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Ruth and Brian
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About Ruth and Brian
Ruth and Brian met and fell in love and married in 2006, and in 2007 we went to Armona Island and fell in love all over again. We have not seen anywhere that offers such an easy going lifestyle combined with so much sun and good food and beach! We go to Armona four or five times a year, and enjoy meeting our friends (every visit we add a few more). Summer is very popular and always books quickly, but we really enjoy out of season. Even in winter we sunbath in our lovely beach garden, which is very sheltered and acts as a sun trap. Time on Armona goes at a very different pace - usually we find by the end of the day we have been to at least two of the beaches, walked to the ferry terminal and the Atlantic, and either stocked up at a local shop or visited Olhao to enjoy the shops and the market. We have found the night sky in Armona is so clear, so even after the barbeque is dying down we like to stroll along the path, go visit friends, or just watch the very last hints of sunset, when the sky can change colours for hours before night really starts. In the summer, you can find us at the Atlantic beach bar, dancing to the music and have a caipirinha or two under the stars. By November we have prepared the house for Winter, all ready for another year of fun starting with visitors for Christmas and New Years.
Ruth and Brian purchased this Villa in 2007
Why Ruth and Brian chose Municipality of Olhão
Our villa is right in the heart of Armona Island - easy access to the ferry terminal, the bars and restaurants, and just a few metres away are the beaches. Because we have 4 bedrooms, our villa is popular with families (2 couples with kids, or grandparents, parents, and grandchildren). We looked at a lot of houses on Armona, but our villa was the only one which was truly dual aspect. The first rays of the sun fall into the front terrace, so that is a great place for your first cup of tea or coffee. Half of the terrace is covered, so that is where we usually enjoy our lunch. Half our crowd love the sun, the other half don't, so our 3 tables are perfect because we set them where everyone gets the sun or shade they need. Afternoons, the sun lands on our beach garden. This enclosed sandy area is great for children all year (a lovely mimosa tree provides partial shade). We watch the sun go down here, and also eat lunch here in winter as it is the perfect sun trap. Evening meals are back on the terrace - everyone is too tired to want any more sun for a few hours at least! The outdoor kitchen and barbeque means the whole family (families) can be together for the last meal of the day. Finally, we have kept the best of Portuguese style and colour, but replaced the beds, and bought leather furniture for the dining chairs and living room. The beds all have lovely memory foam toppers, so we get a peaceful nights sleep, with a cooling fan in each bedroom and the main living area for when the Armona sun really has been working hard all day.
What makes this Villa unique
Apart from the dual aspect (perfect mornings, perfect evenings) mentioned in Why This Property, we would love our guests to also know that: Armona Island has one long main path, and our house is just a few blocks off the path. This makes the house quieter, as it sits between the laguna beach and the main path. The nearest shop is just 40 metres away, next to the playground. They have just expanded the shop, and now sell fish and meat as well as beer, wine, fresh fruit and vegetables. We provide clean bed linen and towels and a little welcome pack of coffee, tea, milk, water, toilet paper and soap, so you have time to go straight to the beach. Our new inflatable kayak still seats two people, but is quicker and even easier to paddle. We provide life jackets for both children and adults. If you love to cook, our kitchen is fully equipped. Many Portuguese families visit and make themselves at home, cooking delicious soups with fresh vegetables and local seafood. If you don't like to cook, we can recommend restaurants at both sides of the Island. The Atlantic side boasts European style food, but taking advantage of the fresh local fish and vegetables. The ferry terminal has Portuguese restaurants, with cataplana and many local delicacies. There is also a pizza restaurant with a rooftop terrace looking across the island to the mainland and other islands. Finally, our house is looked after by a lovely team who meet and greet you, and who are always delighted to help and advise you.
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property that is caused by you or your party during your stay.
No smoking - You can smoke outdoors only, thanks!You can smoke outdoors only, thanks!
Max guests: 6 (sleeps up to 4 adults) - Up to 4 adults maximum unless you are family. Up to 4 adults maximum unless you are family.
- Family parties (occupants only, maximum of 4 adults, 6 total people) are allowed.
Good location and space for 8
Stayed here as a party of 4 adults and 4 children. Nice location in the middle of the island and set back from the Main Street. Very clean and well equipped house. Recommended.
Quiet and calm on an Island where cars are absent.
Beautiful beaches and lagoons.
An amazing find
This property suited us perfectly. A peaceful location, near to all that Armona has to offer. We were very impressed by the thoughtfulness that has gone into ensuring that guests are comfortable and well provided for. The two terraces ensure that there is plenty of sun/ plenty of shade no matter what time of day it is. At night-time it is great to sit out for the alfresco experience we don't seem to have the weather for in the UK. A definite for returning to. Alexa was an added bonus. I must get one!
I did review this property as soon as I returned home, but it seems to have disappeared into the ether.
Beautuful Island, lovely house, we all really had a great time.
Many thanks! Don't forget our guests get 10% discount on future stays. Thanks for the lovely review and for enjoying Armona Island!
Loads of outdoor space. Loved rocking chair. Beach, shop and restaurant only a minute away.
Really well equipped kitchen and great barbecue area,really enjoyed sitting round table outside most nights. Went to market on mainland and stocked up on burgers, kebabs and chicken. Great cheese stall there too.
Just a really great chill out holiday. Hang out at villa and read. Go to beach for half a day. go on lagoon with kyaak or go on secret pool with airbed and go up to atlantic beach in the late afternoon.
Went on dolphin safari one day which was excellent. We loved using the ferry because it was interesting to see how tides varied and seeing people collecting shellfish one day and that area completed covered by sea another time
Saw the stork's nest in olhao with young stork in it.
Recommend the big tostas at café near ferry.
Armona Island is in the heart of the Algarve.
This barrier island is car free, with a scattering of holiday cottages and just enough bars and restaurants to enjoy the local Portuguese lifestyle.
Armona is also part National Park, a pristine natural environment, with over 9 kilometres of beach.
Please note the map places the house on the right island, but we are much nearer the sea. We are only a few houses back!
Activities on Armona include:
* Deciding which beach you want to go to (there are beaches to suit every mood).
* Meeting friends and locals in the bars (Ferry end, Atlantic end, and middle)
* Enjoy local Portuguese cuisine and European food 5 restaurants
* Stocking up on food/beer/wine or buying the children a bucket and spade at one of the island shops
* If you have a bucket and spade, the side and Atlantic beaches are great for clamming
* Snorkelling is popular, or dive off the Armona wharf (at your own risk of course)
* Go kayaking – our villa includes a two seater inflatable kayak (for local fun)
* Island cruises and kayak hire (for longer distance trips and kayaking)
* Just relaxing – the pace of life is sooo much slower
* Catching up – if you really do need Internet, our villa has a Wifi hotspot
Nearby Olhao (10 minutes by Ferry) has many restaurants and shops, café bars, a few clubs, and a lovely marina. The Real Marina hotel sports two swimming pools, a great restaurant, and can also be used for a 'two location' holiday without having to go anywhere else.
For food shopping, there are supermarkets and two 'must see' indoor local markets on the waterfront, one specialising in fresh fish and the other supplying local meat, cheese and vegetables.
The Algarve is famous for watersports including swimming, waterskiing, snorklling, sailing, and generally 'messing around in boats'.
The Olhao ferry terminal connects to the other local islands as well as Armona, or for a few euros more splash out on a Water Taxi. Farol, Cullatra, and Deserta islands are just a short ride away.
Olhao is a major city, and has most amenities. You can also catch a bus to Faro, or a train to Faro, Lisbon, and even Seville.
Surrounding Olhao and Faro are numerous golf courses, and for those who can prise themselves away from Armona the whole Algarve is there to be explored.