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Villa Azul, Santa Cruz

Bedrooms 2
Space 200 m²
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

Spacious, modern villa with spectacular views. Ideal base to explore the island.

Fully licensed as tourist accommodation, Villa Azul is one of just three buildings situated at Quintinha au Sol - there are two newly built and privately let villas together with the central restored “Quinta” belonging to the owners. Villa Azul is the slightly smaller two bedroom/two bathroom villa, slightly elevated so quite private with fantastic views of the Desertas Islands in the distance. All the villas have their own private space – so you don’t really see anybody else. The villa is equipped with everything you need for a comfortable stay, including heating, air conditioning, cable TV and free Wi-Fi. The kitchen is fully equipped and includes a dishwasher and a washing machine. Lounge doors open directly onto a south-facing balcony that surrounds two sides of the villa, with fantastic views to both Ponto da Sao Lorenco and the Desertas Islands. The villa enjoys sunshine all day.

Quintinha au Sol is in the village of Gaula which is about 300 metres directly above Santa Cruz and less than ten minutes from the airport. There are spectacular ocean views through 180 degrees and rural mountain views inland. Very often, on clear days, the neighbouring island of Porto Santo can be seen over and beyond Ponta Sao Lorenco, which is the eastern tip of the island. Gaula is only twenty minutes from the centre of Funchal. Villa Azul provide a perfect base to explore the island – and there is a tremendous variety of things to do – from lounging on the beach to walking along the levadas, playing golf, discovering the old-town in Funchal, visiting the high mountains. It is a quiet and peaceful location but at the same time you are on the motorway within a few minutes (with the capital Funchal only 15 minutes away) and the local village (Santa Cruz) just 5 minutes. The perfect sandy beach at Machico is less than 10 minutes (with yet more good restaurants and cafes).

Villa Azul is licensed for tourism under the strictly-regulated Madeiran 'Alojemente Locale' scheme (AL). The scheme requires holiday villas to conform to the highest safety, quality, service and insurance standards. For example, in the interests of safety, the villas only have electric equipment; there are no gas appliances. Mosquito nets are fitted to all bedroom windows. There is a WiFi internet connection and Satellite TV with 200+ channels

More Details

Property Manager
Madeira Island Direct
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french, spanish, portuguese
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 24, 2017

About Madeira Island Direct

Madeira Island Direct have been managing holiday rental properties on the island of Madeira since 2006. We only look after apartments that meet the most exacting standards - most of which we have looked after on behalf of private owners for a number of years.

Madeira Island Direct purchased this villa in 2010

Why Madeira Island Direct chose Santa Cruz

Modern and comfortable villa situated in an elevated position with the most dramatic of views. Spacious and fully equipped as a base for exploring the island.

What makes this villa unique

The views from the south-facing, sunny balconies


Gaula Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 200 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 4
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Mountain
  • Near The Ocean
  • Resort
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Holiday Resort
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • House bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
    En-suite bathroom - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Twin bedroom - 2 twin/ single
    Master bedroom (en suite), with private balcony - 1 double
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Porch / Veranda
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(14 traveler reviews)

Villa Azul, Santa Cruz
average rating of 4.714286 based on 14 reviews

Well-positioned property for walkers and sightseeing

  • 4 of 5

The property was immaculately clean on our arrival and the collection of keys was a smooth operation.

Maria (who greeted us) was lovely and very helpful.

Overall the property was ideal for our needs (proximity to the main roads to the mountains and main artery roads).

The property would benefit from the addition of a Nespresso type coffee machine (I missed the proper cup of coffee experience with my breakfast!!)

Highly recommended, and would be happy stay here again.

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Unforgettable views

  • 5 of 5

Very well presented villa at a very affordable price. Everything exactly as per the ad. Brilliant views o the Desertas Islands and out and the eastern peninsula. Lovely little village of Santa Cruz is only a few minutes away with lots of good cafes and restaurants and a nice seafront. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The property was spacious, well equipped with a lovely view.

The property manager went out of his way to help us. We are already planning a return visit.

  • Submitted: Nov 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Delighted you enjoyed your stay. Everybody remembers the view!
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Fantastic views

  • 5 of 5

A car is a must here - we used the villa as a base for exploring the island, and also because it is near the two golf courses. The villa is modern and well prepared - spotless when we arrived. Everything is as the advert claims and the photos are accurate.

What is truly memorable are the views from this elevation - they draw you outside all the time, and the conditions were always clear, so you can see right out to the headland at the eastern end of the island, as well as the Desertas Islands straight ahead.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted you enjoyed your stay - and, yes, the views are amazing!
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  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Villa Azul 26th June -10th July it is lovely & great views ,it has everything you could wish for

& a well equipped kitchen.

Spacious rooms & comfy furniture ,it really is home from home.

We have stayed at properties before through homeaway but this is the best for it's comfort,views it's quiet

location but handy for the motorway we toured all the island it's beautiful views we'll never forget.

Best of all are it's hosts Margaret & Mervyn a very helpful & delightful couple who made us feel welcome &

at home from the moment we arrived & until we left, nothing was to much trouble for them .

They have a housekeeper Maria who is lovely & Peter Marsland the agent is always upto date with emails

ask a question & it's answered asap.

We rang him when we arrived in Madeira & he rang them to let them know we were on our way.

Thank You Margaret & Mervyn for making our stay in your Fantastic Villa so memorable

Hope you have a lovely summer

Best Wishes to you both From Dorothy & Andrew

Warrington England.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Views to die for!

  • 5 of 5

Really comfortable and spacious villa, very clean and well presented. The views from the village of Gaula are amazing taking in the peninsula beyond the airport - Ponta da Sao Lorenco (hope I've spelt that right) and the Desertas Islands. Really highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
5 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Lots of choice
Nearest Golf
5 Kilometres
Santo da Serra
Nearest Motorway
2 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Lots of choice
Nearest Beach
3 Kilometres
Santa Cruz
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Gaula Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Spring 2017
Feb 4 2017 - Apr 30 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $11 per night, per additional guest
Early summer 2017
May 1 2017 - Jun 18 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $11 per night, per additional guest
Summer 2017
Jun 19 2017 - Sep 30 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $11 per night, per additional guest
Late summer 2017
Oct 1 2017 - Oct 30 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $11 per night, per additional guest
Autumn 2017
Oct 31 2017 - Dec 17 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $11 per night, per additional guest
Xmas & New Year 2017/18
Dec 18 2017 - Jan 5 2018
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $11 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning charge $27

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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