We stayed at Paolo's apartment during Christmas.
Paolo was really nice with us by arranging us a taxi on arrival - we arrived at Sal at 04:00 am - and by giving us all indications we needed to have the perfect vacation at Santa Maria.
The apartment was in really good condition, as it seems that it has been reformed recently. I believe it's perfect for two or a couple with young child. It's bigger that it appears on pictures.
Location was also nice, as you can see the see from the balcony and the area is quiet. Beach is 30 meters in front of the house and there are restaurants and supermarkets in an area of 100 meters around the house. If you want to go to the town center is a 5 minutes walk.
We came to Sal for kiting, so this house was perfect as you could kite - or windsurf - in front of the house, or take a taxi for going to kite beach.
Miss my holidays!!