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Villa Azul, Santa Cruz

Bedrooms 2
Space 2,045 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 1 - 5 nights


About the property

Spacious, modern villa with spectacular views. Ideal base to explore the island.

Fully licensed as tourist accommodation, Villa Azul is one of just three buildings situated at Quintinha au Sol - there are two newly built and privately let villas together with the central restored “Quinta” belonging to the owners. Villa Azul is the slightly smaller two bedroom/two bathroom villa, slightly elevated so quite private with fantastic views of the Desertas Islands in the distance. All the villas have their own private space – so you don’t really see anybody else. The villa is equipped with everything you need for a comfortable stay, including heating, air conditioning, cable TV and free Wi-Fi. The kitchen is fully equipped and includes a dishwasher and a washing machine. Lounge doors open directly onto a south-facing balcony that surrounds two sides of the villa, with fantastic views to both Ponto da Sao Lorenco and the Desertas Islands. The villa enjoys sunshine all day.

Quintinha au Sol is in the village of Gaula which is about 300 metres directly above Santa Cruz and less than ten minutes from the airport. There are spectacular ocean views through 180 degrees and rural mountain views inland. Very often, on clear days, the neighbouring island of Porto Santo can be seen over and beyond Ponta Sao Lorenco, which is the eastern tip of the island. Gaula is only twenty minutes from the centre of Funchal. Villa Azul provide a perfect base to explore the island – and there is a tremendous variety of things to do – from lounging on the beach to walking along the levadas, playing golf, discovering the old-town in Funchal, visiting the high mountains. It is a quiet and peaceful location but at the same time you are on the motorway within a few minutes (with the capital Funchal only 15 minutes away) and the local village (Santa Cruz) just 5 minutes. The perfect sandy beach at Machico is less than 10 minutes (with yet more good restaurants and cafes).

Villa Azul is licensed for tourism under the strictly-regulated Madeiran 'Alojemente Locale' scheme (AL). The scheme requires holiday villas to conform to the highest safety, quality, service and insurance standards. For example, in the interests of safety, the villas only have electric equipment; there are no gas appliances. Mosquito nets are fitted to all bedroom windows. There is a WiFi internet connection and Satellite TV with 200+ channels

More Details

Property Manager
Madeira Direct
Member since: 2009
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, Spanish, Portuguese
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
13 July, 2018

About Madeira Direct

Madeira Island Direct have been managing holiday rental properties on the island of Madeira since 2006. We only look after apartments that meet the most exacting standards - most of which we have looked after on behalf of private owners for a number of years.

Madeira Direct purchased this villa in 2010

Why Madeira Direct chose Gaula

Modern and comfortable villa situated in an elevated position with the most dramatic of views. Spacious and fully equipped as a base for exploring the island.

What makes this villa unique

The views from the south-facing, sunny balconies


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Gaula in Municipality of Santa Cruz

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2045 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • beach
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • resort
  • rural
  • village
  • waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Holiday Complex
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • House bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
    En-suite bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Twin bedroom - 2 Single Bed
    Master bedroom (en suite), with private balcony - 1 Double Bed
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Veranda
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(22 traveller reviews)

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Villa Azul, Santa Cruz
average rating of 4.681818 based on 22 reviews
Tierra Verde, FL

The view was great and the drive up and down the mountain were thrilling. The apartment great.

  • 4 of 5

The kitchen had everything we needed. We had dinner in each night. All appliances worked easily. The bathrooms were very large. We did have to wait between showers for hot water. Never let your wife go first. LOL. The mattresses do need to be replaced. The springs could be felt through the mattresses. We even tried the single beds. My wife is only 115 lbs and she felt the springs. I tried sleeping on pillows, it did not work out. The TV worked great and had English stations. Very pleased. I would stay there again,, good location.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Strange that you had to wait between showers - there is a large hot water tank which has been known to accommodate a family of four without any problems? Will check into this though. Mattresses - I am afraid that they are pretty much brand new - we have the same complaint regularly across other properties on the island - all of the mattresses here are very hard here. We are now introducing "mattress toppers" from the UK to compensate for this. No idea why it should be the case compared to the UK - a brand new mattress is just as hard.
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Great base for touring the island

  • 5 of 5

Everything was well presented when we arrived, and the housekeeper very friendly and informative. There was nothing missing in the villa, which was exactly the same as your advert.

The views were simply amazing (we had great weather) and from this location we were able to explore the whole island in just one week. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such positive feedback - it is a great location and the views are amazing.
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Amazing Views

  • 5 of 5

Like other guests we will never forget the views out to the end of the island from this villa. Everything was very clean and well presented and the housekeeper Maria is a delight. Everything is is the same as the advert. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such a positive feedback.
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Excellent value

  • 5 of 5

The villa was meticulously prepared and the housekeeper who met us was very friendly (her husband is a taxi-driver). Communication with the agent prior to arriving was very thorough - so we had directions to the nearest supermarkets and so on. One of the restaurants we planned to visit had closed, which was disappointing, but there are lots of others around.

When you divide the cost by the four of us I think it worked out at a tenth of the cost of staying in a hotel and we had lots of space, bathrooms etc The views from the villa are memorable, and we are planning on returning next year.

  • Review Submitted: 29-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We look forward to seeing you again!
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Well-positioned property for walkers and sightseeing

  • 4 of 5

The property was immaculately clean on our arrival and the collection of keys was a smooth operation.

Maria (who greeted us) was lovely and very helpful.

Overall the property was ideal for our needs (proximity to the main roads to the mountains and main artery roads).

The property would benefit from the addition of a Nespresso type coffee machine (I missed the proper cup of coffee experience with my breakfast!!)

Highly recommended, and would be happy stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the recommendation!
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Unforgettable views

  • 5 of 5

Very well presented villa at a very affordable price. Everything exactly as per the ad. Brilliant views o the Desertas Islands and out and the eastern peninsula. Lovely little village of Santa Cruz is only a few minutes away with lots of good cafes and restaurants and a nice seafront. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Santa Cruz is a charming seaside village that is unspoilt by development.
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Nearest Airport
5 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Lots of choice
Nearest Golf
5 Kilometres
Santo da Serra
Nearest Motorway
2 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Lots of choice
Nearest Beach
3 Kilometres
Santa Cruz
Car: recommended


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Gaula, Madeira

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Summer 2018
1 Jun 2018 - 24 Sep 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £7 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Cleaning charge £22.08

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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