I stayed 30 days with my wife at Amendoeira Golf Resort. This was our sixth one months’ longstay for golf. The accommodation at Amendoeira was the best one we have had during our longstays. Five years ago we stayed at Mar Menor Resort in Murcia, Spain. Thereafter we have stayed five times in the Algarve: four years ago at Pestana Gramacho Resort, three years and two years ago at Marina Club Lagos and last year at Cabanas Gardens by My Choice Algarve in Cabanas de Tavira.
Amendoeira Resort is a superb golf resort with lovely accommodation, good food and wines, two great golf courses, excellent practice facilities, attentive service, beautiful gardens and breathtaking views. It’s certainly worth of its 5 stars and 41st place in Golf World’s ranking list ’Top 100 Resorts in Continental Europe 2018’.
We had a two bedroom apartment in the Aldeia da Figueira section of the resort. The apartment was modern, spacious (108 square meters), clean and well furnished with two bathrooms. There was plenty of wardrobe space. Regarding the accommodation everything worked perfectly, including the free high speed wifi. There was a spacious underground garage under the building.
We had breakfast every morning in our apartment and cooked one third of our lunches and dinners in our fully equipped kitchen. The nearest supermarket is Aldi at N125 in Alcantarilha. We visited it just once (immediately after our arrival) because of its limited product range and made our shopping in Pingo Doce in Armacao da Pera.
The only restaurant within walking distance is the club restaurant. We enjoyed another third of our lunches and dinners there. The food was tasty and the portions big. Our favourite dishes here were Goat cheese salad and Fish soup for starters and Tandoori chicken and Portuguese steak for mains.
The resort reception called us a taxi to go to the restaurants outside the resort. The taxi service worked very well. Local taxi drivers seem to know the resort well because every time the taxi was waiting for us right in front of our house. Our favourite restaurants in the area were Porches Velho in Porches, O Barradas in Silves and O Cantinho and Casa de Pasto A Cisterna in Alcantarilha next to the church.
I played 15 rounds and my wife 10 rounds on the Amendoeira courses. The courses are very good with fantastic setting and layout. We liked both of them. The condition of the greens, fairways and teeing grounds was good although we prefer faster greens. Both golf courses are challenging and real tests of your game. You have to plan your game properly and be accurate with your drives and other shots. The significant elevation changes on the Faldo Course provide spectacular views of the whole resort and surrounding countryside. The bumps and hollows on the fairways make your ball bounce here and there. I felt that all slopes pushed my balls towards large and deep steep faced bunkers and water hazards. The O’Connor Course is easier of the courses in terms of walking. It has a lot of water hazards. If you want to lose fewer balls I advise you to buy a strokesaver (yardage book) at the reception in order to understand better where the hazards are.
The caddiemasters provide great service which is friendly and efficient. We played two rounds on the par-3 Academy Course, too. Every hole has three teeing options with lengths from 45 m to 105 m. The course isn’t as easy as you could imagine. We lost a few balls in the water hazards behind the greens due to too long shots. We also visited the gym twice.
To make Amendoeira Resort even better for our next stay we have a few wishes:
- The beds can be made more comfortable by removing the plastic canvas under the sheet.
- Our apartment had no carpets whatsoever. A few carpets could add to the comfort of living.
- Sorting of waste is very well taken care of at Amendoeira Resort. However, where to put various types of waste in the apartment when there is just one waste basket? We felt it a little strange if we should have gone to the supermarket and buy more waste baskets to the apartment.
All in all, a very elegant, relaxed, comfortable and enjoyable resort. We had a wonderful stay with splendid weather. Highly recommended!