Surrounded by fields and orange groves, a typical sight of the Algarve, Vilacampina is a stylish house that was built by the owner and which opened in 2005. One of the area's smart living accommodations, the house feels just like being in a friend's home. The comfortable surroundings teamed with Sofia, the owner's, warm welcome, is a welcome break from the large resort hotels the Algarve is known for.
At Vilacampina, the attention to detail is what makes this place special - oversized Moroccan lamps, tea lights hanging from the olive trees, rose-print cushions, white Ibiza-style seating - Sofia's flair for home decoration is evident in every corner.
There is a small car park out front for guests. A gravel yard planted with olive and lemon trees separate the pool area and the main house. The pool area is the highlight - a smart setting with a salt water rectangle of iridescent turquoise sits in the middle of the deck surrounded by voguish curtained cabanas floating in the breeze and large bean bags. The main entrance is next to the outdoor patio. A small reception area in the corridor with an array of pamphlets of things to see and do in the area is where check-ins and check-outs are done. To the right is the living room - a spacious cosy nook with sofas, a computer (with internet), a coffee bar and a television makes for a welcoming place to curl up with a good book in the evenings. Meals are served either at the living room dining table or outside on the patio. To the left of the reception are a few rooms, the rest of which are upstairs.
In terms of services, Vilacampina has room-service (at no extra cost), complimentary Wi-Fi access, an honesty bar (available 24 hours), bicycles, games and DVDs. There is no spa onsite, but a Swedish masseuse does treatments in guestrooms (except for room number seven, which is a tad too small to fit a massage bed). There is also a sunning terrace on the roof-top for working on that perfect tan!
A truly relaxing experience, waking up to bird song and the morning breeze through the lemon trees outside, indulging in good food and wine, Vilacampina is a high-end yet casual retreat for visitors in dire need to get away from it all.