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We booked our apartment for 5 weeks from end of September into November 2018. It was a 2 bed, 2 bathroom apartment on the ground floor with an underground parking space which was very easy to get into but a little harder to get out of!! The apartment was spotlessly clean on our arrival and was pleasantly well equipped - a hand blender was a nice surprise. No juicer, no cheese grater and no hairdryer, but most other things supplied. Despite a super modern smart TV, there was no UK TV and internet was via a mobile dongle which was fine for emails, social media etc but we didn't feel able to stream much. We had driven to Portugal so had brought quite a few extras ourselves to make the place a little more homely. There is only one wardrobe available as the other is kept locked. It was fine for just two of us but when we had friends to stay space was a bit tight. The apartment has a nice little terrace and a small garden of its own (a strimmer is supplied to cut the grass - as we were there for 5 weeks that was necessary!) and you just walk down a path to the beautiful pool. The gardens are kept very tidy and the pool is crystal clear. It's a funny system with sunbeds - each apartment supplies its own. We had four on the terrace and had to carry them to the pool to use them. Lots of people leave the beds around the pool so it does look a little untidy despite notices around the pool not to do so. Luckily it was not far for us to carry them and we left them at the pool for the duration of our stay as it was not a busy time of year. Not sure what it would be like in August! At our time of the year, a large pine tree took a lot of our morning sun (the apartment faces east so only gets sun in the morning) this would not be an issue in the summer but was rather a disappointment for us. We loved the position of the apartment, so close to some great budget restaurants in Olhas and about a 15 minute walk to Maria Luisa beach. If you're a golfer, you can walk across the road to a 9 hole golf course and also a bowling green. It is exactly 1km to a good Intermarche supermarket, and lots of buses run from just a few hundred metres away. Lots of positives though and the actual apartment was great. Quite a number of residents live there permanently and were really friendly and helpful; finally, the apartment manager Sergio is very efficient, pleasant and always on the end of an email or phone if necessary.
We had a great week, my granddaughter loved the treehouse and garden. The villa had everything we needed. Plenty of towels and equipment in the kitchen. The pool, cafe and small shop on site were an added bonus. The location for the beach, supermarkets, restaurants and shops was ideal. We also did day trips to zoo marine and slide and splash which were great despite it being the end of the season. We recommend this villa we had a great holiday.