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Hotel Sofitel Vilalara Thalasso Hotel 5 star
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Praia das Gaivotas | Alporchinhos, Porches 8400-450, Portugal Armação de Pêra, Portugal -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

The Vilalara Sofitel is a dream place for recharging yourself while on vacation and is a comfortable institution in a pleasant 11 hectares park. Enjoy its beautiful beach with golden cliffs or an efficient thalassotherapy cure.

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

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      Vilalara Thalasso   -   © Christophe Dubois / Easyvoyage

    • Hotel Sofitel Vilalara Thalasso

      Vilalara Thalasso   -   © Christophe Dubois / Easyvoyage

       
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    Location 5.92 /10

    The Vilalara is 25 miles away west from Faro international airport ( 35 minutes by car) and 1 mile away from the small city of Armaçao de Pera. To get there, follow the sign "Armacao de Pera". 1 mile after leaving the city, follow the billboard ( on the left) indicating the hotel's name. The Sofitel is in a residential area, in a pleasant and large park overlooking a beautiful beach with surrounding cliffs.

    Accommodation 9.20 /10

    Thick carpet, pastel tones, large balconies or terraces with teak furniture, desks and lounges with velvet sofas, lots of storage space... Space, comfort and sophistication are words to define the 119 rooms - all of them 40 m² junior suites, renovated in 2002. Satellite television (30 channels), a stocked minibar, a safe with an electronic lock, individual air conditioning, bright mosaic bathroom, double basin, bidet, hair dryer, (two speed, removable from the wall), bathrobes, towels, slippers, Roger & Gallet welcome products&: everything is there. We appreciated the spacious showers in which you can sit down.

    Overview 8.70 /10

    The hotel has 119 rooms and 58 apartments for individuals. They are housed in one or two storey buildings of Mediterranean, Greek or Arabic style. Of the three swimming pools, two are sea water and the thalassotherapy center pool is heated to 28 °C. There is a splendid ocean view from the huge pool named "Gaivotas" ("the Seagulls"). The two restaurants are opposite to the latter and also have breathtaking views. Note the very warm welcome inside the whole institution.

    Food and drink 9.20 /10

    " Le Vilalara " offers gastronomic seafood meals, grilled fish and traditional Portuguese meals; and faces the swimming pool and the Atlantic. Good breakfasts, beautiful dish and wine list, impeccable, polite, smiling, and considerate service. Below the Vilalara, the Portuguese grill which opens for the high season, has Portuguese specialities such as cataplana. The cuisine is very tasty and the service is excellent; the best that we had in Portugal. Musical nights are provided every night near the swimming pool : Portuguese fado music, Brazilian rythms or jazz, in April and November, during the jazz festival. A dietetic restaurant serves a refined menu with a maximum of 400 calories. The hotel has a friendly bar.

    Beach 8.45 /10

    The Gulls beach is wonderful : nothing but sand, ocean and ochre cliffs surrounding you. Sunshades and deckchairs are available. Located below the hotel, the beach is accessible by stairs, 5 to 10 minutes away, depending on your room location.

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    Two fragrant trails have been created on its 11 hectares carefully equipped park, which allow you to move among the forty plant and tree species, from the Azores laurel to Star Jasmin.
    The hotel thalasso institute has thematic cures : fitness, aqua-slimming, leg toning, anti-tobacco. As well as traditional care (bubble baths, affusion or jet showers), acupuncture sessions and stretching are also offered. They also provide l aquayoga, tai chi chuan and dance courses.

    Equipment

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

      massage, beauty salon, sauna, hammam, thalassotherapy, stretching, keep fit, spa, Turkish bath, wellness

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, water skiing, gym, aqua gym, aerobics, beach volley, horse riding, golf, sailing, paddle boats, canoe, water-polo, fitness, sports

    • Animals allowed
    • Hairdresser
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Solarium
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • The park.
    • The beach.
    • The balneotherapy centre.
    • A warm welcome

    disadvantages

    • The distance to reach the rooms.

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