Near Moncarapacho in Country setting with easy access. Tourism Register AL 148
Karl and Daphne
- english, german, Zulu, Portuguese and follow Flemish Dutch
About Karl and Daphne
As a young family we had a very happy 20 years of trading in the remote Zulu Kingdom of South Africa. On being politically displaced in 1980 we retired early to the North Coast of Durban and 15 years of “part time farming” our beef ranch in remote northern Natal. Having more leisure time we toured extensively and whilst in Europe we fell in love with the Algarve and promptly acquired a holiday villa, which inevitably in 1995 became our permanent home. Having acquired more holiday villas to rent out we now enjoy meeting guests from around the world, many of whom are now our dearest friends. Annually we visit our families in the southern summers of South Africa and Australia and returning home to enjoy and love the Algarve even more.
Karl and Daphne purchased this Villa in 2007
Why Karl and Daphne chose Olhão
The Ria Formosa Wetlands and offshore Islands being a protected world heritage, our part of the Eastern Algarve is fortunately spared from mega tourist developments and consequently remains more traditionally Portuguese; the most friendly and polite people you could ever wish to meet. An idyllic easy going lifestyle, festivals, village markets, offshore islands endless golden beaches and all year sunny blue skies
What makes this Villa unique
A very private and peaceful country locality, set in natural shrub land all around, for unwinding and ultimate relaxation. Easy access to village shops and affordable restaurants, also several beaches, sport activities and entertainments just a short drive away.
Check-in: 2:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Facilities for smoking outside are provided
Pool has no childproof fencing, use is at own risk
Use of TINTED suntan lotions is subject to penalty costs for scrubbing off pool yellow scum line and replacement of badly stained towels and bedlinen
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
We have just returned from a wonderful holiday at Monte Mar. The villa is lovely, the pool perfect for cooling down in the summer sun, and in a great location with easy access to stunning beaches in the east Algarve.
On arrival the villa was spotlessly clean and we could not fault anything during our stay! Karl and Daphne were great hosts, providing a fab welcome basket on arrival, were very friendly and helpful if needed, but not intrusive. They clearly care for their villas and clients.
Would definitely recommend and hope to return.
David, Karen and Millie
Many thanks for your most encouraging review, we would be delighted to have you back as loyal returning guests.
We have just returned home from another truly wonderful stay at villa Monte Mar, our third stay so far and twice this year. What makes villa Monte Mar so special for us as a couple is the cleanliness and privacy provided by Karl and Daphne along with the wonderful setting and everything you need for a home from home holiday.
Karl and Daphne are the perfect hosts and from your initial booking you are given simple to follow instructions regarding your directions and entrance to the villa, then on arrival you will be treated to a superb welcome pack that will provide you with all you need for your first day and beyond.
The villa is spotless and equipped with all you will need and comfy beds too which is always a bonus ! The pool is fantastic and large enough for a relaxing swim or to chill on an airbed.
We have stayed in many villa's on holiday but we feel we have found that little gem that has made us return and that is down to the trust, courtesy and quality provided by Karl and Daphne. Will we return again ? Absolutely !
Another return to Monte Mar
A very happy return visit to Monte Mar, an exceptionally well maintained and equipped villa. Karl is a perfect owner, immediate in responding to any minor problems. We certainly recommend this villa to anyone, it is particularly comfortable, private but not isolated with shops and restaurants within less than 10 minutes drive.
Your loyalty and 5 star encouragement is much appreciated. THANK YOU
Beautiful villa in beautiful setting!
Our third time at Villa Monte Mar, it's a perfect place for a relaxing holiday. The villa is beautifully clean, well equipped and the views from the roof terrace are lovely. On arrival the welcome pack is excellent with every thing you need to get started on your holiday. Karl is a welcoming host, but always contacts you if he needs to call.
The pool is amazing especially on a hot day!
We loved watching stars at night and saw several shooting stars.
The villa is in a quiet location, but within easy reach of gorgeous beaches, quaint towns and villages.
An excellent holiday location, would recommend to everyone, and hope to return soon ourselves !
Reviews from our loyal returning guests are our most precious encouragement. Thank you
Attention to detail by Karl & the quality of the villa is 1st Class.
Your 5 star encouragment is much appreciated, thank you.
Perfect for us
Arrived at faro at 8.30pm to be met by Karl who guided us to our villa for 10 days, we had a quick look around before going out to eat. Next morning in daylight we discovered we were in a beautiful villa and the SUN was shining. Karl arrived later and gave us an orientation guide and from then we felt that he was an old friend not just somebody we had just met. The villa was equipped with everything we needed and more, including lots of heating for the cold evenings. We spent some time with Karl and Daph on our last day as we had a late flight, they take great pride in their villas and being the perfect friendly hosts. The finest equipped villa we have ever rented in the Algarve.
Thank you for entrusting your holiday with us, your kind review is our inspiration. Many thanks
The Algarve is Portugal's holiday playground, blessed with all year around sunshine, unpolluted blue skies and crystal clear seas.
Summers are very hot and dry, parched meadows and endless beaches with the cool Atlantic are a refuge from the heat of the day. Evenings are refreshingly cooler, and are ideal for dining out, listening traditional "Fado", some serious clubbing or simply good eating in the regions vast choice of restaurants, famous for fresh foods.
Spring and Autumn are milder and are preferred by many, still hot and mostly all blue skies with possibly a stray shower from winter rains restoring the lush green countryside and spectacular wild flowers.
Being a winter rainfall zone, Algarve Winters are surprisingly mild, with some colder days interspersed with days of warm sunny skies, cool evenings ideal for a heart-warming log fire were central heating is merely a surplus luxury.
Unlike central to west Algarve's bustling and crowded tourist resorts, our Eastern Algarve, having protected World Heritage wetlands and offshore islands, is fortunately spared from mega tourist developments. It consequently remains more traditionally Portuguese; the most friendly and polite people you could ever wish to meet.
An idyllic easy going lifestyle, with village markets, festivals, uncrowded beaches and all year wall to wall blue skies.
The region offers a wide variety of activities and entertainments, and is well served with shopping malls, regional produce and crafts.
For a change from beach life there is dolphin-watching, scuba-diving, surfing or sailing. You can also visit famous Oceanariums and swim with dolphins, splash away at Water Worlds or enjoy a luxury boat cruise along the spectacularly beautiful coastline. There are also the options of riding a bicycle, horse riding or walking in unspoilt countryside.
With golf as choice activity there are Europe's top courses to hand, and in the Algarve nowhere is too far away to go.
MONCARAPACHO (3Km). The nearest town has a welcoming atmosphere, small market and local pottery as well as the usual shopping amenities. Further on is FUSETA town on the waterfront, from where a short hop across by little ferry takes you to the popular Island beach. Onwards on your way towards the well liked TAVIRA a town which in itself is a fast growing tourist area and well worth a visit, is SANTA LUZIA with rows of restaurants along a lovely palm lined waterfront, from where you may hire water taxis to enjoy your own private beach paradise for the day. Nearby is a miniature rail which crosses the marshes to endlessly long island beach of Isla Barril.
OLHAO (7Km.) is a flourishing old fishing town, and has a small harbour and jetty with small ferries and water taxis that shuttle across to the nearby island beaches. These include Armona and Culatra, as well as the distant light house island of Farol. On the waterfront is a famous undercover fresh fish and vegetable market, inside two huge Moorish style halls. A bustling daily market is a must see for an insight into day-to-day Algarve life. An endless choice of restaurants makes this town a seafood paradise.
AZINHEIRO (Nearby (5Km) Is a small hamlet saddling the mountain ridge. Located in a narrow crossways linking Monte Miguel, Sao Bras, Estoi and Olhao, there is the popular local snack bar O Rissol owned by very friendly Paulo and Sandra who speak perfect English.
ESTOI (.8Km) Is a prominent old town in the foothills of the Calderao mountain range. The recently restored "Pink" Palacio de Estoi is a true sleeping beauty palace and, with the Milrue Roman Temple ruins further along, well worth a visit.
SAO BRAS (12Km.). Is a bustling inland town nestling against the lovely outback cork hills. It has all the convenient shopping amenities and very affordable restaurants, along with the ever popular phenomena Luis dos Frangos, or just "Chicken Louis"
FARO (20Km) Is the capital town and has quaint old cobbled shopping walkways and the nearby fortressed old town is well worth a meander. The ancient cathedral bell tower provides a splendid view over the city, wetlands lagoons and inland hills.
From the small marina in the town centre boats offer group tours of the Ria Formosa Wetland Reserve with its famous birdlife, and also visit pristine Isla Deserta for idyllic beachcombing amid a myriad seashell.
The very modern Algarve Forum shopping mall on the outskirts of town offers good retail therapy with specialist chain stores, cinemas, and restaurants.
HOW TO GET THERE:
The nearest airport of Faro is only 20 minutes away and is served by many budget airlines such as EasyJet, Ryanair, Jet2, Airberlin etc. At times some national airlines also offer direct flights in to Faro.
The alternative Portuguese airport of Lisbon is only 3hrs drive, Seville airport in Spain is only 2 hours away. Some guests take a leisurely drive to the Algarve which in itself is a lovely scenic trip with interesting stop overs along the way.