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Villas Barrocal
Certificate of Excellence
Gloucester, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“A good choice”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2011

We found these villas by chance on a last-minute booking. On arrival we were impressed by the level of cleanliness, the equipment provided, the facilities and the security. Our villa (2 bed deluxe) had comfortable beds, dishwasher, proper oven with hob, large fridge-freezer and views over countryside towards the sea. The villa had been well cleaned and inspected before we were given the keys.
The pool and outside communal areas were well-kept and cleaned daily. The complex was small and quiet, and there is a very reasonably-priced snack bar by the pool. Staff were eager to help and friendly.
Pera is a small village about a mile from the beach. In the midday sun it's a bit of a trek across field tracks or little lanes but the beach was a clean blue flag beach with sunshades and a couple of beach bars. To make the best of a holiday here we would recommend having a car.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
6 Thank Chris H
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Amsterdam
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26 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2009

We stayed at Villas Barrocal in July 2008 for a 2 week holiday with our kids of 6 and 2. The accomodation is quite impressive, large appartments that are very well equiped (although the beds are quite hard!). Cleaning is done 3x per week (and even the small garden lawns are cut at least twice a week). If you have smal children that still need to nap in the afternoon, you can easily leave them in the appartment whilst you can lounge by the pool side.
The pool area is again well designed, lots of good quality sunbeds and umbrella's. The pool itself is quite large and there is a nice toddler pool next to the main pool.
At the pool there is a snackbar where you can order drinks and food (on your room tab). This is open from 10 until 23 hours. In the evenings you can order food and coffee and either eat it there or take it to your apartment. Whilst the quality is not that great, it's nice to have the option. There is a very nice lady at the bar who speaks French as well as English. At the snackbar you can also use 2 fixed BBQ pits (BYO charcoal).
The nice thing about Pera is that you are only a few minutes away from several nice beaches in the area. Even in July it did not feel very crowded, mostly Portugese families spend their holidays there. At each beach there is usually a small seaside restaurant where you can eat fresh fish (which you have to choose yourself). Eating fresh fish is not very cheap but it's a nice rustic atmosphere and seaside dining with a nice sunset is well worth it.
Overall, villas Barrocal is an excellent place to stay and Pera as well the surrounding areas are nice holiday spots.

  • Liked — size of apartment, laid back beaches with restaurants nearby, pool side
  • Disliked — beds were quite hard and there was an annoying street lantern in front of our garden
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
5 Thank Family_Kroela
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Peterhead, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2008

Stayed at Villas Barrocal 16-23/9/2008.
The villas are situated in Pera, a residential village away from the Tourist areas. We stayed in a T2 Apartment in the complex & found our accomodation to be of a high standard & well maintained . It was equipped with everything that is needed for self catering. The staff were all very friendly & most helpful.
The pool & pool bar areas are all of the same high standard, although the snack bar was limited in its choice of snacks, we were always able to have something we liked.
The village of Pera is very quiet & has two very good restaurants, four or five local mini markets & three of four bars. Albufeira & Armaceo di Pera are not very far away & it cost between 5 & 7 euros per taxi ride. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience & cannot wait to return.

  • Liked — Well maintained, cleanliness & equipment
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed September 2008, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
7 Thank Born4travel
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London
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2007

We have been to Villas Barrocal twice. Once in 2003 and again the following year.

We stayed in the V3 villas and found them very comfortable with a huge living room, full sized kitchen with dishwasher and two bathrooms. Also air conditioning and satilite TV. The V3 villas have beautiful views of the sea looking towards Armação de Pêra and the sand dunes.

We have 2 children one a teenager and one of 8 who enjoyed their stay. So good for children if they are not concerned that there is no children's club!

The staff were very helpful and spoke very good English. There was also a security guard at night which made us feel secure.

The village surrounding Barrocal Villas was small and interesting although I understood that it was growing rapidly so may be a bit busier now. There were several restaurants in the village and quite a few bars/cafes etc. Also at least 3 small supermarkets. For people who want more than just a shop there is a very big shopping centre about 5 kms away. We did visit a Sand Sculpture exhibit about 2-3 kms away and also a local summer music & food festival.

The only drawbacks is having to hire a car for the whole time we spent there although the parking facilities were excellent with a covered parking bay. Also the pool bar was rather pricey. Also if you are on a budget it can be quite expensive.

Note we are planning on visiting again this year! Enjoy your visit!

  • Liked — the accomodation and staff
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed April 2007, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
9 Thank PortugalViva
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2006

I just came back for a 4 days stay (9-13/June 2006) with my 3 kids (8, 10 and 15 yo) and I enjoy the mini-holidays in Villas Barrocal.
Very nice and quiet place.
Good for families with children.
Well equiped apartments, all rooms with air conditioner. All apartments facing swiming-pool, some with balcony, others with litle private garden, both with table and chairs.
Barbecue outside for sharing.
Very clean, furniture adequate and well mantained.
Friendly staff.
Pool suitable for number of guests, with small side pool bar. Bar hadn't a great variety of snacks, but outside (short walk) there are coffes and snack-bar's and a supermaket.
Water cleaning in swiming pool could be improved .
Good parking.
Beach was good, and only 2 Kms away from Villas.

  • Stayed June 2006
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
11 Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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Property: Villas Barrocal
Address: Urbanizacao do Barrocal III | Edf Villas Barrocal, Apartado 164, Pera 8365-211, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Pera
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Speciality Lodging in Pera
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Villas Barrocal 3*
Number of rooms: 52
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Relaxing HolidaysThe Barrocal Villas & Apartments rest in the small village of Pera near the lively resort of Armacao de Pera, just a 5 minute bicycle ride to the spectacular Praia Grande beach on the vacation paradise of the Algarve. Featuring a group of 20 villas and 32 apartments composed of either one or two bedrooms, this 3 Star property is a comfortable base for couples and families wanting affordable accommodation close to a host of activities and attractions, including plenty of golf at the Oceânico Nick Faldo Course, the Oconnell Course and the Salgados Course.Albufeira and Portimão are just a 10 and 15 minutes drive away and Faro International Airport is approximately 55 km from the hotel.Local Tips: The hotel is perfectly positioned for visits to the historic town of Silves with its Castle. Also check out the Salgados Lagoon for an ideal place for bird watching and cycling.Hotel FacilitiesFood, drink and entertainment: Self Catering accommodation. Barrocal Villas & Apartments has a local pool bar available for light meals or snacks or breakfast. ... more   less 
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