Just in case you are thinking of booking this apartment - this is what you really want to know !!!
The apartment is on two floors - Entrance is on 2nd floor - don't worry there is a lift that will take you from the front door to the apartment door, or even down to the garage.
On the first floor of you apartment you have a kitchen (well equipped with oven / microwave / toaster / kettle etc etc as well as a dishwasher and a washing machine). There are two bedrooms - a twin with a LARGE shower room right next to it (includes toilet / bidet / wash basin etc) and a Master double en suite (Bath with shower over / toilet / sink). You also have the lounge / dining room which has settee seating for at least 5 and a table and 6 chairs for meals. The lounge leads on to the balcony where you overlook the pools, and the BBQ is there as well. This balcony is also accessible from the Master bedroom.
The spiral staircase that you will see in the photos leads up to the third bedroom which has an en suite shower room and leads onto the balcony / sun deck. There are 3 single beds in the bedroom.
The sun deck has 6 sun beds and is entirely enclosed - so as long as your small persons can't scale asmooth wall over 3 feet high they are safe. Watch out - it gets really hot up here, but there are umbrellas on the sun deck and the balcony.
All 3 bedrooms and the lounge / dining room are air conditioned.
The nearest beach is Sao Rafael - from the apartment walk down past the pool entrance and keep going for about 250 metres to the T junction - turn left to the T Junction, turn right and keep to your left - Steep down to the beach, but easy access with pushchair etc as there is a concrete ramp. entire walk about 10 minutes - On the way down you will pass a restuarant on your right with a large balcony style dining area - Good Food here.
There is a restaurant on the beach but it is high end and a bit expensive - But there is also a bar where they sell ice cream / beer / coke etc.
There is a Bus Stop right outside the apartment - best beach we found nearby is Gale - About 5 minutes on the bus - 3 restaurants / bars here and a really nice beach - shallow access to the beach and into the sea, plenty of rock pools to keep little ones busy for the next two weeks.
There are two mini markets within 5 minutes walk - take your pick turn left or right (Sonnys)and you will come to them. They are quite expensive, and seem to sell mostly stuff from LIDL, so be prepared to go to LIDL and buy stuff MUCH cheaper. Having said that if you turn right from the apartment (towards Albufiera) you will come to Sonny's minimarket which does really nice fresh bread almost daily.
If you want to hire a car you will find details for Dino in the apartment - good clean cars, child seats etc at a good price then speak to Dino.
The long and short is - If you want somewhere with shops and bars on your doorstep then this isn't the place for you. If you want somewhere to relax that isn't too hectic, and within walking distance to beaches with good access to other beaches - then this Is the place for you.
Can't fault the apartment. The keys are sent out to you 10 days before you travel and the apartment gets cleaned at least once while you are there.
If you are going to BBQ then go the OCEANA supermarket as they have masses of BBQ prepared meat on the deli counter that the staff prepare themselves (not pre packed).
We loved it.
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