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“Stunning views from the infinity pool”
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Cool off in the Infinity pool or soak up some Vitamin D before lunch! Pool and BBQ terrace, even the garage enjoys views!
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Relax and take in the awesome views from our pool!
Cool off in the Infinity pool or soak up some Vitamin D before lunch!
Pool and BBQ terrace, even the garage enjoys views!
Villa. pool, garage with covered terrace below.
Front part of the villa and infinity pool
Private and sunny garden with covered BBQ area, lounge area and dining for 8
Al Fresco dining area for 8, Gourmet BBQ and drinks/wine fridge. Power points for PC,s music, etc.
Dine and relax with friends and chat about the days adventures
Outside covered lounge seating, ideal for chatting away those last hours of the day.
Covered seating area and BBQ at night. There's also a gimbaled captains bed in the lower garden
Formal dining room, seating for 8, TV in cabinet music centre and recliner.
Gourmet kitchen for those nights you don't eat out at one of our many local restaurants
Hall, showing back of suspended stairs.
Lounge showing double sided fire place, HDTV, DVD, etc.
Light and spacious lounge with doors to pool and garden and Juliet balcony with views of the coast.
Stairway to heaven!
Super King master suite, TV, Air-co, Juliet balcony and private sun terrace
King master suite, TV, Air-co, Juliet balcony and private sun terrace
Twin bed suite, TV, Air-co, Juliet balcony with views to the garden and surrounding mountains
One of the shower and bath rooms featuring travertine and natural stone tiles.
Enjoy views from every room, balcony and terrace
Front door and in the distance the natural spring and grotto with fish! Stairs to the car park.
Plenty of secure parking, for 7 cars!
Side entrance showing some of the many hand painted tiles around the villa.
Winter in the Algarve brrrr only 12 Deg C!
Christmas Time at Villa Vida Nova
View of the infinity pool from one of the bedroom balconies.
Orange Juice for Breakfast
Beautiful Rose
One of the many Hand painted tiles around the villa.
Local hand painted tiles
A gift from one of our guests
Piri Piri peppers
Morning Glory?
Al fresco dining in beautiful garden setting
The lane is steep and winding in places but easily navigated even by big trucks
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3 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Monchique, Faro District, Algarve

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Carlisle, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Stunning views from the infinity pool”
Reviewed 29 June 2018 for a stay in June 2018

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!

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
1 Jul 2018
Thank you Jim, we are very happy that you enjoyed the villa and Monchique again. Cafe Imperio is one of those hidden gems that are found in the Serra da Monchique, they need to put up a sign, but then again they are full everyday, I will put directions in our villa directory for future guests.Thanks once again for staying with us and hope to see you again in 2019.
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Bath, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
“Absolutely Fantastic”
Reviewed 25 December 2017 for a stay in October 2017

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

Your age range 65+
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
26 Dec 2017
Sean it was lovely to have you and your family stay and look forward to your return next year. Have a great New Year and thank you for your review.
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London, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Actually a Very Exceptional Villa”
Reviewed 19 October 2017 for a stay in October 2017
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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.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
20 Oct 2017
Thank you for your encouragement, this means so much to us, and thank you also for your candid comments about the previous review. We put our heart and soul into providing a first class villa rental, hence 99% of our reviews across 10 independent sites give us a 5 star rating. We continually update the villa and strive to maintain our standards to reflect this. Thank you again, we hope to see you and your friends visit us again in the not too distant future.
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Ormskirk, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
127 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“A Nice Villa but nothing exceptional”
Reviewed 5 October 2017 for a stay in September 2017

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.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
10 Oct 2017
We regret that our villa didn't quite meet your specific needs. We try our very best which is attested to by almost 100 consistent 5 star reviews across 10 independent review sites. This doesn't mean we are complacent, far from it, and is the reason for our continuing success. We take on board all suggestions and criticism and implement necessary changes swiftly and efficiently.

Thank you for your suggestions about shopping. We welcome advice but your unique criticisms, even though you admit are subjective, may mislead the reader. To this end, and so that the reader is not misinformed I will clarify a few things:

As you are aware there are actually two TV Satellite systems, (not one), and not dated, one is less than a year old. There are over 100 TV channels, 70 in English, catering for guests from Europe, Canada and USA, not just UK. It would be impractical to try to provide bespoke channels for every nationality. As I explained to you by email our neighbours tried using IPTV which was unsuccessful because the bandwidth is marginal in our area for that particular system, this was confirmed by the internet provider. Notwithstanding this IPTV infringes both copyright in the UK and broadcasting law in Portugal. IPTV is a grey area even for private users. There are many free video sites but I suggested Filmon because it gives the most comprehensive choice for less than €10 per month.

The stairs from the garage are 1.9 meters wide consisting of two separate spans of 7 shallow and broad steps. It has a landing in the middle which is 1.9 meters wide and 3.5 meters long. It has a metal railing and handrail for its entire length. The stair is built to code and cannot be regarded as a challenge, see photos.

The garage has never been advertised for guest use, your implication is misleading. We advertise "secure parking for 7 cars" which is behind granite walls and steel gates, not a garage. Staff parking and staff entrance are separate.

The lane to the villa is about 300 meters long and is a cul de sac with no through traffic. It is a well maintained single track tarred road with several passing places and a turning circle at the end. It has two bends in it neither which are hairpin. It is not difficult to navigate and is wide enough for large trucks including the propane gas truck that delivers to our property, see photos.

September is the least prettiest month for the garden made worse this year because we have just had one of the hottest and driest summers on record.

We respected your request to have staff visits limited to when you were out and apologize for the one occasion that she had to vary the "advertised midweek day" from Tuesday to Wednesday. Our staff have other villas to attend to so some flexibility is required in order to be considerate to other villa owners. We also accommodated your request to reschedule her hours on the day you went to the airport to collect friends.

The cleaner uses the laundry room in the basement which is separate from the guest area and has its own staff parking and entrance. She uses this room to wash, tumble dry and iron linen and towels for your use. We are very fortunate that we have an independent basement laundry as many rental villas have only the guest area to perform this task.

You state, "As other reviewers have mentioned, the house is not entirely private". There are absolutely no other reviews that state this, this is untrue and misleading. The villa is very private. The house to the east is occupied by a single man in his eighties, has no windows and is on the back staff entrance side of the villa and partially hidden behind trees. He is a gentleman who tends his peach and olive trees and often leaves a tray of peaches at the front door for our guests. To the north west there is cream coloured private villa, see photos, which is occupied intermittently. It is over 100 meters away and only someone standing on their upstairs bedroom balcony can see the very far edge of our infinity pool.

We used a professional photographer who used a variety of lenses, this is normal and acceptable in the hospitality and real estate industry. The exterior photographs of the pool are not distorted to make the pool look "enormous" nor does our description portray this notion either.

The "superlatives" that you call "hype" only repeat what reviewers say about the villa. I stand by my descriptions. The most recent TripAdvisor review headings: "Wonderful villa in stunning location", "Superb villa with breathtaking pool and views", "Beautiful house and pool, perfectly maintained, in a private setting with stunning views", "Genuine 5 star villa in beautiful setting".

"Coastal views" are simply that, nothing else is implied, the location maps show where we are and distance from the coast. The descriptions concur and photographs attest to this. Extracts from recent Tripadvisor reviews: "amazing views of the surrounding valley and down to the coast", "The infinity pool is great and the views down to the Algarve coast are tremendous", "The views from the villa were amazing, looking out over the valley below & the coast line".

Bicycles are listed along with other activities available and our advertising states that they are "available for hire". Monchique is a popular venue for mountain biking and famous for cycle road races. We have guests who bring their own or rent from companies who deliver all types of cycles to the door. There are companies that deliver bikes to Monchique, to allow people a relaxing down hill cycle all the way to the coast and then are ferried back to Monchique.
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Callander, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Wonderful villa in stunning location”
Reviewed 16 July 2017 for a stay in July 2017
people found this review helpful

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.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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