Our commitment

From the moment you arrive at Areias de Porches resort and “Belas Vistas” apartments we will have gone that extra mile to ensure that your holiday is as memorable and relaxing as possible.

The apartments will be spotlessly clean with complementary drinks and some extra little touches to ensure you start your holiday in style, infact all you need to do is relax, soak up the sun and enjoy your first drink!


Apartment Belas Vistas I

Our original, beautiful, first floor apartment has been luxuriously furnished. Spacious, light and airy with 2 balconies and a terrace with amazing ocean views, sun or shade where you can enjoy breakfast, lunch, relax or read and later enjoy a drink whilst watching the sunset.

Apartment Belas Vistas II

New for 2015, our second, beautiful, first floor apartment has been newly furnished & equipped with the same attention to detail as Belas Vistas I. The 2 balconies & terrace have amazing ocean views, with views over the quieter of the 3 pools and to the neighbouring countryside.

Areias de Porches Resort

Once you are here the hardest decision you’ll have is whether you are going to have a relaxing day by one of the pools, be a little more energetic and use the resort’s tennis court, have a walk around the lovely gardens with views to the sea or just sit and relax enjoying the sun and a cold drink.


Our location

We are located on the coast near the small village of Porches in the Central Algarve.  Nearby there are some of the most spectacular beaches with many unspoilt and hidden away coves. Within a short drive you can find water parks, world renowned golf courses, historic villages, towns and harbours.

Beaches & Coastline

Just 400 meters Praia Senhora Da Rocha, (pictured), a beautiful cove with cliffs and the centuries old white chapel sat on top of the out crop of rock separating the beach of Praia Nova. The sea is clear and calm in summer and perfect for swimming, boat trips and having fun. Nearby Praia Grande at Armacao de Pera has a 7 km long stretch of golden sandy beach.

Beaches & Coastline


Jon and Stella  thought of everything to help make my stay as relaxing as possible. Thank you both, I’ll be back in November!

– David Williamson

Thank you for making your lovely apartment available to us, while our friends were visiting us at Areias de Porches.

– Terry & Maggie

Thank you for letting us stay again in your lovely apartment. We have had another relaxing holiday mixing visiting local wonderful beaches and with a bit of sight seeing.

– Colin, Deborah, Cameron & Iain

We had a nice time and visited Portimao, Vilamoura and Albufeira. World of Sand near Pera was fantastic and well worth a visit.

– Thanks Maria & Steve

Thank you very much for the lovely holiday. The apartment was really great and had everything!

– Rachel & Sophie

Thank you for a very clean and comfortable apartment and the special welcome touches. We enjoyed our stay, just wasn’t long enough.

– Denise & Chris - May 2011

We’ve had a really lovely holiday, it’s so nice and quiet which is just what we like. The apartment is beautifully done out and made it feel home form home for us as you’ve equipped it with everything we could possibly need. Thank you for providing us a beautiful base for our holiday – I’m sure we’ll be seeing you again.

– Sam & Adam - May 2011

Wonderful holiday – thanks for making the apartment just what we needed for our stay.

– Freda, Reuben & Kevin - July 2011

Had the most wonderful time! Made extra special for Maria by Stella who cannot go far enough to help! Loved the holiday, very relaxing and special for the both of us. Thank you Stella & Jon for making this holiday perfect.

– Simon & Maria - July 2011

We both had a fantastic time here, Stella & Jon were both very helpful and the apartment was gorgeous. Thanks for a great stay.

– Chelsea & Nathan - August 2011

We had a fantastic and very relaxing time here in Alporchinhos. Your apartment is gorgeous and has all the facilities to feel at home. Thank you for everything and hope to be back next year.

– Maria, Luis & Tiago

Hi Stella – the photo is great, thank you so much for doing this for me.

I spoke to Mum and Dad briefly earlier this evening and they were over the moon with the wine and cake and also the flowers you so thoughtfully gave them.
Many thanks again for making this wee surprise possible and who knows, we may visit your appartment some time also !!!!

– Best wishes, Grant.

Reviewed by:  Shiona

Date of stay:  July 2013

“The apartment is beautifully done out, made it feel like home from home”.

We had a fabulous holiday; I cannot fault your holiday home or the way you run it. Everything ran smoothly from the internet booking query to my correspondence with you, payment, booking the extras, the refund of deposit. I can only thank you for such an efficient service. Your added personal touches made the holiday totally hassle free. The snowy white fluffy bath towels were fabulous as was the quality of the sheets & pillow cases, no horrible rough ‘pilly’ sheets. Having beach towels & bath robes was a huge bonus, the welcome pack & toiletries were a thoughtful personal touch. The apartment was beautiful, spacious, very clean, well equipped, in a great location. We’ve had a really lovely holiday. The apartment is beautifully done out made it feel home from home as you’ve equipped it with everything we could possibly need. I have filled in an ‘excellent’ rated trip advisor review & have already recommended you to friend who will be trying to book in 2014.

Reviewed by: MartinUnited Kingdom          Guest rating     5/5

Reviewed:     19 August 2013

Date of stay:  August 2013

“We would recommend it to others”.

The apartment was excellent with lots of little extras that made a difference. Everything was there that you could need and it was all good quality. the complex that it is part of is low rise with good swimming pools and friendly residents. The pictures on the site are an accurate idea of what it is like. The air conditioning made a huge difference in comfort at night. Jon & Stella (the owners) were always just a phone call away if we needed anything. The location was quiet and great for the beach and local restaurants. It was ideal for us as we wanted a quiet beach holiday in quality accommodation, without having to use a car. However it would be a great base from which to explore the Algarve as it is close to major transport links. We would recommend it to others.

Reviewed by: L&SUnited Kingdom              Guest rating     5/5

Reviewed:     25 September 2013

Date of stay:  September 2013

“Lovely apartment in a lovely location”

We enjoyed a wonderful weeks holiday in the Belas Vistas apartment. Everything about it was very special, from the welcome pack (fruit, wine, beer) to the spotlessly well-kept spacious and fully equipped apartment. Stella & Jon make sure you have everything you need for a great holiday (including a comprehensive apartment and resort guide) and you could not have better hosts. The complex has 3 pools (one being a child’s pool) and a tennis court but it’s small enough to feel personal and the flowers and fauna give it a real charm. The apartment is in a small village called Alporchinhos which is next to a larger resort called Armacao de Pera. A short walk down a hill is the beach called Senhora de Rocha which is truly a stunning compact beach (made so by hills to each side so gives privacy and a community beach feeling). On this beautiful beach you will find a lovely café/bar and restaurant (selling sandwiches to main fish meals) plus lifeguards, beach chairs and even a massage tent. Trust us, its paradise! Scattered around the village are numerous restaurants providing all manner of cuisines including Italian, Portuguese and Indian. You can also find chips if you really feel the need. The one that charmed us the most was a low key charming place called Palmeiras. We did not hire a car so were grateful to Jon who provided transport to various local attractions and places for a reasonable cost. He was very helpful and flexible especially with our many changes to pick up times! The apartment is really well placed for a visit to Albufeira (essentially Blackpool with sun) but a better option is Lagos which is everything you would hope for in a sun drenched authentically Portuguese costal town. If you fancy being pampered and having a coach tour, you can organise this at the Vila Senhora de Rocha complex reception desk (down the hill just before the beach on your right) and the bus pick up is opposite the entrance to the complex. For practical matters, the apartment is 10 minutes from Intermarche supermarket which has everything you could ever need (think of a Portuguese Tesco). In addition, there are other smaller mini-marts ? the best one being on the Vila Senhora de Rocha complex. You can buy fresh bread, pastries and croissants from 8.30 each day. There is a queue each morning so get there early. In summary, this is a great air conditioned apartment with everything you need with constant sunshine in a lovely resort with a beautiful beach.

Reviewed by: Witney UK, United Kingdom   Guest rating     5/5

Reviewed:      6 October 2013


“Superb Algarve Accommodation”

Previous excellent reviews have summed Jon and Stella’s apartment and personal service up perfectly…. having just returned from a week’s holiday there I am pleased to say that it exceeded our expectations – which are high (if I am honest!). If you are looking to have a relaxing holiday in the sun in quality accommodation, without a car and easy access to a good clean beach and nice restaurants + a shop for self-catering needs then this is the place for you. There are SO many places to choose from in the Algarve – I am pleased that I went with my gut and chose this nugget. Don’t hum and ha – just book it. You will not regret it!

Reviewed by: Helen A. United Kingdom       Guest rating     5/5

“A Little Gem”

This apartment is amazing, immaculate and finished to a very high standard. From the moment we got there it felt like home. The apartment is equipped with everything you could possibly need and Stella and Jon provide extra touches to make you feel welcome. We advise you to have the welcome pack as it’s an ideal way to start your holiday with basic provisions so you can relax from the word go. Also Stella and Jon can provide the service to buy celebration cakes, wines and flowers for special occasions which we have used for two our birthday visits. From morning till night you can have sunshine or shade from the three balconies with “beautiful views” hence the apartment name “Belas Vistas”. The apartment has two main swimming pools and a small children’s pool in a beautifully maintained and stunning complex. Location is fantastic with the beach, restaurants, bars, mini market and a fully stocked Intermarche all within close walking distance. The apartment is ideal for couples and small families. This is our fourth visit to “Belas Vistas” and as the apartment, location and the service we have received from Stella and Jon is perfect we are already planning our fifth visit. On reading the guest comment book and meeting other holiday makers within the complex we are not the only guests that have returned to this apartment and complex.