Solario de Sao Jose
Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 5
An apartment complex a cut above the rest. Solario de Sao Jose is set in a sunny position and the place to be if you want your holiday base to be full of optional amenities amongst a quiet stylish and friendly atmosphere. It has a large refreshing swimming pool alongside a separate kids pool.
The T2+1 self catering apartment is fully air conditioned and heated, making it ideal for year-round self-catering holiday rentals. A wonderful apartment for a romantic holiday or for young families.
Apartment is furnished to a high standard with all mod cons, WIFI can be provided at a small charge, fully fitted kitchen, Cable TV, dvd player, Jacuzzi bath, hair dryer, security features and safe.
Our apartment has 3 bedrooms. Main bedroom has a 5ft double bed, a twin bedroom and a small 3rd bedroom with a single bed for a 5th guest. Our apartment does not have 'z' beds / couch beds in the living space. I also have a cot for a baby if required which I do not charge for.
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Aveiros 1 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||500 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Faro 35 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Sauna, Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, Table tennis, Games room, Safe, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Single beds (3), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, BBQ, Climbing frame, Swing set|
|Access||Parking, Wheelchair users, Lift access|
|Further details indoors|
There is also a roof top terrace with bbq. The long balcony off the master bedroom and living room, which is directly opposite the pools, is perfect for enjoying an evening sundowner.
The complex is safe and secure with many leisure facilities, making it ideal for families with young children or teenagers, or for a romantic holiday. DVD's, books, games and c-beebies will keep the children entertained.
Our 3rd small bedroom is available at a small charge of £30 for a 5th guest. We do not have 'z' beds or couch beds in our apartment.
Perfect for a relaxing and memorable Algarve holiday.
|Further details outdoors|
Table and chairs on balcony overlooking pool for relaxing / having a drink and enjoying the sunset
The apartment complex has squash courts, gym, game room, main pool, children's pool and play area.
This is an non-smoking apartment, Smoking on balcony only
If you feel energetic feel free to use the on-site gym and sauna whilst the kids amuse themselves in the games room or playground. The complex has a gated secure coded entrance system and is totally pushchair and wheel chair friendly.
What makes Solario different is that it holds a relatively small amount of apartments in contrast to the luxury that it offers. This property is centrally located in Albufeira in a quiet area but within easy walking distance of stunning sandy rustic beaches, local or international cuisine, bars and shops and the other local amenities of Albufeira. Sit back, relax, whether you are young, old, a couple or family you will be pleased to know this property has everything you could wish for.
Towels and bed linen are provided for your arrival. If you require any additional house keeping, please let me know and I will be happy to organise this for you.
3rd small single bedroom available at a cost of 30pounds. Our apartment does not have 'z' beds / couch beds.
25% deposit required at time of booking.
Balance due 8 weeks before travel or alternatively, please enquire about flexible payment options.
Payment can be made by cheque or lodgement to our bank account.
The Algarve region
The Algarve is renowned for it's stunning beaches. The nearest beach to our apartment is less than 20 minutes walk and as the crow flies, 600meters. There are plenty of activities in Albufeira, zoo marine, aqualand, slide and splash to mention a few. Plenty of day boat cruises to choose from to explore the algarve coastline and caves. The Algarve shopping center is only 5 minute taxi journey for anyone wishing to have a little retail therapy!
Our apartment is ideally positioned for golfers; just 5 minutes drive to Balaia and Pine Cliffs golf courses and 10 minutes drive to Salgados and the 6 world class courses at Vilamoura.
The Algarve is one of the premier golfing destinations in the world and has over 30 courses to choose from
Local amenities within a 2-3 walk include large Pingo Doce supermarket, bars, restaurants and taxi rank.
The Algarve weather is excellent for most of the year, giving approx. 300 days of sunshine which peaks in July and August. I have visited during the winter months and enjoyed temperatures of 18 - 21 degrees, which for us Irish and English is shorts and t-shirt weather.
The Algarve is renowned for it's award winning golden sandy beaches. Oura, Averios and Fishermans beach are about 20minutes walk from our apartment. Gale and Salgados beaches are 2 other stunning beaches nearby and are only a short taxi drive away.
Portugal is also know for its historical beauty and churches, the most famous being Fatima where 20,000 visitors go daily during the summer. There is also the walled city of Lagos built by the Romans in 200bc. It's importance was because of it's fishing and harbour and still has it's cobbled streets.
The town of Vilamoura is about a 10 minute drive from Albufeira and has over 1000 boats moored there. You can visit the Roman ruins in Vilamoura for €1.50
The marina in Albufeira has all the daily boat trips, fishing trips, dolphin watching, caves and activities to suits everyone young and old!
There are opportunities to enjoy all water sports, golf and horse riding.
The Zoo marine sea life centre is close by, together with a large Waterpark, Slide and Splash and the huge Algarve Shopping Centre to satisfy any 'Retail Therapy' needs!
If you want to get away from the coast for the day then a drive to Monchique and Foia (the highest point of the Algarve) is highly recommended. On the way you could visit the castle in Silves and stop for lunch of chicken Piri-Piri in the small mountain town of Monchique. It will take you less than an hour to get there.
Two large shopping centres are 'Algarve Shopping' in Guia and 'The Forum' in Faro just 20-30 minutes by car. The Algarve Shopping is a large mall which is approx. 5 minutes drive away. Taxi costs from Albufeira 10euros each way. Here you will find a variety of shops, a big supermarket, a bowling alley, a multi-screen cinema (most films are in English with Portuguese sub titles) and a food hall.
Alternative ways of exploring the Algarve are by joining one of the many jeeps that head out each day (high season) to explore the unspoilt Algarve.
There are plenty of great boat trips leaving from Albufeira every day. You can choose from a full or a half day and this can often include a trip into the caves and grottoes of the beautiful Algarvian coast line. If you fancy a drive into Spain then the border is only a 50 minute drive and Seville approx two hours depending on traffic.
As the Algarve spans a large area with wonderful sights and attractions, car hire is highly recommended to explore, but not essential as Solario is located a few minutes walk to the center of Albufeira.
Many award winning golf courses (http://www.algarve-golf.com/); Zoomarine (http://www.zoomarine.com/); Aqualand (http://www.aqualand.pt/); Slide and Splash (http://www.slidesplash.com/); Aqua Show; (http://www.aquashowpark.com/EN/); Jeep Safari (http://www.portitours.pt/); Krazy world (http://www.krazyworld.com/).
Try the Dolphin Safari (http://www.dolphinseafaris.com/); Scuba diving (5* PADI IDC Centre) (http://www.dive-time.net/); Atlantic Park ; Coastline Cruise; Water sports; Jet ski-ing; Parasailing; Snorkelling; Kayaking; Sailing; Horse riding over the sand dunes; Big game & Reef fishing.
Day trips round the Algarve and surrounding regions
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15 Oct 2013
"The perfect Holliday in the perfect place"
We love Solario and we certainly will come back next year.
Great place with friendly and helpful hosts.
Thanks so much Saskia for taking the time to write a review on trip advisor for us. I'm delighted you enjoyed Solario so much and look forward to welcoming you back any time. warm regards, shirley
23 Aug 2013
"great appartment and location"
From the moment I booked with Shirley I knew I had made the right decision. Her quick responses and information she provided made you realise you were dealing with an owner who had pride in her apartm… More
Thank you so very much Peter for your wonderful review. We are so pleased that you had such a great holiday and enjoyed the facilities so much at Solario de Sao Jose. We have not tried Palacete restaurant ourselves, thanks for the tip and we will try it out on our next visit. I look forward to welcoming you and your family back to stay again in the future, warm regards, shirley
12 Jul 2013
"Superb family apartment - Man.Utd player Nani holidayed in complex!"
From my very first enquiry to Shirley (the apartment owner), she answered promptly and made such an effort from answering my queries to arming me with very useful information she had found on her own trips to Albuferia. Her attention to detail is reflected in the high quality of the apartment itself which is really lovely.
The complex is intimate, having only 42 apartments but with a very high quality of facilities on offer. The pool and childrens' area of playground and playroom are superb and an area where our children made friends that they met up with for the duration of the holiday while we supervised them from the poolside or the balcony.It felt very safe with a coded outside gate, a coded gate to our apartment floor and electric shutters which as well as air conditioning in the living room and bedrooms also kept the apartment cool and allowed us to sleep in on mornings that we did not want an early start as the rooms remained dark until the shutters were opened. In fact the Portugese and Man Utd. player Nani was holidaying in the complex while we were there and my children were lucky enough to get a photo taken with him, so gives an idea of the quality of the facilities at Solario!
The local supermarket is well stocked and two minutes walk away, with a superb bakery around 4 minutes walk.
We did not need to hire a car, but on trips to the old town or the beach we travelled by taxi at a cost of €4, rather than walking the 20 minute journey in the heat, which was a glorious 30 degree C for our entire stay. We used Yellowfish transfers for our airport trip which Shirley kindly booked and they were great - prompt and courteous.
We enjoyed a trip to Zoomarine, visited local shops and the Old Town but enjoyed the facilities at Solario so much we didn't want to leave the poolside, playground and games room for other days out so decided that we will return in the future and undertake other trips then.
I would highly recommend Shirley's apartment at Solario for a relaxing holiday, yet it is close to all facilities that anyone young or older requires on holiday. Thanks to Shirley for all her help and our stay in her beautiful apartment.
Thank you so very much Audrey for your wonderful review of our apartment at Solario. We are so pleased that you had such a fantastic holiday and enjoyed the facilities so much at Solario de Sao Jose. That's amazing that you got to meet Nani from Man Utd, wow! I look forward to welcoming you back to stay again in the future, warm regards, shirley
2 Jul 2013
"Excellent location, superb apartment, spotlessly clean,everyone in complex very helpful and friendly"
Just back from Portugal, had a fab week with my family, your apartment is superb, everything spotless, pool great, location great, met some lovely Dublin people there, everyone friendly and helpful-we definitely hope to get back next year. all my family agree 10/10 rating
Thank you Mary for taking the time to put up a review of Solario on my advert. Malcolm is my good neighbour and I've just let him know that you reviewed his apartment and Solario. We are both delighted you had a great time and took the time to write a wonderful review for us. warm regards, shirley
31 May 2013
"Everything you need in a holiday."
We were delighted with our stay at Solario De Sao Jose. Shirley was so helpful in the lead up to the holiday, answering any questions or concerns I had. We were travelling with two young children so needless to say we needed to be organised. The apartment was beautiful, by far the nicest apartment we have ever stayed in. Had everything you need for a self catering holiday and only two minutes walk from a large supermarket. The grounds are beautifully kept, and the care taker and management staff are a pleasure to deal with. It was lovely to have a few more families stay there aswell as the boys loved having kids to play with. They spent their days going from the pool to the playground. The security aspect alone would probably be reason enough to go back. We always felt very safe between the security codes to access the complex and the electric shutters for the windows and doors. Came in handy in the mornings too to help the boys sleep longer :-)
The apartment is located about 7/8 minute walk from the strip, so would definitely recommend a stroller as the smallies would tire quickly, but a nice walk, where you have shops and restaurants along the way and even a tasty bakery that has the most delicious desserts. We used to get the road train into old town. €4 for a day ticket so you can travel as often as you like. The boys loved this and it stops off at the beach so handy if carrying alot of stuff like we did. Some lovely restaurants there too.
By far the best holiday we have had and a great first holiday for the boys. I couldn't recommend the place or Shirley enough. We will definitely be back. :-)
Thank you so very much Aoife for your wonderful review. We are so pleased that you had such a great holiday and enjoyed the facilities so much at Solario de Sao Jose. When the kids are happy, the parents are happy and that is a good formula for the perfect family holiday. I look forward to welcoming you back to stay again in the future, warm regards, shirley
16 Apr 2013
"First Class Apartment in Excellent Location"
The Solaria is in a central location, with approx 10min walk to strip & 20min walk to Old Town. Well stocked supermarket 2 min walk away, with bars & restaurants in the area.
The aparment itself is very comfortable & the facilites in the complex will keep active kids / teenagers occupied no problem. Unfortunately the pool was closed for repair during our week but we had alternatives as we had firends in the area.
I would not hesitate to recommend this apt & the owner Shirley was great to deal with, sorting out taxi transfers etc.
Thank you so much John for taking the time to write a wonderful review of our apartment in Solario. I'm delighted you and your family had a great holiday and I look forward to welcoming you to stay again in the future. Once again, I'm so very sorry the pool was not open during your holiday, this was due to annual maintenance being carried out. warm regards, shirley
27 Sep 2012
"Lovely apartment, great facilities."
Had a great time, weather fantastic, food was great (the restaurant Tres Palmeiras), enjoyed the couple of trips we did (Zoomarine and Vilamoura) and we will be back again
Thanks so much Tommy for taking the time to review our apartment at Solario. I was delighted to hear that you and your family had a great holiday. We appreciate you taking the time to put a comment on trip advisor for us. We hope to hear from you again in the future. warm regards, shirley
3 Aug 2012
"A beautiful apartment, lovely complex and very safe."
We travelled with 3 teenagers and a 5 year old and we all loved every minute of it. Shirley was amazing to deal with, so helpful and patient. Transfers to and from the airport were organised by Shirle… More
Thank you so much Clare for your wonderful review of our apartment at Solario. We appreciate you taking the time to write one for us. Yes, Clay Oven Restaurant is a must for anyone who likes Indian food! and I have to agree it's lovely to have a pre dinner glass of vino on the balcony watching the sun set. We are delighted you had a wonderful holiday and look forward to welcoming you back again in the future. Warm regards, shirley
22 Jul 2012
"Lovely complex, very pleasant stay"
We stayed here for 10 days with our 4 and 2.5 year old plus baby bump. The complex is ideally suited, with a kids baby pool and a large pool (refreshingly cold!). It is well maintained and cleaned. It has great facilities including a small kids playground, gym, games room and sqush court on site. It is located between the strip and the old town and very near is a busy supermarket. It's a good walk to the nearest beach. We had to get taxis everywhere because it was too hot/too far for kids to walk. Taxi to Aveiros beach or to the old town was between 4 and 5 euros each way. We probably should have hired a car in hindsight to get to the beach and explore the area. The apartment is modern with comfortable furnishings and decor and comfy beds. The apartment has great shutters which block out light so no early morning rises with the kids! The apartment is well equipped with plenty of equipment in the kitchen (including kids plastic plates, cups etc), loads of DVDs, kids books and adult books. There are 'communal' inflatables and beach toys at the pool. The airport transfer was very easy and no hassles.
Thank you so much Sarah for taking the time to write a lovely review for our apartment in Solario. I'm delighted you enjoyed your holiday in Albufeira. Once again, I sincerely apologise for my manager being 10-15 minutes late to greet you at arrival. I just want to let future potential guests know that this was due to unforeseen circumstances on your arrival day, hence the low score for key pickup. The nearest beach from Solario is Praia forte de Sao Joao and this beach is closer than Averios and Oura Beach. Car hire is not necessary, but I do understand that being pregnant with a 4 year old and 2.5 year old in the heat can't have been easy to manage. I will certainly include directions to Praia forte de Sao Joao going forward. I look forward to welcoming you back to stay in our apartment at Solario in the future. warm regards, Shirley
18 Jul 2012
"Walking distance to Strip and Old Town, very close to smaller shops & restaurants"
It is our 2nd visit to Albufeira. Very clean apartment and complex well maintained. Slight hill on way up to apartment, not easy with buggy but manageable. Pool ideal for children, find out where the pool toilet is on arrival. There is no bar or snack bar onsite which would have been great. 10 mins walk to Strip, 20 to Old Town which we managed with 2 buggies, down hill most of the way, up hill on way back. Old Town has a great atmosphere with puppet show, singing, stalls, nice restaurants etc. The Strip is fine during the day but I'm guessing more for younsters at night!! I would certainly visit Albufeira again.
Thanks very much Rosie for taking the time to review our apartment in Solario. I'm delighted you and your family enjoyed your holiday in Albufeira. I hope to hear from you again in the future. Warm regards, Shirley.
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