Totally chilled out , everything we hoped for , we've been several times to villa verde and this has been the best yet.
We enjoyed our stay at this apartment for 8 nights between December and January 2018. Communication was very good from the owners (Simon and Annie) and collection was organised for us at the airport. It was about a 20 minute drive from the airport and we were met by Lizzy on arrival who gave us a helpful basic induction about the apartment and complex. She had supplied some water and basics which we thought was a nice touch! The apartment is very well equipped and clean with all expected conveniences working well. The Vile Verde complex itself is quite large and initially seems somewhat sprawling but once you get your bearings, it's all fine. Not all the apartments are occupied and it's quiet. Not a problem for us. The swimming pool in our complex area wasn't operational which didn't matter to us as we prefer beach, but we had access to a nearby pool in the complex if required. There is a basic supermarket on site and some restaurants. We mainly used Santa Maria beach which is a leisurely 20 minute stroll on a good path or 3 mins by taxi. The beach is very beautiful with clear water and white strand and lots of easily accessible restaurants / bars etc. There are other beaches Ponta Preta within 5 mins walk also. The only minor thing I could think of was access to wifi, which is only in the main areas but you can get access to a mifi dongle in the apartment if required. All in all, we felt this was a pleasant location and good accommodation as advertised and would have no problem recommending it or indeed returning which we hope to have an opportunity to do soon!! No stress!
The apartment is clean and well presented with all the appliances you need for a holiday let. Even down to a Mifi dongle if you can't live without the internet.
Simon and Annie responded quickly to any questions and the entire booking process was painless, with the bonus of the meet and greet by Lizy when we arrived, meant it really was as simple as getting into our designated taxi and 15mins and 12 euros later we were being shown around the apartment.
The resort is quiet but the standards around the resort are good, the walkways are kept clean and litter free and the grounds and pools are well maintained (although several pools are currently closed). As more people use this resort it undoubtedly will only improve, everything is there really and it just requires a larger volume of people for additional outlets on the resort to begin trading. There is however already a pizzeria/bakery, 2 restaurants, supermarket and bar along with a bank onsite.
The weather is fantastic and the beaches are beautiful, the perfect place for a relaxing holiday, if you wish to be more active and explore the island then there are plenty of options from watersports to island tours, all in all a superb warm weather destination.
A quiet but very comfortable apartment, made better by the affable chap (Stuart) who met us and explained everything we needed to know about a stay in Cape Verde. Had continual pre-visit contact with apartment owners which was reassuring. And a nice touch was the arrangement of the transfer from the airport! Resort facilities were good if you bother to investigate. Would recommend especially after talking to some other holidaymakers in Santa Maria who went all-inclusive and wished they hadn't.