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“Absolutely Fantastic”
Enjoy coastal views whilst swimming in our pool
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Infinite views whilst swimming in this pool! Pool, Garage, Garden and covered terrace, even the garage has views to the coast!
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Enjoy coastal views whilst swimming in our pool
Infinite views whilst swimming in this pool!
Pool, Garage, Garden and covered terrace, even the garage has views to the coast!
Villa, pool, garage with covered terrace underneath.
Front part of the villa and pool
Dine al fresco and show off your BBQ skills
Dine and plan you next days adventures
Relax in the shade with a cool glass of vino
Relax with another glass of vino and count the stars!
Formal dining for 8, impress your guests!
Relax and watch  a movie or two.
Take the weight off your feet and enjoy a good book
Gourmet kitchen for those nights you don't dine at our local restaurants
Wine and Dine, space for 110 bottles!
Stairway to heaven
Super King master suite with Juliet balcony and private sun terrace
King master suite with Juliet balcony and private sun terrace
Ground floor twin suite with Juliet balcony
One of the en-suite bath and shower rooms
Private sun terrace off the Super King master suite
Private sun terrace off the King master suite
Simply Awesome Views from every room
Natural spring, complete with fish and salamanders
View from the parking area
Back of the Villa
Pool at night
Escape the sun under our shady terrace
Side Entrance with hand painted tiles
Pretty flowers everywhere
Imposing solid Iroko double front door
Secure parking for 7 cars
Propane being delivered February 2017) lovely sunshine and Springtime well established!
The lane is steep and winding in places but easily navigated even by big trucks
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3 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Monchique, Faro District, Algarve

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seansedon
Bath, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
“Absolutely Fantastic”
Reviewed December 26, 2017 for a stay in October 2017

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

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Dec 27, 2017
Thank you Sean for such a lovely review. We look forward to your return in 2018 in the meantime enjoy the rest of Christmas and have a great New Year.
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
320gordon
London, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Actually a Very Exceptional Villa!”
Reviewed October 20, 2017 for a stay in October 2017
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person found this review helpful

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.

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Management Response
Oct 21, 2017
Thank you for your encouragement, this means so much to us, and thank you also for your candid comments about the previous review. We put our heart and soul into providing a first class villa rental, hence 99% of our reviews across 10 independent sites give us a 5 star rating. We continually update the villa and strive to maintain our standards to reflect this. Thank you again, we hope to see you and your friends visit us again in the not too distant future.
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AustinSpe...
Ormskirk, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
114 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“A Nice Villa but nothing exceptional”
Reviewed October 7, 2017 for a stay in September 2017

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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Management Response
Oct 10, 2017
We regret that our villa didn't quite meet your specific needs. We try our very best which is attested to by almost 100 consistent 5 star reviews across 10 independent review sites. This doesn't mean we are complacent, far from it, and is the reason for our continuing success. We take on board all suggestions and criticism and implement necessary changes swiftly and efficiently.

Thank you for your suggestions about shopping. We welcome advice but your unique criticisms, even though you admit are subjective, may mislead the reader. To this end, and so that the reader is not misinformed I will clarify a few things:

As you are aware there are actually two TV Satellite systems, (not one), and not dated, one is less than a year old. There are over 100 TV channels, 70 in English, catering for guests from Europe, Canada and USA, not just UK. It would be impractical to try to provide bespoke channels for every nationality. As I explained to you by email our neighbours tried using IPTV which was unsuccessful because the bandwidth is marginal in our area for that particular system, this was confirmed by the internet provider. Notwithstanding this IPTV infringes both copyright in the UK and broadcasting law in Portugal. IPTV is a grey area even for private users. There are many free video sites but I suggested Filmon because it gives the most comprehensive choice for less than €10 per month.

The stairs from the garage are 1.9 meters wide consisting of two separate spans of 7 shallow and broad steps. It has a landing in the middle which is 1.9 meters wide and 3.5 meters long. It has a metal railing and handrail for its entire length. The stair is built to code and cannot be regarded as a challenge, see photos.

The garage has never been advertised for guest use, your implication is misleading. We advertise "secure parking for 7 cars" which is behind granite walls and steel gates, not a garage. Staff parking and staff entrance are separate.

The lane to the villa is about 300 meters long and is a cul de sac with no through traffic. It is a well maintained single track tarred road with several passing places and a turning circle at the end. It has two bends in it neither which are hairpin. It is not difficult to navigate and is wide enough for large trucks including the propane gas truck that delivers to our property, see photos.

September is the least prettiest month for the garden made worse this year because we have just had one of the hottest and driest summers on record.

We respected your request to have staff visits limited to when you were out and apologize for the one occasion that she had to vary the "advertised midweek day" from Tuesday to Wednesday. Our staff have other villas to attend to so some flexibility is required in order to be considerate to other villa owners. We also accommodated your request to reschedule her hours on the day you went to the airport to collect friends.

The cleaner uses the laundry room in the basement which is separate from the guest area and has its own staff parking and entrance. She uses this room to wash, tumble dry and iron linen and towels for your use. We are very fortunate that we have an independent basement laundry as many rental villas have only the guest area to perform this task.

You state, "As other reviewers have mentioned, the house is not entirely private". There are absolutely no other reviews that state this, this is untrue and misleading. The villa is very private. The house to the east is occupied by a single man in his eighties, has no windows and is on the back staff entrance side of the villa and partially hidden behind trees. He is a gentleman who tends his peach and olive trees and often leaves a tray of peaches at the front door for our guests. To the north west there is cream coloured private villa, see photos, which is occupied intermittently. It is over 100 meters away and only someone standing on their upstairs bedroom balcony can see the very far edge of our infinity pool.

We used a professional photographer who used a variety of lenses, this is normal and acceptable in the hospitality and real estate industry. The exterior photographs of the pool are not distorted to make the pool look "enormous" nor does our description portray this notion either.

The "superlatives" that you call "hype" only repeat what reviewers say about the villa. I stand by my descriptions. The most recent TripAdvisor review headings: "Wonderful villa in stunning location", "Superb villa with breathtaking pool and views", "Beautiful house and pool, perfectly maintained, in a private setting with stunning views", "Genuine 5 star villa in beautiful setting".

"Coastal views" are simply that, nothing else is implied, the location maps show where we are and distance from the coast. The descriptions concur and photographs attest to this. Extracts from recent Tripadvisor reviews: "amazing views of the surrounding valley and down to the coast", "The infinity pool is great and the views down to the Algarve coast are tremendous", "The views from the villa were amazing, looking out over the valley below & the coast line".

Bicycles are listed along with other activities available and our advertising states that they are "available for hire". Monchique is a popular venue for mountain biking and famous for cycle road races. We have guests who bring their own or rent from companies who deliver all types of cycles to the door. There are companies that deliver bikes to Monchique, to allow people a relaxing down hill cycle all the way to the coast and then are ferried back to Monchique.
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lancashire
Reviewed November 16, 2014 for a stay in September 2014
1
person found this review helpful

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44 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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“Just perfect...”
Reviewed October 25, 2014 for a stay in July 2014

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!)

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