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Charming Villa " Mar" Shared Pool, Beautiful Spacious Gardens, Peaceful, Private

Bedrooms 3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Villa in Albufeira, Central Algarve, Portugal - 5 Min Walk To Beach, Walking Distance To All Amenities

"Vila Mar" is part of an "Exclusive", "Private", "Peaceful", "Well Maintained", "Secure", condominium,with a small Nº of Villas. Extensive Manicured Beautifully kept Gardens, with lots of trees & birds,rolling lawns surrounding the big Swimming Pool, with a separate shallower area for Children.Despite being walking distance to various Top Beaches, Excellent Restaurants,Viby Nightlife,Bares,Supermarkets,the "Old Town" of Albufeira,the famous "Strip",local "Giro" bus, Touristic Train, etc,the Condo. is very tranquil and peaceful.The Villa is South-facing, double storey building, with its private car-port. From the upstairs terrace of the Main bedroom, one can see snippets of the sea. Villa Mar has been decorated with a special charm and uniqueness. Downstairs is a private enclosed garden, with a green wrought iron table with 6 chairs, and strong big umbrella, including your private built in BBQ w/chimney. There are loungers for sun tanning/relaxing/reading etc.The little gate at the end of the garden takes you directly to the swimming pool. The complex has a locked entrance, a motorized gate, so it is quite secure and very private. There is a large pool and shallower children´s pool and attractive extremely well maintained very spacious gardens all around, with a Tennis court.The Children have lots of space to ride bikes and run free on the lush lawns, within the safety of a closed condominium. It takes 15 minutes leisurely walk along the Forte de São João Beach into the old town of Albufeira with its shops, bars and restaurants and fantastic night life. The famous Strip/Street of the Bars is 3 min walk. You do not need a car as the bus-Giro service is very good. There are plenty sightseeing tours available, car hire is available at the airport. There are wonderful beaches and villages along the Algarvian coast. A short trip inland takes you to the old Algarve where life has not changed much for years. It is a 4 min drive to Balaia Village Golf Course, 8 min to Salgados Golf Course and 20 min to all the Golf courses in Vilamoura.

Property Manager
Manuela & Branca Marques da Silva
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch
Calendar last updated:
24 May, 2018

About Manuela & Branca Marques da Silva



Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Areias de São João in Albufeira

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • I do not accept Groups under 21 years of age.
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Modern en-suite bathroom on the 1st floor has shower, WC, bidet and basin. 2nd modern communal bathroom on 1st floor, has a bath with shower over, wash basin, bidet and WC. 3rd Bathroom downstairs (ground-floor) has WC, wash basin and shower.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6+1 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Main bedroom w/double bed,w/en-suite bathroom balcony w/great views-South 2nd bedroom w/double bed, great views-South.3rd double bedroom w/two single beds. All bedrooms have wardrobes w/drawers.Double sleeper couch & single sleeper lounger in Lounge.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: We provide Baby Travel Cot, High Feeding Chair, Stroller, Beach Umbrella, Beach Cooler Box, Wine Cooler Bag, Beach Chairs, Sun Loungers, Shopping Trolley. Beach Towels available.We just ask Guests to wash them for the next Guests Outside: Vila "Mar", in Vilas Marisol Complex, is situated within attractive manicured spacious communal gardens which are well maintained.Vila "Mar" has its own private garden w/BBQ & small gate w/access to S/Pool.This garden has a wrought iron table & 6 chairs for outdoor meals, sunbeds, and an umbrella for the garden.The large communal/shared pool is at the back of the house, facing South, with a shallower, children´s pool.The tennis court is well maintained and is also found at the end of the communal gardens.Lots of space for the children to ride bicycles, run, play and enjoy. The carport is in front of the house with a smaller private garden at the entrance.This is a spacious Complex within walking distance to all amenities and a variety of night life. Enclosed secure complex with motorized gate w/zapper.Tranquil & peaceful, yet walking distance to restaurants, bars, bus, post-office, beaches etc. Vila "Mar" has quality furnishings, unique Decor, in a tranquil, peaceful, romantic setting. Utility Room: Washing Machine,Vaccum Cleaner,Ironing board & iron, bucket and mop, broom etc. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All linen, except beach towels, are included in the rental price. The linen is changed weekly and the villa is also cleaned once a week. A mid week clean can be organized at an extra cost. Other: The interior garden, provides a lovely breakfast area, as it is a brightly naturally lit room, making it perfect for breakfasts, or any other meal..This room lights up the all house, even before you have opened any windows or doors


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Charming Villa " Mar" Shared Pool, Beautiful Spacious Gardens, Peaceful, Private
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews

A warming feel with everything you need!

  • 5 of 5

I took my mum, sister and brother away on holiday - it was the first holiday we've all had together in almost 20yrs. So after deciding on the Algarve I found a number of villa's to choose from and then stumbled upon Villa Marisol! Wow!! The pictures of this Villa do not do it justice, it is such a lovely place and the 4 of us couldn't of wished for a better find. It's in a great location (in the middle of old town/ new town) 10 minutes walk to 3 beautiful beaches and a very short walk to a fabulous Portuguese restaurant (stews & more which was amazing!!)

We made good use of the BBQ and pretty much had the pool to ourselves for the entire week of our stay. Branca (owner) was amazing - so lovely. She met us at the villa and took us to the supermarket so we could stock up on supplies when we arrived, then dropped off some freezer blocks for the cool box the next day for us. She works very hard to ensure you have a brilliant stay.

You won't need to bring much with you to this villa as it's well stocked with utensils for cooking, tons and tons of amazing books to read whilst soaking up the sun. TV and DVD player but the villa itself is the main attraction - it is just beautiful!!

When we come back to the Algarve - I'll be coming back here every time! Book this villa - you will not be disappointed!

  • Review Submitted: 19-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Lee & Beautiful Family, I feel so honored you chose my Villa to come and bring your very Special ones on a very Special Holiday. I was the very lucky Lady to have had such a lovely Family in my home. It truly feels so wonderful to hear you had a Good time all together in my Villa, with your Mum, Sister and Brother and wish to come back; that is all I could possibly wish for. Thank you for letting me know you enjoyed, It is so nice to hear, one is appreciated. Please convey my regards to your lovely Family, I really enjoyed meeting you all-You lovely, Lovely People! A big hug and kiss, all the away from Albufeira and Me, Branca
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Family holiday

  • 5 of 5

Had a great stay in this 3 bedroomed villa with a 3 year old and a 16 week old baby.

Villa is well stocked with a cot and toys too.

Very clean and in a great location. The welcome pack was a great surprise as we arrived quite late. We will return!

  • Review Submitted: 08-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Shirley, Thank you so much for your kind words.I am thrilled that you enjoyed your holiday at Vila Mar. Thank you for treating my home like it was yours, and leaving it in an immaculate state! I was really lucky when you walked through my door; what a pleasure to meet such a WONDERFUL Family. I hope to see you again in the near future. Kindest regards, Branca P.s. All my love to "Twinkle Toes" and Baby brother William too.
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Fantastic family holiday

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we arrived and had a wonderful warm welcome from Branca and her mum we knew we had chosen well, the villa was all we expected it to be and more. The location is exactly what we were looking for, in walking distance of the beach, the old town,park, bars and restaurants. The villa is really well equipped with everything you could possibly want for your stay including pool towels, inflatables and even buckets and spades for the beach.The garden and BBQ were perfect as was the shared pool which was literally just out of the garden gate.

we would highly recommend this villa for a family holiday with a safe environment for children

  • Review Submitted: 20-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Jane, Family & Special Little Grayson, It was so wonderful to have had you enjoy Vila Mar...You were wonderful Guests, and I am so grateful that you looked after my Home like it was your own. Thank you Grayson for watering my flowers, they look beautiful and happy. You will always be always most welcome at Villa Mar, to enjoy many more Happy Holidays. Thank you for the lovely card you left, it will be forever a treasure in my "Guest Book", as well as Little Grayson´s Hand Print, and the flowers he drew. A big hug and kiss to you and your lovely Family. Branca & Manuela
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Beautiful, comfortable and fully equipped villa

  • 5 of 5

There was 6 of us that came to villa mar, including my 9 month old baby and my 9 year old niece. First time away with the baby so I was anxious on what I needed to take. However, Branca had it all prepared! Cot was put up ready, stair gate available, even had a stroller! The villa had everything you could imagine and more! Kitchen was fully equipped included extras like coffee machine, blenders (which made my life so much easier with making food for baby)! It had everything!

The location was perfect! It was a five min walk to strip and 10 min walk to old town but there is a train about 3 mins away that you can get on which takes you to all the locations anyway! You have choice of beaches all approx 5/10 mins away! Spar shop 3/4 minute walk and snack bars/restaurants opposite villa!

The listing description of this villa is more than accurate and as previously said much more could be added.

Very clean villa, lots of towels, air con, easy to keep tidy even with children as everything has a place. On a few occasions we even stayed in and enjoyed a BBQ (again all equipment supplied) outside in the beautiful private garden making use of limes and mint trees provided! Also great wifi signal!

Branca who rents this villa out is a absolute star! Very friendly, helpful, lovely person who can not do enough for you! She helped us out no end! Sorted all taxis, transfers for us and responded ASAP!

We had a absolutely brilliant time and already planning for next year but for longer and more of us! Can't recommend this villa enough! I've been to Portugal a number of times and would come back to this location/villa without a second thought!

  • Review Submitted: 02-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dearest Stevie & Family, I am so lucky, to have had you as my Guests, lovely Families like you are becoming a rare breed. I had the privilege of having my youngest Guest yet, your beautiful 9 month old baby Daughter and her 9 year old Cousin, a sweet and friendly Princess.I know Villa Mar was filled with the laughter of children yet again, and it makes me very happy indeed that you felt happy and comfortable in Vila Mar and want come back in the near future. I Thank You all, for making part of my life in sharing my home and looking after it as if it was your own, I am truly grateful. Thank you for the beautiful letter you left behind, which I will keep in my Visitor´s Book, and the lovely gift for my garden. Every time I light a candle in my garden, I will think of you and your family. Wishing to see you all in the near future, and hopefully see my youngest Guest walking, the next time she walks through the front door of Vila Mar. Hugs & kisses from Albufeira. Branca & Manuela
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Superb holiday location and a beautiful villa

  • 5 of 5

What a fabulous holiday we have just had in the beautiful Villa Mar. We were so lucky when we found the property and it couldn't have been more perfect. We wanted something spacious, quiet with use of a pool, safe but within walkable distance of restaurants and bars and it delivered on all aspects. Our two families had a wonderful time and the villa offered every comfort from home. The space around the pool, maintained of the grounds and cleanliness of the villa was superb and every attempt was made to ensure we had a fabulous holiday. The owners were more than helpful and every effort was made to ensure we had a wonderful stay. The bedrooms were spacious and plenty of bathroom opportunities. It was in a ideal location and easy access to the beach and restaurants. I would recommend the villa and its location and hopefully definitely be retuning.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am have been so fortunate with the quality of Guests Vila Mar has had, but these last 2 Families touched me as I saw how they made my home theirs, not only by looking after it but by thoroughly enjoying it, both the children and parents alike. Vila Mar fitted them like a glove. I just wish I had more time spent with these lovely people. I really hope to have that chance once again in the future. You will always be most welcome in my home. A big hug and kiss to you and your beautiful children, hope their fins slowly disappear after so much swimming, and may your husbands come enjoy more games of golf, and you Ladies more fun SHOPPING for beautiful souvenirs to take home.Thank you, Thank you for being my very special Guests.
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Excellent location, quiet complex, perfect holiday

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking to rent a 3 bedroom house in Albuferia that can sleep up to 7 people then look no further. We were honoured to be the very first guests to stay here. The house is ideally located in a very secure quiet complex 5 mins walk from the New Town and 20mins walk from the Old Town. 12 min walk to the Beach. The walk along the beach to the old town is beautiful. There is also a bus stop 5mins walk from the complex gate that can pick you up and bring you to the old town for €2.50 per person. The house has everything you need from Wifi connection to coffee machine. The complex has a very nice pool and garden area. The owner is extremely helpful and also does airport transfers. The only thing that she will ask of you is to switch on the irrigation system for 15mins a day to keep her beautiful plants watered. The least you could do for the time spent in the beautiful back garden. I cant recommend this property highly enough. Excellent location, beautiful quiet complex and very helpful owner.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jun-2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Hyland Family, I am truly fortunate to have had you as my 1st Guests, and you know what they say about the "first", you will never ever forget them; and so you will never be forgotten, as you looked after my Home like your own, including helping to turn on the irrigation system, until I get the new "computer timers" put in, and then this will water at the set times, as should have been, just that they did not arrive on time! Thank you once again for treasuring my Home, and you will always be MOST WELCOME, and be treated with the UTMOST CARE and RESPECT! Wishing that you will be able to come and enjoy "Vila Mar" in the near future...Looking forward to your next stay. All the very best for your future and also for your great sons, you have done a GREAT job in in raising them, they are respectful and a true reflection of GOOD UPBRINGING....I was truly blessed when Declan 1st e-mailed me, and decided on "Vila Mar"-Thank Declan Hyand for trusting my words...Kindest regards, Branca
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Car: not necessary


The nearest beach is Forte de Sao Joao, 5 minutes quiet walk away. Long sandy beach with rocks and cliffs behind-you can walk one way to the old town of Albufeira and the other way is a stunning cliff walk to Oura Beach. Quaint/small Aveiros beach (8 min walk)There are countless beautiful other beaches-nearby are Arrifes, São Rafael, Coelha, Castelo, Evaristo, Manuel Lourenço, and Galé to the West, with Aveiros, Oura and Santa Eulália to the East.


Faro is the nearest airport to Albufeira,a mere 40 min drive from "Vila Mar". Car hire is available and can usually be booked with your flight or from the airport. Alternatively you can hire a taxi or transfer for your airport journeys - it is not essential to have a car whilst staying at Vilas Marisol, as you are walking distance to all amenities and the tours available will take you the best places.The local bus "Giro" & Touristic Train , come past every half hour.


Albufeira is in the very middle of the Algarve, so it is convenient for visiting all the other towns, villages, beaches and places of interest. It is about 2 hours by road to Lisbon and also 2 hours to Seville in Spain. Albufeira is 1 1/4 hours by road from the Spanish border. There are plenty of coach trips on offer - these are excellent and good value for money. A variety of scenic (Caves & Coastline) and Dolphin boat trips,Para-Sailing,Diving,Snorkelling are available at Marina of Albufeira.

Further Details:

There is a Fresh Fruit/Fish/Meat Market everyday in Albufeira, behind the "Bull Ring", and another behinf "Lidl" and a popular gypsy market, every Wednesday in Quarteira. (Inexpensive Tours Available).Every Saturday, Farmers bring their fresh produce, like fruit,honey, almonds,figs, herbs etc. to the market behind Lidl All the towns in the Algarve have regular markets and you can find unusual bargains as well as Portuguese pottery and leather goods at excellent prices.

Just outside Albufeira is Algarve Shopping (15 min by car), a large Shopping Mall with lots of shops, Private Clinic, Food Court, with lots of different restaurants and a multi screen cinema. The Algarve beaches offer every type of watersport - surfing, windsurfing, water skiing, jet ski, fishing to name but a few. Salgados Golf is a mere 8m drive and Balaia Golf is even closer only a 4 min drive away.

Scuba-Diving, Snorkelling, Reef/Deep Sea Fishing, Dophin searches, Caves and Coastline Boat Tours can be found at the Marina of Albufeira, within a 6 minute drive. We have 3 "Great" Waterparks, Aquashow, Slide & Splash, Aqualand and popular ZooMarine, with their unique dolphin encounters.There are Quadbike adventures, even Safaris to the interior. With the delicious Mediterranean Cuisine being served in most restaurants, you will need the daily sea side walk, not to put on the extra pounds. The Albufeira Marina is a must for all its Nautical activities. The Lagos & Vilamoura Marinas are also very popular along with their cities Lagos for its History and Vilamoura for its Golf Courses.Eastern Algarve with its various Islands, which form part of "Ria Formosa", a protected area, with an enormous variety bird, flora and marine life. The Vicentine Coast to the West another protected area, with beautiful virgin beaches and its specific fauna & flora.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Areias de São João, Algarve

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 1
1 May 2018 - 31 May 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 2
1 Jun 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 3
1 Jul 2018 - 31 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 4
1 Aug 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 5
1 Sep 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 6
1 Oct 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

Booking Notes:
At time of booking we require a 25% non-refundable deposit and the balance payable 6/8 weeks before your holiday. We accept Euro cheques or direct bank transfers to our Portuguese Bank Account.
Refundable Key Deposit transferred into your Bank Account a week after your departure.
Changeover Day:
We are flexible w/changeover days. Please be prepared to leave the villa by 11am on departure day and to arrive any time after 16:00pm on the first day; These times apply mainly to the busier months, Jul/Aug/Sept, as changeovers occur on the same day.

Notes on prices:
Our Prices are quoted in British Pounds per week.
Please note there is a £200-00 key deposit, which will be refunded at the end of your stay.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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