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“Gay-Friendly Paradise in the Algarve”
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Romantik Villa
Ranked #4 of 4 Salema B&B and Inns
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San Jose, California
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“Gay-Friendly Paradise in the Algarve”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2012

This place is a big reason Salema should be your Algarve base. Lisa, the owner, made both my partner and me feel very welcomed from our first email inquiry thoughout our stay, and right to the end. As we were leaving, she very sincerely told us how much she appreciates having gay couples visit her, and she asked us to encourage our friends to visit Portugal, Salema, and the Villa Romantika. Of course I will. An early highlight ... When she learned my partner's birthday was the week before, she gave him a nice bottle of Portuguese wine for us to enjoy by pool at sunset overlooking the ocean before dinner.

It's not often you run into an innkeeper (B&B or guest house or otherwise) so committed to the comfort and enjoyment of your stay. She carefully describes how everything in the house, on the grounds and in your room works. She's doing this because she's professional and because she cares and wants you to have no unfortunate surprises.

She also can give you a thorough review of every restaurant and snack bar in town. Of course, you can do what you want. But just know that if you tell her what you're looking for, you should follow her suggestions. She'll be right about where you'll find the freshest fish, the best gourmet meal, etc.

The grounds are meticulously maintained by Lisa and her husband. It really is like a paradise sitting by large well maintained pool overlooking the ocean. The house is a short steep trek from the village....but there's tons of street parking right in front of the house and lots of parking in town, too. We always walked.

Finally, Lisa will also recommend beaches, site seeing, and hikes in town and up the coast. We had a great day's drive visiting remote and beautiful beaches and sites.

Those who have written wonderful reviews about this place and about Lisa get it . . . Lisa is a character: outgoing, high-energy, caring, and truly committed to you having the best possible stay in Salema and the Algarve.

Room Tip: We stayed in room three... closest to the pool and good internet access.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sunnyvale, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2012

We discovered this place through Rick Steves' Travel book. It is a wonderful small B&B conveniently located walking distance from the beach and town. It is a very relaxing, charming place. We stayed for three nights and had such a an enjoyable experience. Lisa, the owner of the place took care of us during our stay. She provided us a nice breakfast each day along with wonderful conversations. Lisa is a remarkable woman with many interesting stories and a real zest for life. She gave us great suggestions on places to visit and eat in the area. We felt so well taken care of during our stay. When I look back at my travels in Portugal, I will always remember Lisa and the wonderful time we had.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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West Hartford, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2012

We stayed on recommendation by Rick Steves - it was a lovely villa, just a 5-10 minute walk down to the beach and center of Salema. Breakfast is very modest - some cereal and toast. Lisa is a very interesting woman - she is very direct and honest (reminded us of fellow New Yorkers!) - at times we didn't feel comfortable as she is very strict (upon arrival there are lots of instructions - dont put your bag here, dont lose the keys, dont break the screen door, she even tried telling us how to pronounce our last name). Upon getting to know her better over breakfast however, we really grew to like her and appreciate her. It was great really talking to a local and hearing her perspective about the country, politics, etc. We would recommend this place for that reason - it was educational - just follow her rules or you might get in trouble!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Århus
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2012

We stayed at Villa Romantic for four days in May and had a fantastic stay there. The four room villa has a wonderful japanish garden with several places to sit and enjoy the garden or even the ocean in the distance.
The room was ok with freedge and basic equipment to make a cold meal or caffee. The bathroom was spacious and had both shower and bath. I would't call the glimt of the ocean from our  terrasse seawiev. 
The breakfast is with cafe, bread and muslii. All guests eat together at 9:00 - not before not after. Lisa, the hostess, is making an event out of presenting the guests to each other. We enjoyed this arrangement a lot.
But first of all we enjoyed Lisas guidance of the area. We discovered many beaches and places that we never would have found without her.
But Lisa is also a bit of a business woman. We payed 80€  which is a bit expensive for the area out of season. And I would not expect to pay 10€ extra to have a room cleaning or 5€ extra for clean towels (but acctualy we had new towls ome day for free:-) ). I would also expect shampoo in the bathroom.
But the house provided wifi even when it was not stated on the website.
All in all we will highly recommend the place.
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  • Stayed May 2012
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2012

We spent three days at this lovely B + B. The highlight was relaxing at the very attractive pool, overlooking the ocean, and surrounded by a well-groomed garden area. Lots of peace and quiet for relaxing. Somewhat difficult to find upon arrival.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2012

Based on Rick Steves' recommendation, my wife and I went to Romantik Villa. We weren't disappointed. The hostess is extraordinarily warm and outgoing. She made us feel welcome and plied us with great recommendations of places to visit and the best local restaurants. I haven't felt more relaxed in ages than while sitting poolside in the late afternoon. The rooms are very nice, as is breakfast. And the grounds have been designed and landscaped beautifully. Lots of great flowers. I highly recommend this B&B!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2012

Spent 3 days in early May at Romantik Villa. Lovely, lively hostess who had great ideas for daytrips with maps and directions. Amazing villa, beautiful scented gardens with view of ocean, fresh breeze and clean swimming pool. Apartment spacious, tastefully decorated. Quiet days in a part of the Algarve far away from other loud touristy areas.

Room Tip: We loved the spacious apartment with an oceanview.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Romantik Villa

Property: Romantik Villa
Address: | Lote M5. Beach Villas, Salema 8650-191, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Salema
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Salema
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A charming and small, three room and one suite, bed and breakfast on a wonderful designed garden with large pool with view to the ocean, on one of the hills in Salema. A night view of a full moon from the terrace of the suite. ... more   less 
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Romantik Villa Salema, Portugal - Algarve

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