Club Med Da Balaia Hotel 3 star
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Praia Maria Luisa 8200-854 Albufeira, Portugal -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

The Algarve Club Med is the only club worthy of the name in the region. It is an institution with a true daily entertainment program. This sumptuous property on a cliff welcomes kids but they are not supervised.

This review is a translation from our French website, Easyvoyage.com, by Traducteo.

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    •  Club Med Da Balaia

      Club Med Da Balaia   -   © Julien Ferret / EASYVOYAGE

    •  Club Med Da Balaia

      Club Med Da Balaia   -   © Christophe Dubois / Easyvoyage

       
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    Location 8.5 /10

    The Club Med is located at Albufeira, 19 miles West from Faro International airport (40 minutes by car).

    Accommodation 7.25 /10

    The hotel has 387 rooms ( including 4 suites) which were renovated in 1999. They are equipped with individual air conditioning, international direct telephone, satellite television, (19 channels ), safe, full minibar (on request). The standard rooms are about 25 m² in area including the terrace. Choice between two "filling kits" for the minibar (extra charge). The bathroom has a bathtub, a double sink, and a hairdryer. You may borrow an ironing board and an iron. All rooms have a seaview except the first and second floors of the "Pyramid" and "Tour" buildings. Balconies have a comfortable size and a wrought iron furniture - café style. Regarding decoration, it is plain white wood in "Golf" and "Pyramid" buildings, and darker wood in the " Tour" one.

    Overview 8.00 /10

    The Club Med is made up of three 4 to 9-floor buildings with 70's architecture and no charm. Inside, the furniture and bright walls in the common areas make the place attractive despite everything else. The institution has a huge 15 hectare property planted with maritime pines and lined by a beautiful lawn opposite the Altantic and the beach below. The games field is a true paradise for "Gentils Membres" ( guests) with playful and sport-oriented interests.

    Food and drink 8.00 /10

    This is real Club Med. The main restaurant buffet is luxurious. The culinary theme changes every day, for lunch and dinner : island, Portuguese, local, oriental, Chinese... All is designed so that those who stay two weeks do not eat the same thing. Dozen of dishes are nicely presented, breads are homemade, cheese French. In brief, you have too many food options. Two regrets : you have to file in to enter the room and the room is badly set up for self-service - the setting is quite trivial. Two other restaurants are open at night only, you need to book a place there for no additional fee. The "Piri Piri" has Spanish, Portuguese cuisine and the "Yasmina", Moroccan cuisine in a nice oriental setting. The inside bar is open until May, the pool bar starts in June.

    Beach 7.75 /10

    The Club Med has a 2000 m² area on the Da Balia public beach at the foot of a cliff - some minutes on foot on a path. Deckchairs, sunshades and towels are available. The beach is supervised from May to October. The sand is cleaned up, the setting quite pleasant : ochre cliffs, cut coasts and maritime pines here and there. But do not look for water activities except some catamarans. At Da Balaia, they would rather play golf.

    To know

    If you wish to spend a relaxing night, avoid rooms overlooking the pool, above the hairdresser (No 31, 32, 33) and those near the entertainers units.
    No child supervision or nautical base.
    The clientele is 70% French and almost all of the staff speaks French.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, beauty salon, hammam, stretching, spa, Turkish bath

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, gym, aqua gym, aerobics, football, volleyball, golf, sailing, dance, step, bums and tums, archery, water-polo, fitness

    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe

    advantage

    • Location and space.
    • Catering services.
    • Entertainments.

    disadvantages

    • Small old buildings.
    • Soundproofing of the rooms.

    Traveller Reviews

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    • Overall Score nc/10
    • Martine P. Martine P.  
      6 Opinions
      • Package deals in mai 2014 Posted on 2014-08-12 En couple - Une semaine et plus (Chambre avec vue)

        trés bon séjour, club idéalement placé en bord de mer,animation super, restaurant divin tout à fait club med, des géos trés disponibles une équipe super nous avons retrouvé l'ambiance club med et sa qualité de service

      • Advantages

        à 30 minutes de l'aéroport, en bordure de mer restaurant extra

      • Disavantages

        pas d'inconvénients à signaler

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      • Overall Score 9.29/10
    • Marie Christine V. Marie Christine V.  
      2 Opinions
      • Package deals in octobre 2011 Posted on 2013-11-02 Seul - 3 à 5 nuitées (Chambre avec vue)

        Super hôtel!!! Tout confort! Propreté irréprochable!Personnel très sympathique et chaleureux! Déco magnifique!Situé au bord de l'océan avec un paysage incroyable!!!Plusieurs restaurants vous proposent des mets variés et de qualités!

      • Advantages

        Que des points forts!!!

      • Disavantages

        Pas de points faibles!!!

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      • Overall Score 9.25/10
    •  Anonyme. Anonyme.  
      1 Opinions
      • Package deals in septembre 2012 Posted on 2013-10-04 Seul - Une semaine et plus (Chambre avec vue)

        Juste exceptionnel autant par le cadre que par les prestations...Le concept Club Med nous a conquis!

      • Advantages

        La restauration exquise, tout est bon! La vue et la plage, les excursions et l'animation!

      • Disavantages

        je ne trouve pas de point faible

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      • Overall Score 8.75/10
    • Micheline M. Micheline M.  
      2 Opinions
      • Package deals in septembre 2013 Posted on 2013-09-27 Seul - Une semaine et plus (Chambre avec vue)

        Trop génial ! Sports Animation Restauration, RIEN QUE DU BONHEUR Rajoutez à cela un pays magnifique et accueillant..un petit coin de paradis

      • Advantages

        Tout est merveilleux

      • Disavantages

        Rien a reprocher car out était parfait

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      • Overall Score 9.75/10
    • Chloe T. Chloe T.  
      1 Opinions
      • Package deals in août 2013 Posted on 2013-09-08 Seul - Une semaine et plus (Chambre avec vue)

        J'ai passé une semaine en famille dans ce club niché au bord des falaises et rénové récemment.Nous avions une chambre très spacieuse avec vue imprenable sur l'océan.On ne s'est pas ennuyé une seconde avec les activités sportives proposées et les animations,spectacles...La qualité du buffet nous a également bluffé avec des thèmes différents chaque jour,ça se sent dailleurs dans nos vêtements:-)L'ambiance du club est top mais trop calme à mon gout passée 23h!c'est un club résol

      • Advantages

        -un panorama exceptionnel -la formule"all inclusive" -la restauration haut de gamme -à proximité des plus beaux parcours de golf d'Europe -les GO(équipe d'animation)

      • Disavantages

        -le prix des excursions -ambiance limitée après 23h

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      • Overall Score 7.50/10
    • Dali L. Dali L.  
      3 Opinions
      • Package deals in août 2012 Posted on 2013-07-18 En famille - Une semaine et plus (Chambre sans vue)

        Bon séjour, très joli cadre. le club est implantée dans une belle région qui y fait beaucoup aussi.

      • Advantages

        La nourriture, la piscine et les nombreuses activités sportives proposées

      • Disavantages

        Les excursions sont un petit peu trop communes

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      • Overall Score 8.14/10
    • Carole W. Carole W.  
      6 Opinions
      • Package deals in juin 2013 Posted on 2013-06-12 Entre amis - Une semaine et plus (Chambre sans vue)

        Un très beau village pour les golfeurs débutants et confirmés et les jeunes parents situé dans l'Algarve au sud du Portugal. 3 possibilités d''hébergement avec ou sans vue, chambes très propres, restauration de qualité, encadrement professionnel et souriant. Club très convivial, superbe piscine, belle plage avec transats, des excursions (payantes) intéressantes pour découvrir la région. Spa 5 Mondes qui propose de nombreuses prestations (en supplément).

      • Advantages

        A 2 heures d'avion de Paris, club all inclusive,remplit à 80% en juin, prix attractif, nombreuses activités et animations.

      • Disavantages

        Le golf pour ceux qui n'aiment pas et la présence de bébés

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      • Overall Score 8.86/10
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