2 bed Apt Sao Rafael Albufeira
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Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Sao Rafael is a peaceful, quiet and attractive area and is a popular choice for both families and couples. As well as boasting a number of beautiful beaches, coastal walks and fantastic restaurants there are also plenty of attractions in the area to keep children happy. Visitors to Sao Rafael regularly fall in love with the area and come back year after year. Sao Rafael is a 40 minute drive from Faro airport, and is located a few kilometres from the town of Albufeira.
The apartment is located in the desirable Sao Rafael village, and is set in several acres of mature tropical gardens.This first floor apartment is set in attractive, well kept communal grounds and the complex boasts both a large adult swimming pool and a smaller children's pool for the use of owner's guests. The apartment enjoys a sea view and it is only a 5 minute walk away from one of the area's nicest beaches.
The 2 twin bedroom apartment comfortably sleeps 4-5 people (there is a double airbed available for a fifth person for an extra charge). The self catering apartment comes fully furnished and a cot and high chair are also available for a fee.There are small balconies in both bedrooms (one with a sea view, one with a garden view) and a large balcony off the lounge that comes with an additional table and 4 chairs, so you can sit and enjoy the sea view.
There are a wide selection of restaurants, bars and shops in the area, as well as a number of other beautiful beaches for you to enjoy. The old town of Albufeira is a 5 minute drive away and the Albufeira marina is only a few minutes drive away. There is also a range of high quality golf courses in the area.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Sao Rafael 500 m|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||600 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Faro Airport 49 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||Log fire, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||TV, Video player, CD player, Pool or snooker table, Games room, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Cots (1), Dining seats for 5, Lounge seats for 5|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden|
|Further details indoors|
The apartment is light, airy and spacious, with an open plan living area, large balcony and 2 large bedrooms with built in wardrobes. The apartment is on one level only so is ideal for younger children.
• All bed linen and bathroom/kitchen towels are provided. Please provide your own beach/pool towels.
• Mid stay maid service included in rental for cleaning/linen change for stays of 14 days or more (additional maid service available for an additional fee for shorter stays)
• High chair and cot are also available on request (for an additional fee)
• 2 spacious twin bedrooms (in 1 room the beds can be positioned together)
• 1 family bathroom with toilet, shower over bath, basin and bidet
• Lounge offers comfortable sofa and arm chairs, tv/dvd/sat tv, ipod docking station, book library, dining table and 5 chairs
• Large balcony leading off lounge that offers a sea view. Outside table and chairs provided for outside dining.
• Fully furnished kitchen with appliances, crockery, saucepans etc supplied
There are small heaters and fans in each of the rooms and there is a log fire / wood burner in the lounge
The property has a full rental licence and has been safety checked (gas/electric/fire) with first aid kit provided and carbon monoxide tester installed.
Wi-fi can be organised through the office and the games room and pool table is available in the communal area next to the swimming pools.
Full inventory available on request
|Further details outdoors|
The apartment is set in attractive, mature gardens on an apartment complex. The apartment is located on the first floor and is accessible up a flight of stairs. (may not be suitable for someone with very restricted mobility)
There is a large balcony with a sea view off the lounge and 2 smaller balconies off each bedroom.
There is a large kidney shaped swimming pool (shallow at one end and a much deeper end suitable for diving) and a smaller, separate children's pool suitable for younger children.
There are plenty of sun loungers around the pools for the use of guests, sun shades and tables and chairs. There is plenty of shade available if wanted.
There is an office where you can get information on any aspect of your holiday and a communal games area with vending machine.
There is also plenty of free communal parking available within the grounds.
A welcome information pack is provided (hard copy in apartment and can also be provided by email prior to arrival) which gives directions and details of restaurants, supermarkets, tourist attractions etc..
Short term (a couple of nights) rentals are available in non-peak times and longer term (up to a month) rentals are available during the winter months at a discounted rate.
The Algarve region
The Algarve is a beautiful region of southern Portugal that boasts a spectacular coastline, beautiful beaches, mountains, traditional Algarvian market towns and plenty of attractions for both day-time and night-time entertainment. The Algarve is well known for both its beaches and golf courses as well as its vineyards and local wineries. It is an ideal destination for families and couples as well as people looking for a livlier holiday.
The Algarve is well known for its long hours of sunshine throughout the summer months, and high temperatures. Although temperatures can reach above 30 degress during the summer, the cool ocean breeze means it doesn't often feel too hot. A day trip up to the mountains is also a good way to escape the heat.
Sao Rafael is a quiet, relaxing area with stunning beaches, a wide selection of restaurants and close to a number of local attractions such as:
Albufeira marina: the marina offers a number of bars and restaurants and is a nice place to sit and relax while watching the sun go down.
Slide and Splash: One of Europe’s biggest and best water parks. A great family day out offering water slides, rides, reptile and falconry shows and plenty more. www.slidesplash.com
Zoomarine: Popular theme park and aquarium offering dolphin, seal and sea lion shows, tropical birds and birds of prey and sharks. There are also swimming pools, water slides, rides and the opportunity to swim with dolphins. More info at www.zoomarine.pt.
Wine tasting at Cliff Richard’s local vineyard ‘Adega do Cantor’. A great way to spend a few hours, sampling some of the local wine and taking a tour of the local vineyard. www.winesvidanova.com/visiting
Boat ride around the coast: there are a number of companies offering boat trips around the beautiful Algarve coast ranging from a few hours to a full day.
Monchique: take a day trip in the mountains to the picturesque market town of Monchique.
Golf: there are plenty of high quality golf courses in the local area to choose from. www.algarvegolf.net
Algrave Shopping: over 100 shops, cinema, bowling
Watersports available at local beaches
Availability Your dates are available
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12 May 2013
During our week's stay we visited quite a few other beaches east and west of Albufeira, but the beach at San Rafael was definitely the best, and in such easy reach of our accommodation too! A five minute amble is all it took to get there. We were out of season but can imagine that the car park at the beach would be packed in the summer, so this easy access is a real advantage.
The apartment is tastefully furnished with a living room leading to a sheltered balcony from which the sea can be seen. The balcony is not overlooked by any other building. The kitchen and bathroom are both tiled in traditional Portuguese tiles which add charm and character to the place. The bathroom is spacious, and the shower (over the bath) is easy to use, with hot water supplied from a boiler in the kitchen that worked efficiently. The kitchen had all we needed for our stay - we were 4 adults and a child. There is a freezer which we didn't use and other items such as iron and ironing board. We were pleased to find that there was Sky TV and a DVD player. Wifi was available for a small fee at the pool area during office hours.
We were grateful that we had brought our satnav (a TomTom) as it helped us to find our way efficiently to many places of interest in the locality. However, it wasn't so good at getting us out of town centres, once taking us on a route we now look back on in embarrassment!
We could have hired a high chair and a cot from the site's office, but at just over 6 euros per day per item we chose to bring our own travel cot for our 2 year old grandson and we managed without a high chair. The apartment helpfully provided two sets of buckets and spades! There was also plenty of helpful information about the area.
25 Apr 2013
"Great apartment, feels like home away from home in a lovely location perfect for exploring the area."
Lovely beach within walking distance. You really need a car to get around the area, and there's plenty to keep a family occupied within easy reach. Apartment is a good size, clean and comfortable. A great holiday.
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