Before it was converted into a hotel in the year 2000, the site was used as a fishing settlement. In fact, if you walk to the back of the hotel, through the gate leading to the beach, you will notice the name of the former village painted on the building facade Arraial Ferreira Neto.The original structure has actually been kept, with typical long single floor buildings painted bright yellow and the original school, chapel and watchtower. The overall atmosphere is one of peace and calm, and the well-planted gardens of Bougainvillea and various other flora, contribute to the effect.
The hotel has all the usual facilities onsite, like a car park for guests arriving by car, a kids' club/playground, a restaurant and bar with indoor and oudoor seating. There is also the main restaurant, pool bar and indoor bar, where evening entertainment takes place everyday, including live bird and reptile shows! Something else the kids are bound to like is a nature tour of the park surrounding the hotel; team leaders show children around the coastline, teaching them about the various fauna and flora, giving children another dimension to explore on holiday (not included in the room rate).
The hotel doesn't have a spa as such, but it does have a 'Satsanga' health club with a couple of massage rooms - treatments are done on request, so guests must make sure to book at least 24 hours in advance. Otherwise, there is a steam room and sauna, a gym and an indoor pool for cooler days - day passes costing 11 euro are available as the facilities are not included in the room rate here.
The outdoor pool is by far the most popular attraction despite the beach being only seconds away. If you are staying here with young children and you are apprehensive about letting them out of your sight, there are rooms that lead directly to the pool area, meaning that the children are never too far!
Alternatively, for a little saunter into town, there is a complimentary shuttle bus that goes between Tavira and the hotel five times a day - although the village isn't far, it can be a hard feat, especially in the hard sun.
The highlight of the hotel apart from its original structure, is its proximity to the beach. Through the back gate to the side of the watch tower, where you will find the well-equipped diving club, the sparkling waters of the sea and its fine sandy beach.