Hotel Rocha Brava Hotel 4 star
Praia do Carvoeiro - Apartado 1047 8401-908 Lagoa Lagoa, Portugal -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

The Rocha Brava residence, designed as a little Algarve white village, is an excellent resting place. A good departure point from which to discover western Algarve .

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

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    Location 6.03 /10

    The Rocha Brava residence is on the west Algarve coast, 2 miles away from Carvoeiro fishermen village and 34 miles west from Faro international airport. Allow an hour by car. To go there, take national road EN 125 towards Lagoa. At Lagoa, follow Carvoeiro. At Carvoeiro, turn left at the 2nd crossroad after the car wash station (a blue station). The hotel and the beach (praia) are indicated in bold letters on a large billboard.

    Accommodation 7.70 /10

    The 410 units (independent apartments and villas) can each accommodate 2 to 8 people. All apartments have a little garden, sometimes a terrace on the roof ( for the largest ones ) with chairs, tables and deckchairs. The villas have a pool and private gardens. Amenities are identical except for the kitchens: air conditioning, safe (fee) and satellite television. Telephone at the reception or telephone booth. The bathrooms have a bathtub. As for the kitchens, "deluxe" apartments and villas have electric hotplates, a fridge, coffee maker, and kettle, microwave (about $2,50 per week), dishwasher and washing machine. The decoration is simple without being original. Room cleaning is done every day except on Sundays, towels and bed linen are changed every two days.

    Overview 7.70 /10

    The Rocha Brava residence has apartments and villas able to accommodate up to 3000 people. But you won't step on each other's toes or feel like you are in an anthill - the residence is more than two hectares and the rooms are arraged in fragrant, colorful vegetation (bougainvilleas, mimosas, palm trees, cypress, olive trees). The buildings have clearly respected the traditional architecture of Algarve white villages.

    Food and drink 7.70 /10

    The "Farol" restaurant is located in the old stables - a cosy tavern style setting (round chimney, beams and arches, stained glass windows). It serves all three meals - buffet-style at breakfast, buffet-style or a la carte for lunch and only a la carte in the evening. The cuisine, of Portuguese or international inspiration, is pleasant. We recommend the fish. Allow 10 to 15 euros for an a la carte order. A barbecue is arranged once a week ; musical animation three nights a week. There is also a bar near the main swimming pool. At the residence entrance, a coffee-shop serves breakfasts and light meals.


    Carvoeiro's small public beach is supervised - it is located 2 miles away from the residence. You can rent deckchairs and parasols. You can also rent pedalos and catamarans on nearby Centianes and Carvalho beaches.

    To know

    Bring your towel. Have a car. Two 18-hole golf courses ( Gramacho and Vale da Pinta) are 2.5 miles away. The Rocha Brava residents get a 50% discount on green fees. In summer, the residence is mainly frequented by English, Portuguese, and German people ; in winter, there are Canadian and Dutch people.


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

      massage, beauty salon, spa, Turkish bath

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, gym, mountain bike, water-polo, fitness

    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe


    • A large flowery property, like a little white village.
    • Tranquility.


    • No nearby beach.

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