Algarve, Portugal£993 - £2,597 per week
Sleeps up to 4 in total plus 1 infant in a cot in 2 bedrooms
Apartment Margarida offers contemporary and tastefully-styled family-friendly accommodation with superb distant sea and golf course views.
This is a second-floor apartment which has been specially-selected at the prestigious Encosta do Lago Beach and Golf Resort to ensure the comfort and safety of families with babies and toddlers.
Encosta do Lago forms part of the exclusive Quinta do Lago resort, set in 2,000 acres of lush, rolling countryside and pine forest within the picturesque Ria Formosa Natural Park.
The apartment is in a great location, within easy reach of the resort's many attractions including the stunning white sand beach, lake with water sports centre, family-friendly restaurants, tennis and golf.
The Pratt family, August 2015
Would I recommend this holiday? - Absolutely.
The Stoof Family, 2015
It would have been hugely welcomed if the restaurants in the accommodation brochure had which ones that were open at lunch time and which ones were open from 6pm. Apart from that it was brilliant.
Pool protected by enclosed balcony for individual apartment
|Living room||Open plan|
|Nearest village/town||Almansil - 11 min drive|
|Nearest supermarket||Pingo Doce, Almansil - 4km|
|Nearest doctor||Hospital de Loulé - 20 min drive|
|Nearest A&E||Hospital Santa Maria de Faro - 23 min drive|
|Nearest beach||Praia do Ancão, 7km, 15 minutes' drive|
|Nearest restaurant||Tucano's Restaurant on-site|
|Home cooked food||Yes, private chef service available|
|Babysitting||Yes, can be arranged directly with your host for an additional cost|
|Swimming Towels available||Yes|
|Local Bike hire||Yes|
|Welcome pack||Complimentary welcome pack includes items such as: bottle of wine, bottle of water, milk, bread, biscuits, jam, fruit, crisps, Piri Piri, coffee, sponge, washing up liquid, bin bags, dishwasher tablets and a bathroom pack of Molton Brown toiletries. Contents are subject to availability.|
|Internet access||WiFi included|
|Restaurant on site||Yes|
|Walking Distance to Village/Restaurant||Yes|
|Suitable for Multiples||Yes|
|Suitable for Wheelchair Users||No|
|Home Cooked Food||Yes|
|Restaurant on Site||Yes|
|Additional Cleaning available||Yes|
|Golf available locally||Yes|
|Less than 1 hour from Nearest Airport||Yes|
|Local Bike hire||Yes|
|Air Con or Cooling System||Yes|
|Driving distance to beach||Yes|
|Non slip bath mat||Yes|
|Indoor toys and books||Yes|
|Food blender (hand held)||Yes|
|DVD player||No, as movies and children's channels are provided on demand. This item is therefore excluded from the Essential Kit Guarantee at this property|
|Children's DVDs||No, as movies and children's channels are provided on demand. These items are therefore excluded from the Essential Kit Guarantee at this property|
|Child's loo seat||Yes|
|Blackout blinds or curtains/shutters||Yes|
|Garden equipment (slide etc)||No|
|UK satellite TV channels||Yes|
|Other information||For additional information and the individual Terms and Conditions, please see the 'Need to Know' section for this property.|
|Essential Kit Guarantee Info||Some terms and conditions apply so please read our complete Terms and Conditions before booking.|
Bright and spacious, Apartment Margarida's living and sleeping accommodation is all on one level - perfect for families with babies and toddlers.
The large open-plan sitting and dining space has a traditional Portuguese feel with a fireplace and furnished with relaxing sofas and chairs. For entertainment there's a television with satellite channels, DVD player and CD player.
The dining table, which can seat up to four people in comfort, is perfectly positioned next to one of two sets of French doors which open onto a large covered terrace with wonderful golf course and sea views beyond.
The fully-fitted kitchen is kitted out with all the essentials including an oven/hob, fridge freezer, dishwasher and microwave. Laundry facilities are provided in the resort.
With a wide choice of restaurants and bars close by you may decide to forgo the cooking and dine out.
Whether enjoying a siesta or turning in after a day's exploring the resort or further afield, the two generously-sized bedrooms - one with large twin beds and the other a standard twin - are a haven of relaxation.
One bedroom has patio doors opening onto a balcony and a family-sized en-suite bathroom with a bath. The second bedroom has a large en-suite shower room and both bedrooms have ample space for a cot.
The apartment, which has air conditioning for added comfort in the heat of the summer, also has a handy separate loo.
The spacious, covered terrace off the living area has contemporary furnishings for dining and relaxing - plus a barbecue for cooking al fresco.
With its golf course and sea views, this is the perfect spot for enjoying family meals or a glass of local wine when the children are in bed.
• These apartments are located on the first or second floors so they have external steps leading up to the front doors. The doors can be locked to prevent access to the outside steps and young children should be accompanied when using them.
• As with any balcony children should be supervised at all times
From stunning beaches and water sports to activities for all the family this fabulous resort has it all.
The resort's beautiful 3km stretch of dazzling white sand beach is reached by crossing a pretty wooden bridge over the tidal lagoon.
Awarded a Blue Flag for the cleanliness of its water quality, environmental management and safety, the beach is a 10-minute drive or 35-minute stroll from Apartment Margarida.
Sheltered by the Ria Formosa and its natural dunes, you'll find cafes, restaurants and sun beds to hire.
For the more energetic there is windsurfing, pedal boating, body-boarding, jet-skiing, waterskiing, parasailing, banana boating and ringo rides - all under the watchful gaze of a lifeguard during the summer months.
Apartment Margarida is just a few minutes’ walk from the resort's main lake, home to a water sports centre where you can fish, sail, windsurf, canoe or paddle a pedalo. All equipment can be hired and tuition is also available.
The apartment has access to the huge palm-fringed communal swimming pool - with a separate children's swimming section – which is surrounded by a terrace furnished with sun beds and shades.
The poolside bar provides drinks, snacks and, that holiday essential, ice cream.
The nearest restaurant, Encosta do Lago's Tuscano’s, is set within a pretty landscaped garden and serves international and Mediterranean cuisine.
Quinta do Lago has more than half a dozen restaurants, many gourmet, serving everything from seafood to wood-fired pizzas and salads to sandwiches.
Each takes advantage of the spectacular scenery, superb climate and fresh Mediterranean produce for which the resort is renowned.
The Quinta Shopping centre, home to designer boutiques and eateries, is a 10-minute drive from Apartment Margarida.
Ria Formosa Nature Park
One of Portugal's 'seven wonders', the park is a haven for nature lovers. There are two nature trails within Quinta do Lago - the Quinta do Lago Trail is a 40-minute walk and the San Lorenzo Trail an hour.
The nature park can also be explored by boat.
If you fancy spending some quality time together as a couple, or maybe want to take time out to pursue separate activities, a babysitting service is available for an additional charge.
The state-of-the-art gym has exercise machines, personal training programmes and motivational activities as well as an open-air studio for exercise classes such as yoga.
The gym also organises running and cycling along the scenic nature trails in addition to specialist training for sports performance in golf, tennis, rugby and running.
The Jim Stewart Tennis Academy has four courts and offers coaching, training and competitions.
Starting with mini tennis for children as young as four, the academy caters for beginners through to professional ranked players.
Quinta do Lago’s three championship golf courses are deemed some of the finest in the world.
Each has been expertly designed to complement its natural surroundings and offer its own set of unique challenges.
All three courses feature practice facilities, a golf academy, practice greens and bunkers, buggies, pro-shops and clubhouses with outdoor dining terraces.
The apartment is five minutes by car from any of these top courses, 10 minutes from the two Vale do Lobo golf courses and 15 from neighbouring Vilamoura's six courses.
Guests at Apartment Margarida enjoy exclusive discounts on Quinta do Lago green fees.
There are lots of other sporting and leisure activities available including horse riding, cycling and bird-watching.
Almancil, about an 11-minute drive from Encosta do Lago, is a busy town with plenty of up-market restaurants, shops and services.
For the children there is a go-karting track, an exact replica of the Formula 1 circuit in Brazil.
There are many excellent beaches near Almancil, such as Praia do Garrao and Praia do Ancão, both with some great beach restaurants.
Family attractions are plentiful in this part of the Algarve and there are several within about 40 minutes of Apartment Margarida.
Aquashow Waterpark, in Quarteria, is the biggest water and amusement park in Portugal, with a vast water coaster, wave pool, tubing and an aqua train. It also caters for little ones with smaller swimming pools and water slides and lifeguards. The water park is only open in the summer season, but during the Christmas period it has a huge ice rink.
The Algarve's most popular visitor attraction Zoomarine, a family theme park with an impressive aquarium and marine life presentations, is in Guia near Albufeira. Conservation and education are key messages and there is plenty of opportunity for children to get up close and personal with animals and birds. There's a host of other crowd-pleasers including dolphin, sea lion and seal shows, swimming pools for all ages and a 4-D cinema.
Krazy World, near Silves, features an eclectic mix of child-friendly attractions including a zoo, mini golf, swimming pools, pony rides, petting farm and funfair to name just a few.
The pretty town of Loule, famous for the imposing walls of the 13th century castle, is about a 20-minute drive from Encosta do Lago.
There are art galleries, a museum, several interesting churches and lots of cafes and shops in the criss-crossing network of cobbled streets.
The daily market is a lively affair and there are music festivals during the summer.
Alte is a traditional Algarve village about the same distance from the apartment and offers a genuinely traditional experience of the local area.
Wander the cobbled streets, stop at one of the pavement cafes, and admire the pretty whitewashed houses tumbling down the hillside.
At one end of the village are the springs or fontes, for which Alte is well known, which flow down the hillside in a series of small waterfalls. It's a picturesque spot and there are grassy banks for picnicking.
Vilamoura, famous for its bustling marina and golden sandy beaches, is a half hour's drive from Encosta do Lago.
The marina is a millionaire's playground with expensive yachts, elegant bars, designer shops and authentic Portuguese restaurants.
You can also join fishing excursions and dolphin-watching boat trips and enjoy a wide variety of water sports such as parasailing, water skiing, scuba diving and jet skiing.
For the little ones, the Senor Toucan children's play area offers great rides and activities.
Next to the marina are the ruins of an ancient Roman fishing village, complete with murals and a bathing complex.
The resort is easy to get around and pedestrian-friendly. If you want to give little, or big, legs a rest the road train, which runs about every half an hour, is a fun way to travel.
Vilamoura boasts two beautiful Blue Flag beaches. Praia de Falesia runs for 8km to Olhos d'Agua, where there's a water sports centre with popular snorkelling trips to the scalloped caves, while Praia da Marina is on the other side of town and stretches to Quarteira.
Both beaches have sun loungers, umbrellas and beach bars.
Before booking, please read our Terms and Conditions.
The swimming pool is not heated and the temperature of the water is dependent on the prevailing weather conditions.
Check-In & Check-Out Times:
Check-in is after 4pm
Check-out is before 10am
The Security Deposit for this property is 20% of the total cost of your holiday and is payable directly to your host. Details of how to pay this will be available in your Travel Pack.
|Faro Airport||20 minutes|
|Faro Airport||20 minutes|
|Faro Airport||20 minutes|
|Faro Airport||20 minutes|
Up to 20% off your stay in 2019!
Offers does not apply to half board or extra bed supplements
Dates and name changes will not be possible once the booking is made.
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