Excellent club – review of club med da balaia, albufeira – tripadvisor gas south


First time to Europe and what a disappointed. We travel on a regular basis and this has to be the worst all inclusive resort we have been at. Too many kids!!!! It’s like a glorified daycare. Parents bring their children here to have the GO’s look after them and when they get them back they run wild while they drink and socialize. No peace and quite for the adults anywhere indoors. The zen area for adults is a joke. Way too far to walk to and too many stairs. No alcohol and you can’t even have a conversation with your partner or you are given dirty looks. The pool is not heated so if you go to relax and have a swim you need to have a wet suit on. All priority is given to the kids at this resort – even at the buffet. Kids budding in front and servers taking care of them first. I would rate the food about a 5 out of 10. The rooms appeared to be redone and were OK. However our shower leaked and we had a river running almost out into the hall every time we showered The room was extremely hot. We were told that it was still cold so they were not turning on the air. Every night we had to sleep with the balcony door open to cool off the room. They do not have any kind of snacks to buy at the hotel at all. If you want a bottle of pop or a chocolate bar etc. you have to walk at least 3 blocks to the gas station on the corner. Do not recommend.

This is the third Club Med property I have been to, and overall it was amazing. The beach is beautiful, the Zen pool is fantastic and the overall hotel was impressive. It was very clean and the staff was very friendly and helpful. While the majority of the staff and GO’s spoke French, there were a few GO’s who went out of their way to speak English to our family, who only speaks English, and they deserve a lot of praise. Yannick, who was in charge of Archery was truly fantastic. His English was truly impressive and he helped our family translate words to French, as well as translate things for us the entire trip. He got to know and spend time with our entire family over Archery, dinner and down time, and we appreciate him!!! Also, important to recognize Anais from the Zen pool and Robin from the Circus, as both of them went out of their way to speak English to our family, spend time with us and were truly friendly and professional GO’s!! The spa was a great experience, as was the private wine tasting. I would recommend this property for sure, and look forward to my next Club Med vacation!

We have recently arrived back from this Club Med resort and have had another wonderful family holiday. We stayed here spring 2017 also. From start to finish we were looked after. Our children (age 2 and 5) enjoyed the petit/mini club, and staff cared for them very well during the morning, whilst we had the luxury of some relaxation, walking, golf, tennis etc. The staff spoke good English and helped our children (5 year old especially) to take part in the older activities, which included an amazing theatre show performed for the parents – pure fun and high energy – perfect for our son. We’d really like to thank Leo, all the Joaos 😉 Raphael, Claudia, Zizi, Carolina, Ana, Linda and all other staff who made it possible for us to leave the kids for a few hours, knowing they were safe and happy. The accommodation, food, activities, pools, bars and resort overall were of a very high standard, we would only say that indoor buggy access could be improved and some more English language television channels for children and adults would have been appreciated. The resort is in a superb location, right on the beach and with a separate Zen area to escape from it all, looking out over the sea and beautiful red cliffs of the Algarve. Club Med Da Balaia really does cater for everybody.