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Luxurious 2 Bedroom Apt. - Ocean View in a Quiet Location with Mature Gardens



Updated: 15-Nov-2016
Apartment in Sao Rafael, Albufeira, Central Algarve, Portugal - Renovated In 2014; Large Pool; Children's Pool; 5 Minute Walk To The Beach

São Rafael is a prestigious complex of low rise apartments and villas set in mature gardens occupying one of the most sought after locations in the Algarve. Our apartment is only a short stroll from São Rafael beach and one minute walk from the main pool and adjacent children's pool. It faces south giving plenty of sunshine and breathtaking ocean views from both the master bedroom and the open plan living area with a terrace. This is our first rental property and shortly after purchasing it we renovated it paying special attention to details that we consider important when we take our holidays: We believe holiday homes should be clean, comfortable, cozy, and environment friendly. On the top floor of this 2 floor apartment you will find two bedrooms and one bathroom. The bedrooms are decorated with traditional Algarvian wooden ceilings, hand painted mosaics and have their own built-in closets. The beds are fitted with high fiber count Egyptian cotton linen and a choice of either natural goose down or hypo-allergenic hollow fiber pillows. The bathroom is equipped with a walk in rain shower and high fiber count Turkish cotton towels. The stairs down to the living area are protected with optional child proof gates. Downstairs on the main floor you will find the open concept living area with the kitchen, the dining/living room and a terrace. The kitchen boasts modern high efficiency appliances and all the amenities you need to prepare and serve up your culinary creations. The living and dining area boast a phenomenal ocean view, a fire place, is fitted with modern audio-visual equipment. On the terrace you will find a place to relax with an unprecedented view and an open fire grill to enjoy some open air cooking. Keeping the environment in mind, the apartment has been fitted with high efficiency appliances, efficient lighting, water efficient plumbing, double glazed wooden windows, and a solar powered hot water heating system. High Speed Internet available both by Wi-Fi and cable.

  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

I moved to Portugal back in 2008 just before marrying my husband with whom I have two beautiful children with; a boy and a girl. We often come to this part of the Algarve for holidays and decided to buy an apartment here as an investment and also to enjoy ourselves.

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Speaks English, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish

18 Reviews

based on 18 holidaymaker reviews


Fab appartment

  • 5 of 5

We had a fabulous stay in this appartment have been coming to albufeira for 15 years and this is the first time staying in sao rafael it was very comfortable fabulous views and very quiet will definitely book again for next year

  • Review Submitted: Oct 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are very happy that you have enjoyed your stay with us. Thank you for the review!
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A clean villa on a pleasant complex with a lovely pool. Great beach 5 minutes walk away

  • 4 of 5

We had never been to Portugal before and fell in love with the coastline and beaches. We stayed one night near the strip in Albufeira and never again as it was very noisy with clubbers coming in at 7am. However, we then went to the villa in Sao Rafael and this was relaxing and peaceful with a great pool and a beach nearby with wonderful warm sea. It is easy to get a taxi in to Albufeira old town which cost approx 7 Euros each way as there is very little choice of bars and restaurants near the villa. We had a drive out to Luz and Lagos which is a little more up market and then drove out to Cab de Vincent the most westerly point in Europe, with dramatic headland and lighthouse. Overall we would go back to Portugal but will stay near Lagos next time. A car is advisable for this accommodation as there is a big Lidl and Aldi but they are a 10 minute drive away.

However the accommodation was clean and comfortable with higher end appliances and crockery/cutlery/utensils.

Catrina has been very helpful and answered all our queries efficiently.

Mrs Barker

20th August

  • Review Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We'd like to thank you very much taking the time to write a detailed review. It not only helps us, but also our future guests.
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Home from home.

  • 5 of 5

Thank you very much for our relaxing 3 week holiday in your comfortable apartment. Every day we enjoyed a leisurely breakfast on the terrace over looking the sea. Apartment clean, modern, very well equipped and in a beautiful quiet area. We will definitely book again.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for the great review! We are very happy that you enjoyed your time. Hope to welcome you again.
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Faultless Family Friendly Apartment in Fantastic Location

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I with our 20 month old son spent a fantastic week in this apartment. The location is fantastic being just a short drive from the old town of Albuferia but in a lovely quiet area with easy access to the beach. The beach is just a 5 min stroll away and was very clean with a nice bar/restaurant for food/drinks. The location allowed us to enjoy the hustle and bustle of the Albuferia old town but quckly leave this behind for a fantastic quiet nights sleep-perfect for our toddler.

The apartment itself is all you could want on holiday. It was extremely clean with everything in great condition and was very well maintained. all of the furniture and contents were very high quality: very comfy beds/sofa, TV, excellent Wifi,very quiet washing machine...even the dishes and glasses had a sturdy quality feel to them. We were constantly pleasantly surprised at the lengths that the owner had gone to make the quest feel welcome with the apartment stocked with nespresso capsules, some wine and even a carton of milk for when we arrived. When we decided to go to the beach we discovered buckets and spades as well as a parasol in the apartment for our use. For our son there were stairgates, baby high chair and a travel style cot which was actually a good bit longer than the regular travel cot that we have at home. Our son was very safe in the apartment and slept better than at home as we did ourselves helped by the excellent air con in all rooms.

The area of Sau Rafael is perfect for anybody on a family holiday but I do feel that you do need a car which was not an issue for us as we always have one. For a quiet safe family holiday it is perfect.

The owner of this property has been excellent from the moment we booked and then had to change dates. communication with her has been prompt and very friendly and it is clear from how the property is presented that she has pride in her home. We could reccomend this property to anybody as they will not be disappointed. Our best ever holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the excellent review! We are thrilled that our property has contributed to a great holiday and will endeavour to do the same for our future guests.
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Lovely Appt

  • 5 of 5

Great appartment in a cracking location .. would use again !!

  • Review Submitted: May 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the great positive feedback! :) We hope to see you back again someday. Kind regards, Catarina
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Schönes Feriendomizil in toller Lage

  • 5 of 5

Die Ferienwohnung liegt ruhig in einer großen Appartementanlage. Sie hat Meerblick vom Balkon und vom großen Schlafzimmer in der oberen Etage und das ist ein schöner Vorteil, den nicht viele Wohnungen in dieser Anlage haben. Die Wohnung ist, wie beschrieben, gut ausgestattet. Die elektronischen Geräte sind alle auf dem neuesten Stand und funktionieren problemlos.

Der Balkon ist ein wenig klein, aber man kommt mit 3 Erwachsenen zurecht. Es gibt einen Grill, den wir auch gerne benutzt haben. Zum Sonnen ist der Balkon allerdings nicht geeignet. Da geht man dann besser zum Poolbereich, wo Sonnenliegen stehen.

Sehr gut gefallen hat uns das Badezimmer mit seiner schönen Regendusche. Sie hat eine Ganzglasabtrennung - alle, die sich auch immer über wehende Duschvorhänge ärgern, werden das zu schätzen wissen.

Zum Strand sind es bei bequemem Gang max. 10 Minuten. Dort gibt es ein Restaurant und es werden Liegen und Sonnenschirme vermietet.

Durch die ruhige Lage ist man allerdings auf ein Auto angewiesen, um seine Einkäufe zu erledigen. Ist aber auch kein Problem, es gibt genug Parkplätze rund um die Anlage.

Wir haben die Tage in Sao Rafael sehr genossen und würden auch wieder diese Wohnung mieten.

Der Kontakt mit Catarina per Email war problemlos und schnell. Vielen Dank!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the wonderful review and for the time that you took to write it! We are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay with us. We hope to see you back again someday. Kind regards, Catarina
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From the Owner

My husband first brought me to this area of the Algarve on my first trip to Portugal. He spent a lot of holiday time here when he was younger and has very fond memories. Since then, I have also fallen in love with the location because it is beautiful, quiet, and very close to the beach. But, if you feel like going out for a good time, then Albufeira is just 10 minutes away by car.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Faro at 45 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : at 200 Metres Nearest Motorway : A22 at 12 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : at 200 Metres Nearest Beach : Sao Rafael at 200 Metres Car: not necessary


5 minute walk to the beach.


Faro airport is approximately 40 minutes drive away. Lisbon airport is approximately 2hrs drive away.


Local Bars and restaurants are within a 5 minute walk. Old town Albufeira is 5 minute drive and the marina is 2 minute drive away; both can be walked.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Mid Season 2017
1 Apr 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
High Season 2017
3 Jun 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Peak Season 2017
15 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Season 2017
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Mid Season 2017
30 Sep 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £13 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Cleaning £59
Refundable Damage Deposit £211

Booking Notes:
Full payment required immediately if holiday booking date is less than 45 days before holiday commencement date.
A ‘Security Deposit’ of €250 is required with each booking.
This will be returned following a successful inspection after completion of your holiday.

Notes on prices:
Please get in touch for special longer and shorter term rates.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 90 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 15-Nov-2016
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Property Type

  • apartment


  • Family
  • Holiday Complex
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


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


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


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


  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool


  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • beach
  • near the sea
  • waterfront


  • cinemas
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • surf fishing
  • swimming


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • 1 bathroom equipped with a walk-in rain shower. Plush high fiber count Turkish towels. Hair dryer.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 5 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 has a double bed, a built in closet, a personal vanity area, and an ocean view. Bedroom 2 has 2 twin beds, a built in closet, and a garden view. High fiber count Egyptian cotton linen and a choice of either natural or hypoallergenic pillows.


  • Balcony ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: High Speed Internet available both by Wi-Fi and cable. Children's cot available on request (no additional cost) Sofabed available (for an additional fee) Outside: Mature gardens throughout the complex. A terrace with plants, a barbecue, and wooden garden furniture. Utility Room: Washing machine; ironing board; iron Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All towels and linen are included and cleaning service is offered once weekly for stays longer than one week.

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