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PortoBay Falesia 3.5

Albufeira, Faro District, Portugal

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Pros

  • Clifftop hotel set on pretty, well-tended grounds
  • Overlooking five miles of golden sand beach
  • Rooms have flat-screen TVs, tea/coffee facilities, minibars, and balconies
  • Spacious bathrooms have bidets and quality toiletries
  • Two bars and two restaurants with sea-view terraces
  • Outdoor pool and separate kids' pool
  • Spa with indoor heated pool, whirlpool tub, sauna, and steam room
  • Bright gym and tennis courts
  • Three meeting rooms
  • Free Wi-Fi in public areas

Cons

  • Charge for safes and in-room Wi-Fi
  • Some rooms overlook street and car park
  • Uphill return journey from beach can be taxing

Bottom Line

The 310-room Porto Bay Falesia is an upper-middle-range hotel located in the small Algarve town of Olhos de Agua. Its scenic clifftop position is certainly a highlight, offering plenty of superb vantage points over the stunning five-mile stretch of Praia da Falesia beach. Pleasant rooms have modern comforts that include flat-screen TVs, minibars, and tea/coffee facilities, plus some feature sea-view balconies -- though others overlook the car park. Solid facilities consist of two restaurants, two bars, two pools, and wellness amenities that include a spa and fitness center, plus play areas for children. All in all, it's certainly one of the better options in the area, though those looking for a kid-free stay should check out the nearby Falesia Hotel

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Scene

Relaxed, modern hotel with pleasant grounds and plenty of sea breeze

Entrance to the Porto Bay Falesia is via an underpass below one of three wings of this modern, T-shaped property. Passing two pairs of cobalt-blue plant pots, guests enter a bright lobby area decked out in simple yet tasteful furnishings, polished tile floors, and a few pieces of modern art. Most of the hotel overlooks an extensive sun terrace and central freeform pool, as well as a broad swathe of manicured lawn lined with palm trees and tropical plants. A pleasant salty sea breeze pervades most of this clifftop property, while vantage points provide stunning views over the distinctive red cliffs and out to sea. The mood is laid-back and peaceful, attracting mainly couples looking for relaxation, while child-friendly facilities also draw some families with kids.

Location

Clifftop setting overlooking gorgeous Praia da Falesia beach

The hotel is situated above dramatic, rust-colored cliffs that overlook Praia da Falesia's long stretch of golden sand. Set in the small Algarve town of Olhos de Agua, there are a few restaurants, bars, and shops in the surrounding area, though for anything more lively, it's a 10- to 15-minute drive to either Vilamoura or Albufeira's famous "Strip". While right next to the sea, it's 130 steps down to the five-mile long beach, so the return journey can be taxing (despite regular rest benches). Alternatively, it's a 10-minute walk to the smaller Praia dos Olhos de Agua beach. Albufeira's lovely Old Town Square is about a 20-minute drive from here. Faro Airport can be reached in about 30 to 35 minutes by car. 

Rooms

All rooms extend to furnished balconies -- some with sea views

The hotel has 310 rooms decorated in white, gold, and red, with traditionally styled light wood furniture and carpeted floors. All rooms have sliding glass doors that open to balconies or terraces with rattan furnishings; views range from dull ones of the street and parking lot, to lovely vistas over the gardens and sea beyond. Reports suggest some rooms can feel gloomy, however, due to shade from nearby trees. Solid amenities include tea- and coffee-making facilities, minibars, and flat-screen TVs with English channels (all news), though in-room Wi-Fi and safes incur a fee. Bathrooms are spacious and generally well-maintained, with shower/tub combos, bidets, wall-mounted hairdryers, and quality toiletries. 

Features

Indoor and outdoor pools, two restaurants and bars, spa, fitness center, and kid-friendly facilities

The crowning feature of the hotel is its pretty terrace with an outdoor pool and separate splash pool for kids, though loungers can fill up quickly during peak times -- those on the grassy area tend to cope with the overspill. There's also a modest spa with a small heated indoor pool, whirlpool tub, sauna, and steam room, as well as outdoor tennis courts and a putting green. Kids are also catered to with a playground, indoor playroom, and outdoor games such as a ping-pong table. Business travelers will find three meeting rooms. Wi-Fi is free in common areas, but incurs a fee for in-room use.

An excellent and varied breakfast buffet is included in the rate and served in the bright Madeira Restaurant, which opens to a poolside terrace and views of the Atlantic. During the summer months, Il Basilico restaurant offers an a la carte menu and has a lovely patio with sea views. The hotel also has two bars, one poolside serving lunch and snacks, while the indoor one has live music and evening cocktails.

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Quinta do Milharo, Albufeira 08200, Portugal

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