I booked a vary last minute deal to Portugal and after quick research opted for Vale de Carros and stayed 22-29 Aug. Mum with 14 and 7 year old.
Room: Room 122 was a good size (Prem Studio) for us. The balcony was massive! Shower room on the small size but was fine. Sofa bed surprisingly comfy. The kitchen facilities let the room down, not adequate for a self catering holiday really, there is enough space in the room to add a breakfast bar type thing for space to prep and serve. The dishes we used had to be rewashed because they were dirty, so deeper clean between guests required, ESPECIALLY in the current climate. Also odd unpleasant smell in the room. Aside from that room was absolutely fine.
Hotel: The grounds of the hotel are lovely and well cared for and the pools were good, cold, but good. The majority of time we had the pools to ourselves which was bliss. There were no loungers around the pool area (due to covid) so you had to sit on the grass area, I was happy about that at first but soon got used to it. There are around 4 cats on site who were funny to watch and no bother whatsoever. The restaurant was closed during our stay, and didn't see much of the staff while there.
Location: I thought the location was good, a 20 minute walk to the must see Falésia beach and 25 minute walk to Olhos de Água. Places to eat en route but highly recommend a visit to both beaches. Plenty of restaurants nearby and a few that did take away and delivery. Decent souvenir shops and little mini mart also. I got an uber ride to Albufeira Old Town for less than 10 euros, which was a nice change of scenary.
I had no intentions of going to Portugal this year, as had two holidays booked elsewhere that were cancelled. So glad I went though. Stunning country, the locals were lovely and my stay was exactly what I wanted. Peace and Quiet after a crazy hectic year.
From what I saw and where I went the Portuguese were implementing all the safety measures they could and ensuring customers followed the rules so can't fault them.
Would definitely recommend.