The lively ClubHotel Riu Guarana caters for the whole family. A pair of outdoor pools hands out activity and quiet zones, and the entertainment team puts on a child-friendly line-up.
This hotel fits a lot into its clifftop spot – including two big outdoor pools and three restaurants. The beach is just a 10-minute walk away, too.
Palm-lined lawns surround a pool area that’s a honeypot for activities like water polo, aqua gym and al fresco sangria-making classes.
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- Floors: 6 in the main building, 2 in the annex
- Lifts: 4 in the main building and 2 in the annexe
Food & Drink
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Full Board buffet meals, themed buffets twice a week and a choice of dining in the Asian or Grill restaurant. Unlimited local alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, until 24.00. Snacks at set times.
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Main buffet restaurant
A mixture of international and themed meals are served here. And just so you know, for dinner smart casual wear is required, so men need to wear full-length trousers.
A range of treatments are available, from manicures and pedicures to facials and eyebrow-shaping. Massage options include head, face, full body and hot stone treatments. The saunas are open from 8am 'til 6pm.
RiuLand Kids' Club
There's two kids' clubs here - one for 4 to 7 year-olds and another for 8 to 12 year-olds. A range of activities take place from art classes to evening entertainment. Kids club is dependant on availability.
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1 Bedroom Family Room with Balcony or Terrace
These comfortable rooms offer a little extra space, with a double bed and an extra bed for an adult or two children. They each come with a shower in the bath, and a balcony or terrace to give you some outside space.
Twin Room with Balcony or Terrace
A twin room makes an ideal base for your holiday. It comes with a bath, hairdryer and a balcony or terrace so you relax outside.
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Great for families
Stayed at Riu Guarana from 10 to 17 June 2017 and overall, we had a great vacation. The resort has 2 different buildings with rooms, one is the main building, with all the hotel services, and the other, a smaller building, where is located the Grill Restaurant, Disco, Kid's club, and two additional floors with rooms. We got to stay on this smaller building, in a room the hotel classified has Family. We booked the hotel through a local agent and took the trip by car from Lisbon to Olhos de Agua, where the hotel is located. At check in, we were presented with a nice glass of orange juice, always welcome after a 3 hour car trip. Check in was easy, got our All Inclusive bracelets and were guided to our room in the outer building. Room was spacious, although we'd like to point out two things. First, there's a small stair inside the room separating the main bed area from the couch and baby crib area. One of our children is a 2 year baby, that got us a bit worried. We contacted the Reception to try to figure out if we could change room and they told us it was possible to change to a double room in the main building, almost the same size has this one, but only on the second day has they didn't had any available at the moment. We decided to keep the Family room and it ended up being no big deal. Other issue we had was with the bathroom, besides being a bit small, it has a bathtub instead of a shower. That was a bit more problematic and it looked strange, has in this typical resorts most of the people are interested in fast showers and not long immersion baths. And worst, it was a very slippery bathtub, so we had to take extra precautions when taking showers. In our case, we used rubber slippers, others used a towel in the bathtub floor. Anyhow, these issues don't devalue the hotel experience in any way, but the bathtub was kind of a nuisance. When we settled in, was time to check out the rest of the hotel. Hotel has 3 pools, a small one just as we exit the main building to the pool area, a big one in the middle and finally a small children pool. All pools were nice and clean, specially the big one, where we spent most of the time. It's not a very deep pool, I believe is about 1,60m at the most deepest point. There's a cool pool bar, inside the bigger pool, and a regular bar outside. All the regular drinks available. One issue the hotel should really address are the sun loungers space, it's to small for so many sun loungers. We were all crammed down behind rows of sun loungers. It seems there are too many guests for such a small area of sun loungers. Anyhow, we ended up choosing a spot and stick to it all 7 days. No big stress for us, has we are kind of used to confusion, being parents of two very young children :P. Now, where Riu Guarana really shines is in the main restaurant at dinner and lunch. I've been in some 5 star that lag way behind this little 4 star. Food is diverse, looked and tasted wonderful and the staff goes to great lengths to guarantee you have an enjoyable meal. Breakfast and snacks were standard stuff. Regarding the restaurant, the hotel should look up the glass cups. There's a lot of children around and at meals all glasses are made of, well... glass. At the second day, one of mine broke one, she didn't got hurt, but it could happen. Glasses for sodas and fruit juices should be plastic, has it was in the pool bars and snacks. Animation was very good, for people who like this kind of stuff. During the day the animation team was permanently around the pool trying to entertain everyone (water sports, gym, games, etc) and at night they put a nice show. It's not Las Vegas, but it's enjoyable, nevertheless. There's a Disco open from 23:30 to 1:30. If you end up in the smaller building, you might have to endure some background sound if you tend to go to bed early, has were our case because of the children. Usually we were so tired at that time that we just shut down and didn't mind the sound, but some other might be more sensible. Beware the hotel is kind of a stretch for the beach, if you go on foot. Some 15/20 minutes walk. Not a big deal when you go, but at return, with the sun blazing on your head... ouch! Regarding guests, there's lot of older people (I'm guessing retired) from UK and Germany and middle-aged families with their children from Portugal (my case) and Spain, some young couples and few young groups, mainly from eastern countries like Poland. Overall hotel is wonderful for families to enjoy a nice time, has it has all the basic stuff taken cared of (food and rooms) in a very high quality standard, giving you time to enjoy all the amenities with your own.More
Pedro C, 189158
Very relaxed and lovely atmosphere for our First Family Holiday !
We travelled here in Sept 2016. On arrival, we were greeted promptly and checked in straight away after being greeted with a drink which was a lovely touch. Made a really nice fuss over the little one too. Rooms - yes they are dated but they are spotlessly clean and good size. We had a double room with pool view and I would seriously recommend as they are a marvellous view. The beds are a little hard yes but we managed fine with them. Air con was included and worked brilliantly at no extra charge. Bathroom was a shower over the bath and lots of little amenities included eg shampoo. Food - Main buffet restaurant plenty of choice for adults and very varied. However no childrens section and the little one did struggle slightly as ate the same thing every day we were there. However we found the food lovely and the desserts were lovely too. 2 a la cartes which you have to book in the steakhouse and asian fusion.The drinks were nice including non alcoholic and alcoholic cocktails. Some self help stations too which was handy. Location - Set at top of a hill. If you have walking difficulties you may struggle with the surrounding area. Set in a beautiful village of small quaint family run restaurants and a few bars too. About 10 minutes walk down hill to the beach which was lovely. Perfect if you want a little something but not too busy or commercialized. The Staff were fantastic and made you feel right at home especially the waiters in the main restaurant. Behind the bar in the evening were also very polite. Entertainment - Varied in the day for adults and children activities. Lots of entertainment in the evening. Mini disco and games for Children at 8pm until around 9pm then evening entertainment from 9.30 onwards. Only down side was at the time of year the snack bar outside wasnt open so could grab something quick to eat whilst chilling around the pool. We had to go inside. However it wasnt a major issue would have been nice as an option. Definitely recommend and would suggest this to other families.More
Truly fabulous stay!
What can I say! What a truly fabulous hotel with staff that are totally amazing. Arrival was on a Sunday afternoon. Check in went very smoothly and at our arrival time of 1.40pm our room was waiting for us. Pool towels were not available at arrival but we were given 2 tickets to exchange for towels after 2.30 at reception , after this you swapped them between 9 and 12 around the pool as required. There are 3 pools, a quiet smaller one and the main one where all the entertainment occured, plus a children's pool. We stayed around the smaller, as did a lot of couples , leaving the larger one that contained the swim up bar with the children's pool next to it for families. Although there was a little noise from small children on occasions it was not as some previous reviews have stated enough to spoil any relaxation. Honestly it caters for all. If you want total quiet then stay at an adults only hotel! Drinks are freely available around the pools. The time we were there the weather was gorgeous yet sunbeds were available , the staff working hard all day to put out extra beds and umbrellas if none were available. The rooms themselves were spotless and beautifully decorated, as it has just been refurbished in readiness for the Summer. If i had any criticism to make it would be about the air conditioning. It is not the best, but we did have a ceiling fan as well and i suppose when its hitting 37° outside it hard to get anywhere cool. But in places, the corridors and lifts, the heat is stifling. Both food and drink are plentiful. There are 3 restaurants, the main, the grill and the yasumi. We tried all three, our least favourite being the asian. We went to the grill a couple of times but if I'm honest the main restaurant had the best choice. If you could not find something you lIked youre a very fussy eater! You dont travel to Portugal to eat McDonalds! The position of the hotel is excellent! You have easy access to two beaches, one via a pretty shop lined street, the other via some steps(130 if i counted right) but with seating at various intervals for those needing it. A taxi to Vilamoura will set you back 16 euros and Albufeira around 9. Both places are a must to visit! Both are accessible by bus or if you fancy a sightseeing open top bus that has 25 stops that will cost 18 euros each, and you get a 2 day pass. Finally i save the best for last. The staff at this hotel are amazing! Nothing is too much trouble. They always have a friendly smile, greeting and if you have any requests they will go out of their way to make that request happen. Thank you very much for a highly enjoyable holiday!! To all you should be proud. More
We stayed at this lovely hotel between 11th and 18th June 2017. Lovely spacious contemporary room with a big balcony overlooking the pool. Lots of variety of fresh food. Fabulous Grill and Asian restaurant, all self service still but lovely food and nice to have different flavours. I celebrated my birthday whilst we were there and the hotel reception left a card and bottle of sparkling wine in our room.. a lovely touch! The management were so visible always walking around and were so friendly and approachable , never seen that before in a hotel. My partner proposed to me on our last evening on our balcony of our room, so this was a wonderful end to our holiday! Thoroughly recommend the Clubhotel Riu Gaurana and we will definitely be back.More
Lovely Family holiday
Lovely clean hotel & staff helpful! Especially Elenni in the dining room! easy to get a bed before 10am Shame entertainment team only mime but plenty going on! My only moan would be the showers need updating as constantly went from very hot (could be bad if using on a child) to freezing cold did report to rep & reception but nothing happened! Also be nice to have tea:coffee in the room luckily read some other reviews so took a travel one as we had a baby with us so needed for bottles But a very nice holiday & would return More
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