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Delightful villa with infinity pool and outstanding views | Villa Do Mar III

Arco da Calheta, Portugal




Located on a fajã (a piece of land at the foot of a cliff) in the sunny Calheta area, close to its sister villas (Villa do Mar I and Villa do Mar II) and slightly elevated, Vila do Mar III has been beautifully converted from a farmers barn into a delightful villa with outstanding views and a heated pool that reaches into the living area.

The living area is full of light and has full length sliding windowpanes that provide direct access to the pool and those gorgeous sea-views. It leads to the large fully equipped kitchen with a built-in open barbecue. All bedrooms are on the first floor and have en-suite shower rooms.

The large swimming pool occupies the front of the villa and is surrounded by garden and some banana trees. A traditional lookout point at the edge of the pool terrace is perfect to appreciate those views during afternoon cocktail hour!

The Villa is secluded and very private and off the beaten track and accessed via a narrow steep driveway. The whole house and grounds is perched overlooking the banana tree plantations that suround it, and affords astounding views - you feel as one with the ocean.

A lovely little beach hut is located right on the rocky beach 30 metres below, and shared by, the three Villas do Mar. A front terrace with sunbeds, outdoor shower and built-in barbecue and large table (seating for 16), is complemented with a kitchen (fridge, 4-ring hob) and toilet. Access is via a pathway with steps that leads from the level of the Villas do Mar down to the beach.

There are many walks around Calheta and easy access to the plateau of Paul da Serra, with its many levada walks, makes this villa perfectly located for walking in Madeira and for enjoying a lovely holiday surrounded by the beautiful Madeira countryside.


Bedrooms and bathrooms
Bedroom 1 - First floor, Double bed, French doors to the balcony and air conditioning.
Bedroom 2 - First floor, Beds can be made up as one double bed or two singles beds, French doors to the balcony and air conditioning.
Bedroom 3 - First floor, Beds can be made up as one double bed or two singles beds, French doors to the balcony and air conditioning.
Bathroom 1 - En-suite to bedroom 1, single washbasin, shower, toilet
Bathroom 2 - En-suite to bedroom 2, single washbasin, shower, toilet
Bathroom 3 - En-suite to bedroom 3, single washbasin, shower, toilet
Bathroom 4 - Ground floor, single washbasin, toilet

Living area
Open-plan sitting and dining area with sea-view and air-conditioning. Glass doors open into the swimming pool.
Flat-screen cable TV, free Wi-Fi, telephone.

Large fully equipped kitchen, 4-ring electric hob, built-in oven and microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, toaster, coffee machine. Large built-in traditional Madeira barbecue. Opens to garden.

Swimming pool and surrounding deck with flowering borders and panoramic sea-view.
Sun-beds, dining table and chairs, sun umbrella.
Banana tree plantation in grounds.
Swimming Pool Dimensions and heating
Type: Rectangular
Length: 8,40 metres
Width: 5,40 metres
Depth: from 0,70m to 1,60m
Pool heating is optional and costs 140,00€ per week for a setting of 24ºC, payable on arrival in cash. For each additional degree setting a supplement of €20 per week applies, up to a maximum of 26ºC.
Pool heating can be provided and should be requested at least one week in advance. Should it be requested after arrival at the villa, the minimum charge applicable is one week, which is payable from the time the heating is turned on. 

There is a free Wi-Fi connection in the Villa and a telephone that may be used free for local calls to landlines.
Cleaning and linen change is provided every 7 days.
All linen and towels are provided, including towels for the swimming pool.
Garage for 1 car and parking for up to 3 cars.
Car hire is essential as the villa is located just above sea-level at the bottom of the cliff. As the access is narrow and steep, for your comfort you should hire a smaller size car.

Booking Notes
The rental value varies with the number of people occupying the property, so please ensure you enter the correct dates, number of adults, children and infants. Please note that supplements apply should additional people join you for any length of time.
A security deposit of 200€ or £200 is payable on arrival in cash. This is returned should there be no breakages or damage to the property.
To secure your reservation, a deposit of 30% is required, or the full amount if within 8 weeks or arrival, and the balance is due 8 weeks prior to arrival. Should you cancel up to 8 weeks prior to arrival only the deposit is non-refundable, and within this period the full amount. 

For check-ins after 23h, a late check-in fee is charged of 30 euros, that needs to be paid in cash on arrival. 

This property is registered and has an Alojamento Local lodging license nº20871/AL


Property Type








Lounge Seating


Dining Seating


Floor level


1st floor

Holiday Type

Long-term stays (Over 1 month)


Mountain views



Swimming Pool




Kitchen Facilities



Cooking Utensils & Cutlery




Fridge / Freezer

Coffee Machine



Washing Machine


Hair dryer

Towels provided


Linen provided





Beach Towels




Separate Kitchen


Cable/satellite TV

Free Wi-Fi


XBox Console

DVD Player

Internet access

Wireless Internet

Children Television Networks

Air Conditioning/Heating

Free standing fans


Smoke Detectores

First Aid Kit

Fire Extinguisher

Additional Covid-19 related documentaion required

Outdoor Features

Sun beds

Outdoor furniture



Walking Distance to Beach








Suitable for children of all ages

Please contact the owner/manager

No smoking

Not suitable

No wheelchair access

Parties Not Allowed



Places of Interest



Diving Snorkelling

Car Requirements

Car Necessary

Secure parking

Private Entrance

Parking space



Express Check-in

Contactless Check-in

Guest Identification Required

Social Distancinging following guidelines from local authorities

Staff wear personal protective equipment

Express Check-out

Contactless Check-out

Private Check-in and Check-out

Staff Follow all safety protocols from local authorities

Temperature Checks on staff

Cleaning and Sanitization

Cleaning produtcs against covid-19

Enhanced Cleaning Practices

Guest Accommodation cleaning can be avoided on request

High Touch Surfaces Desinfected

Linen and Towels washed in at least 60ºC/140ºF

Plates, Cutlery, Glasses and other tableware sanitised

Desinfectants used for cleaning

Guest Accommodation sealed after cleaning

Hand Sanitizer Available

Housekeeping Weekly

Linens,towels and laundry washed in accordance with local authorities guidelines

Portugal clean and safe sanitization protocol followed

Nearest Airport

Funchal Airport

House Size:

  • 165
  • Ground Size:

  • 518
  • touristicLicenceLabel

  • 20871/AL
  • Availability

    Booked Provisional Available


    Funchal Airport : 47 kilometres AIRPORT
    Beach below villa : 50 metres BEACH
    Bar : 2 kilometres BAR
    Palheiro Golf : 30 kilometres GOLF
    Restaurant : 2 kilometres RESTAURANT


    Better than the pictures!

    We hoped that the villa would be as beautiful as the pictures show, but is was better! Although the access road is really special - we loved our stay in this villa (especially the pool which we used every day). We made every day trips around the isle and were altough impressed by the friendly people. Our plan is to come back one day!

    Christine Vonschall   Dec 2015
    Management comment
    Look forward to welcoming you back. Many thanks for your review.
    Wow, wonderful!

    Wow, perfect place to be! Better than the pics on internet tell! The property was cleaned very well. Hightly recommended location!

    Gerhard Klein   Mar 2016
    Management comment
    Well we can't ask for a better review! Thank you very much for staying at Villa Do Mar III.
    Traumurlaub in schönem Haus an herrlicher Lage

    Sehr freundlicher Empfang - Gepflegtes, schönes Haus - Herrliche, ruhige Lage inmitten von Bananenbäumen - Einzig die steile und schmale Zufahrt ohne Ausweichstellen war gewöhnungsbedürftig - Wir würden jederzeit wieder kommen

    Patrick Frick   Jun 2016
    Management comment
    Thank you for your super review. We are glad you enjoyed Villa Do Mar III.
    Superb Villa

    We have just returned from a 2 week stay in this beautiful villa. The pictures do not lie it is absolutely stunning, very clean with excellent amenities, the pool was amazing as were the surroundings. I would like to thank Sr Acacio for making our stay so special and for all the help he gave us enabling us to really enjoy our stay, also for the lovely night in Vila da Carne. Big Thank you also to Morrissio our taxi driver/ tour guide. Although the access road is pretty scary work is due to start very soon on amending this problem. I would recommend this Villa and would love to return to it. Madeira and its people are very special.

    Karen Reed   Jul 2016
    Management comment
    Thank you very much for your lovely review.
    A taste of paradise

    We stayed at this villa June/July for two weeks, the villa exceeded our expectations. It was a little taste of paradise, the pool was amazing and the view breathtaking. Any little hitches or teething problems were quickly dealt with in such a professional and friendly manner. I cannot recommend this villa enough and in fact the whole Island of Madeira is a must for all travellers. I would just also like to say a huge thank you for making my birthday so memorable with a beautiful meal at the villa do carne, thanks to everyone involved. I would certainly like to return to this villa in the future and will also encourage all my friends and family to book also. First class!!!

    Kerry-Anne Harrigton   Aug 2016
    Management comment
    Well thank you very much, and we are delighted that you enjoyed all aspects of your holiday. See you again soon we hope.
    Excellent villa with stunning pool and views

    The villa was really gorgeous. The only thing that marred our stay was the weather - it rained every day but one! However, we still managed to make good use of the pool and enjoyed exploring western Madeira. The complimentary fish supper at the owner's restaurant was also a lovely and unexpected surprise, as were the fresh mangoes and other fruit left for us!

    Lucy Bailey   Nov 2016
    Management comment
    We are sorry abut the weather. The one thing we cannot guarantee. October can be a month of sun or rain and you were very unlucky. Delighted that everything else was to your liking and hope you will return one day.
    beautiful farniente
    Rien à faire rien à visiter aux alentours; Juste se reposer dans un cadre magnifique cette villa est parfaite
    Jean Jacques Dournon   Apr 2017
    Management comment
    Merci Beaucoup!
    Wunderschönes Haus mit traumhaftem Meeresblick
    Das Haus ist sehr modern mit einer pool-begehbaren Fensterfront . Der Pool wurde gegen Aufpreis für uns geheizt, so dass wir auch im Februar jeden Tag im Pool waren. Die gesamte Ausstattung ist super, wir haben jeden Tag in dem herrlichen Ambiente genossen, auf der Terrasse gelegen und frischen Fisch in der schönen Küche zubereitet. Es blühte alles, auch um das Haus herum; alles umgeben von Bananenplantagen. Es gibt sogar ein Strandhaus, das haben wir in der Jahreszeit aber nicht genutzt. Einzig die Zufahrt zu den Häusern ist steil und eng; wenn sich 2 Autos begegnen muss man sehr vorsichtig sein.
    Christa Behrend   Feb 2018
    Management comment
    Vielen Dank. Wir freuen uns sehr, dass Sie Ihren Aufenthalt genossen haben.
    Very nice accommodation with great pool and view
    This house/accommodation is very very nice and extremely well suited for a family with kids enjoying a great swimming pool that can be heated up to 28 degrees. The only thing that was a bit too entertaining was the very steep and narrow road down to the house ;-)
    Thomas Skov   Jun 2018
    Management comment
    Glad to hear that you enjoyed the villa. The access is a little challenging but worth it to stay in such a secluded spot with those amazing sea views.
    Wonderful stay
    Beautiful place to stay with very nice pool with view on the ocean! Very quite with bananas and mangos in the garden. One small remark , bed in one room is not good. The road to the house is very steep and you need to be an experienced driver but it is worth doing it !
    Johan Osce   Aug 2018
    Management comment
    Thank you very much for your review.
    Amazing place stunning
    What an amazing place for a holiday, absolutely stunning - so beautiful surroundings and decor. The only down side was the very steep and scary access road.
    Paula Ritschel   Sep 2018
    Management comment
    Thank you very much. The road down is challenging for some - but it is so worth it!

    We have just returned from an amazing holiday at Villa Do Mar III. The pictures of the villa found on the website do not do it justice…it is even better than it looks. People go on about the road down, yes it's daunting at first, but you soon get used to it, and what's waiting for you at the bottom is well worth the ride down. The villa is superb, the pool amazing and the views spectacular. The kitchen is well stocked with equipment and on arrival the owner supplies some basic rations and a bottle of wine…..much appreciated. Also offered is a complimentary meal at the owners seafood restaurant in Camara de Lobos, which is fabulous. At night, sitting out at the "Lookout" with a bottle of wine watching the sunset is surreal….and actually where I proposed to my girlfriend (she said yes). All in all, a fantastic place that we will definitely return to! Top-Tip: Get a hire car!!!!

    Mac & Jules   Oct 2018
    Management comment
    Congratulations to you both! Thank you so much for your lovely comments. We are in full agreement with you. The drive down is so worth it. Will you be returning for your honeymoon?
    Traumvilla am Meer

    Wunderschöne, geschmackvolle, großzügige Ferienvilla in Traumlage. Ein toller Platz, um die Seele baumeln zu lassen. Hervorragende Betreuung, sehr netter Vermieter und Hausverwalter, der sich um alles kümmert. Einziges Manko: Enge, steile Anfahrt von der Küstenstraße zum Haus, nur für geübte Fahrer.

    Andreas Bluehagen   Apr 2019
    Our stay at Villa do mar III was as excellent as could be - in all respects!

    We arrived with a 10 hours delay at midnight - but the welcome was fantastic! Mr. Bruno was very kind - a cool sparkling wine was waiting for us in the fridge (and some toast, marmelade and coffee for a first breakfast - so we needn't leave the house very early the next morning). The pool was pre-heated so we could take a first dive before breakfast. The views from the terrace and the bedrooms are fantastic - we had a few wonderful sunfalls. We used the indoor-barbecue regularly for fish and other seafood bought in the local (and very well assorted) supermarket in Caleta. The whole area is very calm and quiet. As we had to change our rent-a-car the guy in charge asked why we needed a car - since we were residing in paradise. He was perfectly right!! If you want to spend unforgettable holidays on this beautiful island (with or without children), this is the place to be!

    Frank S   Apr 2019
    Management comment
    Super comments. Thank you very much indeed
    Beautiful house in peaceful location

    The house is fairly new, and well fitted out. It's spacious, and has a nice contemporary feel without being clinical. A great feature is being able to step straight into the pool from the living room! There's a garden at the front with uninterrupted views of the sea (great sunsets), and it feels really secluded, although there are a few neighbouring properties. It's located near the bottom of cliffs, though still about 30 metres above the stony beach, but it's a dead end, so there's no passing traffic near the house, and the road higher up the cliff is hardly used (like a lot of Madeiran coastal roads it's become largely redundant since the motorways were built inland). There are supermarkets and restaurants in easy driving distance in Calheta and Ribeira Brava, and Funchal's only 49 minutes drive away. Plenty of places to visit nearby as well - we'd highly recommend the modern art gallery in Calheta (Casa das Mudas), for the building and location alone, and the town of Ponta Do Sol just down the coast with it's lovely miniature seafront. We really loved this house, and would wholeheartedly recommend it. There were 2 things which we thought it's worth being aware of: the house is only reachable by a very steep and narrow concrete road, which even the more experienced drivers amongst us found daunting the first time! It helped that the owners sent someone to meet us nearby and lead the way on our first descent, but we soon got used to it. The other is that the owner is building a new property nearby and we could hear the noise of construction during the daytime. I didn't find it too obtrusive, but my wife's a bit more sensitive to noise than me and found it distracting. It may well be finished by now, but perhaps enquire before booking. The owner did compensate us with a complementary meal in his extremely good restaurant in Camara do Lobos though!

    Chris P   Jun 2019
    All are the best.

    All are the best.

    Management comment

    We enjoyed our time at this villa. It is a beautifully laid out villa. Lots of space and the pool that leads directly from the living area is lovely. We paid extra to have the pool heated to the maximum temperature. It was still fairly cold but better than it would have been. It was a beautiful view of the sea from the villa. Very peaceful. We stayed at the end of September and although the sun rose at around 8am, the sun didn't make it's way round to our side of the cliff face until around 10am. This wasn't a problem for us though as it was still warm. 1 beach towel each is provided. There is also air con in the main living area and also the bedrooms. There are 4 sunbeds. Although we very much enjoyed our stay we probably would not return to the villa due to the road you need to drive to get to it. The listing does mention a narrow steep 'driveway' to reach the villa. But it's more than a driveway. Its a fairly long and treacherous road to get to the villa. 3 out of 4 of us are experienced and confident drivers and this road was very worrying for us to drive. It is extremely steep and you have a sheer drop into the water on one side of you for at least 70-80% of the time. The road is very narrow and I damaged my car as at times there is barely room on the road for one car. We came across a car once whilst we were driving back to the villa but luckily he reversed into one of the passing areas for us (there are not many of these. Only 2 or 3). Bruno, who met us to direct us to the villa did not seem bothered by this road and said that we would get used to it but then again he drives it all the time and is used to roads like that. We do not have road like that in England. It did prevent us from venturing out as much as we would have as we did not like using the road and we never went out for dinner in the evening as it was bad enough driving that road in the daytime, let alone once it got dark. I am not sure if a taxi would come down there, we never enquired. The nearest supermarket was in Calheta which was a short 5 minute drive away. Also a few restaurants along the marina. Just for reference, if you wanted to get a taxi from the villa to Funchal, Bruno said it would cost around 70euros each way. When we arrived, they had left us some bread, milk, butter and some sparkling wine which was nice. We enjoyed that after driving the scary road! My advice would be to get a lot of shopping when you first arrive, so that you dont have to go out again the same day you arrive if you dont want to. There wasn't many cleaning supplies there so we had to buy washing up liquid and anti-bacterial spray. They did leave us a few dish washer tablets but we had also taken our own so we didn't have to buy them. A lovely peaceful stay but the road would prevent us from returning :(

    Alan White   Oct 2020
    Management comment
    hank you very much for your feedback. The road is challenging for some, but when you arrive to the villa it is well worth it. Paradise! Normally our guests are fine after one or two trips up and down. We are sorry that was not the case for you. We have 4 rental properties in the location and we have had hundreds of guests over the years. Thank you once again.

    Exceptional Villa and great host

    Stuart Mason   Sep 2020
    Management comment
    Un magnifique séjour dans cette très belle villa. Tout était parfait. La vue est superbe et la villa est très confortable. Nous avons passé énormément de temps dans le jardin qui est très bien entretenu. L'endroit est magnifique et d'un calme... Le rêve! L'accueil a été un sans faute. Merci beaucoup à Acacio pour tout, le dîner était délicieux! La gestion en amont et après par mail a été aussi parfaite. En ce qui concerne la route pour y accéder, elle peut effectivement faire peur aux gens qui n'ont pas l'habitude de manoeuvrer. Mais pour nous, ça n'a pas été un problème durant le séjour, tout s'est bien passé (dès la première descente/montée, on est habitués). Bref, nous reviendrons sans hésiter!
    Yann Savary   Nov 2018
    Management comment
    Merci Beaucoup. Thank you very much for your great comments. We certainly look forward to your return visit.
    Excellent Villa
    It's exactly as the website describes, facilities are excellent. Pool was amazing. Views were idilic, watching the sun set every day. We were hoping for a relaxing holiday and that's just what we got. Madeira was beautiful and we need to return as 1 week was not long enough. Renting a small car is required due to the access road. Thank you
    Sally Sage   Oct 2019
    Management comment
    Perfect comments, just what we like to hear from our guests. You will have to come back for longer next time.

    We have just returned from an amazing holiday at Villa Do Mar III. The pictures of the villa found on the website do not do it justice…it is even better than it looks. People go on about the road down, yes it's daunting at first, but you soon get used to it, and what's waiting for you at the bottom is well worth the ride down. The villa is superb, the pool amazing and the views spectacular. The kitchen is well stocked with equipment and on arrival the owner supplies some basic rations and a bottle of wine…..much appreciated. Also offered is a complimentary meal at the owners seafood restaurant in Camara de Lobos, which is fabulous. At night, sitting out at the "Lookout" with a bottle of wine watching the sunset is surreal….and actually where I proposed to my girlfriend (she said yes). All in all, a fantastic place that we will definitely return to! Top-Tip: Get a hire car!!!!

    Duncan MacDonald   Oct 2018
    Management comment
    Firstly - CONGRATULATIONS! Secondly - Thank you very much indeed for your super review. We have to agree that the drive down is certainly worth it. We very much look forward to your return visit. Your honeymoon maybe?
    We loved this villa and it is in a beautiful and quiet location but only a short car journey to local towns and restaurants etc. We would definitely choose this villa again if we return to Madeira.
    Penny Buckell   Feb 2020
    Management comment
    Perfect, thank you!

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