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Reviewed 17 August 2013

Arrived home today after spending a week at villas rufino. Absolutely great place.
Only 40 min transfer from airport. We hired a car last year, but this year decided on private transfers as we were not venturing far from the complex. (Also much cheaper to use taxi for the odd day out)
Villas are very spaciousness, clean and feel very private. Great big terrace with magnificent views and our own BBQ.
Couple of good supermarkets within walking distance and great beach 10 min walk, although very busy during high season.
Villas rufino is a great place if your after a quiet holiday. It's kid friendly, our 3 kids made plenty of friends and spent the whole time in the pool. It's also very safe.
We have a 18 month baby and they provided a cot, high chair and stair gates. We will be returning again next year.

  • Stayed: August 2013
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Thank Princegeorg
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Reviewed 5 June 2013

Just Returned from our second trip to Villas Rufino and was everything we expected - clean and quiet. It has been 4 years since our last trip and the townhouses are just the same although they could do with a bit of sprucing up paint wise around the walls and outside and a couple of loose tiles in the pool. The complex was about half full but we had the pool to ourselves most days - if you want lively and places to walk to then this is not the place for you - if you drive to restaurants and want breakfast on the veranda overlooking the sea and a chilled out holiday then this is the place .The on site caretakers are fantastic and always help especially when my parents managed to lock themselves out - the cleaners do a great job and are unobtrusive. Would def return again although as parents of an only child we need something with a few more children to keep him amused.

Room Tip: rooms 6-16 are the best view wise
  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Pudge74
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Reviewed 20 April 2013

We stayed 6 nights in this wonderful place. It was very clean apartment. It had 2 large bedrooms, wifi (outside). The terrace was big and it had a beautiful view over the ocean. The staff was very friendly.

Room Tip: Some terraces of corner apartments are shared with the neighbors. They might walk over your terrace to the pool. The 2 apartment blocks are shifted. You have morning sun in the part until apartment 14 I believe. Just minor details. In summer it doesn't matter at all :-)
  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Dynamite_nl
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Reviewed 21 October 2012

Just returned from another fabulous holiday in the Algarve. We stayed at the Villas Rufino (5th time), which were in our opinion first class. They were spacious, clean and modern. The kitchen was large and very well equipped with fridge freezer, microwave, cooker/hob, dishwasher and more than enough crookery, glasses etc. On the ground floor was a spacious livingroom with dining area with patio doors looking out onto the patio and also a downstairs toilet. Upstairs were 2 spacoius bedrooms, one with a balcony overlooking the pool and the other facing the car park. A full bathroom was also on the upper floor.A barbeque was available for use in each villas patio (which was a fair size). The villas are in 2 rows of 10. 1-10, 11-20. They all share the most wonderful view - its amazing and you would never tire of looking at it, whether first thing in the morning or last thing at night.

The maids cleaned the villa 5/6 times a week. The pool area was cleaned daily and was spotless. Marika and Chico are fantastic care takers and nothing is of any bother to them.

The pool area was really nice with sunloungers and seat pads, which were all free. There are loads of really really nice restaurants in the area, most of which you need to drive to, but there are other ones which you can walk to. Eating out is probably around the same as eating in the UK (price wise) although you could go into Albulfera and get cheaper meals.

The supermarket is about a 5 minute walk away but I would advise to go to ALGARVE Shopping and do your shopping there as it seemed to be cheaper and have a much larger variety of goods.

Zoo Marine is a must - it was fantastic value for money and you can spend the whole day there - the Dolphin show was fantastic.

Having a car is a must - there is loads to see and do and I would recommend these Villas and area for a great family holiday.

Room Tip: Nos. 1 &10 and 11 & 20 are end of row villas - quieter
  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled with family
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6  Thank ElaineBrown68
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Reviewed 13 October 2012

Stayed with a large group as had a wedding at a villa near-by (getting married anytime soon? check the private villa near-by out- STUNNING) and Villas Rufino had everything we needed. Mixture of families and couples and all of us enjoy a bit of a party- found the only hard part is that the sound really does carry here so be prepared to fight for your right to either party or sleep, depending on your preference.

Stayed: October 2012, travelled with friends
2  Thank RichmondRed
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