Luxuriously appointed apartment, fully air-conditioned, secure, and overlooking children’s pool and playground, bar and adults pool. Lift access to apartment and whole resort built for ease of pushchair and wheelchair users. Includes satellite TV, DVD player, washing machine, full size fridge freezer, safe, balcony, maid service on request. Guest services on site to arrange airport transfers, taxis, car hire, trips and excursions, travel to neighbouring islands. Free shuttle bus to Santa Maria and beaches. Free WIFI at reception, in public areas and around pool. Supermarket on site.
Luxury apartment close to Santa Maria, Sal Island, Cape Verde
- Calendar last updated:
- Dec 14, 2018
About Jeanette Brunton
I am married, aged 54, with an adult daughter, son in law and beautiful granddaughter, and a professional career. My husband and I have travelled all over the World and when looking for a holiday home to buy, we wanted somewhere that we could get to quickly, without any down-time due to jet lag, and with reasonably price flights. We love Portugal but as with many European countries, it is not pleasant in winter - we wanted somewhere we could visit at any time of the year and not have to worry about the weather. Cape Verde is constantly around 25 degrees, has long, sunny days, beautiful sunsets, warm and friendly locals, and a really laid back attitude to life. We first visited Cape Verde some 12 years ago and did some island hopping. All the islands are very different, rather like the Canary Islands, but we were enchanted by Sal.
Jeanette Brunton purchased this Apartment in 2006
Why Jeanette Brunton chose Santa Maria
It's easy to get to, the climate is fantastic, the locals are friendly and welcoming, the food is amazing, the beaches are fantastic, the sea is warm, it's paradise!
What makes this Apartment unique
The apartment is very well equipped and feels like a real home from home. Air conditioning is a blessing although there is usually a lovely breeze from the ocean and we enjoy sleeping with the window open instead. We travelled to Cape Verde many times whilst waiting for our apartment to be finished, and found that the standard of some of the local accommodation was very basic and left a lot to be desired. Vila Verde has been built to the more exacting European standards and so not only are the finish and furnishings far superior to elsewhere, but there are lifts, sprinklers, fire alarms, safety rails where needed, etc. The resort is ideally placed close to Santa Maria, but also in a peaceful location.
Pool / Spa
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Excellent spacious apartment 😊
The apartment is spacious, airy & well maintained & extremely clean. It's furnished to a high standard & there was a welcome pack on arrival. It had everything we needed - cooking facilities, washing machine, fridge/freezer, microwave, iron & ironing board etc. It's located a short drive from the airport & another short drive, or a 20 minute walk, to Santa Maria the main fishing town on the island. I would highly recommend the apartment & the owner was extremely helpful & approachable.
Thank you for your lovely review. I am so pleased you enjoyed your stay in Sal and also the apartment. We do our best to make it ‘home from home’ comforts. I hope you’ll consider us for your next visit to Santa Maria.
Perfect, sun instead of snow!
Large apartment, very clean, home from home - everything you need to be comfortable and to fully self cater if you want to. We’ve stayed at many ‘self catering’ apartments where there is not enough equipment to allow you to cater anything but a drink and cold breakfast. Not here, you could live here, there is everything from sieves to juicers, measuring jugs to Tupperware food containers, I won’t list everything but you could cook a 3 course meal and have everything you needed to cook and serve it. We loved that we could still watch our favourite TV programmes (we like Hawaii 5 0, NCIS, Bull, etc) whilst enjoying a takeaway pizza, if after a day sunbathing we didn’t want to be bothered cooking or going out for tea. A game of cards or connect 4 with a glass of wine on the balcony early evening was also great, the owners seem to have thought of everything from a range of DVDs to suit all ages and preferences, books, games, even cool bag and sun chairs so you can head off the beaten track with a picnic if you fancy it. I could go on and on, but suffice to say, an excellent quality apartment in a beautiful location, with an owner who obviously cares if her guests have the best holiday or not, and at a very reasonable rental price, we felt.
Perfect holiday in an excellent apartment!
From start to finish was a perfect holiday! Jeanette couldn't have been more helpful answering any queries very promptly prior to our holiday and provided us with excellent information.
On arrival we were met at the airport and taken to the apartment where we were then met by Lizy who was so friendly and helpful. She showed us everything we needed to know about the apartment and was always on hand for any queries.
The apartment was fantastically furnished and spotless, with everything we could have possibly needed. Beautiful pool, plenty of sun beds with a pool bar.
Regular shuttle bus into Santa Maria where there are beautiful beaches and plenty of good restaurants and ice cream parlour! Also plenty of taxis available to take you into town.
I was there with my daughter and felt perfectly safe day and night exploring the town, everyone was so friendly and welcoming.
Can't wait to return to the beautiful apartment and island!
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a lovely review. We hope to see you again soon! Jeanette
Wonderful two weeks in Vila Verde - snow free!
The apartment was very spacious and had everything we needed. We really enjoyed lounging around by the pool and going to the Quiz Nights, met some nice people too. The live music at the Sports Bar, the Cape Verdean evening on the first night we arrived and the bakery / ice cream shop on site were great and the Happy Hour prices at the Cactus and Sports Bar were good if you wanted to try some cocktails as well. Thanks to Jeanette for giving us the use of the owners discount card too. The shuttle bus service was really handy and we liked Ponta Preta beach because it was quieter and you could use the sunbeds and get lovely salads and drinks at the beach bar. In Santa Maria we had a delicious meal at Chez Pastis and found a nice Cape Verdean restaurant round the corner from Tam Tam. Lizzy was really helpful and accessible throughout the stay. We didn't need to contact her much but the arrival and airport transfer went really smoothly and she booked an island tour and arranged a mid-holiday clean of the apartment for us while we were out on the tour. It was nice to have books and playing cards in the apartment for when we wanted to stay in and Lizzy pointed us in the direction of Cazu Supermarket so we could do some cooking for ourselves. All the staff in the complex were friendly and helpful and the locals too. I think the only exception to that was some of the younger taxi drivers are a bit pushy when it comes to what they charge and with this in mind I'd advise the transfer to the airport when leaving would be best arranged through Lizzy as well, with an agreement on the price when booked. (Lizzy offered to do this for us, but we said not to worry, I'd advise people to take her up on this offer.)
Thank you, Lorraine, for your invaluable feedback and comments which I’m sure will be helpful to other guests considering a holiday in Vila Verde. We hope to welcome you to stay again soon. Jeanette
Lovely apartment well appointed in quiet location
Jeanette and her contacts in Cape Verde couldn’t have been more helpful. We were picked up at the airport and taken to the apartment which was very clean and there was a lovely welcome pack which was much appreciated. The complex is very quiet which was just what we needed but it is a shame there are not a few more units occupied with restaurants or shops. The people are lovely and beaches perfect. If you need a real rest this is the place to go
Thank you, Jane, for taking the time to write a review. Very much appreciated.
Lovely apartment in a really nice complex
Your apartment is great we really felt at home there. It's very roomy and
comfortable and had everything we needed. The beds are comfortable and there is plenty of wardrobe space and hangers. We did not need the air conditioning as it was cool enough in the evening. The fly screen in the bedroom is a great addition as you can open the door for fresh air without worrying about possible mozzies or flies coming in.
The complex is very nice and well kept and clean. The staff working there are also very nice people and can't do enough for you. The Lantana pool area is spotless, lots of sunbeds and nice and quiet. At the start of the holiday we thought that we were too far out from Santa Maria as we went in there every night, either walked (wind permitting), free bus or taxi. But as the holiday went on we thought it was an advantage being outside Santa Maria as we could then walk into the town in the day for something to do. The transfer from the airport was seamless and Lizzy was waiting for us to show us around the apartment.
Your welcome pack was a real bonus and very, very welcome. You have thought of everything that someone could possibly need to start off their holiday. We will be going back to Sal next year and if your apartment is vacant for the dates we want we will definitely book yours.
Thank you Maria for taking the time to write a review. I hope you will book with us again for your next holiday to Cape Verde!
Special interest holidays:
Ideal location for keen surfers - wind, body, kite and paddle surfing are all popular pastimes. Annual windsurfing championships held here January/February each year. Also excellent for deep sea fishing, diving, snorkelling and sun bathing. Jazz and music festivals held May to August each year. Great base for island hopping for longer stay guests.
A steady 15 - 30 minute walk in either direction will bring you to a beach - in one direction a soft, powder sand beach for sun bathing and swimming, in the other a coarser beach for watching wind and sand surfing. A leisurely 20 - 30 minute walk brings you to Santa Maria's soft, white sand beach where you can swim, surf, arrange diving and deep sea fishing.
Sal's airport is 20 minutes away by taxi. Car hire is not needed as the area around the resort is level and easily accessible on foot or by bicycle. Taxi's are readily available and inexpensive. However, if you wish to arrange car hire Guest Services can arrange this for you or one of the agents in Santa Maria will be able to accomodate your needs.
The nearest town is Santa Maria, a leisurely and level 20-30 minute walk away. Further afield, Espargos is around 1 hour away and is the main commercial town on the island.
The Cape Verde islands are paradise found, marooned in the Atlantic ocean a little over 5 hours flying time from the UK. There are 10 very different islands with an excellent inter-island airline for those who'd like to stay a little longer than usual and do some island hopping. The beaches and climate mirror the Caribbean, but without the jet lag (there is only a 1 hour time difference) and no hurricane season! Lunar-like Sal is the most cosmopolitan island, dotted with small colourful towns, such as Santa Maria. Cobbled streets are lined with surf shops, rainbow painted shops, white churches, small and intimate restaurants, and amazing beaches flanking the turquoise sea. The temperature rarely dips below 25 degrees, so no need to worry about whether it will be warm enough, and the rainy season is usually a day in August! The locals are friendly and although their national language is a mixture of Portuguese and Creole, most speak enough English to make themselves understood. This is a laid back, chilled out place, where their mantra is "No Stress". It doesn't get much better than sitting in the sun, watching the local fisherman bring in their daily catch or some breathtaking surfing, with an ice-cold beer or fabulous cappuccino in hand..................wish you were here?
Booking Notes: Please note the apartment rate per week assumes 2 occupants, if there are more than 2 guests please add £50 per week to the rate to cover the cost of additional linen, towels and bedding. Changeover Day: We are flexible with which day you wish to arrive & leave. The apartment will be ready on arrival regardless of the time & you can stay until you need to leave for the airport, unless we have same day arrivals which we try to avoid for your comfort. Notes on prices: The price is for the apartment and not per person and assumes 2 occupants, additional charges are due if there are more than 2 guests to cover the cost of extra linens, towels and bedding. The price quoted is in pounds sterling, if you wish to pay in Euros please contact us.