Having cancelled 4 holidays this year due to COVID-19 our stay at Bela Vista was a big treat for us, a time to relax and get away from it all. As you would expect of an establishment recommended by Relais Chateaux this level of luxury does not come cheap.
However, imagine our disappointment as we drove up to the hotel to find it hemmed in by numerous high rise blocks, we could have been in Benidorm rather than Portugal.
The two main blocks of accommodation sit either side of the main house (not sure if there are in fact any accommodation in the main house) and we received an upgrade to a sea view room. Yes, we could see the sea but nothing of the beach. The room itself was tired and the bathroom cramped with a shower over the bath that constantly leaked.
Breakfast was served on the veranda over looking the beach which was stunning, if only the staff could take your order without making numerous mistakes and after waiting sometime the food itself was worth waiting for, after all this hotel has a Mitchelin star yet they cannot make scrabbled eggs?
The pool and surrounding area was the highlight of our stay and provided an area of tranquility and relaxation. The down side to this are the level of bar charges which are astronomical to say the least.