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  • Baia Cristal Beach and Spa Resort

Baia Cristal Beach and Spa Resort

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Portugal, Europe

The Algarve is famed for its rocky coastline and picturesque beaches. So what could be better than a holiday hotel that's built on a beautiful cliff top, overlooking the beach?

From its majestic setting, the Baía Cristal Beach and Spa Resort overlooks the old fishing village of Carvoeiro. It's one of the Algarve's quietest locations; dotted with sandy coves, it is a great place to explore. And a great place to fall in love with the Algarve.

The Baía Cristal Beach and Spa Resort enjoys a stunning setting in one of the Algarve's holiday havens:

This is one of the Algarve's finest stretches of beach. So it's only right and proper that one of its finest hotels should be based here. The Baía Cristal Beach and Spa Resort makes full use of its elevated location, giving guests beautiful views at every turn.

The long line of sandy coves and beaches that it overlooks stretches from Praia da Rocha in the west to Senhora da Rocha in the east – it's a glittering trail of beautiful seascapes – and some of the finest in the Algarve.

Looking out from your balcony or terrace, you'll feel at one with it all. That's just one of the benefits of staying at the Baía Cristal Beach and Spa Resort. Another is your gorgeous room itself. Each spacious, air conditioned en suite room is beautifully furnished and boasts a smart, modern look.

Facilities include satellite TV, telephone, minibar and a well-equipped kitchenette. And yes, sea view rooms are available – just ask for details. Guests of the Baía Cristal Beach and Spa Resort benefit from a whole host of amenities. There is a splendid outdoor pool (with children's section) as well as indoor pool and health club facility. Whether you want to work out, or luxuriate in the sauna, steam bath or Jacuzzi, these are the perfect surroundings. There is also a hotel masseuse.

Relaxation is clearly a big part of the Baía Cristal Beach and Spa Resort's charm. And when you're taking a drink in the poolside, enjoying a meal in the light, airy restaurant, or admiring that view, you'll feel that wonderfully contented feeling that only a holiday in the Algarve can give you.

Due to the surrounding area and the number of steps around the hotel, it may not be suitable for those with mobility difficulties.

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  • Outdoor pool (with childrens section)
  • Heated indoor pool
  • Health Club with jacuzzi, sauna, steam bath, gym & massage service*
  • Tennis and games room
  • Restaurant, bar and pool bar
  • Babysitting service*
  • FREE shuttle service to Carvoeiro at scheduled times
  • Free Wi-Fi at the lobby and bar
  • Solo travellers table
  • *Some facilities may incur an additional fee

Room Types

Twin Seaview Room
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Twin Inland Room
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Single Inland Room
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The Local Area

Set on the clifftop just outside the former old fishing village of Carvoeiro, the Baía Cristal Beach and Spa Resort is aptly named in that it looks over the sparkling waters of Centeanes Beach, between Portimao and Armacao de Pera. This stretch of coast is famous for its beautiful coves and beaches stretching from Praia da Rocha in the west to Senhora da Rocha in the east.

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Stayed sept 2020

Review by 1shapod

Now at a 4 star hotel Very run down ,needs a refurb We stayed in a suite with sea view Bed was uncomfortable Breakfast food not much choice Bit of a walk to town Ok going down but steep hill back up Better hotels near by

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Great Hotel

Review by SRobson1970 Grantham, United Kingdom

Our family of 2 adults and 2 children, 5 & 8 years old, booked a last minute full board for 5 days over August Bank Holiday weekend stay. Yes the hotel is dated in its appearance and rooms compared to new hotels; but we found it is spotlessly clean, nothing broken or damaged and the rooms cleaned everyday which during Covid we have found not to happen at other hotels. All the staff are very friendly and welcoming at a most difficult time to run a hotel due to Covid...

It has a nice pool area and gardens with plenty of sun beds to use and hotel have pool towels. Pools and pool areas never felt crowded even though the hotel was very busy. There is a small swings and climbing frame for children which is covered. The food was first class with plenty of choices at each sitting. Obviously due to Covid the hotel only has one restaurant open and it’s buffet but served by the staff. The only item we found little disappointing was we booked full board but on check in told drinks weren’t included for lunch and dinner in this, we didn’t book direct with hotel but via lastminute website and likely we didn’t read it on there; however we found the drinks prices to be reasonable for a hotel. The beach it about a 5-10 min walk down to and is a lovely beach and seemed less busy than other beaches in the area. The hotel provided evening entertainment on certain nights which was nice. Overall we would definitely stay again when in the Algarve and recommend.

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Would not recommend

Review by skb556 Preston, United Kingdom

This is not a 4* hotel by English standards. Low end 3 at very best. Very dated...

We actually likened it to a Pontins or Butlins holiday camp. The ceiling in the bathroom was rusted. We were placed in a room right above where an act was playing music. When we spoke to reception I asked why we weren’t told this was where the room was. To reply “ oh that’s because we didn’t know they were on tonight, we only have music twice a week” such a cop out answer. As if a hotel doesn’t know what it has planned ! Very nice location overlooking the beach, but that is all this hotel has going for it. Thankfully we only booked for one night. This was not worth €135 a night. If we had spent money on a full week I would be VERY disappointed. Wouldn’t ever stay again. P.s the musician was absolutely horrendous too !

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Really loved it and will be back

Review by werner132639 Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom

We went for 6 weels over January and February 2020. We had been in the area before but did not know Baia Cristal. Our room was spacious and overlooking the entrance drive up to the hotel...

Next time we hope to have a seaview. Room was comfortable with plenty of everything including a sitting area, small balcony, fridge and modern bathroom. Cleaning was done on a daily basis. The building itself is designed over a large area with various wings, a beautifully looked after pool and gorgeous gardens right on the cliffs. The bar is split in 2 with a screen ib each seemingly always focused on a football game ?? The bar staff are entertaining and friendly. We found the bar not expensive. the only draught lager was Superbock . Happy hour covers beers and wines. The restaurant has one of the better buffets of any hotel that we have been to. Cannot understand why anybody would complain. On busy days it gets full and you have to wait. Getting out and about can be tricky with no transport. Carvoeiro is not far, but a hilly walk both ways and not much was open jan/feb. We had a car and from previous visits knew where the Intermarche, Aldi, Appolonia and Auchan supermarkets were. The best croissants and nata's by far are from Aldi. getting parked up by the hotel could be a problem if its busy, but there is room to the side of the hotel. Albufeira and the Algarve shopping entre is barely 30 minutes away. We are looking forward to our next visit when travel will, be back to normal.

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Underrated gem!

Review by pebbleperson Dover, United Kingdom

I have read many of the reviews for this hotel and I honestly don't understand what people expect for their money.

This hotel is an absolute steal in the low season, offering unbeatable value.

The hotel is situated on the cliffs, offering dramatic views of the rugged golden coastline...

The small fishing town of Carvoeiro is an easy 20 minute walk albeit down a bit of a hill. However there are fabulous coastal walking trails that can be picked up directly outside the hotel, that allow the eager walker to explore in either direction.

The rooms are large and equipped with satellite TV offering a wide choice of channels. The cleaning in the hotel is of a high standard, and I found all of the staff to be if not really friendly, then always more than willing to help in any way. On my first night I arrived really late and they had thoughtfully left a tray of food in my room as I had missed dinner. They even brought me a complimentary pot of tea to my room, as I was a little desperate after a long day travelling! * Be warned 'tea and coffee facilities' mean they can give you a kettle to use, but you will need to provide the supplies. I was caught out on that one!

I am a pescatarian and found that the breakfast and dinner buffets offered plenty of choice, and there was never a shortage of tasty options from which to choose. It would be nice if complementary water was offered with dinner, however I know they are not alone in this and have also encountered this same thing when staying in Madeira.

To conclude, I would without hesitation recommend this hotel for an amazing value low season break.

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