"We booked Casa Vista Linda at the last minute for just the two of us. The directions from Rosemary to get us from the airport to the villa in our hire car were great. Although the hire car was useful and it meant we could go a bit further afield, I don't really think you 'absolutely need' a car to stay here. It's a 15 min walk to the marina (although the roads are quite bumpy and not lit at night) and there are plenty of cheap taxis to bring you back in the evening. There is a small shop about 10 mins walk away and a Pingo Doce supermarket a further 5/10 mins, where you could always get a taxi back up the hill with your shopping.
The villa itself looks fabulous from the outside; in its own grounds with a huge pool and gardens. It had a lockable exterior gate and roll-down shutters on most of the windows, both for security and to keep the house cool during the day. The pool and patio areas are very large and not overlooked by neighbouring villas. The pool doesn't have heating but in early September it had all summer to warm up and was quite nice. There is plenty of outdoor seating and patio loungers. The view from the master bedroom balcony is stunning - looking out over Lagos and the rocks on the beach in the distance.
The bed in the master suite was comfortable and there were lots of hangers provided in the wardrobes. The maids came twice during our stay of 9 nights, and although we got towel changes, the bedsheets were not changed but this wasn't a big deal.
For those who like to cook at home, the kitchen was amply provided for in terms of crockery, glasses, pots and pans etc. The oven and built-in microwave looked new and we had no problem with the oven temp (perhaps it has been replaced since the last reviewer commented).
The large TV in the living room could receive English (non-Sky) channels and the internet worked perfectly throughout our stay.
Are there any downsides? Not really. If I were lucky enough to be buying this property for myself, I would probably update the bathrooms and the kitchen units (all functional but a wee bit dated), and have heating in the pool but would I recommend it as a holiday rental - yes, definitely!"
Guest: Mandy H.
Date of Stay: September 2016
Review Submitted: September 19, 2016