“Comfortable haven” I had a very enjoyable stay here. The apartment is on a large(ish) but very quiet and pretty low-rise development, with the villas and apartment blocks set in extensive well-maintained gardens with good local facilities - pools/shops/restaurants/taxis etc. Everything was in order in the apt and it was well enough equipped for the typical holiday stay. I cooked in as much as I ate out. Both easily sorted with cafes and mini-markets close by.
Very comfortable bed with good quality linen and duvet. Very quiet at night! Perfect for a recuperative holiday - which was what I needed.
The apt is quiet with a pleasant pool opposite and plenty of sunbeds. It also has a nice-sized balcony overlooking the gardens and receiving the afternoon/evening sun which makes for a delightful end-of-the-day place to sit.
Very occasionally (twice in two weeks) some 'boom-boom DIsco' noise drifts in from the main pool sound (depending on wind direction) - but they will turn it down in a trice if you ask!
The owner is really helpful about local beaches, local services, and other matters.
Overall highly recommended.
Top ausgestattet, sehr gemütlich eingerichtet. Einfach eine kleine Oase wo man entspannen kann. Kompletter Neubau.
Die Zimmer sind sehr sauber und geräumig und für 4 Personen ist mehr als genug Pl… More
“Wonderful holiday - you'll want to keep going back” From the start, we had a warm fuzzy feeling that this wasn't going to be an 'arm's length' affair. Jeanette (the apartment owner) always came back promptly with answers to any queries, so we were confident that things would go smoothly. This confidence was justified, with Jeanette sorting a minor airport transfer hiccup instantly and efficiently. So it was that we arrived at the apartment with no delay and already feeling the UK-induced stress disappearing like surf soaking into the sand.
First impression of Vila Verde - BIG! - well spread out and more like a village than a complex of apartments. Our bags were trundled by the ever-present and happy staff to an upgraded apartment which was extremely well appointed and furnished. Everything needed was there, air conditioning in all the rooms (but we didn't need it because the steady 10 - 15mph breeze kept the rooms nicely aired anyway). The Apt. was spotless and was cleaned daily and the beds made up by another smiley maid.
We didn't take advantage of the excursions, onsite restaurant or entertainment team, preferring to self-cater or stroll / taxi into Santa Maria for our meals. However, it's all there if you need it and the restaurant seemed to be popular at meal times. The little mid-site supermarket is like a basic Spar etc. and has fruit and veg, sauces and pasta, spreads and beer, sausage and cheese. Also - get up early! - there's fresh bread and croissants from 8am to about 9.30am at very good prices.
I was there for some kitesurfing tuition, and we went to Santa Maria at least once each day. It's definitely worth buying a €5 (per person, per week) bus pass, so you can use the Vila bus to & from Santa Maria. It makes 4 or 5 trips a day and it's not hard to arrange your visits around the bus schedule.
We tried a number of bars, strictly in the interests of research of course, and they all offer good food at very reasonable prices and with a good vibe. After the initial research, we 'adopted' the Malulelé and had most of our evening meals there. See here -> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3N9KJMIzIU It's run by a friendly/family team of 4 plus chef, who do a killer grilled Tuna and Garropa (Grouper?) and you can't visit without downing at least a couple of Caiparinha cocktails: refreshing, moreish and maybe worth having a third for luck. The Estrela beer is surprisingly good too, if you need something to dilute the seawater taken on board after kitesmurfing (as opposed to kitesurfing)
In summary: Worth doing again? Definitely!