This villa is wonderful. It is very spacious and modern, with 4 nice sized bedrooms all with their own bathroom facilities 3 en-suite. Stunning sea views and not overlooked. The pictures don't do it justice. The area is very peaceful and relaxing with lots of seating inside and out. We moved the couches around to make it more cosy for watching the TV so we really felt at home. Mind the TV - the legs are on the wrong way around and it falls over VERY easily!!
The games room is a great addition however we didn't get a whole lot of time to play as there is lots to do on the island. Do a bit of research there are loads of sites that give you information and access to bookings. The 25 Fountains (which is a 3.5 hour medium level hike) was wonderful and we were lucky enough to be there in Feb so we caught Carnival in Funchal which was amazing. Porto Moniz the natural pools were great fun too. We had 8 days and have only scratched the surface of things to do - after all the villa is so lovely you will want to stay and have a few chill out days during your stay - you are on holiday after all!! We hired a car which gave us the freedom to go when and where we wanted and we would recommend doing this, mind you the roads are narrow and winding and ALL are at the edges of cliffs!!!! Not for the fainthearted!! Public transport seems minimal.
The company that manages this villa sent us a lot of information in the run up to our booking. The directions they give to the villa are very accurate so follow them exactly and you will find it, the gate can be easy to miss.
They advised us about car hire; namely that the ques to collect a car at the airport can be very long, the reason being people becoming upset about the excess being charged (in the event of an accident) by the hire companies. We found in fact the wait time was quite short and we were sorted within about 30 minutes from landing, however it was February when we were there so it might be a different story in the height of the season. They will offer you an option to hire a car through them that does not have this large excess attached. We checked out the prices and did a comparison and found their offer to be quiet expensive compared to the 'high street' hire companies. Our advice is to add car hire excess cover to your multi-trip travel insurance (if you have it - if you don't have it get it!!) and go for the one of the main companies such as Avis.
There is a shop about 2 minutes down the road and a bigger supermarket in Calheta, about 10 minutes’ drive. There are a couple of nice restaurants there - New Era is the best one. There is a nice lunch spot on the prom in Jardin do Mar about 10 minutes’ drive in the other direction and a pup/restaurant with a pool table in the middle of the houses - ask Dalila and she will give you the link. There is a nice place close to the villa too about 5 minutes’ drive up behind it, again ask Delila and she will send you the link. Loads of restaurants in Funchal in the old town about 35/40 minutes’ drive.
We really enjoyed our stay and will definitely be back to do the rest of the things we missed out on this time. And when we do come we will definitely be booking Calhetascape again.