Name of villas
Vila Vita Collection
Three contemporary, stylish luxury villas with panoramic views over Salema beach in the western Algarve.
Mar à Vista and Villa Mar Azul are next to each other and located on a clifftop above the village. Estrela do Mar is right on the beach.
Mar à Vista: features 4 bedrooms (one with sofa bed only) and a private infinity pool. The interior design is modern, with spacious areas and an abundance of natural light. Sleeps 8-11. Split level design. Lower floor: pool and sundeck. Middle floor: lounge, kitchen, smaller bedroom, bathroom, terrace. Top floor: Master bedroom with ensuite, 2 further bedrooms with shared bathroom, terrace.
Villa Mar Azul is of similar design/layout and features 6 bedrooms (one of which is included in a self-contained apartment). Sleeps 12-16. Private pool and sundeck.
Estrela do Mar comprises two tastefully-renovated traditional fishermen’s townhouses. Maintaining the existing structural design, the two buildings have been merged to create an original complex made up of two annexes, suitable for a family of four or two couples. Sleeps 4. Direct access to the beach.
Why do you like them?
Owned, managed and decorated by Vila Vita Parc, one of the Algarve’s classiest five-star hotels, so you know the quality will be good.
The villas in particular offer a real get-away-from-it-all location yet are close enough to shops, restaurants, etc for you to enjoy the best of both worlds.
All properties have fully-equipped kitchens, air-conditioning, wireless internet access, washing machine and dryer. The villas have additional facilities such as free cable TV, central heating, barbecue, electric blinds, alarm system, etc.
What could be improved?
The concierge doesn’t speak much English, and is based an hour away in Armacao de Pera, so don’t expect a rapid response if you have any problems.
Some discreet screening between the clifftop villas would add a little more privacy.
When to go?
The usual Algarve rule of thumb applies - avoid July and August unless you like crowds or have no choice due to school holidays. The western Algarve is quieter and less commercialised than the central part of the region, especially in the shoulder seasons. It can be quite windy at any time of year.
A hire car is a must. The two clifftop villas are not walking distance from Salema, and in any case you’ll want to get out and about to explore the coast. You’ll also find better restaurants out of town rather than in it.
Vila Vita Parc can arrange transfers to Salema from the hotel or the airport.
Shopping and/or private chefs can also be arranged.
Urbanização Ematur, 8, Praia de Salema, 8650-199 Budens.
GPS co-ordinates are listed on the website but in any case you will meet the concierge who will take you to the villa and show you around.
There is street parking at the villas if you’re not confident your car will negotiate the steep drive up and down to the garage!
Cost per night
Villa Mar Azul: from €550 to €1200
Mar à Vista: from €350 to €800
Estrela do Mar: from €250 to €550
Minimum stay of 4-7 nights depending on season.
Long stay prices on request.
Special promotions (including inclusive car hire) are often featured on the website.
Please quote INSPIRATIONS ALGARVE with all bookings and enquiries.