In a quiet corner of Luz, a five-minute walk to the beach
Large apartments with full kitchens and one to three bedrooms
All apartments have balconies, flat-screen TVs, and air-conditioning
Lovely outdoor pool and terrace for sunbathing, plus kids' pool
Tennis court and playground for kids
Simple restaurant serving Italian food
Hotel hosts kids' clubs-in-residence (like soccer)
Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel
Plenty of free parking
Quiet vibe might be boring for some travelers
Limited features and can't use gym at Estrela da Luz
Fees for beach towels
Breakfast isn't available in the restaurant
Families and couples looking for spacious apartments and a quiet vibe are in luck at the three-pearl Baia da Luz. The style here is humble and the 166 modern one- to three-bedroom apartments include full kitchens, big living rooms, and balconies plus air-conditioning and free Wi-Fi. The beach is only a five-minute walk away, and it's lined with lots of cafes and bars. There's a casual restaurant on-site, as well as a playground, tennis courts, and a lovely pool. Other features are slim, though, and the hotel is best for self-catering guests. Travelers who want extras like a spa and gym should consider this hotel's sister property, Estrela da Luz, instead, though it's farther from the beach and apartments are less sharp.
Simple, quiet apartment-hotel with plenty of room for independent-minded travelers
Luz is a quiet, laid-back town and that atmosphere carries over to Baia da Luz. Even though the hotel was almost at full capacity during our visit, we barely heard a sound. Of course, in peak season this changes a bit, as the pools are filled with splashing kids, but all in all this is a reliably peaceful place for a getaway near the beach. Like its sister hotel, Estrela da Luz, the style is humble, but a bit more modern than much of the local competition. It has the atmosphere of a condo hotel, with buildings built into the neighborhood and no buzzing common areas. In fact, aside from the pool terrace and casual restaurant, there's not many places for anyone to socialize, keeping the vibe understated. Luckily, the lovely Luz boardwalk is only a five-minute walk away. Most guests here are independent-minded travelers wanting to be close to the sea for a week or two. Expect to see families and couples, though the proportions change throughout the year, with mostly mature travelers and retirees in the spring and fall.
In a residential part of Luz, a five-minute walk to the beach and lively boardwalk
While Luz isn't a party destination, this hotel's corner of town is particularly tranquil, as it's surrounded by other large-scale vacation rental complexes and other residences. Even so, it's only a short five-minute walk to the restaurants, bars, and tourist shops along the town's lively boardwalk. The beach is wide and sandy here, with plenty of sun loungers, umbrellas, and various beach and water toys to rent up and down the shoreline. It will take about 10 minutes to reach the historic sights on the other side of the beach, including the town's modest fort and the charming Igreja da Luz de Lagos. To explore the rest of the region, though, you'll need a car. It's a 15-minute drive into the charming center of Lagos, for lots of trendy cafes and pastry shops. Alternatively, it will take 30 minutes to drive to the comparably more natural Sagres. The closest airport is in Faro, which takes about an hour to reach by car. Otherwise, it's a two-and-a-half-hour drive to Lisbon and its airport.
Spacious, modern apartments with full kitchens, air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi, and balconies
For travelers who need nothing more than space, clean interiors, and quiet, these apartments are a good fit. When it comes to style, they're simple, but more modern than much of what's on offer in Luz. Details are rendered in neutral tones, and include hardwood floors, taupe-upholstered seating, dark wood furniture, and just a few pieces of modern wall art. Some include jazzier pieces of art and retro-inspired seating, but otherwise the look is straightforward. All units have one to three bedrooms, making them a great option for families and groups. They also include sleek kitchens with ovens, stovetops, microwaves, electric kettles, and everything need to cook and eat. These come stocked with basics like milk and sugar upon arrival. Dining tables are standard, as are pull-out couches. Other features include air-conditioning and free Wi-Fi. Bathrooms are likewise fresh and modern, with mosaic tiling, shower/tub combos or stall showers, and a nice array of toiletries. There's also plenty of space to spread out on the roomy countertops. Keep in mind that a few of the rooms are a bit far from features like the pool and restaurant, as the hotel is built into the surrounding neighborhood.
Limited extras include tennis, playground, a pool, and simple restaurant
There aren't too many features here, and unfortunately guests aren't allowed to utilize the missing extras -- like a spa and fitness center -- at the sister hotel, Estrela da Luz. Even so, most previous guests are pleased with what is available. Tennis courts and a playground are the extent of the activities, though the hotel does offer some light activity schedules in the summer's warmest months. Otherwise, occasional kids' camps do take place here. The pool is roomy and the terrace is attractive, with plenty of sun loungers -- a separate shallower pool is available for kids. While the beach is nearby, the hotel charges a fee to use beach towels, so bring your own to save some money. The humble restaurant rounds out the hotel's features. It serves Italian food for lunch and dinner and has a bar. Breakfast isn't served, and most guests eat that meal in their own apartments, often on the balconies. The property has lots of free parking and Wi-Fi is also free.
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