Vila Gale Ampalius

Vila Gale Ampalius

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Vila Gale Ampalius is rated 4.3 out of 5 based on 3 verified reviews from YGT customers.

The Vila Galé Ampalius is perfectly located, just 10 paces from the Marina Beach, providing easy access to the golden sand, as well as the famed casino and the marina itself.

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Accommodation

The hotel has a total of 357 guest bedrooms, including 54 junior suites, which offer excellent 4* hospitality, allowing visitors to relax and enjoy Vilamoura's attractions, especially the renowned golf courses. All the spacious and modern rooms are complete with air-conditioning, direct dial telephone, satellite television, safe deposit box and refrigerator.

With excellent facilities, the 4* Vila Galé Ampalius is the ideal place to base your next golf or leisure holiday in Vilamoura.

The Satsanga Spa includes a heated indoor pool, Turkish bath, jacuzzi, sauna, Vichy shower, contrast showers and a solarium, while there is a great range of health and beauty treatments. The hotel has a good gymnasium, and also outdoor pools for both adults and children, as well as a tennis court, games room and a putting green.

In Vilamoura, head to Casa del Forno for Italian food, or the Ostra d'Ouro Grill at the Marina for sublime seafood.

Golfers will benefit from free transfers to the courses at Vilamoura and Vila Sol.

The hotel's own Versátil Restaurant is well worth a visit, while the Lobby and Poolside bars are perfect for a relaxing drink.

Features

  • Putting Greens
  • Gymnasium
  • Sauna
  • Solarium
  • Beauty Salon
  • Massage
  • Tennis
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool
  • Jacuzzi
  • Indoor Swimming Pool
  • In House Bar
  • Nearby Beaches
  • On-Site Parking
  • Minibar
  • Satellite TV
  • Direct Dial Telephone
  • Family Suites
  • In House Restaurant
  • Air-Conditioning

Golfer reviews

Great service, thanks

The courses in order of play

1. Millennium – due to a delay in the transfer from the hotel to the course (unreliability of the shuttle bus became a feature); we arrived about 30 minutes before our tee time. The staff in the pro shop were pretty unhelpful, and unwelcoming. We were advised that they could not accommodate our request for sandwiches, and told we would have to wait for the drinks/food buggy to find us, and then told there were no buggies available for our use. We agreed to opt for trollies on the proviso that when we had completed nine holes if there were buggies available they would do a deal. When we got to the starter I reiterated our request for the drinks/food buggy to find us asap and he confirmed he would arrange it. The buggy finally found us on hole 6 only to advise us he had no sandwiches, he kindly returned to the clubhouse and returned with something at the 8th. As agreed with the staff in the pro shop we went in after the 9th to swap the trollies for buggies but the “deal” they offered was 30 euros for 9 holes (we had already paid 5 for the trollies). The buggies were sat there doing nothing, so this approach to customer service was baffling to say the least! To complete the Millennium customer service they had no table service for post golf drinks. To be honest I quite like the course (particularly the front 9), and generally it was in good condition, but the customer service let it down badly.

2. Victoria – You would not believe that this and Millennium belonged to the same company! From the minute you arrive to the minute you leave you are made to feel special. The quality of the course obviously has something to do with this, but the approach of the staff (which should be consistent across the Oceanico group) also played a major part. The whole experience is a joy and a must play for any golfer.

3. Old Course – This was our group’s first visit to the Old Course, and to a man we were very impressed. The course is immaculately groomed, attractive, and has good changes of elevation but is also pretty fair and most of us were able to put a decent score together. The only negative on the day was that we had planned to get to the course for 11.45am so we could eat lunch before playing. We met for the shuttle in our hotel at 11.15am, but despite repeatedly being told 5 minutes, the shuttle finally came at 12.20, giving us limited time to eat. Also after the round we waited over an hour from requesting our transfer.

4. Pinhal – We played this course last year and it was as difficult as I remembered, with the pines providing some very narrow corridors for driving. I think I hit a tree on 4 consecutive shots on the 3rd!!! The course generally was fine but some attention to tees, bunkers, and pathways would not go amiss. In truth if this course did not form part of a package which enables you to play at the premium courses I’m not sure how busy it would be!

Hotel

No complaints, clean, comfortable, but preferred Vila Gale Marina.

Value for money in Vilamoura

Of course we recognise they have a captive market at the clubhouses and in the restaurants and bars in Vilamoura, but given the general economic conditions across the world we saw no reflection in the prices charged for food and drink. A pint of anything was generally about 5 Euro, which to be honest didn’t bother anybody at the time nor ruined anybody’s enjoyment. But upon reflection on return when people count the cost it may lead to consideration of an alternative venue which offers better value in the bars and restaurants. We thought it was generally quieter this year, which was possibly a reflection of this?

Overall

We had an unbelievable time in what cannot be denied is a class venue.

Finally thanks again for all the assistance from YGT in setting our trip up. The service is a definite 10/10 which I would not hesitate to recommend to anybody.

Enjoyable break in Vilamoura
We travelled as a group of 8 golfers on a five-night break in Vilamoura. Throughout the booking process Your Golf Travel were helpful with organising accommodation and tee times. Providing options and reacting quickly to our changing plans. The hotel Vila Gale Ampalius is very large and not particularly attractive; however it provides clean and comfortable rooms at reasonable rates. On the down side the breakfast was very average (much choice but not much quality) and the lifts very unreliable. The pool and bar area were pleasant with plenty of loungers.
 
Service at the golf courses we played, Millennium, Old, Victoria and Laguna were superb. Efficient and friendly staff, excellent courses in good condition and comfortable clubhouses for the post game refreshments. Transport to and from the courses via the shuttle bus service was on time and much appreciated. The courses around Vilamoura are tough and long, but they are fair and the views and weather make up for problems the long handicapper may be having.
 
As a resort Vilamoura is very English with pub style bars, rock music and Karaoke centre stage. It’s a place for fun rather than culture, but that said the restaurants provide excellent food (if you choose well) and some superb Portuguese wines.
 
Your Golf Travel delivered a golf break experience which offered value for money, good sport, reasonable accommodation and stress free administration. Transfers and bookings all as quoted on the vouchers we presented and not questioned.
 
I would recommend Your Golf Travel to friends looking for similar and will almost certainly use them next year to book similar again, but this time to a better hotel or more likely a new resort
Good location and great views from our room
We arrived at Faro and very quickly found our the man who was to drive us to our hotel, Vila Gale Ampalius.  We asked him if the supermarket was still open, but his English was not too good and 15 minutes later he pulled into a supermarket so that we could do some quick shopping.  What a star!  We checked in and was shown to our rooms on the 6th floor. It was a very large room, facing the sea, even equipped with a kitchen.  Wow, when I pulled back the curtains and stepped on to the balcony, it was beach, sea and blue sky - a simply stunning view and south facing.

We had arranged 5 rounds of golf on the Old Course, Millenium, Pinhal and 2 on Laguna.

The next morning we were picked up no more than 10 minutes after arranging transport to the course.  It was a joy to play all 5 - they were dry, well manicured, and the greens were like lightening.  After sitting in the sun enjoying a drink and talking about the birdies and pars, we were transported back to our hotel.  All so easy.

The hotel staff were very courteous, the breakfast was extremely good and a wide choice to be had.  The location was  good, just a 5 minute walk to the Marina and restaurants.

This is our fourth time we have travelled with Your Golf Travel and I can see nothing to change that.
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