A fabulous property, with everything you need for a holiday with a young family.
This four-bed villa is fresh and bright and beautifully decorated. Three of the bedrooms are big and airy, and the third is a smaller twin. The storage is INCREDIBLE!
The owners have twin boys so the cupboards are stocked with loads of pre-school toys, kids cups and plates, dvds, playmat and toys for baby, baby bouncers, and there are two highchairs. The pool is also completely fenced off from the house and terrace so we found it easy to keep the kids away from the pool (we have a 3 year old and a 9 month old). The salt-water pool was a new experience for me and it was surprisingly lovely - no chlorine sting and my highlights didn't go green! (If you haven't experienced it, it's a mild salty water, not like the sea - more like swimming in tears?!)
Take DVDs as there is a player, but if you forget there are a load for kids and a few for adults. A large dining room, loads of crockery and glasses, and a huge terrace with a big table would make this a perfect villa for a group of friends or two families.
Unfortunately there is no air conditioning, and it was 42 degrees when we were there which was extraordinary and hotter than the kids had ever experienced. However there are fans in every room and heaps of windows to throw open during the day. The villa is situated up the hill from Praia da Luz so the view out to sea is amazing and you get the benefit of the breeze coming up the coast. It was quite lovely hanging by the pool.
Luz itself is a short drive away - in fact you COULD get away without having a car....but remember the hill! It's a sweet town with a nice beach, handful of good restaurants, Piri Piri takeaway, chinese, pizza (things to give mum a break) and a small, really well-stocked supermarket. Hire a car though and there are heaps of great day trips - we visited Lagos, and ZooMarine and the coastal towns but there is also the Zoo (?!) and water parks if you are brave!
I could go on all day about this fantastic place, but I'll summarise by saying - if you want a fabulous family - of friends - holiday in the Algarve, this is your place. We had a wonderful, wonderful time.