Having had such a great time last September, we returned to Alba Vilas in May. Yet again, we couldn’t fault any aspect of the apartment. It was spotlessly clean and we loved spending time there. This time there were four of us for some of the time instead of two, but there was still plenty of space for us all and it worked really well. Even when there was a slight wind, the apartment’s patio is always sheltered and the pool was never busy at this time of year either. Our favourite restaurants were still Fernandos and Dos Artistas but we also enjoyed a nice lunch at Bar Quim, along the beach, recommended by the owner Jan. There are still many more restaurants we want to try. Jan is very efficient, replies to all queries promptly and is always prepared to give help and advice. We enjoyed having a car this time and being able to visit some other places along the coast. However, we were very pleased to return to Lagos. Great garden and views, no more than 15 minutes walk to the beach, marina or old town, what more can you want for a week away? It has us captured! We fully intend to return again next year.
Just spent 10 days here with our 2 children. The apartment is spacious and modern and thoroughly kitted out with everything you could need! It’s well placed for a walk into Lagos town, the beach and the (massive!) supermarket and also has its own lovely private terrace. We thought we were taking a gamble with the weather but it was beautiful in October (around 26 degrees).
A perfect, enjoyable & relaxing week in the sun. The Apartment had everything we required and the many restaurants in the old town of Lagos & the nearby beach provided sumptuous food & drink.
We can recommend the Car Hire Company "Drive4Fun" too.
We'll be back!
We were so lucky to find Alba Vilas as we only booked about 3 weeks before we wanted to go on holiday, leaving on 17th September. From start to finish Jan and Nick made the booking and arrival process as easy as they possibly could, always being very helpful and prompt in their responses. Although we had visited Portugal before we hadn't been to Lagos, so were uncertain what we would find. However, we loved it and will certainly go back. The apartment, as detailed by everyone else who has reviewed it, really is brilliant. It's spacious, modern, well fitted out and spotlessly clean. There were just two of us but with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a large kitchen, huge lounge and well appointed patio, which got the sun all day long, there would be plenty of room for at least four people to enjoy this great property. We particularly liked the well kept garden, lots of beautiful birds and a great sized swimming pool, that at this time of year, we were often the only ones using! We only had to call Dinnis once (on hand to help locally) and he came very quickly, for something that was actually our mistake! We didn't hire a car but used a very friendly and efficient transfer company called Mystic Algarve Transfers which cost €75 each way on the motorway (about 50 minutes) or €63 each way on the national road (about 70 minutes). To be honest, we really didn't need a car as the beach, Marina and Lagos old town were all in easy walking distance and the small shop, almost at the end of the road, provided all our essential provisions. The 3 mile long beach was great, very clean, uncrowded and had a number of nice beach bars along it. We love eating out and there are numerous good choices in Lagos. Of those we tried, we could certainly recommend Dos Artistas if you like fine dining, great service and unusual food (a little more expensive than most but well worth it in our opinion). Another called Fernandos, a simple restaurant very near the Fish Market, specialising in steak, provided a fabulous chateaubriand for a very reasonable 30 Euros for two people. (The quality was clearly evidenced by the fact that we couldn't get in until Friday night, despite first trying on Monday!) We have already ear marked many more that we would like to try on our return. Our only disappointment was a quick decision, provoked by tiredness, to try Portofino's in the Marina on our first night. This was terrible quality food and the service was dreadful. However as the only poor experience in our whole week, we will not be dwelling on it!
We stayed here for 2 weeks in August. Communication with the owner during the booking process and before our arrival was excellent.The apartment is great with an amazing terrace area with a fab view. The pool and pool area was beautiful - some days we were the only family there and then other times there were about 5 families. We loved the fact that you have your own sunbeds so no early morning rush to ensure you get one! We didn't hire a car so walked everywhere. The beach walk is quite level and takes about 12 minutes - the beach is beautiful! The Marina and old town are a downhill walk which means coming back is uphill but we didn't find this an issue at all. The Marina is a great spot for a nice drink to watch the boats coming and going. The old town was very busy but we expected this as it was peak holiday time. The wifi in the apartment was excellent - even meeting the teenagers high standards! We had one of the nest holidays ever and would def return.
We have stayed in Lagos many times, but this was our first stay in Alba Vilas. The apartment was more than big enough for the two of us, and could easily sleep 6. Two bathrooms, both with toilet, one with shower, the other with bath and shower. The terrace at the rear was a sun trap all day during our stay, and is only a few yards from the communal pool. Everything surpassed what we expected. The owners Jan and Nick were easily contacted and very easy to deal with, as was their manager in Lagos. The apartment is a 10 to 15 minute stroll to the Marina, where there are several good restaurants and bars, from there another stroll into the town centre, again, lots of restaurants and bars. Hopefully this will be our new " go to " apartment on our next trip to Lagos.
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