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Sao Rafael Beach Resort, Nr Albufeira, Central Algarve



Updated: 21-Oct-2016
12673/AL Private Apartment in Sao Rafael Central Algarve Portugal. Quiet locations, 5 Mins Walk to Beach

In the most prestigious and sought after front line location on the entire Sao Rafael complex in the Algarve, this superb & spacious upper floor 2 bed apartment offers the shortest walk to 2 magnificent beaches. The apartment is south facing with beautiful cliff & sea views. The website onbeach.com has voted Sao Rafael as Portugal's best I beach & the 4th best in Europe. The environmental organisation Quercus has said that 15 of the Albufeira coast beaches, including Sao Rafael, have excellent water quality and Blue Flag status. Both beaches have superb restaurants and bars. The complex has a small supermarket within walking distance.

Apartment guests have close, unlimited access to a high class pool, and benefit from 10% discount on food, drinks, spa facilities & spa treatments at the nearby Hotel Atlántico. The Albufeira marina with its many shops, cafes and bars, is within walking distance where an array of water sport activities are on offer and the charming old town of Albufeira is a few minutes drive away. Numerous great golf courses are also close to hand.

The recently redecorated apartment has a new modern bathroom, new mattresses and sofa bed plus unlimited Internet access with all major Sky & British TV channels including sports channels available. CD/Radio/MP3 player.

More Details
  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

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'We had a fantastic holiday thank you so much. We really didn't want to come home - the weather was stunning and your apartment perfect. It was nicer than the photos showed it to be - we never expected it to be so spacious.' 'Your apartment is definitely the best on the whole site and we’d love to go back again. What an amazing place! Lovely, lovely holiday and I’m so pleased we found your apartment!'
Aug 2014
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10 Reviews

based on 10 holidaymaker reviews


Sunny Sao Rafael

  • 4 of 5

This was a well equipped apartment close to the beach and restraunts and with a hire car there is plenty of places to visit to keep the kids entertained. Can recommend this property.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Family Memories are Priceless

  • 5 of 5

We knew this was probably going to be our last family holiday with our 16 year old twins so we wanted something special. Our stay definitely was. The apartment was perfect. Spacious enough for all of us, spotlessly clean and not a bug in sight. Practically home from home and clearly well thought out. We wanted nothing and even I could operate the TV remote controls. The location and views are idyllic, a taxi ride into Albufeira was only 9 Euros and the town was busy but not overcrowded. The two nearby beaches are faultless and we spent a lovely day at the swimming pool. I was looking for perfection for my family when I booked this holiday, we got that and more. Thank you Angela

  • Review Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great Algarve apartment with a nice sea view

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay in the apartment. It was space enogh for our family (2 adult and 3 teenagers), both with the sleeping facilities with the sofabed for the fifth person and when we had our meals at the terrace. The apartment is in the nice area of Albuferia and it has an outstanding view of the surroundings and the Atlantic sea. You will need a car to stay here. We visited different beaches during our stay. I can strongly recommend Falésia beach, especially if you want long flat beaches with less waves. The pool facilities is 4-5 min. walk from the apartment, but it worked out well too. I can strongly recommend a stay at Angela's apartment in São Rafael.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Relaxing Holiday

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed in this apartment for the last 9 years, we keep returning as we won't find anything better! The location is fabulous with wonderful sea views. The apartment is within a short walk from two fantastic beaches, both blue flag. There are many more stunning beaches along the coast. Angela and Michael have thought of everything to make the apartment feel like home.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A lovely villa in beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

We arrived at night, and first impressions on entering the apartment were how spacious it is, and how well it is decorated and furnished. In the morning when we saw the view over the gardens we were even more happy with our choice!

We found that we didn't need passes for the pool as it was out of season, and had a few days when my husband and grandaughter used it, although they said it was quite cold! There are some really good restaurants in the area at reasonable prices, and loads of beautiful beaches, some within walking distance along the cliff tops.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 6, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Clean and well equipped property

  • 5 of 5

The property was as described and when we arrived, it was clean and tidy and had everything we needed for our stay. The location, whilst hilly, was very conveniently situated for a small beach & several good restaurants within a ten to fifteen minute walk. the local Taxi firm is very reliable for both short journeys and Airport Transfers, the latter costing €50, give or take. All in all our stay was very enjoyable and we would recommend this apartment to any of our friends looking for a holiday in the Algarve.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 25, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Golf : Salgados at 4 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Praia dos Arrifes at 300 Metres Nearest Beach : Praia dos Arrifes at 300 Metres Car: recommended


Praia dos Arrifes is 3/4 minutes on foot, whilst the big beach is 6/8 minutes walk over the cliffs. Both beaches have sun loungers to hire, bar/restaurants and the big beach has a lifeguard. The small beach has a sheltered cove with rock pools to explore, whilst the big beach offers a good stretch of sand and is better for swimming. There are many other lovely beaches along the coast within a few minutes drive.


Sao Rafael is 33-40 minutes by car from Faro Airport. The journey is simple and direct. Car hire recommended, but not absolutely essential. Flying into Lisbon is possible with a journey time of about 3 hours by car, again the route is direct though there are road tolls.


Albufeira old town is 5 minutes by car with its great variety of shops, restaurants, celebrated street entertainment, plus the renowned Fisherman's beach. The east side of Albufeira with 'The Strip' has many shops, pubs, restaurants and nightclubs. The new Albufeira marina which opened in 2004 is about 25 minutes on foot and has a growing range of shops, restaurants and water activities. In addition to the beach restaurants there are several other restaurants & bars within a 20 minute walk.

Further Details:

The central Algarve has a huge variety of activites and items of special interest apart from the beach and golf. There is horse riding, diving, sailing, walking especially along the beautiful coastal cliffs and cycling. There is a small supermarket called "Tommy's" within walking distance plus 3 good sized supermarkets each 5-10 minutes by car, with banks, post office & pharmacies in Albufeira. "Algarve Shopping" with a hypermarket, cinema, bowling alley, numerous shops & restaurants is 15-20 minutes by car.

There are several restaurants & bars within walking distance of the apartment including a Chinese restaurant & The City Bar next to "Tommy's". The bar has a pool table, Internet access & widescreen Sky TV.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 6
1 Oct 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
7 night minimum stay
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Rate 7
1 Nov 2016 - 31 Dec 2016
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1 Jan 2017 - 28 Feb 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mar - Apr
1 Mar 2017 - 30 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
May - Jun
1 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
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1 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
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1 Sep 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
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Nov - Dec
1 Nov 2017 - 31 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

Our management team are fluent English speaking and are available to help you at any time during your stay.
Changeover Day:
Flexible - midweek or weekend arrival/departures - not Sunday.
Rates as advertised.
Arrivals after 3pm; departures before 10am.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 21-Oct-2016
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Property Type

  • apartment


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • beach
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • resort


  • caves
  • churches
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Bidet
  • 2 Bathrooms En-suite bathroom to Bedroom 1 has bath with shower over, WC, bidet, basin unit and heated towel rail. Shower room has walk in shower cubicle, wc, single basin.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 5 (2 Double Bedrooms & large sofa bed) + Cot Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with 5 foot double bed, built in wardrobes and en-suite bathroom. Hairdryer provided. Bedroom 2 has twin beds, built in wardrobes and shower room opposite. Hairdryer provided.


  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: The apartment has air-conditioning/heating units. Insect screens plus security shutters at all windows and patio doors. Travel cot & bedding + high chair provided at no extra cost. Small safe for storing valuables. Some children's beach items are provided in the house for guests use - e.g. surf boards, beach balls, buckets and spades. There are a few board games, playing cards and books for guests use plus a few CDs. Full set of golf clubs plus bag for guests use. Unlimited wifi usage. UK TV channels, SKY channels plus movie library on TV. Outside: Gardens around the apartment. Car parking close by. The restaurant building by the pool can be used by guests. Facilities include toilets, easy chairs, games, books, pool table and fridge to store own refreshments. There is also a drinks/snacks machine - items to be paid for. Internet access at office at small cost. Utility Room: Bosch washing machine, iron/ironing board, clothes airing racks, larder fridge plus shelving & storage space. Cool box + ice blocks. Small vacuum cleaner, bucket/mop etc. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bedlinen and towels provided. Beach towels also provided. Weekly laundry change and cleaning for stays of 2 or more weeks. Complimentary welcome food pack.

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