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5 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 10
Faro, Faro District, Algarve

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Youngathe...
Derbyshire, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Absolutely amazing place”
Reviewed 13 August 2014 for a stay in August 2014
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I've just returned from here and all I can say is 'Wow!'.

We stayed here with my sister and brother and their young families, 10 of us in total and the size of the villa was amble. We never felt on top of each other and there was plenty of space to get away from the chaos of young children in the pool.

On arrival the gates make you feel very important, and once you get through them you can see how special this place is. I can ensure you will say 'wow!' as soon as you get through.

All amenities have been catered for toiletries, bathrobes, fleece throws (for when the temperature drops late at night), DVDs (to keep the kids quiet at night), cutlery, plastic glasses and plates (for when eating outside), safe, air conditioning units in each bedrooms, MASSIVE outside kitchen area including an amazing BBQ.

The owners have taken a lot of time and care in this place and it shows in all the little touches around the villa. Lovely stylish cushions, ceramic pots around the garden and even a lion to keep watch outside the villa.

I felt very lucky to stay here and can only thank the owner, Jonty for letting us.

Amazing!

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Management Response
19 Aug 2014
Hi ‘youngatheart’
Very many thanks for such a lovely review, WOW! . We are very pleased your holiday was a success for everyone and it’s important to hear that we are getting things right. Our reviews make us glow with pride and the ones on Owners Direct are also as glowing as yours. We pay careful attention to detail and will continue to do so. If you are considering that return visit please contact me and I will ensure you have priority booking. Kind regards. The owners.
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Julia S
Leicester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“A Hidden Gem”
Reviewed 18 September 2013 for a stay in July 2013

Travelling with my elderly parents I wanted a place that gave us tranquillity, space for us to chill out and some creature comforts - well what a find!
A Vila Privada is all that and more - a short drive from Faro airport and you start to get a taste of the true Portugal as you head up through the mountains and villages - as we turned off the 'main' road we started to climb again and wondered if we were in the right place! At the TREE you turn left - and believe me all you see are gates - so where is this Villa?? What an amazing sight as the electronic gates open to show you this modern, Villa draped down the hillside with stunning views, gardens to impress and full size swimming pool (I have stayed at hotels with smaller pools!) and all the amenities you could possibly want.
Beautiful rooms, Egyptian cotton towels, robes even slippers!! All your toiletries and even fleecy wraps curled up in baskets by the doors opening onto the patio for you to snuggle up in in the evening if it is a little chilly after your day lounging in the sun! To top it all the villa boasts an indoor and outdoor kitchen, lounge, dining area and media room (including free WIFI!!!) - once you have been to the local shops to stock up what more do you need - a true place to unwind, read, swim, eat and drink fabulous food with enough terraces and outside areas to choose a different spot each night to eat outside.... :-)
Will absolutely be returning... saving already!

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Liked best: The quality of the villa and the location
Liked least: Getting up the hill to the villa
Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 35-49
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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 17 September 2013 for a stay in September 2013

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Liked best: Total relaxation
Liked least: Having to leave
Travelling group: Large Group
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Management Response
20 Sep 2013
It was great to see you all there again and thank you for such a glowing review (again). As you know it's important for us to receive reviews so we can be sure to keep on top of things and keep the villa at 10/10.
We hear you are to return for a third year, fantastic news and thank you again for choosing A Vila Privada. The owners
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Charlotte...
Leeds
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Fab return visit - here's to many more”
Reviewed 17 September 2013 for a stay in June 2013

This was our second trip to A Vila Privada and it was everything we remembered - tranquil, spacious, beautifully furnished, gorgeous pool - all wrapped in luxury. Everything from the ease of booking beforehand to the Egyptian cotton towels and robes was perfect. We wanted somewhere quiet and chilled, but with things to do in the surrounding area (Olhao is lovely) and cheap eats for when we just wanted to relax (Chicken Shack and Horta were particular favourites). If you're looking for luxury you've found it here!

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Liked best: The space and the pool
Liked least: No butler service to bring us drinks poolside!
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Shirley M
Level 3 Contributor
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“Paraiso ! Luxury Filled Accommodation at it's Best”
Reviewed 12 August 2013 for a stay in May 2013
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A most fabulous jewel in the Eastern Algarve's crown. Set in beautiful grounds with fantastic views from all terraces. The outside space is absolutely divine, from the large pool and terrace area, with it's all too comfy loungers, cabanas to get out of the sun and enjoy your G&T, and the sunken garden which was an idyllic haven. The Outdoor Kitchen is ideally located, and has everything for that perfect Al Fresco lunch and supper.

Attention to detail throughout the entire accommodation is first class, the bedrooms are spacious with A/C and balcony, not forgetting the Egyptian Cotton bedding, Robes, Fluffy Towels, and provision of toiletries. These we thought were perfect touches. The main accommodation is luxurious, spacious, and extremely comfortable, along with Sky TV, DVD and WiFi, all provided. The soft furnishings and adornments are all very tasteful, and certainly give it that ' je ne sais quoi ' .

We found ' A Vila Privada ' to be in a superb location, totally private, but ideally situated to discover the surrounding area, with a 15 minute drive to the beautiful fishing town of Olhao, with many restaurants, all serving top class cuisine, boat trips out to the Ria Formosa Natural Park, or grab a ferry out to the beautiful island of Armona, or a trip out to Horta Harbour. An opportunity not to be missed while you are here, is the 5 minute drive to Sao Bras and a visit to Churrasqueira Paraiso aka ' the chicken shack '. Fantastic spot.

We thoroughly enoyed our week here, and can only say that this is luxury filled accommodation at it's ultimate best. Impeccable.

We will definitely go back.

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Liked best: Everything !!!
Liked least: Having to leave A Vila Privada and come home !
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
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