Club Med Da Balaia, Albufeira Portugal
★ ★ ★
A French managed establishment that attracts many French and international guests, who are seeking a popular brand, family orientated all-inclusive property with relatively easy access to the beach.
The spacious and rambling interior is somewhat mundane whilst the pool area and grounds are very amenable and attractively arranged. The good range of amenities on site ensures that many guests remain on site for the majority of their holiday.
A wide drive, entered through a security gate leads up to a wide and impressive canopied entrance with steps up to the doors. The building is comprised of 3 rather dated and white painted blocks, linked by a wide walkway. Wooden balconies add a somewhat rustic influence and an enormous dining terrace extends from one building.
Property type: Hotel
Balcony/Terrace: All rooms
Storeys: 3 to 7
An enormous and welcoming lobby has a long reception desk to one side with a corridor leading off to the communal areas ands other accommodation blocks.
A cavernous restaurant has a wide servery and rows of tables for almost as far as the eye can see.
The main bar has a large entertainment stage and plenty of well-packed seating. There is an additional buffet restaurant and bar facility beside the pool area.
The well-landscaped gardens feature plenty of mature trees and colourful shrubs. The flat and spacious lawns surround a rather small pool for the number of rooms in the property overall but this part compensated by the close proximity of the beach.
There are many organised activities in the grounds with much of the commentary in French and other languages. The tennis courts and indoor pool are also popular venues.
Area Type: Situated at the bottom of a lane, on the shore side of the coast road on the eastern edge of the suburb of Balaia. Surrounded by many pine trees and unused land, with a security gate off a car parking area. There are a few shops and a couple of snack bars within 150m and a courtesy bus operates to the resort centre. Car parking in the area is a problem during the peak season and at weekends.
Nearest beach: 100m (Maria Luisa)
Map Ref: 75
- All Inclusive
- All inclusive available
- Poolside bar
- Main Bar
- A la carte restaurant
- All-buffet restaurant
- Rectangular (23 yds)
- Children’s pool/section (12 yds)
- Public facilities
- Children’s daytime entertainment
- Children’s playground
- Evening entertainment
- Fitness room/gym
- Indoor games
- Internet terminal(s)
- Tennis courts
- Turkish Baths/Steam Room
- WiFi Access
- In-room facilities
- Air conditioning
- Room(s) for disabled
- TV (English language)