This isn't the 1st time we have stayed here and despite the uncharacteristic showers midweek, we had a fantastic week again. Nigel resolved a minor problem with the air-con in no time. I can't fault the service from booking through to getting home.
The villa has 3 well appointed bedrooms, 2 with their own balconies that take advantage of the views. The built in bbq got used quite a lot, and leisurely lunches in the shaded outdoor seating area were great. Lots of wine and salads with fish/chicken! There is a supermarket within 5 minutes drive that stocks all basics. The town of Monchique is within walking distance but I suspect that during warmer months this would be better suited to a short car journey to the hill at the top of the road before walking down to the town. There are a lot of very good, well priced restaurants in walking distance/short drive. Our favourite is on the way down towards Caldas de Monchique (5 mins drive)...Cafe Imperio. It is nothing to look at and easy to miss but the Piri Piri chicken is great (locals and expats seem to frequent which is a good sign) and at 15 Euros a head for 3 courses including wine/beer...what more do you want?!
I am normally not one to go somewhere twice, there is a lot of world to see! That said, this is the second time we have been here and it is quickly becoming our destination of choice for our week of relaxation once a year!
Stayed here a week and sorry to have to go home. Cannot fault this villa and we have stayed in many far more expensive places. Extremely good value. Superbly appointed, clean and comfortable. The owners have done a great job in creating this lovely holiday home. A very peaceful, safe, private and sunny location with breathtaking views of the coast. Pool was warmer than I expected for October. The villa is everything if not more than what the website portrays. We have booked again for 2018, thank you Nigel
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.