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The Portuguese island of Armona is an unspoilt paradise and a great base for exploring the Algarve. No cars. Sand in your shoes. Away from the mainland. Surrounded by water. Sharing this slice of paradise with chameleons, seahorses and thousands of bird species. Sounds too good to be true? Well it isnt!
Ilha da Armona as it is known to the locals, is a 15-minute ferry ride across the bay from the fishing port of Olhão,, a mere 15 minutes from Faro airport, The entire island lies within a naturally formed lagoon. On one side the water is calm and warm and ideal for swimming. On the other is the more aggressive Atlantic coast, offering a dramatic, windswept contrast and great for kite surfers. A leisurely stroll between the two takes only 15 minutes. Many of what were once fishermen’s cottages, simple and basic, have been modernised and transformed, some more than others, but they all retain a similar characteristic of being painted brilliant white against the bright blue skies.
The island itself has little in the way of development with no ATMs, cars, hotels or clubs – a few simple cafes and restaurants and endless sandy beaches stretching along its four-mile length. More importantly, there is the Armona lifestyle, which is deliciously chilled, laid-back and worry-free. In the summer months, islanders walk around in swimming costumes and shorts, and everyone is very relaxed. The Ria Formosa (translation: beautiful coastal inlet / beautiful river), a protected natural park since 1987, consists of over 18.000ha of estuary and wetland with Olhão at its mouth and the wild Atlantic beyond. This area is lovingly protected by the Portuguese for its outstanding natural beauty.
Pronounced "oll-yowng", Olhão, the nearest town, is the Algarve's largest fishing port with an active waterfront and pretty, bustling lanes in its old quarter. A rare gem, its centre is crumbling, charming, faded, and stuffed full of appealingly batty characters. There aren’t many sights, but the flat-roofed, Moorish-influenced neighbourhoods and North African feel make it a pleasant place to wander. The town’s fish restaurants draw the crowds, as does the morning fish and vegetable market on Avenida 5 de Outubro, best visited on Saturday.. Around 80% of Portugal's clams are fished here, around its four low islands.
Our beach house, named Jabulani reflecting oiur background and years spent in South Africa, has been modernised and equipped to a high specification enjoying a unique position on the island. Many of the houses on the island are quite overlooked with small rooms, which Jabulani, meaning 'be happy' is not. The house has three terraces; an exceptionally large covered area for eating which includes a large built in BBQ and external kitchen facilities, a front terrace where one can enjoy the full sun and a magical roof terrace with views across the Ria Formosa towards the mainland. At night time the coast line twinkles with lights and is mesmerising. Beach wise, there is a lot to choose from; the house is very close to a secluded lagoon beach which is lovely when the tide is partially or fully in. Similarly the side beach which is directly behind the house is a great place for young children to play in the sand, to swim as the water is shallow enough with no unexpected suprises, or to kayak or use a SUP. The beach by the ferry terminal is usually lively in peak season, manned by lifeguards with a safe swim area on both sides of the jetty. Alternatively, take a 15/20 minute wander along the main path way or walk across the beach behind the house at low/mid tide to the Atlantic Beach regarded by many as one of the nicest beaches in the Algarve. Near the boardwalk you will find more people and a excellent beach/cocktail bar(which also serves snack food). They also rent out sunbeds with parasols so you can escape the fiercest summer sun. Away from the beach bar, you will find even fewer people until you feel you have the beach to yourself
As Owners, we spend considerable time on the island and have thus made sure the house has all that one needs to enjoy a relaxing break. Guests who book are given, prior to their arrival, detailed notes on the house and the island itself to ensure their stay is as pleasant and hassle free as possible.
By Adrian And Louise on 15-Sep-2019
Jabulani is, without doubt, the best holiday home that we have ever stayed in. Tastefully furnished, immaculately presented and equipped to a high standard with everything that you could wish for - and more!
Just a few steps from a sheltered lagoon and a beautiful long, sandy beach which stretches around the island. A short stroll from the Olhao ferry yet set back on a quiet pathway. A choice of good bars and restaurants are all within easy reach. We felt no need to leave Armona during our stay - we'd have missed it too much!
Jabulani's garden is perfect for both sunshine and shade lovers and the roof terrace and views over Olhao and Faro are to die for!
Lucie's communications throughout were also just brilliant. We will very definitely be returning to Jabulani soon - if we're lucky enough to find a vacant week!
Beautifully Appointed House in Good Location
By Peter Savage on 31-Aug-2019
Booking Process - very smooth - Lucie's communication was excellent and the deposit refunded 1 day after the rental end. Flexible payment in Sterling or Euro.
General Location - ideal - close to ferry, shops, beach etc. Not too noisy, apart from the odd service vehicle in the night (rubbish collection etc.).
House (Bedrooms) - The 3x bedrooms were all a good size and larger than any of the other 5x properties that I have rented on Armona. Storage provided was also good. The master bedroom was particularly nice with a great ensuite. Beds were comfortable and good quality towels (incl. beach towels) were provided. The windows had fixed bars which was great because it means that you can leave the windows open the whole time letting the fresh air flow through the rooms.
Lounge/Dining - very comfortable with UK freeview TV via a large satellite on the roof.
Kitchen - spacious and very well equipped with pretty much everything you could wish for, including a large tea pot (hurray!). Good quality dishwasher and washing machine.
Ground Floor - great quality (large) BBQ with accessories for fish etc. The dining area was very comfortable and we only ate outside since the weather was good. It was a little hard to find shade in the morning, but we found that hanging something on the eastern fence soon solved this issue.
Roof Terrace - great addition to the property with really lovely views. However, there was no shade up there and nowhere to stand an umbrella, so we did not use it except in the early morning and occasional evening. A portable umbrella holder up there would be a good addition and would allow some daytime use when the wind is low.
Sports Equipment - An inflatable kayak and (solid) SUP were included along with paddles. The SUP was particularly appreciated by my children who paddled it every day around the various channels.
Overall - This was the 6th property we have rented on the island and definitely the most classy, well-laid out and practical. I would certainly consider renting it again.
By Dawn on 24-Aug-2019
We had a fabulous time in Villa Jabulani and the location on the Island was perfect. The villa had everything and more and the owner was a delight to through the whole booking process. I will definitely be back.
Perfect Family Holiday
By Mairi on 06-Jul-2019
We have just returned from the most lovely 2 week family holiday to Armona and Lucie's home was just perfect! Very well equipped, it definitely feels like a home rather than just a holiday rental. The kitchen had every utensil you could need, the house was very homely and very well presented. Cleaned to a high standard and a handbook that answers any question that may arise. The house is set just back from the lagoon and one of the holiday highlights was the use of a kayak. It was lovely to be able to go out on it each day and was a great hit with our children too! We will definitely be back and would recommend Lucie's house to anyone planning on a holiday to Armona.
Beautiful house, amazing stay
By Chris Haslam on 31-Aug-2018
We had a wonderful time, the house was perfect, absolutely spotless and very spacious. the upstairs terrace offers a breathtaking view of the sea, lovely to sit here and watch the sunset. the house is right next to the beach which was an added bonus.
couldn't recommend this more
The most marvellous holiday
By N Jansz on 21-Aug-2018
A lovely, convenient, very well equipped house within steps of the lagoon area and a ten minute walk from the glorious Atlantic beaches. The beds are comfy, the house beautifully appointed and maintained (without being in any way offputting) and there’s all you need to cook the amazing food on offer at the Olhao market. There’s even a trolley and insulated boxes for carrying home the fish and foodstuffs. Parasols are provided for beach lounging and there’s a rare sun deck above the roof for gazing at sunsets and at clam pickers and waders dibbling in the low tide. Lucie gives all the information you need and prompt answers to any questions and makes the handover as simple as possible. It really made a charming summer retreat even more special. Would love to return.
By K Martinelli on 31-Jul-2018
Lucie‘s Haus ist sehr gross und geräumig. Es ist ausgezeichnet und sehr grosszügig ausgestattet. Lucie ist eine sehr aufmerksame und fürsorgliche Gastgeberin. Sie ist jederzeit da bei Fragen und beantwortet sie umgehend. Wir fühlten uns sehr wohl und umsorgt.
Luxury well equipped house
By Terry Patterson on 29-Jul-2018
LIcie was very efficient and the whole process was very smooth. The house is even better than the photos. Great position not far from the 'high street' and ferry and just a few steps from the beach. Very clean, fresh and stylish. Comfy beds, amazingly well equipped kitchen with everything you need. Outdoor BBQ and fridge freezer was great for outside living in the heat. There are lots of beach equipment available too, from buckets and spades to parasols, body boards and of course the kayak which was great fun. I'd thoroughly recommend the house to others and I'm sure we will be back in the future.
A slice of paradise indeed.
By Carol Fitzpatrick on 01-Aug-2017
Our second time as a family staying in the fabulous Jabulani...and once again I cannot fault any aspect of our stay . Lucie very kindly makes every effort and succeeds in ensuring her guests have a stress free and carefree holiday....communication prior to and during our stay is excellent ....the house is spotless, wonderful comfy beds, fresh bed linen and towels, well equipped kitchen ...which delighted my daughter in law who loves cooking ...beautiful interior, amazing roof terrace with spectacular views, beach chairs,toys,books, kayak,...I could go on and on...it really is a great place to stay.
So...if your idea of paradise is a little island with white sand, amazing shells, no roads or cars, ....if your family enjoy the simple pleasures of spending quality time together, swimming, jumping off a pier into the sea, clamming, kayaking, candle lit parties on the beach at night, a cocktail or two at a cool bar, simple beach restaurants, meeting up with friends, watching shooting stars, turquoise sea, miles and miles of crowd free beaches even in August...then you will indeed find your little slice of paradise in Armona. Thank you Lucie ...and Armona...you've been great.
Lovely holiday home in a perfect location
By L Downie on 15-Jul-2017
Lucie couldn't have been more helpful, from first contact to the end of the stay - the perfect hostess was always just a quick call or email away. Before we even stayed we knew how fab she was with helping to arrange our taxi from the airport and lots of helpful information about the area and things to do. The house itself is obviously a family home, not just a bare holiday rental, with lots of personal touches, and little bits n pieces you might need, and beach toys for the not so little children we had with us. Wifi also helped keep a smile on their faces, to touch base with their friends at home and brag about the amazing views, the beach 20 steps away, the rush hour on a car free island as you go for fresh bread - just over 5 mins return journey - on foot of course! Or was that just me?! We took the ferry back to the mainland to get extra supplies - but we soon realised that most things could be bought on the island - no lugging bottles of water or charcoal far! We had a slight problem with the boiler whilst we were there but Lucie couldn't have done more to help if she tried, keeping us fully informed at all times. It was a perfect, relaxing family break - we would highly recommend staying in Jubiliana
Owner response: Thank you for your very positive comments. I am pleased that despite the hiccup with the boiler, that didn't spoil the holiday. I am always conscious that the island may not be for everyone and that guests should be fully aware of what they are coming to, what's available locally and where exactly on the island we are, near enough to walk to the shop, a few minutes from ferry and the little beach which makes for easy living.
Thank you very much for looking after the house so well; always a pleasure to have such thoughtful and caring guests. We look forward to having you back at some future date, .
Perfect family Holiday
By Eoin Holohan on 28-Jun-2017
Wonderful house in the perfect location. Armona is an oasis of calm, an ideal holiday location for a family. No distractions, just the beach and freedom for the kids. Our kids love the Island, and Jabulani has everything you will need... and more! It's a lovely house, excellent kitchen, a terrace with BBQ... Everything you need is provided, including a canoe (!), body boards, beach chairs, parasols etc. etc. The beach is a couple of steps away. We had an amazing holiday, and are looking forward to returning soon!
Thank you both for your comments, we thoroughly enjoyed hosting you, It's always nice when a family enjoy the house and find everything they need to make the holiday that bit more special. We look forward to seeing you all again at some point.
Idyliic & Peaceful
By Joanne Hober on 09-Jun-2017
We spent 5 relaxing days on Armona and in this beautiful house. All rooms are decorated lovingly and so thoughtfully. The describtions regarding the house and the surroundings are 100% accurate. We especially loved the roof terrace - great place for sundowners ! The kitchen provides everything you need. Would definitely return. Thanks Lucie for sharing your lovely beach house! Richard & Joanne
Dear Richard & Joanne, Thank you for your appreciative comments, it was lovely to share the house with fellow South Africans but more importantly with folk who looked after the house as if it was their own, thank you again. We are delighted that you found it as we described it as this is always difficult in terms of managing expectations. We would be very happy to host you again. Best wishes Lucie & Nicholas
Jabulani & Greystones
By Antony Turner on 04-Jun-2017
We are reluctant to write a positive review of our stay in Olhao and Armona as it could encourage too many others to head out there and enjoy the ‘real’ Portugal we discovered on our ten day trip at the end of April - all without the hassle of hiring a car! The holiday started by being met at Faro airport by a friendly taxi-driver who took us straight to the apartment, twenty miles away. Our hostess Lucie met us at the door of and showed us round the roomy apartment, tucked away in the old town, an oasis of calm and comfort from which to explore the fish restaurants, fabulous market and general atmosphere of this delightful fishing port. During the day we soaked up the sun on the roof terrace when it was shining, enjoying the buzz of street life below. At night we slept soundly in the comfortable bed. After four days of Portuguese urban life and plenty of simple fresh fish we were relaxed and ready for the beach retreat.
A ten minute walk to the jetty and twenty minute ferry trip later we were heading up the main footpath through Armona towards Jabulani, Lucie’s beach-house. This delightful sand-dune island, part of a large nature reserve, is composed of several huge sandy beaches and a clutch of beach houses, once fishermen’s cottages. Being car-free meant real peace so much of the time was spent lounging in one of the small cafe / restaurants and walking on the beaches. Like Lucie's town-house, Jabulani was roomy and kitted out with everything needed for a relaxing holiday - including an inflatable canoe we used for a couple of evening paddles. From the roof platform we could look over rooftops towards the small estuary ten metres away and watch the sea-birds and the ebb and flow of the tide.
A half-day boat trip round the islands with a group of strangers (who quickly became friends), was a fitting end to this thoroughly enjoyable and relaxing holiday. The few days in the town's bustle providing a great contrast to the laid-back and car-free beach retreat. We are coming back!
Fantastic stay in a gorgeous house
By Louise B on 31-Oct-2016
We had a lovely family holiday in this wonderful house. Everything we needed to make our stay perfect and relaxing was supplied by the owners. My children especially loved the fishing nets! Lucie is lovely and gave us plenty of information about the gorgeous island. Thank you so much for letting us use your gorgeous home. Louise & Andy Boyle
Thank you both for your complimentary comments; we aim to make sure everyone enjoys their stay on the island and are pleased that, despite the rain on a few days, the whole family were able to do that. If it's ones first time to the island, particularly out of the busy season, it helps to know your way around, how the ferries work, what's restaurants are open etc, all making for a more pleasurable experience. I am sure we will see some of the family again... Nicholas & Lucie
Wonderful stay in a lovely property
By Harrogate Gang on 26-Sep-2016
We have just returned from a wonderful stay in this property on the beautiful Island of Armona. Lucie and Nicholas' house is lovely with everything you need for a fabulous stay, it is very well furnished with every ameniety you could wish for including a bread making machine! The house is very well situated not far from the Jetty and the wonderful Artlantic beach. It has a roof terrace where you can sit at sunset and watch the sun go down with a glass of the local wine, it's heaven. You only have to go out the gate and walk a few steps and you are on the beach. Thank you Lucie and Nicholas for sharing your lovely house, we will be back.
Thank you Harrogate gang for your supportive comments. We are delighted that you found the house and indeed the island perfect in many ways, particularly as you had never been here before. You chose a superb time to visit and it's at times likes this, the island is most charming. We look forward to seeing you again at some point. Best wishes to you all, Lucie & Nicholas
By SueandMashie on 04-Jul-2016
Jabulani & Armona lived up to all of our expectations. We are 3 friends who spend a sunshine week together once a year. We wanted to be very close to the beach (one minute - perfect!); we wanted 3 comfortable bedrooms (I was the lucky one in the master bedroom & it is the most comfortable I have ever been on one of our holidays - & the other 2 bedrooms & family bathroom were equally comfortable & well equipped). You have done everything throughout the house so well - the BBQ, the sitting room, all of the crockery etc. The island is just lovely & so peaceful & safe! We loved the freedom that no traffic seemed to bring. The ferry over to Olhao punctuates the day & is so easy! We were all very much in need of a complete break from everything this year & we certainly had that. Thank you again for Jabulani. We will be back!! Sue (with Jude & Haze)
By Sue P on 20-Jun-2016
I wanted to add my thanks to you for a lovely house! I was the lucky one in the master bedroom & it is the most comfortable I have ever been on one of our holidays (we three "girls" go away for a week or so each year). You have done everything throughout the house so well. & the island is just lovely isn't it. I lost my Mum at the end of March & was very much in need of a complete break from everything - I certainly had that.
Paeceful & perfect beachside hideaway
By Fergus M on 02-Jun-2016
Armona is a beautiful quiet oasis minutes from Faro and the house itself was perfect for us. We had 4-year-old twins on their first sunshine holiday and couldn't have chosen better. House was clean and well-equipped and we had personal attention from the owner. Kids loved the proximity to the beach and we loved how safe the environment was. Would definitely recommend to parents of young kids or indeed anyone looking for a quiet, peaceful sunshine break.
By Anonymous on 06-Oct-2015
We have stayed in this property many times in the last few years.It is in a very good location near the lagoon but also close to the ferry . The furniture and bed linen are all good quality and the kitchen has everything you may need to create snacks or full scale family meals.One of the best features is the open plan style which is very light and airy. Peaceful and relaxing beach house by the sea.Highly recommended.
Fabulous beach house on beautiful island
By Carol Fitzpatrick on 15-Aug-2015
Our first time to Armona Island...not a problem though as the booking process and journey could not have been made any easier. Lucie had arranged for a taxi to pick us up from the airport then a taxi boat was waiting at the quay to take us to island where Lucie was waving as we arrived at the pier. The house was just as described...great location, well maintained, super clean and welcoming.....It really does have everything you could wish for ...cooler bags, coffee machine, books, beach umbrellas, beach chairs, spacious bedrooms, very comfortable lounge, excellent showers with plenty of hot water, fully equipped kitchen, outside terrace including built in bbq and freezer, roof terrace etc. This fabulous beach house accommodated our family of 6 including 3 children easily although we only really spent time indoors at lunchtime having quiet time escaping the mid day sun, or going to bed tired and happy after full days exploring the island. Evenings were spent on the terrace cooking supper followed by a walk to the pier for the children to play whilst we people-watched sipping our cheap and excellent wine. We so enjoyed the simplicity of Island life ..safe, friendly, laid back and relaxing.....just what we were looking for..... the children gaining confidence to walk to the tiny supermarket to collect bread each morning, collecting shells, swimming, digging for clams, reading, playing games, trying out all the restaurants...our favourite being at Atlantic beach, seeing a shooting star for the first time, jumping off the pier....magical memories. The two person kayak complete with safety vests proved a great success. I would and have recommend this property to adults and families with children capable of being respectful to their surroundings. I think by now it's pretty apparent we loved our stay and can't wait to return. Thank you Lucie for your brilliant service, kindness and for allowing us to share your little piece of paradise. P.s. The boys watered your vine each evening Nick...and we added to your shell collection Lucie. xxxx
Happy days at Jabulani
By Anonymous on 07-Aug-2015
We really enjoyed our stay in this nice, well equipped house with an excellent location. The house is taken very well care of and was clean and tidy. We felt like home and had access to everything we needed like beach towels, cooler, parasol etc. Lucie was very helpful and provided us with all the information we needed. We are a family with children and did not use the roof terrace. It has very nice views, but is not practical with smaller children. We enjoyed the ground terrace instead. We hope to go back and would absolutely recommend the house.
All you need and a little bit more.
By Jan G on 10-Jul-2015
Jabulani is a stylish, comfortable and very well equipped house with an almost perfect location. We were there with four grown up children, and everyone enjoyed the house and the many facilities at our disposal i.e. kayak, fishing gear, Beach towels, and a lot of other usefull stuff for a perfect holiday in the sun. We would definitely recommend Jabulani to friends and relatives
Lovely villa on beautiful unspoilt island
By Pat H on 23-Jun-2015
Myself and my partner, my sister and a friend stayed in Jabulani for just over a week in June. The house was just great – it had everything we could possibly want, including beach towels, mats and sun umbrellas, which meant less to carry in our cases. We particularly liked the outdoor eating areas, one of which is covered and included a bbq. We ate in a couple of nights so this was really useful. The beds were all very comfortable and the kitchen extremely well equipped. There was also the added advantage of the roof terrace, although some of the group found the steep steps a bit daunting. Booking was very easy and I was very impressed with the quick responses from Lucie (the owner) to any enquiries we had. We all loved the island – it was so lovely to find somewhere so unspoilt.
By Daniel on 13-Nov-2014
Wonderful stay in very well equipped, spacious and pretty villa on a beautiful island. My partner and I stayed with my parents (60+) and we all had a great time. Booking process was very easy and the owners of the house could not have been more helpful or kind to us all. Island is recommended to anyone looking to genuinely get away from it all and we cannot imagine a better villa in which to enjoy it. We will be back.
Love this place
By Bettina Rhodes on 12-Oct-2014
On returning to Armona for our 2nd visit, this time with elderly parents in tow, we were looking for a larger property than previously experienced, and closer to the ferry. The description of this property promised a lot, and I’m delighted to say that it more than met our expectations. All the fixtures and fittings were of excellent quality, what you’d expect at home. There was nothing we needed that wasn’t already there, down to the clam digging tool, trolley and cool bags essential for shopping in Olhao. The proximity to the beach was a treat and the roof terrace really does provide amazing views over the Rio Formosa. I’m not sure there are many/any other properties on the island that could offer this. The large outside dining area was most used, and while there were only four of us in the party it would still be very comfortable at full capacity with six people. In fact the villa it’s self is spacious and the amount of storage in all bedrooms impressed. The comprehensive information about the island and cottage provided by the owners is very helpful, particularly for newcomers, but still for returnees like ourselves. We love Armona and Olhao for its beauty, charm and fabulous seafood. And we’d have no hesitation in returning to Jubulani, and would happily recommend to others.
By Anonymous on 19-Sep-2014
The house on Armona Island is excellent, very clean. this is the second time we have stopped on the island .the house has everything you need even down to hairdryer and straighteners for my wife . If you want a holiday to just relax this is the place , in a morning you can sit on the roof terrace and watch the sun rise and admire the views . The outside dining area is great for family meals and close to the well equipped barbeque . All the bedrooms are a good size. We have 2 teenage children who think the island is great lots to do from swimming and snorkelling , fishing and the island has 2 beaches. The island is ideal to just walk around and take in the views . There are only a few shops and restaurants but are great and friendly .Lucie and her husband have done a great renovation of the house and it was a pleasure to stay there and I would recommend it to anybody . Luice was very helpful about local information and she also arranged our taxi back to the airport
By Louise P on 31-Aug-2014
We have just got back from staying at this stunning property on the island of Armona. This is our fifth year staying on this beautiful island and this was by far the best villa we have stayed in. You are provided with everything you might need for you're stay and I felt silly packing my hair dryer with even hair straighteners provided in the rooms. We had two little boys with us and the fencing that encloses the villa gave us a great sense of safety with the open plan design of the Villa meaning at the end of a long day on the beach we could sit on the patio with a chilled glasses of wine in eye view of the boys bedrooms. I highly recommend Armona island to any of those parents who want a relaxing two weeks with beautiful beaches, I keep going back to Armona as it truly is the most relaxed place I've ever been and as an ex cruise ship employee I have travelled the world. If you are going to visit I couldn't recommend a better place to stay than this villa which exceeded our excpectations on all levels, we found its design extremely child friendly, but with its cream leather chairs and glass tables it's not a place were the kids can run wild, but it's a stones throw from the beach so we took ours down there to blow of steam... We will definitely not look around for another villa on our return to Armona *****
Armona - 5th year !
By Sue G on 09-Jun-2014
I have recently returned from Armona having stayed at this property . I know the island well now and have stayed there at least once a year for the last 5 yrs ( last year I made three trips ! ) The accommodation on Armona varies enormously , from houses which have very simple furniture and limited amenities thro' to Lucies house which is extremely well furnished and resourced . In essence Armona as an island will be equally spectacular wherever you stay but please be honest with yourselves and if you feel some ' creature comforts ' such as good quality linen / towels /washing machine /wifi will matter in regards to your stay then this really is a very hard house to better on the island . It is in an ideal position ( near to the ferry , but set back and with easy access to the cove nearby ) Armona only has one road ! so nowhere is that far from the main beach This property is fantastically well maintained ( I just adore it , and consider it a second home now ) It has a really very well equipped kitchen and powerful modern bathrooms /showers . I would have no hesitation in recommending this property - but it is most ideal for adults ( it does not have bunk beds ) so this is a property to relax and enjoy Armona in ( excellent for two or three women on holiday together /two couples ) My favourite restaurant is the one near the Atlantic beach - recently changed hands with a lovely young Belgian couple and the omelettes there are just simply divine - simple food , freshly prepared and the easiest place to sit in as you come off the beach . If you are seeking a glitzy night life - then avoid Armona ! if you want a fabulous island based around beach living then go with gusto ! The island is very unspoilt and in truth very few of these special places remain . For those who have a particular passion for a holiday without a car - this is utter perfection - there are no cars , no hotels , no B&B's and a bicycle is a rare sight - good walking sandals/shoes are essential . In addition to footwear / reading material / swimming costumes and shorts/Tshirts /simple beach wear is all that is needed - truly ! This house also has an excellent shopping trolley ( this may sound odd but it is an essential ingredient of an Armona holiday ! ) and in keeping with all aspects of the house , it has recently been upgraded again ! Just talking about Armona makes me yearn to go back xxx
By Dutch on 06-Jun-2014
My friend and I booked the property for 1 week and I now wish I had booked it for a longer period. Our main aim was to have a quiet and peaceful holiday and it turned out to be just that. The house is very well equipped and clean and just a stone's throw away from the beach. Nicholas, one of the owners, met us at the property and gave us his mobile number, just in case (he was staying on the mainland in Olhao, just 15 minutes by ferry from Armona). The fact that the property has 3 terraces, one large shady one (with large fridge, sink and bbq, large table and chairs), one sunny terrace and one fabulous roof terrace with deck chairs), makes it an ideal holiday home for everybody. Also, the kitchen is very well equipped and includes (amongst other things) a dishwasher, washing machine and microwave as well as an oven/grill/hob. We especially liked the two bathrooms, when you are over 60 it is nice to have your own space! The three bedrooms are of a very good size and plenty of large (beach) and smaller towels were available as well as beach chairs/umbrella etc. There are plenty of trips one can make on the mainland (Faro, Tavira etc) and trips by boat, but I must confess that we were so pleased with the house and the location that we just chilled out! Thanks again to Lucie and Nicholas for providing such a lovely holiday home. We may well come back next year, watch this space! Nelx
what a great find
By V Hiorns on 08-Dec-2013
What a find! My husband, twin sons aged 11 and I had a superb holiday in Armona during the Autumn half term. The cottage is clearly a home, not just a holiday letting, and a very beautiful home at that. We all fell in love with the island, and felt that it was a very special place. The cottage was so well equipped, I've never before stayed at a place with such a good selection of kitchen equipment. We loved the terrace area, and the fact that we were so very close to the beach. Armona, certainly at that time of year, isn't for those who like a throbbing nightlife, but if you want a bit of daytime sun in the Autumn, and the thought of staying away from the madding crowds, apart from when you have to take the short ferry ride over to the mainland for a fun bit of market shopping (fresh fish, meat, fruit and veg) and very good cheap wine and port appeals, then you can't do better than Armona.
Great place to stay on Armona
By Ginny on 31-Oct-2013
My friends, husband & I have been visiting Armona for a number of years. We have stayed at various places on the island and have agreed that this is the best rented accommodation that we have used. It is extremely well appointed & maintained to a high standard. It was especially handy to have the 2 bathrooms for a girls' getaway for 4 of us. My husband followed afterwards & found it a tranquil, relaxing base to enjoy our long walks along the Atlantic beach every day. Lucie, the owner, was very involved in arranging our pick up at the airport, ensuring that we had a contact on the island to help us & on our return, checking that all had been to our satisfaction, which it had. I would certainly be very happy to hire the property again & to recommend it to others. We all felt happy that we had found this little gem.