The SpaceThis airy, spacious and fully equipped apartment is in a friendly quality complex of 7 small blocks, overlooking an unspoilt sandy beach, but close to all the amenities of the small town of Sal Rei (meaning salt king).
Sleeps 6 +baby comfortably with 2 double bedrooms (1 x double bed, 2 x twin beds) and a double sofa bed in the sitting room. Also a baby cot and high chair. Ceiling fans + freestanding fan, mosquito blinds for doors and windows plus nets for beds (only needed occasionally), large wardrobes. TV, DVD player. Fully equipped kitchen with large fridge/freezer, drinking water filter, microwave, full cooker and hob, cafetiere,washing machine, iron and board; 1 x ensuite bathroom/shower and toilet, plus 1 x shower room and toilet. Cot and high chair. Hair dryer. Large balcony off sitting room with patio table, chairs and loungers. BBQ. Games, cards and books, DVDs. CDs. 2nd large terrace area off to side for sunbathing or shade at different times of day.
Local phone supplied on arrival with local taxi, manager's and other useful numbers. Wifi dongle for single laptop or wifi router for up to 5 mobiles, phones, laptops or tablets available to guests for a €20 refundable deposit - buy a €10 top up from phone shop in town. Or small daily fee for wireless code for smartphones etc from Elcibar.
For disabled guests there is a bathlift and grab bars available by request, plus bed raisers for ease of transfer. Also folding ramps for wheeling on and off taxis. Please ask if further details required. Ramps to pool/bar area and to apartment. For more details about specific requirements please ask. Guest AccessThe apt is partially screened by Elcibar, (facing awayfrom the apt), giving privacy from passers by and bar customers, but still allowing good views of the beach and sea. The adults and childrens pools and bar/restaurant are just opposite the balcony. A seperate door leads onto a terrace area beside and behind the apartment, giving further choice of space for sunbathing or shade. There is a small supermarket and bar/restaurant in the basement of the adjacent complex (named Etcetera), and the main shops are a 10-15 min walk away.
Security guards patrol the grounds 24/7 for your peace of mind. There is very little crime in the area and the local people are very helpful and friendly. Interaction with GuestsComprehensive details of the Islands, local area and nearby amenities supplied by eml or on arrival and in apt.
Guests are supplied with a local mobile phone which has useful numbers installed such as taxi, the apt managers etc. Wifi available by arrangement.
I am contactable by phone or email anytime and queries will be answered (when/where possible) within 24 hours. Whilst you are on site, Sam and/or Matt (my British apartment managers who also speak Portuguese) will help with any queries either immediately or within a few hours, as they live in an apartment nearby. Their number will be on the local phone (supplied on arrival). The NeighborhoodThe immediate neighbourhood is quiet and unspoilt, but with all amenities close by. The town of Sal Rei (meaning Salt King) - is a 10 minute walk away, with its colourful shops, bars and restaurants. It is changing all the time, as it grows. You will notice a lot of building work going on, some almost finished, some half fnished, some only just started. Building works were halted and many people lost their money during the world recession, and it has only recently started to improve.
Visit the Town Square with its church and bars/restaurants. and market close to the pier and beach. The banks/atms etc are also in town, sometimes short of cash on a Friday/Sat because of local wages.. Phone cards and sim cards can be purchased almost anywhere.
Apart from our own Elcibar on site, there are several good bar/restaurants just a short stroll to the town, (details of the good ones supplied).
There are many things to do - surfing; wind surfing; kite surfing; whale watching (from March - June; turtles hatching (from Jul - August); fishing (shore and deep sea); snorkelling; scuba diving; swimming, sightseeing, dune buggying, or, of course just chilling out round the pool, on the balcony, or at the many beach bars along the coast. Getting AroundLots of local taxis around (just €3 or 4 euros to town or easily walkable), and our apt managers can provide details of tours, trips and restaurants nearby for your enjoyment. Beach buggies, scooters, bicycles and cars for hire locally. Parking in view, immediately outside the apartments. Other Things to NoteThe fish available locally is very fresh and varied, so do visit the fish market near the Post Office (open mornings - the earlier the better) in Sal Rei. There is also often fish being sold by local fisherman on the quayside and pier next to Te Manche bar/restaurant.
You can buy your bread and rolls fresh daily, either from the little basement supermarket/bar next door in VC1, or from the bakery (go early) plus fruit and veg from the market, and meat from the local butcher (behind the Shell garage). Best to take your own favourite brands of provisions such as tea bags, coffee, cornflakes etc., as goods such as these are only imported occasionally (sea conditions permitting) and therefore can be expensive and not always the brands/type you are used to.
We have a seperate drinking water filter tap fitted in the kitchen as it is not advisable to drink the normal water supply.
If you are eating out, then Elcibar, (our/VC2 pool bar), serves excellent home made snacks and meals (plus beers, soft drinks and cocktails) all day including breakfast (closed Mondays). See their excellent reviews on (website hidden). There is also another small lively bar with supermarket next door in VC1., and many good restaurants/snack bars in town (walk or taxi 3 euros).