Villa Andorinha is perfectly situated, literally 3 mins stroll from the main strip of restaurants & bars so no need for taxis this time round. You may think the noise from the bars & clubs at night would a problem but rest assured you really cannot hear them. The beach is approx a 15mins stroll away, though down a steep road with cobbled pavements which are a little slippery. The villa has ample space for 8 adults & has all the usual mod cons such as washing machine, dishwasher, iron & ironing board should you require them. Stereo system is ok, we struggled to play our music via the USB port so had a local radio station on most of the time but that was fine as there was a mixture of 80's & 90's tunes being played. TV is a little small & dated but works fine & they have Sky channels so you can watch sports etc if you desire. There is also free wifi in the villa which has a good enough signal for all the bedrooms, although the code is not on the base of the wifi hub as you would expect. You need to contact Miguel the villa manager for that. The pool is of a good size (1.10m shallow to 1.80m deep) and has steps at one end though it can feel crowded if you have 8 adults in there at the same time. Should also be noted there is sloping sides to the pool so be cautious when jumping in. Would def use again!!
I can't really fault the villa in terms of space and provisions including the great pool area however there was a lot of glass around it when we arrived so watch out! Good room size and bathroom facilities. Plenty of kitchen utensils though no basics like salt/pepper etc but that was fine.
However the service left a lot to be desired. When we arrived in Albufeira we were told our booking wasn't confirmed, we were then told it was there but they had to check something. We were then told there was something wrong with the villa so we had to move.
We were shown the alternative which I must say was also amazing! It is an incredible apartment that was brand new though the hassle of moving was annoying and we were no longer beside the strip.
We were offered 3 nights in villa Andorinha then told we had to move to the new place but would be given lifts back if we needed them to the strip.
Once we had moved contact with Miguel stopped and we were not given any lifts!
Also on the morning we moved out the cleaners were cleaning round us before our departure time, clearly showing it had been double booked and not needing repairs.
Perfect villa for the strip if you want to party as long as they don't double book you like they did us!
12 of us have just stayed at Villa Andorinha for my hen party and we couldn't have wished for anything better. Spacious and clean kitchen & communal lounge. Pool was also clean and well presented, and the location was perfect for access to the beach and nightlife of the busy strip. We were also amazed that being so close to the strip we couldn't actually hear the music from the bars, so would also make a good family villa. The property manager was always on hand and answered any email queries promptly, and they were also able to sort out all our airport transfers fuss-free. I hope to go back to either this villa or another one associated with the same company. Thank you!
Stayed between the 24th July until 3rd of August 2017. Villa is very well located just off the main strip but far enough away for no noise to impact upon a good nights sleep. Numerous facilities and the beach nearby and all facilities inside are great but show minor signs of wear and tear which dont affect your stay. Someone present on arrival who showed us around and pool regularly cleaned along with villa. Minor hiccup with transfers but resolved relatively easily and wouldn't hesitate in going back.