So we left the wonderful Villa Deborah after a week and were very sad to be leaving the tranquillity of this private oasis. I think we were also a little nervous that after a week of luxury we were going to be disappointed with our last couple of days.
We were packed up and loaded the cars up and headed over to neighbouring Ferragudo and Vitor’s Village Resort. We arrived too early to check in but the receptionist got us to fill in all the necessary documentation so that come the time the accommodation was ready we just had to pick up the key card. She was really welcoming letting us know about the facilities and opening times etc then asked us to return at 2pm (2 hours before official check in)
The accommodation is spread across the resort in 2 story blocks so very easy on the eye. Vitor’s Village offer 3 types of accommodation – one bedroomed apartments standard or river/pool view, two bedroomed apartments and double rooms.
All apartments are furnished to a high standard with a clean contemporary feel. We had booked a one bedroomed apartment and this consisted of a hallway, with each room leading off – a modern clean bathroom with amenities supplied, a twin bedroom with large wardrobe and a kitchenette/dining/living area which had a sofa-bed that converts in to two more single beds. The apartments also had a furnished terrace or balcony.
The kitchenette was well stocked too with microwave, toaster, coffee maker, refrigerator, two-burner electric stove, electric kettle as well as enough crockery/glassware/cooking equipment that would be required if you want to be fully self-catered.
We were all really impressed by the quality, design, cleanliness and overall layout of the apartments.
The resort has some great facilities starting with their 24-hour reception. They also have a mini-mart, laundry, free wi-fi, gym, children’s play area, play room with pool table, air hockey and electronic games. They have plenty of free parking and also a luggage area. The website does advertise a babysitting service on request but we didn’t use this service.
The resort has a great pool area with 3 separate pools (one children’s paddling pool). There are plenty of sun beds around the pool and whilst we didn’t engage in any activities they do have entertainment during high season.
Restaurant and Bars
The Purple Restaurant is situated just off the main terrace and serves breakfast from 8.00am to 10.30am. It has a typical continental style offering as well as a number of hot dishes. The restaurant also serves dinner from 9.30pm to 10.00pm with a range of dishes to suit all tastes. We didn’t dine at the Purple Restaurant for dinner but were happy with the breakfast offering and like the rest of the resort this was furnished to a high standard with a contemporary design. The restaurant also provides a take-away service and also a twice daily beach shuttle.
The Snack-Bar is open from 10.30am to 6.30pm and has a good choice of quick meals with plenty of seating and shade. There is also a full selection of hot and cold drinks as well as an ice cream bar.
Finally there is a Bar open from 5.30pm to 1.30am where you can relax and enjoy a drink in relaxed modern surroundings.
The hotel is situated a 5 minute walk down a steep hill to the centre of Ferragudo where there is a great range of restaurants and shops. Ferragudo is a really pretty village with a working harbour which provides water taxis to Portimao (a much bigger town across the water). There are 2 large beaches within walking distance of the town/hotel – one is pretty exposed to the elements but Praia Grande which is a great beach with snack-bars, restaurants bordering (but not overpowering) the beach. There is also plenty of sun-beds with shade to hire which are good value. You can also hire pedalos, sailing boats and kayaks to take to the water. The beach is protected by a breakwater so it is perfect for all the family.
Vitor’s Village offers a fabulous 4 star offering which I would say is suitable for all, in particular families. The resort is immaculately clean and designed with a contemporary feel and with good facilities/amenities. I actually thought it must be a very new facility but it has been, in fact, open for 10 years. The resort is located in a pretty town and with easy access to the rest of the Algarve.
We were expecting to feel a bit of a slump after staying in a private villa with lots of space but were really pleasantly surprised and had this been the sole place we stayed on our Algarve Adventure we would have been really happy. We really rated the hotel and if we were to return to the area then would definitely rebook Vitor’s Village. Ferragudo was a lovely place to be based and, in fact, we preferred it to Carvoeiro as it felt like a more authentic town.