Terracos do Golfe
From the moment you enter the front gates into the apartment complex, you know you are in a quality place. The apartments are modern and well maintained, recently repainted in 2011. The whole complex looks fresh and new. Our apartment is situated on the 3rd floor and is accessible by lift. Press the switch on the left as you enter the complex and this lights up the stairwell. The switch on the right releases the front gate(s), inner & outer. To get to the pool and garden area, go down in the lift (or stairs) to the underground car park. Walk through the garage and exit via a door beside main garage door into the pool area. The pool is serviced by communal toilets and showers and there are 10 communal sunbeds (yellow and white) available to all apartment Users. The pool is one of the largest outdoor pools in Vilamoura and this is really appreciated as there are only 16 apartments in the complex. There is also a kids paddling pool.
Refuse points are accessible at the back of the complex and re-cycling is available at the bottom of the road from the apartment block, beside the main roundabout.
When you enter the apartment, you will be immediately impressed by the space in the apartment. The large hall area gives a wonderful airy feeling. To the right you have the kitchen, which is fully furnished with all mod cons, touch sensitive hob, fan oven, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dish-washer, toaster, juicer, gas water heating, sandwich maker, hoover, iron, ironing board. The utility area at the back of the kitchen has a clothes line for excellent drying conditions. Each of the rooms has its own independent air conditioning unit for maximum comfort. The system doubles as a heating system in winter, this is further complimented by a log burning closed fireplace in the main living area. The living area has a stylish designer glass table and 6 chairs. There are 2 large couches with one Chaise Long. This room has a TV, DVD/CD player with surround-sound system & Sky Box and the local card gives access to BBC, ITV, CH4 etc.. (bring your own Sky card with you for additional channels).
The living area opens out on to a large balcony over-looking the large pool area. The balcony has a table and 4 chairs. There is a BBQ on the balcony and you are welcome to use it. The master bedroom is ensuite with a toilet, bidet, bath and shower. This bedroom has 2 single beds which can be pushed together if required. The main bathroom has a toilet, bidet, shower. The 2nd bedroom has 2 single beds and a spare camp bed. This room also has a babys cot. Both bedrooms have plenty of wardrobe space.
Vilamoura is an excellent place for food and entertainment. Our favourite restaurants are in no particular order (a) Don Afonso - Vilamoura - just off the Marina, always great food, try the Monkfish Kebab (b) The Cataplana restaurant - Vilamoura (near Taxi rank) - great for fish - try the house speciality Monkfish Cataplana or the truely amazing Shellfish Cataplana (c) Akvivat - Vilamoura on the Marina - Swedish restaurant, superb quality (d) BJ's Oceanside - on the beach Quarteria - amazing sunset experince - but be careful, not all Taxis will go directly there - some will make you walk the last 200 yards via the beach! (e) Couleur France - Almancil - easily our favourite restaurant, not cheap, but Michelin standard, and always the highlight of our culinary experience in the Algarve (f) Marufo 1/2 - on the road between Quareria/Almancil - the best Chicken & Chips in the Algarve - cheap and cheerful and delicious (g) Chez Carlos - Vilamoura - only 10 minute walk from the apartment - excellent food (h) Parkys - one very near us (beside Chez Carlos) the other on the marina - excellent for lunches, try the 'pulled pork' wraps (i) Zanzibar - Vilamoura Old Town - a little more expensive, but excellent quality (j) Bem Bom - On the main street Quarteira beside bus depot - not the most salubrious of decor, BUT all you can eat BBQ meats for €14.50 per person, food is excellent (k) Ruis Carvery - Vilamoura just off the Marina - great value and plenty of quality food. The rest is up to you!! if you find a really good place then please let us know... we love to pass on good news and good reviews!
Vilamoura is renowned for its fantastic beach (Falesia beach), it is a wonderful sandy beach that stretches for miles. The casino offers great shows and great fun for those who like a flutter. The local water-park is ideal for kids and adults alike.
If you like golf you are in Heaven, the apartment is directly opposite the Laguna, Millenium and Victoria golf courses. The Old Course and Pinhal courses are less than a mile away. Vila Sol has 27 holes and is less than 5 mins drive from the apartment. The local golf academy has a driving range, golfing lessons and a 3-hole golf course, ideal for the beginner or a good place to practice. Golf prices in Portugal can be expensive, so if you are interested in playing golf the best guy to chat to is Andy Willmott (+351913922707) he operates a discount golf service for Vilamoura and runs a golf society for 3 local bars (Atlantic, Pacifico & Oscars), he runs 2/3 outings a month across the best courses, his website is http://www.andygolf.co.uk/ Contact Andy directly, visit his website or call into the Bars and chat to Al (Pacifico) or Seamus (Atlantic). You can hire clubs from the Airport from €35 a week, I use Paul McGinleys service http://www.clubstohire.com/paul.php, alternatively you can hire the clubs on the course, normally between €20-40 a round.
Additional features - swim with the Dolphins at ZooMarina - Go to the water-park in Quarteria, fab slides, great shows. Brownes sport club, just a 5 min walk away, indoor heated pool, tennis courts, gym, squash courts, restaurant & bar (the place where soccer & rugby teams go pre-season!) - Visit the annual sand-sculpture exhibition at Pera - Enjoy the markets in Quarteria (Wed) and Loule (Sat) - Try hill-walking literally on your door-step - There are 20+ km cycling & walking paths in Vilamoura - There is a National park literally 5 minutes up the road, great for walks, bird watching etc.. - The Vilamoura train brings you on a magical 1 hour trip around the resort, pick it up from any of a dozen start/stop places - including, The Marina, Hilton Hotel, Casino, Falescia beach. Did I mention the Casino? its the closest to the Vegas experience I've ever had, great roulette tables, black jack, poker, slots etc.. fun for hours.
The apartment is a 40 minute walk to the Marina, or a 5 minute drive. Taxis are readily available and cheap, circa €7 to/from Marina. All in all a truely wonderful place to have your holiday
Car recommended - we use ZitAuto for the cheapest car rentals and good quality cars. Taxi to/from Marina €7-€9. Local bus service from end of road services Albufeira, to Quarteira and onwards to Faro.
If seeking transfers to/from Airport we recommend using Vilamoura Chaffeurs. The company is open since 2008 and has been delivering good customer service to clients, using modern Mercedes vehicles (Viano and Vito). Prices are as follows
Airport to Vilamoura:
Up to 4pax : €40
Up to 8pax : €54
And if the return is included:
Up to 4pax : €75
Up to 8pax : €103
Contact Daniel Tristão and please quote our Villa Renters property number to avail of these discounted prices.
912 400 500 – 289 324 095
Fax; 289 313 959
For all your Golfing needs contact Andy at firstname.lastname@example.org or Phone him on 00351 913922707 mention Niall sent you to get the best deals!