We have been visiting this part of the Algarve for some years and like Porto Donna Maria as a base. Casa Bonita is very well located, just a short walk from Praia Da Luz. Apart from a few sections of rough track, most of the walk can be made on pavements or for those who prefer, the coastal path provides spectacular views. Talking of views, the one from the pool terrace is hard to beat and provides an unobstructed view of the sea. One drawback to being on high ground is that it is often windy. It's not a problem when the wind is warm but a northerly can make sitting out a bit too chilly. There's a lovely covered veranda just outside the lounge with a glazed screen at one end which offers protection from the wind. This is a lovely spot for coffee, breakfast or a glass of wine.
The villa is modern and very well furnished. It is spotlessly clean, the beds are comfortable and the kitchen is stocked with ample supplies of chinaware and cooking pans. Shutters on all windows offer additional security but the villa is located in a peaceful residential area and feels very safe anyway., We found we could get UK TV channels via a set top box which isn't too common as many places with a Sky dish no longer have access to UK channels. The free wi fi is invaluable for keeping in touch with the outside world and friends back home. Phone reception was a little unreliable but easily re-established once away from the immediate vicinity.
We made extensive use of the BBQ, a proper Portuguese type fired by charcoal. The local supermarket in Luz, Baptista, stocks everything you need and the quality of meat there is superb. There's a nearby fishmonger sharing a shop with a patisserie and the choice is excellent but best go early in the busy season to have a bigger choice. Although Luz has many good restaurants, we tend to eat out further afield. A half hour drive to the west coast is rewarded by spectacular scenery, long sandy beaches and lovely local food, with a view. Drive to the town of Carapateira, walk on the beach at Amado, eat at Sitio do Forno on the clifftop and then take the breathtaking drive along the rough track across the headland to the beach at Bordeira on the other side. It's an experience that's hard to beat.
The pool is a good size but heating is advisable unless you like it chilly.
We will be coming back to Casa Bonita. The owner is very responsive and odd glitches are quickly resolved. In short, there's much to love and little to dislike.