Sharon and Steve have been visiting the Algarve for several years and they intend to relocate there in a few years time. As such the villa is truly their second home and has been stocked and furnished to a very high standard. They visit at least four times a year and on each visit listen to guest feedback and add new things to the house.

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Average rating from 35 reviews

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35 Reviews

First time too Portugal and we stayed at the villa for 7 nights but honestly we thought about booking in to a hotel after the 1st night, we looked at prices and just could afford the extra cost at the last minute so we stayed and tried to make the most of it! I must add we didnt contact Steve or Angie about the state of the place because really what could they have done once we where there, the problems were not quick fixes and they clearly weren't too concerned, so we literally made our bed and dealt with it as best we could (lesson learned) I expect no matter what the price to have a clean functional environment from arrival! So pros: The villa is very reasonably priced and is a really good size it also has alot of entertainment (although not everything works, batteries not included) the gardens are nice and the pool table was great but...cons: it's really dated and in need of a refresh/clean and maintenance, lots of paint coming off walls, mould in the bathrooms, shower curtain hanging off, thick dust & cobwebs/spiders, dead bugs everywhere! broken toys/random junk crammed in to every draw & cupboard, boxes of diy materials (although where they were used is beyond me) not all heaters/air con work, lots of light bulbs broken with no replacements, only one pump in pool works and the filters aren't being cleaned (we know because we cleaned them and they were crammed full of all sorts of scum leaves bugs etc) so we only risked the pool after cleaning it twice, apparently Steve came at one point to clean the pool but we think he just uses the net and chucks a chlorine tablet in. The bedding and towels were dirty, stained and smelled musty/damp on arrival (we washed/cleaned/hoovered EVERYTHING as soon as we were able to get cleaning stuff & washing powder the night we arrived, which isn't exactly what you want to be doing on the 1st night of your holiday, also just after we had arrived (after a quick show round with Angie) we discovered the ensuite bathroom toilet was covered in ants....assuming she must have looked round before we arrived we were a little miffed she hadn't tried to sort it out! Our first night was spent cleaning and cursing :( we finished at around 9pm and finally sat down with a glass of wine just at the point the electricity cut out (it went on and off for about an hour or so, so we drank wine and tried to look at hotels on our phone in the dark) to be fair this only happened on 2 nights and didn't go on that long but after evrything can imagine!! Location: it's near a very busy road (although you cant see it you can hear it, esp nightly police sirens) the area is kinda like an industrial estate (car lots, businesses etc) it's within a reasonable distance of the airport about 25mins (one of the reasons we went with it because of our early morning flights) but not a lot else to do locally, we did hire a car so we were able to go further afield (although we did try to get a taxi one day in to Faro for a meal sight seeing etc - using the booklet/numbers provided,(unfortunately most of the numbers were disconnected or didn't speak English) contacted Angie to ask for advice but didn't get a response until the end of the day - although she did advise us to purchase a coffee at a local restaurant and get them to order us one (which we were able to do successfully the next day) the entrance to the villa is a tiny road barely big enough for a car to squeeze down and turn in, so bare this in mind if your in a larger group/vehicle, my partner was really concerned for the hire car every time we left/arrived as it was so tight and surrounded by overgrown bushes and cacti. All in all we left feeling deflated and wishing we had paid more money for some of the other villas we had seen, if you aren't going to be spending much time at the villa and aren't fussed about the pool and dont mind having to clean and wash stuff etc it's dealable, in this instance you pay for what you get. We will try again with Portugal but won't be back to this villa or area.

Couple from Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom

Reply from Steve

Thanks for the detailed feedback. We are reviewing and addressing everything with the agents.

We have just returned from a fabulous week here with our 12 and 9 year old children. There was always something to keep everyone busy and great family time was had by all. The Churrasqueira de Marim restaurant, literally across the road is the best food/value for money you can imagine. Four main courses of the best quality meat and fish, 2 deserts, a coffee and carafe of white wine for €36! The best day trip is to one of the local islands - we went to Armona; empty beautiful white sandy beaches on the Atlantic coast! The villa and its facilities are exactly as described and we will most definitely be returning.

Family from Shenley, United Kingdom

We booked a villa holiday for the fist time as a family @ Villa Amarelo and specifically booked this property for its facilities to keep the children amused (13 & 10) and was vey happy with everything it had to offer regarding the Swimming Pool, Wi-Fi, Playstation, Nintendo Wii and all the other extras which were available. I was slightly disappointed on arrival with the Villa Gardens and surrounding areas from looking at the advertised pictures of what the Garden did look like to what it was when we was there, it was overgrown, untidy and in need of some major TLC. The Swimming Pool was almost Green on arrival but was soon sorted out with some cleaning fluid and a good clean by Stuart certainly helped and we spent many hours having fun it in whilst there. The area is a bit too remote for my liking and there is not really anywhere you can walk to of any note and without a car it would have been a problem, and also as a note for anyone else booking the Villa with a car, be mindful of the size of car as access to the Villa is extremely tight and driving in and out is difficult. All in all though I would recommend the property and had a really relaxing time away from it all and the Villa had everything needed so was not an issue to leave the property.

Family from Stevenage, United Kingdom

It was wonderful to be back at Villa Amarelo after 10 years. The pool was a wonderful addition. The location is perfect for exploring the Algarve without being right in one of the busy towns. Very handy to excellent shopping east or west of the Villa. Its a very roomy villa with comfortable places to relax inside and out. We used the BBQ on the patio quite a bit. It is fast using charcoal. The "Delta" (Keurig for those from North America) is a nice addition too. Appliances are all up to date and kitchen is well equipped. We were a little disappointed that the exterior and particularly the garden is not maintained as well as it was 10 years ago. The gardens need pruning, there appears to be discarded items collecting around the back of the villa and during our visit the automatic irrigation system wasn't working properly. All in all though we enjoyed our stay again!

Couple from Princeton, Canada

The villa is easily accessible from Faro airport and is in a nice peaceful location (apart from a little noise from the main road). There is a good, and very cheap, restaurant just over the road and several supermarkets just a few minutes drive away. Angie and Stuart, who look after the villa, are extremely friendly and helpful. The property is spacious and is not overlooked at all. The outdoor facilities are excellent - plenty of space to relax, a nice sized swimming pool and a superb covered outdoor pool table. The barbecue is the best we have ever used. The inside of the villa is spacious and is very well equipped - full satellite TV package, wi-fi, DVDs, games, books, etc, etc. We were particularly pleased with the coffee machine. Our only criticisms were the beds, which were not very comfortable, and some minor repairs are needed here and there. For example, there was no towel rail in one bathroom and no toilet roll holder in the other; some of the power sockets/switches were loose. The pool could have benefited from more frequent maintenance - the filter pump was only working on the last day of our two-week holiday. With some minor repairs/maintenance, we would certainly recommend the villa.

Couple from Manchester, United Kingdom

We stayed here for 5 nights and couldn't fault the facilities. It is obvious that the villa is used by the owners themselves and as such has all of the extra home comforts that you might need and more. We were extremely well looked after by the agent Angie who arranged for a grocery pack to be waiting for us as we were arriving late. We did not hire a car and managed perfectly well with the local bus service into Olhao and taxis back, but for longer stays a car would be advised to make the most of the area. Locally, we ate at the Marim restaurant across the road and a snack bar at the Aldeia de Marim approximately 10 mins walk from the Villa, and both were very friendly and really good value for money. The bus into Olhao for a larger choice of restaurants was very reliable and only took 10 minutes. We also took a ferry across to Armona island and found the snack bar prices there to be very reasonable. We spent a fair amount of time just lazing around the Villa and in the pool which felt a little cold initially but warmer once you were in. WiFi was very reliable and the TV had full Sky Package including sports and movies, there was also a huge selection of DVD's, games and books to read. All in all we would recommend the Villa as a great base for exploring the Eastern Algarve but also great if you don't want to venture out as it has everything you need.

Family from Wallasey, United Kingdom