Algarve Villa selection FAQs

We at Algarve Villa Selection pride ourselves in being honest and transparent, so we have listed some popular FAQs.

When you book your holiday with Algarve Villa Selection you are in safe hands with the knowledge we are here to help you with anything you need. From the essentials (car hire, transfers, baby equipment, etc.) to enjoyable extras and luxuries (games equipment, private charters, boat trips, catering, etc.).  Above all, we use our knowledge and experience to enhance your holiday experience. Here are a few questions our guests have asked. If you don’t see your question, then let us know.


We have intimate knowledge of all the accommodation and resorts on our website, and we would be delighted to give you impartial advice on where would best suit you.

Yes, we have multiple properties of similar types. Not all our villas and apartments are featured on our website, so we do have a range of properties to offer.

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Prices are subject to change, however, once you receive a confirmation email from us that your booking is confirmed, the cost of your holiday is fixed. There are no hidden extras.

Prices are for accommodation only on a self-catering basis. All properties are prepared for arrival, and most will have a maid service (Do check the property details for confirmation). The price does not include flights, car-hire / transfers, or any third-party services.

Most properties require a deposit of 30% at the time of booking. Please check the property details for confirmation or ask the team.

Please note that the deposit is non-refundable. We recommend to all our guests that you take out holiday insurance to protect you against all eventualities in case you are unable to travel. If the accommodation is booked within 10 weeks of arrival the full amount is due.

The balance payment for your holiday is mostly 10 weeks before arrival. Please check the property details for confirmation or ask the team.

In the event of booking your holiday within the balance due date, the full amount will be required to secure the booking.

Yes. The amount for the refundable damages deposit varies for each property so please check the property details for the amount or ask the team. Refundable damages deposit payments are by Bank Transfer only, we can accept sterling or Euros.

 

We accept the following types of payment:

  • Bank Transfer or a Credit Card / Debit Card
  • For all Bookings made within 2 weeks of arrival, we can only accept Bank Transfer.
  • Refundable Damages Deposit bank transfer only. For the Refundable Damages Deposit we can accept Sterling or Euros.

We can only accept payment for accommodation in Sterling or Euros only.

For the Refundable Damages Deposit we can accept Sterling and also Euros. Refundable Damages Deposit by bank transfer only.

Algarve Villa Selection has a couple of preferred suppliers that do offer airport transfers and car rentals. We are happy to help you with your arrangements and also assist with bookings.

Whilst this is not always possible, we can request with the supplier that they hold the property whilst you secure your flights.

In high and peak season (End of May to October) our minimum stay is 7 days. In low and mid-season, it may be possible to book for shorter periods of 3 nights.

Yes of course. Most property owners can supply them for a charge or in some cases complimentary. Do check with the team. If the property owner cannot supply them, we work with a preferred supplier who can deliver these and many other items you may need.

Details regarding key collection will be sent with your travel documents prior to departure. You will either be met at the villa, access keys at the property via a key safe or keys can be collected from reception.

Close to your arrival you will receive contact details for the property manager who will assist the unlikely event that a problem occurs or if there is a maintenance issue. We are also available to assist too.

For your own peace of mind Algarve Villa Selection strongly recommend you take out holiday insurance that will protect you against all eventualities.

Our suppliers/owners mostly insist you do have full cover and that the policy includes:

  • Protection for you and all your party for all costs occurred should you cancel your Booking of the villa.
  • Any assistance needed in the event of accidents, sickness, loss of luggage, money or any other losses you may incur.
  • Protection against all Force Majeure events. As we have learned in the past few years anything can happen so please do check your policy for this, including viruses such as Covid-19 cover including all eventualities such as cancelling due to covid-19/a virus and getting covid/a virus whilst on holiday.

ATOL bonding relates exclusively to package holidays (accommodation with flights, car hire etc). We offer ‘accommodation only’ so an ATOL bond requirement does not apply.

Sometimes, to keep the property owners address private we have to change the name as well. Should the owner have a different name, this will be advised before your arrival along with the full address.

Yes, and we are here to chat you through ideas and ways to enhance your holiday! Whether you’re looking for an in-house chef, games equipment, car hire, transfers etc we can assist you in booking these. To find out more, speak with the team and check out our ‘Things to do’ page, ‘Places to visit’ page and Book with Confidence’ page. Please note that we don’t charge for a concierge service, we are happy to help you with all your needs. With many years in the Algarve our knowledge is valuable to our guests.

Absolutely! Our expertise is key so we can talk through your requirements and together we can come up with some suggestions. Maybe a boat trip, a wine tour, a private chef etc? We have lots of ideas so do pick our brains!

If you have any additional questions, please get in touch with us and we will be happy to answer your question.

The minimum age to book a property is 18. Our owner and suppliers aren’t able to accommodate groups where all the party are under the age of 25 (in some cases 30) and groups of Hen & Stag parties. Smoking is strictly forbidden and most suppliers/owners do not accept pets.

Our properties are mostly available for a minimum of 7 nights, however, between October and May we can accept 3-5 nights in some of our properties, on website.

 

Most of the properties have a set changeover and arrival day. However, we do have properties that can accommodate a weekday/Sunday arrival so do ask the team for guidance.

Most will run on a 7, 14, 21 etc night basis, Saturday to Saturday especially in the high and peak season. If you would ideally like a 10-night stay, please ask the team for guidance as some properties can accommodate this. Should your ideal property only accept a 7 or 14 night booking then you can stay for 10 nights, however, the supplier/owner would expect the 14 night rental rate.

During July and August our guests mostly don’t have pool heating as the outdoor temperature is consistently hot which maintains the heat from the sun.

During May, June, September, and October a heated pool can sometimes be an advantage, although it does depend on the current outdoor temperature. Generally, the daytime is still sunbathing weather, however cooler in the evenings which is when the pool loses the heat from the sun making it cooler than summertime.

During these months you can always check with the team a few weeks before and we can give guidance based on current temperatures.

November to April are the cooler months and during rainy periods we would advise not using pool heating as the pool won’t reach an acceptable temperature. Should you book pool heating we can not offer refunds. Again, please do ask the team for guidance.

Please note, when booking pool heating the water temperature is dependent on the weather. If the weather is windy, raining and/or the evenings are colder this may mean the pool heating won’t be as effective. In any case, we advise the use of the pool cover if the property has one. This will help to maximize heat retention when the pool isn’t being used. As with all countries the weather is unpredictable so we cannot guarantee the temperature of the water.

You can read our full terms and conditions on our website. Each property may have additional terms, and these can be found on the property description weblinks.

If the prices are not showing online yet, we may have prices available at our office. Generally, prices start to go on the website between May and December, however if you don’t see them do ask the team and they will be able to assist.

Contact the team and advise you wish to proceed. We will advise the supplier and confirm to you once we get the go-ahead. Upon receiving requests to book we do always have to double-check with the supplier in case the property has taken a booking between you receiving the quote and advising your intention to proceed. We advise that you don’t book flights until you have full confirmation for your booking first.

Yes, we work with some fantastic partners from personal wine tasting to games equipment. Do ask the team for more information.

Very few properties on our portfolio accept events and parties. The properties generally will only allow the number of people stated on the property description. That said some properties can accommodate events so please do ask, however, please do not book if you have the intention to have an event / party just in case it is forbidden. Certain conditions and extra fees normally apply.

Even if you plan on a small party or celebration (exceeding the stated property capacity), and not a full-blown event such as a wedding, you are still also required to ask us first.

Yes, all bedding and bathroom towels are provided.

If pool towels are available, it will be stated on the villa description.

Usual check-in is 16:00 and check-out at 10:00. Some do differ so do check the description of the property.

These times may be flexible if there is no change-over on the day although this can’t be confirmed until a few days before depending on cleaning schedules.

Before arrival, we provide you with everything you need to check-in. This includes numbers (including emergency contacts) for the property manager. You can also contact the team at Algarve Villa Selection too.

I hope these FAQs have answered any questions you may have had. If not, contact the team as we will be happy help with any other queries.

Can’t find the answer you are looking for? Get in touch with the team and they will be happy to help.

Favourite Restaurants

With our local knowledge, we have visited lots of fabulous restaurants.  Here are some of our favorites. Click on each one to visit their website.

Dunas Douradas – XeniaMaria’sJulia’sIzzy’sEduardos and Dunes Restaurant & Beach Bar

Quinta do Lago –  TucanosThe ShackCasa do Lago2 PassosThe Bold OctopusBovinoCasa VelhaGigi’sUmamiKOKOLimoniDano’sThai BistroFlorianGustoThe Cheeky Pup, and Bamboo.

Vale do Lobo – SandbanksMonty’sThe Beach BarThe DeckThe LoungePaixaMonicas,  Casa Pituxa and just outside Vale do Lobo there is Parrilla NaturalA FlorestaO Figueiral and Tapas e Vinho.

Vilamoura – Thai beach clubNosolo ItaliaPepper’s steakhousePurobeachCasa da Praia, Maresia beach bar, and O Marisco. Just outside Vilamoura in Quarteira there is Os AgostinhosGaivota and in Vilasol there is Oscars and Wildfire.

Salema – A BoiaAgua na BocaAtlantico, and Lourenco.

Our team is very familiar with the restaurants and services available in the area and we’re more than happy to share our insights with you!


Our specialist team will be more than happy help with any questions. We can also help you find the perfect property rental for your holiday.

We would be more than happy to chat through some ideas or click the button below and email us your requirements.

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