Monte Santo Resort
What We Love
- Five-star bliss in Portugal's Algarve with picturesque gardens, a spacious suite and a spa discountStaying in a suite makes for a true home-from-home atmosphere
- The impressive facilities, including tennis, indoor and outdoor gym and complimentary bicycles
- Being whisked by shuttle to numerous nearby golf courses, among the country’s best
What To Know
- The resort is super family-friendly with a kid's club and pool
- Suites have full kitchens and washer/dryers to make you feel at home
- The manicured grounds have a lagoon-like swimming pool, waterways and tropical palm-filled gardens
Portugal’s Algarve has it all – endless sun, clear warm seas and some of Europe’s most beautiful beaches. Enjoy all of this in a true home-away-from-home setting at Monte Santo Resort, near the quaint fishing village of Carvoeiro. More than justifying its five stars, the resort comprises a collection of high-spec low-rise apartments and townhouses. Spread across immaculately landscaped grounds, you’ll find a huge lagoon-like swimming pool, waterways and tropical palm-filled gardens.
Monte Santo Resort is a TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Winner and it’s easy to see why. It boasts state-of the art facilities, with five other pools (including one indoors), a tennis court, gym and outdoor fitness equipment. Elsewhere the aptly named Alma Spa will soothe both mind, body and soul, with expert therapists offering a tempting array of treatments.
While your accommodation includes well thought-out self-catering facilities, if you don’t fancy cooking there’s a poolside restaurant on hand serving top-notch locally sourced fare. Add to this various activities laid on daily and many guests never feel the need to leave this peaceful haven for their whole stay. An equally pleasurable time, however, can be had by taking advantage of the complimentary transfer down to Carvoeiro beach, or to one of the many excellent golf courses in the vicinity, which are some of the most challenging in Portugal.
How to Get There
We visited for a weekend away in January.
The accommodation was of a high standard and very well equipped.
The 2 bedroom suite had everything you could need, be it utensils, small appliances and even washing up liquid although we went out to eat.
The 2 bedroom suite has 2 bathrooms which is handy, one is en suite. There are flat screen tvs in both bedrooms and the lounge with all the main English tv channels.
We found all staff to be exceptionally friendly and helpful. Especially the young lady who worked at the pool. Nothing was too much trouble.
Probably the only disappointment was the breakfast which we didn't feel was 5 star. It was very repetitive every day with little variety.
One tip would be to use the gate at the bottom of the resort to exit/enter with the key card (marked on the map that you are given on check in). It cuts off a bit of the walk down to town. We mainly walked into town but one night got an Uber back which cost less than €4. The walk is a bit hilly and some parts with no pavement but there was little traffic.
The best bit was finding out that each apartment block has a jacuzzi in the roof. You have to book it with the pool staff preferably 24 hours in advance so they can get it ready for you. This was amazing!
Luxury resort with exceptionally nice rooms (we stayed in a luxury suite with 2 TV’s, 2 bathrooms, private large sun terrace, full granite kitchen with dishwasher, dressing gowns/slippers etc - very grand). Free to use sauna, indoor pool and small gym. Other Spa facilities can be paid for (eg €65 for a massage). The resort is out on a limb, you need a car to see anywhere else really. Free shuttle bus into Carvoeiro which is a 5 min drive or 25 min walk to the beach area (where all the bars/restaurants are) but the last one goes there at 6pm, so you have to walk/taxi back. Beer prices at resort bar steep at €5 for a 0.4L beer (but half price between 5pm-6pm). Breakfast lacked a 5 star feel - no muesli or dried fruits/nuts just basic cereal. Hot food was scrambled eggs, bacon and tiny sausages - no egg station or mushrooms/tomatoes/beans etc. We were told we could order fried eggs and mushrooms in addition to what was out - which we did - but others were unaware of this and may have missed out. The fresh honey on a honeycomb is a nice touch, as were hot pancakes and fresh nicely prepaired fruit.
As it was January there were very few guests and building work was going on around the outdoor pool area (slabs being lifted and re-laid, so noise & mess around). The only thing which left a negative slant on our stay, was being charged €1.50 per coffee capsule which we had used in our room. They were displayed next to complimentary teabags/water/fruit/dishwasher tablet/washing machine tablet. We presumed they were free (with a coffee machine in the room they appear to expect you to bring/buy the correct size capsules to be able to use it!?). Yes this was clear if you read the minibar price list, but we didnt intend to buy from the minibar so had put the contents and price list in a cupboard to make use of the fridge. For a 5 star hotel they could provide a couple of free coffee capsules! The receptionist tried to justify it by saying we had received a “free room upgrade” however the room we saw advertised was at the exact price advertised - so no upgrade, we just got what we paid for. We had only booked this resort,for 2 nights, due to its close proximity to the Dos Santos Craft Brewery & Restaurant (15 mins walk away) which we had read good reviews about. However we trecked there only to find a blackboard saying it was closed until 5th Feb for the “holiday season”!! No mention of this on google reviews or the brewery website, so no decent beer for us at all this trip to the Algarve (except what we found in bottles in supermarkets!). Would not stay again due to location but it is a flashy place.
Stunning big resort perfect for both couples as well as families! Our 1 bedroom suite was massive and even though the weather in October was not that hot, we could still enjoy the poolside and of course we used the sauna and the indoor pool during our stay. The breakfast offers everything you might need and overall I would definitely recommend staying there - great staff and a lovely resort with very reasonable prices!
We are a family of 4, children aged 6&8 who have just returned from our holiday in Monte Santo. Despite the unexpectedly cold and rainy weather, we had a lovely time. Huge credit to the management and staff of this fabulous resort! The pool area is great for the kids, we loved the fitness track also. The extra services like the shuttle bus and kids club were very welcomed. The resort went to a great effort for Halloween evening and we really enjoyed it, especially the music and face paints. I had the best spa treatment ever with the gifted Ana in the spa area, she was really excellent and very kind....
A few sugggestions from us, minor but would be welcomed -
1. It would be great to have one of the outdoor pools heated.
2. We were disappointed the jazuccis in the pool area were not working during our visit. We did get a chance to use one of the rooftop jacuzzis which was a real highlight.
3. We had breakfast most days in the resort and paid extra. Overall, the selection and choice was very good but inconsistent e.g some mornings more sweet items were available. Please have a note on the tables saying that various types of eggs are available. The big improvement needs to be with the coffee - the Nescafé machine is awful! Please provide plungers/cafetières to the tables for proper coffee! Also, I could not find brown sugar to have with my coffee but this was everywhere!
This are all quite minor things and did not detract from a wonderful holiday. I would recommend a day trip to Zoomarine and also a trip to Decathelon for shopping on a rainy day! We went to Praia Grande but it wasn't worth the trip, the local beach is much nicer. Restaurants of note are Onze - great calamari! L'Orange was good but more formal.
we enjoyed the 7 nights we spend at the resort with our 3 months old daughter. the resort is really nice and well kept.
The resort has a good size to take the baby strawler for a walk and all facilities are there for a stay with children.
the road into the village is very steep and the 2km walk is something I would not recommend to walk this particular if your not in a good shape.