Self-catering rental near first-class beaches, water-parks and shopping centres
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About Derek McArdle
We have been travelling to the Algarve for 30 years, and so when an opportunity came to purchase an apartment near the sea and shops I jumped at the chance! It has proved a super investment and not only do we rent it out but use it ourselves several times a year.
Derek McArdle purchased this Apartment in 2007
Why Derek McArdle chose Vale de Parra
Many of our clients are returning to this property year after year, as they love the Vale de Parra/Guia region, and feel comfortable inside the apartment. Now we have an excellent TV package and WiFi from MEO installed so clients can access the internet, download e-mails and look at their whatsapp messages! Our representatives, Terry and Celia live nearby, look after the apartment for us, and are available should any problems arise during your stay
What makes this Apartment unique
We successfully applied for a Portuguese Property Rental licence which was awarded in February 2016, and details of which can be seen inside the apartment The licence number is 25044/AL.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
We enjoyed our stay. The location was super, very close to most of the interesting places like the Marina Albufeira, Zoo marine and Lagoa was closeby by car. I would recommend the waterpacks in Lagoa, the kids had lots of fun there. This are is close to beautiful beaches.
Not quite luxury. Construction work in the complex.
Is is advertised as a luxury 2 bedroom apartment. This is why I think it isn't luxury.
- Only 3 of the 4 rings on the hob worked.
- The one external shutter, did not go fully up, so every time you went to the balcony, you had to duck.
- Is bathrooms were not as clean as they could be, (everywhere else was fine)
- For me the beds were hard and very creaky, I had a bad back most morning's (Other people might like a hard bed, just not me)
Now for the good points
- The kitchen was well equipped (even had, tea, coffee, salt, pepper, oil etc.)
- A good choice of TV channels
- You own underground parking space
- 25 minute walk to the beach (Gale beach was our favourite)
- a great pool, though it was a little cold in October.
- Cabanitas bar opposite
Our general overview.
The apartment was a little noisy, as it is near a busy road junction, but most of the noise came from the complex itself as there was construction work going on for 5 days out of our 7 night stay (they only stopped at the weekend). Jack-hammers were going off from 8AM to 5PM most days. I do realise that this work had to be done, but I am sure they would have given the owners plenty of notice and we should have been informed before we travelled, NOT when we arrived.
I am certain that I would have given it a higher rating, if the construction work wasn't happening, but from the state the site was in when we left (18/10/18), I would say there is another couple of weeks work, but maybe less noisy.
We still had a great holiday, but it could have been so much better.
Enjoyed our stay .
Well equipped apartment on a lovely complex, with a great pool. Close to lots of good restaurants, and lovely beaches not too far away. The new patisserie by the complex does very reasonable cakes and rolls, and we would recommend it, coffee and cakes for 3 cost 6 euros
The road nearby has become much busier since our last visit to this complex and is quite noisy, otherwise we would have given 5 stars.
Great base to explore local area
Nice two bedroom apartment with plenty of room for four adults.
Everything you needed for a holiday in the sun, great pool area with plenty of sun beds, local bars, cafes and restaurants all within a few minutes walking distance.
Nice property in a really good location
The property was just what we were hoping for. Having stayed in this area on a number of occasions we had a good idea what we were looking for and this property fitted the bill perfectly for the 5 of us.
On the plus side, location, underground car parking facilities, proximity to the pool and play area, proximity to other amenities including shops and restaurants, good size apartment.
What could have been better...
A number of things in the apartment weren’t working as they should: extractor fan in kitchen; safety deposit box; one of the shutters over the doors; bidet. Little things really that didn’t have a major impact but nevertheless were not as they should have been. The property also lacked some basic cleaning and kitchen apparatus.
Overall the holiday was really enjoyable and we’d certainly consider this place again. The complex itself tended to be quiet in the morning and very busy some afternoons. The pool security may as well not have been there as others than stopping toddlers from using inflatables didn’t enforce any of the other so called rules including drinking, smoking and loud music.
Great apartment on small complex
Well equipped apartment a few feet away from communal pool. No trouble getting a sunbed ! Owner is very very helpful before arrival, and arrangements to be met on arrival by Terry all went to plan. Apartment very clean and everything you could need is there. Pool area and surroundings very clean, small supermarket 3 minutes walk away, so if you want a quiet week away by a pool, this is a great place to stay. We had very high temperatures whilst here so the aircon was invaluable. Some excellent restaurants in walking distance, Nearest beach is 30 minutes walk away and Albufeira a 10-12 Euro taxi ride away. We didn’t bother with hire car and used taxis all the time for any trips out,but if you want to explore the area more a car would be essential. Aqualand waterpark is 15 minutes away, get tickets before you go off internet for 50% discount. Albufeira old town well worth an evening visit. Would highly recommend Prima Pasti nearby for a meal, reasonably priced and excellent quality food. Overall a great weeks stay and would highly recommend to others
The big attraction is the proximity of three fun beaches only minutes away by car. Galé is the biggest and most popular. They are ideal for children and safe. Restaurants and snack bars are situated on neighbouring streets, and there is an on-site coffee shop selling snacks and pastries. The nearest supermarket, Apolonia, is just 4-5 mins up the road. A ten minute drive takes you to the Algarve Shopping Centre where there's a huge Continente supermarket, Worten, an electrical retailer and mobile phone shops to name just a few. There's branches of Zara, Pull & Bear, H & M, C&A, a cinema, many child-friendly restaurants and a variety of other shops. The neighbouring Designer Outlet feature Nike, Conforama, and Casa. A relatively new shopping centre opened last year, Mar Shopping and is next to the new Ikea outlet. It also houses many many famous brand retailers including Mango, and Sfera (part of the El Corte Inglés chain). For children, there's ZooMarine where you can interact with dolphins, under 10 mins away by car, and Aqualand waterpark 15 mins by car. Other attractions off the main airport road are the markets which take place once a week in each of the local villages. Loulé next to the airport opens every Saturday morning where you can buy cheap clothes, and household items. Albufeira and its marina are just down the road, and the city has a superb night-life for youngsters and teenagers; it also hosts its own beaches and restaurants. Salgados golfcourse is 5 mins away, and there are several other well-known courses in the region and within driving distance