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Penina has an almost colonial feel, harking back to an epoch when the first British ventured down as far as the Algarve with clubs in tow: you wouldn't be surprised to be greeted by a fellow with a waxed moustache and pith helmet. The quaintly British atmosphere exudes out from the hotel across the grounds and golf course.
The Penina hotel is a very comfortable and well positioned base for a golf holiday. Bedrooms are original with tiled floors, there are large lounges, a big outdoor pool and a very comfortable oak-panelled bar/clubhouse.
There are two restaurants at Penina: one a self-service buffet, which is very good value; the other a slightly more formal a-la-carte restaurant where the dishes are exceptional, albeit a little more expensive. For dining out, Portimao is just a short drive (or taxi) away.
The Tivoli Lagos hotel spreads over an intricate conglomeration of buildings around a central terrace and pool in the centre of Lagos. Complete with an underground car park it makes the ideal location for enjoying the best of the lovely old town and all of the local golf courses.
Bedrooms are good and vary a little in shape and size depending on which building yours is in. There is a modern bar and the restaurant is split into a buffet area and a silver service section - the choice is yours. Needless to say there are plenty more dining options in the cobbled streets outside.
The Tivoli also has an indoor pool and spa area, which are most beneficial in the cooler months.
|Vila Gale Lagos****
On the outskirts of town, very close to the Palmares golf course, the Vila Gale was part of a shiny new seaside residential are that is now hanging somewhat in limbo. The hotel however is finished and fully operation. Designed and built to five-star standards but run by the Vila Gale group as a four-star it offers exceptional value for money with a wealth of facilities.
Thoroughly modern in style, the Vila Gale hotel is a low rise, U-shaped establishment around a central garden and pool. This means that some bedrooms are a long way from the reception, bar and restaurant. The latter offers both a buffet and a served format for you to choose from. Dining out will involve a five-minute car journey into town.
One of the highlights of the hotel; is the fabulous Zen spa that occupies a significant portion of the top floor. Aside from the array of massage jets in the dark calm of the indoor pool, there is a range of treatments available to relax, revitalise and tone in a variety of ways.
4 nights at Penina*****
7 nights at the Tivoli Lagos***** hotel
"I thought the service and pre-holiday arrangements were excellent. The holiday met all our expectations."