We were three couples and have just spent 2 weeks at this fantastic villa. Everything at the villa is “exceptional” and is exactly as described on the website. I speak for all six of us and say this because I have just read the previous review which seems very strange if not deliberately vindictive. I must commend the owner in tactfully rebutting the unfair exaggerations and misleading comments.
I feel it only fair to say that there is no hype, the pool is bigger than some villas we have stayed in and is an infinity pool with amazing views of the coast. The stairs are a doddle unless of course you were old and infirm, but then all stairs would be an issue, this is possibly why he would condemn cycling too. The villa is very private indeed save for one neighbour well off to one side, certainly not an issue for us. The maid was a delight and keeps the villa in perfect shape we welcomed her giving a clean around midweek and changing all our towels and even the pool towels. We hardly watched TV and British food was not something we would care about, we like to leave “Little Britain” behind when on holiday, sounds like Benidorm! The road is steep and winding in places but not an issue, our designated driver, my mother, managed it with ease.
The facilities are perfect, plenty of kitchen ware, glasses plates, acrylic for outside, a great barbecue, plenty of sunbeds and parasols. Beds are very comfortable with good quality of linen. Decor is superb. And the views to the coast are absolutely stunning!
We ate out at O Loar, Foz Banho, Jardim de Oliveras all are excellent, reasonably priced too. Monchique and the surrounding countryside was a perfect choice for our group.
So many villa owners take shortcuts, not at this one, we would highly recommend it.
Villa Vida Nova is a very nice house; we booked in 2016, and stayed for all of September 2017. The location is particularly good in the high summer months, being pleasantly cooler than the coast. From the end of September until May, there's a chance it will be in cloud, (it's over 1500ft above sea level) and it can also get very windy, it was possibly the wind that caused the frequent (but short) power outages during our stay.
There is a good Intermarche supermarket and other small shops in Monchique, only five minutes away, the nearest large shops are in Portimao, half an hour away. A good tip is that near the Portimao Aqua shopping centre there is a British "Iceland" Overseas supermarket that sells UK products including some Waitrose ranges, but the best quality supermarket is Apolonia on the road between Lagoa and Carvoiero.
The website description needs qualifying; the "coastal view" from the villa is 15 miles distant, the website photos benefit from wide-angle lenses, the infinity pool looks enormous but is actually only 8m x 4m. The aspect is south facing, but the hillside to the west cuts off the evening sun around six o'clock in September. The "short leafy lane" leading down from the main road is a steep single track with two very tight hairpin bends. As other reviewers have mentioned, the house is not entirely private, it is overlooked to the east by a neighbour and parts of the pool area can also be seen from the villa to the north. The listed garage is not for guests.
The original website mentioned bicycles, possibly meaning they could be hired, not that we would have used them, cycling in the Serra da Monchique is only for the seriously lycra-clad, neither would we have used the non-existent tumble drier. The acre of gardens is a series of very dry terraces and flower beds suffering from lack of irrigation.
The description quite correctly says that the villa is wheelchair inaccessible; there are 15 steps down from the drive to the front door, a serious challenge to some.
The house is comfortable, the main bedroom suite is spacious and there's plenty of wardrobe space, the other two bedrooms are a little smaller. The kitchen is large and bright and the entire ground floor living areas are open plan.
The TV system is dated, there is satellite TV, but the main UK channels are not available and the Sky box does not include any sports subscriptions. The owners suggested the FilmOn app, which is ok if you're happy to pay and view on an iPad or laptop, but most rentals aimed at UK visitors provide the IP TV system we used in our own villa for many years. The peak-time broadband download speed we experienced was around 8Mbps, more than adequate to handle IP TV.
Midweek visits by the cleaners to replace towels were irritatingly random, twice we went out for the morning putting used wet towels aside for replacement only to find them still there when we returned because they had changed the day without informing us. The cleaner also spent Sunday mornings working in the basement laundry room.
All in all, a very nice place to stay, but don't be misled by the hype, there are too many superlatives such as stunning and awesome. Giving anything a rating is subjective and always coloured by one’s own previous experiences, but in our view Villa Vida Nova merits 4 stars not 5.
This is the third time that our family have visited Villa Vida Nova and it impresses us more each time. The spacious, light filled villa is beautifully furnished and has all the amenities expected in a luxury home.The relaxing outside space is both practical and functional with the immaculate infinity pool providing a welcome refreshing dip. The barbecue and covered seating areas are well appointed giving amazing views of the surrounding valley and down to the coast. This wonderful villa truly gives you the opportunity to relax away from it all and also the base to explore the treasures of the Algarve.
We have just returned from a fantastic stay at Villa Vida Nova. What a stunning location and a beautiful villa. As has been commented in other reviews there is everything you could possibly need and more. Four of us have visited Portugal many times before, staying in hotels and villas on the coast but none of them match up to the accommodation or location of Nigel and Bev's property, for us it was ideal, remote enough to be private but with facilities within walking distance if we wanted, otherwise only a short drive away. Our holiday was purely for 3 siblings to relax by the pool while two "husbands of" went off to play a couple of rounds of golf. What a pool to relax by - the spectacular view down the valley, watching the swifts, swallows, house martins, buzzards, etc. We had a scorcher of a week with regards to temperatures and the air conditioning came in handy for our last two evenings. If you are considering booking this villa, do it - you won't be disappointed, we couldn't believe our luck - I do a lot of research before picking a holiday home and even I was shocked at how lovely it was. Highly Recommend.
My wife and I stayed at Villa Vida Nova with another couple during the last week of September 2016. The villa met all of our expectations and is accurately represented by the photos on the website -- a spacious home, furnished to a high standard, perfectly maintained; a beautiful pool, fully functional BBQ, comfortable outdoor eating areas and stunning views. Easy access to the Algarve coastal towns and beaches but a welcome respite from the busy tourist centers. Weather in the mid-80s (F). Nigel was responsive and helpful. Perfect.
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