Properties | Ria Formosa Villa

Exceptional villa in Algarve,with a pool on the roof

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Ria Formosa Villa

Algarve, Olhão V12

Ria Formosa Villa is an exceptional private home available to rent on an exclusive basis throughout the year for retreats, events, holidays and photo shoots. The Algarve is one of the few areas in Europe to enjoy 300 days of sunshine per year!

It is ideal for large families (with children aged 8 years or more because of the many terraces), friends and groups seeking a high-end, yet relaxed, private and intimate location for time together, special occasions and/or retreats. The house has capacity to sleep 24 in style and comfort, with no compromise on space or service. 

Ria Formosa Villa is a historic townhouse located in the heart of Olhao’s old town. Originally, a classical gentleman’s residence, it was lovingly restored over a three year period, between 2014 and 2016. The owners called upon the skills of the local craftsmen and artisans to create a property that balances the heritage of its architecture with contemporary design and comfort- including a spectacular rooftop pool!  Throughout, it was used a palette of natural colours and materials – white, stone, wood and linens, aiming to create a space in which everyone can feel at ease the moment they walk through the door…

Located in the heart of Olhao’s old town, the fabulous markets and a wide selection of family run restaurants are within easy walking distance of the house – as are the ferries and taxis to the outlying islands.

There is a local house manager who will be available to meet and greet the guests at the house on arrival. She will help navigate the various technical points of the house and will be available during your stay to help with questions, recommendations and emergencies should the need arise.

  • Each bedroom has a large ensuite bathroom (with walk-in shower, and in one, with an additional free-standing bath). None is smaller than 13sqm, with the largest being 32sqm (excluding in each case bathroom and outside spaces) Most are in the region of 23sqm
  • rooftop pool (9mx3m – heated when needed) and pool bar
  • rooftop yoga decks (capacity for 16 + teacher)
  • meditation room (capacity for 16 + teacher)
  • two massage/treatment rooms
  • multiple terraces and outdoor sitting areas for communal entertaining or sneaking away to read a book!
  • games room with pool table
  • large winter living room with open fireplace
  • library opening onto a central courtyard
  • large contemporary domestic kitchen, opening onto a large terrace with tables and seating for 24 in comfort [the terrace also has a charcoal BBQ and separate open fireplace to extend the dining out season]
  • industrial prep kitchen on the ground floor - for larger events and/or winter dining downstairs
  • large entrance hall – for flexible use (including potential winter dining room)
  • laundry


Property Details
Essential information
  • Check in: 15h
  • Check out: 10h
  • Floors: 3
  • Sleeps: 24
Amenities included
  • Air Conditioning
  • Bed Linen
  • Board and Iron
  • Cable/ satellite TV & wireless internet
  • Central heating
  • Hair dryer
  • Sound System
  • Towels
  • Dishwasher
  • Espresso Machine
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Plates and Cutlery
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Washing Machine
  • Balcony
  • BBQ Area
  • Games Room
  • Heated Swimming Pool
  • Outdoor dining
  • Swimming Pool
  • Terrace
Services included
  • 2hr cleaning service 5 x week
  • Check in with welcome tour of the property
  • Concierge services
  • Daily cleaning
  • PDF suggestions guide
  • Welcome hamper gift

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