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“The best restaurant in Praia da Rocha”

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Bela Vista Hotel & Spa
Ranked #1 of 20 Hotels in Praia da Rocha
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“The best restaurant in Praia da Rocha”
Reviewed 19 September 2012 via mobile

My husband and I had a meal in the Vista restaurant of the Bella Vista hotel in late August. This has got to be the most stunning location for a meal. The restaurant is situated on the sea and is a most romantic setting. We firstly had an appetitif , champagne, sitting by the pool. All the furniture poolside is very luxurious and comfortable. The food was out of this world as was the wine. The staff are excellent and there is great attention to detail. We were very impressed with the manager Rogerio Calhav who paid personal attention to all guests. Nuno Cardosa , the chef, who trained in Michelin star restaurants in France came to speak with all the guests. It is well well worth a visit ... I would go specially to Praia da Rocha just for this hotel and restaurant.

  • Stayed August 2012
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Lisbon, Portugal
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Reviewed 7 September 2012

Bela Vista is one of the top hotels I've visited.
- check in - private, with a welcome drink and a tour around the hotel/room.
- room - fantastic views - beachfront, amazing decor and all the amenities you could ask in a 5 star. they check the room twice a day and leave fantastic handmade cookies as a good night amenite.
- breakfast - fantastic!!! served in the terrace with sea and beach view. high quality products. fresh orange juice.
- pool - great atmosphere, lounge music, very polite and helpful staff at the bar. Everyday they offered a fruit smoothie and a fruit appetizer to all guests.
- restaurant - expensive but delicious. it worth every single euro we've paid. you can see the menu in the hotel webpage.
- staff - I've traveled from Portugal throuh French Polynesia and this team I can guarantee is defenitly on our top 5.
- staff - I travel a lot and I've been in many different countries I can guarantee you that this team is definitely one of the best I've found in the whole world.

So, after this wonderful experience I'll definitely be going back and definitely recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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York, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 September 2012

Chose the Bela Vista due to its No1 position on TA. It is a stunning hotel. Not particularly so from the exterior, but inside is a riot of fantastic design and colour, individualism and style. Our room, in the new wing, was airy, modern and spacious. I had requested a quiet room following comments on this site re noise and it delivered on that front despite the hotels' own loud music and the noise from the busy street it is situated on. The hotel stands grandly and somewhat incongruously on the middle of 'the strip', the main thoroughfare of Praia da Rocha. It is an oasis amongst a street of tat and tackiness! An array of largely high rise hotels/apartments,restaurants and bars. Not my cup of tea and I would not have come here were it not for the lure of this beautiful hotel, however it was a fun spot for a post dinner stroll, utterly packed and buzzing but with a mixed bag of people including families so not intimidating . The hotel also overlooks the beach, a vast touristy stretch of sand, not pretty but so huge that there is ample room for movement for all. The pool and pool area of the Bela Vista is wonderful, large, with plenty of loungers, cabanas and bar seating. Great bar service, plus a DJ spinning at the decks. Service was good throughout. Dinner was excellent, very fine food, service and surroundings. Breakfast was a very simple buffet with a menu of cooked items. All in all, a complete joy to stay here. We took a boat from Portimao to Silves, a pretty and historic hill top town and this provided a pleasant diversion from this commercial area.

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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Milan, Italy
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Reviewed 4 September 2012

Beautiful Hotel with an high quality of services. It is the best to enjoy the holiday and relax. Excellente breakfast (there is also champagne and all is handmade) and cocktails. I miss the biscuits they leave in your room every night. The pool is wonderful.
I would like to come back.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Oslo, Norway
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Reviewed 17 August 2012

First... the area is not very charming, and there are not many decent restaurants within walking distance, yet I would highly recommend a vist to this amazing place. My review is based on a 15 days stay in July.

The architecture and interior design, down to every single detail, is beautiful and fun. We stayed in a room with a balcony and ocean view in the new building. The room is serviced twice a day, although the timing of these were sometimes a bit strange and a strangely persistant staff wanting to do their job despite us being in the room getting ready.

The pool area is also wonderful, with plenty of sunbeds and service from the bar. We like the beach, so we didn't spend much time here.

Breakfasts were delicious, and so was dinner in the restaurant (we ate there 6 nights). The waiter staff were slightly inattentive, but this improved during our stay. The reception staff gave great restaurant recommendations, most of which were reached by taxi (between 15 and 45 minutes). For a great experience I would highly recommend the restaurant named Vila Lisa.

Overall, despite the fact that the area surrounding the hotel (apart from the beach) being one of the least charming places I have ever been to, I will definately go here again for a relaxing beach holiday, as both the beach and the hotel were amazing!

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Bela Vista Hotel & Spa
Address: Avenida Tomas Cabreira, Praia da Rocha, Portimao 8500-802, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Portimao > Praia da Rocha
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Praia da Rocha
#1 Family Hotel in Praia da Rocha
#1 Romantic Hotel in Praia da Rocha
#1 Luxury Hotel in Praia da Rocha
Price range (per night): $442 - $2,128
Hotel Class:5 star — Bela Vista Hotel & Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 38
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The hotel Bela Vista has been completely renovated and it's now a 5 star Boutique Hotel with 38 rooms. The restaurant has a unique view and fantastic food! ... more   less 
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