Our friends don’t remember how they discovered Vila Vita Parc Portugal, but for sure it is one of their favourite with kids. They went there for the first time October – an unreal 28 degrees temperature, a very gentle breeze and loads of sun sun sun! And their next holiday Algarve with kids, there again in June !
Our friends travelled with their 18 months by plane with British Airlines from Gatwick to Faro (a 2hrs flight). They have rented a car (booked with Europcar in advance – make sure you ask for a baby seat too) directly from the airport (30 mins of waiting roughly). Almost the entire trip to the resort is on the highway and the road signs are present – almost impossible to get lost (road trip of 40 min to reach your destination – the wonderful Vila Vita Parc Portugal). The resort itself – luxurious! The personnel – they could not ask for more. A truly 5 star hotel, belonging to Leading Hotels of the World. Such a lovely and attentive service comes with a price – but it really depends on the package – there is something for everyone plus one fair balance which reflects the services offered.
To start with the kids facilities – the hotel provides nannies and a fully equipped kindergarden !!!! Yes, a kindergarden fully dedicated for the kids in the resort. You can leave your little one there for a 12 euros / hour fee while you enjoy a well-deserved spa treatment (or, if you prefer, you can stay with your baby too at no extra cost). There is also a huge outside playing area – you won’t get bored (I mean, your child J ). They even have a sleeping room (6 cribs) – if you have a 2/6 month old baby you can let it there for a nap in the afternoon. They tested also the inside and outside pools – just perfect!
Dining – 8 restaurants in the resort (most of them with special “kids menu” also which can be served in the playing area or at the swimming pool) and 1 restaurant with a Michelin star awarded. There are some restaurants for adults only and they had a nanny for 2 hours and we enjoyed a fabulous dinner. No buffet except the morning one, all restaurants serve a la carte. The resort own and manage also 2 restaurants outside the resort and they offer transport there, so convenient. One of them is on the beach (it was sooo good) and one in the city outskirts ( Austrian flavours).
Rooms: our friends had a Deluxe double room which was great: very spacious, 1 bedroom with en-suite large bathroom, a small living room area and a nice terrace. Wifi at no extra cost also.
The beach – superb! A wild and deserted (it was October afterall) beautiful beach, cannot tell if they provide towels or something else because as nobody expected such a good weather, I did not see the bar opened nor the chaise longs.
Cons Very difficult to pick up anything for the “cons” for Algarve with kids and Vila Vita Parc Hotel – it was such a nice, pleasant holiday, my son had a wonderful time and so did we. Strongly recommend !