Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Vila Marachique is set in a quiet private complex just over 1 km from the town centre.
The apartment sits in 4.8 acres of beautiful gardens with one of the best lagoon style pools in the region.
Facilities include a children's pool, huge lake style main pool, on site bar and children's playground.
There are three beautiful non polluted beaches within a 2 minute drive or 20 minute walk . There are 2 supermarkets and restaurants within a 2 minute walk.
A 15/20 minute walk takes you in to the centre of Alvor a beautiful village with cobbled streets that bustle with restaurants bars shops, and a beautiful marina and beach.
We have now installed WIFI in the apartment (July 2014) so an extra help if that's on your wish list for a stay
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||ALVOR 1 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: FARO 60 km, Nearest railway: Portimao 3 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||DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 7|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, Climbing frame, Swing set|
|Access||Secure parking, Lift access|
|Further details indoors|
Every thought has gone in to making this far more than a basic holiday apartment.
DVD player, cd player, lcd 26inch tv, selection of children's dvds and games, Play station 2 and a few games, general selection of movies.
In the kitchen extra touches include cappucino maker, panini maker, picnic set cool box and cool bag
For babies travel cot and babies booster seat, potty and step up stool, children's plastic cutlery and dinner sets.
These extra touches will appeal to both families and couples alike. There is also an lcd tv in the bedroom
We have also installed Freeview Channels for your enjoyment in both the living room and master bedroom
Hand and Bath Towels can be provided at a small extra charge
|Further details outdoors|
Pool for the exclusive use of vila marachique guests. Pool open april to october. Sunbeds and parasols available for guest use.
the pool and onsite facilities are run by a management company which we own but and any changes made to facilities /opening times are at the discretion of the staff in conjunction with the owners. Essential maintenance work si generally carried out in loow season.
Pool passes are for six guests max.
Guest mattress under divan in guest room can accommodate an extra child in the room making 3 single beds.
All bed linen and duvets for kingsize provided.
lightweight summer tog duvets also provided for the high season.
Travel cot and bed linen available. Booster seat in stead of high chair, so you can take it out with you if neccesary.
English spoken on site.
No smoking inside the apartment please.
please note there is a new management company operating the onsite facilities since may 2008, so some facililities may be subject to change.
The Algarve region
The algarve enjoys a mild climate most of the year. The gentle sea breeze stops it getiing too humid,in the summer months. There is plenty to see, from the chic marina at villamora to the more rustic villages that abound nearby. A 2 hr drive from Alvor takes you up to Lisbon, or 2 hours in the other direction takes you over the Spanish border in to southern spain.
Alvor is a classic old fishing village. Narrow cobbled streets lead down to the huge beautiful beach and harbour. The streets are a maze of shops restaurants, cafe's and bars. With very child friendly restaurants and bars that stay open late this resort has plenty for couples and families to enjoy.
Alvor beach caters for all watersports and has numerous beachside restaurants.
There is a daily market for food.
Nature and bird lovers can enjoy the marshland saltpans and mudflats of the Alvor Estuary where beautiful wildlife can be seen.
There is also a skydiving centre nearby complete with cafe to watch.
You can also take a boat trip from Alvor harbour, a wide range of different trips from fishing to dolphin watching.
Nearby are plenty of large supermarkets including ALDI LIDL, CONTINENTE
If you have any questions about its suitability for you, do please email me, any questions.
There are a lot of monthly festivals, details can be found in the welcome magazine in the apartment.
#The nearest golf course is ALTO Golf, there are views over the course from the apartment.
As well as the super amenities that Alvor has to offer. A 2 minute drive takes you in to the bustling harbour town of Portimao. Here you will find delightful squares with fountains and cafes to relax at. The lovely harbour bustling with activity, and a wonderful eclectic mix of old historic buildings mixed with exciting new regeneration.
For the more energetic, excellent nightlife can be found at Praia de Rochas.. a few minuted by cab.
In the other direction, LAGOS is about 20km away and has delightful shops and a variety of restaurants and attractions, including Lagos Zoo and Waterparks
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30 Sep 2014
"Wonderful Break. Lovely Apartment."
Myself and two friends stayed at this Apartment in September 2014 and had a wonderful time! The apartment had everything we needed and the WIFI was a bonus! All the rooms were clean, tidy and generou… More
27 Sep 2014
"Great apartment with great facilities."
Vila marachique is a well kept complex with a spotless pool. The apartment was well equipped with no stone left unturned. We even were left nappies for our one year old. Car recommended as it's a… More
27 Apr 2014
Stayed at this apartment first 3 weeks in April. All the amenities of home& all put to good use.Apartment complex very quiet and great for sleeping. The town of Alvor was about a 20 min walk. Really e… More
27 Oct 2013
Excellent location for exploring the Western Algarve.
(although car a must) 25mins walk to harbour and
lots of choices of restaurants.
Modern well kept apartment and grounds offering all home comforts.
Poolside relaxation recommended.
18 Jul 2013
"Very suitable for family with young children"
I stayed in apartment 201 lot 9 in July 2013 with my husband and children aged 3 and 1 years old. The apartment was beautifully presented, comfortable and provided lots of extra touches to provide us with a very enjoyable holiday. I couldn't rate the apartment highly enough. It was totally child friendly with everything we would use at home available ( booster seat, cot, toilet seat and step). We were also able to use the cool box, freezer packs, beach chairs and umbrella which was so convenient. The complex is lovely with a large pool and separate children's pool. The children's pool is very safe. The only reason I didn't give a 5 star rating is that unfortunately the staff were unnecessarily strict around the swimming pools. On one occasion I was actually told it was inappropriate to sit at the edge of the children's pool whilst supervising my 3 year old daughter which is totally crazy. As a parent I personally do want to play with my children and supervise them closely whilst in the pool. There was a further occasion when my husband was also told it was inappropriate for him to be in the pool playing with our daughter. These were the only 2 occasions we had any problems out of 10 days of great fun days at the pool. I have discussed this issue with the apartment owner and she was very shocked to hear this. I do hope the committee who make the rules can take a sensible approach and not spoil this resort for families because it is otherwise a perfect resort for those with young families and in a lovely area of Portugal.
Thank you for your review glad the extra bits in the apartment were put to good use.
The pool problem has now been sorted out. It is the first time we have had a problem in 6 years! This was a one off incident involving a new owner. I am so sorry if was an upsetting situation for you. The management have now dealt with this. Parents are of course able to go in any pool with their children at any time. Thank you for bringing it to our attention so we could deal with it promptly. Hope to see you again soon. many thanks Linda
17 Jul 2013
Stayed in this apartment for 9 nights in June with my husband, father, 8 year old son and 5 year old daughter. Spotlessly clean and as described in ad. Linda was very pleasant to deal with and collection of keys was made very easy. Plenty of local information in the apartment, we know Alvor quite well but this info is great for newcomers. We tend to eat out on holidays (isn't that part of the fun!) but Apartment was well equipped with everything needed to prepare dinner or breakfast. Pool was a 2 min stroll across the car park, we never had trouble getting sun beds morning or afternoon. Pool is very deep in parts but there is a separate kids pool. There are rules about no floats in the pool but given this a private complex that is understandable. Very quiet apartment with every mod con, would recommend and would be happy to stay here again.
3 Jul 2013
"Fabulous apartment, well presented and good location"
We came here in June for 12 nights, a family of four, mum, dad (me) and our 3 year old twin boys. The apartment is very well presented and furnished, lots of familiar items and very much our cup of tea. It has all the mod cons, kettle, toaster, oven, hob, microwave and fridge freezer although a smidge on the small side for a family our size but nothing a few extra trips to the supermarket didn't solve.
There are two bedrooms, each with their own air con unit and another in the lounge which are very effective in the 30 degree heat we had! The master bedroom has a double bed and an en-suite with a bath/shower combi. The shower is quite powerful and heats up in no time, anytime of the day or night.
The second bedroom has two single beds and a pinkish theme but our boys didn't really notice. I think that these two beds were by far the comfiest! This room also had a sliding door onto the balcony. The property also has an additional toilet with shower which our boys seemed to commandeer. There were plenty of extra items left out, child's toilet seat, lots of loo roll and generally very well equipped.
The lounge is equipped to sit plenty of bodies, a TV with free view sky in both the master bedroom and lounge was a welcome bonus. There is also a DVD and PS2 but we never used them (too much else to do!). There is also a washing machine on the balcony and a dishwasher which were both a great help.
The apartment looks out onto a road which isn't busy, it looks onto a farm of sorts which you can hear a cockerel every now and then but not if all the doors and windows are shut. We suffered no noise problems at all other than a neighbours dogs that barked and whined all evening on one occasion.
There's plenty parking close to the entrance and the pool is about 5 minutes walk into a locked complex. The pool is split in two by a central round bar, there is a deeper pool and a shallow pool that accommodates plenty of kids. There are many sun beds but we just laid on the plentiful grass. The beds were always occupied by the same people and they were always in the bar so the rule about no reservations obviously goes unchallenged. That was a little annoying but we didn't get much time sunbathing (3 year old twins, remember!). There is also a small children's play area with slide and monkey bars and a small soccer setup with two miniature nets. The local Portuguese boys play some hard soccer on there so keep an eye on your little ones as balls were being volleyed aplenty.
All in all, a great apartment. Good amenities, good position as a walk into Alvor takes but 10 minutes. Portimao is 10 mins in the car the other way which is where the bigger supermarket is (Continente). A smaller Ali is on the way into Alvor but is a little pricey and they know it! Nice fresh bread though, irresistible.
I would highly recommend this property to stay in, it's perfect for a family of any size as there are extra beds and pop out sofas every where! It's on the second floor but with two quick lifts. If you have smaller kids, like ours, you may want to just perform a safety check on the knife draw as we had to tie a carrier bag on the two draws to stop little fingers. The fridge is on the small size, we managed to fill it with 12 bottles of beers, 6 cans, 2 milks, cheese, butter, jam and a bit of salad. The freezer had 5 ice creams and a bag of ice. Not the biggest so plan meals wisely if you eat in a bit. Sadly no barbecue in this so I couldn't carry on my tradition of 2nd night BBQ!
11 Oct 2012
"Fantastic apartment complete with every appliance needed"
Home from home. Very comfortable. Lovely area. 2 fantastic restaurants across the road. Pool area is outstanding, but the pool bar closed down and equipment removed during the second week of our holiday
3 Sep 2012
"Great family holiday"
Stayed in this property two years in a row. We travelled with 2 young childern and found it ticked all the right boxes. The apartment is very spacious and tastefully decorated. It is well equipped including duvets which makes it feel like a home away from home. The owner Linda Procter was very helpful and couldn't do enough for you. The pool and surounding area is well maintained and the pool bar/restaurant is great. Unfortunately it is not available next year for the dates we want but hopefully we will return.
3 Sep 2012
A home away from home is the best way i could describe this apartment. We had a wonderful 10 day stay. The apartment is so well equipped for a family of 5 and the decor is top class. The pool and surrounding gardens are beautiful and spacious. Alvor is a beautiful place with plenty of good places to eat. Must definitely return in the near future.
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