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4 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Calheta, Madeira, Madeira Islands

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Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“We would definitely return.”
Reviewed July 6, 2017 for a stay in June 2017

This was the first time we had booked a property via Holiday Lettings, so we were slightly apprehensive. As the initial booking is only a request to the owner (even though a deposit is paid) there is a worrying period where you are committed to the property, but you can’t book flights. Luckily in our case Amanda confirmed our booking quickly. She then followed this up with recommendations for both a taxi transfer & car hire, as we needed both (due to a staggered arrival).

The recommended taxi firm (Madeira Airport Transfers) was waiting for us on arrival, a pleasant 45 minutes drive followed (via the numerous tunnels of Madeira). On reaching the property the driver helpfully rang the contact number Amanda provided. A swift conversation later and the electric gate slid open, and a smiling Solanda was greeting us. A guided tour followed explaining all the facilities available to us, before discreetly disappearing.

Even though the photos are great, they do not quite capture just how impressive this property is. It is modern, very tastefully furnished and decorated and immaculately clean. Outside there is a panoramic view of the sea and no other properties in sight. The swimming pool is big enough to swim in and to “play” in, the kitchen is extremely well fitted out and the barbeque provided numerous great meals.

Calheta is a 10 minutes’ walk down a twisty steep road. This is a bit scary at first when the locals appear to drive directly at you before swerving around. But you get used to it. We chose the easy option for our return trip, a 4 Euro taxi ride … there is a taxi rank outside the supermarket (which is a decent size and well-priced)…. Just ask for the “big pink house up the hill”

We were a party of six, us with our “twenty something” daughters and their partners. The property is spacious with a number of inside and outside areas giving everyone plenty of space.

If you are considering taking younger children just be aware that the property/grounds are raised, so we personally feel they would need to be supervised when outside.

We had a great family holiday, the hire car was used for a few days out, and a few supermarket runs by the “children”, though had it been just the two of us we may not have bothered… as we were content to stay local, and the taxis were well priced & very friendly.

A great property in a great location and Solanda was a star, making sure everything was just right

We would definitely return.

Date of stay: June 2017
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Jul 16, 2017
Wow, thank you so much Graham for your fabulous review of the Villa.
We really appreciate you taking the time to write the review after your holiday. As you say ; Solanda is a STAR and we are very lucky to have her. We would love to welcome you back to Calheta in the future.
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wishaw
Reviewed June 16, 2017 for a stay in May 2017

Date of stay: May 2017
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Jul 1, 2017
'Wow' what a fabulous review!
Thank you so much. We really appreciate this and would love to welcome you all back one day.
Kind regards from the team at Olivieras Da Faja
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U1785ZLda...
London, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Perfect family holiday home”
Reviewed May 22, 2017 for a stay in May 2017

Three generation family holiday - age range 72 down to five months. Wonderful experience: perfect location and views, friendly and capable staff, great house and lovely pool and garden. A car is a must - with one there is loads to do. Cannot recommend highly enough.

Date of stay: May 2017
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Management Response
Jun 4, 2017
Thank you for taking the time to give our Villa a fabulous review.
We all really appreciate it.
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Janice V
London
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Fabulous Christmas Vacation!”
Reviewed December 31, 2016 for a stay in December 2016
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person found this review helpful

If you want the perfect accommodation, perfect setting and perfect everything, then this is it. We read all the reviews of this property and knew that it was the one we wanted to book. Amanda the owner made booking easy. Really helpful advice about the island and really quick to respond to queries. It was our first time visiting Madeira and we were staying over Christmas with the kids and grandparents also, so we needed something that would accommodate us all; and with it's four en suite bedrooms and expansive terrace space, we never felt we were on top of each other. The view from the swimming pool is breathtaking! We spent many evenings sitting watching the sun go down and we even had the luxury of swimming at night because of the heated pool. The manager Solanda did everything she could to help us have an enjoyable stay and we had many a lovely conversation with her as she gave us recommendations of where to eat and things to do, she even brought us a welcome basket filled with local goodies, which we promptly enjoyed! We also met the gardener who was very proud of his homegrown bananas and brought us some during our stay. The grounds of the property are out of this world....the sheer, lush mountains on one side and the ocean on the other. On Christmas day we had an amazing meal at the Savoy which is just down the road, we ate at a few of the restaurants which are near also....walking distance if you don't mind a trek up hill afterwards. We had amazing weather and it was only cloudy on one day which for December we were so happy about...but we were dreading coming back to a cold and foggy London! Somehow after our week's stay in Calheta everything pales into insignificance. We loved our week long holiday in this amazing villa; we all feel rested, rejuvenated and inspired. We look forward to coming back again really soon. We miss the sun, the views and our home for a week.

Date of stay: December 2016
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Jan 1, 2017
Thank you so much for lovely review of our Luxury Ocean Front Villa!
We are so pleased you all managed to unwind, relax and chill in Calheta over the Christmas holidays.
We wish you all the very best for the New year ahead.
Amanda
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Lancashir...
lancashire
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Sublime escape”
Reviewed October 11, 2016 for a stay in October 2016

The hosts of this elegant villa with interesting artwork and wonderful views are exceptionally obliging and helpful. Solanda who manages the property is discrete, kind and efficient. The villa is spotless and offers everything you could possibly need for a self-catering holiday. If you can't find it, you haven't looked properly! The pool is private and salt water, which is great and skin-friendly. We didn't see or hear much from the two dogs - we suspect that they are more 'party labs' and probably found just two of us a bit boring. They are a lovable pair. Nelson, who takes care of the garden and pool is very friendly and willing to chat if you wish. The garden is peaceful,spacious and pretty. All in all, pretty perfect.
We only needed a taxi from the nearby harbour once, after a particularly hard walk in the hills and needing to carry shopping back. It is a bit of a pull, but good for walking off dinner in one of the nearby restaurants. However, if you have mobility problems it would be necessary but very reasonable at a few euros. Calheta is a lovely town with friendly residents.
You certainly wouldn't regret holidaying here.

Date of stay: October 2016
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Liked best: The views
Liked least: Coming home
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Oct 15, 2016
Thank you so much for taking the time to write your lovely review on our Villa,. It means a lot to us and as you know it's really helpful to others when trying to choose the ideal location for a well deserved holiday We all enjoyed having you both here, and look forward to you returning one day.
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jwray2016
Liverpool, United Kingdom
1 review
“Ultimate luxury”
Reviewed September 21, 2016 for a stay in September 2016

I must admit that I was a bit sceptical when I read all the amazing reviews of this villa but I can honestly say that this is the best villa we have ever stayed in. Booking the villa was extremely straight forward and Mandy responded very promptly to any queries I had regarding transfers and amenities at the villa.

The villa is furnished to a very high standard and the kitchen has every utensil and appliance you could ever need, and more! The pool area is beautiful and I will really miss watching the sunset with a glass of local red wine in hand! Solanda and Nelson keep the villa in tip-top condition and when we had an issue with the fridge it was rectified immediately, excellent service with a smile.

As stated in other reviews, it is a steep walk down to the Marina so I wouldn't advise heels or wedges for the ladies (or boys) but it's a good way to walk off the gelato!

Do not hesitate to book this villa, you will not be disappointed. Thank you Mandy and the team, we had a lovely stay and it was a joy to meet your two beautiful labradors.

Date of stay: September 2016
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Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Friends getaway Older travelers
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Management Response
Sep 21, 2016
Thank you so much Julie for taking the trouble to write such a lovely review. We really do appreciate it and hope that it helps others when choosing our Luxury Ocean Front Villa for their holiday.
We loved having you all here at the Villa and would like to say a big thank you to you all from the team!
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Somerset
Reviewed September 5, 2016 for a stay in August 2016

Date of stay: August 2016
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Liked best: All of it.
Liked least: Having to go home.
Traveling group: Extended Family
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Large groups
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Management Response
Sep 6, 2016
Oh bless you - thank you so much for your lovely review;
we really appreciate you taking the time and effort to rate our Villa.
It was a pleasure having you and your lovely family here and we look forward to seeing you all again one day.
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