Context: We're a retired couple looking for value-for-money, clean, comfortable, quiet-as-possible, well-equipped, self-catering accommodation. These apartments ticked all the boxes for us.
A small complex, in gardens, with a couple of (smallish) pools, the air-conditioned one-bedroom apartments (20 in total, in 2-storey blocks) are roomy with a large sitting room/kitchen, bedroom and bathroom. The kitchen contains plenty of cupboards, a decent-sized work surface, an electric oven, 4 - ring hob, microwave, large fridge/freezer, dishwasher, electric kettle and double sink. There is a washing machine in a cupboard on the rear balcony, and a clothes airer.
The sitting room has a sofa/bed, a sideboard/cupboard/bookcase unit, dining table and 4 chairs, air conditioning and a flat screen television. The sliding French window leads onto the front balcony with chairs and tables, overlooking the pools (in the sun from about 11 in the morning until sunset. The rear balcony has sun from sunrise until late morning.)
The bedroom has a large, king-sized bed, bedside tables, spacious fitted wardrobes, its own air conditioning unit and French windows opening onto the rear balcony. There is a (free) safe provided in the wardrobe unit.
The bathroom is large, with bath, shower over, washbasin, toilet and bidet. There is plenty of hot water, and the shower is exceptionally powerful!
Worthy of special mention are the roller shutter blinds on all the windows, helping to keep them cool during the day and wonderfully quiet and dark at night.
The owners and staff are there when you need anything, but otherwise unobtrusive. The complex has a small bar for drinks and snacks, and this is in the process of being upgraded to extend the range of food offered.
Are there any downsides? The only one I can think of didn't affect us as we had a hire car throughout, but the location is a few kilometres outside the Alvor town centre, restaurants and beaches, so could be a problem for anyone without their own transport. There is plenty of space for parking inside the hotel grounds.
All in all, the Santa Teresinha had everything we wanted, and more. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and we will definitely be back.