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, modern apartments.
A landscaped pool area, buffet restaurant and cocktail bars speak for themselves against the hotel’s streamlined backdrop.
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Buffet meals. Late breakfasts. Snacks. Ice-cream for kids.
Selected local alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
All are included except where indicated.
The hotel-run kids' club has so much going on with face painting, creative drawing, treasure hunts and many more activities to keep them entertained. They'll have no trouble sleeping come the evening. It's for ages 4-12 years.
Throughout the week you can enjoy different types of evening entertainment. They have quiz nights, karaoke, tropical nights, live music and a Portuguese themed night.
A large pool that stretches across the back of the hotel. There's plenty of parasols and sunbeds to soak up the sun.
Spacious rooms with whitewashed walls are comfortable spaces. Balconies offer a bit of outside space, while each room comes with a lounge and kitchenette. This room has a double bedroom.
Spacious rooms with whitewashed walls are comfortable spaces. Balconies offer a bit of outside space, while each room comes with a lounge and kitchenette. This room has a twin bedroom.
We visited this hotel this summer as a party of 11 with Thomson holidays. Lovely hotel and good food, however, my nephew who is 26 and has Downs Syndrome was refused bar service on the basis of his disability. In the words of the manager of the hotel, 'We do not serve alcohol to children or people like him.' Unbelievable direct discrimination is practised in htis hotel.More
We were nervous about this holiday due to all the mixed reviews. All I can say is the reviews are all fair. This is by no means a first choice 4 star platinum hotel and I have been to a fair few. I will break the holiday down: ROOMS: the room was a fair size, two twin beds pushed together to create the main bed. A cot bed was provided for a child. This was very uncomfortable, All 3 of us tried the bed out, but we all ended up in the main bed together. There was not enough drawer space for 3 peoples clothing nor was there enough hangers. Towels were old and frayed. Stains were visible on the carpets. POOL: was large but busy. Yes the pool was cold but this was welcome in the heat, plus once you started swimming you soon warmed up. Sun loungers were reserved very early on in the morning. Its a holiday why are people getting up so early to get a bed?? limited parasols for amount of sunbeds There was a shack serving drinks around the pool that was limited to 2 drinks per person. As there was 3 of us it meant that someone was left out on the drinks round or two of us needed to go and get them. RESTAURANT: 2 restaurants Green and Blue. Green was more for children. Tables were not allocated to your room. It was a free for all to get a table that you wanted. You had to qeue to get your own drinks and often had to dispose of your plates as staff weren't quick enough to pick them up in between courses. FOOD: all inclusive so was not expecting a huge amount from the food but I have to say as a picky eater there was not a night where there was not something that I did not like, Plenty of pasta, rice, fish and meat. The buffet system did not work though as certain guests did not understand the concept of queing and picking things up in a straight line!! HOTEL: The main elevators are not in the centre of the hotel so you do have to walk a distance from these if your room is on the far side, However we did find a smaller elevator close to our room. The grand central bar situated by reception is a bar where you can pay for more branded drinks and the cocktails are nice here. To get your all inclusive drinks you have to go back out to the shack by the pool! Entertainment is OK. there is a mini disco for the kids at 8:30pm and after that there are singers to get you through the night. Other entertainment is available on a lower level, however, we did not attend these. STAFF: In general the staff are pleasant they wont necessarily go out of their way for you but a good service is provided. The cost of the holiday does not reflect the reality of receipt. What I mean is that the hotel does not warrant the cost. Summary: I enjoyed the holiday but then I haven't been abroad for 5 yrsMore
Charlotte J, 186278
First impressions were modern, clean and well kept. There are positives to this hotel but too many niggles to be a 4 star in my opinion. POSITIVES Pool Massive pool with shallow areas at each end and also splash pool. Can't fault the pool area, always got sunbeds and always plenty of space in pool. With regards to the pool temperature I don't feel that this pool was any colder than any previous outdoor pools we have been to. Room The room was large with bedroom and separate living area and also large balcony. As a family of four it never felt cramped and was cleaned daily. Room had a modern feel and easy to operate aircon system. Daytime Entertainment These guys were full of energy and did a great job of keeping everyone entertained. NEGATIVES Food Breakfast was fine with all the usual items you would expect (English breakfast, sliced meats, cereals etc). When staying in Europe before we have always been provided with waiter service tea and coffee at breakfast, however not here you have to serve yourself from a hot drinks machine, as you can probably imagine this coffee is not the greatest! I am a varied eater and prefer a lighter lunch but I did struggle at lunchtime. I/my family would have liked sliced meats at lunchtime to have with the salad or to make up a sandwich. There were 3-4 hot fish/meat dishes however this was a bit heavy for me at lunchtime. I found dinner to be very similar to lunch with the same number of fish/meat dishes. In my opinion these were a little school dinner ish (casserole/stew based), not really for me. There was also always one grilled meat which was usually pork or turkey. I often had this with salad. The salads by the way were nice, varied and plentiful. There were a lot of choice of desserts and the cakes in particular were very tasty. I looked forward to the barbecue night, however there were a number of items which were not cooked through properly. I don't mind beef being cooked rare but the chicken and pork still being pink was not good! Due to not enjoying the food we did visit the Alvor harbour a number of times for meals. The harbour area was nice and had a traditional Portuguese feel to it. It also had a decent selection of restaurants. We particularly enjoyed the Alvor wine restaurant, lovely steaks here and friendly service. ALL INCLUSIVE NIGGLES IN GENERAL Drinks in plastics glasses Not enough seating space in bar area near reception on an evening. Ice cream only available between 4-5.30 in snack bar. (Unless you pay at reception bar) No bottled water (you have to use water fountains) Pay bar near reception, this is best area to be on a night yet you have to go outside to pool bar to get a drink. Downstairs bar area not a comfortable area to spend an evening. Bit like a shopping centre food court (plastic chairs, no real atmosphere). Maximum 2 drinks per person so every time you went to the bar to get drinks for your family you had to take another person with you. There is no wifi except for in reception area, the speed of this is ok during the day, however at night this becomes painfully slow to the point of not working at all, as more people use it. I would not visit this hotel again although would visit Alvor again.More
First let me say the hotel is clean and the hotel staff are amazing, rooms are cleaned daily and clean towels are available. However unless you enjoy repetitive food, non existent entertainment and being bored out of your mind this hotel isn't for you. Instead be prepared to spend a fortune on trips to entertain yourselves and go exploring to find something to eat. It doesn't help that one of our party is vegetarian and contrary to popular belief they don't eat fish so there is practically nothing to eat. Two weeks was too long after three days we wanted to go home which isn't good after spending Â£3900 on a holiday and a further Â£500 on trips and even more buying food and drinks. Drinks are included if you like too strong alcoholic drinks coke or lemonade. Cocktails are availake at a price. This is not a four star hotel because of the lack of entertainment, lack of food choice, lack of decent reps. The hotel itself is lovely as is the location however if you book a family holiday the expectations are higher and let's be honest a nice building does not make a holiday. Thomsons have always been good to travel with however will not be traveling with them again after this holiday!More
Perfect family hotel, food, rooms, and facilities are simply spot on! The bus to beach works but it is some distance and the beach is not to pram accessible. Alvor is lovely and the bars, cafes are well worth a look. The children loved Zoomariner and tbh so did we, the water park was much welcomed after a hot day. Overall a good resort and Superbok on draft!More
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