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5 Star Vila - Close to Beach and Marina, partial Sea Views WINTER LONG STAY pos

Overview

Property

Updated: 17-Aug-2016
Villa in Vilamoura Marina, Vilamoura Area, Central Algarve, Portugal - Elevated views in "5 star" prestige location, "first built" Vila's in Vilamoura close to MARINA!!!!!

This is without doubt one of the best villas in the region, set in the old first built development in Vilamoura, and has a rare elevated position with long views stretching 20 miles. (Note the newer villas are in many cases 2 miles or more away from Marina, sometimes not even in Vilamoura!). It is architecturally interesting, with many curved rooms, including circular master bedroom, with dressing room and en-suite shower room. We have 6 terraces with seating facing in every direction, so always sun on a few of them, and always shade available! 20 minute walk to nearest beaches. Close to famous golf clubs. Internet access. Go to Google Earth and the exact location of the villa which you type into the 'fly to' box is 37 04'56.79"N 8 06'34.79"W

Vilamoura - A coastal paradise awaiting your discovery

Oozing with lush vegetation and a vibrant lifestyle, Vilamoura was awarded the status of the largest, most prestigious resort in Europe in 2012 and offers endless enjoyment for holiday makers and residents alike.

With gorgeous beaches that have been awarded the coveted blue flag status, surrounded by championship golf courses, and a dazzling marina that has won the award for best marina in Portugal consecutively for the last 4 years.

Vilamoura is home to a variety of lively bars, restaurants and trendy boutiques, with focus on many activities centred around the Marina, which buzzes with movement all day and progresses with breathtaking sunsets as the exhilarating nightlife begins to warm up as the sun cools down.

More Details
  • Sleeps 10
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

I am English, living with my family in Cambridge UK. For a time I lived in my villa in Portugal full time, and really enjoyed my time there. When my work brought me back to the UK, my kids did not want me to sell the villa, they wanted to be able to return for holidays, and so it is then that I now rent it part of the time. I must stress this was not set up as an investment, but my home, you will therefore find fittings and equipment of much better quality than is normal.

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19 Reviews

4.9
based on 19 holidaymaker reviews

5

THE Villa for Vilamoura!

  • 5 of 5

We were there for the quiet season which was nice as not so crowded though at this time a little cooler. But there was a heated pool in the villa which was clean and actually warm so we were in as soon as we got there! The children really loved it and it was large enough to actually get a little exercise if you wanted. The electronic cover was push button and made it fun to open up and close the pool.

Nice balconies at the back overlooking the area on the first floor; you can have a nice drink in the evening and watch the sun go down; even better on the rood from where you can see for miles around. Plenty of room and really all the amenities in the villa that you could wish for; I am trying to find something bad to say but in fact it is hard to think of anything that amounted to much.

One of the best things is that although the villa is quite spacious, solid and well maintained, it is actually walking distance to the Marina, about 20 mins so if you want you can go for a drink or a meal in town or at the waterside and gently stroll back later on in the evening. At the Marina the restaurants are a little more on the expensive side so I would look up online for the best ones / best value ones. Generally I found the standard of good was good if not better than the average you find in the UK as the Portuguese seem to take more of a pride in their food. Lots of chicken piri piri if you like that, but plenty of other stuff too. The tomato salad is just so tasty you could eat it as a meal in its own right. Fairly easy however to get about the local area if you are in a car; if you want it is only a few hours into Spain - we went for a short break across into Seville!

All in all, thoroughly recommendable.

You'll like it!

We are definitely coming back.

I can't seem to click on the star rating but I would give it 4, if not 5 stars.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Absolutely excellent villa in an ideal location

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely excellent villa in great condition. Villa is ideally located in Vilamoura, easy walking distance into the marina area for restaurants and other activities. Perfect for a family holiday - whatever the ages of your group. We all had a great time.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Absolutely fantastic week spent at a lovely villa

  • 5 of 5

Our family had an amazing week at Villa Rafaella.

The villa itself is stunning and spacious, with a lovely balcony off the kitchen overlooking the pool to eat meals at, plus other terraces around the various levels so you can always catch the sun at any time of day. The bedrooms (and living area) were all separately air-conditioned - a godsend with young children, thus ensuring no problems with naps and/or night-time sleeping in the August heat. The pool is fantastic and a really generous size - the children absolutely loved it and playing with all the inflatables and other toys from the pool room (see below). We were also delighted to find that all stairs could be easily closed off away behind doors to make it easy to keep it safe for toddlers - which was important for us.

The location is also perfect, being on a quite street in a lovely residential area, but within a 5-or-so minute walk to a local Spar and only about 10-15 walk to the Marina. We had a car and it was only a very short drive to a larger supermarket or the main beach itself.

We had seen the reviews saying the villa was well equipped, but even then we were surprised at just how well equipped it was - there was everything you could want including a kitchen with every possible item you could think of; a full laundry room with separate area to hang clothes to dry; inflatables for the pool; right down to a box of children's toys inside that our little ones enjoyed playing with. There were even spare car seats, pushchairs and travel cots available.

The housekeeper Odette was also really lovely and helpful. She met us on arrival and showed us around and how everything worked. She left her contact details and although we didn't need to trouble her whilst we were there, she made it clear she was there to help 24/7 should we have needed it. She was also there early in the morning prior to our departure (we had an early flight).

There were men who came every few days to both attend to the garden to keep it looking pristine and also make sure the pool was always treated/clean & that any leaves etc. that may have sunk to the bottom cleaned away. But they were also careful to ensure that we were not disturbed or our use of the pool not hindered.

We also tried some of Gordon's tips on where to go to eat - some places you would never have otherwise found.

This would definitely be the first place we would look to stay in again should we be back in Vilamoura (which we certainly hope to be!)

  • Review Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Guest, It is most kind of you to take the trouble to write such a nice and comprehensive review. We are always thrilled when we have people stay who really had a great holiday, and reviews help others to choose, perhaps people who had bad experiences before. Odett and Jose work well to maintain the property, pool and gardens, it helps a lot that I keep them employed all year round, so we get good loyalty. We certainly hope to see you again. Regards Gordon
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"Fantastic Villa"

  • 5 of 5

This is our third visit to Villa Rafaela and won't be our last feels so like home ! The villa is stylish and very spacious! The property is well maintained by Odette (lovely lady) it has a beautiful garden pool and bbq area. There has also been an extension to the balcony area it really is fantastic. If you choose this villa you won't be disappointed it's in a quiet residential area and only a short walk to the marina, beach and local shops. Definitely a 5 star property ! Thankyou for a lovely week Annie and Dave

  • Review Submitted: Aug 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Traveller, Thank you for you're wonderful review. Odett does her best to make sure everyone is comfortable and has all they need to enjoy their stay. As you mention we have extended the terrace and given extra views into the pool, we are very pleased with this. Plus we also spent some 10,000 euros this year on new curtains and bedding. We certainly hope to see o you again. Best regards Gordon
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5

Amazing place to stay

  • 5 of 5

Vila Rafaela is a beautiful home with wonderful views and a lovely pool. It is an easy walk to the Marina which is a great feature, as you could easily cope without a hire car.

We really enjoyed our stay and hope to return again.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A Stunning Villa - Close to the Action

  • 5 of 5

An impressive villa situated in a peaceful slightly elevated part of the resort, yet close enough to be able to walk ( 15 mins) to the Marina and shops. The villa is placed within beautiful, well tended gardens and has several terraces to enjoy sun or shade as desired. The swimming pool is a particular feature being a good size and depth. The electric pool cover is not only a valuable safety feature, but also preserves the water temperature overnight and prevents leaves, or insects falling in.

The house has everything you might want and more, being comfortable and homely. The kitchen is excellently equipped. The air conditioning is efficient and very welcome when temperatures soar , particularly in the first floor bedrooms.

An excellent family villa for a relaxing holiday and ideally situated to explore the beautiful Algarve.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Location

From the Owner

Vilamoura to my mind is the finest location in the Algarve, better that Vale do Lobo and Quinta do Lago, as those resorts are "manufactured" Villa compounds, no locals live there. In Vilamoura, all the roadside are lush with manicured gardens, but it is not a gated compound, it is a place of locals and plenty of Brits, and others from all over Europe. It has great facilities, and the marina is second to none, with hundreds of expensive boats to look at, plus lots of places to eat, and sports bars for keeping up with football, rugby, golf etc.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Faro at 20 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Marina at 2 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Many Championship courses at 1 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Over 100 in Marina at 2 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Falasia at 3 Kilometres Car: not necessary

Special interest holidays:

We can arrange long stay "winter" holidays at special prices - please get in touch to discuss this option.

Coast/Beach:

Closest beach 20 minutes walk and stretches in either direction further than you can walk in a day. Drive 30 minutes West to some of the finest secluded beaches in Europe.

You can locate the villa on Google Earth, type in the following in the section "fly to"

37 04'56.79"N 8 06'34.79"W

Travel:

Faro Airport is 25 minutes away and about 30 euros by taxi. You can hire cars from airport, or we can arrange your pick up by taxi who knows our villa. We can also arrange car hire for you at good rates.

Distances:

Drive 30 mins to Faro, great shopping and beautiful architecture. See how many storks you can spot! Great mountain circular drive, all day, Loule, then round mountains to Tavira (lunch) back home via Faro.

Drive West to Monsique for mountain and spring water.

Drive West to Portimao, Lagos for historic towns.

Drive East to Spain and Seville (2 hours max) spend the whole day in the Winter Palace, it is staggeringly beautiful. Perhaps stay overnight for some Flamenco!

Further Details:

A map is on the kitchen wall with many good restaurants indicated, especially recommended is the local dish Porco Preto, fish is excellent everywhere, but not on Sundays or Mondays as fishermen not working. I am developing a separate document of recommended places to visit.

Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Rate 17
1 Nov 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
£900
for 7 nights
£900
 
 
Rate 18
17 Dec 2016 - 31 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
£1,600
for 7 nights
£1,600
 
 
Rate 19
7 Jan 2017 - 31 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,075
for 7 nights
£1,075
 
 
Rate 20
1 Feb 2017 - 28 Feb 2017
6 night minimum stay
£1,193
for 6 nights
£1,392
 
 
Rate 21
1 Mar 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,518
for 7 nights
£1,518
 
 
Rate 22
1 Apr 2017 - 30 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
£2,024
for 7 nights
£2,024
 
 
Rate 23
1 May 2017 - 31 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
£2,087
for 7 nights
£2,087
 
 
Rate 24
1 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
£2,720
for 7 nights
£2,720
 
 
Rate 25 High Season
1 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£3,416
for 7 nights
£3,416
 
 
Rate 26
3 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£3,163
for 7 nights
£3,163
 
 
Rate 27
1 Oct 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,645
for 7 nights
£1,645
 
 
Rate 28
1 Nov 2017 - 30 Nov 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,139
for 7 nights
£1,139
 
 
Rate 29
1 Dec 2017 - 6 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
£2,074
for 7 nights
£2,074
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
£1,500
for 7 nights
£1,500
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £300

Booking Notes:
A non refundable deposit of 10% is required on booking in advance. 3 months before departure 60% further is required non refundable, 30%, plus an additional £300 to cover any damages, which will be refunded to you within 7 days of your return when our housekeeper has confirmed the no damage position. We can arrange payments by PayPal or direct bank to bank transfer. Owners Direct suggest you call before you make payment to confirm the website has not been "hijacked" by fraudster 07773 365000

Changeover Day:
Normally Changeover day is Saturday, but this can be varied at non peak season times. You must vacate by 11am on the day of departure. You can arrive after 12.00 on the arrival day.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK pounds. On certain peak school holiday weeks the rate for a particular peak week might be a bit more, we can tell you this when you enquire
No extra charges for pool heating, or air-con, as we charge for electric used, so the meter is read at the start and at the end of your stay, electric cost is accounted for and deducted from retention deposit at the prevailing electric charge we pay to the supplier.
Long stays can be negotiated.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

From the Owner

Possibly the best located Vila in Vilamoura with great open views for an elevated position! Please note we normally operate a Saturday changeover at school holiday dates. Also not an investment property as this is a private home so equipment furniture and fittings are high quality and well maintained. We also provide monitored security including break in, fire and CO2 sensors which not only set off alarm but brings our security guards to the door in minutes. We also have a child safe electric cover for the pool, this is designed to support a child. we can't guarantee this, thankfully it has never been "tested"

Property Type

  • villa

General

  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob

Dining

  • Child's Highchair

Entertainment

  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool

Suitability

  • children welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Location Type

  • beach
  • city centre
  • near the sea
  • resort
  • town
  • village
  • waterfront

Attractions

  • churches
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

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

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • 1) Ground floor bathroom large bath plus shower, twin sinks, lavatory and bidet. 2) Poolside lavatory and shower room. 3) First floor en-suite lavatory, bidet, shower, modern fitted sink unit. We have high power hot water, which is solar panel heated.

Bedrooms

  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 9/10 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Master bedroom on 2nd floor, double bed, dressing room, en-suite shower, bidet, lavatory, wash basin. Bed 4 double. Bed 2 ground floor wing, double. Bed 3 ground floor wing, 3 bedded twin.

Outside

  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue

Notes:

  • Notes on accommodation: We have our own young children, so there is all equipment for baby like cot and high chair, plus a nice selection of baby and toddler toys. The pool is not safe to leave children unattended, it has a deep end and is great for diving into. BUT parents MUST be vigilant at all times with young children. The property is gated and garden enclosed, so is safe for children. We have automatic LED colour change lighting all around the property that is always on at night. Parking for two cars, and more parking outside. Outside: Pool is circa 6 x 12 meters (2m at deep end). Can be heated on request. BBQ area seating for 8 (join 2 tables). Lovely garden with stunning night lighting, including pool underwater lighting. Plenty of sun beds available from games room store. Table tennis in games room, plus footbal table outside. Utility Room: Wash machine + dryer, and lovely open air round drying room. Ironing board + iron. Full maid service can be provided. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All towels and linen is included at no extra cost. Pop in maid service can be included for extra cost you pay maid directly. Other: Games room by pool with table tennis, shower and lavatory. We have now abandoned the separate charge for swimming pool heating in favour of guests paying for the electric they use which seems to be fair.

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