Our group consisted of 'the grand parent' the parents and the toddlers. We all agree that this villa is absolutely fantastic. A big plus is that the villa is in a very quiet area and you feel safe and secure and can relax in peace, yet a few minutes up the road and you can be amongst the hustle and bustle of 'the strip', or more to our liking was old town Albufeira. The closest beach is also only a few minutes car drive which is ideal for those wanting to avoid the midday heat and return to the villa to cool off. The villa is also a short drive from the airport.
Just up the road there is an Italian restaurant which I cannot recommend enough. The food is fresh, excellent quality and serves vegetables (much of the tourist parts of this region serve chips, snack food etc so good quality food on the doorstep was a major plus.) The restaurant has a specials menu where you can have three courses for 11.90 which is fantastic value for money. You can also order food to take away.
In the opposite direction, again a five minute walk there is a snack bar/cafe which serves good value snack food, they bend over backwards to make sure you are happy. The Grandparents raved about the cheese and ham toasted sandwich, which apparently was a feast in itself containing far more than just cheese and ham and was covered in the owners 'special sauce'. What ever it was, apparently it was amazing.
Near the snack bar there is a local mini market where you can purchase essentials such as milk, also you can order freshly baked bread.
For our party the layout of the villa was also ideal. There are two wings of the villa each with a kitchen and sitting room meaning that groups can sit together and socialize, or retreat to their own space if and when needed. There are very few steps making it ideal for small children or those with mobility issues.
The villa is cleaned on an almost daily basis, we stayed for 10 days and the cleaner came for 8 of those days. She was exceptional thorough and friendly. In addition to a cleaner the villa is maintained by a gardener every morning who cleans the pool, pool area and sunbeds.
The Grandparents recommend getting a map and exploring off the beaten track and seeing the lesser advertised villages and countryside.
The parents recommend the cool atmosphere and vibe of the old town, where the square has live music and some good restaurants.
The children recommend Zoomarine (as do the parents, fantastic day out), and Slide and Splash.
The only negatives we have come up with between us is that we required two travel cots. Unfortunately one was not great and our little fella found it very uncomfortable. The other was a bit dated.
The second con was that some of the beds were quite uncomfortable/ very hard mattresses. Although we did not raise these issues with the villa owner.
Overall, we all feel that this is a lovely villa, well maintained, with friendly staff and top quality service. The location was ideal to suit a diverse range of needs and we would love to come back.
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