Monte Da Quinta Resort
What We Love
- A spacious suite in a prestigious part of the Algarve, with breakfast and welcome treatsFeeling like a true champion on the internationally renowned and award-winning golf courses
- Gliding on a catamaran through Ria Formosa Natural Park
- The huge, sweeping sandy beach within walking distance of your front door
What To Know
- Very family-friendly with a kids club
- The hotel is a bit isolated; guests who want to explore further should rent a car
- Suites are spacious with one-, two- and three-bedroom floor plans
Surrounded by thousands of acres of rolling hills, pine woodlands and wetlands, in the heart of the Algarve’s famous Quinta do Lago golf and residential estate, Monte Da Quinta Resort makes the most of its natural surroundings. With three of Europe’s best golf courses, a natural park and nearly two miles of sandy beach on its doorstep, this resort is perfectly positioned for a blissful getaway.
The design is clean, sleek and unfussy, with lots of glass and natural light, while bamboo and green foliage give a sense of the outdoors throughout. Suites are contemporary without being bland – think plenty of white, with subtle graphic prints and earthy shades of mushroom, terracotta and sage. There’s an elegant restaurant, a large landscaped pool, a fully equipped spa and gym, plus activities and excursions for the intrepid; unwind with some tennis, horseback riding and bird-watching.
Last but not least, don’t forget the golf. Quinta Do Lago South has hosted the Portuguese Open many times, and at the 1st World Golf Awards in 2014 its North Course was awarded Europe’s Best New Golf Course and its South Course named Portugal’s Best Course.
Suites are creatively designed using natural products and artistic touches, and their double doors usher in loads of sunlight and sea salty air. All suites have spacious living areas with a dining table and a fully equipped kitchenette.
The smart-casual Quinta Restaurant offers an international menu and lays on numerous themed evenings showcasing its gastronomic flair. There’s an extensive breakfast buffet, with eggs cooked to order, a plethora of fresh baked goods, cheese, cold meats and a snack bar for light or filling choices throughout the day.
The aptly named Magnolia Spa offers a range of rejuvenating treatments in a calm atmosphere. Pick between Comfort Zone face and body treatments, holistic spa experiences, chromotherapy and more. There’s also a steam room, sauna, Jacuzzi, a number of special showers, a heated indoor swimming pool, two treatment rooms and a Technogym.
Monte Da Quinta is a 20-minute walk to the fabulous beach, or you could get really back to nature and take a catamaran through Ria Formosa Park, with its pine trees, marshes and salt pans. Faro, the Algarve’s capital, is packed full of history, shops, restaurants and entertainment and is only about half an hour away. Other places of note are the quaint fishing port of Olhao, with its white-cubed houses, and the 2,000-year-old ports of Tavira and Albufeira.
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Just returned from a week in a Garden Room Suite.
Room layout good - separate bedroom space for adults and child a great draw. However, the Bed-Settee was in an awful condition. The fold out mechanism was buckled and warped, with sharp metal joints protruding. Fair to say our 5 year old didn’t get 1 good night’s sleep.
F&B offering was terrible.
Breakfast was decent, but after that - forget it!
1 kids menu available across all outlets, with only room service food option between 5pm (when pool side bar/cafe stops serving food) and 6.30pm - when the only evening food option (in a 5* Resort???) opens - with the same kids menu. So zero option other than room service between 5pm and 6.30pm - key dining time for infant children.
No kids menu advertised in room for room service, had to go to the main restaurant and request a photocopy of theirs...
Above all else - The Staff...
Never have I encountered such apathy and lack of genuine customer service.
It feels as though the whole team have just given up, awaiting their fate as and when the much vaunted “Refurb” begins.
Now, Mr Hotel Manager, please do not patronise me with your usual defence of “once the refurb is completed we look forward to seeing you here again” etc...
Please understand, our annual family holiday was last week, not post-Refurb, and we have every right to expect You and Your Team to re-double your efforts to minimise the lack of real 5* style and atmosphere, rather than you all stop looking after your guests and their needs until such time as the Refurb occurs.
In my view, it is the Staff and The Management of this establishment that are in greater need of “Refurbishing”, rather than the structure of the building....
Just returned from a 10 night holiday. We stayed in a ground floor suite facing the gardens and pool. Very tranquil and great spot for an afternoon read. As I understand there is an intended refurbishment programme soon and a change of ownership and potential franchise. In what can be an unsettling experience the staff were as always excellent especially so in the main bar and eateries so hats off to them for being so professional throughout. The half board option extended to the whole a la carte menu which was a pleasant surprise. However, despite the quality of ingredients being very good there was some inconsistency with the quality of the dishes and on a few occasions we had to send back cold/lukewarm dishes. With the restaurant not being overly busy this was a tad disappointing though overall the dining experience was still very good. Breakfast was a hearty affair which catered well for the two coeliacs in our party. Overall a great holiday again at the MDQ and of course we will definitely return.
This stay was to be the 6th year in a row visiting this hotel with my wife and kids, but unfortunately that was not to happen.
My father-in-law was diagnosed a severe brain cancer 10 days before our check-in date. Our reservation allowed for free cancellation up to 14 days before. We immediately contacted the hotel asking for the possibility of postponing our stay and after much insistence they finally accepted rebooking for the end of August (only available date as they said) but with a price increase of 40% on top! Because even at that date we were unsure of being able to go, and later dates were not an option with kids starting school on the 2nd September, we couldn’t commit to such price increase and asked that the hotel would allow us to keep the value of our stay as a prepayment for a stay next year. This was denied.
We ended up not being able to go, and honestly I didn’t feel like going to a hotel where I inevitably spend more that the night rate in F&B, managed but such careless people for returning customers.
The Algarve is full of hotels with better facilities and friendlier prices, but this was our home there. We knew the staff, we knew the hidden corners, we felt comfortable enough. But after this episode WE WILL NEVER RETURN.
Disgusting attitude from careless people.