We just returned late Saturday 2nd December 2017 into Stansted after spending a fortnight here in a villa, with a hire car.
I've read all the reviews for the past few months whilst we were there, and that is why I have called this place 'Marmiteville' as it seems so many different things to so many different people.
Ok, that said, here's OUR honest view based upon our first-ever stay here:
Position on the Island - Remote, yet self-contained. It's a 15/20 min easy drive into Corralejo town. The village resort is situated in the middle of no-where, alongside a 'surfers paradise' beach but forget walking outside of the village boundaries as it's at least 3 MILES to the nearest huddle of local residents houses, and another 2 miles to the nearest small local village. But, THATS THE POINT OF THIS PLACE people......
Get away from it all, really, just bugger off into the desrt wilderness and enjoy the nature, the surrounding land visually, the surf beach, go for a walk, climb a nearby volcano, get away from trains, offices, stress, wet and cold weather, etc....in other words appreciate what it was built here for. BTW, weather, in the past 14 days we've had 12 days in 25 to 28 deg wall-to-wall sunshine every day and two that were around 20 deg. At the same time my home town was 2 deg or less.......
Resort Itself - The resort is self-contained; all you might need for a week or two weeks stay is right in-front of you, if you look for it. Small shop filled with 'essentials', restaurants for the self-caterers who don't wish to cook, cafes same, Gym, nicely laid out, all equipment in good workking order and no extra charge, Games Room with full sized Table Tennis equipment set-up, separate room with pay-for games in them like Air Hockey, Motorcycle Racing, etc and more. All of these places nicely decorated yet EMPTY every time I went over to them during the day...!
Reception and Main Area - Reception staff are excellent, great welcoming attitude and could not do enough for us to make stay any better. Mind you, I had close evidence of what they had to put up with from some stayers on a daily basis and it made me cringe....as Isaid, they could not have been better (Paulina and Davina, I'm speaking about you two - first-class job, well done..!)
The reception runs into the Adult Pool area - nice place to sit, nearby bar and pleasant surroundings and then into the Main dining Hall for the All-Inclusive stayers (we were self-catering) and I took a walk through there on a couple of meal times and the assosrtment of food was huge, it looked to my eyes very edible and i would have quite happy to grab a fork and knife and sit down with some grub. There were options of having food cooked for you, plenty of choice across a number of genres; Salads, Pasta's, Cold Meta, fresh Cooked Meats ans so on, with staff on-hand to help and more importantly replenish accordingly. All-in-all, I was impressed.
Crater Park - aka 'the Kids Area'..! Situated adjacent to the recetion and away from the quiter adult area is the kids plaground and what an area, water slides, wave pool, enterainment crew, kids bar area, infact everthing you could want to spent a day with your kids on holiday, and every time I saw the place it was pretty full of smiling faces..!
Our Villa - #309 was superb, not like any other we have stayed in, in the Canaries (wev'e been to Lanzarote, Tenerife and Furteventura exclusively once or twice for the past nearly twenty years and this is the best damn villa I have EVER stayed in; trust me I would move out to here and live in it for the rest of my days, it's THAT good. When it's better than my home, it's good......
It's European constructed with dry-walling, none of this traditional block and cement screed covering anywhere; kitchen fitted with Dish Washer (!) Washing Machine (!) perfect cutlery, and clean??? The place is SPOTLESS overall, the maid's come in every day, the upstairs bathroom is a showering Wet-Room (!) downstarirs is a 'normal bathroom/toilet, spotless again. There is a safe (pay extra for, didn't think that should be the case, it should be in the price) but it was fine.
The Maids did a great job we thought and we had regular bedding changes and that sort of thing; it all seemed so automatic that we didn't have to worry about anything. Nice that.
The Village Area - It's a purpose-built village, with the Reception at it's hub and the villa's stretching out around it in identical circular road's, each another layer of road on the first one and stretching our quite some way - this place is BIG make no mistake.
But, that means that they cannot have every villa fully occupied all-year round; we have been there in late November/early December and they wern't all occupied, but I bet that changes dramatically in June, July and August..!
The thing is that eavery vallas has an external anti-burgrary system and that is steel shutters that come down over all the windows and as they are painted black, against the pretty terracotta colour finish to the villa's, they stick-out like a sore thumb and when closed and all the villa's in a row it looks like an urban abandoned estate, boarded up - sorry, but it does. Yet, these steel shutters are YOUR safeguard against having a 'visit' from some unscrupilous fellows intent on getting in; when they are down, I could not move them upward from the outside if I tried, and I did on more than one occaision.
So, whilst we were they most of the stayers were situated in the rows nearest the Reception Area, and why not?
BTW; we had our 'own' gardener who visited over a few days and looked after the frontage and the side garden and did a great job I thought.
So, there you have it; would we visit again..? Resounding 'Yes' we would.
Did we enjoy our fortnight? Yes, we did.
Was it worth what we paid for it? Yes, it was.
Was it what we expected from the pre-holiday 'blurb'? No, it was much BETTER.
We have just had the most relaxing holiday in years...well done Origo Mare we say..!
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- House and apartment rentals that form an oasis built around swimming pools. Your holiday rental features a ground level terrace and garden.- The concept of a holiday village devoted 100% to leisure, with more than 40 different activities for all ages.- The 5 000 m² waterpark with wave pool and waterslides.- The natural environment, 150km of white sandy beaches and sunshine 10 months of the year. ... more less
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