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Overview
The hotel provides private access to the Santa Eulália beach through a small path and steps and is surrounded by beautiful gardens. spanning a total area of 11 hectares. The village, built in 1990, offers 216 apartments and facilities include a lobby with 24-hour reception and check-out services, a hotel safe, currency exchange facilities, a games room, playground, 2 outdoor pools for adults and 2 outdoor pools for children, restaurants, bar, snack bar, supermarket and parking. Wireless Internet access (free in the bar and payable at reception) car hire agency and a bicycle hire service are available for an additional fee.

All facilities from Alfagar II Aparthotel (freeform pool, children’s pool with slides, indoor pool, gym, sauna (payable), Turkish bath (payable), restaurant, bar, can be used by the guests from the Alfagar I Village

How far is the nearest beach?
Private access to the Santa Eulalia Beach.

Distance from Airport
Faro Airport is approximately 35 km from the hotel.

Rooms
This popular apartment complex comprises a total of 216 apartments over 3 floors surrounded by beautiful gardens (11 hectares) and marvellous views overlooking the ocean.

The bright and spacious apartments feature cosy decor in warm tones. They comprise a living room with convertible sofa bed for 2 persons, a dining area and an open kitchen with electric rings, microwave, electric kettle, toaster, coffee machine, mini fridge and all kitchen tools and utensils. The bedrooms have twin beds and a wardrobe, and fully equipped bathroom with shower, bathtub and hairdryer. The furnished balconies overlook the garden or the ocean. Other in-room amenities include a safe (for a fee), satellite TV, telephone.

Food & Drink
The hotel offers an extensive continental breakfast and a dinner buffet or menu with choice, depending on number of customers. There are also set menu options for lunch and dinner. Dinner is additional available a la carte.

There are numerous restaurants and the beach on the hotel's doorstep, while bars and nightlife spots are 2 km away.

Sports & Entertainment
The hotel has 2 outdoor swimming pools for adults, 2 swimming pools for children and an indoor swimming pool. Guests may relax by the poolside snack bar using the sun loungers and parasols provided, or for an additional fee, play tennis or go biking. Sun loungers and parasols can also be hired for a fee on the nearby sandy beach.

Facilities include a lobby with a 24-hour reception desk, a currency exchange desk, a games room, Internet access at reception, Free internet access in village bar, car hire agency and bicycle hire (with charge), playground and football pitch. It also offers a supermarket and a cosy snack bar. In addition, there are car-parking facilities on the premises.

Large freeform pool, children’s pool with slides. indoor pool, gym, sauna (payable) and Turkish bath (payable) in Alfagar II Aparthotel
In New Year parties are not allowed in the apartments and in the resort. It reserves the right to request a deposit per T1 and per T2, on arrival. The deposit will be returned after the apartment has been checked.

   

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating

Based on 421 reviews
 

Very impressed with Alfagar

28 August 2015

Very impressed with Alfagar Village and all its facilities, it's a big place but the great selection of pools available and access to the beach means it didn't feel overrun with people even in...

Very impressed with Alfagar Village and all its facilities, it's a big place but the great selection of pools available and access to the beach means it didn't feel overrun with people even in August. The setting on top of cliffs provides some great views and the whole complex is surrounded with really nice gardens and trees. Check in was smooth and even though we arrived at midday we only needed to wait an hour to get into our room (check in is normally 4pm). We raised a couple of questions via email before we travelled and always got a quick response and all dealings with the main desk were efficient and welcoming. We also used the hotels bus service to/from the old town (1 euro per person each way) which again was very good. The apartments are a really good size, true some of the fixtures looked a little tired but everything we needed was there and it was all perfectly clean (which of course is the important thing), I've stayed in much worse and paid a lot more in the past! We had a garden view which was perfectly fine, you can pay more for a very nice sea view but we stuck with the garden view as we knew we wouldn't be in the room much during the day. There was no air con in the room (this is in the superior apartments only) but this wasn't a problem for us. There was some sun lounger reserving going on despite the notices not to do it, I have seen it much worse at other resorts though, we managed to get loungers next to the busy splash pool at 9.30am which isn't bad going really. In the end we spent more time at the pools near the Buganvilia bar though, it was much easier to get loungers (even mid-morning) and our children preferred it there. There is access directly onto the excellent Santa Eulalia beach via a couple of steep wooden staircases and a sandy path, we had no trouble taking our children down these despite a couple of wobbly steps that could do with a repair. This wouldn't be a suitable route for pushchairs or anyone with mobility problems but you can walk the long way round to the beach via the main road if needed. The evening entertainment isn't the best I've seen, mostly solo singers or the karaoke/magic show. I agree with the other reviews that there could be a bit more going on for the younger children but our boys (6 and 3) still had a great time. There are some good play areas available on site and I think there is even a mini disco in the Alfagar II bar but it was on very early so we never made it. If you're looking for something a bit more lively the 'strip' is a 20 minute walk but it's not really a place for younger children in the evening. We were self catering and didn't eat in the hotel apart from the pool bar near the splash pool for lunch on the first day day, we were not particularly impressed with the food there but made our own lunches after that anyway. There's a small but very well stocked supermarket in the complex, for the most part this was reasonably priced too considering it's an on site shop. There's also a good supermarket just out of the hotel turning right but for the best value take a 20 minute walk up the main road in the same direction to the large Intermarche which is where we stocked up. We ate in local restaurants during the evenings, the closest is Martins which had good food at good prices (left out of reception and walk 5 mins down the main road). We ate at 3 Maria's a couple of nights (right out of reception and walk 15 mins up the main road) which has amazing value 12.50 euro set meals that even include half a bottle of wine (found the service a little slow when it was busy though). There are a handful of other restaurants next to 3 Maria's too but we didn't try any of these. We also ate at the restaurant down on St Eulalia beach a couple of nights, this had great food with fantastic views over the sea, it is expensive compared to the other places we ate but was definitely worth it. In summary the whole family loved our visit to Alfagar and we would certainly recommend it.

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Beautiful village in beautiful well kept grounds

25 August 2015

Check in was quick and smooth when we arrived Friday evening. We were given a map of the village with a layout of the apartments etc. The receptionist fixed a purple (self-catering) wristband on us...

Check in was quick and smooth when we arrived Friday evening. We were given a map of the village with a layout of the apartments etc. The receptionist fixed a purple (self-catering) wristband on us. This allowed us to use the facilities in Alfagar II indoor pool, bars, toilets etc. Upon arrival the one thing that strikes you is how IMMACULATE everything is from the cleanliness and neatness of the reception area of Alfagar II to the beautiful well kept gardens, buildings, pools and surrounding areas in th village. A mini bus quickly took us and our luggage to our apartments. We were travelling as a group of 7 5 staying in block 4 room 116 which was perfectly situated (garden view) next to the children's pool and play area. Our apartment on the map looked quite a distance away when in actual fact was only a few minutes walk away. We were near the tennis courts in block 2 room 309 top floor 3 levels up. Carrying a large suitcase was cumbersome but manageable as it only needed doing once. My first reaction upon entering the apartment was WOW, it was so big and so clean once again IMMACULATE. Bedding was superb also towels. Everything was spotless. Towels were changed every other day, bedding changed twice during our 10 night stay. Three ladies cleaned our apartment really quickly and efficiently. Very polite and obviously enjoyed their job due to the pride they took in their duty. Our apartment was one bedroomed with kitchen and large living area. Bathroom was a nice size comprising toilet, bidet, bath shower combined, nice sized sink with huge mirror. Next to the mirror was a hair dryer. Really well thought out bathroom. The apartments are a credit to Alfagar Village. Alongside the grounds which were also immaculate. Gardeners were cutting grass, weeding and pruning the whole time we were there. Once again the grounds area a credit to Alfagar Village. Buganvilia Bar is reasonably cheap offering a good selection of food and drinks. We ate the first night we arrived and all enjoyed our meals. Often having a drink and snack most days there. Once again staff there worked incredibly hard and even though they work all hours THEY ARE ALWAYS POLITE AND FRIENDLY. There was a pool table situated near the bar area with an air hockey game and a football table. Next to this area is an adventure type play area but at night this is virtually in darkness which makes this an unsafe area after dark. There is a smaller child's pool next to the bar which is useful if your children want a pool and you need a drink. Small garden opposite. With plenty of sunbeds and parasols. There was a lovely children's pool with slides and water features. A lifeguard was situated in that area. The larger pools were immaculate with life guards at the main pool where activities happen each day. The Cabana Bar next to this pool was clean and tidy with pleasant staff. Always courteous and polite which in turn made you want to eat and drink there. Bar snacks were good and reasonably priced. The supermarket on site had plenty to offer and was a little dearer than shops outside the resort. This was to be expected and did not stop us from buying there. The shop is very clean and tidy even when busy, staff polite and friendly. TIPS order a taxi from reception when venturing out. They order a taxi then give u a ticket BUT go outside the reception door because taxis will not wait plus others who don't know the routine will take your taxi. A taxi to Santa Eulalia is 4€ roughly each way easier than catching the bus quicker too. The day before departure order a mini bus via reception to collect you and your luggage from the village to Alfagar II reception. These mini buses are immaculate (cleaned every night) on time and once again this service is a credit to Alfagar. SUMMARY Beautiful apartments in well kept grounds run by pleasant polite staff. Nothing seems too much trouble for them. I would DEFINITELY recommend ALFAGAR VILLAGE AND ALFAGAR II well worth the visit. We would not hesitate to stay here again if we ever visit Portugal again. Thank you ALFAGAR and your entire staff for making our holiday one to remember for all the right reasons.

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More than we expected

19 August 2015

Family of 5 booked Alfagar Village at the start of Aug for 10 nights, self catering. The apartment was spacious, clean and quite modern with 2 bedrooms, a bathroom, living area and a kitchen...

Family of 5 booked Alfagar Village at the start of Aug for 10 nights, self catering. The apartment was spacious, clean and quite modern with 2 bedrooms, a bathroom, living area and a kitchen. Upon arrival we were greeted by a friendly gentleman on reception who assisted us with our check-in. Very clean reception and we were alread impressed.We were given bands (purple at the time) to show that we were self catering and these needed to be kept on for the duration of the holiday. We were also given a map of the complex and the keys to our appartment. Once check-in was complete the receptionist called for a member of staff to pick us up from reception in a van and take us to our room, this was really convienient as we had all the suitcases and our room seemed to be quite a walk from reception. Upon arrival to our appartment we realised we had a downstairs apartment, this was good because there are no lifts to make things easier if you are upstairs. On entering the room we were very impressed with justr how modern the apartment was. The childrens room had 2 double beds joined together (abit of a pain with 3 kids but it worked), also in the room was a dressing table with a mirror, built in wardrobes and sliding doors to an outside seating area which had a table and 4 chairs. We had a garden view apartment and to be quite honest the gardens are very nice, to a point we didn't feel like we were missing out not having a sea view. Mine and my Wifes room had a double bed along with built in wardrobes and x2 bedside cabinets either side. The beds were clean and we noticed their were blankets in the wardrobe incase it got a little chilly. One thing that we didn't get told was how the windows operate when wanting to open them, this was confusing at first as we thought some of the windows didn't open. To open the windows you need to press the black button in and it should then pop out once you let go of it, once you have done that the windows should slide open. Our room was quite small but it was enough for what we needed and again we didn't complain. The bathroom was quite modern, equipped with a sink, mirror, bidet, toilet and bathtub which housed a shower too. One thing I did notice right away was that we had a problem with ants coming from the woodwork on the bathroom door, we informed reception however and someone came in the very next day and sprayed the area but this didn't stop them from returning. I accepted we were in a warm country and the ants wouldn't do no harm so we just got on with it, the point is the staff are more than willing to get onto issues like this. Another thing I realised and I don't know if this was because we were on the ground floor but when we would come back into the apartment during the night, the bathtub more often than not seemed to have some funky insects that had crawled up the pipes however we weren't too fused about this, it just meant I had to turn on the shower and wash them back down. The living area and kitchen was quiet spacious, we had a big table with 6 chairs, a settee which turned into a pull out bed, cooker, fridge with a little freezer and utilities. The kitchen equipment included a coffee machine, toaster, kettle and microwave, all working however the kettle lid wasn't very good. One of the first things I did in the kitchen was look at all the cuttelry and some of it needed a wash. Another thing I noticed was that the pipe under this sink was hanging off, so I had to push that back on too. All unpacked we ventured out in and around the complex and it wasn't long before we realised Alfagar 1 and Alfagar 2 are joined and infact the recepetion you check in at is Alfagar 2. This was very good as we were located in between all the pools, the football court, bars, beach and reception. We never dined in the main resturant next to reception and we are glad we didn't as their 3 course meal isn't the cheapest compared to other places in the new town. Bar Buganvila located at the bottom of the complex had a bar which served food at a decent price, we had some food there on our first night and the food was nice and all in big portions, not to mention the Wi-Fi was free too. We liked this area as there was a park the kids could play in right next to the bar and many nights the entertainment they provided was ok if we wasn't going anywhere out of the complex. The entertainment isn't the best as many other reviews have mentioned however they do put on musical theme nights and a karaoke so that those dining and drinking there still have some form of entertainment. In this area there is a games room housing a few arcade machines and there is 1 pool table that could do with changing due to wear and tear from the guests. A little further up from Buganvila there is 2 tennis courts, which are shut on a night and although we didn't make use of them I do believe you need to rent the rackets from reception. I think over both, Alfagar 1 and 2 we counted 7 pools, this is great as we found if we were going to Buganvila bar, the kids could just go jump in the pool near there or if they wanted to go to the pool with slides it was literally across the complex road from our apartment and we was there. All pools are maintained and cleaned daily and the areas surrounding the pools are clean too. One thing that really annoyed me and my Wife was the amount of guests that would reserve sun beds around the kids pool (the one with the slides). We seen it first hand on many occasions and although there is signs that ask guests not to reserve beds, it didn't stop them from doing so. One example: Approx 9:30am, me, my Wife and 3 kids walk to the kids pool and already it is quiet busy, we were looking for 3 sun beds when we saw a lady put some towels and a bag over 4 sun beds and walk off, only to return over an hour later. This was annoying because at the time we only managed to get one sun bed until the people next to us went. Suggestion for the hotel: Maybe have your lifeguards watchout for people like this and if they don't return within an alloted time, remove their items from the beds so that others can have them, this would be much easier than another guest doing this as it could cause tention between guests. There is an indoor swimming pool along with a little gym, both a really good and often quite as everyone is outside in the pools. I used the indoor pool on the last day, there was only me in the pool and it was so nice. Upon entering the pool area I read the signs which stated an hair net must be warn, I presumed this was for people with long hair (I have short hair) so I ignored this sign and carried on to the pool. I managed to get upto 69 lengths before a staff member entered and said something I hardly understood. She pointed to her head to which I said "hair net" and she said "Yes". I explained that I didn't have one and she advised me to leave the pool, at this point I was knackered from all the lenghts so I wasn't right bothered however I thought it would be worth mentioning so that you don't get caught out, even if you are a guy with short hair. There is a bar next to reception called the Red Bar which offers snacks and drinks along with free, realiable Wi-Fi. Outside the bar they have a few games and two pool tables along with seating area inside and outside of the bar. Again prices didn't seem too bad here considering you are in an hotel and you can also buy bottled water from behind the bar. Every morning the cleaners are up and around early which is good and the maintenace staff are also kicking around doing the gardens etc which we thought was good. The main bins where all the rubbish goes is hosed out often which to us, showed how clean the staff were. The cleaners come in to clean your rooms, change bedding, give you new towels and toilet roll which again we thought was great, expecially being self catering. The staff seemed friendly and they seemed to enjoy their jobs. The day before you are due to fly home, go to recpetion and book the van to pick you up from your apartment with your bags and take you to the reception area. One thing we noticed was upon arrival the coach dropped us at the top of the complex and we were left to walk down to the hotel with all the bags, this isn't the hotels fault but if your with Jet2 Holidays and you have a lot of bags insist they pull up outside the reception doors like every other company does. In a nutshell, we enjoyed our stay at Alfagar 1, we found there was enough for our kids to do (6,8 & 10) and the Algarve is beautiful. We would stay here again if we was to return to Albufeira and even though our rooms didn't have air conditioning we was abe to rent two fans from reception upon arrival which helped a little during the night. We were out of the complex most nights so entertainment didn't bother us or the kids so if your like us, I don't see why you won't enjoy it. Rooms are nice enough and you get the service you deserve from the staff. Spending Money: We ain't out nearly every night and had snacks through the day and we spent approx 1,800 euros, this also included travelling, excursions for nearly every day of our 10 night stay and playing games. Bit of information that we didn't have when we arrived: 1.The tickets you can purchase from reception to go on excursions are more expensive than going into Santa Eulalia town (10 min drive in taxi). 2.Don't catch the bus if you have a family like we did as it costs approx 2.25 euros each just from Santa Eulalia. The taxi's are cheaper but do bare in mind that they don't like waiting and they will take anyone if you are not there (and some people are rude enough to push in) 3. The Taxi's are ordered from reception and normally cost less than 5 euros to Santa Eulalia. 4. If you choose to visit the more expensive side of the Algarve (Vilamoura) like we did, again go to reception and tell them you are going to Vilamoura and you would like to order a mini bus. This is excellent especially if you have a family and the bus will pick you up, drop you off and return at a time that suits you to bring you back to the hotel and it's only 60 euros. We got picked up at nearly midnight and that was fine with the driver. 5. If you visit the Old Town in the night, get the taxi ordered from reception and where the taxi drops you off, you return before 10pm to get the taxi back to the hotel. The reason I say return before 10pm is because if you don't, you will find yourself waiting in a big que for over an hour trying to catch a taxi. We made that mistake with 3 tierd children and it wasn't nice waiting.

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Everything you need!

13 August 2015

Just returned from 9 nights in the Alfagar village. We upgraded to a superior sea view room (with air-con) which was well worth the extra money, very modern and spacious rooms. The hotel had many...

Just returned from 9 nights in the Alfagar village. We upgraded to a superior sea view room (with air-con) which was well worth the extra money, very modern and spacious rooms. The hotel had many pools to choose from including quiet ones to relax or the big pool with slides in the Alfagar II, which our kids loved! Also, bearing in mind it was peak time, there were always loungers available. Lots of activities for all ages including tennis court, football pitch and pool and ping pong tables. There is an onsite supermarket open all day until 8pm which was really well stocked and prices were reasonable. We were bed & breakfast and the breakfast was lovely with lots of choice, like I say the supermarket is well stocked on a morning with fresh bread and pastries if you are not taking the breakfast option. The hotel is about a 20 min walk to the strip but there are another strip of restaurants and a few bars before you get to the strip if you don't fancy the extra walk. The reception staff in the hotel were fantastic. Special mention to Deborah who was really really helpful with everything we needed. My daughter fell and banged her head on our 3rd day and Deborah got us some ice and rang the doctor, she even rang us when we got back to the room to make sure she was ok. She's a real credit to the hotel! We would definitely return to this hotel it was perfect, don't let any bad reviews fool you.

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Facilities

  • 24 Hour Reception
  • A la Carte Restaurant
  • Air Conditioning in public areas
  • Bar
  • Bicycle Rental
  • Breakfast
  • Buffet Breakfast
  • By the Beach
  • Cafe/ Snack Bar
  • Currency Exchange
  • Disabled Friendly
  • Doctors / Medical Centre
  • Entertainment
  • Family Hotel
  • Golf
  • Gym
  • High Chairs
  • Indoor Swimming Pool
  • Internet Access
  • Kids Playground
  • Kids Pool
  • Kitchen Facilities
  • Landscaped Gardens
  • Pool Bar
  • Pool/Billiard Table
  • Reception
  • Restaurant
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Satellite TV
  • Sauna
  • Shops
  • Sunbeds
  • Supermarket
  • Swimming Pool
  • Tea/Coffee Making Facilities
  • Telephone
  • Tennis Court(s)
  • Turkish Bath
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