|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
This holiday home accommodates six people with ease. Luxuriously appointed new apartment, fully air-conditioned, secure, overlooking a large communal swimming pool with separate children’s pool and play area, snack bar. Enjoy and indulge luxury, at superb prices, beautifully appointed with fabulous public areas. Lift access to apartment and whole resort built for ease of pushchair and wheelchair users. Includes satellite TV, DVD player, washing machine, full size fridge freezer, safe, balcony, maid service for stays over 1 week. Guest services on site to arrange airport transfers, taxis, car hire, trips and excursions, travel to neighbouring islands. The price is for the apartment and not per person and assumes 4 occupants, please add £50 to the weekly rate if there are more than 4 guests to cover the cost of extra linens. Euros payment please contact us. Please note this is an apartment, and not a hotel complex, Vila Verde is nice and quite, ideal for those chilled-out, relaxing holidays.
I am married, aged 47, and have a professional career. My husband and I have travelled all over the World and when looking for a holiday home to buy, we wanted somewhere that we could get too quickly, without any down-time due to jet lag, and with reasonably price flights. We love the Caribbean and far east but not the flying time, and with many European countries, it is not pleasant in winter - we wanted somewhere we could visit at any time of the year and not have to worry about the weather. Cape Verde is constantly around 25 degrees, has long, sunny days, beautiful sunsets, warm and friendly locals, and a really laid back attitude to life. We first visited Cape Verde in 2004 and we were enchanted by Sal.
Lee Bateman purchased this apartment in 2013
It's easy to get to, the climate is fantastic, the locals are friendly and welcoming, the food is amazing, the beaches are fantastic, the sea is warm, it's paradise!
Year round Sun, sea, beaches, restaurants, bars, spas, 'Latino-Portuguese-African' blend of music and culture adds to relaxation. Local people and fellow holiday maker’s friendliness. Close proximity to airport is an added 15 mins away. "No Stress" as the Cape Verde motto goes is so true!
Worth flying that extra hour south of the Canaries for more guaranteed sunshine, and far superior beaches. All guests so far agree! (See guest comments)
The apartment is very well equipped and feels like a real home from home. Air conditioning is a blessing although there is usually a lovely breeze from the ocean and we enjoy sleeping with the window open instead. We travelled to Cape Verde many times whilst waiting for our apartment to be finished, and found that the standard of some of the local accommodation was very basic and left a lot to be desired. Vila Verde has been built to the more exacting European standards and so not only are the finish and furnishings far superior to elsewhere, but there are lifts, sprinklers, fire alarms, safety rails where needed, etc. The resort is ideally placed close to Santa Maria, but also in a peaceful location.
Despite booking less than 24 hours before departure all went smoothly plus Lee arranged for me to be met at the airport for the transfer to the apartment which cost just 12 euros. The apartment is bright, spacious and clean with a large full width south-facing balcony which gets the sun virtually all day with open views over to Santa Maria. It is nicely furnished and fitted out though apart from a handful of DVD‘s there is not much in the way of entertainment so you should ensure you bring your own - incidentally I didn't see a single bookshop/seller in Santa Maria so bear this in mind if you like to read! The apartment is on a large but very quiet (in February at least ) complex and whilst our blocks pool wasn't open I had the use of other pool areas a short stroll away. The complex is a 20 minute flat walk into S. Maria but there is a free shuttle bus at set times and a taxi is just 4 euros and even less at 400 escudos. One word of warning - as of mid-Feb the lift wasn't working so as the apartment is on the second floor the elderly etc may wish to check on this? All in all - well pleased with the apartment and my visit to Sal!!
We had a very relaxing stay in this apartment which was spacious, comfortable, and nicely furnished. The only extra thing we could have possibly wished for would have been to have a parasol on the balcony as it was such a sun trap with sun from breakfast-time right through to the early evening. The pool in our block was out of action (which the owners had warned us about before we booked) but it was only a short stroll to the pool at the block next door, which we had mostly to ourselves! The apartment itself was in a very large and sprawling complex, but it was very quiet as most of the apartments seemed unoccupied. It was a good 5-10 minute walk to the main reception area which was also near the main pool which had a bar and free wi-fi. There was also a small supermarket on site (which we found basic and a little expensive) a couple of restaurants, a bakery and pizzeria, a coffee shop and an ice-cream parlour. There was a BBQ one evening at the clubhouse with live, local music which was enjoyable and excellent value for money. The complex itself was a 5 minute taxi ride from the main resort town of Santa Maria. Santa Maria had a lovely beach with crystal-blue water, not unlike the Caribbean, and there was a reasonable choice of restaurants. The locals there were very friendly too.Transport into Santa Maria from Vila Verde was also provided by a free shuttle bus (passes were available in the apartment). This left at various times throughout the day, but space was limited to about 15 passengers and it was difficult to get on it in the early evening. Taxis were cheap enough however at 3-4 Euros each way. On one day we hired a jeep to explore the attractions on the island which you can see in pretty much half a day. The salt lake is definitely worth a visit and was a highlight on a mostly undeveloped, barren, desert island. The only thing that marred our stay slightly was the very strong wind. When the sun went behind a cloud (which it often did in the afternoons), it felt chilly! Luckily the balcony of the apartment was mostly sheltered from the cold wind, so we often retreated there in the afternoon to soak up the sun. All in all we had an enjoyable and relaxing holiday and I would not hesitate to recommend this apartment if you are after a quiet, relaxing, self-catering holiday.
Very clean apartment, no problems as everything sorted out by Lee (owner) before we left the UK. Ideal location for everything on Sal. Close enough to walk to the beach(15min walk), 3 euros into Santa Maria by taxi.
Apartment has everything you need for your stay, 2 spacious bedrooms, 1 large bathroom and 1 shower room.
Would definitely recommend it to friends and family, will definitely use again next time we go back to Sal, Cape Verde.
Special interest holidays:
Sal Island is very appealing to lovers of water activities. Others like to sit back and watch the world go by, with nothing to think about other than simply 'fun in the sun'.
Ideal location for keen surfers - wind, body, kite and paddle surfing are all popular pastimes. Annual windsurfing championships held here January/February each year. Also excellent for deep sea fishing, diving, snorkelling and sun bathing. Jazz and music festivals held May to August each year. Great base for island hopping for longer stay guests. Many love the thrill of quad bikes, which can be hired. Alternatively, hire a bicycle, and take it easy exploring. Hire costs about €8 for half a day. Various excursions exist, too, including fishing trips, boat rides, submarine and Island hopping trips.
Wildlife enthusiasts may wish to visit in turtle season. A brand new ferry service now operates between islands.
The beach is less than a five minutes’ walk away. The beautiful sandy beaches are reminiscent of those in the Caribbean or the Bahamas islands. Cape Verde is just south of the Canaries, with a Brazilian/Portuguese/African mix. A steady 10 minute walk in either direction will bring you to a beach - in one direction a soft, powder sand beach for sun bathing and swimming, in the other a coarser beach for watching wind and sand surfing. 15 minute walk away is Santa Maria's soft, white sandy beaches.
Sal's airport is 10-15 minutes away by taxi. Car hire is not needed as the area around the resort is level and easily accessible on foot or by bicycle. Taxis are readily available and inexpensive. However, if you wish to arrange car hire Guest Services can arrange this for you.
The nearest town is Santa Maria, a leisurely and level 20 minute walk away or 3 minutes by taxi,where there are plenty of restaurants and bars/clubs, beautiful beaches you can swim, surf; arrange excursions like diving, quad bikes, submarine, deep sea fishing.
Tortuga offers excellent bars, including a piano bar, a late bar, spacious classy restaurants to cater all tastes, spas, massage areas, All available to villa guests. If you hire a vehicle you can drive around the island easily in a day
The Cape Verde islands are paradise found, marooned in the Atlantic Ocean a little over 5 hours flying time from the UK. There are 10 very different islands with an excellent inter-island airline for those who'd like to stay a little longer than usual and do some island hopping. The beaches and climate mirror the Caribbean, but without the jet lag (there is only a 1 hour time difference) and no hurricane season. Sal is the most cosmopolitan island, dotted with small colourful towns, such as Santa Maria. Cobbled streets are lined with surf shops; painted shops, white churches, small and intimate restaurants, bars and clubs and amazing beaches flanking the turquoise sea. The temperature rarely dips below 25 degrees, so no need to worry about whether it will be warm enough, and the rainy season is usually a day in August! The locals are friendly and although their national language is a mixture of Portuguese and Creole, most speak enough English to make themselves understood. This is a laid back, chilled out place, where their mantra is "No Stress". It doesn't get much better than sitting in the sun, watching the local fisherman bring in their daily catch or some breathtaking surfing, with an ice-cold beer or fabulous cappuccino in hand..................wish you were here? There are many shops which sell food and drinks. Baileys and Ocean Café bars are popular among many European nationalities, have excellent food, showing all the latest live Sky sports. Great beach bars along the promenade. In August 2012 Tortuga's beach bar, has been voted as being in the top 50 Beach bars in the WORLD.
There are many more excellent bar restaurants, ATM's plentiful. Eating out varies from Local to British, definitely some superb Italian to plentiful fish restaurants, serving fresh fish daily.
Sal's tourist nationalities are typically friendly locals, British, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Scandinavian.
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My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable damage deposit||$251|
£200/ €250 refundable deposit is required to hold the apartment whilst you secure flights, once flights are booked this becomes a firm deposit. Full payment is required 12 weeks prior to travel and is then non-refundable. Bookings of at least 1 week are taken usually with at least 4 weeks prior notice, although late bookings are possible.
Due to flights coming in daily from all over the World, we are completely flexible with what day you wish to arrive and leave.
Notes on prices:
Keys must be returned via post or to their collection point. The deposit will be refunded in full once the property has been checked/ itinerary closed over, and guests contact us on their arrival back home...either in GBP or Euro. Please note the apartment rate per week assumes 4 occupants, if there are more than 4 guests please add £50 per week to the rate to cover the cost of additional linen, towels and bedding.