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Villa Azul, Santa Cruz

Bedrooms 2
Space 2,152 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 1 - 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

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Gaula Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2152 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
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
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • 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


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(21 traveler reviews)

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Villa Azul, Santa Cruz
average rating of 4.714286 based on 21 reviews

Great base for touring the island

  • 5 of 5

Everything was well presented when we arrived, and the housekeeper very friendly and informative. There was nothing missing in the villa, which was exactly the same as your advert.

The views were simply amazing (we had great weather) and from this location we were able to explore the whole island in just one week. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such positive feedback - it is a great location and the views are amazing.
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Amazing Views

  • 5 of 5

Like other guests we will never forget the views out to the end of the island from this villa. Everything was very clean and well presented and the housekeeper Maria is a delight. Everything is is the same as the advert. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such a positive feedback.
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Excellent value

  • 5 of 5

The villa was meticulously prepared and the housekeeper who met us was very friendly (her husband is a taxi-driver). Communication with the agent prior to arriving was very thorough - so we had directions to the nearest supermarkets and so on. One of the restaurants we planned to visit had closed, which was disappointing, but there are lots of others around.

When you divide the cost by the four of us I think it worked out at a tenth of the cost of staying in a hotel and we had lots of space, bathrooms etc The views from the villa are memorable, and we are planning on returning next year.

  • Submitted: May 29, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We look forward to seeing you again!
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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: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the recommendation!
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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: November 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Santa Cruz is a charming seaside village that is unspoilt by development.
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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: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Delighted you enjoyed your stay. Everybody remembers the view!
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Property Manager

Madeira Island Direct
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, spanish, portuguese
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 18, 2018

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 Gaula

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


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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning charge $31.02

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.