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Balaia Sol

Balaia Sol, Albufeira Portugal

★    ★   ★

A pleasing little complex of self-catering apartments, located in the countryside, away from the hubbub of the main resort areas.

There are limited on site facilities although a relaxed and calm ambience suggests little need for anything more. The distance from the beaches and resort amenities suggests that a hire car is almost essential.

Exterior

A pleasant selection of connected form like buildings with cascading shrubs and flowering plants adding a true rural flavour. A tiny entrance is located off a small courtyard whilst a path leads round to the apartments with their wide airy balconies and red tiled roofs.

Property type: Apartments

Balcony/Terrace: All

Storeys: 2 & 3

Built Year: 1986

Exterior: Low-rise Blocks

Interior

A minute reception room is stacked with local information around its tiny desk. A pleasant looking bar area, with a display of local memorabilia, is also used for poolside snacks service and has a terrace with a barbeque area.

Rooms: 41

Grounds

The attractive grounds feature a host of vines, cascading plants and colourful flowering plants. The pool area is adequate for the number of guests accommodated but not generous in size.

A lawn has space for additional sunbathing and an ox cart adds interest and character! There is a good supply of closely arranged sun-loungers.

Location

Area Type: Located 3.5km to the E of the old town area, in a quiet and rather cut off narrow lane, in the countryside inland from the Balaia suburb. The main road leading away from Albufeira towards Vllamoura is 500m away and the nearest selection of shops, bars and restaurants are in Areias de Sao Joao, 1.5km away.

Nearest beach: 1km (Maria Luisa)

Map Ref: 69

Facilities

  • Bars
    • Main Bar
  • Pools
    • Rectangular (16 yds)
    • Children’s pool/section (4 yds)
  • Public facilities
    • Indoor games
    • Internet terminal(s)
  • In-room facilities
    • Minibar/fridge
    • Safes
    • Tea/Coffee making facilities
    • TV (English language)