Homely, comfortable, great attention to detail & extra little touches
About Stella Cox
We had been coming to the Algarve for our holidays and fell in love with it and like many people we dreamed of owning a property here. We decided to see if we could make it happen and applied to the TV programme ‘A Place in the Sun’, before filming started we stumbled upon Areias de Porches and fell in love with the apartment and area instantly. Two years later we took another large step and moved to Portugal permanently. We now live only 10 minutes away and personally manage the apartment ensuring it’s spotlessly clean and maintained to the highest standard. The best part is welcoming guests and seeing your reaction when you arrive and then hearing how much you've enjoyed your holiday and enjoyed staying in our apartment.
Stella Cox purchased this Apartment in 2014
Why Stella Cox chose Alporchinhos
We love the area because of its perfect location, being close to many beautiful beaches and also close to the countryside. It has a lovely relaxed, laid back feel about it, so is a fantastic place to 'get away from it all' but at the same time you have everything you would want close to hand. There are plenty of restaurants and bars within walking distance and the supermarket and shops are all within walking distance too, so it's close enough to everything you need. Being in central Algarve means it's a great place to be based for access to the rest of the Algarve including the waterparks, shopping centres, golf and much more. It's an ideal location for couples and families and anyone who wants a peaceful and relaxing holiday. The Portuguese town of Armacao de Pera is only a 5 minute drive away
What makes this Apartment unique
Our personal service ensures that the apartment is spotlessly clean and we will personally meet you at the apartment when you arrive ensuring that you have all the information you need to get your holiday off to a great start. We provide some extra little touches such as tea, coffee, sugar, milk, water and a bottle of wine for your arrival. Also those other necessities you need when you arrive such as washing up liquid, dishcloth, kitchen towel and toilet paper. All linen and towels are provided and everything you need for the beach. We provide bathrobes for your use as well as some luxury bath products. We can organise cakes, flowers or champagne for all special occasions. There is a detailed information pack with all you need to know about the apartment and area.
Check-in: 3:00 pm
Check-out: 10:00 am
Smoking is permitted on the balcony
Max guests:4 (sleeps up to 2 adults)
No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
Best Christmas for years!!
We arrived at the apartment around 5pm on Christmas Eve and met Jon and Stella who introduced us to the apartment, First impressions - Wow! This ultra modern apartment really is top drawer. My wife and I travel extensively throughout the year, always staying in rental properties throughout Europe, and this Bellas Vistas apartment is up there with the best, if not THE best. The quality of finish in this delightful home from home really needs to be seen to be believed. Fantastically equipped kitchen with top of the range white goods complimented by an immaculately presented bathroom and beautiful large double bedroom. These guys should be Interior Designers for a living. Seriously. That's how good it is. Jon and Stella were first class also, taking the time and effort to show us round and explain all that was necessary for us to know for the duration of our stay. In addition they had a complimentary bottle of wine and a few groceries for us which was a nice wee touch indeed.The Wifi was good, and the UK channels on the TV were great also - including Sky Sports etc..
We hired a car which was great due visiting the lovely wee towns and villages nearby.
The complex and surrounding area within the conurbation, with lovely communal pool, is immaculate also. In summary, this was a great week spent here - albeit the week just flew in. We shall return in the Autumn. Thanks to Jon and Stella for providing such a quality environment.
Perfect guests, it was a pleasure to meet you both, thank you for booking Belas Vistas and we would love to welcome you back anytime! Gad you had a great time and enjoyed staying in Belas Vistas 2, we work very hard to try to ensure every guests' experience is th best possible, so it's always a pleasure to receive such lovely feedback. Thank you for taking the time to write and review, warm wishes. Stella & Jon
Perfect, peaceful holiday
We were completely wowed by the apartment (Belas Vistas 2). It is beautifully decorated, spotlessly clean and very spacious. The kitchen is very well equipped, not that I cooked! There are lovely views from the two balconies over countryside all the way down to the sea and absolutely stunning sunsets. Lovely to sit and watch with a nice glass of local wine. It also has the quietest air con we've ever had!
There lots of little touches that made the holiday special - fruit and wine/beer on arrival and we paid for the welcome pack which was well worth it as we arrived very late at night. We had enough for breakfast and to last a few days.
Dressing gowns are provided as well as a little bottle of shower gel, soap and body lotion. There is a cool box, beach mats and towels to take to the beach as well as loungers for poolside sunbathing complete with cushions. The pool is lovely, quite small but very clean and the grounds are very well kept.
The beaches are a short walk away - the first has the restaurant and snack bar and is a smallish beach. You go through a tunnel in the cliff to the second beach which is larger. While we were there it was relatively empty.
There are a couple of shops within a few minutes walk and a supermarket about 10 mins walk from the apartment.
Lots of lovely restaurants all within easy walking distance. The beach restaurant is great, lovely staff, great food and brilliant views. We tried several restaurants and didn't have a bad meal. Lord's Bar is great for cocktails and music.
Stella was very friendly and helpful when she popped over on our first day and was easy to deal with when booking.
I would recommend this apartment.
Belas Vistas 2
We have just enjoyed a lovely holiday in Belas Vistas 2. The apartment was spacious,comfortable, spotlessly clean and well maintained. Stella and Jon pay meticulous attention to detail to ensure all requirements are fulfilled and surpassed and we would love to return in the future for another stay.
Fantastic views. Spacious apartment. Beautiful decor. Peaceful location. Great Beach.
My husband and I stayed in Belas Vistas 2 with our 11 month old & 3 year old, while my parents stayed in Belas Vistas 1. I highly recommend these apartments to both couples & families, they are beautiful with modern décor & loads of personal touches.
The living/dining room has plenty space for the sofa bed and travel cot but the cot would fit in the bedroom too. The cot was new, clean and came with sheets, blankets and a padded mattress (much to our amusement, as half our case was taken up with our own travel mattress). Our 3 year old slept on the sofa bed; after falling asleep next to him a couple times I can vouch that it is very comfy and a good sized double. The bed is also extremely comfortable. We all slept well, between an excellent aircon system and shutters that provide total blackout, plus it's so quiet! The sofa bed is very easy to put away each day and there is loads of storage space throughout the apartment.
There is a large flat screen TV with quite a few British channels, including Cbeebies. There is also an up-to-date selection of DVDs & books.
The kitchen is brand new and has everything you could need - loads of pots, knives, cutlery, crockery and the all important bottle opener. We ended up eating in a lot more than expected because the kitchen was so good, and there is a high chair provided. We took the welcome pack, which was a great choice when arriving with 2 hungry children. It saved us a walk to the supermarket straight away and it is all really good quality produce. We also really appreciated the wine, beer and crisps. The supermarket (10 mins up the hill) stocks everything (nappies, toiletries, food, drink) and it's similarly priced to back home unless you are buying named brands like Heinz. There is also a wee shop at the apartments on the way back up from the beach that sells enough to make a meal.
Our 2 balconies overlooked one big pool, while the toddler pool and largest pool is just seconds away at the other apartment. (But Belas Vistas 1 faces away from the pools) There is a lovely view of the sea out the front and our balconies got the afternoon - evening sun, while BV1 balconies got the sun in the morning.
The only thing I would say if you have kids is be aware that there are a few sets of stairs at the pools and apartments, a bit of a pain with a buggy but I wouldn't let it put you off staying here. If you are looking for somewhere quiet but with plenty good restaurants & a lovely beach (& café) then book now!
Many thanks for your lovely feedback, it was great to meet you all and we'd love to welcome you back anytime.
Our wonderful stay in Belas Vistas 1
We have just returned from an amazing holiday staying at Belas Vistas 1 in Alporchinos in the Algarve. The apartment was of beautiful standard's and the furnishing's have been carefully thought through, matching right through the apartment. With a balcony outside all of the room's, you have beautiful sea view's, also over looking one of the three pool's.You could not want for a better kitted out kitchen, everything you would need is there, with a lovely welcome pack when you arrive, including a lovely bottle of red wine. Just what you need to begin your holiday with. Stella and Jon, the owner's are lovely people and care about their guest's, such a lovely couple. The apartment is spotlessly clean, and this is looked after by them personally, and is a credit to them. We were so impressed with the apartment, that we have already booked to go back next year for 4 weeks, and cannot wait. We would both recommend the apartment to anyone. Give it a try, you will not be disappointed !!!
What a wonderful stay!
My wife and I visited for 11 days to see if Portugal, and specifically the Algarve, might be a place we could retire to in a few years. We booked this excellent apartment as our base for exploration. Stella and Jon could not have been more welcoming and informative nor the apartment more comfortable, inviting and well suited to our visit. Everything was just as pictured. The area was very conveniently located and, as you may expect for the time of year, pleasantly quiet. We are looking forward to our next visit in the spring and will be staying here once more without hesitation. Thanks Stella and Jon!
Belas Vistas is located in the quaint seaside village of Alporchinhos, with beautiful beaches and coves within walking distance, Praia Novo, Cova Redonda. Praia da Senhora da Rocha, famous for its chapel located on the cliffs with stunning views to the ocean, you may even spot the odd wedding.
Blue flag beaches with lifeguards for swimming and and snorkelling, boat trips as well as other many water activities are available.
Many types of restaurants including freshly caught fish, Portuguese cuisine, International, Italian and Indian. Family friendly restaurants all within a short walk and a local supermarket stocking everything you should need and more. Access to cliff and countryside walks on your doorstep. Cycle hire available.
The town of Armacao de Pera is located approx. 2km away from Belas Vistas and is a seaside town with a long promenade, 7km stretch of beach, lots of bars, cafes and restaurants, also some shops and the local tourist office. Easily walkable and taxis are very cheap.
Belas Vistas is close to the quaint village of Porches, known for its famous pottery.
It’s just a short drive away (3 km) but is easy to cycle on the cycle path and also is walkable for those who like walking.
As well as the very pretty church, the village is kept well and has lots of colourful cape daises growing on the village terraces & walls.
There are plenty of good restaurants, cafes and bars, details in our information folder.
Around the village itself there are many pottery shops selling traditional and more contemporary pieces, perfect for taking home as a souvenir or a gift.
Belas Vistas is situated in a great central location, close to many attractions and places of interest including, Zoo Marine, SlidenSplash, Sand City, many golf course, the medieval town of Silves and more.
Two shopping centres are close by, Algarve shopping, a 15 minute drive and Aqua shopping in Portimao with many high street & designer brands at great prices.