We stayed at Villa Carlota for our wedding in August 2014.
The property is absolutely stunning and incredibly spacious. Every area is decorated and looked after to a really high standard. There's the pool area - indoor and out, saloon, gym, bikes and all within a short journey of Silves. We stayed at Villa Carlota before the recent development, and even without the jacuzzi and bar it was a wonderful place to stay. The gardens are huge and incredibly well kept, with lots of fruit you can help yourself to - great lemons for our gin and tonics!
Nothing is too much trouble for the owners and they were truly fantastic hosts.
We would love to go back in the future - maybe for a wedding anniversary!
We have just returned from a family holiday here - there were 10 of us aged between 4 to 50 something! We were nervous about what the villa was going to be like as the photos seemed too good to be true, but it was all that and more!!! From the communication prior to arrival, the warm welcome, the facilities, the location, the staff, the views of the beautiful Silves, the fruit trees, the above and beyond delivery of a birthday cake for my sister-in-law (with the attention to detail of her age on the candles!) - I could go on! - everything was perfect!!
As others have said - I'd like to keep this place as 'our little secret!!' but I couldn't possibly - everyone should experience this pleasure!
I like to complain about stuff normally, but I cannot fault anything about our stay - truly exceptional - we will be returning for sure!!
Thank you Amelia and Jose!
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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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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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.