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Review submitted by James from London (Submitted: 18 Sep 2009)
We have overwhelmingly favourable memories of our recent stay in this villa. It is in a wonderful position and the views from this property are fantastic. The scenery surrounding the villa is wonderful - rocky, pine-covered hills by a deep blue sea. By way of a minor warning (this is something we had not appreciated fully before arriving), if you wish to do anything more than remain in the villa or go to the beach (a couple of minutes down a path), and unless you are supremely fit, you will find yourself getting in the car to do anything else. Simply to reach the main road and Deia (where parking at peak times is difficult) requires a drive up a steep winding metalled road lasting up to 10 minutes (though you get used to it). The walk up the hill might take at least 30 minutes up and less back down. Once at the main road, Soller (and thence to Port de Soller) and Valldemossa are at least 20-30 minutes drive in each direction along winding and often narrow roads (and if you get stuck behind a bus or slow driver, it can take longer). The old town of Palma is at least 45 minutes away by car. I quite enjoyed the driving, given the scenery and plenty of bends, but it is tiring.
Parking at the villa is a challenge, as it requires at least a three or five-point turn to park, and at least the same to get out again, given the narrowness of the access road alongside the villas parking space (again, you get used to it).
Minor gripes about the interior quality of the villa (which was generally high) are as follows. The double bed mattress in the lower part of the villa dipped in the middle, causing us to have to swap to the other in the upper part of the villa (which was not much more comfortable despite being flat - but that is often the case in holiday villas). Despite initially stating that the villa had a DVD (i.e. player), it did not. Repeated calls to the owners representative were necessary before one arrived, which we had to set up ourselves (and being of the dual karaoke-DVD use variety, that proved not uncomplicated). The villa does not have an oven, though it has an electric hob and an adequate barbecue. The satellite TV enjoys a plethora of German channels and very few English language channels, so far as we could tell. The lounger beds do not recline but are fixed in the horizontal position. The sliding white security shutters on the glass doors do not lock on one side of the villa.
In high season (we went afterwards, in early September 2009) if the neighbouring villas are occupied, then you may also feel a bit too close to your neighbours as on the left of the villa as you look out to sea, there is another patio separated from yours only by a waist-high screen.