We lived in the area for a year, so know it well and come back regularly. We've stayed at various rental properties in the area and this was definitely one of the nicest. Had everything we wanted. Great outside sitting area with a pool that got the afternoon sun. Modern, clean and quiet. There is quite a steep slope up to the property, so put your heels on in the car! We had a slight problem with the pool, which was fixed the same day. Only other problem, it's not available when we come back in September!
Our first impression upon entering this apartment was WOW. Beautifully furnished, with superb terrace and pool. Only one drawback was the terrace is north east facing and does not get any sun until mid afternoon therefor the unheated pool remains cool, The climate however is warm so is perfect if your not a sun worshiper.
Carla from 'Seashell Properties', the managing agents, was a delight to deal with and took the stress out of holiday booking, nothing was too much trouble, (thank you to you and your team).
One slight error in the holiday details though, the circuit bus can not be used without a card, and a card can not be purchased, so a car is necessary unless you want to walk a mile to the nearest restaurant or nearly 2 miles to the supermarket.
However we had a really relaxing week and would highly recommend.
I stayed at Fresia with 4 friends in the middle of July 2014. The apartment was clean and well maintained and we had no complaints. The pool was a real bonus considering the price, as was the air conditioning which was much needed. Fresia is a very short distance from the tennis courts of Vale do Lobo, and only a 10 minute or so walk from the Praca where there are bars and restaurants and also the beach. We had an extremely enjoyable stay, and the owner was a pleasure to deal with, answering our questions beforehand. The payment process and return of deposit was easy and straight forward. I would return to this apartment if/when I visit Vale do Lobo again.
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This apartment is lovely and very well equipped. We like to cook and the kitchen was perfect for us. The balcony gets a lot of sun in the afternoon and is very sheltered. It overlooks the tennis courts and we enjoyed watching daily matches, especially the children, of which some appeared to be exceptionally talented. We would definitely use this apartment again.
On the down side, it is not easy to access if you were of limited mobility and the split level would not lend itself to parties with young children.