Alvor Baia

Don’t let the minimalist design fool you – the newly-built Alvor Baia is family-friendly down to its bones, thanks to the supersized pool area and spacious rooms.

Things come family-sized at the Alvor Baia. The big hotel is paired with a long pool that dominates the grounds. Room-wise, you can opt for spacious apartments.

A landscaped pool area, seafood-serving buffet restaurants and cocktail bars speak for themselves against the hotel’s streamlined backdrop.

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All Inclusive - Here's what you get


Buffet meals. Late breakfasts. Snacks. Ice-cream for kids.


Selected local alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

Sports and Activities

All are included except where indicated.

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Hotel-run kids' club for 4-12 years

The kids' club has so much going with face painting, creative drawing, treasure hunts and many more activities to keep them entertained, they will have no trouble sleeping come the evening. For ages 4-12.

Evening entertainment programme

Throughout the week you can enjoy many different types of evening entertainment. They have quiz nights, karaoke, tropical nights, live music and a Portuguese themed night.

Outdoor pool

With parasols, sunbeds and towels.

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double 1-bedroom apartment

Double 1-bedroom apartment sleeps 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children with double bed and a sofa-bed in the lounge with TV. Kitchenette has a microwave.

1 twin bedroom apartment with pool view

1 bedroom apartment with pool view sleeps 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children with twin beds and a sofa-bed in the lounge with TV. Kitchenette has a microwave.

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Nice hotel but NOT a 4 * platinum

After reading the reviews we were very sceptical about this hotel and we were right to be. The hotel looked exactly as it does in the brochure, stunning, spacious and very clean in all public areas, air con was a god send, the hotel staff were fabulous very helpful, informative and accommodating which is a lot more than you can say about the reps all they seemed interested in was selling selling selling, not giving any information out about the resort or any neighbouring resorts ( Lagos, worth taking the local bus at a good price and Portimao beautiful beach worth going to with bars and restaurants ) Food - what can I say AWFUL it is some of the worst food we have ever had whilst on holiday we have stayed in lower star hotels with much better food we only ate on 2 evenings in the hotel the 1st night we arrived thought we should give it a go and for the BBQ night wished we hadn't everything on the BBQ tasted as if it had been marinated in salt, nothing we ate was hot and not a fresh vegetable in sight even chips for breakfast wot is that about!!!!! the breakfast just passed as ok as far as breakfasts go but was also cold, however, we did find a couple of nice restaurants in Alvor The Captains Table and A Ribeira ( on the harbour front ) if you like seafood you'll love them they also do meat dishes you will be well looked after at both of these places. The pool area is very clean with friendly staff didn't have a problem getting a sunbed at any time but there's a big problem with the amount of parasols nowhere near enough roughly 1 parasol for every 20 beds and you do need shade as its very hot, if people actually put the parasols down when leaving the pool area they wouldn't get damaged in the wind. We cannot comment on the inhouse entertainment as we don't do holiday entertainment we recommend a couple of trips zoo marine book through the agents in Alvor town as this does work out cheaper as they charge all in ( entrance and bus unlike thomsons ) it was a fab day and dolphin watching this was booked through reception NOT thomsons we went with Seafaris they have a 95% success rate and saw around 20 dolphins with a couple of babies We would not go to this hotel again due to the food but good for families if you can tolerate cold poor standard food and don't want to leave the hotel we travelled as a couple.More

stevechippie, Driffield, United Kingdom

Not a Thomson Platinum

This hotel should never be rated platinum - unless plastic drinks glasses and chips are the benchmark. The building itself is a super place with superb grounds, decent location and proximity to the town. Rooms are spacious and very clean. Friendly and helpful front of house staff make the welcome pleasurable and flowing. Then come the little disappointments - plastic disposable glasses in two sizes regardless of if you have a short, soft drink, wine or beer in the terrace bar, agree that round the pool could be dangerous but at least get some plastic reusable glasses! Chips for every meal including breakfast - some alternatives available but very bland, generally the food was fish fish or fish with very little labelling and very little variation - the "two restaurants" serve the same food and are very canteen like. - we went out 3 nights. There are very few parasols and the Thomson promise in the welcome meeting meant nothing - if you left your sunbeds to go to the bar the vigilantes would come and take your parasol. We managed to buy one in the town so I am sure the hotel could source some more. Sun beds were mainly broken and dirty if you could get one after the night shift had reserved them despite the signs saying this was not permitted. The "Entertainer" wow, what a load of ****, not big on rowdy shows but this old guy sang the same songs every night for a week. Animation staff not interested in entertaining anyone but their selves. After experiencing several Platinum/Sensotori/A La Carte hotels with Thomsons, this fell well short of expectations despite the similar price.More

Rachael T, Derby, United Kingdom

Alvor Baia

What a hotel, absolutely fabulous, rooms are fantastic loads of space in the 2 rooms and a tv in each, modern up to date bathroom and the housekeeping staff keep the rooms sparkling. We had loads of room around the pool and there were more than enough sunbeds and parosells. The staff at the hotel are really friendly and supply a first class service. The food is varied and of a buffet style with snacks available outside the main meal times. I understand the plastic cups are a problem for some but glass and a pool could be disastrous if one was smashed in there. A beach bus departs every 1/2hr. The town is a short walk away. We are returning next year for sure.More

colin_hunter26, Milton Keynes

Lovely holiday

Just come back from the Alvor Baia, hotel was lovely very clean, food nice a lot of variety. We travelled with a 5 month old, kitchenette and microwave came in very handy, no kettle or iron but just take your own (if needed). Large supermarket sold Aptimal if you ran out and nappies! Rooms were lovely, pool always clean we went down to the pool at 10 everyday and didn't have any problems getting beds or a parasol, ok in peak season they could do with a few more parasols but we didn't have a problem! Alvor is only a ten minute walk and was definantley worth a look, lovely bars and restaurants. Would definantley recommend it to families with little ones, you can go to the quieter all inclusive bar if the entertainment is too loud. I have stayed in many hotels for my job and I would recommend this one to friends, I think you have to read some of the reviews and take out of them what's important to you! More

nicola s, Birkenhead, United Kingdom

Nice Hotel & location

Returned from a week at the Alvor Baia between 11th & 18th Sept as a couple. First impressions of the hotel is the size and amount of rooms.Its a very impressive looking hotel, very modern, covering a fair amount of land. It was spotlessly clean inside and out and the staff continue tirelessly keeping it that way. All of the staff we came in contact with were very friendly and helpful. We have traveled with Thomson for the last few years at their couples hotels this year we decided to go all inclusive as a change. I can honesty say it's different and the hotel does its very best to keep on top of the constant catering and clearing up after its guests. The food was always up to a good standard and always presented nicely (its not really the staffs problem when guests cant use the right serving tongs in the salads or just pick up bread and other food stuffs with their hands) The hotel does provide enough but i just guess its people. We always chose the Blue dining room to eat as i think more so it became habit although looking in on the green room did not appear too different apart from offering children's buffets. There were a couple of themed evenings that were put on whilst we were there which was a couple of Barbecues and a Portuguese night. There appears to be no expense spared or lack of food as the meat was of a very good quality and plenty of it for those that wanted it. We were concerned reading reviews beforehand at the lack of sunbeds and parasols, we did not find that there was an issue with beds even though people will still reserve their same spot and not appear for several hours after, but there is a lack of umbrellas and with so many people buying their own or loaning small beach umbrellas started to look tacky, suggest the hotel invests next season in a few more better quality ones to match their others. They are a requirement as there is not much natural shade around the pool as the young trees have not matured enough. Although if you were lucky you may find that one of the Vigilante's may be able to source a brolly for you (depending which one you asked) I'm sure that during the height of summer it was probably much more difficult it was busy enough even at this last week. The entertainment during the day around the pool (if you can call it that) has been well advised in previous posts, the Animation Team (what do they do?) They appear to only be there for their own entertainment and don't involve too many people as its seems too much effort but will spend time entertaining themselves dancing and singing (badly) into a mic. Aqua Gym what was all that about?? Alvor is a short walk away approx 10-15 mins and does involve walking down then back up a hill not too steep, well lit and paved or 5ish Euro for a taxi. Alvor is very nice, good restaurants and bars and you can sit outside watching the boats and world go by without being rushed. its deff worth going into for a few relaxing drinks or a meal. Overall we had a great time, all inclusive is a different experience and as i mentioned its only guests that make it a problem. Yes the dining areas are noisy and busy as the staff are non stop clearing up, but it beats cooking at home. Waiting for drinks at both all inclusive bars you were served quickly, efficiently and always friendly & if a queue did start to form someone else would come out to lend a hand. We had a fourth floor room at one end of the building and several staff commented it was one of the best rooms for the views, they were not wrong a very long balcony overlooking the pool area as well as seeing over to Alvor and part of the beach. worth the 5 min walk from the lifts and very peaceful, best weeks sleep in ages. Must say thanks also to Nikki & Kate, did not have a great deal to do with as we had no issues or complaints. (Nikki thanks for the brolly lend) They were always smiling when we saw them. Great staff, great hotel. great location. Go there.More

Mark A, London, United Kingdom

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