About AB Villa Rentals
Almond Blossom Villa Rentals specialises in luxury holiday rentals in Portugal with a personalised booking experience. The properties listed are all unique and recommended for very special reasons: location, charm, style or standard of service.
Managed by Mandy Azevedo Coutinho Reynolds and her small team, AB Villa Rentals was established when she relocated from London to Lisbon in 2003.
Mandy has dual Portuguese and British nationality and a deep understanding of leisure travel and how-to-go-about-things in Portugal. Pre AB Villa Rentals, her experience expands over 25 years of working for a number of renowned international real estate companies, luxury tour operators and villa rental companies covering Southern Europe, including CV Villas (ex CV Travel) and Abercrombie & Kent Villas.
The name Almond Blossom Villa Rentals, pays homage to the spectacular vistas that grace both the north and south of Portugal in late winter and early spring. Almond trees were originally planted during the Moorish occupation and when they flourish, they cover the horizon with a pink tinted snow-like mantle and fill the air with a sweet fragrance.
Portugal has much to offer as a holiday destination: an amenable climate, golden sandy beaches swept clean by Atlantic tides and pretty countryside landscapes of vineyards and wild flowers, almond, orange, olive and cork trees, sleepy villages and buzzing cities. The country has a rich sea faring and historic heritage past with World Heritage Sites such as Évora and Elvas in the Alentejo, Sintra on the Lisbon Coast, and the stunning Douro Valley topping the must-visit list. A wide range of leisure sports from surfing to golf rate highly with our visitors; and then there is the delicious gastronomy and value for money wines, as well as the extremely friendly Portuguese people.
There is no shortage of holiday rentals in Portugal available through mainstream travel agents and tour operators, but its specialists like AB Villa Rentals who have the edge on local knowledge enabling us to give you the best advice about where, why and when to go. Our selection of luxury villas, charming cottages and city-centre apartments, stretch from the north to the south of Portugal.
Even if you only have one week’s holiday, some of our properties will accept a short stay at reasonable prices outside the high season, enabling you to split your visit and explore different parts of Portugal… The international airports of Porto (north), Lisbon and Faro (Algarve) can be reached between 2-2 ½ hours flying time from most of Europe’s main cities; whilst Seville airport in neighboring Spain, is a good alternative and within easy reach of our Algarve rentals.
About our featured holiday rentals
For a family or a group of friends (or even just for a couple), a private holiday rental adds up to considerably less than a hotel stay, as well as offering the benefit of more spacious accommodation, private grounds and swimming pool, plus flexibility on meals.
Hand-picked and personally visited, our holiday rentals in Portugal include private country estates (Portuguese Quintas and Manor Houses), luxury villas with pools and tennis courts, charming cottages and city center apartments in Lisbon. Many are located near beaches and golf courses.
The rental villas, cottages and apartments featured accommodate from 2 to 20+ guests, suit a range of budgets, and are fully equipped and ready to move into so that you can start enjoying your holiday as soon as you arrive.
Being locally based, not only do we get to pick out the best properties and locations, we also get to know each of our featured holiday rentals well, so that we are able to offer a more personalised service to help you make the right choice for a family and friends holiday; romantic getaway; city break; or whether to choose a beach or country location.
And then we go about organising all those little extras that can help make holidays memorable, such as a private chef for a special occasion, a yoga class at your villa, one-to-one tennis coaching, or hassle free airport transfers.