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Villa Azul, Santa Cruz

10 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 nights

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Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday villa in Gaula - Villa Azul

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
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Property Manager
Madeira Island Direct
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, French, Spanish, Portuguese
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
16 October, 2016
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About Madeira Island 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 Island Direct purchased this villa in 2010

Why Madeira Island Direct chose Santa Cruz

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


based on 10 holidaymaker reviews

Villa Azul, Santa Cruz
average rating of 4.9 based on 10 reviews

Fantastic views

  • 5 of 5

A car is a must here - we used the villa as a base for exploring the island, and also because it is near the two golf courses. The villa is modern and well prepared - spotless when we arrived. Everything is as the advert claims and the photos are accurate.

What is truly memorable are the views from this elevation - they draw you outside all the time, and the conditions were always clear, so you can see right out to the headland at the eastern end of the island, as well as the Desertas Islands straight ahead.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted you enjoyed your stay - and, yes, the views are amazing!
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  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Villa Azul 26th June -10th July it is lovely & great views ,it has everything you could wish for

& a well equipped kitchen.

Spacious rooms & comfy furniture ,it really is home from home.

We have stayed at properties before through homeaway but this is the best for it's comfort,views it's quiet

location but handy for the motorway we toured all the island it's beautiful views we'll never forget.

Best of all are it's hosts Margaret & Mervyn a very helpful & delightful couple who made us feel welcome &

at home from the moment we arrived & until we left, nothing was to much trouble for them .

They have a housekeeper Maria who is lovely & Peter Marsland the agent is always upto date with emails

ask a question & it's answered asap.

We rang him when we arrived in Madeira & he rang them to let them know we were on our way.

Thank You Margaret & Mervyn for making our stay in your Fantastic Villa so memorable

Hope you have a lovely summer

Best Wishes to you both From Dorothy & Andrew

Warrington England.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Views to die for!

  • 5 of 5

Really comfortable and spacious villa, very clean and well presented. The views from the village of Gaula are amazing taking in the peninsula beyond the airport - Ponta da Sao Lorenco (hope I've spelt that right) and the Desertas Islands. Really highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great villa at a great price

  • 5 of 5

A lovely 2 bedroom (3 bathroom!) villa, nice and spacious, and very clean. Very quiet area on the hillside, beautiful sunrises over the sea from the large balcony. Also get a bird's eye view of the airport (only 15 minutes away in the car), and the planes landing - interesting to watch, but not too many through the day.

Funchal is about 25 minutes away in the car - would highly recommend the many beautiful botanical gardens in and around the city, and taking the cable car up to Monte (where there is also a garden).

Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Pleased you enjoyed your stays. It is important to note that there is rarely any noise from the airport - only when planes "stack" in bad weather. Normally it is completely silent, but quite addictive watching what appear as "toy" planes coming and going every now and again. Thanks for the recommendation!
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No criticisms at all!

  • 5 of 5

Very well designed and presented villa with great views. Only a few years old and contained everything we needed. The housekeeper Maria was a great help. Just wish we were back there now soaking up the sunshine instead of the rain!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
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Owner's Response: We are delighted you enjoyed your stay!.
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Fantastic views

  • 5 of 5

We were initially a little concerned at being a little off the beaten track, but delighted we chose this villa. It was actually quite easy to get anywhere on the island as the main motorway was just five minutes away. Love the little seaside village of Santa Cruz which was also nearby. Lots of cafes and restaurants on the same hillside - all good food and a fraction of the price in Funchal. The villa was perfect - very clean, and the housekeeper very helpful, but it is the fantastic views that we will all remember!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 16, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for such a positive response! The views are breathtaking, and Santa Cruz is a charming little town with lots of facilities - and only a short drive away.
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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


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Gaula, Santa Cruz

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Late summer 2016
27 Sep 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £6 per night, per additional guest
Autumn 2016
1 Nov 2016 - 18 Dec 2016
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £6 per night, per additional guest

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Gaula in Madeira

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 200 m²
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
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine
  • 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
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • 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

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