Saturday, 18 April 2015

The Conrad Algarve


If you have been following my recent travels, you will know I recently had the opportunity to visit the Algarve. We stayed at the gorgeous Conrad Algarve in Quinta Do Lago near Faro. 




Side note:  Faro has amazing orange trees everywhere, can you spot the oranges on the tree behind us.



We had an early flight into Faro airport and arrived at the hotel at 1pm, my first impressions of the hotel was a bit distorted; on arrival we couldn't get a room until around 3pm as all the rooms were in full capacity; and when we did finally check in there was a mix up with our room.

These are issues you would not usually expect from a 5* luxury hotel.  However these are the only downsides I can think of; and after numerous apologies from the check in desk and a welcome drink, all was well again.


Hotel exterior





Our bedroom was big enough for 3, It was spacious, light and airy and even had a TV over the bathtub, It was the type of luxury you would expect from a 5* hotel; It also helped that this hotel has only just gone past the 2 year mark, so the rooms were still spotless. (I have a travel video coming up soon on the blog with a walk-through of the hotel.)








The service from the members of staff at this hotel is what sells it, we had daily breakfast and dinner at the hotel and the service we received was amazing.
They couldn't do enough for us and every day they remembered my sons name and made us feel welcome.

Breakfast 







Champagne for breakfast anyone? or you can settle for a variety of fresh juices like I did.



The hotel grounds are big enough, and there are also has quite a few activities to keep you busy; We enjoyed using the indoor pool when it rained and the outdoor pool when the sun was out. You can also indulge in a game of table tennis, mini golf in the sports room or a range of daily exercise classes. 


Indoor and Outdoor Pool





Apart from a few niggles with check-in and the down pour of rain on the occasional day, we enjoyed our time at Conrad; and will definitely visit again to see more of Portugal.

My little traveller definitely enjoyed it. Until next time Conrad, and as they say in Portugal "Obrigado Conrad". (look up the meaning  x)








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Travel Tips for Algarve:

- Flights to Faro from London Heathrow /Gatwick are from £90 upwards for a return journey; dependent on airline. Travelling during off peak season, is considerably cheaper. 
- Pre-book your transfers to get to the hotel from the Airport; approx. £20 via Suntransfers.com - good service  and approx. 20 mins drive from Faro airport
- Holding deposit of 50 euros is taken from a credit card at check-in, be prepared for this.

- Get a room facing the pool or hotel fountains for good views
- Albufeira is about a 30 mins journey from Conrad - great for seeing the Beach caves, Zoomarine waterpark and other Entertainment
- If you are after a bargain, visit hotel during the off peak seasons. (We visited in April) online comparison sites provide offers from £140 a night inc. breakfast


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