So it was the annual girly trip for all the ladies in the family – chosen destination The Algarve. The trip started off in style at Liverpool Airport with a trip to Heidi & Pearl, the newest additional to Liverpool Airport’s retail offering, catering to ladies and men’s beauty needs before flying – a great easy to book service and ideal for those short on time before travelling.
So what can be said about the region – it boasts more than 100 beaches amongst the best in Europe, and has an abundance of good quality accommodation and a great climate which has put The Algarve firmly on the tourist map. If golf is more your thing then you have over 40 courses to choose from having been voted “worlds best golfing destination”. Top quality restaurants as well as the diversity on offer complements all the other characteristics that has led the area to be known as the Golden Triangle of Portugal.
We were staying in the Quinta Do Lago area , a manicured oasis of 5* hotels and luxury villas – car hire is essential to get around as public transport is absent and the beach is some 2km away but the green gardens and the fact you are on the doorstep of Ria Formasa, the Algarve’s natural park which preserves rare species of flora and fauna and is known to be one of the best places for bird watching makes it a peaceful and relaxing holiday.
In the past 5 years 29 million euro has been invested in this area and a further 21 million is due to be spent in the next 2 years on 8 tennis courts, rugby/soccer pitches, climbing wall, adventure track, treetop walks, an Olympic size swimming pool
Quinta shopping is known as the Rodeo Drive of the Algarve with designer boutiques, restaurants and cafés as well as professional services such as dentists, lawyers etc . The central square creates a cosy ambience in which to enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner or a cocktail with an abundance of car parking facilities.
Our hotel the Monte Da Quinta Suites consisted of 132 one, two and three bedrooms suites all decorated to an exceptional standard with fully equipped kitchen. Hotel facilities include a swimming pool with pool service, a spa, kids club, an excellent restaurant and a fully equipped gym with indoor pool. We found breakfast excellent with fresh fruit and freshly squeezed orange juice as well as the full hot breakfast and eggs cooked to order. We were slightly disappointed with the spa treatments as although advertised as Elemis the treatments were not of the Elemis standard and the spa lacked the “relaxation experience” we were expecting. The bar and pool staff were excellent and certainly knew how to make a mojito – a favourite with cousin Les!
On the first evening we pushed the boat out and booked The Natural Gourmet Restaurant, a Uruguan steak restaurant. Our host, George, was amazing and really couldn’t do enough for us! The cocktail list was huge and the steak was the best I have ever tasted. The night was just right, dining al fresco under the stars and the service outstanding – you can expect to pay approx 48 euros per person for a Two course dinner with fillet steak, cocktails and wine.
On the second night we hit Vilamoura, a 15 minute taxi drive away from our resort and home to a beautiful lively marina with plenty of restaurants, bars and shopping. There is also the opportunity to hire a boat or indulge on an excursion. We ate in Luna Rosa right in the waterfront , an Italian seafood restaurant with great pizzas. The restaurants around the marina are reasonably priced and our meal of 2 courses with drinks was 34 euros each.
This hotel would suit a family with young children who want space but fully equipped kitchens and a kids club, groups of golfers and guests wanting to the tour area and hire a car. The hotel is exceptional value and we paid £420 per person which included, flights, luggage, private transfers and breakfast in a two bedroom apartment for a week.
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