First off I have to say that I love a hotel, it’s one of my favourite ways to spend some time away from home. So as the The Tivoli Victoria was a 5 star hotel on the Thomas Cook website, then I had high expectations, especially as it had almost 3,000 reviews on Trip Advisor, with a 4.5 star rating!
The hotel is about a 15 minute drive from the centre of Vilamoura, but the hotel does provide a free shuttle bus to the town several times a day. The hotel is quite big, but wide, rather than tall and is set right on the edge of the Oceanic Golf Course, a huge focus of the hotel is it’s convenience for golfers. The hotel entrance is bedecked with marble floors and and a spacious and stylishly furnished reception and bar. The bar has two outdoor terraces which overlook the golf course and pool and contains a few tables and large sofas. We sat there on most days and enjoyed the glorious sunsets. It also boasts the most glorious outdoor pool area which transforms to a lit paradise in the evening.
The staff were really brilliant in that nothing was too much trouble. The bar staff provided that something special in that after just one order, they remembered our drinks order without being prompted!
The rooms are a decent size and all come with large bath, rainfall shower and balcony with day bed. We changed rooms after the 1st night because initially we were offered a ground floor room, but with a balcony and full patio doors and a footpath right outside, we felt that this didn’t give us much privacy. We didn’t want to have to close the curtains every time we got changed. So we rang down to reception and they offered us a new room the following day without question – we were shown to the room by a senior hotel member of staff and new 1st floor room suited our preference. Perfect service.
The hotel also offers an AMAZING spa facility, which includes an indoor pool, 2 x saunas, jacuzzi and outdoor deck with sunloungers. Only 25 people at a time are allowed in the spa and this makes for a quiet relaxing time. When we visited, we were mostly the only people in the pool.
The spa also offers treatments and we had a couples massage whilst we were there. M had a swedish massage and I have to admit I can’t remember what I had, but it was much softer and more relaxing I think. This whole experience was luxurious and SUCH a good massage. It was a high end massage and the price reflected this at €110 each – which was €220 for the hour, approximately £190. But it was worth it as treat.
There was also a tennis court, and volleyball court, which we didn’t get too as well as a fine dining restaurant and BBQ night – which again, we didn’t manage to fit in.
The food we did have at the Tivoli was lovely too. The breakfast is served between 7:30-10:30 and consisted of every breakfast food you could think of. Namely, full English, cold meats, cereals, danish pastries, freshly cooked omelettes and pancakes, toast, fresh fruit and yoghurts. All were divine and it was really nice to go down to eat and have such a great selection!
Overall, I thought the hotel was marvellous and well worth the high praise on Trip Advisor. In fact it was SO good, we are thinking of going back next year, despite originally planning not to even have a holiday! On the coach transfer from the airport, I said to M that I wanted the hotel to cocoon me in relaxation and it did – it REALLY did.