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Hotel Vila Gale Nautico Hotel 4 star
Vale do Olival - Armacao de Pera 8365-912, Portugal Armação de Pêra, Portugal -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

The first hotel of the Vila Galé group, the heavy salmon-pink structure of the Vila Galé Atlantico looks outdated and drab from the outset despite well-planted gardens. Officially a 'hotel with apartments', the hotel doesn't look any different to the mass-tourism structures one is used to finding in built uop areas along the coast in touristic destinations like the Algarve. Although the hotel was the first of the chain to be built, it has been well maintained despite its outdated décor. A classic basic all-inclusive hotel for families on a small budget but not our first choice due to the lack of atmosphere and originality.

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      Vila Galé Nautico   -   © Christophe Dubois / Easyvoyage

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      Vila Galé Nautico   -   © Christophe Dubois / Easyvoyage

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    Location 9.26 /10

    The hotel is located in the Praia Galé area about 2 miles away from Albufeira, along the coast in the Algarve. From Faro airport it takes about 40 minutes by car on the N-125. The nearest beach is Via Praia, is only a five-minute walk away from the hotel, where there are a couple of restaurants, one of which is particularly good for fresh grilled fish at reasonable prices - see review of Restaurant Praia da Galé. For guests who would rather self-cater, there is an Apolonia supermarket nearby. There is also a small parade of shops with a coffee shop next to Vila Galé Praia, the Atlantico's sister hotel, which is on the way to the beach.

    Accommodation 7.45 /10

    There are 220 rooms - all are one, two or three bedroom apartments. The hotel is popular with guests who prefer to self-cater, as all the rooms have either a kitchenette or full kitchen, both of which are equipped with a hob, microwave, refrigerator, and various pots and pans as well as cooking utensils.

    All rooms have a safe and 80% of the rooms have balconies; some of which look out onto the nearby turquoise sea - the hotel claims to be able to guarantee a certain view per guest request. All rooms have bathtubs (with the exception of one room on the first floor), and if you like your toiletries, there are very few provided by the hotel, so bring your own.

    There is no supplement for children under 12 years old in a room, however, an extra charge does apply for adults.

    In terms of décor the rooms are extremely basic and nothing to write home about although they are functional and clean. For guests lucky enough to have a balcony and sea view, the experience will be a much nicer one!

    Overview 7.45 /10

    First opened in the late 80s, the hotel is the first of the Vila Galé. Although renovations are ongoing, the hotel décor is dated and drab although clean and the large bulky concrete structure isn't the most inviting for a holiday.

    In terms of facilities, there is a games room with video games (all at an extra charge) on the basement floor along with a small shop selling essentials, the hotel restaurant and the health club (see spa section below). The games room has no windows and low ceilings and it doesn't look like the healthiest of places to let your children run wild, especially when the weather and gardens are so beautiful. On the ground floor is the hotel reception, a lobby bar lining the back wall as well as a small stage to the right, where evening entertainment takes place; dancing, snake and parrot shows and karaoke.

    The garden has a white bean-shaped swimming pool and a small round pool for children, shaded by a magnificent pine tree; there is also an artificial river with several decorative pools. There is a playground for children but it is fully exposed to the sun. In terms of other facilities, wireless internet was being installed, which is going to be free but for the moment there are two computer terminals with internet in the lobby for guests to use.

    In the summer, there is music around the pool as well as various types of entertainment like exercise classes and games for people of all ages.

    Food and drink 7.45 /10

    In terms of meal plans, the hotel does them all, from bed and breakfast to all-inclusive, although a large proportion of guests prefer to self-cater. The restaurant, on the basement floor, has indoor and outdoor seating. With the exception of all-inclusive guests, lunch is an à la carte menu at the pool bar in the summer, and otherwise is in the main restaurant. Breakfast and dinner are served as a buffet. Although the food doesn't tend to change a great deal, there is a different 'suggestion of the day' everyday, allowing for a little bit of variety.

    Beach 7.70 /10

    A five-minute walk separate the Praia da Galé, 'praia', meaning beach in English, from the hotel. Here, the beach gets very crowded in peak season (school holidays), but outside of season, the beach is the ideal place to spend the day and to watch the sunset. There are also a couple of beach restaurants, one of which serves fresh grilled fish and is our favourite place to eat in the Algarve (see our review of Restaurant da Galé.

    To know

    Vila Galé Altantico guests can use the tennis courts are Vila Galé Praia, which is on the way to Praia Galé beach.

    The hotel is part of the Portuguese hotel chain, Vila Galé. There are 17 hotels in Portugal, of which nine are in the Algarve - see other hotel reviews. Vila Galé also has six hotels in Brazil.


    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access


    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, hammam, keep fit, spa, Turkish bath

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, gym, aqua gym, horse riding, golf, mountain bike, water-polo, fitness, sports

    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Solarium
    • Meeting room


    • The beautiful seaviews.
    • A five-minute walk from the beach.


    • Horrid enormous concrete structure of the hotel itself.
    • Dated décor.
    • Lacks atmosphere.

    Traveller Reviews

    • Overall Score nc/10
    • Fabien B. Fabien B.  
      1 Opinions
      • Package deals in février 2004 Posted on 2011-09-17 En couple - Une semaine et plus (Chambre avec vue)

        belle chambre spacieuse , propre service de chambre impeccable ,baignoire , terrasse

      • Advantages

        prix attractif a cette période

      • Disavantages

        aucun inconvénients , a part le monde au jacuzzi

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      • Overall Score 7.33/10