We have been to Portugal several times with our young family - two sons aged 4 and 8. This villa was outstanding the best we have stayed at. It is based just outside Guia and the location is really ideal. The N125 is the main road in the Algarve and this is literally a 5 minute drive. This provides access to the whole of the coastal Algarve. The shopping mall is nearby and Albufeira is a short 5-10 minute drive - you will need car. Also zoomarina is also 10 minute drive. If we go back to Portugal will definitely look to staying here again.
My husband and 2 year old son have just arrived back from a fantastic week at Villa California. The villa is very spacious and finished to the high standard. All rooms are en-suite and the kitchen is well equipped.
The pool was fantastic and the garden enjoys the sun all day. There is a large parasol that can be used if you want some shade. The air con is very efficient and the villa was generally cool anyway (temps of 28-35 whilst we were there).
The villa is very spacious and our son had plenty of room to play inside and outside.
The owner was very helpful in explaining where local amenities are (we hadn't been to portugal before) and gave good directions to meet us to hand over the keys and let us follow her to the villa.
The villa is just outside Guia about a 10 min drive to Albufeira. When we booked the location map showing the villa on the north west side of Vilamoura was completely wrong so if you are looking for a specific location, check to see if the map now shows the villa near Guia.
Within 10 mins drive are great beaches at Pria de Gale and Evaristo. I would definitely recommend getting a car for this villa as the nearest amenity is a restaurant which is probably a 10-15 min walk on a main road with no path. Nearest shop probably a 25-30 min walk on the same road.
If it is a peaceful week in a beautiful villa look no further. This villa is excellent value for money and somewhere we would definitely re-book.
I have just returned from a fanstatic stay at Villa California, the villa itself is very impressive with ample storage and finished to a very high standard throughout.
I would totally recommend this villa to anyone looking for a relaxing holiday with amenties not to far away but not on your doorstep.
Also a huge plus the back garden is south facing so you have the sun all day around the pool. There is plenty of room around the pool for 6-8 people for sunbathing.
The bedrooms are all a great size with all rooms being ensuite and having air con.
Towels were provided both for around the pool and for ensuites.
The owners could not have been more helpful... could not fault this rental at all.
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Myself my husband and 3 friends have just returned from a week spent in Villa California. We were looking for relaxation, peace & quiet and sunshine in luxurious surroundings.......we found all of this at Villa California. On arrival we walked through the doors to see an impressive staircase, open plan sitting room which ran into a large dining area and impressive kitchen. The kitchen was fully equipped with Coffee machine, microwave, oven, dishwasher and an abundance of storage. Off the kitchen was more storage and laundry facilities. We each had our own room with double/king size beds and en suite with superior shower units. There are 3 bedrooms upstairs and 1 downstairs. All rooms are very spacious, plenty of storage and hanging space, air conditioning and a balcony. There were plenty of extra pillows blankets and throws if needed. The pool was a good size, clean with plenty of room around it for sunbathing. Sun loungers with cushions were provided, a parasol, table and chairs. An outdoor kitchen, bathroom and outdoor shower are also on hand. Beach towels, hand towels, bath towels are also provided so no need to take up room in your suitcase! WIFI is also provided.
The town of Guia is a 5-10min walk away with plenty of restaurants, pharmacy, bank and shops, a few mins drive past Guia us a large Shopping Outlet. 5mins drive in the opposite direction Albufeira Old town with an abundance of shops nightlife and beach. A car is needed when staying at this villa but we didn't mind this. We would strongly recommend Villa California as your holiday home. Sandra the owner is a lovely woman and made sure we had everything we could need for our stay. I will definitely be returning to Villa California