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5 Bedrooms, 6 Bathrooms, Sleeps 14
Silves, Faro District, Algarve

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Holandesa
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Exceptional experience!”
Reviewed 1 July 2014 for a stay in May 2014
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We were 2 families travelling together to Algarve for the first time. Our group was consisted of 8 (4 adults and 4 children between the age 9 to 3 years).

The Villa offered lots of space and nice features to our families. The kids loved the pools and the game room. Especially the internal heated pool was a success for the period we went. The kids also loved walking through the garden discovering new paths and playing in the playground. We were very pleased we didn't need to go out of the house for our kids to have a good time.

We loved the veranda around the swimming pool with the outside kitchen. This was the place where we spent most of our time. We did our cooking here (also bbq) and had our meals. The men also loved the pool table which was used daily.

The rooms were great and comfy with good (quite) air conditioning everywhere in the house. It was also wonderful to close the day sitting in the veranda watching the sunset with a glass of cava and some nachos with fresh guacamole I've made from the avocados we collected in orchard! Just delicious!

But the best part of all was the great service and hospitality from José and Amélia. You can see that they spent lots of efforts to make this a great place. For sure they’ve succeeded! And I’m happy they are allowing others to enjoy it!

Amélia had also baked a cake for us for our arrival and give us a bottle of Cava. José was also very helpful and provided us excellent suggestions on restaurants in the area, which we took it and enjoyed great meals!

During the booking process José 's reply was always on the same day and the whole process went very smoothly. He also allowed us to see the other property he is renting and invited the kids to use the swimming pool there as well. This is another great place to consider when visiting the Algarve. During this visit they also spoiled our kids with ice creams and chips and let us taste a homemade wine which was a great day to end the afternoon. What a great hospitality! They treated us as friends, our kids, especially my niece loved Amélia and wanted to hug and kiss her as she has known her for years! After years of renting houses/villas in different countries I can tell you this was an exceptional experience!

In short, Villa Carlota is a perfect place to relax and enjoy some quality time with your love ones. Our kids still talk about it and my son wants to move to Portugal. For sure we are considering to go back and will definitely contact José and Amélia again!

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Liked best: The hospitality, the outside kitchen/veranda around the pool, the heated pool, the view,
Liked least: that we could stay longer
Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
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Management Response
3 Jul 2014
It is a big joy to receive your kind and lovely words!

We are glad our Villa provided you memorable moments and a fantastic holidays! Our goal was to make that possible and your words are what motivate us to do it better and better so we appreaciate your words a lot.

It really was a pleasure to meet such nice people. The kids were so lovely and we are happy they enjoyed it a lot, including the ice creams etc.

Come back whenever you wish. We'll be waiting for you!

Once again, thank you a lot.

José & Amélia
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Jal37a
Hampshire
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Perfect in every way. !!!!!!!!”
Reviewed 17 June 2014 for a stay in June 2014

We arrived late as we had a flight delay and even though it was nearly 10pm Jose and his wife were there to greet us warmly. We had an escorted tour of the villa and then sat down to a BBQ supper that had been prepared for us. Even a super cake baked by Jose' s wife.
E-mail communications prior to our arrival asking for a few basic provisions were polite and friendly and ensured we had a stocked fridge for breakfast the next morning (no stopping en-route to shop, after a tiring day travelling). And with beer and wine cooled in the fridge our holiday got off to a great start.
There is so much room in and around the villa gardens that no-one is in each others pockets and the fresh fruit from the garden was delicious. The poolman and gardener arrived descreetly and were so friendly it was great. I'm sure they enjoyed the beer and drinks that we oftered them as they got on with their tasks effectively.
Midweek was my 50th birthday and we were suprised when the girls arrived to deliver a birthday cake big enough to cater for all the guests (10 in our party)
On our final day we asked if we could extend our departure time (10am) for an hour so we could enjoy a last breakfast and everyone was most helpful. We packed and moved out of the main villa (to allow the girls in to start the changeover procedure) and had breakfast by the pool and a last minute swim before we left for the airport.
Jose, his wife & son arrived to say goodbye and were super friendly. We all parted as if we had been friends for years.
The photos and descriptions are incredibly accurate but still don't do this villa justice. It is a truely magnificent villa, with a quiet location, easy access to travel routes and spectacular views over Silves and the surrounding hills and river. Everything in the villa is first class and ever need is catered for. You could use the villa as a base to explore the local Algarve area (as some of our group did), or do a week' s shopping then never leave through the main gate until you depart for the airport.
If you have listed this villa on a compare list I would suggest deleting all the others, communicate with Jose by e-mail for any requirements you need, pack your case and head to Silves for a memorable stay.
The villa tag line is "Sea of emotions" and it truly is!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Liked best: Days spent lazing by the pool, with enjoyable warm, wine fuelled evenings with lovely company
Liked least: Leaving !!!!!!!!!
Travelling group: Large Group
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children Large groups
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Management Response
26 Jun 2014
Jim, thank you very much for your kind words. They really mean a lot for us.

We are also honored for the oportunity you gave us to host you in such an important date like your 50th birthday and we are glad our Villa Carlota has offered you an unforgettable holidays and moments we believe.

It really was a pleasure to be able to contribute to your great 50th birthday party.

We hope you can visit us again in the future to enjoy our sun, our villas and our region.

For sure a friendship has started now and will remain in the future so anything you need please let us know.

Once again, thank you a lot.

José & Amélia
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M1_N1
London, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“The perfect holiday resort!”
Reviewed 6 February 2014 for a stay in January 2014

After a warm, positive greeting by the owners we had time to see all what the villa is offering. Beautiful mature gardens, indoor and outdoor pool and high quality finish everywhere you look. We had a wonderful stay and we can not wait to return bat to vila Carlota.

Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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pascaltra...
Morges, Switzerland
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“MAGIC !”
Reviewed 28 October 2013 for a stay in October 2013

We where welcomed by José, his wife and son. The beers where cold and ready in the fridge and the welcome pie was delicious.
The whole family was there to help if we needed anything during our stay.
The house itself is great, there is nothing to be complained about.
If the weather is nice, you can chill outside. If it is bad, you always have the indoor game room as well as the heated swimming pool which is constantly above 35 degrees !
On the last day we where able to stay a few hours more du to late flight, José did everything he could to make our stay comfortable.
Thank you all again, and for sure, I will be back !

Pascal

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Liked best: les deux piscines et tout le reste
Travelling group: Avec mes amis
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Recommended for:
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HSPARK
PRESTON
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Outstanding in every way”
Reviewed 6 October 2013 for a stay in September 2013

Apologies for the late feedback, unfortunately the real world crept up on me when I returned home.
I don’t really want to tell anyone about Villa Carlota as I want to keep this all to myself, but if you want relaxation, stunning views, beautiful gardens and surroundings, just the best indoor pool (which baby Mia just loved), attentive and considerate hosts that make you feel extra special with their personal touches then Villa Carlota is the place to go. We didn’t want to leave and can’t wait to return. Two of our sons commandeered the bedroom in the annex, in fact as a family we spent most of our time around the games room/pool area, it had everything that we could possibly need, including a well equipped kitchen area.
Jose and Amelia, your villa and amenities as a whole are an absolute credit to you both and as I said before, we will be returning asap, we can't wait to see and indulge in your 'new' additional amenities for 2014.

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Liked best: Games room and indoor pool
Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
  • Was your security deposit returned on time?
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
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