We booked this appartment after reading the great reviews but were slightly diasspointed with our stay. The positives are, that the appartment itself is quite spacious, is in a quiet part of the town, has most basic amenities and also two bathrooms. The lovely neighbours also told us about a nearby beach with it's very own natural wading pool which was a hidden gem and a big hit with our two year old.
The issues that we had with the appartment were, that firstly, the ensuite shower (and the wash basin) flooded within minutes of using and you found yourself standing in a pool of dirt for the rest of the shower. It then took several minutes for the water to drain and hot water also quite often ran out beofre one had finished with their shower. We had no shower mats provided which meant that the bathroom floors were invariably left wet (and muddy after trips to the beach)...we spent a considerable time cleaning up and at times, our stay didn't feel like a holiday. The other big issue we had was, that the flat desription clearly states 'Wi-Fi available' which is misleading. There is no wifi in the flat and you have to get a voucher which costs about 40 euros for 4GB over a week. This should be made clearer.
We also had a problem on the last day. We were promised a late checkout at 2 pm but at 11 am on our return from the beach, we found the cleaning lady at the appartment ready to clean up...despite our explanation that we had just gotten back from the beach and needed to wash up and finish our packing (not the easiest job with a toddler), the lady did not budge meaning we had to move all our stuff to one room so she could get started whilst we got ready. This was extremely stressful as we now had half an hour to pack up, get ready and vacate the apartment. Lastly, and this is no fault of the owners, the view of the beach from the balcony has now been spoilt by the bar that has come up right in front of the appartment complex which is a real shame.
We came across David's apartment after researching and comparing with some others. Not only was it very good value but David was very responsive and helpful from the very beginning, so it was an easy choice.
David provided us with plenty of helpful advice upfront, which turned out to be really helpful during our stay. Whether it was restaurant recommendations, where to find supermarkets or where to go in medical emergencies - it was plenty of useful information.
David kindly organized a pick-up from the airport for us as well, so we could start enjoying our holidays without any delay.
The description and photos of the apartment were accurate, and we really loved our time there. By foot, it takes some 10 minutes to the centre of Santa Maria, which was ideal to go for a stroll along the beach or stop by one of the restaurant or bars along the way before going for a swim or watching the fishermen at the pier.
It's certainly down to taste, but we preferred the location of this apartment as compared to staying in the more touristy part where most hotels are. It is a quiet, yet safe road, which leads you to a rural path up to Kite Beach to your left and to the city centre if you turn right. We found the area had a very friendly and tranquil atmosphere, and surrounding neighbours, bar and restaurant staff soon became familiar faces.
The apartment itself was spacious and light and offered everything you need. We loved the personal touches - from music to decoration - and it really felt like a second home in the sun. Whenever we didn't fancy going out for dinner/ lunch, we really made our own in the kitchen and dined on the terrace while overlooking the beach and watching the surfers.
It came in quite handy to have the Fashion Club right opposite the apartment. We sometimes stopped by to have a quick drink and a chat with the friendly staff. They also happily helped us out with bits and bops we needed either late at night or at short notice.
Overall, we had a really fantastic week in Santa Maria - probably the most relaxing holiday we ever had - and we will definitely be back!
Thanks again for all your efforts, David! It really made the difference.
If you are looking for relaxed part of Santa Maria - this is a place for you. Great location for water sports. Everything is a short walk away so no need for a car or even a bike. We loved our stay here and hope to come back as soon as possible. I would definitely recommend getting a fresh tuna from the pier and cooking it at home. Flat has a very large balcony with a table and a hammock which is amazing for relaxed evening with a glass of wine. David is a lovely guy and he dealt quickly with some small issues we had. Overall I would recommend it to everyone who's looking to experience the real side of Sal.
Thanks David, for renting your apartment. We have a great kitesurfing vacation. One minute walk near the perfect kite spot leme bedje. Five minutes walk to the village. Kite stuff on the balcony. Good, clean en a lot of space in the apartment. It was super
This is a lovely large and open plan 2 bedroom flat. The large south facing balcony has sun all day and it is a lovely relaxing place to watch the world go by. The beach resort development in front of the flat restricts the sea views but you can still see the sea further away to the right.
The flat was well equipped for the 4 of us with a good sized double room with an ensuite and a twin room with a separate family shower room.
We spent most of our time on the beach swimming snorkelling and surfing near the Josh Angulos surf shack about 300m away. The beach is lovely and the beer and pizzas are excellent.
The owners organised a taxi driver to meet us at the airport which made life really easy when we arrived. There was a friendly uk expat couple who live a few hundred meters away who offered their help if we needed it.
Weather was really great, locals and neighbours are friendly, food ranges from cheap local back street food if you dare to really nice decent fish restaurants and everything inbetween
A great holiday and a good value flat. Would definitely be happy to use again.