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“Brilliant Villa!”

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Pool and sunbathing terrace
Pool at dusk
Private driveway
BBQ / terrace overlooking the private pool
Location of Alegranza complex
Kitchen
kitchen
Living Room
Dining Area
Wet room [downstairs]
Master bedroom
Upstairs bathroom between the two bedrooms
Second bedroom
Community pool
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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 5
Playa Blanca, Lanzarote, Canary Islands

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“Brilliant Villa!”
Reviewed August 5, 2015 for a stay in July 2015

Spent 1 week here at the end of July and we were very sad to leave! What a beautiful villa, very well equipped and comfortable! Pool was lovely! Although the step to get in and out was a bit difficult and not much space to store food in cupboards, but it was easy to rearrange a few bits to make room. I would definitely recommend this villa and the superb location its in. Its about 30-40 minutes walk to the centre or a taxi is just round the corner for very cheap! I personally prefer a villa like this in the residential area as its peaceful.
It was a lovely villa! And made a lovely relaxing holiday!

And thanks to Sue for organising it for us.


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age22
hampshire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“lovely holiday”
Reviewed April 10, 2015 for a stay in March 2015
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beautiful and extremely clean villa. stayed for one week. beds very comfortable, the villa as been updated since the pictures new tvs dining table sofa etc. all outside furniture has comfortable chair and lounger covers,


we went with our 2 young children

1 & 3 years old 3 year old fine

1 year old was a nightmare round the pool and up the stairs.. could do with a net for saftey felt i couldn't relax when he came out.... everything went in the pool.


décor for the villa was lovely lots of thought and comfort to make it homely.


quiet location but not to far from the shops marina etc. definitely need a car.

better exchange rate given over there and booze very cheap.


would recommend to family and friends.

and dont ren a car through gold car they like to add charges on when you get there.


sue was brilliant had a cake organised for my husband and when we arrived she was there spot checking the villa perfect.

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nimstar
Leeds, United Kingdom
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“Perfect villa for family with 2 children”
Reviewed July 19, 2014 for a stay in July 2014

We stayed at villa Olearia begin July for one week, with husband and 2 boys age 3 and 8. We all had a fantastic time, the villa is in a nice quiet location though i think a car is necessary as it is 10 min drive to the town and beaches, though the bus travels at reg intervals, and the taxi service is excellent (be ready to 'go' as once you book a taxi it arrives within minutes!)
Susan called to the villa mid hol to check we were happy and settled in (v lovely friendly lady i must add!) Thankyou Sue for your excellent service.
If anyone ever finds my sons ipod in a random place please let us know... I have a guilty feeling that I confiscated it and hid it somewhere random!
The pool was great for the kids and nice and warm. The house does not have air con, 2 large fans used as and when required. The villa wasn't hot or stuffy as there are blinds/curtains to keep the sun out, we prob wouldn't have used air con had we had it.
The climate was warm, some days sunny, some overcast, always warm winds! Perfect weather for children who don't stop running around. The 2 local beaches were beautiful, loved 'Flamingo' as the sea was so calm I didn't have to worry about a toddler getting swept away! Older son tried snorkelling for the first time, crystal clear water with great fish. The 5 small beaches/coves located at the national park, 15 min drive away (tricky to find, you kinda head for the volcanic mountains and there is a rugged dirt track(kinda off to the right) with 3 euro admission, it is not well sign posted and difficult to locate! But well worth the trip, These coves are beautiful but do get busy with locals/tourists.
We found the resort of Playa Blanca safe, clean and affordable with many shops and restaurants. perfect for holidays with children, adults, young and old, and will hopefully visit the resort and villa again.
Oh and if you have kids or men that love racing...try visit the Karting, no 1 top attraction (Trip Advisor) It is located back towards the airport, ran by a large team of english men who take the job very seriously and the health and safety of the children was excellent. After this activity we found a great cafe 'EmmaX' on the seafront of an quiant and very quiet village nearby (I forget its name!)
Also visited Rancho Texas Park, which is a small 'zoo', the sea lion show is a must, the boys had a photo with the sea lions. It also houses a small water park with various slides etc. Quite an expensive day trip so be prepared for admission costs!

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Liked best: warm pool
Liked least: not enough storage space in bathrooms and kitchen. Both could do with an 'empty' small cubard
Travelling group: Young Children
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clintyboy...
Staines, United Kingdom
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“Wonderful villa with fab heated pool - like a home from home”
Reviewed April 22, 2014 for a stay in April 2014

Not that we have a heated pool at home (at the moment ;-)) but this was a great stay in a lovely villa which had everything you needed for a self-catering stay.
Starting from the beginning, all the communication from Sue was superb - she was very flexible and accommodating, providing great information about the local area as well as other parts of the island.
When we arrived we had high expectations of a great villa and we weren't disappointed. Our 2 boys were oohing and ahhing as they explored every room, opening every cupboard and door they could find!
If we come back to Lanzarote we will definitely be contacting Sue to find out if we could stay here again!

The Good / excellent points
- swimming pool : heated - I can imagine you might not need this in the hot summer months but in April this was wonderful. Also Ben the pool cleaner was in a couple of times to make sure it was clean
- nicely stocked kitchen
- Responses to issues / problems was swift, either sorted out there and then or within an hour or 2 - things like not having a stair gate, from the time I sent a message, by the time we went to the shops and came back one was there
- Information pack was very comprehensive and incredibly useful
- Plastic cups, wine glasses and plates for use by the pool were very useful for kids usage, and not just round the pool!
- Key safe meant didn't have to carry keys around with us though made us all a bit paranoid about locking ourselves out!
- Valuables safe was very useful as well
- The Solana was super for drying clothes, towels etc
- Back garden made a super sun trap and was well equipped with patio furniture and sun loungers
- BBQ (built in charcoal one)

Minor niggles:
- Main pool in the complex out of use: unsurprisingly this didn't both us adults too much but I think my 9 year old son was looking forward to making some friends and playing in a bigger pool. That said I reckon he would have been put off by it being unheated!! :-) Assume this is because it is early in the season.
- Distance from shops and Playa Blanca : it is a bit of a trek to any of the main metropolitan areas, you really do need a car or at least use the taxi rank at the bottom of the hill. That said we did walk into Playa Blanca once and it wasn't THAT bad - about an hour with a push chair (got a cab back!)

- One of the patio chairs shattered whilst I was sitting on it and another had a crack on it, however as per my GOOD POINTS comment, this was sorted within a few hours, replaced by brand new chairs
- Some of the crockery showed signs of age, quite a few chips and stains
- CD & Radio player had a UK plug on it but there was no adapter, luckily we had several so used one of those
- The rest of the area seems a bit 'dead' - investment seems to have run out and this complex is the last of what should / could have been a sprawling development - there are half-finished complexes similar visible in most directions. This is no criticism of this villa though, more of the investment in Lanzarote itself

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Liked best: Heated Pool
Liked least: Lack of
Travelling group: Young Children
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Management Response
24 Apr 2014
Thank you so much for taking the time to place a review and all your lovely comments, we do try to ensure our guests really enjoy their holidays, they look forward to them for a long time before they arrive and we don't want them to be disappointed. I have taken on board the problem with the china and will replace all the items that are not up to scratch.
You are right about the problems with development in Lanzarote, like everywhere in the world the credit crunch hit hard but things are slowly starting to pick up, and builders are being encouraged to finish part built developments with investment being provided, there is funding available now to really make Playa Blanca the best resort to stay in when you visit Lanzarote
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Nadine T
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Perfect relaxation”
Reviewed November 17, 2013 for a stay in July 2013

Absolutely perfect villa for relaxing. Not too much noise and relatively close to amenities. It was the first time we have had a pool to ourselves and it made it even better that it was heated. It's a perfect size for a couple or family.
The villa was very clean and we even had our sheets changed after our first week, and the pool was also cleaned during our stay.
There are plenty of shops within a 10 minute drive to suit all needs, including British publications of magazines and papers, and plenty of restaurants to choose from.
The only thing that could have been better in the villa was the outside furniture, maybe something comfier for the evenings. Also, the headboard was only attached on one side of the wall which made it move.

Overall, such a good villa for a chilled and relaxing holiday.

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Liked best: The privacy
Liked least: Tv didn't work and no wifi
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 18-24
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Management Response
21 Nov 2013
So pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and also fell in love with the island - the headboard has now been fixed, thank you for pointing it out as it really help if guests let us know if anything needs fixing. Sorry you weren't happy with the outside furniture, please email me and give me some ideas of what you think would be a good alternative/addition to make it more attractive for relaxing in the evening. Hope to see you again soon
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Crediton, United Kingdom
Reviewed May 28, 2012 for a stay in May 2012

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Management Response
31 May 2012
I am so pleased you enjoyed your holiday with us and the villa and pool were everything you expected, we all hope to see you again on your next trip to Lanzarote and thank you for your kind comments
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Sleaford, United Kingdom
Reviewed May 20, 2012 for a stay in April 2012

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Liked best: The unspoilt nature of the area/island
Liked least: having to leave
Travelling group: With Friends
Your age range 35-49
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Management Response
23 May 2012
What amazing comments, thank you so much for appreciating all the work and effort we put into the letting of our villa, we will continue to improve and maintain our villa to the standard that you enjoyed so that future guests will also have a fantastic holiday. I do hope that we will see you again soon.
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