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Spacious air-conditioned apartment communal pool and close to beach

13 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Minimum Stay
7 nights


Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday apartment in Sesmarias - Spacious apartment

2 Bedrooms, 1 bathroom, sleeps up to 5 people free unlimited Wi-fi

This tastefully furnished, spacious, ground floor apartment is situated in a quiet cul-de-sac in the highly desirable Sao Rafael village and is set in several acres of mature tropical gardens with a large communal pool and separate children’s pool. The complex is a short walk from the wonderful Algarve coastline with easy beach access, and 5 minutes drive from Albufeira and about 20 minutes walk from the marina.

Just 35 minutes from Faro Airport, Sao Rafael is ideally placed to explore the beautiful beaches and many places of interest in the area.

Offering 2 generously proportioned,air-conditioned bedrooms, 1 with a double bed and the second with twin beds and space for a third, both have large built in wardrobes.

The lounge-dinning room has 2 comfortable sofas,coffee and lamp tables, LCD TV, fireplace, dinning table table and chairs,sliding doors to covered terrace with patio table and chairs.

Modern,well equpped kitchen, with generous fridge/freezer,halogen hob,combi microwave and washing machine etc.

All lined provided except pool/beach towels.

The property is very well maintained, newly decorated and stylishly furnished with the added benifit of free Wi-Fi and TV via broadband providing Uk programms and a vast choice of sport and film channels.

Parking is available adjacent to the apartment and it is just a few seconds walk from the communal pool.Having both hot and cool air con the property is suitable for long term stays in the cooler winter months and very attractive long term rates are offered for out of season bookings, from € 650 per month.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Steve Willsher
Member since: 2007
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
18 October, 2016
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About Steve Willsher

I re-located to the Algarve full time in October 2000.Having lived in west Cornwall for 16 years I was ready for a change and some sunshine! I run a boarding kennels and cattery near Faro and have very little free time but still enjoy meeting new people and ,of course their animals.

Steve Willsher purchased this apartment in 2004

Why Steve Willsher chose Albufeira

When I decided to buy another property I spent a long time looking at all areas around the Algarve.Areas west of Portimao I thought were too far from the airport,over an hours drive.So somewhere within a 45 min drive was essential.Albufeira is the most well known tourist area in the Algarve,but I did´nt want to been right in the middle of the town, close proximity to the beach was also important-if you have to drive there you also have to try and find a parking space! not always easy in August.

I found Sao Rafael by accident,a client of mine had a friend who wanted to sell his apartment so I went to look and bought it on the spot!

What makes this apartment unique

The condominium has the appearance of a small village, cobbled paths meander through the beautiful tropcal gardens,all the aparments are low-rise,none more than 3 floors there is plenty of green open space.It is a very tranquil and peaceful place to stay,when I do get the chance to get away and stay there for 2 or 3 days I feel like I have had a real break even though I live here. The apartment is very well proportioned all the rooms are spacious , it has the benifit of a seperate kitchen and a big covered terrace.The communal pool is huge and has lovely sun terraces and lawns around it and of course it´s just 5 mins walk from the superb Sao Rafael beach with it´s wonderfull rock formations.In all I think this condominium is one of the best in the Algarve.......I´ve yet to see one I prefer!


based on 13 holidaymaker reviews

Spacious air-conditioned apartment communal pool and close to beach
average rating of 4.6153846 based on 13 reviews

Brilliant! Great apartment!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful holiday with our two sons 10 and 15 years.The apartment was lovely, clean, and very comfortable.

The transfers were quick and easy with yellowfish taxis.

The area was perfect with plenty of bars and restaurants to visit, the lovely beach only a easy 5mins walk away, and the pool was always clean and well looked after. Plenty of places to visit, we went to Zoomarine which I thoroughly recommend. Shopping at the Mall, and a trip to Albrufeira old town. We used a taxi to get to these places, which you can get from the reception. Totally recommend this area and appartment. Thankyou very much Steve.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
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Fijn appartement op super locatie

  • 5 of 5

We hebben een fijne vakantie gehad in dit modern ingerichte appartement dat gelegen is op een supermooie locatie. Uit de drukte van Albufeira, maar als je de drukte op wil zoeken ben je er zo. Het strand van Sao Rafaël is prachtig en vanuit het appartement wandel je er binnen een paar minuten naartoe. Ook het zwembad is heerlijk om te vertoeven tijdens de warme dagen. Het contact met de eigenaar voor, tijdens en na de boeking was zeer prettig. We zijn goed geïnformeerd over zaken die we wilden weten. Ook fijn dat tijdens ons verblijf de bedden een keer werden verschoond en de handdoeken werden verwisseld. Voor de kinderen erg dijn dat WiFi aanwezig is in het appartement. Kortom, wij zijn zeer tevreden en raden dit appartement zeer aan. Steve, wellicht tot een volgende keer.

  • Review Submitted: May 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
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Very good holidays

  • 5 of 5

Wa had a very good week in this appartment, with our two little children. There iovate terrasse where we can eat and also a common garden , very nice. Swimming pool is one minute walking from the appartment, very secure for children (it'simpossible they fall into the swimming pool). There is also a "baby-swimmingpool ". Beach is near from the appartment, and there is a nice restaurant on the beach.

I was easy to communicate with steve before and during our holidays, and all description and indications about the appartment were exact.

  • Review Submitted: May 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
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Lovely large apartment - a home from home

  • 5 of 5

My mother and I have just returned from a fabulous holiday at Sao Rafael staying in this beautiful apartment. It was bigger than I expected, very comfortable and had everything you could possibly need... right down to the UK tv so we didnt miss our soaps while we were away.

It is a quiet resort and very well kept. Very close to the pool and just a 5 minute walk to the lovely sandy beach which we spent every day at. There was also a very friendly restaurant close to the beach, which overlooked the sea from the terrace.

We walked into the town of Albufiera most days - a 35 to 40 minute walk, which took you past the marina... if you didnt fancy walking then a taxi was only about 6 euros each way.

Steve was brilliant from the offset and extremely quick to reply to all my emails - very helpful indeed. I would definitely recommend this apartment for anyone wishing to visit this region.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 2, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very nice apartment in a beautifull area

  • 4 of 5

A very comfortable apartment in an very well kept complex with lovely well tended gardens.

The apartment is very complete with a well equiped kitchen, we didn't realy miss anything. Note that when you are al tall person you will probably not fit in the double bed. The single beds are of normal length.and are a good alternative.

A 5 minute walk to one of the most beautifull beaches of the Algarve, with a nice restaurant were you can eat a good meal for a fair price. Good coffee, great Mojito!

We enjoyed the swimmingpool, although it was very busy during our stay. Nice to have a pool-superviser otherwise many sunbeds would have been reserved without being used.

A short taxi ride takes you everywhere you like to go in the area. People are nice, most of them speak Englisch. A very enjoyable stay!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 25, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
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Great Base

  • 4 of 5

I travelled with my husband, my 22 month old son and my Mum who has mobility issues. This was a great base for us & filled all our requirements. We didn't have a car & still were able to get out & about.

The apartment itself had wifi which we could use for our tablets & phones & this wifi also powered the satellite TV

The facilities were great. A HDMI port on the TV to allow us to connect our tablet to the TV, a DVD player & a well stocked (book) library. There was also some boardgames, 2 beach umbrellas & a beach tent. And also some bats & balls!

The kitchen had lots of utensils & crockery - including some BBQ tools & a number of storage tubs which were useful to take a home-made lunch out when we were going out for the day.

Double bed was quite squeaky but apart from that was fine. The single beds were great and low to the ground which was good for my 2 year old who likes a bed. A cotbed was also available.

Facilities within Grounds:

There was (unreliable) wifi round the pool area - you need a code.

The pool/baby pool were lovely and really quiet - no need to reserve sunbeds! There was toilets with showers & changing areas & a vending machine for juice/ water.

It was a real shame that the Snack bar / Restaurant Bar were not open - but this is not Steve's fault. We spoke to the Manager who indicated that they hoped to open it by September as a Portuguese Tapas Bar.

The Receptionists in the reception area would call a taxi for you but charged you a Euro for the privilege - we ended going across the the CS Atlantic and ordering a taxi when we needed to.

The Receptionist did provide some limited information on the area. But I found the receptionist at Hotel Maritus (at the top of hill) much more helpful (We went in there to buy Zoo Marine tickets).

General Area:

Nice and Quiet.

1 small supermarket, 3 restaurants, 2 bar/snack bars 3 hotels (with additional restaurants/bars) within walking distance.

1 restaurant (Pria Grande) is to the right towards the beach & up a small hill - our favourite restaurant!

1 hotel across the road (CS Atlantic - bar meals were reasonable but didn't check out other restaurant)

1 hotel at top of hill (Hotel Maritur)

The other restaurants, the 3rd hotel and supermarket are up the hill and to the left at the T junction.

Taxi Fares (1 Way):

To Marina - 4.5E

To Old Town - 6E

To Lidl/Aldi - 7E

To Old Town (Far End) - 8E

To Continental Supermarket (like Tesco) - 8E

To Strip - 9E

To Zoo Marine - 14.5E

  • Review Submitted: May 15, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
8 Kilometres
A22 exit 13
Nearest Beach
250 Metres
Car: not necessary


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Sesmarias, Albufeira

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
27 Sep 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Nov 2016 - 17 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Apr 2017 - 29 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
late spring
30 Apr 2017 - 27 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
pre summer
28 May 2017 - 17 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
18 Jun 2017 - 15 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
high season
16 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
late summer
3 Sep 2017 - 24 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
25 Sep 2017 - 28 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
29 Oct 2017 - 10 Mar 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

25% deposit payable on booking and balance payable 28 day´s before holiday.
Part week bookings are available ,please contact me for more information.
Long term winter let( minimum of 1 month stay ) from € 650, this price includes water and electricity but not weekly maid service.Ample linen and towels are provided and the is a washing machine and vacuum cleaner.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Sesmarias in Algarve

Property Type:
  • apartment (semi-detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 90 m²
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • resort
  • town
  • Family
  • Holiday Complex
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Safe
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Newly refurbished with large walk-in shower, vanitory unit with storage below and mirror above,W:C,heated towel rail,shaver point.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 1: double bed, bed side tables, table lamps large wall mirror,built-in triple wardrobe, large chest of drawers,chair . Air con. Bedroom 2: twin beds, chest of drawers, built-in double wardrobe and dressing table,chair and stool,wall mirror bedside lamps. Air con. (1fold up single bed is available if required).
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Game Room ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • bay
  • marina
  • naturist beach
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Kitchen: Newly fitted units, electric hob, fridge-freezer, washing machine, microwave combination oven with grill, kettle and toaster, breakfast bar and stools. Living room. Bright spacious room with corner fireplace , 2 comfortable black leather sofas,side table coffee table and table lamps.dining suite .TV via broadband and wi fi with English programs DVD player. PortugueseT.V. Patio door’s to south facing terrace with table and 6 chairs, access to garden.

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