Encosta da Orada was built in 2008 and is a development of 100 or so apartments based around sub tropical gardens and secure perimeter walling.
Each block has it's own identity, some have great views across the marina, the countryside or the town, others have glimpses in all directions, however each apartment appears to have the same high quality finish in the fully fitted kitchen, designer jacuzzi bathroom or beautifully appointed terraces.
From personal experience, block A is incredibly convenient. It has a pedestrian gate to the main road, which effects easy access to restaurants, bars and a small supermarket in Patéo (via the Dolphin Roundabout) and it's also furthest from the pool, meaning less noisy children in summer months.
Access is via a security door with intercom, or if you're driving, most apartments have secure private undercroft parking.
Apartments are spacious, from 66M2 to over 120M2 - but size isn't everything. Most are nicely furnished and don't forget to check out the views, particularly from the far end of the block.
The condominium isn't a hotel. People live and work from here. Don't expect a 'kids club' or 'karaoke bar', as there simply isn't anything other than a great garden, pool and your own bit of paradise for your holiday. It's refreshing to see so many fellow visitors, locals and residents getting on and respecting others' privacy and quality of life.
The development also doesn't have a 'reception' so Caveat Emptor and check with your booking agent first as to keys, access and other property management matters. Security have been really helpful at preventing 'sun-bed-blocking' and unauthorised access, but they don't have keys to the apartments.
Overall, this place is heavenly. Atop a hill, far enough from the madding crowds, but close enough to dive in to the Albufeira scene when required. There are plenty of diversions all within 15 minutes walk, if you can tear yourself away from your own slice of the perfect holiday destination.
Most apartments don't really need air conditioning, as the security shutters are designed to keep out the sun's rays during the day, but let trickle ventilation through at night.
Finally, my advice is clear, don't book here is you're looking for activities and holiday hand-holding. Enjoy the Portuguese lifestyle. Switch off, relax or find a local five-star hotel.
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- Also Known As:
- Encosta Da Orada Hotel Albufeira
- Encosta Da Orada Albufeira, Portugal - Algarve