Casa Amora is a luxury 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom villa in the Vale de Milho development, near Carvoeiro. Private swimming pool, 2 barbecues, maid service.
Combining the luxury of home with the best of the Algarve, Casa Amora is a 3 bedroom villa near the popular town of Carvoeiro.
Built in the 1990s and named after the owner's childhood home (thats mulberries not love!), Casa Amora is a inviting home from home for a family holiday. The villa is equipped with high-speed WiFi, a music centre, flat screen LCD TV, DVD player and several English channels. For those not tempted by the pool and outside life, there is a Playstation PS2, XBox Kinect and a selection of books and games.
The master bedroom has an ensuite with its own Jacuzzi bath. Beds 2 & 3 are located on the other side of the villa and are both twin rooms sharing a bathroom. There is also a separate cloakroom.
Meals can be taken inside on the dining table or at any of the 3 outdoor dining areas. One such area is in an enclosed courtyard with its own barbecue and dining table. Stairs lead from here to the roof terrace with panoramic views over the countryside and coastline. The other dining areas are near the private swimming pool and the second barbecue of the property. This area also has an outdoor shower and garden toilet.
In the Carvoeiro Area
The area has a variety of beautiful beaches, the nearest is Praia de Centeanes and is within walking distance. Also within a short drive are Praias des Carvalho, Benagil, Marinha, Albandeira and, of course, Carvoeiro. Each beach has its own attractions with varying degrees of facilities and accessibility. Personal favourites are Centeanes and Marinha. There is a scenic cliff top walk between Marinha and Albandeira for the more adventurous (not recommended for toddlers).
The Algarve is known for its golfing and the villa is only 2 minutes walk of the Vale de Milho golf course. This par 3 course was designed by Dave Thomas to challenge all golfers. There is also a clubhouse, restaurant and bar. On the other side of Carvoeiro areVale da Pinta and Gramacho golf courses. Both courses are 18 holes and were designed by Ronald Fream.
For a complete perspective of the area visit the historic town of Silves with its Moorish Castle, or venture up into the hills to Monchique and Caldas de Monchique. Monchique is one of the best places for the local delicacy, peri-peri sauce, traditionally served on barbecued chicken. For those not adverse to a longer drive, visit Cape St Vincent, the Southwestern tip of Europe.
To appreciate the coastline you can take boat cruises from Portimao or, for the more energetic, take a pedalo from one of the several beaches. Some boats also offer sport fishing. Details of several excursions can be found in the villa.
Recommended by the owner are the excellent shopping malls of Algarve Shopping at Guia or Agua Shopping at Portimao. Portimao also has a daily market and a large monthly market held on the first Monday of the month. Whilst in Portimao, why not experience the famous sardines at one of the restaurants overlooking the bay. Algarve shopping and Portimao can both be reached within 20 minutes drive.
Popular gypsy markets can be found in the nearby towns of Loule and Quarteira.
Other nearby activities include horseriding at Country Riding Centre Silves and Quinta da Gill, the water slide parks of Slide & Splash & Aqualand, Zoomarine ocean theme park and the Krazy World Algarve Zoo at nearby Algoz.
The villa was great - clean, well equipped (even a decent hairdryer - not the usual feeble excuses for one we have had in other villas!) Bathrooms have been recently upgraded and are excellent. Pool area is spacious and private and the spring board was a great hit with the kids.( pool has also recently been re tiled I understand - its fab) Pool certainly does not need heating at that time of year - weather was so hot the cool pool was the perfect antidote. It was beautifully quiet so we had plenty of restful days around the pool. Fans are provided in the bedroom as it is very hot at night - (air con would be a great addition but not the end of the world). We werent overly bothered by mosquitoes as mentioned in another review - just the normal extent you would expect in that kind of climate - but a bit of repellent did the job. Good base for exploring the area if you have a car (essential really). The maid will come on the days you arrange with her so if you dont want her there everyday - then that can be sorted - we certainly wanted some lie ins! Lots to do in the area - Kids really enjoyed the high speed jet boat from Albufeira marina - not cheap but a great experience - be prepared to get very wet and a little scared! A drive out to Sagres and Cap st Vincent and a walk around the fortress at Sagres was an enjoyable afternoon - very windy though! But nice to see a more rugged side to the Algarve. All in all a great holiday - some good restaurants around too.
Nigel from Bedford
Stayed Jul 2014 - Family
A very smart clean villa in a great location not overlooked by anyone so very private. The maid service was excellent as was the flexibility for checkout on our day of departure. Personaly I dont beleive the photos on the website do the villa justice and could do with updating for interior shots. My only recommendation would be for an awning to provide additional shade at midday, other than that a great villa in a great location.
Nicola from Kirk Ella
Stayed Jul 2014 - Family
This was our second visit to the Villa, we last visited in 2011, we loved the villa and location last time so it was great to see so many improvements to the Villa this time, the pool has been re-tiled, all shutters and doors replaced and brand new bathrooms, it all looked great. The villa is very well maintained, it was good having a cleaner although some mornings she did come rather early we felt. The villa is perfect for a family with young children. We paid for the pool heating and it did mean the children stayed in the pool for much longer this time, the villa hasnt got aircon, although we we didnt feel it needed it as long as we kept the shutters closed on the bedrooms to keep the rooms cool. The villa is very private and has lovely views ftom the roof terrace, the two BBQ areas are great if eating in.
We love the area and found lots of things to do with the children, the Zoomarine, the sand sculpture park and one of our favourite days out and must see was a boat trip from Benagil to see the caves, the coastline is just beautiful. A car is a must if you want to see the sights and visit many of the fantastic beaches. Carvoeiro town is lovely and getting busy on an evening, lots of lovely restaurants in the town and a few within walking distance of the villa too.
We will go to Portugal again and now we have found this lovely Villa in a great central quiet location Im sure well be back to stay in the future.
Highly recommended :-)
Alison from Tatsfield
Stayed Aug 2013
Casa Amora is a very well equipped, spacious villa with two safes and an alarm which isnt mentioned in the description but in this day and age very much appreciated! The pool area is of good size with plenty of sunbeds/tables/umbrellas and chairs for everyone and a very large outside tiled table by the BBQ which was fantastic. There is no air conditioning in the villa but fans were provided in each bedroom (and needed!). The pool needs some attention as my three boys cut their feet on the first day on some tiles. We paid for pool heating which was very effective. The view from the roof terrace of the sea was amazing and my boys liked to end their days lying in the evening sun recharging their batteries after the days events. It is a 30 minute walk into Carvoeiro and we chose to take a cab for 5-6 euros each night as we found the roads very dangerous to walk along. There are plenty of lovely restaurants and bars there with wi-fi (Taste and O Patio our favourites). There are many beautiful beaches but car rental is highly recommended so you can explore them all and other areas of interest such as the gypsy markets, Slide and Splash, Silves Medieval Fair, Sand Festival at Pera to name but a few. All in all we had a wonderful stay at Casa Amora but think it needs a little TLC, however that didnt ruin our holiday there at all.
Andrew from Chesterfield
Stayed Jul 2013 - Family
The villa was fantastic. In a very quiet area but still easy access to beaches, shops etc.
About 1 hr from the airport, but I didnt take the A22 as per the instructions. I took the N125 all the way in.
Be careful around the airport when driving, especially when joining motorways etc, due to the short (non-existent?) slip roads.
The pool was amazing-especially the diving board! Very deep and safe. We didnt have it heated which made it cold, but so nice to cool off. Perfect.
We were surprised to have Fatima arrive early every weekday (did her usual fantastic job), but it meant we couldnt have a lie in or relax. In fact it felt uncomfortable, and really made us change our plans.
At one point in our week (wednesday?) , there was Fatima, the gardener, the poolman and Carole all there at the same time! What the heck was that about?
Thought this was supposed to be relaxing. I know they need to be there, but all at the same time?
Perhaps asking the renters when it would be convenient for Fatima to come and clean?
We always clean up after ourselves, so really only needed minimal extra. Cleaning got almost obsessive. Good for the Villa but not so good for renters who are trying to relax.
At one point Carole asked us if we could pull the cover over the pool at night because the next owners wanted the pool heated and it would be switched on!!!!!!! Really? Is that our job? Dont think so.
She duly pointed out to us that we had a day of free pool heating! Unfortunately, on that day the pool was nowhere near as refreshing as it was when unheated and we were disappointed. It took the edge off the excitement going into the pool. If i wanted it heated i would have asked for it. Bit of a logistics exercise I know when one group wants it unheated and the next heated, but.............
Nothing to do with the Villa but the mozzies caused us a problem (especially my Wife) and we were really not prepared for it. Perhaps a bit more emphasis and advice needed on mosquito repellent would be needed. Our 10 year old son got his face covered in bites by the end of the week. My Wifes bites were horrendous. Certainly was the last straw for us. Cant emphasise enough about suitable repellent.
By the 4th day, we had had enough, but soldiered on. Dont underestimate the heat, especially at night in July/august. The fans were not enough and we struggled. By early morning we had managed to get to sleep, but were then woken up by the cleaner, poolman,........................ etc. Air conditioning perhaps?
The TV and entertainment centre was a bit haphazard. Having to switch SCART connectors over every time my sons wanted a change of playstation, DVD etc got to be a pain. TV size was small considering the hi tech times we live in. Wires all over the place. Stereo wouldnt play CDs after the first day. For a Villa of this high standard, a big TV is a necessity for the families. Seemed as if corners were being cut. Like putting a deckchair in a Rolls Royce to sit on.
Overall, a fantastic villa (no, amazing is the right word). Seeing the pool for the first time was just awesome. Somebody else quoted the WOW factor. Well it certainly was wow!! Very calm and not overlooked at all.
We have been to quite a few villas over the years, and this was one of the best, but was let down by the finer details. Advice on insect repellent, minimal interruptions and unnecessary requests (oh and air con) would make this Villa just the best. Of all time. Anywhere.
A really good local map would have been invaluable. We were left a rough one that sufficed, and caused us a few adventures (which was good) but a more accurate one would have helped.
Would very happily recommend if slightly more polished. Sweating the details the americans call it.
Luckily we had no breakages, in fact I fixed a few things while I was there! Free of charge! Not checked if we got our deposit back or not yet.
After this experience ( and our 15 year old lad getting to the "its boring" stage) we have decided not to go overseas for the foreseeable future. But saying all that our 10 year old son loved it to bits.
Andy, carol, Callum and Adam.
Stefanie from Dumfries
Stayed Sep 2012
First time in a viila and it was brilliant. Very well equiped everything you need. Fatima and carole were brilliant nothing was a bother to them.We would certainly return and recommend to friends
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Stayed 27 Apr 2009
Nice and well maintained and equiped property. We stayed with the family 2 adults and 4 children (age 10-16) for only 5 days. Enviroment is not that exciting although the walk along the cliffs and beaches to Benagil was nice.
Maid - 5 times a week / Pool shower / 2 barbeques / Playstation PS2 + games / Xbox Kinect + games / Z-bed / Food pack on request to include 6 rolls, margarine, ham, cheese, 2 tomatoes, 1 carton milk, 6 sachets milk & coffee / PLEASE ADVISE IF THE COT OR HIGHCHAIR IS REQUIRED