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Enormous Penthouse apartment - full sea views - sleeps up to 10 - fab!

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,431 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

On lovely resort of Paradise Beach - series of private pools & right on beach!

This is a fantastic two floor penthouse has direct views over the amazing beach on the Paradise Beach complex with numerous swimming pools on site and direct access to own beach

The enormous luxury penthouse directly overlooks the pool and lovely gardens with great sea views of Pronta Preta beach. The open plan lounge and dining room are really spacious with a great open plan fully equipped kitchen. Also on the ground floor is the huge master bedroom (king size bed, en-suite shower room and also an additional toilet/cloakroom off the entrance hall). The entire living space is over 133 m2 with massive 87m2 terraces.

There is a full length extremely large terrace equipped with lovely rattan dining room furniture and comfy cream cushions that can seat 10 people directly outside the dining room area with large patio doors.

On the upper floor are the other double bedrooms, 1 queen bedded double and 1 twin. Both have large patio doors opening out to the top terrace and share their own bathroom with shower. All have large wardrobe storage space. There is also a separate exit to the large sun terrace which is equipped with 2 luxury sun loungers and further outdoor furniture & sun umbrella. There is part of the hallway which can be used as additional storage or bedroom space (but no private door to close in this area). Both sofas turn into sofa beds and there is a single put you up bed in the master bedroom & travel cot - so can home families up to approx. 10.

All beddings and towels are provided and highchair, travel cot and other beach and childrens items for the little ones. Fly screens are on all the windows/doors so no air conditioning required as you get a wonderful natural breeze all through the apartment – with fans in each room if required.

The apartment is stylishly furnished with solid dark wood furniture, 2 comfy sofas, flat screen TV, DVD player & games as well as board games, plenty of books and DVDs to watch. Free wifi is available locally at most bars in Santa Maria or can be connected at the apartment for a small fee payable to the resort (together with satelitte TV. The kitchen is fully equipped with a full size cooker and hob, microwave,grill,fridge freezer,washer and dishwasher. Additional utilities include clothes airer, iron and ironing board, BBQ. Bike hire available on site - It’s great fun cycling into Santa Maria or to nearby Kite Beach or around the bay to Pronta Preta beach.

The Paradise Beach complex has lovely wide open spaces of gardens and low density construction which gives a lot more privacy than other complexes. This is a new resort, and so still relatively quiet in relation to most, so a perfect place to come for a relaxing break away. There are some unfinished properties as you drive in the main entrance but once in the resort you don't see these. Fully secure on site with security guards at the main entrance from the road and also the beach exit.

In the evening you can enjoy an aperitif on the terrace as the sun sets, enjoy a meal at the apartment. A nice evening strong (20-30 mins) or short taxi (3-4 euros) will take you in to Santa Maria for many different restaurant choices. You can also walk to the restaurant at Pronta Preta bay (15-20 mins) which is also open in the evenings. It is directly in front of the new Bikini Beach resort - ideal for a lovely lunch or evening meal. You can also order pizzas to be delivered or some of the restaurants will even deliver your choice of meal to you. Local supermarket at Villa Verde and various bars/restaurants/bank/ice cream parlour there also about 10 mins stroll.

Changeover day flexible to suit flight arrangements.

More Details

Nicky Kendrick
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 16, 2018

About Nicky Kendrick

We're a family from Hertfordshire who have enjoyed many great holidays in Cape Verde - loving the beaches, chilled way of life and the wonderful people.

We have 2 children (boy and girl) and have left items in the apartment to help when we visit but also to share with our guests.

I'm a HR Manager and my husband is a painter/decorator so the interior of the apartment is always well maintained!

Nicky Kendrick purchased this apartment in 2005

Why Nicky Kendrick chose Santa Maria

We loved the fact that this is a bit further out from Santa Maria but still really close to be able to enjoy the tranquillity of Paradise Beach - directly on the beach but easy to get into town too.

What makes this apartment unique

The space - my goodness you'll be hard pushed to find other complexes as big with such spacious open plan rooms and without being on top of each other. Fab!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Previous feedback from guests can be provided independently. Please ask and I can scan them in as their in letter format.
May 2009
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Santa Maria Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1431 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Resort
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Holiday Resort
  • Elevator
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Free Wifi
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 baby crib
  • 3 double bedrooms 2 x sofa beds - double 1 x put up bed (can go in one of the rooms or on spacious landing on 2nd floor which has private area away from main walkway (just no bedroom door) travel cot
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • 4 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: Ideal for young families as we can provide high chair, cot, sun umbrella plus lots of other toys/useful items for children. Outside: Shared pools, small child's splash pool. Sun lounges also provided. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels provided. Cleaning can be arranged mid stay as well as before and after. Plenty of private carparking available.


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Enormous Penthouse apartment - full sea views - sleeps up to 10 - fab!
average rating of 4.6363635 based on 12 reviews
Helsinki, Finland

Perfect for a family looking for peace and quiet

  • 4 of 5

The apartment was very nice and suitable for our family; 3 adults and 3 kids.

The area was quiet in general. Not that many residents at the time of our stay. During 3 nights a loud music could be herd from Bikini Beach which didn´t bother us much. (Bikini Beaches dessert "everyday is Sunday" is worth trying!)

We enjoyed the Ponta Preta beach and the Ponta Preta restaurant very much. Cape Verde tuna is highly recommended.

The weather was nice during our whole holiday. During 2 (/7) days there was a stormy sea with red swimming flag. Then the Bikini beach was closed and huge waives brought lots of interesting creatures to the beach. Be aware of medusas then!

Don´t forget to visit the garden nearby which we found to be the best attraction for us. Take your time and enjoy self made juices and banana bread in the shades.

In case of late flight it might be a good idea to request welcome package as supermarket in Santa Maria closes at 18:00 and the tab water is not drinkable. Please note that there is a nice grocery at the Villa Verde Resort - even tough most of the people tell you that there are no groceries nearby.

The water pressure sure is good here and be aware of the nearly boiling hot water from the shower!

We enjoyed our stay in here and would recommend the apartment to others as well.

Thank you very much!

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
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Large property with plenty of indoor and balcony space.

  • 4 of 5

Had a lovely time staying in this penthouse. Although there isn't anything nearby everything is easily accessible. Taxis are plentiful and affordable and Santa Maria is walkable, took about 90 minutes just strolling.

  • Submitted: Jan 27, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
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Spacious, comfortable and clean with huge balconies

  • 5 of 5

Lovely duplex apartment close enough to Santa Maria to be convenient yet just outside the classic 'all inclusive' resort which suited us just fine! Had everything we needed and more. Most importantly great, comfortable beds and superb power showers. Plenty of crockery, cutlery, pots n pans etc, a great through breeze from the back to the front of the duplex to cool things down to a very comfortable sleeping temperature at night so no need for air con here which to be honest I did wonder about.

Regardless of where you stay here, the fact is you'll be missing a trick if you don't hire a vehicle and see the fabulous deserted beaches where we were lucky enough to watch turtles hatching at night without another soul in sight. Nicky went out of her way to send me details of contacts I requested whilst there, was happy to take the time to chat on the phone and generally give some insider knowledge. I'd happily stay again and probably will as already keen on the idea of returning to time it right and see the turtles laying this time around. Not many places in the world left you can go and see this without paying a scientist and standing behind a cordoned off area. The terrain is wild off-road and perfect if you like an adventure. 24hr security guards at the complex entrance, superb helpful staff at the complex reception who go out of their way to source anything you need locally. A cracking pool outside to use which frankly may as well be your own. All in all a great place to stay, loads of parking and a wonderful host.

Thanks again!!

  • Submitted: Dec 5, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Spacious villa/apartment in peaceful location

  • 5 of 5

Nicky was a pleasure to deal with and went out of her way to ensure we had a great time by giving us fantastic preparation and overview of the area. The apartment/villa was fantastic with comfortable beds, well equipped kitchen and beautiful balcony.

The staff at paradise beach are very helpful, polite and speak good English.

We really enjoyed our stay and will certainly be coming again.

P.S. The tours are highly recommended as you can see all the sights in one day (was fortunate to get up close with some lemon sharks) we used paradise adventures with Gus, highly rated and only at the hotel next door.

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
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Spacious and beautiful flat with stunning vi

  • 5 of 5

We were very impressed with the standard of the flat, which was very well maintained, clean and we benefitted from great service from the staff at reception. We are a family of 4 and enjoyed having spacious bedrooms and as a bonus, the flat was very tastefully decorated! The flat is located minutes from the beach. It is a 10 minute drive from Santa Maria where most restaurants are. There are always taxis available from Paradise beach and they are reliable. The owner had arranged transfer from the airport to Paradise Beach and although our flat was over 2 hours late, the transfer was there waiting patiently! There is one restaurant on site (which has very good food) and bar but the activities happen mainly towards Santa Maria. You can walk to Santa Maria via the beach and you will then encounter a few hotels where the main activities happen. Paradise Beach itself is very quiet, which we enjoyed. Part of the development is not finished but it doesn't spoil the view as it is away from the beach. There was no building work happening, be reassured! The main pool facing the flat was not working at the time as there was an issue with the pump but I was told this was temporary, and anyway, paradise beach has other pools which our kids enjoyed. The owner gave us los of information and advice before leaving, which were greatly appreciated! I would definitely recommend the flat!

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2015
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A superb place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

We had a superb stay in Nicky's apartment! It is very spacious for the two of us and we liked the stylish furniture and decoration. We spent a lot of time on the terraces, at both levels. The terraces are really large and you have sun from early in the morning until sun sets. The kitchen is well equipped.

Getting your shopping done is a bit difficult on the island. We appreciated the tip Nicky gave to take as much as possible in your suitcases from home. The shop on the premises is really very basic. We asked a taxi to drive us to the largest supermarket in Santa Maria and we were surprised how small it was. But in the end you don't need that much since there are plenty of good and affordable places to eat out. Our favourite place was Palm Beach, where we enjoyed their very good pizzas. It is unbelievable to have your diner with your feet in the sand of the beach in a T-shirt and shorts (in December!).

We loved the atmosphere of the modern apartment, and the mix of the south European Portuguese and African culture. We spent a couple of evenings in Santa Maria and we we always felt at ease and safe. A taxi ride back to Paradise Beach would cost no more than 5€. It must be said that we had to get used to the technical state of some vehicles...

We also loved to spend time at the beach near Paradise Beach, which was extremely quiet and deserted. The ocean is very clear, the water pleasantly warm, although you have to be careful for the waves and current. The weather was pretty much OK, though we had a couple of days with some clouds. We did a tour around the island in a buggy, so we got to see all of the island.

We are seriously looking for a next opportunity to visit this place again next year.

  • Submitted: Dec 24, 2015
  • Stayed: December 2015
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Car: not necessary


The beach is a few hundred metres from apartment - just a few minutes walk.



Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $191.23

Changeover Day:
Please note water and electricity are payable locally based on actual usage. This will depend on size of group and how much you use obviously but estimate approx. £25 per week for each.
Please also note that the Cape Verdean Government charges 2 euros per night pp for adults up to 7 nights for tourist tax. This is payable to the resort office on departure.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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