Stayed here a week and sorry to have to go home. Cannot fault this villa and we have stayed in many far more expensive places. Extremely good value. Superbly appointed, clean and comfortable. The owners have done a great job in creating this lovely holiday home. A very peaceful, safe, private and sunny location with breathtaking views of the coast. Pool was warmer than I expected for October. The villa is everything if not more than what the website portrays. We have booked again for 2018, thank you Nigel
We were three couples and have just spent 2 weeks at this fantastic villa. Everything at the villa is “exceptional” and is exactly as described on the website. I speak for all six of us and say this because I have just read the previous review which seems very strange to me. I must commend the owner in tactfully rebutting the unfair exaggerations and misleading comments.
There is no hype, the pool is bigger than some villas we have stayed in and is an infinity pool with amazing views of the coast. The stairs are a doddle unless of course you were old and infirm, but then all stairs would be an issue, this is possibly why he would condemn cycling too. The villa is very private indeed save for one neighbour well off to one side, certainly not an issue for us. The maid was a delight and keeps the villa in perfect shape we welcomed her giving a clean around midweek and changing all our towels and even the pool towels. We hardly watched TV and British food was not something we would care about, we like to leave “Little Britain” behind when on holiday, smacks of Benidorm! The road is steep and winding in places but not an issue, my mother managed it with ease.
The facilities are perfect, plenty of kitchen ware, glasses plates, acrylic for outside, a great barbecue, plenty of sunbeds and parasols. Beds are very comfortable with good quality of linen. Decor is superb.
We ate out at O Loar, Foz Banho, Jardim de Oliveras all are excellent, reasonably priced too. Monchique and the surrounding countryside was a perfect choice for our group.
So many villa owners take shortcuts, not at this one, we would highly recommend it.
Villa Vida Nova is a very nice house; we booked in 2016, and stayed for all of September 2017. The location is particularly good in the high summer months, being pleasantly cooler than the coast. From the end of September until May, there's a chance it will be in cloud, (it's over 1500ft above sea level) and it can also get very windy, it was possibly the wind that caused the frequent (but short) power outages during our stay.
There is a good Intermarche supermarket and other small shops in Monchique, only five minutes away, the nearest large shops are in Portimao, half an hour away. A good tip is that near the Portimao Aqua shopping centre there is a British "Iceland" Overseas supermarket that sells UK products including some Waitrose ranges, but the best quality supermarket is Apolonia on the road between Lagoa and Carvoiero.
The website description needs qualifying; the "coastal view" from the villa is 15 miles distant, the website photos benefit from wide-angle lenses, the infinity pool looks enormous but is actually only 8m x 4m. The aspect is south facing, but the hillside to the west cuts off the evening sun around six o'clock in September. The "short leafy lane" leading down from the main road is a steep single track with two very tight hairpin bends. As other reviewers have mentioned, the house is not entirely private, it is overlooked to the east by a neighbour and parts of the pool area can also be seen from the villa to the north. The listed garage is not for guests.
The original website mentioned bicycles, possibly meaning they could be hired, not that we would have used them, cycling in the Serra da Monchique is only for the seriously lycra-clad, neither would we have used the non-existent tumble drier. The acre of gardens is a series of very dry terraces and flower beds suffering from lack of irrigation.
The description quite correctly says that the villa is wheelchair inaccessible; there are 15 steps down from the drive to the front door, a serious challenge to some.
The house is comfortable, the main bedroom suite is spacious and there's plenty of wardrobe space, the other two bedrooms are a little smaller. The kitchen is large and bright and the entire ground floor living areas are open plan.
The TV system is dated, there is satellite TV, but the main UK channels are not available and the Sky box does not include any sports subscriptions. The owners suggested the FilmOn app, which is ok if you're happy to pay and view on an iPad or laptop, but most rentals aimed at UK visitors provide the IP TV system we used in our own villa for many years. The peak-time broadband download speed we experienced was around 8Mbps, more than adequate to handle IP TV.
Midweek visits by the cleaners to replace towels were irritatingly random, twice we went out for the morning putting used wet towels aside for replacement only to find them still there when we returned because they had changed the day without informing us. The cleaner also spent Sunday mornings working in the basement laundry room.
All in all, a very nice place to stay, but don't be misled by the hype, there are too many superlatives such as stunning and awesome. Giving anything a rating is subjective and always coloured by one’s own previous experiences, but in our view Villa Vida Nova merits 4 stars not 5.
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Our second visit to Villa Vida Nova (we first visited in September 2013). Having previously visited, and enjoyed this wonderful place we decided to book our honeymoon here.
Once again, thoroughly enjoyed our visit, and a perfect relaxing antidote to the 'adrenalin' surrounding our wedding day.
As we've said before, I can't imagine a single reason why anybody would be less than blown-away by this holiday home. Beautiful scenery, lovely infinity pool overlooking it, and a comfortable large villa with all the mod-cons you could wish for.
The town of Monchique, a mile or so away is also a lovely 'traditionally Portuguese' town, and with a fully stocked supermarket, great restaurants (O Luar and Parisio Da Montanha were our favourites, just for their breathtaking scenery), and places to visit such as Foia and Caldas da Monchique, there isn't much you'd be left wanting for.
Thanks to the Villa Vida Nova team for another lovely holiday... (Oh, and we've already booked for next year!)