Villa Mouco

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Sleeps: 2 - 6 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 4


Pool Quirky Modern Beach Nearby Ideal for Kids Walk to Village


Book a 2023 villa holiday by 31st January and receive:

  • A welcome hamper on arrival
  • Up to £100 private chef voucher
  • Trees planted to offset 110% of your villa stay

Ts&Cs apply.

Villa Mouco sits perched high on the hillside overlooking Arco da Calheta enjoying breathtaking views over the rooftops and to the ocean beyond. This modern villa in a quiet residential area has three large balconies furnished with beautiful plants and palms from which to enjoy this incredible vista and make the most of the amazing skies particularly at sunrise and sunset.  Villa Mouco offers spectacular accommodation for up to six guests for that very special holiday.

The dramatic entrance to Villa Mouco with its black and while chevron tiled terracing, jade green steps and flamboyant front door suggests that you have arrived somewhere special, and when you open that front door, you won’t be disappointed! 

This flamboyant door opens directly into the large open plan lounge, dining area and kitchen where you are met with the quirky eclectic mix of the spectacular furnishings in the bright colours of the orient, a large turquoise sofa, a couple of golden chairs with matching footstools and a centrepiece bright red ancient Chinese style sofa, the wall furniture and lacquered chests in jade and red, the icing on this cake being the large Buddha figurines and pieces of Chinese art. 

All of this almost takes away from the large glass doors opening onto the terrace which runs the full length of the property where you can enjoy the sights of the city of Calheta below or watch the paragliders from Madeira Paragliding nearby competing with soaring birds. The minimalist design of wonderful kitchen with its huge peninsula working area fails to give the true impression of its fabulousness, you really do have everything you could wish at your fingertips, whether to enjoy a feast at the enormous table or to enjoy a snack at the partially covered table on the terrace. One of the many fabulous features of the villa is its secrets, one of which is the snug hidden away behind the dining area, here you can chill out on the humongous soft sofa to watch tv or just take some time out, I’ll leave you to find the others.

The three bedrooms are on the level below here, all opening on to the terrace and the steps down to the pool.  Each one is furnished to the most amazing standard and the décor is mind blowing, again with a strong Asian influence.  Two of the rooms have kingsize 4 poster style beds, whilst the other has two single beds, all have black out blinds and fabulous en suite bathrooms with rain showers.

The large 10.m x 3.5mpool on the lower level is a fantastic minimalist space with only a few sun loungers and a swing bed and 3 bean bags around it, relax in this special place with a cool drink or enjoy your swim under the watchful eye of a large Buddha. Whilst you have showering facilities in your room there is the quirkiest of showers on poolside, children will absolutely love it.

Oliver Approved

What you should know…

  • You can arrange prior to arrival for the pool to be heated
  • Due to the terraced design of the property, there are many steps to negotiate
  • The return from the village is challenging for the first few days until you get used to the hillsides

Property Features

Private Pool Wi-Fi/Internet Air-Con BBQ Hairdryer Ground Floor Bed & Bath Satellite TV DVD

The Villa

Villa Mouco is our Asian-Portuguese inspired getaway in Arco da Calheta. Enjoy unobstructed views from the picturesque Madeiran villages and the Atlantic Ocean. Our three-story property will provide you with the perfect envirionment to reconnect with nature and refocus on what really matters.

Lower Ground Floor
- Master bedroom with double bed, access to a terrace and en-suite shower room
- Bedroom with two single beds and access to a terrace
- Bedroom with double bed and access to a terrace
- Shower room
- Shower room

Ground Floor
- Large living room with comfortable sofas and access to a terrace with sea views
- Open plan dining area for 8 people
- Media room with comortable sofa, satellite TV and access to a terrace
- Fully equipped kitchen wuth central island, access to a terrace, refrigerator, microwave, oven, dishwasher, dishes/cutlery, kitchen utensils, coffee machine, toaster and kettle
- Shower room

Top Floor
- Roof terrace
- Outdoor dining
- Garden furniture

Exterior Grounds
- Private heated swimming pool (extra cost, see T&Cs) (10m x 3.5, max depth 1.9 m, min depth 1.2 m)
- Large terraced area
- Covered terrace
- Outdoor dining
- Various sun loungers
- Garden furniture
- Various parasols
- Private parking
- Barbecue

Additional Facilities
- Wi-Fi connection
- Air conditioning
- Bosé speaker system
- DVD player
- JBL portable speaker
- Flat Screen TV
- Cot Available
- High chair available
- Washing machine
- Tumble dryer
- Hair dryer
- Iron

Touristic Registration Number: 96002/AL


About the surrounding area of Villa Mouco
Beach Nearby Walk to Village Walk to Restaurant <1hr to Airport Golf Nearby Tennis Nearby Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites
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The small town of Arco de Calheta is one of several small villages spreading out from the coast up into hillside surrounded by the sugar cane plantations which gave this area its main source of employment and income. It is well worth visiting Engenho da Calheta, a working sugar cane factory where you can see how Madeira rum is made and even try a sample if you aren’t the driver. There are several small shops and cafés locally, as you head towards Calheta itself the choice and size become more varied. 

If you are interested in some walking while you are on holiday, nearby you have access to one of the most beautiful stretches of the Levada’s, a man made irrigation system built hundreds of years ago, these weave their way across the hillside for some 800 miles, how is this possible on such a small island. The 25 Fontes Levada is one of the most beautiful, to be sure it lives up to its name just count the number of fountains or little waterfalls that you pass as you go. 

If you are looking for a little more action you could check out the Paragliding Centre, they offer tandem flights for the novice. Perfectly situated here on the east coast you catch the breeze whatever the wind direction, landing gently back on Calheta beach at the end of your unforgettable trip.

Calheta itself is a very friendly lively place, once reliant on fishing but perhaps today tourism is more profitable. Water sports are one of the main attractions here, you could sign up for an excursion with the diving school, the most popular trip explores the wreck of the Bowbelle, which ship sank off the coast of Ponta do Sol. If you would rather be on the water rather than in it there are a few options for wildlife cruises to see the dolphins and whales or even big game fishing if it’s the right season for it.  

There are many restaurants and cafés to choose from, the local specialties are based around the islands own produce, several excellent sea food restaurants can be found around the harbour area. You should also try what has become the national drink, Poncha, created by fishermen to warm themselves after a night at sea, a too easy to drink cocktail of fermented sugar cane syrup, lemon and honey.

There are some beautiful small villages on the coast around here, Ponto do Sol, point of the sun, supposedly the sunniest place on the island has a picture postcard promenade lined by palm trees which runs the length of the village.  Strangely they have a beach volleyball court on the beach here. Madalena do Mar offers excellent spots for swimming while Lugar de Biaxo’s waves make it a popular destination for surfers.  

As you can see you could spend your whole holiday without moving from Calheta, however a trip to Funchal, the capitol of the island is a must. There is so much to see and do, the town square with its unique black and white chequered cobblestones made from lava rock, grand whitewashed buildings and beautiful parks and gardens is an ideal place to start your visit to this beautiful small city. Many of the grandiose buildings dating back to the island origins now house museums, art galleries and exhibitions. Don’t miss the Sacred Art Museum and its impressive collection of sculptures, paintings and gold items some dating from the 15th century. The museum is noted for its remarkable paintings by Flemish masters, which were commissioned by affluent merchants during the height of the sugar trade between Madeira and Antwerp.

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Madeira Airport

(50 km)

Nearest Ferry Port Porto Santo Ferry Port

(33 km)

Nearest Village Arco de Calheta

(3 km)

Nearest Town/City Calheta

(8 km)

Nearest Restaurant Picadinho Restaurant

(250 m)

Nearest Bar/Pub Poncha do Emanuel

(250 m)

Nearest Supermarket Your Groceries

(750 m)

Nearest Beach Calheta Beach

(6 km)

Nearest Golf Palheiro Golf Course

(38 km)

Nearest Tennis Arco de Calheta Tennis Club

(2 km)


Please be aware that the location tab shown on the website is not based on the property's exact location; therefore, all location amenities are an approx of facilities, restaurants, and villages/towns you might find around the property. The property's exact location will be provided to you before arrival and might come along with some recommendations about the area and what to visit.


Calheta, meaning ‘Small Cove’, is where many tourists flock to in order to indulge in beautiful man-made beaches and striking scenery.

This part of Madeira is formed of several municipalities, each with something unique and special to offer. Calheta Village is an ideal place to start especially if you enjoy a stiff drink! An old sugar cane factory still produces one of the world’s most respected white rums – Aguardente…perhaps you want to leave this part of your holiday till late in the evening!

Jardim do Mar is where you will find many of the locals on dawn patrol, taking to the waves and surfing. The waters can both be heavy and flat, making them ideal for abilities of surfer. Akaw!
For lovers of seafood, you should look no further than Paul do Mar. This is a village where most of the fisherman work out of, so you know you’ll be able to find the catch of the day here.

For those who have travelled to Madeira for its inland beauty, then look no further than Arco da Calheta and Prazeres. Within these locations you won’t only be able find some stunning hiking trails, but you’re also likely to stumble across some traditionally styled Parishes and unforgettable views.


The island of Madeira can be found south west of mainland Portugal, in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Due to the island’s location, its is considered to have a Mediterranean climate that serves locals and visitors all year round – making it an ideal escape from reality at any point in the year.

What we love Madeira for is its seemingly ongoing festivals! Madeirans have found an excuse to celebrate most things; including film, their natural surroundings and key patron saints. This means that planning a visit during these days and even weeks of commemoration is well worth it (scroll down to see some key dates).

Madeira is divided into several municipals, each with a special offering to those who visit this island. Our favourite two communities are Funchal and Calheta and these are where you will find most of our beautiful villas.

Madeira’s landscape extends much more than a striking coastline. Make sure you pack some hiking boots and venture inland during your stay. With mountainous trails along Vereda do Arieiro, or more countryside appropriate paths like Levada do Risco and waterfall chasing treks like Levada do Caldeirao Verde – this archipelago has everything a keen outdoors person requires.

For those who enjoy either playing or watching sports, you’ll be happy to know Madeira offers so much selection. Madeira is also home to three notable football clubs, so if you’re visiting during the football season and want to see a good quality of football, you have every chance to. Porto Santo Golfe is the island’s renowned golf course. With an 18-hole course (Par 72) overlooking a Galapagos-like backdrop, golf enthusiasts will certainly want a ‘slice’ of the action! Surfers can access some great beaches like Jardim do Mar, Ponta Pequena, Paul do Mar, and Fajã da Ovelha in order to find some swell. Or, if you’re simply looking to recline on a sun lounger and soak up some rays, whilst listening to crystal clear waves break as they hit the shores, you will find plenty of man-made beaches & Lidos created for your leisure!

With a superb climate, close proximity to the coastline, wonderful cuisine, charming locals and astonishing scenery – this is a fabulous holiday choice for families & friends.

But while you're enjoying one of our fantastic villas in Madeira, you may well want to take some time out from all that sun worship to explore everything else the region has to offer – so we've put together this handy travel guide to give you a little help and inspiration!

Download our Madeira travel guide >>


Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens

Calheta Beach is man-made, the golden sand being imported from north Africa. Calheta is a great base for any water-based activities your family may want to try for the very first time, whether it be snorkelling in the crystal clear waters, kayaking on the sometimes choppy waves of the Atlantic, or taking a boat out on the water, you will find it all here right on your doorstep. Taking a whale and dolphin watching trip is a great family day out, you can do this from here with a crew who are very knowledgeable and create a fun and interesting trip, there is no guarantee that you will see these magnificent creatures but the crew will try their very best to let you do so.

If you were to take a trip across the island to the caves at São Vicente you would all have an awesome day out, the caves were formed when the lava from the volcanic eruptions thousands of years ago forced the hot liquid through the rock. Now it is possible to walk through some of these passageways which give a fascinating insight in to the geology of the area, a great museum and 3D cinema are part of the experience.

Not too far from here at Santana you can find the Madeira Theme Park this magnificent space is dedicated to the history, science and tradition of the Madeira Islands. A replica of the Monte train, traditional oxcarts and nets, a traditional Santana house, a windmill, a maze and even a lake are some of the Park’s fantastic attractions.

Children will love a trip to Funchal should you go, in particular the cable car ride up to the village Monte on the hillside. You will fly gently over tiny houses and cars, gardens, church spires, parks, ponds and lakes during the 20 minute ride.  There are two options for the trip back down. You can return by the gondola or take one of the wicker baskets driven at speed down the winding cobbled streets by two carreiros. 

There is a fabulous Lido swimming complex on the waterfront not far from the liner terminal and the new CR7 museum, dedicated to Madeira’s favourite son Cristiano Ronaldo. 

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Beach Nearby
  • Walk to Village
  • Walk to Restaurant
  • <1hr to Airport
  • Tennis Nearby
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages
  • Historical Sites

Onsite Facilities

  • DVD
  • Fenced Grounds


At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:

- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport transfers
- Babysitting/childcare services

Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team.

Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfil your requests!

Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit Credit card details might be ask as guarantee.
Arrival time Between 4 - 10 pm, late arrival between 22h - 00h will have a penatly charge of €20, after 00h there will be a penalty charge of €40, to be paid in cash on arrival.
Departure time 10 am
End of stay cleaning included? Not included in the rental price, extra €140 to be paid with the balance to OT. However, guests are required to leave the accommodation clean, tidy and in the same condition as on their arrival. Any extra cleaning, laundry, maintenance and/or garbage disposal required will be charged against the security deposit.
Linen & towels included? Bed linen, bath and pool towels are included in the rental price.
Energy costs included? Yes, included in the rental price.
Internet access? Wi-Fi internet access included in rental price.
Minimum stay 5 nights
Changeover day Flexible.
Pets welcome? Not allowed.
Smoking Allowed? Not permitted.
Pool heating charge? For those who require pool heating, there will be an additional charge of €45 per night; a minimum of 5 days is required (to be paid with the balance to OT). Please note that like all heated pools, pool heating and water temperature are reliant on weather and outside temperatures.
Tax Tourist Tax included in the rental price.
Insurance Guests are required to be in possession of a valid insurance policy, which covers them for cancellations, personal belongings, personal liability and any accidental damage caused during their stay.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 2 people: For every additional guest up to 6, it will cost an additional £39 per person per night.

Rental period 5 Nights Weekly
Jan 29th 2023 - Apr 1st 2023 £1,229 £1,721
Apr 1st 2023 - Jun 1st 2023 £1,285 £1,799
Jun 1st 2023 - Jul 1st 2023 £1,229 £1,721
Jul 1st 2023 - Oct 1st 2023 £1,369 £1,916
Oct 1st 2023 - Dec 19th 2023 £1,229 £1,721
Dec 19th 2023 - Mar 30th 2024 £1,369 £1,916
Mar 30th 2024 - May 30th 2024 £1,285 £1,799
May 30th 2024 - Jun 29th 2024 £1,229 £1,721
Jun 29th 2024 - Aug 1st 2024 £1,369 £1,916

Prices based on an occupancy of 2 people: For every additional guest up to 6, it will cost an additional €42 per person per night.

Rental period 5 Nights Weekly
Jan 29th 2023 - Apr 1st 2023 €1,314 €1,840
Apr 1st 2023 - Jun 1st 2023 €1,374 €1,924
Jun 1st 2023 - Jul 1st 2023 €1,314 €1,840
Jul 1st 2023 - Oct 1st 2023 €1,464 €2,049
Oct 1st 2023 - Dec 19th 2023 €1,314 €1,840
Dec 19th 2023 - Mar 30th 2024 €1,464 €2,049
Mar 30th 2024 - May 30th 2024 €1,374 €1,924
May 30th 2024 - Jun 29th 2024 €1,314 €1,840
Jun 29th 2024 - Aug 1st 2024 €1,464 €2,049

Prices based on an occupancy of 2 people: For every additional guest up to 6, it will cost an additional $45 per person per night.

Rental period 5 Nights Weekly
Jan 29th 2023 - Apr 1st 2023 $1,429 $2,000
Apr 1st 2023 - Jun 1st 2023 $1,494 $2,091
Jun 1st 2023 - Jul 1st 2023 $1,429 $2,000
Jul 1st 2023 - Oct 1st 2023 $1,591 $2,228
Oct 1st 2023 - Dec 19th 2023 $1,429 $2,000
Dec 19th 2023 - Mar 30th 2024 $1,591 $2,228
Mar 30th 2024 - May 30th 2024 $1,494 $2,091
May 30th 2024 - Jun 29th 2024 $1,429 $2,000
Jun 29th 2024 - Aug 1st 2024 $1,591 $2,228

Please note that these prices/rates are a guide only and may not be correct at the current date. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

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