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Capelle aan den IJssel, The Netherlands
Reviewed September 29, 2015 via mobile

A great place to be and to relax! Special in the way in which both Annelies and Eus create a place where everybody can be happy and feel at home. Good advice for trials and detail knowledge of the area. And do not forget their special theme weeks! Addy and Erica

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Paris, Ile-de-France, France
Reviewed August 20, 2015

It was our first B&B experience and it Will be difficult to go somewhere else after this! First the location, a cosy and beautiful house in the Middle of the hills where we really felt at home thank to amazing hosts Anna lise, Eugène and Joy of course! The view is breathtaking, the garden is so pretty and the room...

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Reviewed October 9, 2014

When you arrive at the art of joy you feel at home like visiting friends. Spacious and comfortable room with heating. Every day an amazing view to wake up with and a lovely smile from our hosts. Elaborate breakfast. Wonderful and handy tips for excursions and hikes. We fell in love with this region, pure nature. No traffic noise or...

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Birmingham
Reviewed June 24, 2014

We are a young couple and were welcomed with open arms. We had some problems that needed sorting out and the hosts were extremely helpful. We were lucky to be able to take part in the weekly communal meal, which was a feast fit for kings! Although the hosts are Dutch, they are obviously fluent in several languages, which is...

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Zurich, Switzerland
Reviewed August 27, 2013

Originally we planned to stay three nights but extended our stay to one week as we felt like being home. Annelies and Eugene are lovely and do everything that each guest feels more than welcome. We enjoyed the positive atmosphere of that wonderful B&B with its beautiful view, the fantastic recommodations for hiking from Annelies and the cooking of Eugene....

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Reviewed June 11, 2013

Spent 4 nights at a Art of Joy where our hosts, a beautiful Dutch couple who run the place give all they have to their clients. Joyous, yet serene; Art of Joy is a great place to relax; take in the breathtaking views; go for long walks in a very friendly environment. Although we must have been the only ones...

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Reviewed July 7, 2012

I have been to The Art of Joy for nine times now. Its a magnificent place in the mountains, overviewing the coastline of the Portuguese Algarve.The owners Annelies and Eugene created this bed & breakfast into a paradise on earth. And its not only the view and natural surrounding that makes this place a paradise. Annelies and Eugene are very...

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Ede, The Netherlands
Reviewed July 5, 2012

At a very tranquil spot not far away from Monchique you will find this super & relaxing B & B. Paradise starts already when you drive up to their place and park at their spacious car park with amazing views. De scent of flowers, eucalypti and rosemary surrounds you when you walk roll down with you suitcase to your room...

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Donegal
Reviewed August 26, 2011

We got a cheap flight from Derry to Faro and booked 3 nights in the Art of Joy. The road up had loads of twists and turns and the higher you went up the nicer Portugal looked. When it was too hot on the coast, Monchique was just a pleasure. So quiet and relaxing. The pool the jacuzzi all open...

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
Reviewed June 15, 2011

Six days in Paradise, that's what we experienced last week @ The Art of Joy ! What a beaufitful view (you can overlook the landscape all the way to 'the ocean'). In a one word: stunning! But the view is just one of the elements that make this place a paradise! The beaurtiful rooms and appartments have very comfortabele boxsprings...

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Amenities

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Free Breakfast
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  • Pool
  • Hot Tub
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Kitchenette
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  • Free Breakfast
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
We invite you to find tranquility in our Bed and Breakfast and Wellness `The Art of Joy' and to relax and enjoy the spacious sun area, swimming pool and Jacuzzi. You will be amazed by the breathtaking views over the valley and the ocean. Our spacious garden and lawn of 2, 5 acres allows you to load up your batteries on various terraces and quiet spots in our natural surroundings. The water from the tap, in the pool and Jacuzzi is pure and filtered mineral water from our own well. We are an Eco lodge and provide you with water and electricity in an ecological way. The Art of Joy means the Art of Enjoying life at a beautiful spot. Our Casa is located in a protected nature park in southern Portugal and a good starting point for fun and adventurous excursions. Within half an hour you drive to the South Coast with impressive rock formations, or to the very quiet beaches and rugged cliffs of the West Coast. A visit to picturesque villages like close by Monchique, the spa village of Caldas de Monchique and Silves are well worth a visit. We provide wonderful walks through the adjacent National Park of the Serra de Monchique and her surroundings. Children are welcome from 14 years and older to ensure the ambience of tranquility and peace. We offer you a variety of service options 1. Comfortable spacious accommodation for 55 to 75 euro per night enjoying ocean view with top quality box spring mattresses: two double rooms and two apartments. All accommodation is decorated in warm tones, have fridges and provide coffee- and teafacilities and have access to Wi-Fi. There is free use of the Jacuzzi with breathtaking views. To make it comfortable for you in winter we provide ecological central heating in the entire B & B and wood burning stoves in the apartments for a romantic stay. You can stay here for a sabbatical or a (writers) retreat with special rates. 2. Hikes/walks: There are many beautiful routes in and around The Art of Joy. You can: Explore the scenery on your own with our route descriptions, download our Art of Joy GPS hiking trails or you can participate in organized hiking excursions in the natural world around The Art of Joy. 3. Breath meditation on request, Individual Coaching and Counselling: Coaching while walking, Massage, Coaching by Palm- and Tarot reading. ... more   less 

Additional Information about The Art of Joy

Address: Caminho da Foia | Apartado 97, Monchique 8550-423, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Monchique
Price Range: $69 - $80 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
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