An elegantly furnished, fully equipped, well maintained and clean apartment with a balcony facing south-west giving a view of the sea. We were welcomed with a starter pack of provisions and a good selection of towels and sheets were provided. The apartment also had two flat-screened TVs and a washing machine.
The resort had two lovely swimming pools and a sandy beach, although the sea was too rough to swim in. The downside was that the Melia resort was focussed on their all-inclusive clients. Drinks could be readily purchased from the various bars at a reasonable price, but meals (with wine) could only be had if pre-purchased at a rather exorbitant charge of €38 per person (lunch) or €48 pp (dinner). There was only one bar/restaurant close to the resort, a nice but simple beach bar 500m to the south at Ponte Preta beach (a lovely sandy cove) that served good fish lunches. However, a large selection of restaurants could be found in Santa Maria, easily reached by the hotel shuttle ...