Snapshot – Three bedroom villa, with tropical garden, perched on a cliff top with sea views, shared infinity pool and lovely beaches. Comfortable, spacious, secluded, tranquil and unspoilt….
Inside the property. The property sleeps a maximum of six people and comprises three double bedrooms, one bathroom, a kitchen dining area, a large open plan living room and two outside terraces (One for sun and one for shade). The bedrooms comprise one double with sea views (as seen in photo), one with two single beds plus a mezzanine with two single beds ideal for kids (Total 6 beds + 1 double sofa bed). The kitchen is fully equipped with everything needed for self-catering. For outside dining on the terrace there is an additional table with four chairs.
In the large open plan living room there is a double sofa bed, two sofas, a Samsung smart TV with 26 channels, Internet, Skype, Facebook (+ other apps). It also plays photos, videos and music files. We also have a collection of 100 movies on HDD. There is a stereo with CD and mp3 that takes USB & SD cards with a music collection on a USB dongle. We also have totally unlimited WIFI (optional). The property has fan cooling in all rooms and a ‘green roof’ system that helps prevent the building overheating during the hot summer months.
Outside the property. There is a large covered terrace for shade, a separate sun terrace with two soft loungers and private garden that has a mix of tropical plants and a large hammock. Due to its location and aspect it is sheltered from the prevailing trade winds so it is warm, even in the winter months. It is also exceptionally quiet as no traffic is allowed in the development. There is an environmentally friendly salt water infinity pool just 20M away that looks out to sea facing west. There is private access to a small-secluded sandy * beach accessible by villa owners down steps built into the cliff about fifty meters from the villa.
* Please note: At certain times of the year the waves in Cape Verde can be quite large and this can make bathing in the sea challenging. However this doesn’t normally last more than a day or two. Sometimes under these conditions the sand can shift quite dramatically. The small beach close to the villa usually has less sand June to November and much more sand December to May. Vila Do Maio Bitxe Rotxa main beach (8 min) and Ponta Preta beach (12 min) always have lots of sand.
The pool is shared with the other owners and is next to the villa about 20m away. It is an infinity pool and looks out over the ocean facing west so it is a lovely place to relax and watch the sun set, as the views are lovely. To the right of the pool is the little beach and just below the pool is a rocky ledge where you can go fishing or snorkeling depending on the sea conditions. If you are a strong swimmer and have fins it is possible to swim right round to the main beach to the right, or even up to another tiny beach to the left that can only be accessed from the sea. We suggest you only do this if the sea is calm though.
Amenities. Everything you need is within walking distance. The local supermarket is less than 5 min walk. The closest restaurant (Sebastian’s) is only 300m. The bakery is about 400m. The market with all the fresh fruit and veg is about 500m. The fish market is about 7 min walk on the main beach. All the other little shops and bars are within about 8 min walk. Transfer from the airport is about 15 min. You don’t need a car to get around however you may choose to rent one and explore the island. Better still we would recommend taking an island tour with our guides as they know the island well.
Cost of living. You can live inexpensively on Maio. Fresh fish can be bought daily from the beach for 300cve that is €2.20 a kilo. This includes tuna and sera steaks. Fresh fruit and veg can be bought at the market. Some things are less expensive than others. Locally grown things (Potatoes, tomatoes, bananas, papayas, onions etc) are 200cve a kilo but imported things like apples can be 400cve. Eating out ranges from 600cve for a main meal to just 200cve. A nice bottle of wine from the local shop is about 400cve
What’s included. The price of your stay includes everything on the inventory (available on request). We put out 2 shower towels and 1 beach towel per person but if you need more please ask. Also included is electricity, gas and water plus the essentials such as, water, soap, shower gel, washing up liquid, toilet paper.
Extra charges. If your stay is more than one week additional weekly cleaning and laundry can be arranged at an additional cost of €30, but must be requested with the house manager on arrival. Laundry for personal items is €8.5 for one wash (5kg). You may also add a number of different activities (diving, fishing, island tours, massage etc) and unlimited super-fast WIFI Internet as optional extras
Tax. Cape Verde Tourist Tax is payable by all adults over the age of 16. The cost is €2 per person per night to a maximum of 10 nights. This will be collected by the House Manager on arrival.
What to expect. It is important to note that most of CV is poor and Maio is one of the poorest islands. With this in mind it is wise not to expect too much luxury. The villa is nice and we have tried to supply everything you need but outside life is simple. The locals live in stone houses often without glass windows or even a roof! The restaurants are basic and there aren’t many to choose from. Also you won’t find masses of attractions like you would in a big tourist destination. However, what Maio lacks in ‘tourist’ things it certainly makes up for in its simple charms.
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