When I book a holiday I always check Tripadvisor about the accommodation and was really surprised not to be able to find these villas on the site but carried on and booked hoping that everything would be ok. Thank goodness that we did they are absolutely fantastic.
On arriving we had been told that we would not be able to check in until around 3pm and having arrived just after 11am we did not think that the villa would be ready but had been told we could leave our luggage in the villa until it was ready. On arrival the villa was ready for us and could move in straight away.
On the ground floor there was a kitchen, which had everything that you would need - four ring cooker and oven, dish washer, microwave, kettle, toaster, large fridge and freezer, all cooking utensils etc. and all the applicances looked as if they were brand new. There was a downstairs toilet, living area with an eating area joined on. The doors then opened from the living area onto a terrace which looked over the pool and out to sea. The terrace had loungers, seats and also a table and chairs along with a bbq.
Upstairs were two good sized bedrooms, the twin room again had doors that opened out onto a balcony which overlooked the pool and out to sea. There was a good sized bathroom which again was immaculate.
Within the villa there is a safety deposit box and the villa has its own alarm.
The swimming pool is a good size and there were plenty of sunloungers and umbrellas which were kept really clean. A small pool side bar is available and you pay for what you have had when you leave at the end of your holiday. There is also a tennis court which the children used to play tennis and other ball games.
The only small critiscism I had is that the beds were very hard but that is the only thing.
The villas are in walking distance to the lovely Gale beach and if you have a car you can easily travel to some other great beaches. There is a supermarket nearby, the butchers counter is fantasic for bbq - quite expensive but really good quality.
We were surprised that as we had booked a villa we would receive maid service - nearly every day the terrace would be cleaned and someone would clean the villa, clean towels were supplied during the week.
I could not fault these villas - they are shown on Tripadvisor as Rufino Apartments but are called Villas Rufino in the brochures and in the resort.
The only downside that did happen on the last day of the holiday for us was the family who moved into the villa next door. They were very noisy and you could hear everything that they said, if they had been there all week it would really have spoilt our holiday and I would have asked to move to another villa. The complex is very quiet and peaceful and you can sit on your terrace at night and although you do hear general people/children this family were really loud and totally off putting.
It was a fantastic holiday and I would highly recommend these villas to anyone going to Gale.
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- Also Known As:
- Villas Rufino Hotel Albufeira
- Villas Rufino Albufeira, Portugal - Algarve