The ultimate Tots holiday designed by us
Villa from £85 per family, per night
Sleeps up to 4 in total plus 2 infants in cots in 2 bedrooms
Vale da Riberia Residences is a hidden holiday gem that gives you the flexibility and space of self-catering apartments with the benefit of fantastic shared facilities and full daily breakfast included. Perfect for families with young children, you'll have plenty of space for everyone as well an endless supply of toys, fun kids' activities and playmates around the pool and playground.
One of our Tots Exclusive Experience destinations, the property has a village like ambience with spacious accommodation fully kitted out by us for your under fives and featuring toy-packed play corners.
Shaw Family, September 2019
Lovely spacious apartment with everything we needed. Our little boy loved the toys and books provided. Breakfast was included and there was a good selection to choose from - cooked breakfast items, breads, pastries, cereals and fruit. We used the pool every day, the water temperature was a bit chilly in the morning, but felt a bit warmer in the afternoon! The pool bar does a lovely sangria too! We found it a great base for exploring the coast and nearby beaches, and the towns of Lagos and Alvor. Would definitely recommend and return to this resort!
Rushton Family, September 2019
Really lovely holiday, the site is great and caters for children so well. The site was reasonably quiet as we were out of the school holiday season so I do wonder how it would cope at full capacity because the pool area is quite small, but it was absolutely perfect for us. The staff were wonderful and very helpful. Breakfast was fantastic, more choice than we were expecting. The pool was very cold which was a shame because our little one kept getting very shivery after a short time but it was still lovely and very clean. The equipment and toys in the apartment were a game changer. Made it all so easy. We weren’t sure how fussed our 3.5 year old would be with it all but the toys really kept her occupied which meant we could relax and gave us all something different to talk about! The surrounding area is lovely and with a hire car you can easily drive to Lagos or Alvor within 20 minutes or Portimao within half hour. Would recommend a dolphin watching trip from Lagos, we went on a catamaran which was fine for a 3 year old.
Higman Family, September 2019
A perfect holiday and the villa was very well equipped both for the adults and our 2 year old grandson. The villa was very spacious and it was really beneficial to have breakfast included. You definitely need a car, but it is very easy to get around with big supermarkets about 10 minutes drive away. Would highly recommend the accommodation and the experience tots to travel offer - our grandson loved all the toys he had to play with.
Gaffney Family, September 2019
Another lovely time had on a Tots to Travel holiday... it’s just such an easy way to travel with our 3 year old son.
Chessis Family, September 2019
We really loved the baby pool - was perfect for our 3 year old to spend the day in. He also liked the play area and sand pits. The villas were really well equipped. They were lovely and clean. The staff at the pool were so helpful and polite. A really lovely place.
Luxton Family, September 2019
We had a wonderful holiday. The apartment was spotless and the facilities were great. We’d have loved to have had somewhere to walk to as the villas are quite isolated but if you’re happy to jump in the car to go out or just chill out by the pool all day, it’s perfect.
Taylor Family, September 2019
Fantastic, effortless break. Our 2 year old daughter loved it. Lots of things to keep her entertained. We got to spend some quality time together as a family and even got a chance to relax too!
Watkins Family, September 2019
Our Tots holiday was truly amazing! We were unsure about going away with 2 young children but it was better than we expected. The villa was spacious and clean. Our children felt at home and were so happy there! I was so relaxed there as we had everything we needed and the location was perfect. We will definitely be booking again for next year!
Macarthur Family, September 2019
We had a fantastic time at Vale da Ribeira made all the more amazing by the facilities available to us through Tots to Travel. I would certainly recommend booking through Tots to Travel if you have young children. They honestly think of everything. It made the holiday so relaxing for us as a family of 4 with 2 boys (5 and 3). Customer service was second to none.
Family stayed September 2019
A lovely relaxing break for the whole family. A beautiful setting and well equipped. Watch out - the pool is chilly!
Bharmal Family, September 2019
Perfect blend of B&B and flexibility of self catering . Good pool for kids.
Swartland Family, August 2019
Villa was perfect for us! Good size for a family of 4. Immaculately clean when we arrived with everything we needed ready and waiting for us. Toys kit was brilliant! Children loved it! Resort was the right size for us.....not overly big and as a result the kids all got to know each other. Note everything closes at 7.30pm but with small kids this was fine for us. Staff very helpful and friendly. Would definitely come back and longer next time. Thank you for a great family holiday.
Henry Family, August 2019
We had a fabulous time at Vale de Ribeira. The accommodation was wonderful and extremely toddler friendly. Facilities and staff were fantastic.
Davies Family, August 2019
Location and property stunning with great staff. Really felt safe. However, Vale Da Ribeira closes down at 7.30pm and tired parents don't always feel like cooking. It would be great if they opened the pool bar of an evening!
Ousby Family, August 2019
We had a fantastic time here and would definitely recommend it. Everything we could need was provided and the staff were very friendly. Some of the big stones the outside paths were made of were broken making it slightly unsafe in places but no faults apart from that
Gommersall Family, August 2019
We had a wonderful stay at Vale da Ribeira in August. The breakfast included at the pool bar was lovely and sociable, the kids pool (although a bit chilly!) and play area were fantastic, as were the books & toys in the villa. The villas are really spacious, clean and modern, and they have lovely little touches for the kids. The Tots Baby & Toddler Essential Kit is amazing and helps enormously with the packing! We also thought the location was fantastic - great views, and wonderful being near to Lagos and so many beautiful beaches. I'd definitely book through Tots to Travel again.
York Family, August 2019
Completely stress-free and relaxing holiday. Beautiful resort and excellent service from Tots to Travel which made our holiday easy and enjoyable for all of us.
Sutton Family, August 2019
We returned to Vale da Ribeira this year having spent our holiday there last year. The apartments were well equipped and comfortable and the pool area was great for the children.
Family stayed August 2019
We had the best time at Vale da Ribeira. My 6 year old and 14 month old loved our villa, especially the play area corner. The Tots essential kit was a huge hit for us as a family. Everyone at Vale da Ribeira Residences were so lovely and gracious, always ready to help. Thank you Tots to Travel for such a fantastic holiday.
Cash Family, July 2019
The apartment was fab! We were hoping it would live up to its pictures and it did that and more! Like a home away from home. Great toys and books and such a great sized apartment and balcony area! I was recommending Tots to Travel after day 1 of staying in the apartment!
Smith Family, July 2019
Lovely property and very child-friendly. Will definitely book again!
Williams Family, July 2019
Excellent accommodation with very helpful and pleasant staff. The villa was immaculate on arrival and we were able to exchange our beach towels several times during our stay. Peaceful location with great kids pool. Lots of toys for pool/beach and Vila...happy kids, happy mum & dad!
Hutchins Family, July 2019
We had a lovely holiday at the Vale da Ribeira. The resort was just what we wanted. Well located but away from the hustle and bustle, it was great for the kids and parents alike.
Southern Family, July 2019
Really enjoyed our holiday. The things we got and service we received meant we didn't have to worry about bringing anything. So surprised how good it is for families with children of all ages. Would definitely recommend this to everyone and we will be booking again 100%.
Berthinussen Family, July 2019
Delightful stay with Tots to Travel, loved the idea of breakfast being served at toddler level. All staff were extremely polite and were on hand to help whenever needed.
Robertson Family, July 2019
Fantastic property and service. Fully kitted out for children and relaxation. Loved the toy corner and the sand pit. WiFi was very slow which was a little disappointing.
Hall Family, July 2019
We have just got back from a fabulous holiday in Portugal with Tots to Travel. The villa was perfect. It was spacious, clean and had everything that we needed. The ‘essential kit’ was great. Our son loved the books and toys. The swimming pool and play park were fantastic. Wish we could have stayed for longer!
Ling Family, July 2019
We took our 4 year old and 6 month old away for 1 week - the first holiday without Grandparent’s help. And the staff and facilities at Vale De Ribeira could not have been any better. Our 4 year old loved all the toys, games and pool/poolside play area - which meant we could enjoy a few minutes of quiet time on the sun loungers. Tots to Travel ensure the facilities we extremely clean and well appointed.
Symons Family, July 2019
Great first holiday abroad with our 1 yr old. Pretty straightforward drive from Faro airport and then a really relaxing break. Our son loved the toys and the child safety features helped us chill out, as did having breakfast by the pool each day! Plenty to drive out to in the area and a great balcony to have evening meals and the Portuguese wind on.
Mackereth Family, July 2019
We had an amazing time on our holiday. The resort was perfect for us and our daughter loved every minute. It was nice to be surrounded by other families.
Lane Family, July 2019
We had a wonderful time at this resort. The apartment was very spacious, enough for our teen to comfortably sleep on a sofa bed in the living room. The accommodation was so clean and all essential kit was there as requested. Our 2 and 5 year old loved the toys in the apartment. The different toy trucks found on the path outside for guests to have on a daily basis was a good idea too. The breakfast was nice and plentiful and we loved the pool and the children loved the park. They also went to a couple of the Tots Playmaker sessions which they enjoyed. Staff were all so friendly too. We didn't need to pack an extra bag of toys, which was a bonus! We would definitely consider both the resort and yourselves for a future holiday.
Scovell Family, July 2019
Wonderful place to take a toddler on holiday. The villas were spacious, clean and well equipped. Lots of things to do in the surrounding area and a nice environment to just stay and relax.
Ashlee Family, June 2019
From the moment we arrived we were extremely impressed with our accommodation and the resort. The Apartment was really modern with all the mod cons and most importantly everything you need to entertain and keep an 18 month old safe. The resort itself is great for tots with a nice paddling pool, small climbing frame with slide and a larger pool for swimming. Breakfast is included and is served by the pool, there is also a small shop on site. The resort is ideally located 50 minutes from the airport, 15 minutes from the town of Lagos with a lovely large beach, restaurants and large supermarket. We can thoroughly recommend Tots to Travel and this resort and are already looking to book for next year.
Haddock Family, June 2019
The property was spacious, well set out and clean. Plenty of toys for kids and pool an ideal size. Loved the toys in the room and in the carts. So nice to be in a resort with kids same age as ours.
Arch Family, June 2019
Everything we had hoped for and more! And the best part was seeing our little boy so happy!
Mackie Family, June 2019
Holiday was perfect, Tots to Travel made it so enjoyable, they had thought of everything required for small children. Lots of toys to keep the children occupied, helping parents to relax!
Hooper Family, June 2019
This was a brilliant holiday. All the kit we needed and friendly and helpful staff. Villa was huge and very reasonably priced. Met some other nice families and just generally had a great time. We'll definitely be booking with Tots again.
Owen Family, June 2019
Our holiday with Tots to Travel was amazing! The kids were safe and kept entertained meaning we could be more relaxed having an enjoyable stress free holiday and I didn’t think a stress free holiday with kids was possible. The apartment was incredible, we didn’t go out much in the evening so it was important that we had a good base to relax.
Davie Family, June 2019
Everything was great. The accommodation is really spacious, clean and modern with toys and all equipment needed for kids. You definitely need a car as the location is remote, and the pool snack bar shuts early so we didn’t eat there, but those were the only drawbacks. Overall it was a great family holiday and we’d definitely recommend the resort and tots to travel
McKibbin Family, June 2019
When my daughter saw all the toys in the villa, she declared it “the best holiday ever”! It was perfect for what we wanted-the huge terrace, the quiet location, and all centred around the kids. If they’re happy, so too are the adults.
Family stayed June 2019
The villa was very well suited for children and had lots of quality toys and play equipment for kids. The toy wagons around the rest of the complex were also great. There are some beautiful beaches within a 25 minute drive, although the nearest in 10 mins away (Praia Meia). Downsides to the holiday: we didn’t have hot water in the evenings on about half the nights we were there and despite informing staff and promises being made to fix the problem, the issue recurred. We could definitely have done without this and it was really disappointing. Secondly, the main pool is unheated and is too cold for young children. You definitely need a car if you’re staying here (as the Tots websites states).
Mills Family, June 2019
We had a brilliant time! It was great value for money. We were very impressed with the the apartment, so clean and had everything we needed. The pool and play area is wonderful for kids and the staff were very friendly. The only negative would be not having a restaurant on the complex open in the evening.
Bell Family, May 2019
Great holiday. Suited our little boy fantastically. Only a couple of very very minor issues and a little bit of language barrier. Thoroughly recommended.
Family stayed May 2019
Fabulous, stress free holiday - couldn’t recommend Tots to Travel enough if holidaying with little ones.
Ferguson Family, May 2019
Where do I begin, the first impressions of us arriving was beautiful the entrance the apartments the pool etc, so much so the photos do not give it justice. The staff were amazing with the kids 4 and 19 month old. They were interactive with the kids and the kids felt comfortable with them. We were very sad to leave and my wife and I will be 100% booking again. If you haven’t booked Tots to Travel before don’t waste anymore time and get it booked! I can’t recommend it anymore because it was just amazing!
McNamee Family, May 2019
We had a perfect holiday at Vale da Ribeira. Accommodation was spacious and safe and (while rural) was perfectly located between Lagos and Portimao. Definitely a holiday where you want to be comfortable heading out in the car to get places which we are so we thoroughly enjoyed.
Doherty Family, May 2019
I really can't recommend Vale da Ribiera and Tots to Travel enough! We had such a brilliant family holiday. From the second we walked into our apartment and saw all the space we had aswell as the amazing kids corner we were in awe of the place and it just kept getting better. Every single thing you could need for travelling with children has been thought of right down to a comfy mattress in the travel cot. The decor of the apartment is clean, modern and tasteful, the beds are fabulous, the location is beautiful, the staff are so friendly and everything is focused on comfort for all the family. Tots to Travel offer a home-like experience but this was even better than home!
Family stayed, May 2019
Clean and well-kitted out apartments.- set in a lovely hillside location. The staff were very friendly and helpful. It’s about a 50 min motorway drive form Faro ( hire car recommended) . Lots of children’s toys in the pool area and books etc in the apartment. The essential kit had everything we needed. I recommend a bit of research into location of supermarkets and restaurants before you go ( pool bar/ food closed quite early). Great breakfast. .
Lipscombe Family, May 2019
We stayed in the second week of May for a week with a 4 year old and 9 month old. The apartment was fantastic; very clean and family friendly. You definitely don't need to take any toys or books as there were plenty! Pool area was lovely. Most families spent time around the pool in the afternoon when the water was a little warmer. Great selection of toys around the pool too. Breakfast served each morning had a good choice and the staff were very friendly. You definitely need to hire a car if you want to stay here. There was an excellent supermarket within a 10 minute drive as well as a beach. We went out on several day trips and this was a great base from which to go. I would stay here again.
Masters Family, May 2019
Lovely apartments, kids equipment is brilliant and the toys supplied kept them entertained. Toy wagons and fast free WiFi also fab. Breakfast included was great. Definitely need to hire a car as that makes it possible to explore the lovely beaches nearby. Lovely family holiday.
Webster Family, May 2019
Could not fault Tots to Travel customer service team and resort we stayed at - thank you for such an amazing holiday! Looking forward to travelling with Tots to Travel again - impressed at how you have thought of everything to make our stay such a fantastic one.
Harding Family, May 2019
Lovely setting away from the hustle and bustle. A car is definitely needed though.
Worgan Family, May 2019
An absolutely fantastic family holiday. The staff at the resort were fantastic and brilliant with the children, including our son that has food allergies. The apartment was amazing, so well equipped and lovely toys and set up. Loved home massive balcony! Wonderful pool and park. Couldn’t have asked for a better family holiday!
Family stayed April 2019
We had a very enjoyable stay here and loved every minute. The children loved all the toys and games that were available for them.
Jones Family, May 2019
Beautiful apartment and resort. A bit out of town which I didn’t mind but you definitely need a car. On site, the shop was not well stocked but the breakfast was excellent and plentiful. Everything was very clean and new including all the toys and baby equipment. Our daughter had a wonderful time playing by the pool with all the toys.
Anthony Family, October 2018
We had an amazing stay at Vale da Ribeira Residences. The villa was great and very spacious. All of the toddler kit was fantastic, great condition and kept our little one happy and safe.
Goodey Family, October 2018
Perfectly easy, carefree holiday. Everything we needed, nothing we didn't. The best family time.
Allen-Burt Family, August 2018
Really enjoyed our time at Ribeira, the villa’s and site was immaculate and felt luxurious. Staff were so helpful and friendly it really made the difference. Was very quiet when we went I’m guessing because it’s the first year, do wonder how the pool space will work when it’s busier. Had a list for children’s activities but didn’t really see anything going on although maybe that is because it was quiet. All in all a fab place would definitely go again.
Williams Family, August 2018
We loved every moment of our holiday in this lovely part of the world. The staff were excellent and couldn't do enough for us. A really friendly and family orientated resort. I would also recommend doing a shop at the supermarket in Lagos. Whilst the on site shop is fantastic there are understandably limited food choices both at the shop. I must reiterate again how brilliant the staff were and how gorgeous the residences were.
Sutton Family, August 2018
We’ve just returned from 2 weeks at Vale Da Ribeira and we enjoyed it so much we’ve already booked to go back next year. The location is great; it is very peaceful and off the beaten track yet it’s within easy reach of numerous beach resorts such as Alvor and Luz as well as the bigger towns of Portimao and Lagos. The waterparks are within half an hour’s drive and it’s an easy drive from Faro airport. We found the apartments themselves had everything we needed. They were very spacious and spotlessly clean. They were really well-equipped with everything we needed including a dishwasher and washing machine. The terrace was lovely and gave great views across the countryside towards the sea and the city lights of Lagos. The staff at Vale da Ribeira could not have been more helpful and welcoming and the activities they offered were great. The children were kept entertained during the day with mini-disco, junior archery and bowls and a swimming pool obstacle course. The pool and adjoining café were fabulous with a lovely location and great views. The children’s pool is right next to the adult pool as is the playground. Other than that the reception area has a grocery shop and café which are very useful for the occasional pastry treat or essential groceries when you arrive. So all in all we had a great holiday and can’t wait to go back next year!
Family stayed July 2018
The whole apartment was clean, fresh and spacious and could not fault it in any way. The pool was the perfect place to relax as well as being particularly child friendly with its graduated steps leading in to it and two shallower areas for our toddler to play. It was also surprisingly never too busy despite the number of apartments on site. Staff were helpful and friendly.
McMillen Family, July 2018
Having seen Tots to Travel on Facebook, and heard from our neighbours that they had booked and it sounded great, I took the plunge, called and booked a villa in Portugal on a complex that was just refurbished. From the moment we arrived, we felt so at home. I can honestly say I have not met such a lovely team and been so looked after as we were in Vale da Ribeira Residences in the Algarve. Our two bedroom villa was spacious, light, spotless and the only issue we had with our fridge was dealt with quickly and did not impact our trip. The wrap around balcony was amazing, the view spectacular and the entire experience just fabulous. I would not hesitate in going back! There is a small "shop" in the reception which was useful - mostly for the freshly cooked croissants every morning! It was not cheap, but it was useful. The pool was lovely, not deep so pretty good for the kids. Nice area. Pool bar not really used as we had beers and cold wine in our fridge! I have no complaints at all - we had a fabulous 2 weeks in Portugal and Vale da Ribeira was the ideal base from which to explore!!! LOVED IT.
Traxson Family, July 2018
A great family friendly resort with a lovely pool and well equipped apartments/ villas. Activities going on too if you want to take part in archery, baby disco, Zumba or aqua fit amongst others! Easy driving distance to some nice beaches and Lagos centre.
Pool protected by enclosed terrace separate to communal pool
|Double bedrooms||One (can be made in to twin)|
|Twin bedrooms||One (can be made in to double)|
|Single bedrooms||A sofa bed can be added for an additional cost|
|Bathrooms||One en suite shower room and one family bathroom|
|Living room||Open plan living and dining area|
|Nearest village/town||Odiaxere - 3.5 km|
|Nearest supermarket||Deli & small shop on resort, supermarket in Lagos 10km|
|Nearest A&E||Hospital Particular do Algarve (partnered private hospital) - 77 km|
|Nearest beach||Meia Praia beach - 7.7km|
|Nearest airport||Faro Airport - 78 km|
|Nearest restaurant||Poolside bar on resort|
|Babysitting||Can be booked in advance with an external agency|
|Swimming Towels available||Provided in your villa every 3 days|
|Internet access||Complimentary WiFi|
|Air Con or Cooling System||Air conditioning provided in your villa|
|Walking Distance to Village/Restaurant||Yes|
|Suitable for Multiples||Yes|
|Less than 1 hour from Nearest Airport||Yes|
|Air Con or Cooling System||Yes|
|Driving distance to beach||Yes|
|Non slip bath mat||Yes|
|Indoor toys and books||Yes|
|Food blender (hand held)||Yes|
|DVD player||No, as movies and children's channels are provided. These items are therefore excluded from the Essential Kit Guarantee at this property|
|Children's DVDs||No, as movies and children's channels are provided. These items are therefore excluded from the Essential Kit Guarantee at this property|
|Child's loo seat||Yes|
|Blackout blinds or curtains/shutters||Yes|
|UK satellite TV channels||Yes|
Tots Exclusive Experience two bed apartments have sleek interiors and fabulous views.
Single storey and super spacious with great outdoor space, our apartments are either ground or first floor. A floorplan is available to view in our image gallery. Inside you'll find:
All Tots apartments have fantastic private outdoor space for you to enjoy during your stay. We've kitted these out with all sorts of fun outdoor toys and games to ensure little holiday-makers are super happy.
On the ground floor an enclosed dining terrace opens on to a small lawned area while first floor apartments have a huge terrace and balcony. There are shaded spots, dining spots, relaxation areas and of course, plenty of space to play.
Shared parking is available close to the apartments.
You are only a short stroll from the main swimming pool and play area. To find out about all the facilities on offer, follow the link below.
Before booking, please read our Terms and Conditions.
Tots Playmaker Activities
Our Playmakers host a range of fun activities and games exclusively for Tots to Travel families. These parent accompanied sessions are free of charge and run throughout the year.
Babysitting is available with an external agency and can be arranged in advance with the resort.
Cleaning and linen change twice a week.
The swimming pools are not heated, therefore temperature will depend on prevailing weather conditions.
Check In and Check Out:
Check In from 16:00
Check Out by 11:00
It is strongly advised that you hire a car, however transfers can be arranged directly with the resort. Contact details will be provided when you book.
A security deposit of €250 is payable on arrival and will be returned at the end of your stay.
|Faro Airport||77 km, 50 minutes|
|Faro Airport||77 km, 50 minutes|
|Faro Airport||77 km, 50 minutes|
|Faro Airport||77 km, 50 minutes|
Early Booking Offer!
10% off your stay!
Applicable for stays between 01/04/2020 - 29/04/2020, 26/09/2020 - 29/12/2020 and 03/01/2021 - 09/04/2021. Minimum stay of 5 nights.
Offer end date: 30th September 2019
Promising the ultimate fun-in-the-sun experience, this fantastic resort has all the right ingredients for the perfect family holiday – there’s something for everyone!
Early Booking Discount!
Up to 15% off your stay
Applicable for stays between 01/11/2019 - 17/07/2020 and 31/08/2020 - 31/10/2020
Offer end date: 31st October 2019
There’s so much to love about this ground floor Aphrodite Hills apartment – a private garden, contemporary interiors and free kids’ club sessions included.
The ideal spot to savour the magic of time together as a family – discover play zones designed by us and flexible self-catering apartments perfectly suited to your needs.
Picture perfect family beach retreat, with incredible sea views and huge self-catering villas. A dreamy setting for a family escape in a beautiful part of the Algarve.
£85 per family, per night