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4 Bedrooms, 6 Bathrooms, Sleeps 9
Lagoa, Faro District, Algarve

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Simon B
Singapore River, Singapore
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“One of the best Villas we've ever stayed in with absolutely everything catered for!”
Reviewed December 17, 2015 for a stay in July 2015
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We've stayed in a number of Villas across the world and this one ranks up there with the best by hitting the mark in every respect. Not only had the owners thought of every little detail but they also welcomed us with open arms upon our arrival and explained all the necessary operations of all the many amenities and gadgets! The pool, living area, the outside BBQ area, the gym, the bar, the location.... oh and the weather, what else could anyone ask for in a holiday, thank you Howard, much apprecaited and we will definitely return.

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Liked best: Having absolutely everything you need in a delux accommodation
Liked least: The bedrooms need a little updating
Travelling group: Extended Family
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Ang H
York, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
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“Amazing time yet again”
Reviewed November 1, 2015 for a stay in October 2015

Our second stay in Villa Gourmet, just as good as the first, travelling in October it is great to have the option of the heated pool with automatic pool cover to keep the water nice and warm for an evening swim in the dark. Jacuzzi was a perfect temperature. The BBQ outdoor room with pizza oven is fantastic space to cook / eat in. (Howard left us some pizza dough in the freezer to use) The pool loungers and terrace area are very comfortable to sit in and relax. Gardens and pool area are immaculately kept. The house is large but still cosy, my daughter enjoyed watching the fish in the tank under the stair well. Even on a cool or rainy day there is plenty in the villa to keep you entertained, the games machine, sky package including movies and sport and android box means there is plenty to watch. The garage hosts bikes, helmets provided also and pool and ping pong table and plenty of toys for the little ones. The bedrooms are ensuite and large. Our maid Helena was fantastic and obviously takes great pride in her job of keeping the villa clean, she speaks excellent English and is a joy to have arrive every morning. Thank you Howard (the villa owner) once again for letting us stay in your beautiful villa. We look forward to returning again as soon as possible.

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Liked best: Large heated pool
Travelling group: Teenagers
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Lisa R
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“The most amazing villa EVER!”
Reviewed October 24, 2015 for a stay in October 2015

I'm writing this after coming home from the best holiday ever ! The villa is exceptional and is very well equipped with everything you could ever need and more. We had 5 children in our party aged from 3 to 16 and there really was something for everyone . From the beautiful , (warm!) Large swimming pool, trampoline /good quality playground to bikes and ps3 and pool tables there was no way our kids could get bored on this holiday! For the adults there was also a hot tub, bar ,sonos music system and fantastic outdoor kitchen with pizza oven etc. A fantastic experience cooking our own pizzas with dough supplied by the lovely Howard . I really can't fault this place in any way . Been to a few villas over the years and none have matched Villa Gourmet. The photos on the site match the reality! We really could have spent the whole week without leaving the villa but on the days we did venture out we went to Slide and splash waterpark and a boat trip to the caves of Benagil both of which I would highly recommend. Especially the caves. Beautiful! Plenty of restaurants in the area too and we never had a bad meal . You would need a car in my opinion to stay here but If not there is plenty in the villa to do or not do! Special thanks to Howard for being a great host and the lovely Helena for coming in and clearing up after us every day almost! Such a happy lady who was chatty and friendly but hardworking! Nothing was too much trouble for her . Howard has been an exceptional host and we very much hope that this will not be our last visit to Villa . I miss you already!

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Liked best: pool, outdoor area. plenty of provision for young children - toys, small tables,chairs, step
Liked least: nothing at all
Travelling group: Friends
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JohnFire
Irvine, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Feeling Homesick”
Reviewed October 16, 2015 for a stay in October 2015
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Yes I'm actually home - Don't visit this villa - when you leave you will be homesick and when reality actually bites it is extremely sore. We have never been to such a hospitable villa ever. Our party consisted of 9 people - 1 x 3yr old girl, 4 boys 10 - 16 and 4 adults, no ages required. We had an absolute ball - We swam, created fun and learned many new things about each other (I am actually a pizza chef) didn't know that before we went. The heated pool was a luxury and actually heated - the hot tub was even warmer and watching sunrise and sunset from a hot tub is really one of the most fantastic sights. The whole villa is catered beyond belief and the added help of maintaining such a beautiful villa with our very own helpful Helena really meant that it was all fun and no work. Howard was very welcoming and made himself available if required. We had days out to the nearby beaches and water park. The facilities for all the children and ourselves were everything that you would desire - PS3 to get rid of the kids for a while was GENIUS. Really couldn't recommend enough but don't really want the villa to be too popular as I would like to go back annually and all these great reviews really don't even do the place credit. 5 stars in all aspects.

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Liked best: Outside Living and the kitchen to keep us there.
Liked least: Coming Home
Travelling group: Large Group
Your age range 35-49
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Lara E
Northamptonshire
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“What a villa!!”
Reviewed September 21, 2015 for a stay in September 2013

This villa has everything you could want and then some. I really don't know where to start. The villa itself is fantastic - the kitchen is equipped with everything you could want including an enormous stove and a walk in fridge. There is a built in music system, an abundance of tvs with full sky plus, a DVD and also games console. The garage is set up as a games room including a pool table, table tennis and football table. For the energetic, there are also 4 bikes including helmets. The bedrooms are a good size and all have their own bathroom.

The inside of this villa is great but it is the outside that makes it truely special. There are numerous areas to sit around the house all with exceptionally clean cream outdoor furniture. The pool loungers are immaculate and are clearly looked after. The pool and hot tub are both a great size and well maintained.

The outdoor kitchen is brilliant. You are able to open the and feel like you are outside whilst still having all the mod cons to hand including the huge BBQ grill, wok stove, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, sink and the amazing pizza oven. It was great to make our own pizzas for lunch.

Howard (the villa owner) is fantastic and on hand as much as you need him to be. He is only a call or email away if you need advice, restaurant bookings, pizza dough (thanks again).

We didnt have children with us but there were loads of faciliites for them.

I would definitely recommend this villa to anyone wanting a luxury villa holiday in the Algarve. This is a fantastic villa in a central location with many special features.

Travelling group: Extended Family
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redkite78
wales
1 review
“Exceptional villa with private pool - best ever!”
Reviewed August 14, 2015 for a stay in July 2015

Truly an exception villa, with everything and more you could possibly need and it did not have it, Howard provided it! The villa itself was second to none, the outside cooking area with pizza over & all the kit, large gas BBQ, kitchen, fridge, freezer was outstanding and we cooked and ate here most times, overlooking the pool and sea. You could either have doors closed with Air Con on or doors open and pushed to one side providing an open air dining area. The sound system throughout was amazing, thousands of songs to make a playlist then sit back and relax. Many areas for sitting, relaxing and eating gave us such a choice and created lots of space. Villa was very very equipped, large walk in fridge was amazing. Howard and his team were extremely helpful and always replied or came down to villa with information or thingls we required without being intrusive. Spotlessly clean and everything to make this one of our best holidays. Location was also great, not in the thick of things but very accessible to N125. Unusual but I cannot say one negative thing about this villa and we will definitely be returning, hopefully many times. We all loved having the chef come in and cook our evening meal one night, and also the lovely bottle of pimms Howard located and delivered for me after we had been unable to find it - Thank you Howard and team for looking after us so well - we hope to see you 2016 !

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Liked best: Everything exceeded our expections!
Liked least: Nothing - I would give everything 10/10+
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
Large groups
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Norman B
Ayrshire, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Brilliant Family Holiday and Celebration”
Reviewed July 26, 2015 for a stay in July 2015

Villa Gourmet was everything we expected and more. Photos on Facebook etc looked brilliant, and in reality the villa is exactly that, and then some!
Once we were stocked up with food and drink there was no need to go anywhere else, day or night, as Villa Gourmet has all you need for a large group of family or friends to enjoy themselves, have fun and relax.
The owner Howard was an excellent host and went above and beyond what you would expect, including participating in my family surprising my wife on her birthday, who thought she was going to a hotel - she was surprised and delighted that we had chosen Villa Gourmet.
The outside area is absolutely fantastic, with loads of space for everyone. All of the family including my 3 year old granddaughter were in the pool every day.
Other highlights - beer on tap, pizza oven, BBQ, games room, kid's play area.
The security at Villa Gourmet is excellent, with all doors and windows protected with remotely operated electric shutters, alarm and security gate. This was a big comfort to us all, as security was always one of my concerns with a villa.
Our party of 8 adults and one toddler had a ball. We all hope to return soon.

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Liked best: The pool and outside area
Liked least: Can't think of anything
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
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