The first impression we got on arrival was how much bigger the villa was than we imagined from the photos, they really don't do it justice. There was ample room for us (2 adults plus a nine and ten year old) but with the layout I think it would also suit 2 couples as when the door in the hall is closed both bedrooms would have their own privacy plus a bathroom with shower. The air conditioning unit is situated in the main bedroom, there is also a large plug in fan in the other bedroom as well as another smaller fan. When we stayed the temperature was in the high 20's during the day and low 20's at night, even with the air-con off I never felt it got hot enough to require moving the fan into the living/kitchen area. At night while sleeping the air-con and fan in the bedrooms did the job in keeping everyone comfortable.
There is more than enough storage space in both the bedrooms and bathrooms for clothing and toiletries as well as a safe for valuables. The kitchen is well equipped with everything you will need for dining in, it also has a dishwasher which certainly came in handy for us. There are 3 separate tables where you can eat, one inside and two out. We mainly ate outside which is in the shade for part of the day. Wi-Fi worked fine with no problems, we didn't watch much TV but when we did it was on demand services like BBC IPlayer, occasionally this would buffer but not enough to have any complaints about.Outside the villa there is a utility room where the washing machine, microwave, clothes driers, seat covers, iron and ironing board are situated. With the combination of wind and heat clothes dry pretty quickly in the Canaries which is worth bearing in mind if you want to pack light.
The pool was big enough for our needs, with all family members able to swim around easily in it. It has a cover which we kept off for the first week but in the second we replaced it after each use, this seemed to increase the water temperature, although to be fair it was always warm enough to go in to start with. Four sun loungers with pads are around the pool, there is also a BBQ which we never used. The rest of the outside space is volcanic lava chips, which I can understand from a maintenance point of view. Speaking of maintenance the pool was cleaned once during the fortnight, also bedding and towels were replaced mid way through. As I said before If you want to wash towels yourself they will be dry in next to no time.
Although the villa is not located right next to the coast because there are no buildings in between it does have great views of the ocean, Fuerteventura and a lighthouse which is operational. The nearest restaurants and shops are about a five minute walk away from the entrance of the villa complex in an area called Faro Park, We only ate there once but most of the eateries score highly on trip advisor, they are all next to a road so people are obviously scoring on the food and not the view. The shop there was essential for us though as we didn't hire a car and the next closest was quite a distance away. Speaking of distance the villa is quite a bit out from the centre of Playa Blanca where the vast majority of shops and restaurants are situated. There is a coastal path which will take you there but we never managed it in under an hour with the kids, I reckon by myself at a quick pace it would have took me 45 minutes. It's also worth pointing out that for most of the path you're just walking past hotels not shops or restaurants, although there are a few of these it's not like the strip on Puerto Del Carmen for instance.
If you do choose not to hire a car, and to be honest it'll almost pay for itself on transfers alone, there is a bus stop situated in Faro Park (5 minutes from the villa) there is a bus every half hour that will take you as far as the Rubicon Marina for 1.40 Euros. We actually used the service bus to get from the airport to Playa Blanca and also on a day trip to Puerto Del Carmen which both cost under 5 Euros each one way. There is also a great app called Moovit for the bus service which I would highly recommend, it puts anything Stagecoach in the UK has come up with to shame. The taxi service is also worth mentioning as we used it a lot, especially when laden with groceries, it was about 5 Euros from the centre of town back to the villa.
When it came to grocery shopping the biggest supermarket was a Super Dino situated in the town centre across from the bus station, although it's the biggest it might not have every thing you need and I would advise having a look in others such as the Spar as well. During our stay we took the boat across to Fuerteventura buying tickets from the Tourist Ticket shops, one is situated at the port and one is in the central shopping area. If you plan on using the Armas ferry this shop sells those at half the price you will find online. We actually went on the Lineas Romero glass bottomed boat which although wasn't any cheaper through the shop, was probably the better option as it was like a boat and roller coaster ride rolled into one. Although my daughter and the one or two others onboard who were sea sick might not agree!
So to round things up, this is the third time we've been to Lanzarote so I don't know If we'll be back, but if we do I would have no hesitation in booking this villa again. It has everything you need for a relaxing holiday at a very reasonable price, OK it's maybe a little bit away from the centre but that also gives the advantage of peace and quiet. More than once I sat outside at night, the only the sound was of crickets, the only movement was the moonlight reflecting in the ocean while the light on the lighthouse periodically went round. Lastly although we didn't have any problems whilst there I'd like to thank the owner Bill for all his help when booking the trip. He was always quick to respond to any questions beforehand and was very helpful all round to us, this was the first time we'd jumped from a package holiday to a more DIY approach and I don't think it'll be our last.
We had a fabulous holiday at this villa, views are amazing, lovely walk into Playa Blanca with plenty of stopping off places along the way. Villa itself was comfortable and had everything needed for our stay, english tv and wifi easily accessable. Pool was warm, clean and very inviting. Car parking is only suitable for a smallish car, but that was fine for us. We found ourselves sitting by the pool trying to plan our next visit.
This is a very good villa - we had an excellent holiday. The villa is well appointed and well equipped. It is quiet in a private south facing location with wonderful views over to Fuerteventura. The pool was indeed heated all the time - a real bonus. UK TV was available via the internet - a bit tricky to access and not always streaming fast enough. We had one issue with this but it was quickly resolved by the owner. Over the years we have stayed at a number of villas on Faro Park, and this is certainly one of the best.