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Pedras d'el Rei

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

We stayed for five weeks. As they said they had a laundrette facility, we took a minimum amount of clothing. Unfortunately after one week the laundrette was "Out of Order". Despite us asking every few day we were told we have phoned someone but not our problem they haven't come. This was not resolved before we left. The nearest laundrette was in Tavira and we didn't have a car. Prior to booking we did ask if the pool would be open and they confirmed it would be. On arrival, it was closed for emergency work! Nothing at all happened for the first two weeks, then they started to paint it. This was not completed by the time we left. The attitude of the staff spoiled this holiday. It is in a lovely location, with some great walks on level ground. Our apartment was great, well maintained and spotlessly clean.

The bus from Tavira is not often because there are not many people who make the trip as there is very little to see in Pedras del Rei but it is made worth while just to visit the beach by the little train. It is an open air train on a small track costing very little and is value for money. It takes you across the mud flats to the beach where there are a few cafes and a very beautiful beach. A great place and trip for young and old.

A simple place at the far end of Sant Luzia, just west of Tavira. Perfect to set off walking to Barril and then all along the gorgeous beach toward the Isla de Tavira. Perfect weather today, so a lovely walk! Then the the little ferry boat to Quatras Aguas.. then a short stroll past the salt pans back into town. Perfect leisurely exercise leaving the afternoon free for lunch and a mooch around town.

4km Away from Tavira, this is an ideal place to have a quiet relaxing break. I am staying in a studio apartment on this site of many bungalows and apartments. There is a restaurant onsite that serves good quality food, a supermarket that stocks all needed, and a Kiosk that supplies all beach requirements. The apartment is spotless, with housekeeping every day. Really quiet at night with exceptional views over the nature reserve. There is a train to the beach. Barril Beach is stunning. At the beach there is a snack bar and restaurant, both good. Reception in Pedras D'el Rei is exceptional. Nothing is a problem and every query is dealt with in a clear friendly way. Would recommend

I see this place has already had mixed reviews. The grounds and general location are very pleasant, but some of the studio apartments are pretty shoddy and need a total re-vamp. Reception and Restaurant staff also a mixed bunch - some very helpful and others disinterested and dismissive. The restaurant and cafe on site are twice the price of local restaurants in Santa Luzia and Tavira and also the quality and choice are not that good. OK if you have a car, but Santa Luzia, the closest, is a 2 km walk which is OK if you don't want wine with your evening meal. The Pool and beach were good and not too busy when I was there early October and the weather was stunning! However, I would not go back.

Overall the resort was a great place to stay. A short walk (or even shorter train trip) to the absolutely stunning Praia do Barril which is great for swimming and sunbathing, and plenty of scope for a bit of amateur birdwatching along the coast! The apartment we had was a little bit tired and not really suitable for any meaningful cooking but was clean, had plenty of hot water and stayed nice and cool. The pool is superb with two sections so the deep side stays very quiet while the kids use the shallower bit. Free use of sunbeds and parasols. Played tennis a few times too - 5 euros per hour. The Bar Nora serves pub type food but better! Nicely cooked and presented and the staff there were brilliant - even putting the football on for us on a couple of occasions!! Small supermarket on site with enough to keep you going and posher restaurant too which was great. Tavira is a lovely town to visit and bus or taxi are both pretty reasonable or you can walk there. Had a great holiday there and would definitely consider returning.

Opinions are always arguable but this quaint resort is growing on me! Amazing layout, nice pool, nice little supermarket with regional products and freshly baked bread, amazing restaurants in Santa Luzia (do skip the resort ones, sorry...)... unique Barril beach and the train to get you there (for free)...and the option to stay in a very cheap studio, usually without ac (60 euros per night) or in a luxurious villa. There are resort maps available in reception to help you find your unit. Only quibble is the lack of wifi, that you only have at the small cafe near the supermarket.

I think some reviews of Pedras del Rei are unfair, but I guess that depends on your expectations. The sprawling resort is well established and offers easy access to the beautiful Barri Beach by a little train or an easy stroll. I stayed in a studio apartment which, along with the reception area, had been nicely and simply renovated. I loved the large, peaceful balcony and distant views of the Ria Formosa and the ocean. The A/C unit was a welcome addition. The hotel’s restaurant has a good atmosphere, serves wholesome Portuguese food (nothing too fancy or modern) and an excellent G&T. Additionally, there’s also a cafe, ice cream parlour, a good bar and a burger place (terrible service at the latter). There’s a supermarket on site which is fairly priced and stocks lovely fresh bread. The town of Santa Luzia is a 2 km walk away but there’s no need to leave the resort, unless you want to. I particularly liked the established trees and sleepy, lived-in village vibe. One minor gripe is the apartment was empty; staying for four nights I would have appreciated the basics on arrival; a bottle of water, washing up liquid, salt and pepper etc... It’s worth noting that this is a family resort so don’t expect peace and quiet at the pool. For those seeking solitude turn right when you reach the beach and you’ll easily find a quiet spot (and the naturist area if that’s your thing). At this price I have no major complaints and left feeling relaxed and recharged.

We had a relatively good stay----after we found our unit. The studio was ok nothing wonderful. The cleanliness was not an issue pool was nice but the real reason to go to this place is for the access to the beach. We did not stay on the compound during the day but enjoyed the long beach in the national park. The train ride out to the beach is included in the price.

I stayed in one of the houses with a couple of friends. The layout of the complex is what I found the best part: Thoughtfully organized so each condo has maximum privacy and green space. Loads of beautifully cared for trees. Decent restaurant and very decent staff. Great beach minutes away with soft sand and warm, turquoise water.

Pedras d'el Rei, Santa Luzia Tavira

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Barril Beach
  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining

Barril Beach is within a 5-minute walk of Pedras d'el Rei while other popular sites like Tavira Castle are within a few miles (5 km). This 3-star aparthotel has 150 guestrooms and offers conveniences like a restaurant, an outdoor pool, and free self parking. On the waterfront, the aparthotel is also close to Roman Bridge and Terra Estreita Beach.


Sit down for a leisurely bite to eat at the onsite restaurant, or enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. You can get a quick energy boost at the coffee shop/café. English breakfast is offered for a fee each morning from 8 AM to 9:30 AM.


The 150 apartments feature kitchenettes and patios, and there's space to spread out with sitting areas. For entertainment, guests can expect to find TVs. Limited housekeeping is available.

Property features

At Pedras d'el Rei, guests have access to an outdoor pool, an outdoor tennis court, and free WiFi in public areas. You can take advantage of free parking, along with a free beach shuttle. Multilingual staff at the front desk are standing by 24/7 to help with concierge services, luggage storage, and securing valuables. Other amenities at this family-friendly aparthotel include a free kid's club, a computer station, and an arcade/game room.

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

63.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 272 reviews