|Sleeps up to:||8 (4 bedrooms)|
|Nearest beach:||Vale do Lobo: 5||Notes:||Families/Couples preferred|
|The development of Varandas do Lago is set in the heart of the Ria Formosa Nature Reserve, neighbouring Club do Ancão and Vale do Garrão. Surrounded by beautiful pine forests, the development is within easy reach of the famous golf courses of Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo, close to miles and miles of golden beaches.
Villa ‘Areia Azul’ is a very spacious 4 bedroom, 5 bathroom villa suitable for up to 8 adults. It boasts a fabulous indoor/outdoor living space perfect for two families sharing or several friends enjoying a sunny holiday together. In the garden there is a swing set & climbing frame for the children and poolside there are lots of outdoor sofa’s, sunloungers, dining tables and chairs to totally forget about the ‘real world... now’s the time to relax and soak up the Algarvian sunshine!
There is a kitchen with large island unit, perfect for mixing up G&T's at cocktail o’clock. Then move on out to the outdoor entertainment area with BBQ, IPOD / MP3 dock, shady terraces, grassy garden and a massive pool that is 11 metres x 6 metres (the depth is 1.1 metres to 2 metres in depth). The pool can be heated and a pool fence installed - charges apply. You can do proper laps or have a fantastic pool volleyball game or if that’s too energetic you can just cool off in the outdoor shower and flop out on a sunlounger and read your favourite book, basking in the sun or under the parasols.
The combined lounge / dining room has 5 terrace doors leading onto the outdoor area – there is a wonderful feeling of space and light with plenty of room for everyone to relax and chill out while on holiday. The living area also has internet connection, plasma tv and upstairs is another plasma tv with MEO satelite programs & a playstation2 games console to keep the kids amused. All four spacious bedrooms have their own ensuite bathrooms and the upstairs bedrooms each have a terrace with views over to the Nature Reserve - enjoy watching the sun dip away on the horizon!
|Quinta do Lago Varandas do Lago area|
|In the villa is a well stocked folder with all the details of the attractions so you can read at leisure and book you choices. Before departure for your holiday we provide an e-book with lots of information about the Algarve and Golden Triangle so you start planning your holiday.
The local area has a huge variety of activities to interest the whole family. Options include horse riding, fishing, yachting/sailing, champagne cruises, shark & dolphin watching, 4x4 safari tours and cultural visits.
In Almancil there is a karting track if you need to burn off that adrenalin. There is also an Aqua Park (10 mins drive on the other side of Quateria) and a Swim With Dolphins experience and Theme Park (30 mins drive on the motorway).
Faro town is a 15 minute drive. There is a large shopping centre (the Forum) that offers good facilities for supermarket and retail shopping. Faro Old Town has an interesting history and several historic landmarks worth investigating. There is a lovely harbour with restaurants dotted about. In Almancil (5 min drive) is a beautiful church with wonderful mosiacs that is open to the public. Quarteria & Loule both boast excellent markets that sells both fresh produce and local made prodcuts.
From Varandas Do Lago about 3/4 mile down the main road towards Vale Do Lobo are another good selection of restaurants including the Sao Gabriel - a Michelin star restaurant and the Thai Garden restaurant also highly recommended. I also recommend the several 'beach shack' restaurants collectively known as 'Julias', a 3 minute drive from the villa located on the Ancao beach where celebrity spotting is a favourite pastime.
The Quinta do Lago Shopping Centre is about a mile down the road, here there are many exclusive designers shops and some lovely restaurants/cafes. There is also a Italian restaurant that delivers pizza and pasta (and a bottle of wine) to the villa for those nights that you just can't be bothered to cook.
Restaurants and Entertainment
The dining options in Quinta do Lago are extensive, with each resort complex offering restaurants and entertainment, and a shopping centre in the middle of the development offers some upmarket restaurants and the more mid range cuisine. Dining options include Casa do Lago Overlooking two of the lakes in Ria Formosa.
A man-made lake offers just every watersport imaginable, and, as well as the first-class golf facilities, other activities include horse-riding, tennis, squash and clay pigeon shooting. The beach at Quinta do Lago is reached by crossing a long bridge over an estuary in the Ria Formosa Nature Park, and the lovely golden sands stretch along the coast to Vale do Lobo. The sandstone cliffs provide a beautiful backdrop to the wonderful sandy beach, which is excellent for both relaxing sunbathing and enjoying energetic family games. A convenient bar/restaurant serves up refreshments and meals, including freshly caught fish, right on the beach. Boat trips are available from the beach at Quinta do Lago, and its' possible to charter a yacht, or venture out on a deep-sea fishing trip.
PRAIA DE GARRÃO beach fronts the chic area of the holiday resorts known as Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo. This beach can now be easily reached by road and one area popular for its beach restaurants is a section know as "Julias" - a local lady and a character who opened the first beach place at the time when access was either by horse or by a very sandy road through the pine trees.
The Natural Park of Ria Formosa starts in the ANCÃO Beach. The Beach has an extensive sandy area and a vast area with dunes. It is well known for its famous upper class frequency, the so called Portuguese Jet Set can be seen wining and dining at the famous GiGi's restaurant. The Beach is a beautiful sandy beach of unquestionable environmental quality, the area is surrounded by the Ancão Valley which is natural forest mainly of pine trees and dune vegetation.
Concern for the environment is the focus of special attention at Quinta do Lago. To maintain the delicate ecological balance within the estate, which is flanked by the Ria Formosa Natural Park, stringent regulations have been implemented by Quinta do Lago SA. A strict, low density master-plan allows for only eight percent of construction of the total area of the estate, ensuring plenty of green space. Private villas, townhouses and village developments are carefully integrated into natural areas, nestling at lakeside, secluded by woodland or flanking the golf courses.
The tidal inlet area that is part of the Ria Formosa is recognized as a wetland of world importance and a natural habitat for rare and endangered species of migrating or nesting birds (IBA - Important Bird Area).
A wide variety of species, as well as other wildlife, can be observed in their natural habitats along Quinta do Lago's two nature trails which were established to allow residents and visitors to fully appreciate the beauty of the natural landscape in an organized way.
Since its formative years Quinta do Lago has worked closely with the Ria Formosa Natural Park administration to protect the flora and fauna and to integrate high quality touristic development with the environment. This has been achieved with an eco-friendly programme of landscape and garden maintenance aimed at preserving the delicate ecological balance.
|How to get there|
Airport: Faro: 19 km
|Activities near Quinta do Lago|
|For all rentals a securing deposit must be paid on time of booking this is 25% of the total booking cost. All deposits are non refundable.
|All rental periods includes 1 mid week maid service of maximum 2 hours duration. Extra maid service available please ask for details.
Pool heating is available and costs an additional €330 per week. The price is inclusive of VAT. Please note that the temperature of the water when heated is dependent on the external temperature / weather. Cold overnight temperatures and rain will mean that the water may be cooler. We cannot guarantee a temperature of the water. The pool cover must be returned when finished swimming to ensure that the water temperature is maintained. A pool fence can be installed on request for an additional charge of €275 per week.
Changeover days vary from property to property please email us for more information. It is necessary to vacate the villa by 10am. Access to the villa is after 4pm on day of arrival.
For all rentals a securing deposit must be paid on time of booking this is 25% of the total booking cost. All deposits are non refundable.
All rentals - the balance is to be paid 8 weeks before arrival. A security deposit of €600 is payable before arrival. The security deposit will be refunded in full within 14 days after departure if the property has been left in an appropriate condition.
The quoted weekly rates includes maid service with a mid-week towel change. Stays of 14 nights or more include a mid-stay linen change. For stays of 8 to 13 nights, there is a linen change surcharge. The rental includes preparation of the villa also cleaning on departure and air conditioning. All bed linen and towels are provided.
Individual hire : Foldaway bed with linen and towels €125, baby travel cot (as provided by manufacturer) & provision of foam mattress, linen and towels €90, high chair €30. Extra Maid service on request - €60 per 2 hour booking (this consists of either 1 maid for 2 hours or 2 maids for 1 hour).
• Cancellation anytime from date of booking to 63 days before arrival date - loss of deposit
• Cancellation 56-62 days before arrival date - 50% forfeit on the total value of the booking
• Cancellation 42-55 days before arrival – 75% forfeit of the total value of the booking
• Cancellation 15-41 days before arrival – 95% forfeit of the total value of the booking
• Cancellation between 0 and 14 days before arrival – 100% of the value of the booking is forfeited
|Prices for 8 guests
|The Algarve region|
The development of Varandas do Lago is set in the heart of the Ria Formosa Nature Reserve, neighbouring Club do Ancão and Vale do Garrão. Surrounded by beautiful pine forests, the development is within easy reach of the famous golf courses of Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo, close to miles and miles of golden beaches.
Villa ‘Areia Azul’ is a very spacious 4 bedroom, 5 bathroom villa suitable for up to 8 adults – it boasts a fabulous indoor/outdoor living space perfect for two families sharing or several friends enjoying a sunny holiday together. In the garden there is a swing set & climbing frame for the children and poolside there are lots of outdoor sofa’s, sunloungers, dining tables and chairs to totally forget about the ‘real world’ now’s the time to relax and soak up the Algarvean sunshine.
The detached villa is set on a large plot, there are several outdoor shady terraces to enjoy the sunshine, mature planting, private large heated swimming pool, swing set and climbing frame for children, calcada entrance and security gates.
Coast/Beach: Ancao beach is an easy 10 minute stroll through the Ria Formosa Nature Reserve. It is a safe, clean, 'blue flag' beach for families. Restaurants and bars, shops and toilet facilities are available at the beach too. There are sunloungers are for hire.
Golf: Golfing weekends can be arranged. There are many courses within a short distance including: Laranjal, Vale do Lobo Royal, Vale do Lobo Ocean, Quinta da Lago Norte, Quinta do Lago Sul, Vila Sol, Vilamoura Old Course, Vilamoura Millennium, Vilamoura Pinhal, Vilamoura Laguna, Salgados, Benamor, Quinta Da Ria, Quinta de Cima.
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