Our family of four with kids being 9 and 13 just got back after staying one week here. Had a really nice time in the quiet villa set in pretty grounds with a nice pool. It was not very busy and we learned that the most of the people there returned year after year as they loved it. I liked it a lot and almost everything you might need was there. It was a great place to relax and make friends. Lots of nice restaurants in the area but you really need a car unless you love walking. However if you like shopping or clubbing this is not the area for you but Albufeira town is only a 10-15 mins drive away. The nearest beach is quite gravelly but it was quiet and had loungers with parasols to rent (reasonable) and a very nice little restaurant (a bit expensive). My only moans would be as follows: of the two bedrooms the one that was clearly meant to be the master with balcony, sea view, dressing table, a safe etc was set up with the two single beds for the children and the double bed was squeezed into the smaller bedroom with none of the things listed - odd. Also, I have stayed in many villas in the price range of this one and all of them have had little extras such as a hairdryer, washing up liquid/sponges, hand soap in the loos, even condiments in the kitchen and dishwasher tabs. This villa had nothing at all so the first thing we had to do was go shopping. We did manage to borrow a dvd player for the kids but we had to ask for it and there was no information pack/folder telling us we could do this. Also the staff were not able to help at all when we asked about booking trips etc - not so much as a leaflet. We were just told to go into Albufeira and find out there. Last moan, wifi connectivity very poor, don't rely on your internet here and even phone signal was intermittant at best. All in all though we had a really nice time here and would go again, we'd just go a little better prepared now we know what we'd need. The peaceful, pretty location and family-friendly atmosphere is worth the minor niggles.
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