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“South Beauty - terrace with a view…”
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Casa Beleza do Sul
Ranked #1 of 45 Specialty Lodging in Tavira
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Lisbon, Portugal
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15 reviews
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“South Beauty - terrace with a view…”
Reviewed February 22, 2012

We were travelling in family (2 adults and 2 children). Have stayed at Suite Duplex of Casa Beleza do Sul for 3 nights in February 2012 during the Carnival ‘holidays’. It was dry and sunny, with very pleasant temperatures during the day – but still cold at night.

Casa Beleza do Sul is a renovated traditional house on the center of Tavira, close to the river Gilão right margin. The house was renovated respecting it’s most distinctive architectural features – like the terraces and the ‘tesouro’ rooftops characteristic of Tavira.

The Suite Duplex where we have stayed, is an open floor apartment with a mezannine with a double bed. On the main floor there’s a sitting area with a sofa bed, a dinning table, a kitchenette and a toilette. The room was renovated incorporating traditional materials from the original building and blending it with natural materials: ceramic tiles on the floor, lots of wood and ‘caniço’ (water reed) as internal lining of the roofing. The respect for the traditional does not compromise functionality: the toilet appliances are modern, the kitchenette has a vitro-ceramic stove, there’s good heating, the TV is a flat screen with access to dozens of satellite channels, there’s free wi-fi internet access,… The overall feeling of the apartment is spacious, airy and – at the same time – traditional/modern/chic.

There are two terraces that can be used by the guests. An open terrace on the top floor offering magnificent views across Tavira and a second one on a lower level, more protected with a more intimate patio atmosphere.

The service is efficient and unobstructive. We were welcomed by the owner that explained in a detailed way the ‘how-to-do’ of the house – door keys, cleaning schedule, internet password, etc… After that we were very much on our own – felt like we were on our private house. There's daily room cleaning.

Breakfast was not included on our rate, but for an additional fee you can order it for the following morning. It is delivered on a basket to your room. We have ordered it for the first day of our stay. Breakfast includes fruit juices, different types of bread, yogurt, cheese and jams. On the other days we have prepared our own breakfast by making use of the kitchenette. There are plenty of nearby places where you can buy everything you need – including big Pingo Doce and Continenter supermarkets on the other side of the river.

The house doesn’t have parking facilities. The public parking in the area is paid during weekdays from 9AM to 7PM. A safe free public car parking is within a 5 minute walk.

Tavira is one of the most beautiful, cultural rich and well preserved cities of Algarve, having being spared of the touristic madness that wreck large portions of the Algave during the 80’s and the 90’s. Tavira is best seen and enjoyed just by wondering through it’s narrow streets and squares. For specific sights, I recommend the ‘Camera Obscura’ near the castle – a sure success with kids - and Praia do Barril – access via Santa Luzia/Pedras d’El Rei, 5Kms West of Tavira. Very soon a new Islamic Museum featuring works from the Moors period is going to be inaugurated just next to the Tourism Office in the main square.

For budget good value authentic food from the South of Portugal I recommend “Cantinho do Emigrante” a no-frills restaurant on the other side of the Gilão river - a 5 minute walking.

All in all, this was a very pleasant stay on a city we always like to return to. I recommend both Casa Beleza do Sul and Tavira.

Our preferred spot in the house? Probably the top floor terrace where we would return every morning to enjoy the morning sun and find new angles for photos over Tavira rooftops…

Room Tip: Suite duplex where we stayed is perfect for families with younger children - the sofa bed on the mai...
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
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Oslo, Norway
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Reviewed October 8, 2011

4 from Norway. We go to the Island of Tavira in daytime, and sit on the roof in the evening. Breakfast out in the yard. Paola, the owner is amasing, and has a lot of tips to make the holiday nice. This resulted in us eating at Bica most days. Just so good food, we Willy return agin. I will alo return to Paolas place, but to be honest, a want it for my self. We feel like we are in Heaven....
The flowers are made with love, and one notice that they are handeld with vare.
Nothing here is negative.....
Marit, Gurå, Trine and Helen.

Room Tip: We had the mosaic- Suite. Only 3suites here, and that is sooooo good
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
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Manchester, UK
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Reviewed August 21, 2011

I was there with another friend for a long weekend and we were lucky to have the Mosaic suite (the biggest one) - extremely spacious! We had a room each, and the renovation of this house couldn't have been done better. The original features were kept in such delicate manner (speak to the owner/manager and she'll show you around - perfect if you are interested in architecture), and the roof terrace is just too good to miss. The location is central to the town - we like the bustling street but this might not be everyone's cup of tea. Hope I will have the chance to go back for a whole week at some point!

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
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Ottawa, Canada
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Reviewed June 24, 2011

We stayed here for 4 nights in the Blue apartment. We found it to be spacious, reasonably clean, and pleasant. The included daily maid service kept the small kitchen and bathroom clean and tidy. The narrow bathroom was behind the kitchen, (no window) but it functioned well, and had a large shower, with lots of hot water. The kitchen had a sink, fridge and hotplate only, and plenty of clean dishes etc. There was adequate heating. The bed was comfortable. Opposite the apartment was a cafe for locals, which was noisy in daytime. The host, Paola, who had an office downstairs, but lived elsewhere, was very friendly and went out of her way to be helpful. Plenty of restaurants and grocery shop nearby.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Netherlands
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Reviewed June 20, 2011

Unfortunately we stayed only one night but this was accomodation-wise the highlight of our vacation. The staff went out of their way to make us as welcome an d comfortable as possible.

  • Stayed June 2011
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Sylvania, Ohio
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Reviewed June 18, 2011

The rooms are clean, spacious and fully equipped. The staff is extremely friendly. Well located next to the old market and close to the center of Tavira. There is no airco in the room; we were there in May and it was ok but in summer I imagine it could get hot in the rooms. Free parking is closeby. No WIFI but if you use the cable of the digital TV, you can get on the internet for free.

Room Tip: We were in the duplex suite
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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
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Zurich, Switzerland
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Reviewed March 25, 2011

pity we could stay only for 1 night in the beautiful apartments!
very clean and tastefully renovated with lovly details.
In the middle of Tavira. Vivid cafe bar next door with early bird visitors which are quite laud at mornings.
Slept finely open air up at the spectacular terrace. Very comfortable bed and nice sunrise over the roofs of Tavira.
Thank you Paula

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with friends
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Property: Casa Beleza do Sul
Address: Rua Doutor Parreira 43, Tavira 8800-346, Portugal
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Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Tavira
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Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 45 Specialty Lodging in Tavira
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