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Jardim do Vau
Ranked #5 of 20 Hotels in Praia da Rocha
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 26 July 2013

Visited these apts for 2 weeks in July with our 2 teenage kids. Overall they are fab. couldnt really fault them. the biggest drawback for us was the outdoor pool. It was 8ft deep down to 5ft but you were out of your depth within one step so completely no good if you couldnt swim which my husband cant. It took away from our holiday. Nobody else mentioned this in other reviews and we would not have booked if we had known. Also you are not allowed play any ball games in the pool or use any inflatables in either the big pool or kiddies pool.

We went to the beach every day instead as we couldnt use the pool. Sun beds down there were 10euro a pair for a full day and 7euro a pair for half day, so we had to spend quite a bit on beds but fab breeze at beach so worth it really.

Big plus also you dont need to bring towels. You can give a deposit of 10euro per towel and you will be refunded completely when you return towels. and they can be changed in the laundry twice a week for clean towels. This was never mentioned either in previous reviews.

Nicest beach I was ever on. You can walk the complete way into Praia de Rocha which has a stunning beach complete with sports section ie. basketball court, volleyball nets, soccer nets etc.

If you like walking this location is ideal. Fab cliff walk to the right of the apts, well worth walking it.

Eating out - Vagabond restaurant in Alvor by far the best, Il Timone great for takeaways and very good for sit down meal, but not many people in there which is just out the beach gate and turn left. Most of the restaurants are fab anyway.

If you want a sea view def ask for floor 3 or 4. we were on 2 but didnt have view. we didnt care really.

Kids entertainment - Table tennis, pool table in bar and also at pool bar. Fab full size snooker table inside with fab leather seating. very classy indeed. My son loved it. Real treat.

Overall would recommend these apts but pool a big problem for us.

Room Tip: If you want a sea view, ask for floor 3 or 4.
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 July 2013

This review is based on what i expect and was told, and I travelled for 3 weeks returning July 23rd with 3 children aged 17, 12 and 9. This is sold as a 4 star property, and it may just about be a 4 star place. Don't judge the place on your first impression from the outside, It looks a little disappointing when you first look at the place, but it is fine. A big open reception area will be inside. The reception staff are excellent and very efficient.
In July, there were 2 main groups, from Germany who stay half board and Irish who are self catering. There are other nationalities with some English and Dutch. The German people stayed very much to themselves, and the Irish did mix well together. We stayed in a 3 bed penthouse which they called it, a penthouse is one with a roof terrace which you would never use. The rooms are bright and clean, beds ok (a little hard though). I did look at the 2 beds and one bed when I was there and they are all quite spacious.. the pull out beds look fine and reception will give you extra mattresses if you ask. There are 3 blocks, but be warned that the block in front of the pool is the oldest and does not have air conditioning. A word of warning, the balconies in all the properties are not safe for climbing age kids, very easy to jump up onto and was my first impression. you could lock the balcony doors, but that lock is easy enough to open.. some places have good views tough..
The hotel is very well located with great access to the beach... its beautiful.... the pool is very well kept, no messing at the pools, they don't allow blow ups in the pool which is great. There is always someone looking on, and generally you will get a pool side bed ok as so many people go to the beach.. again, the place is kept very clean.. the indoor pool looks lovely, very big.. the gym is poor but who goes to a gym on holidays.. always empty.. nice full sized snooker table and room..
Overall, the hotel needs a little updating but I found it fine.. The bar downstairs needs a good overhaul and Chiko, the bar man can be painful to listen to. A lot of the Irish met up there with their kids at night for a chat. I found the people there lovely.. because it is a little more expensive, there are no rough adults or kids, no tattoo heads.. there was nice mix of people..Rooms were cleaned every day with fresh towels... on towels, you pay 10 euro to rent your towel which is given back to you at the end. I heard a number of German guests complaining at reception about this and some were incredibly rude and arrogant, to the point where I told one of them where i told one of them where to go as she was so rude to the girl on reception. If you want a towel, you pay and you get your money back at the end.
I really liked this place, you can walk into Praia De Rocha in about 10 minutes and 5 euro taxi to Alvor where the restaurants are fantastic. I didn't eat in the hotel.. When i was there I looked at the Pestana group of hotels up the road which is 5 star.. Fantastic place, more modern, better facilities, nicer rooms but would not like to stay there. No atmosphere, no fun at the pool, very expensive. I thought Jardim had it all and we probably will go back again next year. The kids all met people there which made life easy. There is no night time entertainment though.. a lot of the guest had been going there for many years which is a good sign.. it just depends on what you want, if you are looking for a relaxing place, nice people, clean facilities, if you't mind it being a little dated then you won't get much better.. no place is perfect just be careful with kids aged up to 5 or so

Room Tip: rooms at the pool have no airconditioning.. all rooms would be quiet but if you like a good lie in...
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  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 18 July 2013

29 years ago we found this place when it was first built and bought two weeks' timeshare there, which we have never regretted. Countless friends and family have enjoyed it: it has suited toddlers through to teenagers, who still want to come although it is a quiet place. We also rent there at other times in the year. The English owner is meticulous about keeping the apartments redecorated and refurbished: the gardens look as if they have just been planted: and swimming area pristine. Winter holidays benefit from having the indoor pool, health club and snooker room as extra facilities. Just a special place.

Room Tip: For families with children, try for a ground floor front apartment with immediate access to faciliti...
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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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2  Thank Joyce G
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Reviewed 11 July 2013 via mobile

Spacious and clean appartment, nice pool and very close to great beach. Good beach side restaurant for lunch. Cheap, great food, somewhat still and old staff in restaurant on the beach. Never mind them, we had great lunch with fresh dish there every day. Hotel restaurant maybe good for simple breakfast but otherwise avoid it! This appartment hotel is a bit remote from nightlife and the boulevard. We rented a car at airport to avoid bus transport. This turned out to be good decision because without a car you are kind of stuck there. Hotel is 1980's style but appartments are large, clean and fully equiped. Overall OK, nothing fancy or trendy, but good for holiday with kids. Downside is the noise from the cars in the street in front of the hotel which can be very disturbing at night.

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Reviewed 8 May 2013

We had a wonderful holiday at the Jardim do Vau, right on the beach, half way between Portimao and Alvor, in early April.
The apartment was clean, well equipped and with comfortable furniture.
The indoor pool is a great bonus in the off-peak season.

We used the free shuttle from the hotel several mornings. We went into Portimao a couple of times, leaving at 9.30 and back at 2.30. We also went to the Aqua retail park but got a taxi back from there when we finished shopping.

There is a gym and a library which we used. It had a lot of English books but also a Germand and French section.

There are several restaurants just around the corner from the back of the hotel. These were fine for breakfast or a light meal in the evening. We got a bus to Alvor near the hotel. That was lovely, with plenty of restaurants.

The hotel has a small mini-market which is fine for milk, bread, etc. They also stocked soya milk. This closes at 6.30pm so if you have a late flight it can be a problem. We ate in the hotel restaurant on the first night but while the food was good, the service was slow.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and will be back in the Algarve soon.

Room Tip: Ask for a sea-view with a balcony. We did and we got one, which was excellent.
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  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank mayoartist
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Reviewed 17 March 2013

Jardim do Vau lovely apartments set on a cliff top with easy access to sandy secluded beaches.
The apartments are well run and well maintained, the cleaning staff and reception are efficient, polite and helpful.
Reception kindly handles your motorway tolls, you can pay in advance for the return to Faro airport and therefore avoid looking for a post office to pay or any nasty surprises from unpaid tolls on your return to the uk.
No utility surcharge so we could use the heating without running up any bills.
The fitness centre a bit of a disappointment, no serious weigthts, like most hotels. So we used a gym ten minutes drive away in Portimao.
It was January, sunny, 16C every day and although out of season there were holiday makers about.
We enjoyed walking daily along the beaches or cliff tops to the resort of Praia da Rocha.
There are some good modern shopping centres in Portimao and we did look at the old shopping district but did not find it of interest and it was very run down.

Room Tip: Choose a room on the first floor of the annexe as they face the pool, the garden and have a view of...
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  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank Paul S
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Reviewed 16 March 2013

This was the 11th year we enjoyed our 6 week winter vacation at this establishment. Our stay has always been so wonderful that it is not possible to mention all. The location, the indoor swimming pool, which my husband enjoyes daily, swimming and good conversation with other guests and of course the beach, to search for the eyes of God.
The staff are very professional and knowlegable in assisting with any questions that arise, a place to eat or planning a trip to get to know the culture of the country.
The Director Cidalia Rosa greets and mingles with the guests at Happy Hour to ensure that they are enjoying their stay, this is unique for this Hotel.
The atmosphere and wonderful apartment is the reason we are looking forward to our stay again in 2014.
The 1st prize for the Golden Wave Recognition was well deserved.
CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERYONE - Team work pays off
I recommend this Hotel to anyone looking for a place to relax and enjoy.
R.& R.K

Room Tip: Apartments facing south with a great view of the ocean, Feragudoto the east and Alvor to the west
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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Jardim do Vau

Address: Praia do Vau, Praia da Rocha, Portimao 8500-820, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Portimao > Praia da Rocha
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Praia da Rocha
#5 Luxury Hotel in Praia da Rocha
#7 Romantic Hotel in Praia da Rocha
Price Range: £44 - £260 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Jardim do Vau 4*
Number of rooms: 131
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located right in Praia do Vau beach, 3.5km from Portimão centre and 2km from the entertainment area of Praia da Rocha. Jardim do Vau consists of 131 elegantly furnished apartments, which are composed of one and two bedrooms, equipped with kitchen (kitchenette in the one bedroom units) and balconies with sun beds. Facilities include 24 hour Reception, Outdoor Swimming Pools, Restaurant, Cocktail Bar, Pool Bar (summer), Mini Market, Junior Club (from May to September), Conference Rooms, Atlantic Club with Indoor Heated Swimming Pool, Jacuzzi, Steam Room, Sauna, Changing Rooms and Natural Solarium. Free Parking available. Additional services: Restaurant Pool bar Cocktail Bar Mini-Market Hairdresser Fitness Room, Sauna and steam room Snooker Babysitting Ping Pong Volleyball Junior Club Playgroung Meeting Rooms Library Indoor heated swimming pool Outdoor swimming pools Wi-fi in public areas The two bedroom apartments, with a big furnished balcony, have one double bed in one bedroom and two single beds in the other bedroom. It features two bathrooms, separated and fully equipped kitchen, living and dining room. It has satellite tv, safe (€), telephone, hair dryer, iron and board. The one bedroom apartments have a furnished balcony, two single beds in the bedroom, dining and living room, fully equipped kitchenette, bathroom satellite tv, safe (€), telephone, hair dryer, iron and iron board. All apartments are daily cleaned. The sheets and towels are changed twice a week or according to client's request. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Jardim Do Vau Hotel Praia Da Rocha
Jardim Vau
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