Apartment in Santa Maria, Sal
Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Luxury Modern Apartment Within The Prestigious Family Friendly Vila Verde Resort Complex. Sleeps 6
Quiet Location, Easy Access To The Vibrant Town Of Santa Maria. Stunning Beaches On The Doorstep
Sleeps 6 (2 Bedrooms)
This holiday home accommodates six people with ease. Luxuriously appointed new apartment, fully air-conditioned, secure, overlooking a large communal swimming pool with separate children's pool and play area, snack bar. Enjoy and indulge luxury, at superb prices, beautifully appointed with fabulous public areas. Lift access to apartment and whole resort built for ease of pushchair and wheelchair users. Includes satellite TV, DVD player, washing machine, full size fridge freezer, safe, balcony, maid service for stays over 1 week. Guest services on site to arrange airport transfers, taxis, car hire, trips and excursions, travel to neighbouring islands. The price is for the apartment and not per person and assumes 4 occupants, please add £50 to the weekly rate if there are more than 4 guests to cover the cost of extra linens. Euros payment please contact us.
Vila Verde resort has been built to exacting European standards and therefore exceeds many of the other apartments available in Santa Maria, both in terms of quality and accessibility for those with children and wheelchair users. Not only is the resort level, but access into Santa Maria is along a well maintained, level pathway, with much of Santa Maria now pedestrianized. Ramps and lifts are available to all apartments and doorways are wider to allow for easier access. Shuttle bus service
Melaleuca is served by a large adult's pool, smaller children's pool, Cushioned terrace loungers, a children's playground and a snack bar. Two minutes' walk away there is a football pitch and tennis courts. Villa Verde is a new resort and so there are bars, shops, banks and other facilities opening each month. The nearest mini market is 30sec walk away located in the main square of Vila Verde Resort, called ' Falmers' and there are many more shops and supermarkets in Santa Maria. The resort is fully managed and has 24hr CCTV and security patrols at all times to ensure there are no unauthorized visitors. Taxis are available within a 2 minute walk of the apartment from reception and a shuttle bus service runs to Santa Maria & Ponta Preta beach. Guest services are located by reception. The beach extends for around 7 miles; you can join it from the Vila Verde resort.
Sal's climate averages around 25-30c daytime, with pleasant soothing breezes. Generally no less than 16c in the evenings.
The villa is airy, bright and open plan. It has a large open plan kitchen, dining area, and lounge. Welcome food and/or cleaning packs available at additional cost on request. Baby sitting available on request. Baby cots and high chairs available on request. Bike hire and car hire available on site - Santa Maria is very flat and a joy to cycle around. In the event of routine maintenance being carried out in our apartment, you will be accommodated in an identical or upgraded apartment on the Vila Verde complex. This ensures that guests are never inconvenienced by any necessary works. Taxis are inexpensive and plentiful, averaging €3 per trip into Santa Maria town. Car hire most people tend not to choose, as most activity lays South Island Sal.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Ponta Preta 400 m|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Sal, Amilcar Cabral International Airport (SAL) 12 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||Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Safe|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, Bicycles available, Climbing frame, Swing set|
|Access||Parking, Wheelchair users, Lift access|
The Barlavento Islands region
About the area
It's easy to get to, the climate is fantastic, the locals are friendly and welcoming, the food is amazing, the beaches are fantastic, the sea is warm, it's paradise! Year round Sun, sea, beaches, restaurants, bars, spas, 'Latino-Portuguese-African' blend of music and culture adds to relaxation. Local people and fellow holiday maker's friendliness. Close proximity to airport is an added bonus...just 10 mins away. "No Stress" as the Cape Verde motto goes is so true! Worth flying that extra hour south of the Canaries for more guaranteed sunshine, and far superior beaches. All guests so far agree! (See guest comments)
The beach is less than a five minutes' walk away. The beautiful sandy beaches are reminiscent of those in the Caribbean or the Bahamas islands. Cape Verde is just south of the Canaries, with a Brazilian/Portuguese/African mix. A steady 10 minute walk in either direction will bring you to a beach - in one direction a soft, powder sand beach for sun bathing and swimming, in the other a coarser beach for watching wind and sand surfing. 15 minute walk away is Santa Maria's soft, white sandy beaches.
Several golf courses are planned close by.
Special Interest Holidays
Sal Island is very appealing to lovers of water activities. Others like to sit back and watch the world go by, with nothing to think about other than simply 'fun in the sun'.
Ideal location for keen surfers - wind, body, kite and paddle surfing are all popular pastimes. Annual windsurfing championships held here January/February each year. Also excellent for deep sea fishing, diving, snorkelling and sun bathing. Jazz and music festivals held May to August each year. Great base for island hopping for longer stay guests. Many love the thrill of quad bikes, which can be hired. Alternatively, hire a bicycle, and take it easy exploring. Hire costs about €8 for half a day. Various excursions exist, too, including fishing trips, boat rides, submarine and Island hopping trips.
Wildlife enthusiasts may wish to visit in turtle season. A brand new ferry service now operates between islands.
Santa Maria, Sal Island
The Cape Verde islands are paradise found, marooned in the Atlantic Ocean a little over 5 hours flying time from the UK. There are 10 very different islands with an excellent inter-island airline for those who'd like to stay a little longer than usual and do some island hopping. The beaches and climate mirror the Caribbean, but without the jet lag (there is only a 1 hour time difference) and no hurricane season. Sal is the most cosmopolitan island, dotted with small colourful towns, such as Santa Maria. Cobbled streets are lined with surf shops; painted shops, white churches, small and intimate restaurants, bars and clubs and amazing beaches flanking the turquoise sea. The temperature rarely dips below 25 degrees, so no need to worry about whether it will be warm enough, and the rainy season is usually a day in August! The locals are friendly and although their national language is a mixture of Portuguese and Creole, most speak enough English to make themselves understood. This is a laid back, chilled out place, where their mantra is "No Stress". It doesn't get much better than sitting in the sun, watching the local fisherman bring in their daily catch or some breathtaking surfing, with an ice-cold beer or fabulous cappuccino in hand..................wish you were here? There are many shops which sell food and drinks. Tam Tams and Ocean Café bars are popular among many European nationalities, have excellent food, showing all the latest live Sky sports. Great beach bars along the promenade. In August 2012 Tortuga's beach bar, has been voted as being in the top 50 Beach bars in the WORLD.
There are many more excellent bar restaurants, ATM's plentiful. Eating out varies from Local to British, definitely some superb Italian to plentiful fish restaurants, serving fresh fish daily.
Sal's tourist nationalities are typically friendly locals, British, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Scandinavian.
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30 May 2014
"The best holiday of a life time"
Well what can I say, We have just arrived back , my children cried when they left.What a fantastic holiday we all had.The appartment was beautiful, everything that it says, spotlessly clean and all br… More
1 Jan 2014
"Misleading advert - Appauling"
We got to the apartment and immediately found the water was not working. Upon eventually finding that the mains were turned off I turned on the water supply and found the water pressure was non existe… More
I am very sorry and sad to hear about this complaint, with regards to this complaint I would like to add my side of the story as we feel this is extremely unfair and not a true representation of our apartment. We always pay for a deep clean of the apartment before and after each guest, which is carried out by the management team, they also check all of the facilities ready for guests to arrive, they also clean and check everything when they check out. The management company at Cape Verde reported no issues with the apartment, (I must point out that there are many management companies in cape Verde, not all are great, we are very happy with our management company and the guest should not speculate about other owners and there management teams).
We were contacted by the guest on Christmas Eve 24th December the day he checked in. He phoned informing us that there was a problem with ONE of the toilets not flushing. After speaking to him I asked if there was water to the other bathroom and the kitchen, he informed me there was water to the rest of the apartment, it was just one toilet. I informed him that there was an isolation valve to the toilet and to check if this was turned on. We also immediately phoned, Skyped, and emailed the relevant people of the management team to send maintenance to the apartment to check, and to make sure that the problem was sorted as quickly and efficiently as possible. We had a call from our management company and an email first thing on the 25th Dec, Christmas Day morning telling us that maintenance had been into the apartment and resolved the issue with the bathroom. I then texted and email the guest to let him know that the management team had been in touch, and to immediately let us know if he had any other issues, and to get back in touch with us ASAP.
We did not hear anything back from the guest until his return to the UK, when ONE issue turned into many, from all of the bathrooms not having any water, DVD player not working (which it is, someone had taken the plug adapter out of the back of the TV/DVD player and moved it to another room, again the management team sorted this out for him).
The guest had other issues with the pool, when all guests book with us we try to give as much help and advice as possible, we send all guests a booking form with terms and conditions, which we inform them they should read and sign and return a copy to us, we also send each guest, some helpful hints and tips for visitors. Within the information we inform people that the pool is communal which the resort manage and is out of our control, there are 14 adults and 14 children's pools on Vila Verde, from time to time some of these are closed due to either maintenance or lack of people being there (low season) but reception inform all guests which pools are open, if for some reason a pool is closed.
The guest was also complaining about having no internet, before he left I emailed him to let him know that the internet was not free, and not a service in the apartment but a facility that reception offer which you have to pay them for, if you look at all of the listings on holidayletting site for Vila Verde they all state internet access, we never lead the guest into thinking there was internet access in the apartment, also in the hints and tips for first timers to Cape Verde I sent him, there was information letting him know the bars and Restaurants that offer free Wi-Fi.
He was also complaining about not having a tumble dryer in the apartment as stated. There is a dryer but it is a clothes horse free standing dryer and after speaking to holidaylettings they told me that they have had issues with other listings on there site in the past, as there is no option for this type of dryer on the holidaylettings web site.
I feel that the guest did not like Cape Verde as it is not for everyone it can be like stepping back 20 years, and has very few of the modern creature comforts we are used to in the western world at the moment, as it is still a developing island. I believe he has now grossly inflated the problems.
I believe we have fulfilled all of our obligations and still believe that we have a beautifully appointed apartment and have in no way lied or mislead any of the information on your site.
Internet access (paid option from reception) but no WI-FI in apartment + list of free WI-FI hot spots. FACT
Clothes dryer in form of free standing clothes horse, but no TUMBLE DRYER. FACT
No broken toilet. FACT
Closest beach Tortuga 630 meters, Santa Maria 2.49 kilometers. FACT
Ponta preta, 2 kilometers by the rui, kite beach, for kite surfing 2.5 kilometers FACT
Please do not be put off by this review,