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“Gem of a find”

Review of Vila Dona Ana

Breathtaking Dona Ana beach, 5 min stroll from our apartment making multiple visits easy
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Breathtaking Dona Ana beach, 5 min stroll from our apartment making multiple visits easy
Experience the elegance as you relax in our bright expansive great room with a glimpse of the sea 
Feast on your home-cooked meal or an easy take-out with a fine glass of Portuguese wine
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Breathtaking Dona Ana beach, 5 min stroll from our apartment making multiple visits easy
Experience the elegance as you relax in our bright expansive great room with a glimpse of the sea
Feast on your home-cooked meal or an easy take-out with a fine glass of Portuguese wine
Enjoy the sea view as you relax on our comfy sofas.
Enjoy a sunny breakfast or sip wine in the afternoon shade, counting the various boats floating by
Striking windowed living room opens onto front balcony with a spectacular pool and sea view
Gaze out to sea and count the boats floating by
Roam the manicured grounds of the complex
Cool off with a refreshing dip in the pool
Soak up the sun and relax by the pool on our private lounge chairs
Get a visual on the road to Dona Ana Beach
Master bedroom: Grand and bright with queen bed, marble tabletops, spacious en-suite bathroom
Roomy en-suite bathroom with warm tones and modern fixtures
Guest bedroom: Spacious with twin beds, warm tones, guest bathroom
Roomy 2nd bathroom with warm tones and modern fixtures
Kitchen: Modern appliances, granite counters, beechwood finishings, fully equipped
Kitchen opens onto back balcony and courtyard for afternoon sun or morning shade
Welcoming hallway with oak ceiling and terracotta floor, loaded with beach gear
Nestled in a quiet residential area, prime location between DonaAna beach & charming Lagos old town
Navigate the steps down to O Camilo beach and enjoy snorkeling around this secluded beach cove
Catch the waves at Porto de Mos beach and let the sounds of the surf soothe your senses
Seize the photo opps as you explore secluded beach coves or walk the spanse of miles of beaches
Hike the clifftops for stunning views of the beaches and coastline, or pop down for a grotto tour!
Old historic Lagos town waterfront with its abundance of character, 10 minute walk from apartment
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Condo/Apartment -
2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 5
Lagos, Faro District, Algarve

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claire s
Colchester, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Gem of a find”
Reviewed 25 August 2015 for a stay in August 2015

Look no further this is a gem of a find. I was a little apprehensive about making an independent booking and if you are like me you still have some reservations even after reading the great reviews-well I can confirm the reviews are all correct. Marie and Ken make the process extremely easily and their attention to detail is outstanding. The holiday tips provided on their website are wonderful and they send you even more information 6 weeks prior to leaving!
We were met at the door and shown around by Barbara their property manager who was keen to make sure our stay would be trouble free and although we did not need to call her, it was helpful to know that she would be available throughout our stay if required. The apartment was clean bright and airy with all the necessary equipment needed. My husband went in the pool every day before breakfast and had the pool to himself. Although it was the height of summer the pool was never overcrowded and the children loved it (12 and 15years). The beaches are only a short walk away but the sea was a bit cold. We hired a boat right on the beach at Dona Ana to go around the grottos and caves which was lovely. Our favourite beach was Praia Porto de Mos which was a 15mins walk away downhill and then we got the bus back right outside the apartment.
The old town is only a 10mins or less walk away – longer if you go around the park at the back of the Spar which was a beautiful walk. There are so many restaurants that the recommendations given by Marie and Ken were invaluable, though we did find a couple ourselves we also liked. The food was great but you must book and reserve a table for the popular ones.
We did not hire a car but took the local buses which were easy just check times – we went to Sagres for the day and had a surf (hiring wet suits and boards).
We had such a fabulous fun and relaxing time that we are planning to return next year.

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Liked best: location
Travelling group: Teenagers
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Nini884
Dundonald, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
23 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Another brilliant holiday”
Reviewed 22 May 2015 for a stay in May 2015

This place has become our 'home away from home' ! The apartment is very spacious, the terrace area also spacious with a few steps down to the pool area. Everything you need for a great holiday is available - apartment very well equipped and loads of extras, like books, DVDs, picnic stuff, hairdryer. Also there are good local restaurants and shops as well as a short walk to Lagos old town and all its restaurants and evening entertainment. Enjoy see views and the variety of good beaches within walking distance. This place is well placed if you want a relax and chill holiday or want a comfortable base to explore from with a hire car. Definitely recommend it. Booking process is very professional and easy. Ken and Marie have organised information to make your holiday as easy as possible!

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Liked least: Leaving
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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grantus26...
Sheffield, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
“excellent stay 4th year running”
Reviewed 25 September 2014 for a stay in August 2014

This is our 4th year running in this apartment. Call us creatures of habit but we love it and we know what to expect. We still find different places to eat and things to do each year. This year it was go karting at the Algarve moto GP circuit - only 20 minutes from the apartment.
As usual the apartment was spotless & had all we needed (including a sewing kit). The pool area was never crowded and at lunchtime i often had the pool to myself.
Great place to stay& Ken & Marie look after your booking very well.

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Liked best: everything
Liked least: leaving
Travelling group: Teenagers
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Recommended for:
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Stuart G
Swansea, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Another stunning holiday in Lagos”
Reviewed 23 September 2014 for a stay in August 2014

Lagos is a town we absolutely adore (our 3rd visit there). It has everything anyone could want. Peace and quiet for the relaxing hours during the day, and vibrant (but not over the top) evenings in the old town.
This was our second visit to the apartment, which we highly recommend. It is clean, comfortable, and has all of the amenities and facilities you'd expect in a well-appointed apartment, including nice touches such as candles and (importantly) matches for the candles. Further nice touches are the books, DVDs, travel guides, maps, restaurant guides etc. provided for guests use. The apartment has an enormous patio (accessible from all bedrooms, lounge and kitchen), that has more than enough room for sunbathing / eating etc. The patio provided us with privacy when we wanted it, with just a few steps down to the communal pool for a dip / mixing with the friends we made. If, like me, you don’t like it too hot, the air conditioning is bliss.
The apartment is perfectly situated (for our tastes). The stunning Dona Ana beach, with its beach-side bar / restaurant is 10 minute walk away. The old town, which must have the greatest concentration of restaurants in the western world, is a 10 – 15 minute gentle stroll. The town really does come alive in the evenings, with many talented buskers and street entertainers. A pleasant addition to the town since our previous visit is the boardwalk area next to the river. This has 3 modern restaurants of which, in my opinion, The Orangery is the best (fantastic burgers). If you don’t fancy the walk into town, there are 5 restaurants (including an Italian and an Indian) with very friendly staff just behind the apartment building (literally a few seconds walk). Please don’t think that a number of restaurants behind the apartment will create noise. You hardly know they’re there. A 5 minute walk towards the beach will take you to yet another couple of restaurants. For those of you that love to watch sport, there is a small, friendly bar a 5 minute walk away that has a number of screens that’ll show whatever is going on at the time.
Ken and Marie are extremely friendly and accommodating, and will go out of their way to assist you in any way that they can (unlike many apartment owners). Barbara, Ken and Marie’s property manager, is also very helpful (with seemingly limitless energy), and is always available to answer any questions you may have.
In summary, perfect apartment, perfect location. We will definitely be going back.

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Liked least: No-wifi
Travelling group: Teenagers
Your age range 35-49
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RobS019
Cheshire
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Outstanding quality and location”
Reviewed 31 August 2014 for a stay in August 2014

We had a perfect time in Lagos! This apartment is stunning - so well equipped and ideally located for both the beach and town. The wealth of information provided by the owners (before the holiday and at the apartment) was so helpful in enabling us to quickly find our way around this beautiful and diverse area. We've never felt so comfortable and relaxed so quickly in holiday accommodation before - they really have thought of everything when it comes to your guests' needs!

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Travelling group: Young Children
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