Villa of the Month

Villa of the Month | Quinta Mansao, Algarve

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Our villa of the month is the sensational Quinta Mansao in Quinta do Lago, Algarve, Portugal.

A stunning contemporary build that has a traditional feel with seven bedrooms, all en-suite – its perfect for families and friends. This villa is beautifully decorated, luxurious and roomy. The gardens are immaculate and idea for a spot of sunbathing, relaxing and swimming with a large, heated infinity pool which has superb views. It’s air conditioned, has cable TV with plenty of UK channels and a state-of-the-art cinema room that wouldn’t be out of place in Steven Spielberg’s home!  You’ll love the outdoor dining area, terrific for barbecues, cocktails and long lazy lunches.

This is a villa to relax in and to truly enjoy the luxuries of life.

If you can bear to leave this fabulous villa you’ll find plenty do in the area.

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What to see and do nearby

Golf courses – of course!  All year round there are five championship golf courses.  Wonderful sandy beaches with plenty of watery activities.

The nearby town of Faro has a lovely waterfront promenade and a fabulous shopping area. Explore its cobbled streets, take a guided tour, browse at the boutiques, dine al fresco in the sun round the harbour and soak up the ambiance in this lovely location.

Back at your villa, enjoy the gorgeous terrace and garden with a glass of local wine and with several vineyards close by, why not book a tasting and vineyard tour and buy direct (it always seems to taste better when you know the provenance!).  Head to Quinta dos Vales wine estate where they make award winning wines and offer a delicious wine tasting and tour.


Albufeira is close by and great for days out with boat trips, dolphin watching, super restaurants and fabulous beaches. It’s a lively town and you’re spoiled for choice with things to do here.

Why we love Villa Quinta Mansao

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  • Fantastic location with everything you need close by
  • Gorgeous infinity pool
  • State of the art cinema room
  • Lovely barbecue area in a beautiful garden
  • Perfect spaces for sunbathing and cocktails under the stars
  • Light and roomy, millionaire style décor
  • All seven bedrooms are en-suite – what luxury!
  • Maid service so you really get to relax

Book your Villa Quinta Mansao holiday now… for people who love luxury

Villa of the month | Driftwood Quinta do Lago, Algarve, Portugal

Villa of the month | Driftwood Quinta do Lago, Algarve, Portugal

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There isn’t a single villa in our portfolio at Palmer & Parker that doesn’t completely fit the term luxurious – it’s what we do, villas for people who love luxury.

We visit every villa and inspect every little thing – we want to make sure that when you book with us, you’re really getting the best of the best and Villa Driftwood certainly is just that.

Va va voom to Villa Driftwood for a dream vacation

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Airy and light filled rooms are furnished with tasteful pieces and have top of the range designer good looks. The four gorgeous bedrooms are spacious and two of them have lovely balconies, and all have ensuite bathrooms. The kitchen is fabulous, you might not want to cook while you’re here because the choice of restaurants is terrific, but you may not be able to resist a little chef-ing in this super room. Or dine al fresco, there is a magnificent outdoor living room and a dining terrace with built in barbecue. Of course, you’ll want to take a dip in the large, heated pool, and maybe a work out in the gym, and a steam in the sauna. This is the ultimate feel good villa, a place to relax, reenergise and recharge.

When it’s time to chill, you’re truly spoiled here. If you can tear yourself from the swanky cinema room, then you could be teeing off on the San Lorenzo golf course, right on your doorstep. This is one of the most sought out areas of the famous resort of Quinto do Lago and there are award winning golf course options galore.

Loads to do at Quinto do Lago

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Or maybe you’ll feel like a wander to the beach just 5 minutes away. Praia do Ancao has a long golden sandy beach, top class restaurants such as the famous Gigis as well as plenty of bars, loads of nautical sports, shops and boutiques and shady pine trees – what’s not to love.

When it comes to gastronomy, this area has oodles of charm and tons of choice. One of the most popular restaurants, The Shack, attracts the likes of Holly Willoughby, Coleen Rooney and Peter Jones (who all love to holiday in the Algarve) – and if its good enough for the fearsome Dragon of the Den, we’re pretty sure it must be something special.

Or, why not just put your feet up, lie out in the sun in the tranquil back garden and enjoy your break at one of the finest villas in the Algarve.

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Why we love Villa Driftwood:

  • We’d never want to leave the cinema room
  • The heated pool is just so enticing
  • Overlooking San Lorenzo golf course – simply superb
  • Close to some of the best restaurants in the Algarve
  • Dining al fresco here is an intoxicating experience – really beautiful day or night
  • Gorgeous home décor and uber luxurious living
  • Right by a magnificent beach
  • We love the Sauna and Gym, perfect way to start the day!

Details: Sleeps 8, maid service and uber luxurious: Villa Driftwood


Villas near the beach

A shortlist of 10 villas that are within easy walking (driving if it’s too hot!) distance from the beach, in no particular order.

Canta das Vagas, next to Praia da Luz

Canto das Vagas, Praia da Luz.  The names means ‘song of the waves’.  Being able to see the sea is one thing, but being able to hear it is quite another.  This villa is simply furnished but enjoys a fabulous location, literally just across the road from the beach at Praia da Luz which is a very attractive sandy beach and excellent for children.  There is a pool at the house, restaurants and shops are an easy walk.  Details are here.

Linucia, next to Praia da Gale

Linucia, next to Praia da Gale

Linucia, just next to Praia da Gale: the garden leads directly onto the beach, but being above the beach assures privacy.  A quite unique villa built around the pool with a lovely sun terrace, tennis court and boules.  More details are here

Villa La Tosca, near Bordeaux

Villa La Tosca, near Bordeaux

La Tosca, close to Bordeaux with a lovely garden that leads straight out onto the beach, on the spectacular Atlantic coast in the enchanting Bassin d’Arcachon.  It sleeps up to 16 and was recently completely renovated and refurbished to the very highest standard.  More details are here.

La Pereza, near Marbella Club Hotel

La Pereza, near Marbella Club Hotel

Close to the Marbella Club and Puente Romano Hotel, in a beautiful garden, the whole property is elegantly furnished. The garden is a few feet above the beach which ensures privacy.  More details are here

Timosa, Vale do Lobo

Timosa, Vale do Lobo

Timosa: in a superb location in Vale do Lobo, with the beach literally adjacent and the famous Praca nearby with restaurants, bars and clubs, a very comfortable family home with good pool and lovely views. More details here

1064, by the sea in Vale do Lobo

1064, by the sea in Vale do Lobo

Also right by the sea (about 50 metres across grass to the beach) is this superb house, one of the best in Vale do Lobo, with stunning interiors and superb equipment throughout.  More details here

Our favourite villas: Le Chateau

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is a charming and very well-furnished holiday house near the charming village of St Paul de Vence (you can hear the church bell), surrounded by some of the most beautiful countryside in the South of France. The private swimming pool is 10m x 5m and there is maid service 3 days per week. A house of real architectural merit, quite unlike the many samish villas that line the Riviera and very well located for restaurants and supermarkets. Air conditioning, satellite tv, alarm, security gates. £4600 per week, available all weeks in July.