Guest Reviews


Merryn M.
Sarah made sure my holiday started long before it actually started, by giving so much help, advice and information before we flew. So we arrived in a state of total relaxation knowing there were no nasty surprises - and masses of nice ones! The apartment is spotlessly clean, spacious and equipped with everything you could want - right down to kids' toys, games, masses of books, wifi and smart TV service. Critically, a massive fridge for all those wine bottles! The beds are comfy...and the towels are scrumptiously fluffy. Sitting on the terrace, watching the sun go down, with a glass of wine in hand and looking across the Guadiana into Portugal is a magical experience. The apartment is only a few moments stroll to the stunning and unspoilt beach - all 7km of it - where there are many restaurants, bars and cafes where you can eat and drink while watching the kite-surfers do their thing! The whole experience is pretty close to paradise - can't fault it (and I'm horribly picky!).

Karen P
Absolutely loved everything about Sarah's apartment. It was spotless clean, in a great location. The views are just amazing & we spent many hours sitting out on the terrace. The pool area was spotless with plenty of sun loungers available. Beach, bus & train stop is just across the road. We found the bus service great for travelling into Ayamonte & the children loved their daily trip on the train! We hired a car & drove to Villa Moura, Zoomarine, Monte Gordo, Tavira and Cartaya for day trips. Its a great location for a peaceful, relaxing holiday & also great for day trips to Portugal as it's so close. Can't wait to return. Thanks so much Sarah

Maria C
Our 3rd visit and 3rd stay at Sarah's, we love the apartment and Isla Canela! First time in high season and we were not disappointed! As said previously Sarah is an amazing host and the postcard is a lovely reception to come home too. The WIFI and SMART tv are an added bonus a top notch stay. Love the area and could go on and on and on.... Contemplating a winter visit.... But most definitely be back next year too
Helen W.
Just returned from another fantastic stay at Sarah's. We now feel like Los Gavs is our second home. The apartment caters for all our needs and the wifi is a massive bonus (particularly with 2 teenage girls). My daughters feel safe and secure in this lovely complex while we go for morning walks on the endless beaches. Great newly refurbished bars are a must to visit - Paradise Beach, Playa Alta and Bombadill. If you get the chance take a visit to La Pueta Ancha in Ayamonte - food is divine! Now its countdown till we go back next year!
Sharon T
This was our first family holiday abroad – with two girls, aged 4 and 7 – and it exceeded all our expectations. The apartment was perfect in every way. Little things like black out blinds (which meant lie-ins every day!) wi-fi and smart TV, coffee machine, etc. made a huge difference. The location was fantastic, being so close to the beach and all the shops and bars along the front. We often had the pool to ourselves, which we found unbelievable during school holidays. Our girls really enjoyed the land train, the ferry to Portugal, bike hire and exploring Ayamonte. We would highly recommend Isla Canela holidays, we have never rented an apartment from someone as organised and helpful as Sarah. She obviously puts a lot of work and effort into her rental, and it was much appreciated
Just returned from our hols in Isla Canela. We stayed in this lovely 2 bedroomed apartment. the owner, Sarah, helped make our stay most enjoyable with her quirky, loveable nature. Would definitely recommend this apartment and the owners marvellous attentive service. 3rd time in resort and Los Barrilos is our favourite restaurant. Must to visit Ayamonte and take ferry to Portugal
Jennifer C
An absoloutely PERFECT holiday! From start to finish this has to be the best and most organised holiday ever. Sarah was amazing in helpin gus book flight, taxi transfgers, shopping for arrival, infomration about the area and locals....I could not have asked for more. We were really take a back at how beautiful the area was and the apartment was just amazing. I am OCD and this place was perfectly clean and well equipped. Sarah and Robert (manager) assisted us during our stay and made the holiday first class. The ppol was explicably clean, and there were plenty of sunbeds. Children played but were respectful. I am so impressed that I have booked another three weeks in October and the girls I went away with this time are queueing up for weekends and weeks away with their family. Wjat I loved most about this was the lack of 'brits abroad'. I cannot thanks Sarah enough for making my 40th birthday the best. I cannot wait to return. Thanks Sarah. x
Pablo R
El apartamento en perfecto estado, todo tipo de electodomesticos de comfort que tendriamos en nuestra casa, WI-FI, unas vistas privilegiadas. La dueña muy atenta, nos envio informacion turística y se ha preocupado por que estuvieramos a gusto. 100% recomendable Cambiar a españolCerrar pantalla completa The apartment in perfect condition , all kind domestic appliances that makes comfortable our holidays, WI - FI, privileged views. The owner is very attentive and kind and sent us tourist information and was concerned that we were comfortable . 100% recommended
Ann H.
The location is perfect, just a short stroll to the beach & chiringuitos. Communication from Sarah was excellent, thanks for all the insider tips! The apartment was very comfortable, great terrace with wonderful views. Already thinking about another visit.
Maria C
Our secret to share with you... 13th September for 2 glorious weeks......our second visit to this beautiful spot in Spain, which we enjoyed even more than before! The apartment is faultless with every home comfort you need! The terrace and views are second to none and great to just sit and breathe in the atmosphere! Be brave and get into the pool, it refreshes you and never a crowd at the pool! Isla Canela itself is our secret pleasure! The people are so friendly and our walk each night the length of breadth of the beach resting at one bar was most enjoyable! I am rarity and hate fish!! But the choice I had of being able to eat other dishes was huge, even with limited Spanish words! We made use of the train to pop to the marina, the bus into Ayamonte but also had a hire car where we explored the surrounding villages. Shopping was cheap! And on the way from Faro we can pop into the Forum shops for some retail therapy if needed. We were totally relaxed from the stresses of every day life, just what we needed. There is no doubt it will be third time lucky for our return. Sarah as a host is brilliant and she prepares you so well she knows what you want before you do. The advert us spot on and her care sheets in the apartment truly superb ( already booked again)
George W.
Cardiff, Wales
Thank you for letting us stay. The apartment was lovely! We took the ferry over to Portugal one day and had a stroll around. I can't believe it only cost €1.75 to get to a different country. It costs more than that to travel from my house to town on a bus! Ha!! We enjoyed the zoo in Ayamonte . My daughter particularly loved the baboons bums, while my son loved the lions. They both loved the poll and running in the sea. We danced and played on the little train every night and rode down to the marina for dinner. Yellowfish transfers, as recommended were great too!!! We will use them again next time we visit, We also took a trip to Seville one day. We had a horse and cart ride around the gown and learnt a lot about the Spanish Inquisition. Although I have to say apart from the horse ride I loved the fact there was a star buck!! Hope we can stay again soon. It's a beautiful apartment, we felt instantly at home and the location made everything very easy with the children.
Pau-Man C.
Bergen op Zoom ,Netherands
Stayed in the apartment for 13 nights with 3 persons. We had 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.Very nice, big and clean. The apartment is exactly as was described on the website. Everything was available in the apartment. Even a dishwasher and washing machine. Good wifi connection. Lot of restaurants in the neighborhood. Try Los Barriles. The marina is about 45 minutes on foot. Also Punta de Moral is walkable. Try Pamelas, very nice food ! Beach just across the road, and also the bus station to Ayamonte. Beach is very large, a lot of space. We had dinners on the balcony with a great view during sunset. Sarah, the owner, is very helpfull. Gave us a lot of tips and was always quick replying by email. We would definitely book again if we go back to Isla Canela and recommend this apartment to everyone !
Paola G.
We had such a glorious holiday in this lovely apartment with a breath taking view over the ocean, the river and Portugal. The beach (1 minute walk from the apartment) is one of the best I have ever seen in Andalusia and in Spain. We have been lucky enough to be there during full moon so the tide was particularly big and spectacular. The area around is amazing, little fishermen villages to have meals with fresh fish and sea food. Bird watching including pink flamingo and lovely little Andalusian town all around. Once we even saw a stork nest on top of a church with the stork, beautiful! Sarah is the most welcoming host you can hope for. Very efficient in helping you organizing your trip and a joy to interact with throughout the holiday. We will certainly come back, thank you Sarah
Andrea P
Manchester, UK
We had a wonderful stay at Sarah's apartment. It is ideally situated at the beach end of Isla Canela and the view from the balcony is fabulous -it is now my screensaver! There are a few bars and beach bars in the area, but it is lovely and peaceful, just what we wanted. The area is also spotlessly clean. The apartment was very well presented and had everything in it you could possibly need. Having two bathrooms was ideal for us as there were two couples in our party. The complex is secure and the gardens are well kept. We enjoyed sitting around the pool, where there were plenty sunbeds. We enjoyed walking to the marina and spent our nights in Ayamonte where there are some lovely bars and restaurants. Sarah gave us loads of help and advice before our holiday - thankyou Sarah.
Lee J
Chelmsford, Essex, UK
Our holiday was for 10 days, which wasnt long enough, we have had such a relaxing holiday here in Sarahs apartment in Isla Canela, The apartment is very clean and spacious, there is 6 of us, and we had plenty of room, a lovely view from the balcony, The pool was always spotlessly clean, never crowded, and the apartments and grounds were always kept clean, beach is only very short walk, If we can book again we will definatley be back next year. Thanks for all your help Sarah
Gilly in Wales
We stayed at Sarah's apartment for a week in September. This was our first booking through Holiday Rentals and we were very impressed. Sarah was very helpful and friendly right from our initial contact offering lots of advice on places to visit and restaurants to eat at. The apartment was absolutely lovely, very much a home from home and obviously well loved by Sarah and her family. A nice touch was the supply of cold beer (and other goodies) in the fridge - just what we needed on arrival. You just replace what you use at the end of your stay. The sunsets from the balcony were amazing, we enjoyed sitting out with a book and a glass or two of wine before visiting one of the local restaurants for dinner - the Andalusian was our favourite and only 5 minutes walk away (if that). Lots of choice and very good value. The beach was but a few minutes away, very relaxing and never crowded and the sea was surprisingly warm. The mosquitoes were a bit of a nightmare, we will be better prepared next time! All in all, we were very happy with the apartment which had everything we needed. Thanks Sarah for all your help, we hope to visit again in the future. Best regards John & Gill
Just wanted to write you a review as a thank you for letting us rent your lovely apartment. Everything was as you described, the views, the location next to the beach and the attention to detail in the apartment. We really felt at home the moment we arrived...the kids soon found the infltables in the utility room and had a great time, Shame we couldnt have stayed for longer. 5/5 Thanks ever so much for all your help!!!