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

Bedrooms 4
Separate WC's1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

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.

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Member since: 2009
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
26 June, 2017

About Gordon

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.

Gordon purchased this villa in 2000

Why Gordon chose Loule region

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.

What makes this villa unique

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"


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Vilamoura in Algarve

Property Type:
  • villa
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • beach
  • city centre
  • near the sea
  • resort
  • town
  • village
  • waterfront
  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Child's Highchair
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • 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.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • 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.
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool
  • 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
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.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(21 traveller reviews)


Wonderful family holiday

  • 5 of 5

We booked Vila Rafaela to celebrate a birthday.our party consisted of six adults and one seventeen month old having his first holiday in the sun.the owners were very helpful prior to our arrival,assuring us that everything we need was already at the Vila.Odett met us on arrival,and explained everything we needed to know about the beautiful home.The Vila has a wonderful position in Vilamoura,peaceful in its surroundings,but close enough to easily walk to the marina or the supermarket,or the Old Town.Both the Vila and the pool were clean and well maintained,and I would recommend it to anyone who asked.we had a wonderful time and would like vet to return

  • Review Submitted: May 7, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure having you stay. Many thanks for the kind words in your review, we look forward to seeing you another time. Regards Gordon
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Wonderful - the best vila in the region for sure

  • 5 of 5

This is the best place we have stayed by far! Great fixtures and fittings, lovely power showers, beautiful garden and the pool is outstanding, with electric pool cover to keep heat in and make safe for children. Always places for sun and others for shade. Odet the housekeeper was very helpful and greeted us on arrival. The gardens and pool are well looked after by the garden team. Location location Location - well with great views for miles around, the only vila we realise that had views, others looked at walls of other properties, we could see right across to Alberfeira about 20 miles distant. But it is only 15 minutes casual walk to the Marina and the beaches. The Supermarkets are even closer.

We wil be back another time, and cannot fault this brilliant gem of a vila.


  • Review Submitted: Feb 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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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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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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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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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 24
1 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 25 High Season
1 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
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for 7 nights
Rate 26
3 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
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for 7 nights
Rate 27
1 Oct 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
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Rate 28
1 Nov 2017 - 30 Nov 2017
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for 7 nights
Rate 29
1 Dec 2017 - 6 Jan 2018
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for 7 nights
Rate 30
7 Jan 2018 - 9 Feb 2018
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for 7 nights
Rate 31
10 Feb 2018 - 17 Mar 2018
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for 7 nights
Rate 32
18 Mar 2018 - 27 Apr 2018
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for 7 nights
Rate 33
28 Apr 2018 - 1 Jun 2018
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for 7 nights
Rate 34
2 Jun 2018 - 7 Jul 2018
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for 7 nights
Rate 36
8 Jul 2018 - 8 Sep 2018
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for 7 nights
Rate 37
9 Sep 2018 - 29 Sep 2018
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for 7 nights
Rate 38
6 Oct 2018 - 31 Dec 2018
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for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

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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