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AlmaVerde Luxury Villa with Private Heated Pool



Updated: 05-Sep-2016
AlmaVerde Western Algarve close to the picturesque fishing village of Burgau - Peaceful Location, Within 5 Minute Drive of Burgau Beach and Many Local Amenities and Activities

Villa Lara is a south-facing, beautifully landscaped villa in a premier position at the AlmaVerde Village and Day Spa. Guests have access to the Spa, tennis courts and a small children's playground, all within a 5 minute walk of the villa.

The villa comprises of a fully fitted kitchen, dining area, open-plan reception, 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and a galleried mezzanine area leading onto a sunny balcony overlooking the pool and garden and with wide-reaching views of the surrounding countryside.

Villa Lara is furnished to a high standard, the split-level open-plan design is perfect for relaxing and entertaining. Patio doors open from the spacious living area onto a large, partly shaded terrace with a dining table for 10, a sofa, comfy chairs, side tables and BBQ. Gates open on either side of the terrace to the lower-level Mediterranean landscaped garden and private heated pool.

Indoors, steps lead up from the living area to the double height fully equipped kitchen and dining area, with a further timber stairway leading to the mezzanine. The mezzanine provides an additional dining and seating area with a sofa and opens up to a sheltered roof terrace with its panoramic views. A small dining table and chairs, and outdoor sofa and chairs make the roof terrace an ideal place for evening drinks as the sun sets over the western reaches of the Algarve.

The villa enjoys commanding views across the Burgau valley and coastal hills.

There are two bedrooms with comfortable beds on either side of the living area, The Master bedroom having its own en-suite facilities, including a bath, the second bedroom has its own en-suite shower room, and a third shower room serves the two remaining bedrooms.

The villa has free wi-fi and a TV with English channels, including Sky Sports, and a DVD player.

Perfect for families of all ages as the patio and pool areas are gated and a pool safety device 'katch-a-kid' is available to provide the extra level of safety and security for small children. A superb villa for a comfortable, relaxed, family holiday.

AlmaVerde is set at the gateway to the vast and relatively undiscovered Costa Vicentina Natural Park, with its rugged coastline and golden beaches, yet close to villages and towns with much going on:

5 minutes drive away is the picturesque fishing village and beach of Burgau, with excellent beach bars and restaurants. The historic and lively town of Lagos is 10 minutes drive with large selection of shops, restaurants, Marina, colourful markets, vibrant night life and sightseeing tours. Sagres, Silves and Monchique are all within 30 mins.

There are more than 20 golf courses within 1 hours drive. Plenty of supermarkets for all your requirements just a few minutes drive from the property.

Additionally on offer is Zoomarine, Aqualand waterpark, Karting at Portimao and Olhao, Horse-riding, Water-sports, Diving, Shark and Dolphin watching, Hiking, Mountain Biking or just relaxing with a drink and a book at the side of your private pool!

The AlmaVerde management team at reception can provide you with information about all the activities that are available during your stay. Alternatively you may wish to spend a few days at the side of your private pool, enjoying the weather and a good book.

More Details
  • Sleeps 12
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We are a professional couple who let out our Portugal home to guests. We live in the West Midlands and have 2 grown up daughters. We have been coming to the area on family holidays for many years and it never fails to please us.

We often also invite members of our extended family as it comfortably accommodates two families. We visit as often as we are able and want to ensure that our guests enjoy our home as much as we do so we are always updating it with new furniture, linen and accessories, sun-loungers and parasols.

We love the peace and relaxation that the villa affords us. We have equipped it like home from home and enjoy spending days relaxing by the pool, and enjoying BBQ's and drinks in the evening.

We also like the many fabulous friendly bars and restaurants in the area

Speaks English

Guestbook comments from the owner

We have had a lovely two weeks at Villa Lara, we've used the pool almost every day. This is the nicest villa we have stayed in, plus lots of family friendly features that made our holiday so much easier.
Sep 2015
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3 Reviews

based on 3 holidaymaker reviews

Tenterden, Kent, England

Hidden Gem....wonderful

  • 5 of 5

The pictures just don't do this wonderful 4 bedroom villa the justice it deserves. Family of 8 with 3 teenage boys, the villa was beyond our expectations. Plenty of space, lovely pool and gardens and the area around is simply superb for families with so many beautiful but small beaches and Lagos with so many big supermarkets. We did not want for anything. We still have so many places to visit I am sure we will be back and to this villa. Simply superb.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Peter Many thanks for you lovely review, we are so glad you enjoyed your holiday in the Western Algarve. I do hope we can welcome you back another time and you can continue to explore this beautiful corner of Portugal Kind regards and many thanks Liz & Andrew
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Great villa and lovely break

  • 5 of 5

We had a week's break during the October half term with 5 adults. The villa is very spacious, well appointed and ideally located for a peaceful break, but close to great beaches and restaurants.

Even though we were 5 adults, we would definately bring young children to the villa. The pool can be closed to children by closing the gates and it can be heated.

The owners have taken a great deal of time to make sure every thing you need for a holiday is there, from children's toys, high chairs to a beer fridge!

Will be going back soon.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 6, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Myself and my partner thoroughly loved being here for 4 days. Its tastefully decorating, has plenty of room to move around, and such a peaceful location too. We enjoyed Burgau, and the many bars and restaurants, but we loved coming back to the villa, we made home for 4 days! Fantastic location, views and peacefully tranquil - has everything you need to make a wonderful holiday. Thank you Liz x

  • Review Submitted: Jan 26, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
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From the Owner

We have rented in Portugal with our children many times over the last 15 years and it was a long held dream to own a property on the Algarve, and in particular on AlmaVerde. We love the area as it is peaceful and just far enough away from the crowds at the height of the season, but with easy access to amenities, many varied activities, beautiful walks and scenery as well restaurants and bars. The Western Algarve enjoys a Mediterranean climate - hot dry summers and mild winters. In the height of the summer, the heat is moderated by cooling Atlantic breezes. The area has rolling hills, verdant valleys, rugged cliffs and golden sandy beaches and is largely untouched by mass tourism.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Faro at 90 Kilometres Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

Tennis players are well catered for at Alma Verde as there are 4 floodlit synthetic grass courts.

Built and maintained to the highest standard, the courts are designed to help you to enjoy your game with minimal stress on joints and ligaments.

You can rent courts and equipment, book an individual coaching session, or join a group clinic.

Fot a totally relaxing holiday AlmaVerde offers a Wellness Spa, with a wide number of holistic therapies, specialist relaxing therapies and massage as well as chiropractic and physiotherapy services.

Beauty Treatments can also be arranged, such as waxing, manicure, pedicure, eyelash and eyebrow tinting, facials and specialised body treatments.

If a totally restorative holiday experience is needed, the team at AlmaVerde can

design a Wellness Programmes that can span from 1 day to 2 weeks or more.

All Wellness and Spa treatments are booked with AlmaVerde Reception.


Close to some of the Algarve's most wonderful beaches on the South coast and the rugged West coast which offers brilliant surfing and boarding opportunities.

The nearest beach is Burgau, which is a five minute drive or a 30 minute walk, featuring a number of bars and restaurants, and popular with families.

Cabanhas Velhas, a small beach with a lovely beach bar for food and drinks

Salema - Golden sandy beach

Luz - family resort, lovely golden beach and many bars and restaurants


Faro airport is approximately 1 hour's drive away using the A22 Motorway.

A car is highly recommended for exploring all the Western Algarve has to offer and this can be booked online and collected from Faro airport.

Driving to Lisbon is around 2 hours 45 minutes and the Spanish Border is 1 hour 30 minutes away.

There are good local bus services - the bus stops are located on the EN125 just outside AlmaVerde Village.

Local taxi services are very good.


Overlooking the traditional village of Barão S. Miguel to the north

2 km to the fishing village of Burgau, with its beach and restaurants

4 km to Praia da Luz with it's beach, restaurant, cafes and shops and local artists displaying their work

10 km to the historic port and town of Lagos with its marina, colourful markets, restaurants & vibrant night life

20 km to Sagres and the fort of Henry the Navigator

25 km to Cape St. Vincent, the south westerly tip of Europe, with its lighthouse.

Further Details:

Plenty of local amenities in Burgau, Bars, restaurants, shops and a local supermarket.

Intermarche supermarket at Budens 3 kms away.

Praia da Luz has many shops and restaurants as does Lagos. Larger supermarkets also in Lagos.

Various activities such as Dolphin Tours, Boat Tours, Adventure Tours & Water Parks nearby.

The 'Wellness Centre' is open at AlmaVerde for wonderful spa and holistic treatments.

Tennis courts are available on site (coaching available and racket/ball hire from wellness centre).

Playground on site. A Kids Club is also available on site during the peak season.

The villa is fully supported by an attentive local management team on-site to answer any queries, provide information about local areas or deal immediately with any problems which may arise in the villa.

The coastal area west of Lagos is largely unspoilt, and large scale building is prohibited. As a result the resorts west of Burgau remain low-rise. Most of the coast is linked by a craggy coastal path and you can easily walk between the villages. Salema to Luz and Luz to Lagos are particularly beautiful routes.

Lagos is one of the Algarve’s most attractive and historic towns, its centre enclosed in largely fourteenth-century walls at the mouth of the Ribeira de Bensafrim. For all its historical significance, Lagos’s main attraction is its proximity to some of the region’s best beaches. To the east is the long sweep of Meia Praia, while to the west – from Praia de Dona Ana to Porto de Mós you find the series of coves, caves and rock stacks for which the Algarve is best known. Boat trips run along the coast all year round, while a popular side-trip is inland to Lagos Zoo.

The Algarve’s west coast faces the full brunt of the Atlantic, whose crashing breakers and cooler waters attract surfers. Beaches are accessible from the village of Carrapateira, or the prettier and livelier villages of Aljezur and Odeceixe.

It helps to have your own transport to explore.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Low 3
24 Sep 2016 - 21 Oct 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Half Term
22 Oct 2016 - 28 Oct 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Low 4
29 Oct 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Xmas/New Year
17 Dec 2016 - 1 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Winter 2017
2 Jan 2017 - 17 Feb 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Half Term
18 Feb 2017 - 24 Feb 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Spring 2017
25 Feb 2017 - 14 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Easter 2017
15 Apr 2017 - 19 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Highh Season
20 May 2017 - 21 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Peak Season
22 Jul 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Season
26 Aug 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Summer 2017
2 Sep 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Autumn 2017
28 Oct 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas & New Year 2017
23 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £178

Booking Notes:
Please contact via email for availability and to make a booking. A deposit of 30% is required at time of booking. The balance is due 8 weeks prior to arrival.

A breakage deposit of £200 is payable with the balance and will be returned assuming no damage/breakages

Optional pool heating is available at £115 per week, £60 per week in high season

Cancellation fees apply should late cancellation occur.

A welcome food pack can be arranged, please enquire on booking.

Changeover Day:
Thursdays or Saturdays are our preferred changeover days, however we are happy to accommodate other days where we can.

Arrival time is 3pm, departure time is 10am. Early arrival and late checkout may be available upon request.

Notes on prices:
10% discount is available for stays of 3 weeks and over. Further discounts will be considered for longer term stays. Bookings being taken now for 2015.

30% upon booking and the balance 8 weeks before arrival date.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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From the Owner

We love the peace and relaxation that the villa affords us. We have equipped it like home from home and enjoy spending days relaxing by the pool, and enjoying BBQ's and drinks in the evening. As soon as we arrive we feel the stresses of everyday living disappear. We hope all of our guests are able to enjoy the benefits of our villa as much as we do. We also like the many fabulous friendly bars and restaurants the area affords, and enjoy evening walks on some of the many lovely beaches in the near area. Our roof terrace is perfect for evening drinks and tapas, watching the sun go down over the countryside and then spotting the stars (and sometimes the International Space Station!!) long into the night.

Property Type

  • villa


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


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


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


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

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...


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

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • village


  • bay
  • churches
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

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

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Bidet
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Ensuite to bedroom 1 with bath and shower over, basin, WC and bidet Ensuite to Bedroom 2 with shower, basin & WC Ensuite to Bedroom 3 with shower, basin & WC


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, Can be made up as a twin room
  • Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed, 1 Child Bed, 2 Cot, 2 travel cots stored in this bedroom
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps upto 12 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed Bedroom 2 with double bed Bedroom 3 with twin zip & link beds (can be made as a double on request) Bedroom 4 with twin beds and trundle bed Two travel cots are available Sofa bed on the Mezzanine


  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: The villa has been designed specifically with children in mind. The pool has a shallow area at each end, ideal for water volleyball! The pool area is secured by a fence and gates from the patio area for maximum reassurance when small children are visiting, There is also a 'Katch-a-Kid' pool safety system which is simple to install and a DVD with instructions on how to do this. The environmentally friendly cool-house system provides welcome relief from the summer heat and the radiant skirting system provides winter warmth. An information manual detailing amenities, locations, restaurants and children’s activities is available in the villa. We also have 2 sensor-driven night lights for children, two travel cots and a high chair. There is also a sofa bed on the mezzanine which would be suitable for teenagers. WiFi is available This is a non-smoking villa Local Lodging Registration 1269/AL Outside: South facing and set in beautiful gardens there is a large patio with sun-shades over with dining table and seating for 10. Outdoor sofa, 2 chairs and coffee table and a traditional BBQ. Private heated pool with 8 sun-beds, umbrellas, inflatable toys for the pool. The garden is landscaped with Mediterranean plants, shrubs and trees, which provide some shady spots in the garden if necessary. We also provide a cool box and ice-blocks, beach umbrellas, picnic blankets, a small beach tent to provide shade, wind-break and beach toys. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen included, towels are changed mid-week and bed-linen weekly. The villa is cleaned twice a week. Please provide your own beach towels. Other: Mezzanine with table and chairs, sofa-bed, CD player, leading to roof terrace with outdoor lounge furniture and small dining table and chairs, with spectacular views over open countryside.

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