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Solario de Sao Jose – Home 184327 Apartment

  • 2 bedrooms
  • 5 sleeps
  •  min stay varies
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Solario de Sao Jose – Home 184327

Excellent 5/5 Excellent – based on 26 reviews

  • Apartment
  • 2 bedrooms
  • 5 sleeps
  •  min stay varies

Apartment / 2 bedrooms / 1 bathroom / sleeps 5

Key Info

  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed

Description from owner

Description

An apartment complex a cut above the rest. Solario de Sao Jose is set in a prime position and the place to be if you want your holiday base to be full of optional amenities amongst a quiet stylish and friendly atmosphere. It has a large refreshing swimming pool alongside a separate kids pool.

The T2+1 self catering apartment is fully air conditioned and heated, making it ideal for year-round self-catering holiday rentals. A wonderful apartment for a romantic holiday or for young families.

Apartment is furnished to a high standard with all mod cons, WIFI is complimentary, fully fitted kitchen, TV, dvd player, Jacuzzi bath, hair dryer, security features and safe.

Our apartment has 3 bedrooms. Main bedroom has a 5ft double bed, a twin bedroom and a small 3rd bedroom with a single bed for a 5th guest. Our apartment does not have 'z' beds / couch beds in the living space. I also have a cot for a baby if required which I do not charge for.

Further details

Towels

An apartment complex a cut above the rest. Solario de Sao Jose is set in a prime position and the place to be if you want your holiday base to be full of optional amenities amongst a quiet stylish and friendly atmosphere. It has a large refreshing swimming pool alongside a separate kids pool.

The T2+1 self catering apartment is fully air conditioned and heated, making it ideal for year-round self-catering holiday rentals. A wonderful apartment for a romantic holiday or for young families.

Apartment is furnished to a high standard with all mod cons, WIFI is complimentary, fully fitted kitchen, TV, dvd player, Jacuzzi bath, hair dryer, security features and safe.

Our apartment has 3 bedrooms. Main bedroom has a 5ft double bed, a twin bedroom and a small 3rd bedroom with a single bed for a 5th guest. Our apartment does not have 'z' beds / couch beds in the living space. I also have a cot for a baby if required which I do not charge for.

Further details

Towels and bed linen are provided for your arrival. If you require any additional house keeping, please let me know and I will be happy to organise this for you.

Check in 4pm and Check out 10am

3rd small single bedroom available at a cost of 40 euros. Our apartment does not have z beds / couch beds.

25% deposit required at time of booking. Balance due 8 weeks before travel or alternatively, please enquire about flexible payment options. Payment can be made by cheque or lodgement to our bank account.

Further details outdoors

Table and chairs on balcony overlooking pool for relaxing / having a drink and enjoying the sunset. The apartment complex has squash courts, main pool, children's pool and play area.

This is an non-smoking apartment, Smoking on balcony only.

The complex has a gated secure coded entrance system and is totally pushchair and wheel chair friendly.

What makes Solario different is that it holds a relatively small amount of apartments in contrast to the luxury that it offers. This property is centrally located in Albufeira in a quiet area but within easy walking distance of stunning sandy rustic beaches, local or international cuisine, bars and shops and the other local amenities of Albufeira. Sit back, relax, whether you are young, old, a couple or family you will be pleased to know this property has everything you could wish for.

Location description from owner

The Algarve region

The Algarve is renowned for it's stunning beaches. The nearest beach to our apartment is less than 20 minutes walk and as the crow flies, 600meters. There are plenty of activities in Albufeira, zoo marine, aqualand, slide and splash to mention a few. Plenty of day boat cruises to choose from to explore the algarve coastline and caves. The Algarve shopping center is only 5 minute taxi journey for anyone wishing to have a little retail therapy!

Our apartment is ideally positioned for golfers; just 5 minutes drive to Balaia and Pine Cliffs golf courses and 10 minutes drive to Salgados and the 6 world class courses at Vilamoura.

The Algarve is one of the premier golfing destinations in the world and has over 30 courses to choose from.

Local amenities within a 2-3 walk include large Pingo Doce supermarket, bars, restaurants and taxi rank.

The Algarve weather is excellent for most of the year, giving approx. 300 days of sunshine which peaks in July and August. I have visited during the winter months and enjoyed temperatures of 18 - 21 degrees, which for us Irish and English is shorts and t-shirt weather.

The Algarve is renowned for it's award winning golden sandy beaches. Oura, Averios and Fishermans beach are about 20minutes walk from our apartment. Gale and Salgados beaches are 2 other stunning beaches nearby and are only a short taxi drive away.

Portugal is also know for its historical beauty and churches, the most famous being Fatima where 20,000 visitors go daily during the summer. There is also the walled city of Lagos built by the Romans in 200bc. It's importance was because of it's fishing and harbour and still has it's cobbled streets.

The town of Vilamoura is about a 10 minute drive from Albufeira and has over 1000 boats moored there. You can visit the Roman ruins in Vilamoura for €1.50

The marina in Albufeira has all the daily boat trips, fishing trips, dolphin watching, caves and activities to suits everyone young and old!

Areias Sao Joao

There are opportunities to enjoy all water sports, golf and horse riding. The Zoo marine sea life centre is close by, together with a large Waterpark, Slide and Splash and the huge Algarve Shopping Centre to satisfy any Retail Therapy' needs!

If you want to get away from the coast for the day then a drive to Monchique and Foia (the highest point of the Algarve) is highly recommended. On the way you could visit the castle in Silves and stop for lunch of chicken Piri-Piri in the small mountain town of Monchique. It will take you less than an hour to get there. Two large shopping centres are Algarve Shopping; in Guia and The Forum in Faro just 20-30 minutes by car. The Algarve Shopping is a large mall which is approx. 5 minutes drive away. Taxi costs from Albufeira 10euros each way. Here you will find a variety of shops, a big supermarket, a bowling alley, a multi-screen cinema (most films are in English with Portuguese sub titles) and a food hall.

Alternative ways of exploring the Algarve are by joining one of the many jeeps that head out each day (high season) to explore the unspoilt Algarve.

There are plenty of great boat trips leaving from Albufeira every day. You can choose from a full or a half day and this can often include a trip into the caves and grottoes of the beautiful Algarvian coast line. If you fancy a drive into Spain then the border is only a 50 minute drive and Seville approx two hours depending on traffic.

As the Algarve spans a large area with wonderful sights and attractions, car hire is highly recommended to explore, but not essential as Solario is located a few minutes walk to the center of Albufeira. Many award winning golf courses Zoomarine

Aqualand

Slide and Splash

Aqua Show

Jeep Safari

Krazy world

Dolphin Safari

Scuba diving

Coastline Cruise; Water sports; Jet ski-ing; Parasailing; Snorkelling; Kayaking; Sailing; Horse riding over the sand dunes; Big game & Reef fishing.>Day trips round the Algarve and surrounding regions

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Families

  • Great for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed
  • High chair available

Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: Super King Bed
    Bedroom 2: 2 Single Beds
  • 1 Family bathroom

Amenities

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Air conditioning
  • Shared outdoor pool (unheated)
  • Children's pool
  • Climbing frame
  • Swing set
  • BBQ
  • Solarium or roof terrace
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Sea view
  • Internet access
  • Central heating
  • Safe
  • Staffed property
  • Sauna
  • Table tennis
  • Pool or snooker table
  • Games room
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Clothes dryer
  • Iron
  • High chair available
  • TV
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD player
  • Hair dryer
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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Access

  • Parking
  • Lift access
  • Accessible for wheelchair users — please contact the owner for details before booking

Policies

Check in time:16:00, Check out time:10:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
Payment
This rental can only be paid for online through Holiday Lettings using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).
Smoking
No smoking at this property
Cancellation policy
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House rules

Check in time is 4pm
Check out time is 10am

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About the owner

Shirley H
Response rate:
100%
Calendar updated:
23 Sep 2016
Years listed:
4
Based in:
Ireland

Languages spoken: English


This Apartment has 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and sleeps 5. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 04 Oct 2011. Located in Albufeira, it has 26 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate varies from €283 to €977.

The Owner has a response rate of 100% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 23 Sep 2016.

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“5* apartment, will stay again!”

Reviewed 10 Sep 2016

I stayed here with my family in July 2016. This apartment was excellent! Would definitely refer to it as a home from home. The complex was amazing from start to finish, from great contact with the owner (booking transfers and giving us recommendations for local food, shopping etc) to the brilliant facilities and pool. I plan to stay here in the upcoming summer of 2017 again. Thanks to the owner, she made our holiday very comfortable from start to finish.

Thank you so much Lisa for taking the time to write a lovely review for us, which will certainly be very helpful to future guests when choosing an apartment in Albufeira. We are delighted you and your family had such a wonderful holiday at our apartment in Solario, so much so you are returning to Solario next year :-) warm regards, shirley

“Excellent Apartment”

Reviewed 24 Aug 2015

Shirley was very helpful, providing a list of all her recommendations. Complex was in a great location, spotless, well equipped, and just a 10 minute walk to the strip.

Thank you so very much Kris for taking the time to review our apartment on tripadvisor. We are so pleased that you had such a great holiday and enjoyed the facilities so much at Solario de Sao Jose. Your endorsement of our apartment is much appreciated. I look forward to welcoming you and your family back to stay again in the future, warm regards, shirley

“Solario de São Jose - A real home from home apartment”

Reviewed 5 Jun 2015

Just returned from a fantastic week here and was our first visit to Portugal. Travelled with my partner (both in our 40's) 2 17 year olds and a 4 year old. From booking to the end of our holiday was perfect. Shirley was most helpful with providing information prior to our holiday and also very accommodating to let us check out later due to not flying until the evening which was very much appreciated. We used Sun Transfers for our taxi transfers both ways which were excellent. We were met by Ligia who showed us around the apartment and gave us some helpful info re supermarket and the beach. Very modern apartment with a homely feel. All mod cons, air con was great and loved the sunny balcony overlooking the pool. Lovely to sit out late afternoon/evening after returning from days out to relax on. Lots of dvd's for the children which found great for my little one to chill out in the evening after a hectic day. The apartment block is very well cared for and keypad entry to all the doors so felt very safe. Shutters on the apartment which was great for keeping my little one asleep in the morning until a decent time. Wifi was great for the teenagers but did work better in the bedrooms. Great safe pool and children's pool with plenty of sun beds. Well stocked supermarket 2 mins walk away -Pingo Doce, very fresh food and reasonably priced. Apartment is up a slight hill which wasn't a problem for us at all but mentioning for the less able bodied. It is a 5 min walk to the new strip and about 25 mins to the old town. We walked to old town there and back no problem but there is a land train which goes from new strip to old town all day and into late evening and plenty of taxis. We went to Zoo Marine for a day out which I highly recommend especially if you have younger children In the group too as there is a good variety of everything. We had a brilliant day here. Booked through Nelson Tours which is just up from the worms roundabout and they were really helpful. Quite a few ticket shops in the area and was hard to know which one to use but we had no problems and day out went smoothly from pick up to drop off and got dropped back by the supermarket bus stop which was ideal. We went on the open top bus which was good and nice to see around the area and this also went by the marina. Found lots of lovely restaurants, Shanghai Chinese which in the local area,,Liza's restaurant up on the new strip, lovely pizzas and cocktails! Fat Cats pub up near Tropical Sol Hotel is a must as such a lovely family friendly pub with great entertainment on each evening and good pub food reasonably priced. We had some nice meals in the old town, place called buddy's in the main square and Hardrock which also overlooked the square. Visited Fishermans Beach in the old town and Oura Beach which was at the end of the new strip. This beach was about 15 minute walk. All in all a fantastic holiday and I would not hesitate in recommending Solario de São Jose to any of my friends and family and we will definitely return.

Thank you so much Joanne for taking the time to write an amazing detailed review for us, which will certainly be very helpful to future guests when choosing an apartment in Albufeira. We are delighted you and your family had such a wonderful holiday at our apartment in Solario. I look forward to welcoming you back to stay again in the future. Warm regards, shirley

“Great apartment”

Reviewed 25 Aug 2014

Shirley is a pleasure to deal with and nothing was too much trouble. Aparmtent is very clean and gets the sun directly in the afternoon which when your back from your day out, is perfect with glass of wine and relaxing.... Have already recommended to family and friends.

Thank you so very much Andy for your wonderful review. We are so pleased that you had such a great holiday and enjoyed the facilities so much at Solario de Sao Jose. Thanks so very much for already recommending our apartment to your friends and family :-) I look forward to welcoming you and your family back to stay again in the future, warm regards, shirley

“Super Place”

Reviewed 27 Apr 2014

Shirley did everything possible to make our stay as enjoyable as possible. Weather was mixed but that's to be expected in April. Our apartment was spotless and a good size, the complex was also a good size not too big and the kids had a ball. Il Cappacino near the library was great value and there's loads of good value restaurants nearby. Will be back.

Thank you so very much Noel for your wonderful review. We are so pleased that you had such a great holiday and enjoyed the facilities so much at Solario de Sao Jose. I agree with you about Il Cappuccino, it is fantastic value. I look forward to welcoming you and your family back to stay again in the future, warm regards, shirley

“The perfect Holliday in the perfect place”

Reviewed 15 Oct 2013

We love Solario and we certainly will come back next year. Great place with friendly and helpful hosts.

Thanks so much Saskia for taking the time to write a review on trip advisor for us. I'm delighted you enjoyed Solario so much and look forward to welcoming you back any time. warm regards, shirley

“Superb family apartment - Man.Utd player Nani holidayed in complex!”

Reviewed 12 Jul 2013

From my very first enquiry to Shirley (the apartment owner), she answered promptly and made such an effort from answering my queries to arming me with very useful information she had found on her own trips to Albuferia. Her attention to detail is reflected in the high quality of the apartment itself which is really lovely. The complex is intimate, having only 42 apartments but with a very high quality of facilities on offer. The pool and childrens' area of playground and playroom are superb and an area where our children made friends that they met up with for the duration of the holiday while we supervised them from the poolside or the balcony.It felt very safe with a coded outside gate, a coded gate to our apartment floor and electric shutters which as well as air conditioning in the living room and bedrooms also kept the apartment cool and allowed us to sleep in on mornings that we did not want an early start as the rooms remained dark until the shutters were opened. In fact the Portugese and Man Utd. player Nani was holidaying in the complex while we were there and my children were lucky enough to get a photo taken with him, so gives an idea of the quality of the facilities at Solario! The local supermarket is well stocked and two minutes walk away, with a superb bakery around 4 minutes walk. We did not need to hire a car, but on trips to the old town or the beach we travelled by taxi at a cost of €4, rather than walking the 20 minute journey in the heat, which was a glorious 30 degree C for our entire stay. We used Yellowfish transfers for our airport trip which Shirley kindly booked and they were great - prompt and courteous. We enjoyed a trip to Zoomarine, visited local shops and the Old Town but enjoyed the facilities at Solario so much we didn't want to leave the poolside, playground and games room for other days out so decided that we will return in the future and undertake other trips then. I would highly recommend Shirley's apartment at Solario for a relaxing holiday, yet it is close to all facilities that anyone young or older requires on holiday. Thanks to Shirley for all her help and our stay in her beautiful apartment.

Thank you so very much Audrey for your wonderful review of our apartment at Solario. We are so pleased that you had such a fantastic holiday and enjoyed the facilities so much at Solario de Sao Jose. That's amazing that you got to meet Nani from Man Utd, wow! I look forward to welcoming you back to stay again in the future, warm regards, shirley

“Excellent location, superb apartment, spotlessly clean,everyone in complex very helpful and friendly”

Reviewed 2 Jul 2013

Hi Malcom, Just back from Portugal, had a fab week with my family, your apartment is superb, everything spotless, pool great, location great, met some lovely Dublin people there, everyone friendly and helpful-we definitely hope to get back next year. all my family agree 10/10 rating

Thank you Mary for taking the time to put up a review of Solario on my advert. Malcolm is my good neighbour and I've just let him know that you reviewed his apartment and Solario. We are both delighted you had a great time and took the time to write a wonderful review for us. warm regards, shirley

“Everything you need in a holiday.”

Reviewed 31 May 2013

We were delighted with our stay at Solario De Sao Jose. Shirley was so helpful in the lead up to the holiday, answering any questions or concerns I had. We were travelling with two young children so needless to say we needed to be organised. The apartment was beautiful, by far the nicest apartment we have ever stayed in. Had everything you need for a self catering holiday and only two minutes walk from a large supermarket. The grounds are beautifully kept, and the care taker and management staff are a pleasure to deal with. It was lovely to have a few more families stay there aswell as the boys loved having kids to play with. They spent their days going from the pool to the playground. The security aspect alone would probably be reason enough to go back. We always felt very safe between the security codes to access the complex and the electric shutters for the windows and doors. Came in handy in the mornings too to help the boys sleep longer :-) The apartment is located about 7/8 minute walk from the strip, so would definitely recommend a stroller as the smallies would tire quickly, but a nice walk, where you have shops and restaurants along the way and even a tasty bakery that has the most delicious desserts. We used to get the road train into old town. €4 for a day ticket so you can travel as often as you like. The boys loved this and it stops off at the beach so handy if carrying alot of stuff like we did. Some lovely restaurants there too. By far the best holiday we have had and a great first holiday for the boys. I couldn't recommend the place or Shirley enough. We will definitely be back. :-)

Thank you so very much Aoife for your wonderful review. We are so pleased that you had such a great holiday and enjoyed the facilities so much at Solario de Sao Jose. When the kids are happy, the parents are happy and that is a good formula for the perfect family holiday. I look forward to welcoming you back to stay again in the future, warm regards, shirley

“First Class Apartment in Excellent Location”

Reviewed 16 Apr 2013

The Solaria is in a central location, with approx 10min walk to strip & 20min walk to Old Town. Well stocked supermarket 2 min walk away, with bars & restaurants in the area. The aparment itself is very comfortable & the facilites in the complex will keep active kids / teenagers occupied no problem. Unfortunately the pool was closed for repair during our week but we had alternatives as we had firends in the area. I would not hesitate to recommend this apt & the owner Shirley was great to deal with, sorting out taxi transfers etc.

Thank you so much John for taking the time to write a wonderful review of our apartment in Solario. I'm delighted you and your family had a great holiday and I look forward to welcoming you to stay again in the future. Once again, I'm so very sorry the pool was not open during your holiday, this was due to annual maintenance being carried out. warm regards, shirley

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