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What Oliver loves…
- The ocean views from Villa Gaula were second-to-none and could be enjoyed whether we were indoors or out, thanks to the villa’s elevated position and huge windows
- Each bedroom has ensuite facilities, which was really convenient when we were all getting ready to go out for the day
- It was wonderful to have some beaches really nearby
- The separate barbecue house was a really cool addition that meant we could try out some authentic Portuguese recipes back at the villa
*EARLY BIRD 2023*
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
Set in a beautifully elevated position overlooking the shimmering blue of the Atlantic, Villa Gaula is a spacious and stylish four-bedroom villa accommodating up to eight guests. Promising a relaxing and memorable holiday, this modern property features a stunning open-plan interior with large glass doors to showcase those breathtaking ocean views and has a fresh white decor, beautifully-crafted furniture, and plenty of home-from-home comforts. The cosy lounge area is the perfect spot for chilling out after a busy day, with a large turquoise corner sofa and flatscreen Smart TV that comes complete with Netflix - ideal for enjoying a movie night or for entertaining the kids while you get ready for your day.
The good-sized dining space provides ample room for family meals, all prepared in the villa’s well-equipped kitchen, which features high-end amenities such as a fridge-freezer, oven, hob, microwave and kettle. There is plenty of food preparation space, as well as all of the cookware, crockery and utensils you’ll need during your stay.
Villa Gaula features five spacious and beautiful double bedrooms, all complete with stylish and modern ensuite facilities. Each room is decorated in the same fresh tones as the rest of the villa, with luxurious soft furnishings and artworks offering pops of colour. There is plenty of wardrobe space available for your convenience, and balcony access allows guests to greet the day in privacy - we recommend stepping out and taking in your surroundings while enjoying a morning cuppa before joining the rest of the group in the shared areas of the villa. It’s the perfect start to the day!
The villa is equally spacious outside, with a covered terrace for alfresco dining, as well as a cosy outdoor lounge area. Indoor to outdoor living is made easy, with these fully furnished spaces being easily accessible from the indoor living area. There’s a barbecue house on the grounds of the villa, fully stocked with logs for burning and with a built-in brick oven - ideal for roasting delicious local meats to serve to your guests with a drink or two, while looking out over the glittering ocean.
What you should know…
- Villa Gaula is located in a residential area with other properties nearby, so perhaps not an ideal location for those who are looking for more isolated or rural surroundings
- There is no pool at the villa
- The villa features a handy laundry room with a washing machine and dryer
- A highchair and cot are available on request
Villa Gaula is a truly spacious villa that will give you all the comfort you need. It has 4 bedrooms so you can enjoy a beautiful holiday with your family or friends.
- Ample living room with comfortable seating, satellite TV and access to the garden
- Open plan dining area for 8 people and access to the garden
- Well equipped kitchen with dining area and access to a terrace
- Laundry room with washing machine
- Shower room
- Bedroom with double bed and access to the garden
- Bedroom with double bed, access to a balcony and en-suite bathroom
- Bedroom with double bed and access to a balcony
- Bedroom with double bed and access to a balcony
- Shower room
- Shower room
- Ample terrace and garden area
- Outdoor dining
- Covered terrace
- Garden furniture
- Private parking
- Wi-Fi connection
- Washing machine
- Electric heating
- Cot and high chair
- Hair dryer
Registration Number: 124880/AL
Villa Gaula is situated in the historic village of Santa Cruz - one of the oldest on the island. It is home to some beautiful rocky and black sandy beaches, including the Praia das Palmeiras, which offers fantastic sunset views and is a great place to spend a relaxing day, with its seafront promenade lined with palm trees and restaurants.
Nearby Funchal is the island’s capital and is one of the most popular areas with visitors to Madeira, thanks to its mild year-round temperatures, stunning landscapes, and variety of things to see and do. Whatever outdoor pursuits you are into, you’re sure to find them here in Funchal, whether it’s hiking or cycling, swimming, scuba diving, snorkelling, paragliding, surfing or even golf. Boat trips are popular here, as are whale-watching tours - and you’ll find plenty of places in the region offering such excursions, so Oliver highly recommends booking up if you want the chance to do something really unique during your stay.
If it’s nightlife you’re after, you won’t be disappointed either, as Funchal comes alive after dark while still retaining the calm and laid-back atmosphere that tourists love. Guests who come here like to spend the evenings and earlier parts of the night dining in one of the many restaurants and bars - perhaps sampling some Poncha, a delicious local sugar cane rum! - and then heading home for a few hours before setting out again around midnight, with bars and clubs in the area offering good music and a friendly ambience right through until 7 am!
Funchal is a fantastic place to visit all year round, with lots of exciting attractions and festivals to experience. The city’s Carnival and Flower Festival is celebrated during the summer months, where you can enjoy samba beats and colourful costumed parades, as well as June’s Atlantic Festival’s International Fireworks Competition and the region’s famous wine festival. One of Funchal’s best-known celebrations is its New Year’s Eve firework display, which is one of the largest in the world, and if you happen to be visiting Funchal during the Christmas period, you’ll be treated to a twinkling wonderland as the whole city comes alive with lights.
|Nearest Ferry Port||
Funchal Ferry Port
Bar A Fonte
Reis Magos Beach
Palheiro Golf Course
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.
Funchal is the largest city on the island of Madeira and is encapsulated by Pico Ruivo and its neighbouring mountains, which look as if they have been seamlessly carved into the skyline by a Lusitanian God.
There is no better spot to start your holiday than in the Old Town, which illustrates its personality though street art, architecture and busy local businesses. There are many fine eateries, botanical gardens, a cathedral and impressive museums. Perhaps hop on the Madeira Cable Car as one of your first activities, as this will give you a great idea of the islands size.
Many flock Funchal in order to enjoy the Atlantic Coastline. This is home to its prominent harbour, where hundreds of boats and yachts, some of which enable visitors to embark on a magical sea voyage, can be found. Funchal really is a destination for lovers of the sea; as there are renowned surfing points, as well as being a great place to spot some whales.
Madeirans are also notorious for their elaborate festivals. If you’re travelling during the New Year, you will be treated to one of the world’s biggest Firework Festivals…a dazzling sight! During late February & early Mrach, you are able to witness Carnival and the streets of Funchal are lit with parades and festivities. If that’s not enough for you; the Atlantic Festival International Fireworks Competition, Wine Festival and Christmas are all noteworthy dates for anyone visiting Funchal.
There are some incredible villas on the island and we believe that we have done a great job finding them for you. Have a browse and let us know what you think.
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!
Villa Gaula’s spacious interior and grounds make it an ideal accommodation choice for larger groups - including those with children. There is plenty of space for outdoor play and a large TV with Netflix for keeping the kids entertained while you’re busy preparing meals or planning your day. We recommend keeping an eye on the littlest ones around the barbecue house, on balconies and around the stairs - but well-supervised children will enjoy a safe and comfortable stay here in this beautiful villa.
The surrounding area has plenty to offer families who don’t want to venture far from the villa, including some really nice beaches that have great amenities, as well as parks, restaurants and cafes. One of the biggest attractions here for kids is Aquaparque, a large water park that is incredibly popular as it is one of very few on the island. Here you’ll find saltwater pools for adults and kids, fast and slow rivers, and water slides - including the ominously named ‘black hole’.
If you’re coming to this area of Madeira with the kids, we recommend heading to the capital of Funchal, a popular destination for families thanks to its laid-back atmosphere and easy-to-navigate streets, and the birthplace of the island’s most famous export, footballing legend Cristiano Ronaldo. There is plenty to see and do in the city to amuse and delight visitors of all ages, including watching the giant cruise ships that dock at the port and marvelling at the vibrant street art that is all around in the form of painted doors along the streets. There are plenty of wide green open spaces in the city for playing, picnicking and burning off some energy, as well as some unique attractions like cable car rides that showcase some incredible views over the city.
The city is also home to the island’s famous toy museum that divides over 20,000 toys into seven thematic rooms, such as a room for trains and a room with toys from the USA. This unusual and interesting collection is a wonderful alternative to outdoor activities on a rare rainy day and is considered one of the best attractions for young children visiting the area.
Baby and Toddler Equipment
- High Chair(s)
Kids Activities Close-by
- <1hr to Airport
- Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
- Tourist Towns & Villages
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 pick-up/drop-off
- Babysitting/childcare services
Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team.
Please note that all services are subject to availability and must be requested in advance and that due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. Prices are on request. We will always do our best to fulfil your requests!
These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.
|Security deposit||Credit card details are required 2 weeks prior to departure for pre-authorisation.|
|Arrival time||4 pm|
|Departure time||10 am|
|Energy costs included?||Yes, included in the rental price.|
|Heating costs included?||Yes, included in the rental price.|
|Linen & towels included?||Yes, included in the rental price.|
|Pool towels included?||No.|
|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.|
|Internet access?||Wi-Fi internet access included.|
|Minimum stay||5 nights.|
|Pets welcome?||Not allowed.|
|Smoking Allowed?||Smoking & Vaping are not permitted.|
|Pool heating charge?||Not available in this property.|
|Tax||Tourist Tax up to €5 per pax is not included in the rental price and will need to be paid prior arrival via a link or cash on arrival direct to the supplier.|
|Insurance||Guests are required to be in possession of a valid insurance policy, which covers them for cancellations, loss of personal belongings, personal liability and any accidental damage caused during their stay.|
Prices based on an occupancy of 2 people: For every additional guest up to 8, it will cost an additional £20 per person per night.
|Rental period||5 Nights||Weekly|
|Jan 29th 2023 - Apr 1st 2023||£805||£1,127|
|Apr 1st 2023 - Jul 1st 2023||£1,106||£1,549|
|Jul 1st 2023 - Oct 1st 2023||£1,257||£1,760|
|Oct 1st 2023 - Dec 23rd 2023||£905||£1,267|
|Dec 23rd 2023 - Jan 3rd 2024||£1,106||£1,549|
|Jan 3rd 2024 - Mar 30th 2024||£905||£1,267|
|Mar 30th 2024 - Jun 29th 2024||£1,106||£1,549|
|Jun 29th 2024 - Aug 1st 2024||£1,257||£1,760|
Prices based on an occupancy of 2 people: For every additional guest up to 8, it will cost an additional €22 per person per night.
|Rental period||5 Nights||Weekly|
|Jan 29th 2023 - Apr 1st 2023||€861||€1,204|
|Apr 1st 2023 - Jul 1st 2023||€1,183||€1,656|
|Jul 1st 2023 - Oct 1st 2023||€1,344||€1,882|
|Oct 1st 2023 - Dec 23rd 2023||€968||€1,355|
|Dec 23rd 2023 - Jan 3rd 2024||€1,183||€1,656|
|Jan 3rd 2024 - Mar 30th 2024||€968||€1,355|
|Mar 30th 2024 - Jun 29th 2024||€1,183||€1,656|
|Jun 29th 2024 - Aug 1st 2024||€1,344||€1,882|
Prices based on an occupancy of 2 people: For every additional guest up to 8, it will cost an additional $23 per person per night.
|Rental period||5 Nights||Weekly|
|Jan 29th 2023 - Apr 1st 2023||$936||$1,310|
|Apr 1st 2023 - Jul 1st 2023||$1,286||$1,800|
|Jul 1st 2023 - Oct 1st 2023||$1,462||$2,046|
|Oct 1st 2023 - Dec 23rd 2023||$1,052||$1,473|
|Dec 23rd 2023 - Jan 3rd 2024||$1,286||$1,800|
|Jan 3rd 2024 - Mar 30th 2024||$1,052||$1,473|
|Mar 30th 2024 - Jun 29th 2024||$1,286||$1,800|
|Jun 29th 2024 - Aug 1st 2024||$1,462||$2,046|
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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