Costa D’Oiro Ambiance Village4.0 out of 5.0
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Located within walking distance of two magniificent beaches, spectacular Porta de Piedade, and the charming Old City of Lagos, this comfortable hotel has 4-5 pools, large bedrooms, a small gym, and an overwhelming, delightful, breakfast feast which included delicious octopus, tasty sardines, every type of bread and rolls, various cakes, meats, assorted cheeses, fruits, pudding, olives, eggs, sausage, figs, dates, yogurts (try the fig and cinnamon), coffee, hot chocolate, teas, and several fresh juices. Heaven! We stayed a few days but could have stayed a week. Daniela was so friendly and helpful during our entire stay. She answered every question with patience and concern. This place was the favorite part of our Portugal trip. Enjoy your stay!
Overall the hotel was excellent and comfortable. Staff were friendly and helpful although I wasn't advised of the possibility of having a kettle in my room until I was checking out and the possibility of emptying the fridge to store milk etc. Most guests were German and the breakfast had an excellent array of meats and cheeses, Continental Style apart from the usual cereals, fruit etc but not a full English Breakfast as we were expecting. In a region that grows and exports orange juice the orange juice at breakfast was a poor supermarket quality. A pity. Overall thoroughly enjoyable experience nevertheless and peaceful and tranquil.
We thoroughly enjoyed Lagos and Costa D’Oiro Ambiance Village during our Oct 1-7 2017 stay. We were given fantastic service even before we arrived – I was communicating with Miguel through the B-Guest app (you will receive an email with a link for pre-check in the week prior to arrival). Anyway I was messaging with Miguel to give our room and location preferences. We unfortunately missed our connecting flight from Lisbon to Faro, and had to take a much later flight. I called the hotel, they were happy to accommodate the late 2am check in, AND really saved us by arranging the transfer from the airport to hotel at last minute. The other transfer we had pre-arranged couldn’t provide a car that late. On arrival at 2 am, Miguel drove us to our room – although a short walk it wouldn’t have been reasonable to tote our luggage on foot. TIP: Allow ample time to get through passport control in Lisbon – it took us 2 hours. Note that you need to go through passport control on entry to AND exit from Lisbon. THE ROOM: We had a one bedroom apartment with a walk out to the pool. We had 2 sliding glass doors, one from the living room and one from the bedroom, and our own little patio area with table and chairs. The lounge chairs around the pool are shared with other guests, but there really were not many people there at any given time. 2-4 usually, and everyone respected each other’s privacy. It was a very friendly and comfortable atmosphere. I think there were 6-7 rooms in the villa we stayed in. The room was lovely, clean and comfortable, cleaned each day by the friendly housekeeper Dana. THE RESORT: The resort is made up of 4-5 villas, each with a pool, but they are not all together on one property. They are spread over a small area of town. It was quite charming. We had a 5-10 minute walk along the pretty cobblestone street to the main villa where the breakfast buffet was. Along the way there was a small convenience store where we bought wine, beer, fruit, and snacks to take to our apartment. Also along the way was a cozy little bar/restaurant that we visited several times. We were just a 5 minute walk from the Praia D. Ana beach, 10 minute walk from Praia do Camilo beach, and 10 minute walk from downtown Lagos. We felt very safe walking everywhere, even at night. Note there are derelict buildings around, not sure the history, they look like hotels or apartments that were maybe partially built then abandoned. You get used to them after a while and don't really notice. It does not detract from the experience or the safety. TIP: Bring thick soled shoes for walking, the cobblestones can be uncomfortable in flip flops. THE FOOD: The breakfast buffet at the hotel was wonderful and was included with our room. You can choose to eat outside at the poolside tables or inside. They offered a nice selection of food, great coffee, and mimosas. We had dinner at the hotel once, it was very good but only had a couple of choices which I think they change daily. During the day we had lunches and cool beers at the open air restaurants that are prevalent everywhere. You’ll find them on the walk to town, and all over town. As well there is a casual restaurant/bar at the Praia D. Ana beach. Praia do Camilo has a fantastic restaurant called El Camilo, it is up top (not down at beach level). It was so good we went there twice. Reservations are a must. Just around the corner from our villa, less than 5 minute walk, was a great restaurant called Ondo Norte. Great selection, atmosphere, and quality. Reservations are a must here as well. THE BEACHES: Praia D. Ana is a large beach that you access down a 94 step stairway. It is not terribly steep, not a difficult climb back up. They have beach chairs with shades for rent for 13 euros or you can just lay a towel on the sand. Picturesque, surrounded by cliffs with large rock formations on the beach and in the water. Praia do Camilo beach is smaller but breathtaking. It is a much steeper climb, 246 steps. You need to take your time climbing back up, there are landings along the way with benches where you can rest. There is a small cave off the beach, and an interesting rock formation with an arch in the middle, right in the water. As well there are beaches in downtown Lagos that stretch for miles. THE TOWN: Lagos is a quaint pretty town with narrow cobblestone streets, very old buildings, sidewalk cafes everywhere, and lots of interesting shops. There is a river/waterway running along the bottom edge, across which is the marina. Along the edge is a wide walkway with market stalls selling all kinds of merchandise, as well as booths where you can sign up for water trips – grotto, dolphins, etc. THE WEATHER: Fantastic. We were not prepared for how warm it would be. I’m not sure if it was an exception but it averaged ~27-28 celsius for the week. There was a bit of humidity but not bad. The sky was the bluest we have ever seen … consistently. We didn’t see even a wisp of a cloud the entire week. I hope this review helps fellow travellers – Lagos and Costa D’Oiro are highly recommended!
This is a really lovely hotel in quite a unique garden setting close to the beautiful Praia de Dona Ana beach but far enough away from everything that we had an exceptional sleep! Our room was clean and spacious, with a great shower and both a private balcony and a roof terrace shared between two rooms. Breakfast was delicious, varied and fresh and a glass of cold Cava meant that we sat and relaxed for far longer than we would normally! Really close to Ponta da Piedade too which was breathtaking at sunset! A perfect hotel if you want to relax, eat great food and have the best sleep!
Stayed here for a week with my husband and daughter. We had two double rooms and they kindly put us very close together on the ground floor of a lovely sunny yellow house. (Little houses make up the hotel village). They also found us a kettle and we were able to use the small fridge for small supplies so were able to have milk and store stuff for a little sandwich lunch etc if we wanted. (Incidentally, this fridge - the mini bar - was very well stocked and reasonably priced). Each room was spacious and the bathrooms were very clean. The staff we encountered were always friendly. The rooms opened out onto individual little patios so you could sit and look out onto the pool area in the shade, Plenty of sunbeds to lie out if you wish and with parasols. Didn't use the pool much as the water was pretty chilly but would be lovely if it was warmer earlier in the season or we were hardier! just lovely to sit and read in that environment. Although all the rooms were full, everyone was pretty quiet and respectful of the space. The breakfast is to die for. Everything you could want. A huge selection and all fresh and plentiful including amazing portugese fish and cakes! The place is a five minute walk to Dona Ana Beach - possibly one of the best in Portugal. Small but not too busy, sandy but with interesting rocks at each end with baby crabs and hermit crabs and little fish. The main town is a leisurely 20 minute walk along the seafront with an abundance of shops and restaurants. Been to this area before. Would definitely stay at this hotel again.
I was traveling with a childhood friend and we had a wonderful experience at Costa D'oiro. From the time we checked in Daniel was extremely helpful and expedient. The room extremely clean with wonderful bedding. The large deck was great to enjoy a glass of wine on in the evening. The bar and restaurant team provided great service. Thanks to Chris we enjoyed the best Caipirinha we had anywhere in Portugal. The breakfast provided was also far superior to other breakfasts we had during our travels in Portugal. We look forward to visiting again soon!
I loved that our room was on the first floor next to the courtyard that had a lovely pool. I woke up every morning at 6 am and enjoyed lap swimming in the pool. I felt as if I had my own private pool. I literally could roll out of bed and into the pool. This resort was so unique... every courtyard had a pool! Plus it was a short stroll to the beautiful beaches of Lagos. This hotel was a perfect way to wrap up our Portugal vacation! Also, the breakfast buffet is top notch!
The village concept worked great for us, the walks kept us fit after eating a fabulous breakfast. The room was clean, comfortable and quiet, although as pointed out the view from the garden was the ugly abandoned hotel with graffiti. Staff went out of the way to make us feel welcomed and the beach was beautiful. We had dinner in the restaurant once, and while the wine was delicious the fruit dessert in the form of a heap of pricy grapes not what we expected. Hence a review of very good rather than excellent!
We were disappointed with this type of set up, firstly the drive up the resort leaves a lot to be desired with abandoned and dilapidated buildings either side of the road. Secondly upon arrival we were told that we 'had the best room' only to be told that you need a car to get to the accommodation, luckily we had a car but if we didn't we would have had to walk about 20 minutes to the apartment, plus each way for breakfast and to access the bar and reception. We were informed by reception that we got an upgrade to an apartment but to be honest it was very dated and not what I expected given that we paid £180.00 per night. The pool attached to the apartment was not for swimming but just for dipping in when it was hot and was not inviting. It felt pokey. We asked to change rooms as we felt the apartment was a bit of a let down and the pool area was not an area for swimming, we were told that we could change rooms to a standard twin room but at the last minute we changed our mind, couldn't be bothered to pack up everything and move as we only booked in for three nights. We did however, make the best of what it was, we used the main pool on one of the days but you would be stuck if you didn't have a car. It's a 20 minute walk to the beach, also another 20 minute to the main bars/restaurants in Lagos. Overall, it was a disappointing experience and for the price each night wouldn't recommend.
Very clean and spacious accommodations. Note, this is not a hotel but villa concept. The Village is made up of a bunch of large villas, all renovated with rooms larger than you would get at a hotel. While ours was a bit far from the main building for breakfast, we would simply drive - plenty of free parking every where. Breakfast was very good with numerous options and the staff always accommodating. Location is very good, walking distance to both Ana and Camilo beaches - both highly recommended. Also easy walking distance to downtown. Only negative (and I can't blame Costa D'Oiro) is the view from my balcony. It is a vacant soviet era looking apartment building with graffiti sprayed all over it. It spoils an otherwise pleasant evening experience but nothing you can do about it. Costa D'Oiro is pricey but as they say, you get what you pay for. Would highly recommend.
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