There was plenty of time to relax over breakfast before checking out of our hotel. We’d arranged a transfer back to Faro airport as it wouldn’t have been possible to return by public transport on a Sunday morning.
This has been our first holiday in the Algarve, would we return ? Yes, we certainly would. The coastline along the western Algarve is beautiful and the little towns we visited were charming, Praia da Rocha being the only resort with high rise hotels that we came across. Lagos, our base for the week was both stylish and charming and made a perfect starting point for trips out with its rail and bus terminals.
Our hotel The Tivoli. Lagos had attractive public rooms, the outdoor pool pictured above had comfortable sun beds on its sheltered terrace and combined with the leisure club’s indoor pool, sauna and steam room had good facilities. Our room had a spectacular view over the marina and was functional, spotlessly clean, but was overdue for an upgrade having a dated feel. We didn’t dine in the restaurant so I’m unable to comment on dinner but we felt the breakfast was mediocre. There was a good selection of continental style cold meats, cheese, yoghurts and fresh fruit but the cooked dishes were unappetising, rubbery fried eggs, inedible sausage and greasy streaky bacon so after the first couple of days we opted out of the hot food.
The Tivoli markets itself as a golf hotel and at least half of the guests staying this week were golfers. At breakfast they could be spotted in their smart, brightly coloured matching polo shirts and around the bar in the evenings talk was more often than not about missed opportunities on the par 3 or the birdie on the 7th hole. The hotel’s close proximity to the marina and old town was ideal and taking all things into consideration, I would be happy to return to this hotel on a future visit to the Algarve.
Our flight with the budget scheduled airline Monarch was on time and in just under three hours we had returned to overcast skies and a drop in temperature from 23 degrees to 12 so our coats had to be worn for the onward journey home.