We stayed at Hotel Rural Vale Do Rio for the first half of our honeymoon and it was just perfect. The hotel is on a large and well-maintained site but the hotel itself is small - just 29 rooms. This makes it a very special and exclusive experience. The staff knew who we were without us having to quote our room number all the time. The hotel is in a very rural location and it is absolutely peaceful here - perfect if you just want to relax and get away from it all. The room was extremely well presented and comfortable with a great shower room (best shower we have ever used!) and a nice balcony. The breakfasts were amazing and for just a few euros tray charge you can have a full breakfast delivered to your room. All the staff were exceedingly polite and respectful but also friendly. Our flight was late and we didn't arrive until nearly 3am (having let the hotel know we'd be late arriving), and then didn't emerge from our room until 4pm the next day, and no-one turned a hair! We were the only English couple staying here but the majority of staff spoke reasonable English. The onsite indoor pool is lovely and leads onto a nice outdoor space with sunbeds for relaxing. We also had a massage in the spa which was excellent. The onsite restaurant was superb - the first meal we had here was without doubt one of the best meals I have ever eaten - and the service in the restaurant was also utterly first class. There is ample parking on the hotel site.
Pros: The owners could have developed a much larger hotel on this site but they have chosen to keep it small and select. Being here felt very special.
Cons: We hired some bikes from the hotel and they weren't ideal - seat heights couldn't be altered and brakes felt soft on my bike.
Location: There is a not a lot to do in this area so this hotel is best for those who are looking to get away from it all and are happy to just chill out.