Casa Julima - Varandas Do Lago
About the home
Varandas Do Lago is a private development located between the famous 5* Resorts of Vale do Lobo and Quinta do Lago the area is also known as the 'Golden Triangle'.
This modern, spacious 4 bedroom 3 bathroom villa sleeps up to 9 adults + 1 child (in foldaway bed or cot). Includes all you need for a luxurious holiday - private pool, laptop with internet access, plasma TVs, Sky satelite with full sports package, stereo and CDs, DVD players, movies, Playstation PS3 and games.
The 'Golden Triangle' is a fantastic location for those that want to be near the action - every type of water sport or adrenelin fuelled land action is catered for. For the less adventurous relaxing on golden, sandy beaches with a good book beckons. The beaches are perfect for sun lounging, strolling or body surfing in the waves.
The area boasts over 100 restaurants from lively, local Portuguese cafes offering inexpensive fresh caught fish to romantic, Michellin starred dining experiences to rival Paris or London - all cuisines are catered for - and all budgets too!
|Size:||Sleeps up to 10, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach:||Ancão Beach, 2km|
|Will consider:||Corporate lets|
Nearest amenities: 1km
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Suitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||No pets allowed|
No smoking at this property
|Luxuries:||Private outdoor pool (heated), Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Staffed Property|
|Pool:||Private outdoor pool (heated)|
|General:||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Telephone, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-fi available|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities:||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||4 Bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 3 en suites and 1 shower room|
|Furniture:||Single beds (3), Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seating for 8, Lounge seating for 6|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Private outdoor pool (heated), Balcony / Terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Access:||Wheelchair friendly, Secure parking|
Further details indoors:
We have tried to think of everything that you would need or want for a luxurious holiday. There are many extras that have been included in the villa, laptop, Plasma TV's in the lounge and bedrooms, Sky satelite with full Sports package, stereo & CDs, DVD players & about 50 movies, Playstation PS3 & games, lots of board games even books and magazines. The entire villa has full reverse cycle airconditioning including units in all bedrooms. There is a safe installed in the villa so you can keep you valuables securely contained.
Both upstairs bedrooms have the own full bathroom and have direct acess via sliding doors to a large balcony with tables and chairs. The down stairs bedroom is suitable for mobility impaired guests, there is an en suite shower room, the sliding doors give direct access to the terrace, pool and garden area. Bedrooms 2 and 3 have plasma TV's, DVD players. Two hairdryers are supplied in the villa.
Breakfast in the morning can be taken on your balcony, enjoy a freshly made cappaccino from the expresso coffee machine in the kitchen - and forget about having to make a bed or tidy dishes away - the maid will be in soon and take care of it all.
The kitchen is equipped with all the gadgets and gizmo's you need to whip up a fantastic meal, there is a separate breakfast table in the kitchen, also in the open plan lounge there is a formal dining table, outside there is another dining area.
All the furnishings in the villa are new - the master bedroom is a haven for mum & dad after a hard days chilling about the pool, there is a king size bed, air conditioning and an abundance of fitted wardrobes. The lounge room is very light and spacious with 3 sets of sliding doors accessing the garden, terrace and pool. There is a 42' plasma tv and large, comfy sofas, squishy cushions and cuddly throws to snuggle under at night while relaxing with a hot chocolate.
As an added extra all the bed linen, bath and beach towels are provided for you while on holiday.
For the children there is a selection of toys and pool/garden toys to keep them entertained. Life jackets are supplied free of charge, so you can relax with the children enjoy the large, private pool.
During your stay if you have any problems or require assistance we have on hand our Manager Joe who speaks perfect English, he can help you with anything you need - even changing a light bulb or medical assistance if required. This ensures everything about your holiday will go smoothly.
In charge of Domestic Services is Lita who will ensure your stay is like being in a 5 * Hotel - Lita will organise your daily maid service and can arrange any shopping you require. Lita can organise babysitting for you too - if you fancy a few nights sampling the Michellin star restaurants that surround the villa.
Further details outdoors:
The large heated geometric shaped pool with intergrated steps into the pool is surrounded by a terrace and paved area - there is a bbq, sun loungers, outdoor table and chairs to enjoy al-fresco dining in the warm evenings.
The garden is lawn and flowering shrubs. The entire property is fenced and completely secure for the little ones to go for a wander there are plenty of toys to play with and keep them amused.
In the evening fire up that bbq - the fresh fish from the Quarteria market is not going to cook itself, sit back on your sun lounger and watch the sun set - its all so easy to forget the rest of the world when you are in your own little paradise :-)
All rental periods includes daily maid service.
Pool heating is available and costs an additional £230 per week.
Changeover days are flexible but during the summer months it is more likely to be on a weekday. It is necessary to vacant the villa by 10am on the day of departure in the high season. Access to the villa is after 3pm on day of arrival unless previous arrangements have been made.
For low and mid season rentals securing deposit must be paid on time of booking this is 50% of the total booking cost. For high and peak season rentals the deposit required is 25%.
All deposits are non refundable.
ALL rentals - the balance is to be paid 8 weeks before arrival.
A security deposit of £300(£500 in high season) is payable before arrival.
The security deposit will be refunded in full within 14 days after departure if the property has been left in an appropriate condition.
The quoted rates includes maid service with regular change of sheets & towels.
All bed linen, bath and beach towels are provided.
Up to 8 weeks – loss of deposit
4-8 weeks – 50% of rate refunded
2-4 weeks – 25% of rate refunded
Less than 2 weeks – no refund
Please ensure that you have purchased travel insurance prior to departure.
The Algarve / Central Algarve region
The Algarve is located in southern county of Portugal and is geographically the most South Westerly tip of Europe. It boasts over 100 sunny beachs from the Reserva Natural da Ria Formosa Reserve which runs along the Eastern coast to the virtually uninhabited windswept beachs of the Parque Natural da Costa Vicentina on the Western coast. The Algarve is bordered by Spain and it is only a short drive to the cultural and ancient city of Seville in Spain and Portugal's capital, Lisbon.
The Algarve is a relatively small area and has well maintained and easily accessible road system which makes touring and sightseeing very attractive and there are many fine places to visit, such as the 12th century Moorish Castle at Silves, the fortress and training school of Prince Henry the Navigator, and the lighthouse at Cape St Vincent which in olden times, before the discovery of the Americas, was thought of as the end of the world. There are also many cathedrals, churches, museums and stately houses of architectural interest.
In the 17th and 18th century Portugal was a leader in the discoveries of the New World, the Africas and Eastern trade. In recent years this little country has joined the European Union, has a very stable government and enjoys the comforts of modern Europe.
The Algarve is a very popular destination, the consistent good weather and top class golf courses being the main attractions. The region, from the Spanish border town of Villa Real de São Antonio to Cape St Vincent, is about a hundred miles and the depth of the county is less than five miles. The west has a backdrop of the Monchique Mountains with spectacular scenery, spa towns, monasteries, lush vegetation and protects the Algarve from rain. Hence the glorious climate all year round.
Food and wine are institutions here, as is spotless accommodation, courtesy to visitors, genuine friendliness and a pride in service. Most people are conversant in English. There is also an overwhelming respect for the law, which makes the Algarve a particularly safe and relaxing vacation destination.
The old and the new is very apparent here with modern hotels and resorts lying side by side with old farms where you can admire the fig, almond, olive and orange groves. Seafood is abundant and varied and there are many unusual dishes to try. Another aspect of the Algarve are the wide variety of beaches, all graced with thick grained golden sand and all very clean with nice beach restaurants.
The Eastern Algarve – the Sotaventa (leeward) coast, is the lesser known half of the region the pace of life is slower and has with a very different topography and character to the central and western Algarve the beaches are typically long, wide and flat. The west is typically with its coves and rock formations or longer beaches with a background of red cliffs and pine trees
Over the past 30 years, the Algarve has emerged as Europe's top golf destination, the 5-star golf resorts of Vale do Lobo, Quinta do Lago and Vilamoura being famous throughout the golfing world.
The Vale do Lobo / Varandas Do Lago area
In the villa is a well stocked folder with all the details of the attractions so you can read at leisure and book you choices. Before departure for your holiday we provide an e-book with lots of information about the Algarve and Golden Triangle so you start planning your holiday.
The local area has a huge variety of activities to interest the whole family. Options include horse riding, fishing, yachting/sailing, champagne cruises, shark & dolphin watching, 4x4 safari tours & Cultural visits.
In Almancil there is a karting track if you need to burn off that adrenalin..... There is also an Aqua Park (10 mins drive on the other side of Quateria) and a Swim With Dolphin experience and Theme Park (30 mins drive on the Motorway).
Faro town is a 15 minute drive there is a large shopping centre the Forum that offers good facilties for supermarket and retail shopping. Faro Old Town has an interesting history and several historic landmarks worth investigating. There is a lovely harbour with restaurants dotted about. In Almancil (5 min drive) is a beautiful church with wonderful mosiacs that is open to the public. Quarteria & Loule both boast excellent markets that sells both fresh produce and local made prodcuts.
From Varandas Do Lago about 3/4 mile down the main road towards Vale Do Lobo are another good selection of restaurants including the Sao Gabriel - a Michelin star restaurant and the Thai Garden restaurant also highly recommended. I also recommend the several 'beach shack' restaurants collectively known as 'Julias' it is a 3 minute drive from the villa located on the Ancao beach where celebrity spotting is a favourite pastime.
The Quinta do Lago Shopping Centre is about a mile down the road, here there are many exclusive designers shops and some lovely restaurants/cafes. There is also a Italian restaurant that delivers pizza and pasta (and a bottle of wine) to the villa....the menu is in the folder...for those nights that you just can't be bothered to cook.
Golfing weekends can be arranged. Golf Guests can take advantage cheaper golf rates. The courses with discounted rates are: Vale do Lobo Royal, Vale do Lobo Ocean, Quinta da Lago Norte, Quinta do Lago Sul, Vila Sol, Vilamoura Old Course, Vilamoura Millennium, Vilamoura Pinhal, Vilamoura Laguna, Salgados, Benamor, Qinta Da Ria, Quinta de Cima. The information and rates are available please email the owner for details, costs and distance details.
There are plenty of opportunities to play tennis nearby in Vale Do Lobo. I can arrange court times in the Tennis Valley (14 flood lit courts) of VdL. There are professionals on hand to help you improve any aspect of your game, regular lessons can be arranged for you.
A stroll along the beach will take you to Quinta Do Lago or Vale Do Lobo both offering an excellent selection of restaurants and bars to enjoy a few cocktails in ! A morning or afternoon spend wandering the Ria Formosa is a relaxing experience - the area is heritage protected and boasts a number of rare birds, so don't forget your binoculars.
It is advisable to have a car while on holidays - it makes it easier to go exploring or bring back your finds from the local markets. We can arrange you car hire for you - prices are from E90 low season, E125 mid season, E160 high season. The car can be arranged for collection from Faro Airport or can be delivered to the villa for you.
There are a number of reliable taxi companies that operate in the area, if you wish to go out for the evening and fancy a few drinks, you will be able to. Vilamoura is about 10 minutes drive away and has a very upbeat nightlife with a good selection of 'sports' bars and nightclubs - and the Casino for those who think that lady luck is on their side.
We also have available a personal airport 'meet and greet' & return drop off service with private transfer to the villa, the transfer cost includes baggage assistance, car seats for children and orientation tour of the villa.
This a local payable cost of E40 one way E70 return for upto 4 passengers.
How to get there
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BA, Easyjet, Monarch, Globespan, Thomson, BMI all run a good schedule of flights from the UK to Faro.
Aer Lingus & Ryanair fly from Ireland. TAP Portugal have flights from most European cities and Transavia covers the Northern Europe routes.
Alternatively you can fly into Lisbon or Seville - it is less than a 2 hour drive on excellent EU funded motorways - and you can do a bit of sightseeing on route. If you are interested in this option I can help you with advice and directions.
I recommend the websites www.skyscanner.net or www.kayak.com to see the best price for your flights, it is a very easy and compact site that loads up all airlines departing from your airport of choice with the times and most importantly the cost, so you compare the airlines at a glance.
I can arrange car hire for you at very competive rates - please email for the current costs for car rental.
I can also arrange a meet and greet service or private car airport drop off from Faro airport for a small locally paid cost.
A fun web site to use is www.wunderground.com it is a 'weather site' that has historical weather data for Faro and also a 'trip planner' option that gives you a really good idea of what type of weather to expect when you are on holiday.
Activities near Vale do Lobo
Tennis in town
Golf less than 15 mins walk
Beach or lakeside relaxation
A winter sun break
13 Apr 2012
We have holidayed in several villas in Spain and Portugal and can honestly say, this surpassed anything previously by a long way.
We were fortunate in March to receive some beautiful weather, which is a main ingredient to having a lovely holiday. We had booked through Sandy Blue, who we found were easy to deal with and everything ran smoothly. Importantly, the villa was as they had described on the Holiday Lettings website. You definitely need a car and the directions they provided were easy to follow.
The villa was impressive and we could see no expense had been spared in the furnishings and quality throughout. We had travelled with our 3 children and my mother who is 78 years young.
The bedrooms were beautifully furnished and the en-suites also. The open plan living area was tastefully done and the SKY package was welcome for the sport.
There was a couple of days which were cloudy, and the kids could enjoy the Wii and P3 games - good idea.
Outside, the terrace area is very spacious, and the villa has excellent security as the garden and terrace, is secured from the driveway and entrance.
The pool was clean and clear and had some inflatables. We had paid extra for the pool heater and this worked fine and the kids were never out of it.
The villa also has a maid service every other day, and Lita was fantastic in suggesting nice places to visit, which we otherwise possibly wouldn't have visited - Villamoura Harbour, Julia's restaurant and a walk round the Formosa Nature Reserve. To get to the beach was just under a 15 minute walk with the children, the quality of the beach was excellent and has restaurants and bars every half a mile or so.
We would definitely come again to Casa Julima.
01 Mar 2012
We booked and stayed at Casa Julima from Feb 11th-Feb 18th 2012.We paid 150 euros for pool heating but on arrival(Saturday 11th) we were told it was not working but they were fixing it.They then said... more
Please contact SandyBlue to get the full story about this person - I am more than happy to provide you with the TRUTH.. Mrs Morgan who wrote the review by her... and is what we call a compensation... more
30 May 2011
We have had two holidays now at Casa Julima, and hopefully planning a third visit this year.
From booking to leaving everything was perfect, the villa is beautiful, inside and out very... more
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|Prices for group size 10|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|1 Jan 13||1 Apr 13||£ 900||-||-||1 Week|
|1 Apr 13||1 Jun 13||£ 1200||-||-||1 Week|
|1 Jun 13||1 Jul 13||£ 1500||-||-||1 Week|
|1 Jul 13||14 Jul 13||£ 2300||-||-||1 Week|
|14 Jul 13||18 Aug 13||£ 3000||-||-||1 Week|
|18 Aug 13||1 Sep 13||£ 2500||-||-||1 Week|
|1 Sep 13||1 Oct 13||£ 1500||-||-||1 Week|
|1 Oct 13||1 Nov 13||£ 1200||-||-||1 Week|
|1 Nov 13||1 Apr 14||£ 900||-||-||1 Week|
The property's weekend rates apply to: Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
During the low season the villa can be rented as 1, 2 or 3 bedrooms depending on your requirements.
If rented this way the maximum occupancy per bedroom is 2 adults (a child will be accomodated in the first bedroom at no extra charge). The nightly rate is low season is based on 2 adults sharing 1 bedroom & 1 bathroom.
The cost in low season is:
1 bedroom £550
2 bedrooms £650
3 bedrooms £750
Whole Villa £900
All rental periods includes daily maid service (excluding weekends and public holidays).
Pool heating is available and costs an additional £230 per week.
Please note that the temperature of the water when heated is dependant on the external temperature / weather. Cold overnight temperatures and rain will mean that the water may be cooler. We can not guarantee a temperature of the water. The pool cover must be returned when finished swimming to ensure that the heat of the water stays warm.
Changeover days are flexible but during the summer months it is more likely to be on a weekday. It is necessary to vacant the villa by 10am on the day of departure. Access to the villa is after 3pm on day of arrival unless previous arrangements have been made.Enquire now
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