Luxury apartment close to Santa Maria, Sal Island, Cape Verde
About Jeanette Brunton
I am married, aged 54, with an adult daughter, son in law and beautiful granddaughter, and a professional career. My husband and I have travelled all over the World and when looking for a holiday home to buy, we wanted somewhere that we could get to quickly, without any down-time due to jet lag, and with reasonably price flights. We love Portugal but as with many European countries, it is not pleasant in winter - we wanted somewhere we could visit at any time of the year and not have to worry about the weather. Cape Verde is constantly around 25 degrees, has long, sunny days, beautiful sunsets, warm and friendly locals, and a really laid back attitude to life. We first visited Cape Verde some 12 years ago and did some island hopping. All the islands are very different, rather like the Canary Islands, but we were enchanted by Sal.
Jeanette Brunton purchased this Apartment in 2006
Why Jeanette Brunton chose Santa Maria
It's easy to get to, the climate is fantastic, the locals are friendly and welcoming, the food is amazing, the beaches are fantastic, the sea is warm, it's paradise!
What makes this Apartment unique
The apartment is very well equipped and feels like a real home from home. Air conditioning is a blessing although there is usually a lovely breeze from the ocean and we enjoy sleeping with the window open instead. We travelled to Cape Verde many times whilst waiting for our apartment to be finished, and found that the standard of some of the local accommodation was very basic and left a lot to be desired. Vila Verde has been built to the more exacting European standards and so not only are the finish and furnishings far superior to elsewhere, but there are lifts, sprinklers, fire alarms, safety rails where needed, etc. The resort is ideally placed close to Santa Maria, but also in a peaceful location.
Pool / Spa
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
Another great stay
Another great holiday at Jeanette's apartment. The airport transfer went really smoothly and the apartment was once again spotlessly clean when we arrived. The welcome pack is such a huge bonus when you get there and was very much appreciated. The apartment has everything you could possibly need. This year we were able to take advantage of the fly screen it the bedroom. Neither of us like air con so at night when it was hot we were able to close the shutters and leave the window open with the fly screen down so we weren't bothered by any mozzies. The sofa on the balcony is also a great addition. We used the pool area practically everyday which is kept very clean and they are constantly cleaning the pool itself. There is a free bus into Santa Maria but we didn't use it this year as we enjoyed the walk into Santa Maria in the evenings and then got a taxi back. This is the second time at Jeanette's apartment and we have no doubt at all in our minds that should we go back to Sal in the future it will be Jeanette's apartment we will be looking to book.
Thank you for such a lovely review, we look forward to welcoming you to stay again.
A great apartment
The apartment was lovely, we enjoyed the book and dvd collection and the evening sun on the balcony.
The info Jeanette sent through about the apartment and island was really helpful and lizy gave us a great intro and top tips.
Thank you for taking the time to post a review, we all do our best to ensure you have a lovely holiday and so it is great to hear you enjoyed your stay.
Great location and value for money
This was our second time to Sal and we found the apartment absolutely great! Not only was it brilliant value for money but Jeanette has taken so much time to sort out all the little extra touches... We had a taxi driver waiting for us after getting through the airport and on arrival to Vila Verde we were met by Lizy who took us to the apartment and showed us around and explained the layout of the complex and where amenities were along with how to work the aircon etc. The nicest touch was the fact there was a welcome pack of food when we got there which supplied our breakfasts for the first couple of days! Jeanette had provided us with so much information about the facilities and Santa Maria that you couldn’t go wrong, she’s obviously taken a lot of time to go through anything you could possibly need to know about the island. There are shuttle passes should you need them meaning you can easily get to Ponta Preta and Santa Maria however we preferred to walk there. It was a nice touch that with the shuttle passes you can get free access to sunbeds on Ponta Preta outside Bo Beach Bar.
We hope to return to the island next November/December to take advantage of the gorgeous weather and this apartment will be top of our list to stay!!
Thank you, Fiona, for your wonderful feedback! We hope to welcome you to stay next winter.
Excellent spacious apartment 😊
The apartment is spacious, airy & well maintained & extremely clean. It's furnished to a high standard & there was a welcome pack on arrival. It had everything we needed - cooking facilities, washing machine, fridge/freezer, microwave, iron & ironing board etc. It's located a short drive from the airport & another short drive, or a 20 minute walk, to Santa Maria the main fishing town on the island. I would highly recommend the apartment & the owner was extremely helpful & approachable.
Thank you for your lovely review. I am so pleased you enjoyed your stay in Sal and also the apartment. We do our best to make it ‘home from home’ comforts. I hope you’ll consider us for your next visit to Santa Maria.
Perfect, sun instead of snow!
Large apartment, very clean, home from home - everything you need to be comfortable and to fully self cater if you want to. We’ve stayed at many ‘self catering’ apartments where there is not enough equipment to allow you to cater anything but a drink and cold breakfast. Not here, you could live here, there is everything from sieves to juicers, measuring jugs to Tupperware food containers, I won’t list everything but you could cook a 3 course meal and have everything you needed to cook and serve it. We loved that we could still watch our favourite TV programmes (we like Hawaii 5 0, NCIS, Bull, etc) whilst enjoying a takeaway pizza, if after a day sunbathing we didn’t want to be bothered cooking or going out for tea. A game of cards or connect 4 with a glass of wine on the balcony early evening was also great, the owners seem to have thought of everything from a range of DVDs to suit all ages and preferences, books, games, even cool bag and sun chairs so you can head off the beaten track with a picnic if you fancy it. I could go on and on, but suffice to say, an excellent quality apartment in a beautiful location, with an owner who obviously cares if her guests have the best holiday or not, and at a very reasonable rental price, we felt.
Perfect holiday in an excellent apartment!
From start to finish was a perfect holiday! Jeanette couldn't have been more helpful answering any queries very promptly prior to our holiday and provided us with excellent information.
On arrival we were met at the airport and taken to the apartment where we were then met by Lizy who was so friendly and helpful. She showed us everything we needed to know about the apartment and was always on hand for any queries.
The apartment was fantastically furnished and spotless, with everything we could have possibly needed. Beautiful pool, plenty of sun beds with a pool bar.
Regular shuttle bus into Santa Maria where there are beautiful beaches and plenty of good restaurants and ice cream parlour! Also plenty of taxis available to take you into town.
I was there with my daughter and felt perfectly safe day and night exploring the town, everyone was so friendly and welcoming.
Can't wait to return to the beautiful apartment and island!
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a lovely review. We hope to see you again soon! Jeanette
Special interest holidays:
Ideal location for keen surfers - wind, body, kite and paddle surfing are all popular pastimes. Annual windsurfing championships held here January/February each year. Also excellent for deep sea fishing, diving, snorkelling and sun bathing. Jazz and music festivals held May to August each year. Great base for island hopping for longer stay guests.
A steady 15 - 30 minute walk in either direction will bring you to a beach - in one direction a soft, powder sand beach for sun bathing and swimming, in the other a coarser beach for watching wind and sand surfing. A leisurely 20 - 30 minute walk brings you to Santa Maria's soft, white sand beach where you can swim, surf, arrange diving and deep sea fishing.
Sal's airport is 20 minutes away by taxi. Car hire is not needed as the area around the resort is level and easily accessible on foot or by bicycle. Taxi's are readily available and inexpensive. However, if you wish to arrange car hire Guest Services can arrange this for you or one of the agents in Santa Maria will be able to accomodate your needs.
The nearest town is Santa Maria, a leisurely and level 20-30 minute walk away. Further afield, Espargos is around 1 hour away and is the main commercial town on the island.
The Cape Verde islands are paradise found, marooned in the Atlantic ocean a little over 5 hours flying time from the UK. There are 10 very different islands with an excellent inter-island airline for those who'd like to stay a little longer than usual and do some island hopping. The beaches and climate mirror the Caribbean, but without the jet lag (there is only a 1 hour time difference) and no hurricane season! Lunar-like Sal is the most cosmopolitan island, dotted with small colourful towns, such as Santa Maria. Cobbled streets are lined with surf shops, rainbow painted shops, white churches, small and intimate restaurants, and amazing beaches flanking the turquoise sea. The temperature rarely dips below 25 degrees, so no need to worry about whether it will be warm enough, and the rainy season is usually a day in August! The locals are friendly and although their national language is a mixture of Portuguese and Creole, most speak enough English to make themselves understood. This is a laid back, chilled out place, where their mantra is "No Stress". It doesn't get much better than sitting in the sun, watching the local fisherman bring in their daily catch or some breathtaking surfing, with an ice-cold beer or fabulous cappuccino in hand..................wish you were here?