Our commitment


June 2020 – We are welcoming guests again and we are doing our part to help our guests stay safe by taking extra care to clean your space and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces (surfaces, light switches, doorknobs, cabinet handles, remotes, etc.) before you check in.

We look forward to welcoming you to Belas Vistas Apartments.


Areias de Porches Resort

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.

Our Apartment - Belas Vistas

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.

Brand new contemorary longe and dining area of Belas Vistas II

The 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.


One of the available pools

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.

The stunning coastline

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


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.

“Stellar Stay”

Apartment: Belas Vistas I 

Date of stay: June 2014

Review by: Sabrina & StefanBelgium

“5 out of 5, 

This was our first holiday in Portugal and we had high expectations on location and accommodation. We spend days on searching for the right venue, and did we find it! The location of the Belas Vistas appartment was perfect for us, not too crowded, close to the beach and just a hop away from the lively, yet small and cosy city of Armação de Pera. On the accommodation, we can be crisp, just superb! We received a very warm welcomed and felt like coming home. Stella & Jon, you did a super job on your apartment and created a homy, well-equipped venue for your guests. So, thank you very much, as your lovely apartment made sure that we experienced a stellar vacation. You will definitely see more of us.

“Our wonderful stay in Belas Vistas 1”

Apartment: Belas Vistas I

Date of stay: May 2016

Review by: Peter and Chris D

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from an amazing holiday staying at Belas Vistas 1 in Alporchinhos in the Algarve. The apartment was of beautiful standard’s and the furnishing’s have been carefully thought through, matching right through the apartment. With a balcony outside all of the room’s, you have beautiful sea view’s, also over looking one of the three pool’s.You could not want for a better kitted out kitchen, everything you would need is there, with a lovely welcome pack when you arrive, including a lovely bottle of red wine. Just what you need to begin your holiday with. Stella and Jon, the owner’s are lovely people and care about their guest’s, such a lovely couple. The apartment is spotlessly clean, and this is looked after by them personally, and is a credit to them. We were so impressed with the apartment, that we have already booked to go back next year for 4 weeks, and cannot wait. We would both recommend the apartment to anyone. Give it a try, you will not be disappointed !!!

“Outstanding Apartment , Outstanding Holiday”.

Apartment: Belas Vistas I

Date of stay: Jun 2016

Review by: Elizabeth C.

  • 5 of 5

** Best Holiday Ever**

This was our first time travelling independently and based on this experience wished we had done it sooner.

Anything and everything was first class. We had a late arrival but Stella and Jon had very kindly left much appreciated provisions, we could not have received a warmer welcome so many thanks.

The apartment was above expectations everything that you needed or could hope for was provided and all the equipment in the apartment could not be bettered.

Even the weather was brilliant un-broken sunshine from day one.

Everything in the complex pools and facilities were well maintained and very clean.

We did find a couple of nice places to eat and drink in Armarcao De Pera – Rosarias near the Church in the main square very welcoming and gorgeous pastries and cakes

and Jimmy’s Pastileria opposite the school in the old village “best cup of tea”

and Casa De Pasto Ze Leterio really good value fish restaurant “eat as much as you can” tip to get there early otherwise you will be one of the forlorn faces watching others enjoying the food.

We ate in most nights – the Interrmarche supermarket 15 minutes walk (max) from the apartment had everything you would need as to food, fresh meat, veg, fruit and fish.

Stella and Jon recommended some lovely walks which were easily accessible from the apartment and there are some lovely quiet pleasant coves with beautiful sandy beaches.

We cannot recommend the apartment and resort highly enough and cannot wait to get back.

“This holiday was everything we could have wished for and more”.

Apartment: Belas Vistas I

Review Submitted: 10 August 2016

Date of Stay: July 2016

Reviewed by: Kate

The apartment is fantastic, so well equipped, immaculate and very comfortable. The location is superb. It’s within walking distance of beaches, the supermarket, bars and restaurants but away from the main action so you get peace and quiet. Our children (10 & 8) would have spent all day, every day in the pool, if we let them!

When we did go out, we loved visiting Zoo Marine, Aqualand and Sand city, the sand sculpture festival). A particular high light was the boat trip around the coves, we bought tickets from the hut near the beach & Lords bar. Our favourite places to eat were O Valeiro (near the supermarket) and Picalino’s in Armacao de Pera.

When we visited Armacao de Pera there was a Pirate Festival taking place, which meant the children had a fantastic time.

We used the taxi company previous guests suggested; they were very friendly and helpful. Finally, we loved all the beaches but our absolute favourite is Priaia, Cova da Rhonda, you can reach it by some steps on the way down near to the Viking hotel. It’s well worth it the walk down and up but be careful as the steps are slippery!

Thank you Stella & Jon, for allowing us to use your apartment. We hope to visit again and look forward to exploring more of the area.

“Beautiful Belas Vistas II”

Apartment: Belas Vistas II

Date of stay: March 2015

Review by: JG

  • 5 out of 5

We have just spent a lovely two weeks at Belas Vistas II. We were welcomed by the owner Stella who showed us around the apartment and explained how everything worked. The apartment is brand new, beautifully furnished and spotlessly clean. It is very well equipped with everything you could need and more. It was nice to have a welcome food pack including milk, water, wine, beer, tea, coffee, sugar and a bowl of fresh fruit. In the bedroom there were crisp white towels and bathrobes decorated with fresh lavender and miniature toiletries for our use. The apartment overlooks one of the three pools and both of it’s balconies are in a lovely sunny position. The complex is very quiet, well maintained with ample car parking spaces. The beautiful beach of Senora da Rocha is only a ten minute walk down the hill or a couple of minutes drive in the car. We found it ideal to hire a car so that we could explore Central Algarve’s gorgeous coastline and it’s many beautiful beaches. We can’t wait to return to this lovely apartment.

“Beautiful 1 bedroom apartments, stunning sea views, 3 pools & tennis court ”

Apartment: Belas Vistas II

Date of stay: Aug 2015

Revived by: D

  • 5 out of 5

The Perfect Holiday, Great location close to a beautiful beach and a well stocked supermarket. A quiet setting with bars and restaurants within a 5 minute walk. If you wanted a more lively area the main town ( lots entertainment and people watching here) was a 20 minute walk, down a steepish hill which was fine but we always got a taxi back (5 Euros). Apartment was perfect in every way from the facilities to the decor, and so clean it was a well cared for and loved apartment. The owners were brilliant, there if you needed them, nothing had been over looked by Stella and Jon, who are determined that your holiday is relaxing and hassle free.

“Fantastic views. Spacious apartment. Beautiful decor. Peaceful location. Great Beach”.

Apartment: Belas Vistas II

Date of stay: July 2016

Revived by: Lindsay B

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed in Belas Vistas 2 with our 11 month old & 3 year old, while my parents stayed in Belas Vistas 1. I highly recommend these apartments to both couples & families, they are beautiful with modern décor & loads of personal touches.

The living/dining room has plenty space for the sofa bed and travel cot but the cot would fit in the bedroom too. The cot was new, clean and came with sheets, blankets and a padded mattress (much to our amusement, as half our case was taken up with our own travel mattress). Our 3 year old slept on the sofa bed; after falling asleep next to him a couple times I can vouch that it is very comfy and a good sized double. The bed is also extremely comfortable. We all slept well, between an excellent aircon system and shutters that provide total blackout, plus it’s so quiet! The sofa bed is very easy to put away each day and there is loads of storage space throughout the apartment.

There is a large flat screen TV with quite a few British channels, including Cbeebies. There is also an up-to-date selection of DVDs & books.

The kitchen is brand new and has everything you could need – loads of pots, knives, cutlery, crockery and the all important bottle opener. We ended up eating in a lot more than expected because the kitchen was so good, and there is a high chair provided. We took the welcome pack, which was a great choice when arriving with 2 hungry children. It saved us a walk to the supermarket straight away and it is all really good quality produce. We also really appreciated the wine, beer and crisps. The supermarket (10 mins up the hill) stocks everything (nappies, toiletries, food, drink) and it’s similarly priced to back home unless you are buying named brands like Heinz. There is also a wee shop at the apartments on the way back up from the beach that sells enough to make a meal.

Our 2 balconies overlooked one big pool, while the toddler pool and largest pool is just seconds away at the other apartment. (But Belas Vistas 1 faces away from the pools) There is a lovely view of the sea out the front and our balconies got the afternoon – evening sun, while BV1 balconies got the sun in the morning.