'Casa dos Amigos' is a first floor apartment on the beautifully landscaped Sao Rafael complex in Sesmarias, approximately a ten minute drive from Albufeira Old Town.
It is spacious, airy and light. It has one double and one twin bedroom, an open-plan lounge/dining area with fireplace, sliding patio doors leading to the main balcony with lovely sea views, kitchen, bathroom with bath/shower, basin, WC and bidet.
We have a TV and we currently have access to Sky News and several other channels but not the UK main channels. It does have an HDMI cable attached to it so you can bring out your individual adaptor and watch SkyGo, Netflix, etc. through your iPhone or iPad or other android phone.
We have a DVD player and there are a small number of DVD's in the apartment. You can always take a few of your own to watch. We don't have many children's ones!
There is a CD player, microwave, fridge/freezer, cooker, washing machine, toaster, kettle, blender, cutlery & crockery, hairdryers, fans, cool boxes (and ice packs), etc.
All bed linen, tea-towels and bathroom towels are provided. We do have a small single and a thin small double mattress which can be used on the floors to sleep additional children, if necessary. Our sofa bed has been broken and is not in use at the moment! We also have a travel cot.
Electricity, gas and water included. Maid service (one mid-week visit) can be provided for a small additional charge. Beach towels are not provided.
Our apartment is privately owned and run and is not part of any large holiday company although we have listed it on HomeAway for the 17 years we have owned it.
Children are very welcome. Animals are not permitted.
It is a few minutes stroll from the un-spoilt coves of Sao Rafael with its beautiful sandy beaches (European Blue Flag) & cliff top walks. There are numerous other beaches within a short drive/taxi ride away.
Uber and local taxis are usually available within minutes.
Golf: The Algarve is one of Europe's premier golf areas boasting over 300 days of sunny weather - all year round.. There are currently over 25 golf courses in the space of 100 miles of coastline, all within one and a half hours' drive of Faro International Airport, with some in very close proximity to Sao Rafael. Salgados, a challenging links course and the nearest course to the apartment, is five minutes drive. Others range from the Palmares to the Pine Cliffs to Benamor, all characterised by the favourable weather conditions and the immaculately manicured fairways and greens, each course in the Algarve adds to the beauty of the Algarve being Portugal's premier golf region.
Car Hire & Taxis: Whilst car hire is not essential, it can be easily be arranged by yourself through the internet. We are happy to recommend the companies we currently use who offer very competitive rates . Local taxis are readily available and can also be pre-booked. Uber is new to The Algarve but has been a valuable asset to our guests in 2018.
The Algarve is a truly beautiful area and the use of a car will further allow you complete freedom to explore and enjoy both inland and coastal areas. The girls in the office at Sao Rafael are normally happy to book taxis for the cost of a phone call. You will find that they are very reasonably priced. It is sometimes cheaper to hire a car for the duration of your holiday, rather than hire taxis throughout, even though you may only use it to transport your party to and from the airport, the choice, however, is yours.
Sao Rafael Complex & Apartment: There is a staffed office within the complex - with a window overlooking the pool area. Swimming pool passes are to be collected, for all our guests, from this office. They are used in the high season between June-September. The girls in the office are lovely and are also able and happy to assist with the booking of taxis as mentioned previously, restaurant reservations, general enquiries about excursions, lost property, etc.
Any questions regarding our apartment are dealt with locally and we will give you a local telephone number to use whilst you are in Portugal. We can usually also be contacted back in England - my mobile number is 00 (44) 7956 971549. My landline number 9s 00 (44) 1753 883454.
We will require the telephone number which you will use whilst in Portugal so you can be contacted at all times if necessary.