several rooms, bar, sitting area, and restaurant.

Let us begin with the one and only fault of our stay. Our room. Specifically the bathroom and shower. We found the shower too small, poorly designed which caused the floor to be soaked after our shower and just very inconvenient. Just to turn the water on you have to lean into the shower. Cold water immediately hits you. This is after you figure out what knobs control what. If you are not lucky you have turned on the shower wand blasting you again with cold water. The glass barrier which is movable but due to the wash basin counter only can move in. If anyone tries to lean on it they can slip while in the shower. The double wash basin again is too small for two people to use them at the same time. The entire experience should have been thought out prior to construction.

Enough of the bad. The room while small has the most spectacular view ever. Beach and Ocean. Does not get better than that. Bed was comfortable and closet and draw space again small but satisfactory. Proper shades protected us from the morning sun enabling us to sleep late.

The pool area was relaxing and even though the pool water was cold it was spotless and perfectly clear as was the entire deck. While some do not like to the music we found it a perfect compliment to the area. Yes the issue with lounge chairs could be better but we are all on holiday and many want the same thing.

Breakfast was one of the best we had while in Portugal. One the of things that made it was the service, specifically Debra. The second day we did not even have to ask for cappuccinos for my wife and myself. Her eggs and lox was the best that she has ever had. Thank you for starting our day right. We had dinner at the hotel the last night. It did not disappoint in any way. Again the service stood out with the help of Kathy. This was one of the top meals we had during our 19 days in Portugal. We want to really thank the staff for the selection of wine.

We decided to utilize the Spa and both of us had massages. Very professional and both of us felt even more relaxed afterwards. The entire spa only elicited an air of relaxation and calmness.

Yes we would definitely stay again, but in the main house. Then it would be perfect.

Room Tip: Stay in the main house if you can.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Gonçalo N, Gerente geral at Bela Vista Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, 23 June 2014
Dear Guest,

I would like to thank you for share at tripadvisor such a great review about the Bela Vista.

I am delighted to know in the overall you had an amazing experience, starting with the breakfast, pool area, dinner and wine selection and finishing at the SPA.

Our goal is to exceed our guests expectations and I believe we did it.

Many thanks once again and we all look forward to welcome you back in the near future.

Kind regards,
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 June 2014

The hotel is stunning and the photos do not do it justice as one reviewer stated the rooms are on the small size but it is an old building and you have to take that into account. Also the beds are huge and oh so comfortable the pillows are so good. Our room was one of the classic rooms which had an amazing bathroom. The attention to detail by the interior designer has to be seen. What makes this hotel so special is the staff one of the night staff sorry did not get his name but boy he was a wealth of knowledge and his love of the hotel was evident it was such a pleasure talking to him. The breakfast staff were so pleasant the girl in particular is oh so pleasant even on the morning when we had lashing rain she made the day seem brighter.They make really good latte and the walnut and carrot cake is simply the best I have ever had. I had a facial in the spa which was worth every penny the most relaxing facial I have had. Yes I loved this hotel and the manager was really good took time to talk to guest and recommended a wonderful fish restaurant in Alvor. I debated between very good and excellent and the only thing that let the hotel down was the pool was freezing

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Gonçalo N, Gerente geral at Bela Vista Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, 23 June 2014
Dear Guest,

First of all let me thank you for your amazing review.

I am delighted to know you had a good time with us and with a special focus to our staff who do everything to make our guest experience unforgettable.

I will share your review to the entire team!

Many thanks once again and we would like to welcome you back in the near future.

Kind regards,
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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 Family Hotel in Praia da Rocha
#1 On the Beach 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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