Four Seasons Vilamoura, Portugal
Example Booking: 77,000 eXpectations points, 7 Nights, July 2017, 2-Bed, sleeps 6
Available in September 2016, eXpectations members could have booked seven nights at the RCI Gold Crown Four Seasons Vilamoura in a top class, 2-bedroom apartment (sleeping 6) from the 16th-23rd July 2017, using 77,000 points.
Along the southern coast of Portugal, the beautiful Algarve region boasts stunning coastlines, secluded bays and enchanting white-washed villages tucked amongst orange groves.
Located approximately 20 km from Faro airport you’ll be exploring the delightful town of Vilamoura along with the popular attractions it has to offer in no time.
The prestigious resort of Vilamoura, situated in the centre of the Algarve, offers a glamorous and chic atmosphere. The centre of the town is based around the 1,000 berth marina with award-winning restaurants and bars overlooking luxury yachts. Either side of the marina, Vilamoura has two long, sandy beaches to relax or enjoy water activities. A main attraction to the Algarve are the internationally recognised golf courses with a choice of over 30 courses, many of which are Championship standard.
Four Seasons Vilamoura was voted the 5th best family hotel in Portugal by TripAdvisor’s Travellers Choice (2016). The reviews from satisfied guests clearly confirm the high quality of the facilities and amenities along with the friendly staff, with over 80% of previous guests rating it “Excellent” or “Very Good”.
The impressive rock formations along the coastline of the Algarve make this part of Portugal unique, attracting visitors to the naturally beautiful coves and bays. Visiting Vilamoura in July is a perfect time of year if you’re looking for long sunny days with temperatures averaging 26 degrees C.
Four Seasons Vilamoura is ideally situated in the heart of the Algarve with Pinhal Golf course sitting on your doorstep with the centre of Vilamoura and the beach a short distance away too. The moment you arrive the welcoming staff make you and your family feel at home.
This 4-star family resort offers something for everyone with a choice of large outdoor and indoor pools including an area for the little ones to splash around in. Unwind in the sauna and spa or simply pamper yourself anytime of the year with a wide choice of professional beauty treatments including an outdoor massage around the waterfall and lily pond.
The children can have hours of fun in the Porcupine Club offering great activities from craft making, painting, treasure hunting and best of all, making new friends.
Should you feel peckish or want a special, romantic meal, you will not have to go far to find a choice of delicious dishes. Enjoy a meal around the pool at “The Pateo-Al Fresco” restaurant and join the fun at their BBQ evenings and live music. For a lighter snack “The Brasserie at FSV” offers an excellent selection from salads to grilled Brazilian, Italian and of course traditional Portuguese dishes.
The evening sunset creates a romantic atmosphere for a memorable meal at Restaurant À La Carte “A Cascata” situated in the centre of Four Seasons Vilamoura. Locally & freshly caught fish is cooked to perfection and served with a cool, crisp glass of wine, surely the perfect way to end your day.
Whether you choose to stay in a studio, 1 or 2-bed apartments or a spacious 3-bedroom suite, guests will feel at home within their luxurious accommodation. The modern apartments offer soft coloured décor to evoke a relaxing atmosphere and for your comfort each apartment is fully-equipped with kitchens including washing machines, a sofa-bed in the lounge and beautiful views over the gardens and swimming pools.
Algarve’s Golden Triangle
The Algarve, also known as the “Golden Triangle”, comprises of three reputable holiday resorts stretching along the Algarve coast, including Vilamoura, Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo.
Vilamoura and the surrounding areas offer visitors a wide range of entertainment and activities to enjoy. The most popular have to be the supreme golf-courses with their beautifully sculptured fairways. Guests staying at Four Seasons Vilamoura can take advantage of the gateway access onto the 10th fairway at the Pinhal golf-course.
Take a fun ride on the road train from outside the resort to Vilamoura town centre. Once you arrive at the marina, take a leisurely stroll around the designer shops before sitting in a street cafe to watch the world go by.
A visit to the Roman ruins of Cerro da Vila is an interesting experience to discover the ancient sites of the historical villa and includes graves dated from the bronze age, Roman baths, fragments of painted walls and mosaic pathways.
Vilamoura and The Atlantic Ocean
Experience the high life for a morning, afternoon or full day by chartering a luxury yacht with Champagne Cruises. The professional yachtsmen will pick you up from Vilamoura marina to show you the best caves and stop at secluded beaches to snorkel in crystal clear waters. Before heading back stop off for something to eat and drink at an exclusive restaurant, only accessible by boat.
Tourists shouldn’t miss out on the opportunity to take a boat trip with Algarvexite, the winners of the “Certificate of Excellence (2016)” for their adventurous trips on the Atlantic Ocean. Watch dolphins swim alongside your RIB or explore the spectacular, rugged coastline to discover caves and private beaches.
To find the true beauty of the Algarve, take a trip to the ancient city of Loulé, approximately 16km from Faro. Admire the beautiful architecture of Nossa Senhora da Piedade church and 13th/14th Century castle and surrounding walls. Should you be visiting Loulé on Saturday then venture to the gypsy market to find yourself a genuine bargain or two!
For an interesting day trip hire a car and head down to nearby Lagos, around 30-minutes drive West, where you’ll find the famous Praia Dona Ana beach (pictured above). Backed by orange cliff faces, synonymous with this region, it is regarded amongst the most picturesque beaches in the Algarve. Voted Portugal’s No.2. Beach by TripAdvisor’s Travellers Choice (2016) it is highly popular amongst local families for its safe swimming waters and sheltered coves.
To highlight the great value of eXpectations Holidays we conducted a price comparison using TripAdvisor to source an equivalent booking. 7-nights at Four Seasons Vilamoura were available on Booking.com during 16th – 23rd July 2017 within a 2-bedroom apartment (sleeping 4) for £2,435 (based on 4 people sharing when we looked on 16/9/2016).
In comparison, we found this 7-night booking at Four Seasons Vilamoura during the same dates within a 2-bedroom apartment (sleeping 6) for 77,000 points on RCI.com (when we looked on: 16/9/2016).
For members of eXpectations Plus, the total price for this accommodation (excluding the initial purchase price of your membership / points) would come to £721. To calculate this we have included: the associated maintenance fees for 77,000 points, 1x annual membership, 1x online RCI exchange fee.
|Associated maintenance fees for 77,000 points @ £5.75 per thousand||£443|
|1 x eXpectations Annual Membership||£162|
|1 x RCI online exchange Fee||£116|
|Mandatory miscellaneous fees (e.g. tourist tax)||£0|
So, by making this points booking, members of eXpectations Plus could have made a potential saving of over £1,700, based on the comparison above.