My husband and I and our then 20 month old toddler visited Tavira Vacation Apartments in early September. It was our first foreign holiday with our daughter. As soon as we arrived we realised we'd made a great choice; Narinder and Andrea made us feel really welcome with all the information we needed for things to do locally and a very generous welcome pack (including eggs, bread, cheese, water, milk, honey, tea, coffee and a bottle of wine).
The pools for both toddlers and adults were amazing and our daughter spent most of her time there. She has a little eczema and so the salt water pools were perfect for her skin and much better than chlorinated pools would have been. When we did manage to drag ourselves away from the pool we could visit one of the three great local beaches which were between 5 and 15 minutes drive away. The closest beach also had a little steam train which our daughter loved.
The grounds at the apartments were great to explore with our little daughter and she had loads of fun playing with their two dogs and cat. I'm a little bit frightened of dogs but they were so sedate (probably a result of the great weather) that I had absoloutely no problems with them and our daughter loved them and still talks about "lucky" and "poppy" even today!
We stayed in the apartment facing the orange grove which was really secluded and had a great terrace where we could relax with a bottle of wine or a home-made mojito after a day at the beach and after putting our little one to bed. It was so quiet that she slept perfectly and we got to spend loads of time together as a couple every evening. The chimney barbecue was so easy to use that we had barbecued food almost every night which is something we hardly ever do in London.
The apartment itself was perfect, both rooms were a great size and the airconditioning helped our daughter fall asleep quickly. It goes without saying that it was also clean. We could see that they had made every effort to ensure it was toddler-safe. There were lots of toys for our daughter to play with as well.
We've travelled a lot (e.g Cuba, Morocco, India and most of Europe) and have only ever been back to one city twice (Marrakech) but we are already planning when to go back to these apartments. Now that we've got a daughter the most important things to us are that she is happy, has space to play and that we can have a relaxing time and spend lots of time together as a family and a couple and this holiday gave us everything we wanted. Can't wait to go back so thanks Andrea and Narinder and see you next year!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Villa Patarinho offer 5 newly refurbished, spacious self-catering holiday apartments with air-conditioning, heating, well equipped kitchenettes, satellite TV/DVDs and private terraces. Amenities include wireless internet access, swimming pool (6X12m), toddler pool, barbecue area, private parking, enclosed grounds and a personalized service from the owners. Located in tranquil countryside 2 km from Tavira and 35 kilometers from Faro Airport. Golden beaches, renowned Golf Courses and Bird Watching sites are within 10 minutes drive. ... more less
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