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X Large 5* 2 Dble Bed Apt. Slps 6+baby. V. well equipped. AirCon.Wifi 5mins town

Santa Maria, Cape Verde
  • Apartment1076 sq. ft.
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps7
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay4 nights

Spacious, Airy, 2 Lge dble beds, 2 baths. Pool/garden views. Free shuttle bus.

Large Quality Apartment in modern 5* Complex., Bakery, Restaurant, Pizzeria, Bar, Bank, Ice Cream Parlour, Supermarket. Weekly BBQ with live music, Quiz, Happy Hour.

Enjoy your sunshine holiday, whether active and sporty or chilled out and relaxed, in this large comfortable apartment that is conveniently situated in a prizewinning 5* Resort, close to all amenities, on an island with almost guaranteed 100% sunshine every day, all year round.

Welcome to the 'THE NEW CARIBBEAN' island of Sal, one of the 10 islands of Cabo Verde, 500 miles off the West coast of Africa (Senegal), just 2 hours flying time south of the Canary Islands..

Luxury, airy and comfortable 2 double bed/2 bathroom Ground Floor Apartment, with views out over swimming pools and gardens. Sleeps 6 comfortably + baby.

1 x King size bed, 2 x single beds, 1 x double sofa bed, plus Cot and high chair available by arrangement.

Modern, comfortable, and very well equipped. spacious ground floor apartment fitted out with all mod cons. Home from Home.

Whether self catering, eating out, or a mixture of both, you will find everything here that you require. This award winning Complex is quite new and spacious, but does not get too crowded. There is a supermarket, bakery, pizzeria, 2 x restaurants, bar, ice cream parlour, bank with ATM plus tennis courts on site. The beach is just a 10-15 minute walk through the resort, or take the free shuttle bus to/from Vila Verde entrance that goes regularly to the beach or to Santa Maria town and back, or is a 5 min (3euro day/4 euro night) using one of the many taxis passing the entrance.

The complex has several blocks, all named after exotic flowers, each with their own adults plus children's pool and play area. Some have pool bars and free wifi (Cactus, next door is one of them, serving snacks, meals and drinks all day + happy hour every day from 5pm & a quiz each Mon eve 7pm), which you are free to use if you wish, together with free wifi. Also, at the Clubhouse each Saturday, there is an excellent 'all you can eat' BBQ (15e pp+ drinks - children half price). There are also 2 more restaurants in the main Square, opposite the supermarket, plus a bar, a bakery and an ice cream parlour with more shops opening all the time. 15% discount on restaurants etc with complimentary owners pool/shuttle bus passes.

This ground floor corner apartment is large and airy, with 3 patios, one from each bedroom plus a large one off the sitting room overlooking the swimming pool and gardens.. The patio doors and windows all have fly/mosquito screen doors to enable you to enjoy the outdoors even when it is hot and/or mozzie season.

The double bedroom, with King size bed has large wardrobes, a dressing table and an en-suite bathroom with bath and shower over, toilet, bidet, washbasin and hairdryer, plus small safe.

The 2nd bedroom with 2 single beds that can be put together, if required, also has large wardrobes, and a dressing table. Separate (family) shower room, wash basin, toilet and bidet. The sitting room has a double sofabed, plus 2 settees. For youngsters there is a cot and high chair.

The kitchen is very well equipped with kettle, coffee percolator, toaster, steamer, juicer, blender, toasted sandwich maker, microwave, washing machine, fridge/freezer, excellent selection of pots and pans, casseroles etc., cooking utensils, cutlery, crockery and glassware etc.

The dining table seats 6 and extends to 8. There are 2 settees and one large sofabed, from where you can read, watch TV or DVDs or play CDs and games.

There is also extra cupboard/wardrobe/drawer space in the hall.

There is outdoor furniture for the 3 patios and 4 folding loungers for if the ones supplied round the pool are all occupied..

Each bed also has a mosquito net if needed. There is usually a good through draught, due to windows/doors on three sides, plus there are 2 floor standing fans, a small personal desktop fan and a room cooler in the sitting room that has ice packs for the water container from the freezer for extra cooling if necessary.

Air con is available by arrangement for 5euros per night, payable to Lizy.

Santa Maria is the nearest town (about 5 mins by taxi for €3 daytime or €4 nightime or local hop on/off bus €1 from just outside the complex, or free shuttle bus from VV entrance). Besides being right on a beautiful, safe, sandy beach, the town is vibrant, colourful and very busy with plenty of shops and bar/restaurants that have an authentic African/Portuguese influence.

The fish available (esp garuper, tuna, wahoo, swordfish and sailfish) is excellent as it is so fresh, straight from the town pier, or the main market, caught that morning by local fishermen. There is a great choice of cuisines available in the town at various prices to suit all tastes and pockets. Or stock up the fridge/freezer and savour delicious home cooked really fresh fish!

The safe, sandy beach in Santa Maria is very popular with tourists and locals alike, with lots of sea front bars for people watching whilst enjoying a drink, snack or meal at any time of day. Sal is famous for its water sports - scuba diving, snorkelling, deep sea fishing, shore fishing, kite/board and windsurfing, plus dune buggying (although no vehicles are allowed near the loggerhead turtle nesting sites). Also whale and shark watching at certain times of year.

Owner is a wheelchair user so the apartment is great for wheelchair/disabled access. The bed is a good height and there is a stool for use in the shower, plus grab rails if required. There is a ramp for getting over the small lip onto the terrace if needed. Please do ask if further info needed on this subject either re the apt itself or the town etc., as each person's ability/disability is different.

The managing agents are an English/Cape Verdean couple (Stuart and Lizy) and live closeby,, for any assistance or info needed.

A basics welcome pack, electricity, water, linen and towels (not beach towels) is included in the price quoted, as is a refundable £100 damages deposit (returned approx 1 week - 10 days after departure). A visa needs to be purchased on arrival at the airport costing 25 euros per person, although is included if flying with Thomas Cook.

Linen/towels changed and apt cleaned by arrangement with Lizy (charges on request).

Ideal venue for groups, families, or couples of all age groups, looking for an interesting, sporty or purely relaxing vacation. The mixture of African/Portuguese people and places, food and cultures is fascinating.

Mifi (portable wifi unti) and local phone available for small charge (10euros). Units come with small amount of credit. Can be topped up from phone shop in town (usually 10euros is enough for a week's normal use). Request on booking please and apt manager will supply on arrival. Local phone supplied will have useful numbers e.g. taxi, manager's numbers, doctor, emergency etc.

Information on the apartment, the Vila Verde Complex, the Island and the local Town supplied by email on booking.

Airport taxi pick up by arrangement 12 euros day/15 euros night, then manager meets and greets guests at the apartment.

This is a self catering apt. There is a washing machine, drying line, iron and board for guests use. However laundry and/or cleaning can be arranged by the manager for a small charge.



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About Geraldine

I am 60+ years old and have set up and run several businesses since I was 21. These have included a computer staff agency in 1972, a farm shop on the family livestock farm, a B & B with tea rooms & licensed restaurant, plus 2 campsites, one with coarse fishing lakes. In 1981 I had a serious horse riding accident, resulting in a broken neck, and have operated my life from a wheelchair since then. In/around 2006, I watched some well known TV travel programs and subsequently visited and then invested in the beautiful Islands of Cape Verde - Sal and Boa Vista. I like to feel my guests are happy with their holidays in my apartment but always welcome constructive criticism as well as praise. Obviously, they are also adapted for me and my wheelchair, but everyone's needs are different, so if you are interested but disabled (or less able of course), please ask me about the pros and cons of the Cape Verde Islands for disabled people.

Geraldine purchased this Apartment in 2014

Why Geraldine chose Sal

Peaceful location, but close to all amenities, free shuttle bus 5 mins to town or walking 35mins or 3e day/4e night taxis from a few meters away. Nicely decorated, comfortably furnished and with quality linen and towels supplied (not beach towels). Area has friendly and helpful local residents (mainly ex-pats) plus tourists from all over the world. There is very little crime on the islands but there is 24 hour security on site. Ground floor apt accessible for the less ambulant and plenty of room for wheelchairs. Ramp for ease of access to terrace if needed, otherwise everywhere on the level.

What makes this Apartment unique

Relaxing, quality apartment with garden and pool views plus all amenities a short distance away. Beautiful flowers and mature gardens all over the resort, a useful supermarket on site, as well as a bank with ATM, Club house offering a great bbq with live music each Saturday night, plus 2 restaurants and tennis courts. My local managers, living nearby in the same complex, is available for any queries, information about where to go, how to get there etc. New management has just taken over the complex, and the whole area is being refurbished. The swimming pools have been relined and the pool bars are being opened up with free wifi. Besides the supermarket, a bakery, a pizzeria, a bar and an ice cream parlour have recently opened. Lots of seafront restaurants, bars and shops in Santa Maria, and a lovely safe beach for swimming and lazing with a cool drink or watch the fishing boats and/or surfers skimming the shoreline. Miles of deserted pristine white sand beaches to wander along in each direction.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Accessible
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
      • Bedroom 1
        1 king, 1 baby crib, Large wardrobes, dressing table, safe, bed lamps,terrace AC
      • Bedroom 2
        2 twin/ single, Large wardrobe, dressing table, mirror, bedlamps, terrace.AC
      • Bedroom 3
        1 sleep sofa /futon, Sofabed sleeps 2 in sitting room.
      • Twin beds can slide together to make a double if wished, mosquito nets for each bed, mosquito blinds on windows and patio doors. Fan for each room. Windows on each side for through draught. Air con.


      • 2 Bathrooms
        • 1 x ensuite bathroom with shower over bath, toilet, bidet and wash basin. Hairdryer. 1 x family shower room, toilet, wash basin and bidet

        Location Type

          • Downtown
            Santa Maria is 5 mins away by taxi (3-4 euros from resort gates) or local bus from the roundabout (1 euro). Free shuttle bus from Vila Verde entrance. Otherwise, it's a lovely walk beachside (40min).
          • Near The Ocean
            A short walk through the Resort or for extra speed a free shuttlebus provided.
          • Resort
            A modern, quiet, quality complex. Supermarket, bakery, bank, 2 x restaurants, tennis, pizzeria. Each block has its own adult + children's pool and play areas. 24 hr security. Free shuttlebus to town.
          • Water View
            Pool and gardens.


              • Family
              • Romantic
              • Sports & Activities


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Living Room
                        Seating comfortable for 6-8 (3 sofas inc 1 sofabed). TV, DVD/CD player, various dvds, cds and games.Standard lamp.
                      • Air Conditioning
                        Air con not always necessary but available by arrangement. 5 euros per day.
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Internet
                        Wifi available - Basic supply provided on arrival. Top up for 5 or 10 euro from Santa Maria town. Make sure you get data top up. Free wifi available around pool areas and hotel reception.
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Linens Provided
                        All bed linen, towels and tea towels provided. Linen changes/cleaning by arrangement (small charge).
                      • Clothes Dryer
                        Drying line with pegs has hooks and can be placed on patio for quick drying. Also free standing/folding drying rack.
                      • Parking
                        Free parking just outside apartment.
                      • Telephone
                        Local phone with useful numbers on: Manager (Lizy or Stuart); Doctor; Taxi etc. Can be topped up for 5 or 10 euros in several shops in Santa Maria.
                      • Towels Provided
                        Please bring own beach towels.
                      • Washing Machine
                        Good sized washing machine in kitchen with drying line and pegs. Iron and board.
                      • Free Wifi


                          • Coffee Maker
                            Percolator and cafetiere.
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                            Good selection.
                          • Kitchen
                            All mod cons provided, Microwave, toaster, electric kettle, percolator, coffee maker, juicer, blender, toasted sandwich maker, full oven and 4 ring hob. Extractor fan. BBQ.
                          • Microwave
                          • Oven
                            Electric fan oven.
                          • Pantry Items
                            Herbs and spices + other condiments. Oil plus various cooking accessories.
                          • Refrigerator
                            Large 50/50 Fridge/Freezer.
                          • Stove
                            4 ring Electric.
                          • Toaster
                            4 slice toaster + toasted sandwich maker.


                              • Child's Highchair
                              • Dining
                                Table seats 6 but extends to seat 8.
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 8 people


                                  • Books
                                    various that guests have left.
                                  • DVD Player
                                    Various DVDs for most ages and tastes.
                                  • Games
                                  • Music Library
                                    Various CDs for most ages and tastes
                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                    TV with several channels, mainly news plus some in Portuguese.
                                  • Television


                                      • Bicycles
                                        Ordinary + fat bikes available for hire from various locations in Santa Maria.
                                      • Boat
                                        Can be hired in Santa Maria.
                                      • Deck / Patio
                                        Large terrace leading from sitting room for outdoor eating, drinking. Table and seating for 6. Small terraces from each bedroom.
                                      • Kayak / Canoe
                                        paddle boards, surfboards etc all for hire in various places in Santa Maria.
                                      • Lawn / Garden
                                        Lush gardens between apartment terrace and pool.
                                      • Outdoor Grill
                                        Gas fired BBQ on Terrace.
                                      • Tennis
                                        Tennis courts a short walk away.
                                      • Water Sports Gear
                                        Several water sports hire companies in Santa Maria town.


                                          • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                          • wheelchair accessible
                                            Ramp to main door. Bed raisers for king bed. Plenty of space and doors wide enough for wheelchairs. Ramp to main patio. Grab bars for bath and shower area.

                                            Pool / Spa

                                              • Communal Pool
                                                Adults and children's pool plus Pool bar, may not be open, but Cactus block next door (2 mins) has open pool bar for drinks, snacks, meals and free wifi. Happy hour from 5pm. Quiz Mon eve 7pm.


                                                  • botanical garden
                                                  • churches
                                                  • festivals
                                                  • museums
                                                  • playground
                                                  • reefs
                                                  • restaurants

                                                    Leisure Activities

                                                      • beachcombing
                                                      • horseback riding
                                                      • paddle boating
                                                      • sight seeing
                                                      • walking
                                                      • whale watching

                                                        Local Services & Businesses

                                                          • ATM/bank
                                                          • groceries
                                                          • hospital
                                                          • laundromat
                                                          • medical services

                                                            Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                              • sailing
                                                              • cycling
                                                              • fishing
                                                              • hiking
                                                              • jet skiing
                                                              • mountain biking
                                                              • paragliding
                                                              • pier fishing
                                                              • deepsea fishing
                                                              • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                              • snorkeling
                                                              • surf fishing
                                                              • surfing
                                                              • swimming
                                                              • tennis
                                                              • water skiing
                                                              • wind-surfing


                                                                  • Lots of watersport activiies, kite and wind and board surfing, paddle boarding. Scuba diving, snorkelling, Deep sea and beach fishing. Whale/ turtle watching in season and island tours. Quiet apartment, but close to all amenities and activities. Weekly (Sat 7pm) all you can eat BBQ with live music at the Clubhouse 15 euros pp + drinks (15% discount with pool/shuttle bus passes. Weekly quiz (Mon 7pm) and happy hour/s from 5pm at Cactus Pool Bar.

                                                                    House Rules

                                                                    Check-in: 2:00 PM

                                                                    Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                    Cancellation Policy

                                                                    100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                    21 Reviews


                                                                    Latest reviews

                                                                    Superb Extra Large Two Bed Apartment

                                                                    Garry S.

                                                                    Come on Holiday to Feed the Birds

                                                                    Stayed at this fabulous extra large 2 bed apartment in Vila Verde and yes I know there are two "L"s in villa but that's how they spell it in Santa Maria on the unspoiled island of Sal, so who am I to change it. Been to this apartment before for two weeks and enjoyed every minute of it, breakfast on the private terrace after a comfortable night's sleep on the large double bed or one of the two single beds followed by breakfast on the private terrace. Now I did not come on holiday to feed the birds but take an extra crust with you on the terrace for the little birds and what a wonderful way to start the day and as the birds trust you more each day they come closer and closer for a crumb. We prefer self catering rather than all inclusive as some of the hotel chains offer and with a complete kitchen breakfast, lunch or diner is easy for those wanting it, but when a six euros special at one of the local restaurants offer a soft drink or beer with a a full dinner and a chocolate cake to die for afters is available eating out with the locals or others of same mind is great. This is a great resort with fabulous beeches and friendly people. With the flights from the UK only six hours away a must for a relaxing holiday

                                                                    Fabulous ground floor apartment in quiet location

                                                                    Helen L.

                                                                    Great apartment. Clean, spacious and well furnished. Overlooks the pool which is never busy - sometimes we were the only ones there. Great contact with the (English) owner before, during and after our stay. She was always on hand to advise and to make sure things were ok. Also could contact apartment manager during our stay if we needed.

                                                                    Resort is quite big but never felt very busy. It has a small supermarket, bakery, restaurant and bar.

                                                                    A short walk (10 mins down a dusty track) to nearest beach which is beautiful but not a sunbathing beach. Great restaurant though! Free bus shuttle in to town (10 minute mini bus ride) to intriguing Santa Maria. fairly large town with plenty of restaurants bars etc and a fabulous beach. we loved it here and if we go back would definitely try to get this apartment again. It really worked for our family of 5. (kids 15.13,11)

                                                                    Owner's Response:

                                                                    Thank you Helen for a great review. Am surprised it was SO quiet, but we're going into low season now. Since the new management took over it has been busier plus there are more amenities around the resort and the very thriving town of Santa Maria is nearby so you can choose quiet or busy depending on your mood, or the kids can go off snorkeling etc whilst you relax... . . I look forward to hosting you again!!

                                                                    Great place to stay

                                                                    Derry G.

                                                                    Great place to stay, apartment clean and roomy, only a few minutes by taxi to Santa Maria where there are plenty of places to eat and the beach is lovely.

                                                                    Owner's Response:

                                                                    Thank you for a great and concise review, hope you can come again sometime soon!

                                                                    Fantastic place

                                                                    Nicky B.

                                                                    What can we say .. amazing holiday and a great place , my second time on the island but first stay in the apartment (11days this time ) .. very Equipped with everything you need ! If you used anything just replaced it .. perfect ! Shower is amazing too! ..Very quite location as you also have access to Swimming pool (stone through from apartment ) happy hour in the bar and also try the Saturday BBQ all you can eat at the club house ! Make sure you book at reception .. free busses down to the town but a taxi costs €3 so cheap ! Will definetly be back for a 3rd visit ! Thank you

                                                                    Owner's Response:

                                                                    Great Jon and Nicky - very happy you enjoyed yourselves, esp at such short notice. You were great guests, and left the apt nice and tidy. I look forward to hosting you again


                                                                    Shaun B.

                                                                    The apartment is very nice and has all you need and the complex is also very good with all you need. It is a quiet place but that is what we liked. You can stay in your own area and have a very relaxing time by a quiet pool or join one of the others buildings on the complex (each with their own large pool) and soak up a different atmosphere (some other are busier if you like that and only a minute or two away). One of the other buildings is operated by a Tour operator and has a pool bar where you can also have drinks and snacks. We enjoyed our own very large pool with only a few others sharing. The kids loved the space. There is a free shuttle bus to town that runs at certain times which was always busy and could have some pushing to get on as it had Limited seats but taxis are always there as a back up and not so expensive so you can always get to town. Walking is possible in the day and we did this a few times too. The whole family came back relaxed and refreshed and have said we will go again in a couple of years.

                                                                    Owner's Response:

                                                                    Thank you Shaun. We're very pleased you and your family enjoyed your stay in my apt and look forward to hosting you again. We take pride in keeping the apt in tip top condition for our guests, so were surprised at losing a star. On enquiring, it was because the free shuttle bus was so busy (it was Xmas and New Year after all, so lots of guests around, and nothing much we can do about that I'm afraid) + leaves in the pool at times (the pool cleaner was there every morning when I was there for 2 weeks in Dec., and it was very windy - paradise for the surfers, but with many trees in the gardens, it's difficult not to get a few leaves in the pools...). All in all, with new management making great efforts which really show, I'm sure these small things will soon be rectified. I will mention your points and hopefully a 5 star review next time, as with most of my others!

                                                                    Pool to Ourselves Most Days

                                                                    Garry S.

                                                                    Arrived a little later than planned but most airlines are like the railways these days, a little late but get there in the end. Met by Trevor at the apartment who gave us the VIP tour & how to use everything including the wireless sim card. Superb leather sofas, one could be made into a double bed for larger parties, fully fitted kitchen including washing machine. The two large bedrooms, one had two singles the other had a kingsize bed and an en-suite both are bigger than our own at home so really spacious. Very comfortable dinning table solid wood and there is an outside table & chairs on the terrace just the thing for breakfast on the terrace overlooking the large pool & play area, had to feed the small birds though who join you for breakfast. We would never have thought we had the whole the pool to ourselves on most days, it was really peaceful, no sunbed hoggers putting towels on the sunbeds at six in the morning, screaming kids or 18-30's making fools of themselves a real pleasure to relax there. Small mini market on site along with a restaurant and a bank with ATM, most important was the bar at the Cactus block across the way that served a reasonable snack menu with the drink of your choice up to 9 pm, great if you don't want to move off site but it is only 3 euros each way to Santa Maria or free if you use the shuttle bus, Trevor gives you the passes for that. Plenty of bars restaurants in Santa Maria many on the beach others within easy walking distance. For days out & about there are fishing trips, jet skis, Kite surfing and for the more sedate of us there is boat trip or a full day island tour for 25 euros each. Peddlers can be a bit of a pain on the beach and around the jetty but just say no or haggle the price down most will settle for six or seven euros even though they start at 15-12

                                                                    Owner's Response:

                                                                    What a great review - covered pretty well everything! So happy you enjoyed your stay at Vila Verde, after spending time at my Dunas apt earlier in the year. A very different experience, and I look forward to welcoming you again in the future. Thank you again.


                                                                    Santa Maria, Cape Verde

                                                                    Fantastic for: Kite/wind/board surfing, snorkelling, scuba diving, deep sea and shore fishing, (whale watching tours, turtle nesting/hatching/watching in season), sailing, Equipment for hire, and lessons available, catering for beginners and/or experienced surfers. Car, Dune buggy, bicycle, quad bike hire. Main town 5 mins by car/taxi/shuttle bus from front of VV. Excellent local hospital and doctors/dentists. Numbers on local phone supplied.

                                                                    Rates & Availability

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                                                                    Cleaning Fee
                                                                    Additional Guest Fee
                                                                    $4 - $5

                                                                    Price includes welcome pack of basics on arrival, electricity, water + filter drinking water, linen and towels (not beach towels). Property is ground floor and suitable for disabled and/or wheelchair users. Smoking only permitted outside on terraces. Full details of Vila Verde Complex, Sal Island, local area and Santa Maria town on receipt of booking. Keysafe at front door. Personal coded safe in bedroom. Please contact owner for any other info. Optional extras: Taxi pick up from airport by arrangement (12euros day/15euros night). Local phone and wifi unit with basic top up 10euros. Change of linen/towels and/or apt clean by arrangement (prices on request).

                                                                    21 Reviews
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