|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
This luxury 4 bedroom villa is located in the peaceful area of São Rafael, which is a short distance west of Albufeira. It is within easy walking distance of the lovely sandy beach at Praia do São Rafael and there is a fabulous choice of other beaches and coves nearby.
The villa offers beautiful décor with quality furniture and fittings throughout, all chosen with impeccable taste. All home comforts are here including air conditioning, heating, wi-fi and settees that you can sink into.
The huge open plan lounge/dining area has big comfortable sofas with a large flat screen TV. The dining area has a long marble dining table and 8 chairs. Both the dining and lounge area open out onto a terrace overlooking the pool.
There are two en-suite double bedrooms and two twin bedrooms. All have balconies. One en-suite is on the ground floor and has doors opening out onto a west facing terrace. The bathroom has a hydro massage shower, wc, bidet and sink. The second en-suite is on the first floor and this bedroom has a large balcony with views towards the sea. There is a separate dressing area which leads into the luxurious bathroom with corner bath, separate hydro massage shower, double basins, wc and bidet. Both twin bedrooms are on the first floor and they share a bathroom with bath/shower, an additional separate walk in shower, double basins and a wc.
There are two other bathrooms - one on the ground floor with a WC and sink and the other in the basement with a WC, sink and shower.
The kitchen is large, modern and fully equipped including a large American style fridge with ice maker. The kitchen opens out onto a south and east facing terrace ideal for al fresco dining. A separate utility room houses a washing machine, tumble dryer and ironing facilities.
The basement doubles as a garage and a games room offering a pool table, table football, table tennis table and a dart board.
Outside there is a private pool (10m x 3m) in a south facing position, a decked relaxation area, shower, grassed areas with borders of shrubs, barbecue area with charcoal barbecue, sink and stone table. Sun beds are provided and there is outside dining furniture on the kitchen terrace.
There is a large gated driveway with plenty of parking, as well as in the garage.
Free wifi is provided. The TV system includes UK channels, sports channels and more. For English speaking guests there is a full UK TV package including most sports channels. For Portuguese speaking guests there is a MEO TV package.
Maid service is twice a week. Towels and Linen are provided. Towels are changed twice a week and linen once a week. Beach towels are provided.
Access to the villa on your day of arrival is normally 3.30 pm and on your day of departure you are asked to depart by 10.30 am. However we do try to accommodate our clients according to their flight times and if this is possible we will do so.
Getting Around: A car is not necessary for this location as beaches, restaurants and bars are within easy walking distance.
If you wish to go to water parks, then the parks provide buses and the collection point is a short walk. Excursion buses will also collect you from the same point.
Taxis are reasonably priced and in addition to the municipal taxis there are private hire taxis who are familiar with the villa - these must be pre-booked.
There are buses to take you to Albufeira and local beaches such as Gale (if you don't fancy walking). The bus stop is a short walk away.
For the more energetic, bike hire is an option and bikes can be delivered to the villa.
This is a fabulous villa in a fantastic location and a great place for a self-catering family holiday.
Villa was excellent Tony and Jackie were excellent when we arrived and all info needed was in info book
This was our fifth annual holiday in this villa and it just gets more fabulous every year. We are a large family of twelve (6 adults, 6 children) and the villa offers so much for everybody. The children's ages have ranged from babies and the oldest this year were eleven and the kids always have such fun, we have a job getting them out of the villa for trips to the beach!
The games room is cavernous and really well equipped, the pool is beautiful and perfectly placed for adults to combine sunbathing with pool watch when the kids are splashing!
The whole villa is beautifully presented and well stocked, you are never short of anything.
The info pack in the house gives you a host of places to visit but we would recommend the ponta grande hotel - two minutes walk - for a nice meal and a drink out. The beach at sau rafeal is lovely and walking distance and the fish restaurant on the way to the beach (Praia grande) is well worth a trip.
São Rafael is an excellent location for those who want a peaceful holiday near to the ocean, whilst being within easy reach of all amenities. Located just 3-4 kilometres west of Albufeira, Sáo Rafael is situated in an area with a stunning coastline adorned with some of the most beautiful beaches and coves in Portugal. The nearest beach to the villa is Praia do São Rafael, only a 5 minute walk away. Praia dos Arrifes is about 15 as is Praia da Coelha. Others in the area include Castelo, Evaristo, Lourenco and Galé. In between these, you will come across small coves only accessible on foot. All of the named beaches have excellent restaurants and sunbeds for hire. Galé and São Rafael also offer water sports. The coastline is beautiful for cliff top walking and for keen beach walkers there is a long, flat sandy beach between Galé and Armação de Pêra which takes just under an hour.
Within walking distance of the villa there some excellent restaurants and bars and a wider selection within a few minutes’ drive. Albufeira Marina is also only a few minutes by taxi or about a 20 minute walk and Albufeira itself is just a few minutes further on where you are spoilt for choice.
Shops: There is a local mini market and a small supermarket within an easy walk of the villa. Both stock supplies for your everyday needs. There are other supermarkets within a couple of minutes’ drive. For larger supermarkets you can either drive into the centre of Albufeira (7 or 8 mins) or go to 'Algarve Shopping' which is a shopping mall with a big supermarket, designer shops, gift shops, etc. Here you will also find an 8 screen cinema (many of the films are in English) and a food hall. This is about a 10 minute drive. For general shopping Albufeira Old Town offers a good choice of tourist and gift shops and there is a daily street market during the summer months. There are shopping malls at 'Algarve Shopping' and also at 'Albufeira Shopping' in the centre of Albufeira.
Albufeira Marina is only a few minutes’ drive where you can pick up many water borne sports including dolphin watching, sailing, boat and fishing trips, diving, jet skiing and more. It is also a pleasant place for a stroll or to enjoy a drink or meal on the decked promenade overlooking the Marina.
Activities: The Algarve is a fantastic place for outdoor pursuits and the villa is within easy reach of many including water sports at the various beaches in the area, water borne trips from the Marina, cycling, tennis, safari trips, quad biking, go-karting, diving, bird watching or simply walking along the beautiful coastline and along the long, sandy beaches.
Water Parks: There are some good water parks within an easy drive including Zoomarine (where you can also swim with the dolphins), AquaLand, Slide and Splash and Aquashow.
Spas: If you like to be pampered there are a number of excellent spas in the area, the nearest being just over a 5 minute walk away at the São Rafael Atlantic Hotel or the CS São Rafael Suite.
Golf: Golf is never far away from wherever you stay on the Algarve. The nearest course to the villa is at Salgados, an 18 hole links course which is approximately a 5 minute drive. Within a 15 minute drive are the two newer courses at Alcantarilha - Oceânico Faldo and Oceânico O'Connor and in the opposite direction the 9 holes courses at Balaia and Pinecliffs. Courses within a 30 minute drive include the 6 courses at Vilamoura and heading west those at Gramacho, Pinta, Morgado, Silves and Penina.
Wine Tours: The Algarve now produces some excellent wines, the most famous coming from Sir Cliff Richard’s vineyards at Guia, only 10 minutes away. Wine tours are held there, as well as the other vineyards of the Algarve.
Sightseeing: If you do not have a car there are numerous sightseeing excursions available and there is a collection point a few minutes’ walk from the house for these trips. If you have a car then we would thoroughly recommend a few days out enjoying all that the Algarve has to offer. It is perfectly placed to drive either east to Faro, and beyond and even into Spain, which is only 1 hour; or west to Lagos, Sagres and Cap St Vincent (the furthest point west) which is about 1.5 hours. The drive up the far west coast of the Algarve heading north to the Alentejo is particularly spectacular with its rugged coastline and beautiful beaches and makes a great day out. Inland also offers some wonderful sightseeing opportunities such as Monchique and Foia, the highest point of the Algarve offering panoramic views to all directions of the Algarve. The drive up is beautiful and it is well worth stopping on the way up or down at one of the restaurants to sample the local cuisine and saviour the breathtaking views.
A car is not essential for this location but if you do wish to explore a little then we recommend hiring a car even for part of your stay.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£400|