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Lovely Spacious Apartment Facing South With Sea Views with use of communal pool

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,130 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Apartment in Sao Rafael, Albufeira, Portugal - Apartment Is In A Peaceful Location Just A 5-10 Minte Walk From The Arrifes And Sao Rafael Beaches

This spacious and stylish apartment can accommodate sleeping up to five persons in its two bedrooms. It also has two bathrooms , a fully-fitted kitchen and an open plan dining and spacious lounge area. Outside the apartment offers a barbecue area on the North facing balcony and sea views and al fresco dining on the South facing balcony. Enjoy the stunning Sao Rafael gardens and swimming pools within the complex.

Ray Good
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
8 May, 2018

About Ray Good

I am now partly retired after many years as a Technical Director for a multinational company. Following my retirement from the full time job we purchased this lovely apartment in 2005 and a ground floor property in 2008 on the same site. My present employment situation means I can work just as easily in Sao Rafael as the UK with the Internet connection.

Ray Good purchased this apartment in 2005

Why Ray Good chose Sesmarias

We had considered buying abroad for some years in Spain but having seen this apartment, there was no contest. We love this quiet area as it offers such easy access to beautiful beaches and the Monchique mountains inland. The Portuguese people are wonderful and many friends have been made in the area.

The nearest airport at Faro is easily accessible from the UK year round.

What makes this apartment unique

The apartment is so well equipped that it is a home from home and allows myself and my wife to experiment with our love of cooking. I am an avid golfer and in Winter time can play in 20C weather even between November and March when the UK is freezing.

I am also a keen photographer and am always capturing the changing colours of the coastline on camera as can be seen by some pictures in the apartment.

The benefits of the area include its quiet location yet its proximity to Albufeira Old Town.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Sesmarias in Albufeira

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1130 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • resort
  • town
  • Family
  • Holiday Complex
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 1 has bath/shower, toilet and vanity sink unit and is adjacent to the Master bedroom. Bathroom 2 has a waterfall shower, wash basin and toilet and is en suite to bedroom 2.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , Additional cot or small bed can be added
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4/5 (2 bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Master bedroom has double bed and fitted wardrobes adjacent to bathroom 1. Bedroom 2 has twin beds and additional occasional bed again with fitted wardrobes with en suite shower room.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • bay
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: The apartment has air conditioning throughout. Heating is available for the cooler months. Cots , high chairs etc can be hired at extra charge. Outside: Sea views looking south from the front balcony with table and chairs for dining at any time. Rear balcony offers views inland, again with table and chairs with BBQ. Set in lovely gardens with a shared main pool and paddling pool within a 2 minute walk. Plenty of parking in front. Adjacent to the pool is a communal area with drinks and snacks available. Within the building are pool tables and a library area for use of the guests. Toilets and showers are also available for guests. In the Summer months there is a lifeguard on duty and member passes are checked for access. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All bed linen and bathroom towels are provided and will be changed on a weekly basis. Note... bring your own beach towels. Apartment is cleaned on a weekly basis.


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Lovely Spacious Apartment Facing South With Sea Views with use of communal pool
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews
UK and Algarve


  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely week in apartment 3B. The weather was lovely for the end of March. On our arrival we were met by Richard who told us all about the apartment along with excellent contact with the Ray we felt totally relaxed. The apartment has everything you need for a self catering holiday it felt like you were at home with a dishwasher and washing machine - though we did not use these, also the bed and pillows were first class, we slept extremely well. The kind gesture of a some complimentary food and the bottle of wine was a nice touch. The apartment is in a very well maintained complex, all the areas were maintained to a high standard. It was nice having the beach close to the apartment. We walked to the Marina and to the Old Town and caught a Taxi back, cost about 7 euros from Old Town and 3.50 from the Marina. A couple of times we caught the bus which went at the top of the road. Cost 2.35 this drops you off in the Old Town and then onto the bus station. We also caught the bus to Vilamoura which was very easy from the Bus Station. We as a couple could find no fault with this apartment and are very keen to return.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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3B is a lovely apartment ........

  • 5 of 5

3B is a spacious clean apartment in a quiet location, with a good on site pool and within walking distance to a small beach and a few good quality restaurants. Communication with Ray was quick and efficient. I would definitely recommend to anyone wanting a relaxing holiday in a 1st class apartment. Thank you Ray.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review of our apartment. It is always satisfying to hear that we continue to impress our guests. Regards Ray ( Owner for 12 years)
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Fantastic apartment and holiday!

  • 5 of 5

Large, clean apartment with absolutely everything you could need. A lovely complex, quiet and peaceful. Easy walk to a local shop and the beach. Several good restaurants locally, our favourite being the fish restaurant on Arrifes Beach. Comprehensive guest information book. I found the owner to be the perfect host - accommodating, contientious, communication was fantastic along with Terry based locally, who was very helpful also. Taxi transferred arranged for us, welcome pack was brilliant. Could not have asked for better accommodation for my first holiday abroad, alone with my two children. We will 100% be back! Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your positive feed back. Always great to hear we are doing well in setting up your holidays. Look forward to welcoming you back in 2017. Best regards Ray
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Fantastic well equipped apartment.

  • 5 of 5

First time booking with Owners Direct and Ray made the whole process very easy. Communication was fantastic and Ray gave us some information of the area and local restaurants.

Didn't hire a car and found taxis were quick and easy to come by. Worked out that we would have had to spend 35/40 euros a day to match the cost of hiring.

The apartment is larger than the pictures show and had a personal touch about it which was was lovely. The kitchen was very well equipped and the use of the dishwasher and washing machine was great. Barbecue was fab and was lovely to have two balconies to enjoy the sun (or shade)

Wifi was good and kept the teenagers (and Hubby on Twitter!) happy.

The complex is quiet and a mix of residential and holiday. There is some noise from the hotel behind, but we didn't find this intrusive. The pool was great and was nice that it was deep. It became busy over weekends but you found that lunchtimes became quieter. Sunlougers and shade around the pool was also great.

Two lovely beaches about a 5 min walk from the apartment, we preferred Arrifes beach out of the two. Restaurants on the beaches were expensive for food, but good for ice cream and a drink. We used the ice box and freezer packs from the apartment (Ray and Carolyn think of everything) for sandwiches and drinks.

The marina is about a 15 min walk from the apartment (no pathway for some of it) and was manageable. Old Town was another 10mins on from the Marina. We tended to walk to old Town and then get a taxi, at a cost of 8 euros back to the apartment.

There is a Lidl and Aldi just outside of old town which has everything you need.

We wil most definitely be returning and Ray and Carolyn's apartment would be our first choice. A most enjoyable and relaxing holiday.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are very encouraged by this latest review. We have over the last 10 years updated many of the features of this property to make it meet many needs. We thank the recent reviewers for their most useful comments. Ray Good (Owner)
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We really loved the apartment - lots of space (the

  • 5 of 5

The complex itself was very well maintained but quite quiet in Sep/Oct. We made good use of the pool and also the Sao Rafael & Arrifes beaches (& beach bars!) - really really impressed with the scenery. Impressed that all the beaches we went to had lifeguards and all the restaurants we ate at had good quality food and drink (especially the red wine!).

The weather was perfect all week with blue skies and lots of sun. The car hire worked well with a very new car and we used it for a few day trips out to Silves (historic town with castle), Spash & Slide (kids loved this), Albufeira (good choice of restaurants) & Lidl (excellent value)!

Many thanks again for letting us stay at your apartment - In summary, it was great, and we hope to go back soon!

  • Review Submitted: 13-Oct-2015
  • Date of Stay: September 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Always pleased to receive such positive feedback regarding our property in Sao Rafael...our home from home! You are always welcome to come back anytime. Ray Good (Owner)
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tout simplement le meilleur

  • 5 of 5

Translated simply the best. We have stayed in the Algarve for the past nine years. Sao Rafael has proven to be our favorite. The area is up market and away from the resorts that appear to be cheap and cheerful,whilst at the same time Sao Rafael will appeal to young and old alike, families or retired people. The apartment is situated ideally within reach of every possible facility from the very best in beaches, bars and restaurants. Its location is an ideal base for exploring all of Portugal with good road, rail and bus services. Faro airport is only a 35 minute transfer. Taxis and hire cars are good value. The panoramic views include a sea view to the front and a garden area to the rear. There is no disabled access. The on site support team are there on call and provide a re-assuring service with local knowledge and advice. Our contact with the owners Ray and Carolyn Good left us with new friends. We also visited their studio apartment in the same area. This is also to a very high standard and will appeal to those looking for a value for money holiday on a lower budget, or have mobility problems. Having spent over a month in the apartment we found nothing wanting and are looking forward to another long stay. Our comprehensive research prior to booking was probably wasted as I doubt if there is a similar apartment that compares more favorably. Not having any prior connection with the owners we give this apartment five stars. This is supported by the comments book in the apartment from previous bookings. Going to the Algarve? go Sao Rafael!

  • Review Submitted: 04-Feb-2014
  • Date of Stay: January 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
800 Metres
Nearest Golf
4 Kilometres
Nearest Train
5 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
4 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
800 Metres
Nearest Beach
800 Metres
Sao Rafael


The stunning beach of Sao Rafael is an 8 minute walk from the apartment.

Many other beaches are accessed by foot or car and have restaurants and sun loungers available.


Faro airport is situated approximately 40K to the east ( 30 minute drive)

A car is recommended but not essential.


Albufeira Old Town and Marina is a 30-40 minute walk or 5-10 minutes by car or economical taxis.

Many restaurants shops and bars offering live entertainment are situated in Albufeira.

Further Details:

A number of restaurants are within walking distance of the apartment.

Having a car will increase your enjoyment of restaurants and resorts further afield.

Although there is a nearby convenience store ( 5 minute walk) it is recommended that a car/taxi is used to access the many supermarkets within a 5 minute drive. The nearest banks are in Albufeira or Val de Parra ( 3K) distance.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Sesmarias, Algarve

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
1 May 2018 - 31 May 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Early Summer
1 Jun 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Booking Notes:
A 20% non returnable deposit secures the booking. The balance would be expected 6 weeks ahead of the holiday. A £100 security cheque is requested ahead of arrival which is returned after inspection.

Changeover Day:

Notes on prices:

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