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28 reviews
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Pool sunset
Living room
Living room
View from Living room
Bedroom 1
View from bedroom 1
Kitchen
Terrace (shady)
Terrace (shady)
Pool
Pool
Local beach (50m)
Garden
Garden
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Main beach
Main beach
Ponta Preta Beach (1000m)
Sea Pig
View from villa
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Fig tree
Planes after the rain
Cliff to left of villa
Second bedroom
Mezzanine & office
Mezzanine & office
Mezzanine beds
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3 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 6
Vila do Maio, Maio

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BryanI692
San Luis Obispo, California
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Amazing Amazing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2013 for a stay in March 2013
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Bon Dia !

Villa Stella Maris is the only place you should even think to stay if you come to Maio It's completely like the pictures look but of course they can't even begin to do the real thing justice. The view is phenomenal from the Villa's patio, we sat on it for hours reading and talking while enjoying a glass of local wine. The property care takers Janette and Stephen are an enormous help, upon arrival they can show you around town and where to get things - like cold beer! such a help. The owner Philip is very easy to contact and went above and beyond in those communications to get our transport to the island taken care of, enough can't be said about the dedication he has to take care of his renter's and help them in any way he can. Overall our trip to this tiny island was amazing and being able to come back to the Villa at Stella Maris every night truly was the "icing on the cake" - I would refer this (and have) to any of my friends, family or acquaintances thinking about heading to the Cabo Verde Islands.

5 of 5 bubbles How easy was it to book the property? 5 of 5 bubbles How helpful were the directions to the property?
5 of 5 bubbles How easy was key pickup/access to the property? 5 of 5 bubbles Overall condition of the property
4 of 5 bubbles Bedding & mattresses 5 of 5 bubbles Kitchen & utensils
4 of 5 bubbles Bathroom cleanliness 5 of 5 bubbles Other facilities & amenities
5 of 5 bubbles Service
Liked best: The lounge chairs, infinity pool
Liked least: small shower and small amount of hot water
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
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Management Response
14 Apr 2013
Hi Guys

Thank you the sending your review. I must say it was quite a challenge choreographing everything but the end result was absolutely worth it. There were times when I thought that you guys were not going to make it. Not only did you make it, you had a great time and have posted this lovely review, its the icing on the cake.

Stephen Jeanette and I have decided that we no longer call the people that make it to Maio tourists. You're now labelled explorers. Well done and thank you from us all.

We hope to see you (or your friends) in the not too distant future

Philip
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TanjaBerl...
Berlin, Germany
2 reviews
“Best place to stay in Maio”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2012 for a stay in November 2012

We - that is my husband, our daughter (3 1/2 years old) and myself - totally fell in love with Maio and after talking to the few other tourists we met at the island is our conclusion: Stella Maris is the best place to stay there.
After our arrival Stephen and Jannette (the house managers) walked around with us and showed us where to eat, where to buy food, bakery, fishmarket, post office, just everything... This made our stay in Vila do Maio much easier as we don´t have to waste time for looking around for these things. The villa looks even better (you wouldn´t expect that) in real than on the photos. Ad once you feel at home. The villa was very clean and perfect equipped, even with Tupperware, which was very usefull while doing a tour at the island.
The view from the Villa is just lovely and the pool a nice ad one.
To book the villa was because of Philip so easy. Thanks a lot. He always answered the emails very quick and also helped us booking the local flight from Praia to Maio via a local travel agency without charging extra (that is very unusual).
Thanks for making our holiday so special!
Ilja, Indira and Tanja

5 of 5 bubbles How easy was it to book the property? 5 of 5 bubbles How helpful were the directions to the property?
5 of 5 bubbles How easy was key pickup/access to the property? 5 of 5 bubbles Overall condition of the property
5 of 5 bubbles Bedding & mattresses 5 of 5 bubbles Kitchen & utensils
5 of 5 bubbles Bathroom cleanliness 5 of 5 bubbles Other facilities & amenities
5 of 5 bubbles Service
Liked best: Just everything. The villa made our holiday really special! Thanks.
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Breiteck
Worthing, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
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“A lovely villa in a stunning location”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2012 for a stay in September 2012

The booking process was straightforward and painless, and the service received was excellent. Getting to Maio can be a little tedious with the flights from Praia to Maio not always running to schedule.

We were met at the airport and taken to the villa. The villa is well appointed and has a very attractive garden. The location is stunning, sitting on top of cliffs, with views over the Atlantic and generally facing west, with beautiful sunsets. There is an infinity pool just a few meters from from the villa, which also overlooks the Atlantic.

Maio is not a sophisticated island and does not provide the entertainment that might be expected at a popular tourist resort, but there are good restaurants and well positioned bars on the main beach. Shops are not always well-stocked, so be prepared to 'make do' with the limited produce that is available. The shops are not always obvious as some consist of people selling from their front rooms. It is advisable to talk to the villa managers, who can help you locate things you may not otherwise find. The people are exceptionally friendly and will say hello or 'Ola' to you as you pass them. There is little traffic and there appears to be no crime and children run around the streets in a carefree manner.

The beaches are wonderful, with golden sand and you can walk for miles and not see anyone.

This villa makes the perfect destination for a 'get away from it all' holiday and can be well recommended.

5 of 5 bubbles How easy was it to book the property? 5 of 5 bubbles How helpful were the directions to the property?
5 of 5 bubbles How easy was key pickup/access to the property? 5 of 5 bubbles Overall condition of the property
5 of 5 bubbles Bedding & mattresses 5 of 5 bubbles Kitchen & utensils
5 of 5 bubbles Bathroom cleanliness 4 of 5 bubbles Other facilities & amenities
5 of 5 bubbles Service
Liked best: The stunning location
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children
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Netherlands
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2012 for a stay in February 2012
1
person found this review helpful

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Recommended for:
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Vienna
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2012 for a stay in February 2012
2
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5 of 5 bubbles Value 5 of 5 bubbles Rooms
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5 of 5 bubbles Check-in / front desk 5 of 5 bubbles Service
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Recommended for:
A romantic getaway People with disabilities
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Management Response
5 Mar 2012
Dear Kathrin,

Thank you so much for taking the time to send in such a positive review, it will help us & also help others make a more informed choice.

It truly is the best part to know we have been able to provide a great holiday for someone.

We hope to see you in Maio again soon

Warmest wishes

Philip
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Canada
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2011 for a stay in December 2011

5 of 5 bubbles Value 4 of 5 bubbles Rooms
5 of 5 bubbles Location 5 of 5 bubbles Cleanliness
5 of 5 bubbles Check-in / front desk 4 of 5 bubbles Service
Would I recommend this holiday rental to my best friend?  
Recommended for:
A romantic getaway Older travelers
Luxury-minded travelers Rugged travelers
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This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of TripAdvisor LLC nor of its partners.
UK
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2011 for a stay in October 2011
1
person found this review helpful

5 of 5 bubbles Value 5 of 5 bubbles Rooms
5 of 5 bubbles Location 5 of 5 bubbles Cleanliness
5 of 5 bubbles Check-in / front desk 5 of 5 bubbles Service
Travelling group: Spouse / significant other
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