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Club Med Da Balaia

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Whittlesey, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 October 2016

At least three twice a year we go to Club Med to unwind and relax in the sun. Because we tend to go to a different one each time, I think I have a good ground for comparison. This was our first visit to Da Balaia near Faro. Before our trip we decided to have more active holiday and set...

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West Sussex
Reviewed 3 October 2016

The location of Club Med da Balaia is stunning, some of the Kids Club staff wonderful, the rooms in the new block brilliant BUT sadly these are not what we remembered when we walked away from the hotel at the end of August. We remember the €93 charge we were told to pay when we arrived tired and hungry with...

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3Thank NColl
London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 30 September 2016

We have been to this resort several times so knew what to expect. The rooms are dark and tired and in desperate need of refurbishment. That said the ethos of Club Med is that you do not spend much time in your room. The addition of the Zen pool area is a major improvement. This is a great area to...

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1Thank MBWZ
ClubMedUK_official, Guest Relations Manager at Club Med Da Balaia, responded to this review

Dear Guest, We were sorry to learn that the level of maintenance of the room did not meet your expectations. We have shared your comments with our Managers and Staff on-site in order to continue to improve the quality of our facilities and services. If you would like to discuss your concerns further please do not hesitate to contact our...

Vaud
Reviewed 28 September 2016

We spent 10 days at Da Balaia in Sep-16 with our two kids (aged 3 and 4). Unfortunately, we were pretty disappinted with the resort. It is old, worn down, fairly small, and not very charming. When we arrived at the airport, there was nobody there to meet us, even though we had arranged for shuttle to pick up. We...

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ClubMedUK_official, Guest Relations Manager at Club Med Da Balaia, responded to this review

Dear Guest, We were sorry to learn that the quality of the food and the inconsistency of the replenishment of toiletries at the resort did not meet your expectations. We have shared your comments with our Restaurant and Housekeeping Managers on-site in order to continue to improve the quality of our services. If you would like to discuss your concerns...

Beirut, Lebanon
Reviewed 26 September 2016

This is not the first time we go to a Club Med, and more particularly a 4 trident. We were a bit disappointment by a few factors, i.e. location not directly on the beach but higher, public beach which means no activities at all nor beverage bar, closed theater, food barely average, old rooms if sea view (the inside rooms...

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ClubMedUK_official, Guest Relations Manager at Club Med Da Balaia, responded to this review

Dear Guest, We were sorry to learn that the level of maintenance of the room and the quality of the food did not meet your expectations. We have shared your comments with our Managers and Staff on-site in order to continue to improve the quality of our facilities and services. If you would like to discuss your concerns further please...

United Kingdom
Reviewed 25 September 2016

Only if you like France or understand its culture will you like hotel de Balaia. Maybe not one of the prettiest Club Med hotels but it has a brilliant atmosphere. Starting off the day with Marco with gym. If you are interested in doing exercises in order to look after yourself, Marco is the person to look for. He believes...

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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

My husband, baby and I have just returned from a fantastic week at the Club Med Da Balaia. Ordinarily, I would have given this resort a 5 star rating but I'm being forced to give it 4 because of the reasons I state below: Front Desk: Never have I ever met such unfriendly front desk staff. They were willing to...

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1Thank Blachip
Reviewed 21 September 2016

First let me say that my kids had an incredible time in the mini club and this probably saved the sadly run down Belem portion of the hotel. (We did move to the newly refurbished Fado portion of the hotel mid stay, but this didn't help as the general facilities in and around the hotel are sadly in need of...

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ClubMedUK_official, Guest Relations Manager at Club Med Da Balaia, responded to this review

Dear Guest, We were sorry to learn that the condition of your room and the overall level of maintenance of the resort did not meet your expectations. We have shared your comments with our Managers and Staff on-site in order to continue to improve the quality of our facilities and services. If you would like to discuss your concerns further...

Nottingham, United Kingdom
Reviewed 18 September 2016

Overall resort very good. However music at the bar and pool very loud and intrusive. Nowhere quiet to escape to. Baby club terrible. We paid updront for a week but took our daughter out after a couple of days. All babies looked unhappy. Staff just telling babies to stop crying and be quiet. Very inflexible with drop off and pick...

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ClubMedUK_official, Guest Relations Manager at Club Med Da Balaia, responded to this review

Dear Guest, We were sorry to learn that the level of the Baby Club did not meet your expectations. We have shared your comments with our Managers and Staff on-site in order to continue to improve the quality of our services. If you would like to discuss your concerns further please do not hesitate to contact our Customer Relations departments...

Bristol, United Kingdom
Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

Very good rooms if staying in golf complex, good quality. The beach was a 5 minute walk and had amazing scenery. However, all other facilities are disappointing and run down. Out of 12 of us, 10 of us had a sickness and diarrhoea. We only spent 2 nights out of 7 together! The hotel did nothing to prevent the bug...

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Amenities

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  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Breakfast
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  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
  • Bar/Lounge
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  • Suites
  • Family Rooms
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  • Paid Wifi
  • Paid Internet
  • Public Wifi
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Services
  • Free Parking
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Airport Transportation
  • Laundry Service
  • Concierge
  • Babysitting
  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Free Breakfast
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Business Centre with Internet Access
  • Banquet Room
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Conference Facilities
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Da Balaia stands on an ochre cliff in southern Portugal, overlooking a magnificent white sand beach. The Resort allies sports and well-being in an outstanding setting. It's a world to unwind in, perfumed by the woody scents of parasol pines, olive trees and eucalyptus. Comfort and cosiness are to be found everywhere, even in the reception area where marble floors and deep red walls set the tone. This is a Club Med Resort where families, golfers and Spa enthusiasts live together in harmony. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Club Med Da Balaia

Address: Praia Maria Luisa 8200-854 | Albufeira - province de Faro, Albufeira 8200-925, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Albufeira
Price Range: $358 - $604 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Club Med Da Balaia 4*
Number of rooms: 372
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Also Known As:
Club Med Da Balaia Hotel Albufeira
Da Balaia Club Med
Club Med Albufeira
Albufeira Club Med
Club Med Da Balaia Albufeira, Portugal - Algarve
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#5 Top resorts Hotel in Albufeira
#11 Family Hotel in Albufeira
#27 Luxury Hotel in Albufeira
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“you have a choice, you can get a room close to tennis courts, but the other side is more modern.”
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“Top floor for a sea view”
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“Rooms facing the garden are quieter.”
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“Ask for what you want i.e. quiet, refurbished, etc”
 of 5 bubbles MBWZ, 30 Sep 2016 | Read review
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