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Secluded Villa In Tropical Garden Paradise, Heated Pool & A/C | Villa Do Mar I

Arco da Calheta, Portugal




If you want to get away from it all, relax and simply enjoy the beauty of Madeira's dramatic coastline, then Villa do Mar is the perfect choice. Situated in Fajã Do Mar, where temperatures never drop below 19ºC, 30 metres above the deserted pebble beach, this idyllic, this character 3 bedroom air-conditioned villa is a veritable oasis and the ultimate holiday retreat, ideal for holidays with friends and family.

The outside space is fantastic and the views will take your breath away. The doors from the lounge open on to the wooden terrace which surrounds the front area of the villa, with outdoor dining facilities and a built-in barbecue. The garden is large with a variety of indigenous plants and palm trees and leads down to the sunny swimming pool area, with sun loungers and parasols. The perfect spot to relax with a glass of wine and watch the beautiful sun sets.

Steps lead down to the main door, which leads to the hall and open-space lounge dining room overlooking the garden. The quirky but fully equipped kitchen wraps around the old bread oven chimney.

The master bedroom, with en-suite bathroom, and one of the twin rooms, has direct access to the garden, and the third bedroom has a balcony with sea view. The second and third bedrooms can be made up as a double bed or two single beds. The mezzanine above the lounge has 2 single beds - ideal for children.

The villa is secluded and off the beaten track and accessed via a narrow steep driveway. Villa Do Mar I has been the home to many a happy holidaymaker for the past couple of years. It was originally built and used as the owner's summer retreat.

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 King size bed, direct access to the garden, air conditioning
Bedroom 2 Beds can be made up as a double or two single beds. Direct access to the garden, air conditioning.
Bedroom 3 Beds can be made up as a double or two single beds. Air-conditioning.

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

Swimming pool dimensions and heating
Type: Freeform
Length: 10,20m
Width: from 4m to 6m
Depth: from 0,70m to 1,70m
The swimming pool is heated by solar panels. Electric swimming pool heating is optional and costs, 140€ per week for a setting of 24ºC, paid in cash on arrival. A supplement of 20€ per week applies for each additional degree setting 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. 

Cleaning and linen change is provided every 7 days.
All linen and towels are provided, including towels for the swimming pool.
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.

The beautiful Madalena do Mar is the nearest village along the coast. Known for its long bay, wonderful climate and for producing the best bananas on the island, it has a selection of cafés and restaurants, a lovely promenade and partially sandy beach.

Calheta with its man-made golden beaches is popular with tourists and locals alike. The marina is the atsrting point for many sea activities. There is a good choice of bars and restaurants, and other faciltiis such as a bank, pharmacy and branded supermarket.
Calheta is famous for producing the best white rum 'Aguadente', a special ingredient of the typical Madeiran drink 'Poncha'. If you are interested in knowing how the white rum is made, we recommend a tour of the 'Engenho da Calheta' the rum distillery where you can wander around and sample the produce.
An easy 30 minute drive brings you to the capital, Funchal.

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 nº26237/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



Washing Machine


Hair dryer

Towels provided

Tumble Dryer



Separate Kitchen



Beach Towels



Linen provided




Cable/satellite TV

Free Wi-Fi


DVD Player

Internet access

Wireless Internet

Air Conditioning/Heating

Air conditioning/heating


Smoke Detectores

First Aid Kit

Fire Extinguisher

Additional Covid-19 related documentaion required

Outdoor Features

Sun beds

Private Garden

Outdoor furniture


Exterior Lightning


Walking Distance to Beach




No smoking

Not suitable

No wheelchair access

Parties Not Allowed

Suitable for children of all ages

Please contact the owner/manager






Places of Interest



Diving Snorkelling

Golf course within 30 min drive

Car Requirements

Car Necessary

Secure parking

Parking space

Private Entrance


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:

  • 230
  • Ground Size:

  • 520
  • touristicLicenceLabel

  • 26237/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


    That was really good

    We liked it very much. First of all we were impressed by the fact that the villa were even better than it appeared on photos. We admired very much kind and warm attitude of the owners and management. Compliment wine, wonderful evening in the restaurant, all that was very kind. Thank you!

    Andrey Genchick   May 2015
    Management comment
    Thank you very much for your super 5 star review. We are delighted you enjoyed your stay and hope to welcome you back again one day.
    Hidden paradise in South Madeira

    Great stay and warm welcome from the owner and Manager. Wonderful location with an amazing garden and pool. The property with Madeira style is very well decorated with a gorgeous view on sea. Very easy and confortable access to the pebble beach. Good place for snorkeling

    Robin Kurfurst   Aug 2016
    Management comment
    Glad you enjoyed your stay and thank you for your 5 star review,
    A wonderful home
    Everything at the villa was perfect: the house, the pool, the view, the service.... Our stay in Madeira was a great experience with the beautiful nature and the climate. But the weather... unfortunately we had much of rain and storm. That was bad luck. We are happy to be back next year...
    Carsten S   Oct 2016
    Management comment
    Thank you for your review. you were very unlucky with the weather. We hope to see you next year!
    Villa do Mar I
    Wir verbrachten zu zweit zwei Wochen in der Villa Do Mar auf Madeira. Die Villa und der Garten sind wie auf den Bildern zu sehen. Der Platz war natürlich mit der geringen Belegung mehr als ausreichend. Die besondere Lage der Villa auf Madeira mit vorderseitig dem Meer und rückseitig der Felswand führt zu sehr angenehmen Temperaturen auch im Januar. Die Temperaturen fielen nachts gefühlt nie unter 18 - 20 Grad und waren sicher einige Grade höher als zur gleichen Zeit in Funchal oder Calheta. Besonders hervorzuheben ist die Unterstützung vor Ort durch die Ansprechpartner (Alberto als Besitzer und Rodrigues als dessen rechte Hand). Eine derartige hervorragende Unterstützung in allen Belangen habe ich bisher in noch keinem Urlaub erlebt. Die Anfahrt zur Villa ist schon besonders, sehr eng und sehr steil - selbst für Madeiraverhältnisse. Nach ein paar Fahrten hat man sich aber daran gewöhnt. Hier ein kleiner Tipp: vor dem Losfahren einmal kurz hupen, damit eventueller Gegenverkehr auch ein Signal geben kann. Man fährt erst los, wenn der Weg wieder frei ist (zweimaliges Hupen des Fahrers sobald man angekommen ist). Umdrehen oder rückwärts Fahren ist auf keinen Fall anzuraten. Auf Anfrage war es möglich unseren kleinen Hund mitzunehmen, aber Vorsicht, es ist Rattengift im Garten ausgelegt. Der Pool wird jeden Tag vom Besitzer früh am morgen akribisch gereinigt, hat uns nie gestört. Poolheizung hatten wir verwendet - dadurch schöne Badetemperatur, wenn auch 24 Grad sicher nur knapp am Mittag und bei Sonneneinstrahlung erreicht werden. Die Küche ist ausreichend aber nicht sehr gut mit Grundzutaten ausgestattet. Alle Gewürze oder Spülmaschinentabs etc. sind selbst zu besorgen - hier wäre etwas mehr schön. Einkaufen ist in Caletha in wenigen Minuten Fahrzeit möglich. Die Restaurants des Besitzers sind auf jeden Fall zu empfehlen, wir wurden vom Besitzer auch jedesmal sehr nett persönlich begrüßt. Der Transport zu den beiden Lokalen (einmal Fisch und einmal Fleisch) wird organisiert - bei Anmeldung am frühen Nachmittag, allerdings ist die Villa etwa 30 Minuten Fahrzeit von den Restaurants entfernt.
    Jurgen Schneider   Feb 2017
    Management comment
    Thank you very much for your kind comments and recommendation.
    Perfect location, great for family holiday, amazing heated and illuminated pool, stunning view
    We spent a very relaxing week with our 12 year old daughter in this amazing place. The villa has everything you need, the heated and illuminated pool was the best we ever had, the property is a beautiful tropical garden, the view absolutely amazing. We actually didn't really want to leave this paradise to buy some groceries or do some sightseeing. Our daily adventure was the steep and narrow path from the main street to the house. Nothing for the faint-hearted and only recommended for self confident drivers. We highly recommend a small and nimble car. Very friendly owner who passes by every other day to clean the pool himself and always left some freshly picked fruits from the garden at the doorstep. The Barbeque is weatherproof and the table beside it has a roof. And there is even a special device to prepare espetadas and serve them at the table. A small pathway leads from the villa to the beach with a lovely beach-house. To make a long story short: It couldn't have been any better!
    Claudia Schwabe   Dec 2017
    Wunderbarer Ort zum Urlaub machen

    Wunderbarer Ort zum Urlaub machen

    da passt einfach alles - wir waren rundum zufrieden

    Michael Beiermeister   Aug 2019
    Management comment
    Vielen Danke
    What a dream place !

    Perfect garden ... Barbecue outside

    Sven Barten   Oct 2019
    Management comment
    Thank you for your comments
    Absolutely stunning

    Absolutely stunning place with a beautiful garden. The pool and the Beach house are better than the pictures. We will come again! Thanks a lot.

    Andre Schwarz   Oct 2020
    Management comment
    Thank you for your comments

    Beautiful Villa, stunning location, the photos do not do it justice. However you would need to be a highly experienced driver to manage the very steep road to and from the villa.

    Amanda Callaghan   Jul 2019
    Management comment
    Thank you for your comments. Just to clarify we do mention that the access road is steep and narrow and that a small car is recommended.

    Me and my friends had an amazing week in Madeira. Villa Do Mar I takes your breath away. The pool, the views, the daily sun, the house itself... Everything was where it was supposed to be; the rooms had all the comfort you might need. The villa is located in a very quiet area, so the only things you hear are the waves. Sometimes workers come for the banana trees or for the new constructions, but it's still quiet. Even though the acces was indeed steep and narrow, that wasn't a problem at all. After a few times, you get used to it. But at the end of this road, you truly find a piece of heaven. The island it's so beautiful, more beautiful than expected. We rented a car (which is a must- Our Madeira helped with that) and visited the entire island. North, South, East and West, as much as we could. But a lot of things still left "untouched". We already think about next year and plan the next trip to Madeira and to Villa do Mar I, which we'll love to have again. We also loved that the house has around a family of cats with kittens, which made our holiday even more beautiful and made us feel like home (we are animal lovers and have pets as well). We bought some cat food for them and we truly hope that the others to come, will do the same and feed the souls that live there. We have to take care of one another. See you next time and thank you for everything!

    Penny Wise   Sep 2019
    Management comment
    What lovely comments - thank you very much indeed. We are delighted that you fel in love with the villa and Madeira. We were also happy to assist with your hire car rental. We look forward to welcoming you again.

    Beautiful sunsets, surrounded by nature and a fabulous welcome. Thank you for allowing us to stay in this little bit of paradise.

    Ditta Rose   Dec 2019
    Management comment
    Thank you. It was our pleasure.

    Wir können diese Villa nur empfehlen, ein unglaublich besonderer Ort mit tollen Möglichkeiten. ...Allein der Ausblick morgens beim Frühstück!! Wir haben uns wirklich sehr wohlgefühlt und es genossen. Allerdings waren wir auch nur zu zweit und man muss wissen, dass es ein sehr helles freundliches Schlafzimmer gibt und die anderen eher dunkler sind, muss man dann untereinander auslosen wer, in das helle darf....Die Kommunikation mit Bruno war sehr freundlich und zuverlässig. Ein wirklich besonderer magischer Ort!

    Steph Wirth   Oct 2020
    Management comment
    Vielen danke
    Schöne Villa

    Sehr schönes Haus mit wunderbarem Garten, Pool und Aussicht aufs Meer. Strandhaus und eigener Zugang zum Strand. Nicht von den Steinen abschrecken lassen, das Wasser ist herrlich. Die Fahrt von der Straße über den Privatweg zum Haus ist nichts für Fahranfänger ( steil und eng ). Wir haben eine wunderbare Woche verbracht, danke auch an Bruno. Unbedingt die Restautants des Eigentümers besuchen,es lohnt sich.

    Jorg Nicklaus   Oct 2020
    Management comment
    Vielen danke
    Nice place
    Super pool
    uwe riegger   Feb 2020
    Management comment
    Marvelous property and very nice, charming house at the sunniest spot on the island! Owner was very helpful and responsive when a problem occurred. The house and garden are even more beautiful than you would expect from the pictures.
    Marco Hardmeier   Apr 2015
    Management comment
    The location of Villa do Mar I is very special, as is the house. Thank you for your 5 star review.
    Just a perfect retreat
    We love hidden places nestled amidst nature and this house is a dream. The garden is even prettier than on the photos and you can choose between a bunch of different corners to stretch out, eat or enjoy the surroundings. Don't miss the little barbecue house right on the beach! We invited friends and had a wonderful time; we also tried the restaurant of the owner in Camara do Lobos and it was very good, nice view towards ocean and town. What you need to know: - the restaurant indicated as meeting point is right on the road facing the ocean, but its name is only written on shaky flags and if it's windy you don't see that. Take the number of the contact person with you, so you can call him if you have problems to find the meeting spot. - the road to the house itself is very steep and narrow, but you get used to do it with a car, even at night. - you have to be careful to not lock yourself out, as the front door can't be opened from outside with a handle. So once the keys are in the house, everybody is out and the wind shuts the door you have a problem (it didn't happen to us, but it's easy to happen). - pets are allowed and we appreciated that very much; please respect house and garden if you travel with a dog, so they don't change this rule... - you need to bring or buy tablets for the dishwasher, wastepaper bags and the basics for the kitchen (salt/pepper/sugar, oil/vinegar); there will be some bread, butter and jam upon arrival but the rest you need to buy and you can't reach a shop walking (a car is needed), so better buy groceries before you get there. - be careful roasting things in the kitchen, the fire alarm goes off very easily. There is a frame on the wall next to the alarm system that tells you how to switch it off, but once you are stressed you might not see that... the alarm is VERY noisy.
    Florina Saladin   Jan 2017
    Management comment
    Thank you for your comments
    A wonderful home
    Everything at the villa was perfect: the house, the pool, the view, the service.... Our stay in Madeira was a great experience with the beautiful nature and the climate. But the weather... unfortunately we had much of rain and storm. That was bad luck. We are happy to be back next year...
    Kerstin Schacht   Oct 2016
    Management comment
    Thank you for your review. you were very unlucky with the weather. We hope to see you next year!
    Großartige Villa und Ausblick

    Absolut wundervoller Blick aufs Meer. Villa ist sauber und sehr geräumig. Der Pool ist riesig und hat einen traumhaften Blick auf das Meer. Ich kann die Villa absolut weiterempfehlen. WLAN und Ausstattung waren ebenfalls super. Zur Villa gehört zudem ein kleines Strandhaus mit privatem Zugang. Der Eigentümer war sehr nett und gut erreichbar. Wir kommen auf jedenfall gerne wieder.

    Enrico Beilecke   Jan 2021
    Management comment
    Vielen Danke

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