Me and my family stayed at the Terracos do Vau for 1 week from 28 August to 4 September 2008. We had an absolutely brilliant holiday and I would definately recommend these apartments to families with young children.
We had booked a 2 bedroom apartment and were allocated room number 005 on the ground floor, in the main building. The apartment was very clean and spacious and well fitted out. We also had a washing machine - which we didn't use. The room did not have a microwave but I do not go on holiday to cook - I do that all year round!
Although I did not have any complaints about our apartment, it does become evident went talking to other guests that the apartments do vary in standard.
You may not be aware from the brochure picture that there are actually 2 blocks of apartments at Terracos do Vau. The apartments in the main building (where we were) seem to be of a higher standard. There is another block of apartments adjacent to the main building which are also part of the complex and the facilities in that block do not appear to be as high as those in the main block.
The bar staff were very helpful and friendly, and Pedro in reception was excellent.
My 2 kids loved the Kidzone Kids Club and thought Edmund and Captain Noodles were brilliant.
Tony the Thomsons rep was great and joined in games with the kids too.
We went into Praia da Rocha and Alvor on an evening as well as staying local. It was 5 euro and 10 cents to both destinations from the apartments. The taxis came almost straight away and cost 50 cents for reception to ring. We dined at the Albar restaurant in Alvor and found it to be excellent.
We also went to Don Corleone at Portas da Rocha, which was really nice too.
We tried Jackaranda and Il Timone and loved the meals we had in these restaurants. In fact all the meals we had on holiday were delicious and good value for money.
I would advise that it is very quiet in Praia do Vau - there are no bars and there are a handful of restaurants. This was fine for me as my kids are 10 and 8 and all we want on an evening is a meal and a few quiet drinks.
I wouldn't recommend Praia do Vau for teenagers as there isn't much to do, however you are near enought to Alvor and Praia da Rocha if you want to venture a bit further.
With regards to cash machines and exchange facilities. You can exchange travellers cheques at the Terracos do Vau reception. However, if you bring Euro cheques you will be charged more commission. There is 1 ATM in Praia do Vau at the Jardim do Vau apartments.
You can also hire a safety deposit box at the reception which is 35 euro per week (of which 20 euro is refundable)
If you are travelling with young children, I would bring stuff like calpol etc with you as there is no chemist in Praia do Vau - the nearest pharmacy is in Alvor or Praia da Rocha.
I would like to say that we all loved our stay at these apartments and would definately return again. Also, Zoomarine is a must for the kids - a great day out.
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- Also Known As:
- Terracos Do Vau Hotel Praia Da Rocha
- Terracos Do Vau Praia Da Rocha, Portugal - Algarve