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Ask a villa expert - We get Rose's Recommendations

By ROSE | Villa Specialist | Thursday, March 23, 2023

Ask a villa expert - We get Rose's Recommendations

This month we interviewed our fabulous and very knowledgeable villa specialist, Rose on her favourite Sun-hat destinations and recommendations when on a villa holiday. We asked Rose about her favourite destination, including her tips on where to go, where to eat out and go for a drink and why staying in a villa is the best way to spend a holiday.  

Here's what she said...   



Question: Where’s your favourite place/region to stay in the Algarve and why?

Rose: My favourite area to stay is Dunas Douradas, as I like it’s close proximity to the beach and restaurants.


Question: Where’s your favourite place to eat out in the Algarve and why?

Rose: I love Maria’s! For me, you can’t beat the buzzy atmosphere here, especially so on a Sunday afternoon. It’s fun for all the family, it’s laid back and the ocean views are stunning.

For a quieter environment, Restaurante Figueiral in Almancil is fabulous. The staff are warm and welcoming, and the food is excellent. I highly recommend the prawn crepe starter, and the chateaubriand on the stone. 

Maria's Restaurant, Vale do Lobo
Maria's Restaurant, Vale do Lobo

Maria's, Vale do Lobo
Maria's, Vale do Lobo
Maria's, Vale do Lobo
Maria's, Vale do Lobo
Maria's, Vale do Lobo
Maria's, Vale do Lobo
Restaurante Figueiral, Almancil
Restaurante Figueiral, Almancil
Restaurante Figueiral, Almancil
Restaurante Figueiral, Almancil
Restaurante Figueiral, Almancil
Restaurante Figueiral, Almancil

Question: Where would you say is the best place to go for an evening drink or fancy cocktail in the Algarve?

Rose: For an evening drink with views of the ocean, I would recommend BJ’s Ocean side in Quarteira. They offer a great choice of drinks, the service is excellent and the views at sunset are beautiful.



Question: What’s your favourite Algarve holiday activity?

Rose: I enjoy a trip to Mar Shopping Centre in Loule for some retail therapy, they have a great choice of shops and plenty of places to grab some lunch, too.



Question: Best place to take the kids for a day out in the Algarve?

Rose: The water sports on the lake in Quinta do Lago are great for children, at Artur’s Watersports Academy. All the family can get involved, and try activities such as kayaking, pedalos, sailing and there is a great aquapark.



Question: In your own words what makes the Algarve special?

Rose: One thing which makes the Algarve so special is the amazing stretches of coastline. One of my favourite beaches is Praia da Falesia, which runs between Vilamoura and Olhos de Agua. There are over 8kms of golden sand, clean water and the distinctive cliff scenery. Each time I travel there, I explore somewhere new, and you always come away with more unforgettable memories.

Eastern Algarve coastline
Eastern Algarve coastline

Question: In your opinion what would you say is the Algarve’s best kept secret?

Rose: The Eastern area of the Algarve is a real gem, and not to be missed! Tavira is a picturesque and traditional old town with cobbled streets, well worth a visit. It is only 20 minutes from the Monte Rei Resort.

Tavira, Algarve
Tavira, Algarve

Question: What’s your favourite Sun-hat destination that you’ve ever visited?

Rose: My favourite destination is Barbados.

Barbados, Caribbean
Barbados, Caribbean

Question: What made that holiday special?

Rose: Everything!! From the second I arrived I think I had decided it was my favourite place in the world! We stayed in a villa called New Mansion, and when we arrived the sun was setting. You can walk from the gate behind the pool directly onto the beach, and I was speechless. The people of Barbados are so welcoming. We visited the rum distillery at St Nicholas Abbey one day, and also the Flower Forest on another day. I loved seeing the monkeys just casually hanging around in the trees!



Question: What other Sun-hat destination would you like to visit that you haven’t already and why?

Rose: I would love to visit Tuscany. I would definitely hire a car, and explore the beautiful villages.

Tuscany, Italy
Tuscany, Italy

Question: What did you find were the benefits of staying in a villa whilst on holiday?

Rose: The feeling of being able to completely relax as soon as you arrive. With no-one else around but your own family and friends, you feel completely at ease and can just enjoy it. 



Question: What did you enjoy most about staying in a villa whilst on holiday?

Rose: The flexibility of no restrictions – you don’t have to consider set breakfast times, or having to rush to the pool for a sun lounger! All of your creature comforts in your own private space with no-one else to consider!



Question: Would you stay in a villa again on holiday?

Rose: Absolutely!



Question: Would you recommend a villa holiday to others such as friends and family? 

Rose: I would definitely recommend a villa holiday to family and friends, as it makes for such a relaxed holiday.



And finally...

Question: If you could stay in ‘ANY’ villa for a week (for free) which one would it be?

Rose: I would have to say Godings Beach House in Barbados! Take a look and you will see exactly why 😊

Godings Beach House in Barbados
Godings Beach House in Barbados


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