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Perfect stay! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Where do I begin to describe this wonderful hotel?! From the moment you walk through the glass doors into the amazing reception area everything you could possibly need in at your fingertips. Check in is always a pleasant experience, calm & efficient. Concierge are on hand to help with anything you require. There’s also a free return shuttle to the marina & beach whenever you wish to visit. The rooms are spotlessly clean & have sun beds on the generous sized balcony. The superking sized beds are incredibly comfortable complete with high quality linens. There’s a nightly turn down service too. The bathrooms with their rainfall showers & massive baths feel very luxurious & there is always a plentiful supply of top quality toiletries available. The whitest fluffiest towels you’ve ever seen! Bathrobes & slippers come as standard. The pool areas are stunning! All are immaculately maintained with various sun bed options such as cabanas, single sun beds & double lounge beds. Plenty of fresh towels always available & the pool bar service is very good. It’s such a peaceful area plus there is also an adult only pool area if you wish to relax there instead. Breakfast is also amazing! Everything you could want with lots of drink options, freshly cooked omelettes etc. All the staff are wonderful & offer impeccable service from start to finish. Josè, Bruno ( Hey Bruno, my beer has evaporated again ) & David deserve a special mention as they’ve really looked after us on our most recent trip, all so friendly & genuinely eager to offer the best service possible. Thank you! We shall be back soon! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Put guests into the second vision.
We chose the Anantara with Covid in mind expecting a 5 star hotel would have high levels of hygiene. Our room met our expectations. Covid measures were excellent. Everything was cleaned, tables, chairs , etc with sanitizing stations everywhere. Masks were compulsory indoors and staff wore them everywhere. There was a free shuttle to the marina where there were plenty of restaurants and bars and people were Covid aware. The hotel was like morgue in the evenings with no attempt to create any ambiance. No entertainment , music etc . which forced people to go down to the Marina to embrace some atmosphere. The MASSIVE complaint I have was on arrival we were told we must vacate the hotel by 3pm on day of departure as the hotel would be used by the players at the Portugese Masters golf tournament as a Covid bubble . That was not a real issue as we had an evening flight home which we chose so that we can enjoy a full day relaxation and the 3pm was an acceptable compromise. On the day of departure we were told that we had to leave at 12 and they would ship us off to their near by apartment complex. Apparently the PGA wanted earlier access and the hotel agreed without consideration of their current guests. I feel REAL disappointed with that treatment. If I wanted to stay in a second division apartment complex I would have booked it. Instead I booked a 5 star hotel for my complete duration. SHAME on you for treating your current guests with such derision to favor the pampered elite.
Bit of a mixed bag
I have just returned from a 7 day stay in this hotel with my teenage daughter. I preface this review by acknowledging that the hotel was probably besieged by last minute British holiday makers, with very little warning and for which the hotel was clearly not prepared. The things that I enjoyed: The room was lovely. The food (when it arrived) was of a good standard. the pool areas were great. the hotel's recommendations for eating out were, without exception, superb. The restaurant manager was a delight (see below) The issues I have are largely due to the service provided which was either very good or very bad. There was clearly an issue with the Poolside bar. They were often overwhelmed and it took too long to give your order and to get fed. They were patently understaffed and were servicing not just the restaurant but all those around the pool who ordered food to their sunbeds. The problem was apparent for the first three days despite trying different times to eat. One day, the third was so bad that we waited an hour to be fed, the staff that day were avoidant and unfriendly and people were getting up and leaving having only had their drinks after waiting so long and their requests for an update on their food order went unanswered. That said, I spoke with the hotel restaurant manager after lunch to voice my concerns. He was superb and dealt with it as you would expect in a hotel of this quality. He was apologetic, acknowldged the issue and we were provided with lunch on the hotel the following day, on the lounge terrace where the service was a totally different experience and was considerably more efficient. So, I would recommend the lounge terrace as the better lunch option. The timing of the room servicing was also erratic. you never knew when they would land. on one day, they did not turn up at all until 5pm by which time my daughter had returned to the room to shower for our evening out. we had ben out of the room pretty much all day. They said they would come back later and do the turn down service at the same time. They still had not been when we returned from our evening out. They arrived at 9.45pm, by which time we had been out, come back and were in our pyjamas. so our room was not serviced that day. that same night, we were woken by the door bell and then some gentleman letting himself into our room after 10.30pm. it was apparently to service the mini bar. it was ridiculous to come at that time of night. which I explained as I sent him away. I raised the above two issues the following morning in the hotel reception to be told that the minibar would not normally be serviced at that time of night, which then begged the question of who was entering our room that late. The issue was to be raised with the hotel manager and I was told that they would get back to me. I didn't hear anything from the manager regarding our late night visitor and frankly could not be bothered to chase it up. I would have thought that reassuring guests about hotel security might be something that would be attended to promptly and appropriately. This is not what you would expect from guest relations. In respect of room servicing, I was asked what time I would like the room to be serviced that day. I suggested 11.am that didn't happen either. they arrived much later, again when my daughter was in the room. In the end I requested a room service later that night when we were out for dinner, which happily they did. The hotel provides complimentary water. but we had to chase it down every day as it was not brought as a matter of course. So the service generally let the hotel down during the majority of our stay. On the last day that we were there, the guest numbers had dropped considerably and it was a different experience. You caught a glimpse of how the hotel probably runs when there are sufficient staff members to the number of guests. So as I say, a mixed bag. I enjoyed my stay, largely because we were desperate to escape from the UK and enjoy some sunshine. I am not sure I would choose to return to this hotel, as in different circumstances, I would have been extremely irritated by the patchy and sometimes unfriendly service. A final tip. The hotel offer a free shuttle into Vilamoura, but sometimes there is quite a wait for this, if everybody wants to go at the same sort of time. You cannot book the shuttle. We didn't bother after the first night and took Ubers instead. they work really well, are reasonably priced and quick to arrive. they are also considerably cheaper than the taxis that the hotel book for you.
We just returned from a 5 night stay at this hotel. We had a great experience - modern hotel, great room, good pool/ sunbathing area outside and good food. We initially booked at another hotel and had such a terrible experience that we moved here - so happy with our decision. Would recommend if you are looking at staying in the Algarve!
Pleasant stay... but a bit on the pricey side for what you get
We were hoping for a quiet break for four nights and chose Anantara after reading rave reviews on various platforms. For this, we were prepared to pay a bit more for the experience, in the hope of five star service. While the trip itself was perfectly pleasant and the hotel was satisfactory, it did fall short on a number of areas which did not meet with our expectations. The room was clean but it was tired and worn and in need of some refurbishment. We had to ask a member of staff to come and fix two faulty plug sockets and couldn't understand why we weren't moved to another room. No apology was offered for this. We were promised an in-room bar on the website (which we couldn't find - unless it was the cash mini fridge) and high-end amenities (which turned out to be half-used bottles of shower gel / shampoo etc). The room we were assigned was in the shade all day and evening, and quite far from reception. The hotel was very quiet, so we were confused as to why we were put there. Room cleaning was always carried out late in the afternoon, so when we came back from a day out, we had to wait for the room to be serviced every day of our stay (despite advising reception several times, that we would prefer this to be done in the morning). Positives were the breakfast (which was excellent) and the complimentary shuttle service to Vilamoura, which was helpful. Bearing in mind our trip was made off season, the price was too high for the facilities and services we received.
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