Pools, a splash park, a bumper activities list, and loads of restaurants – this place has got the lot. It’s right on the beach, too.
This beachfront hotel ticks all the right boxes, with a great pool scene, 5 restaurants and a giant Aerial Adventure course. There are sports like kayaking, tennis and football as well.
Apartments received a makeover for summer 2014, so they’re in tip-top condition. They’re nice and big, too, with a lounge, kitchenette and outside space.
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- Lifts: 1 which runs from reception to restaurant only
The ultimate family holiday
- Clubs for 0 to 11 year olds, run to UK standards
- Meet-and-greets with the Widgets
- Expert-run swim, stage and football academies
- Outdoor activities including archery, Water Walkerz and raft-building
- Child-friendly buffets and at least 2 à la carte restaurants
- 'HV Live' entertainment, exclusive to Holiday Villages
All Inclusive - Here's what you get
Full Board buffet meals. 1 visit per stay to the grill, Tex Mex and La Bambola pizza & pasta restaurants. Snacks 10.30-17.00. Ice-cream 10.30-18.00.
Unlimited local alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks including beer, wine, soft drinks and water 10.30-24.00.
Sports and Activities
All are included except where indicated.
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First Choice Kids' Clubs
This Holiday Village has a First Choice Kids’ Club that’s split into age groups. There’s Little Stars for 3 to 5 year olds, Super Stars for 6 to 8s and Mega Stars for 9 to 11s. They’re open 7 days a week and most activities are completely free. There’s also a Twinkle Stars crèche manned by qualified UK staff.
This pool is ideal for small kids to splash around in. And it even has a climbing frame, slide and a water feature.
Our First Choice team have put together a cast of highly trained entertainers, offering an exciting and diverse range of shows, fun and activities. The programme includes themed and party nights, pop shows, bingo, kids' entertainment, karaoke, cabaret and colourful shows.
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superior 1-bedroom apartment
Superior 1-bedroom apartment sleeps up to 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children with upgraded furnishings, TV, DVD player, bathrobe, slippers and 1 spa visit per adult per stay. Kitchenette comes complete with a microwave and kettle. Air-conditioning is also available - deposit payable for remote control. Image shown is the planned appearance.
These roomy 3-bedroom apartments can sleep up to 7 adults and 1 child. They come with a kitchenette that's kitted out with a microwave, fridge and kettle. Just so you know there's deposit payable for the air-con remote control. Image shown is the planned appearance.
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Last Time at a Holiday Village
Just got back from 10 days at the Flamingo Beach Holiday Village with my wife and twin daughters Having been to three other holiday villages in Turkey; Menorca and Tenerife, so we were concerned before we went having read the trip advisor reviews regarding the sunbed situation, and problems with the restaurants and the evening entertainment. I have tried to be fair in this review and have listed both the good and the bad points of this resort but do find myself agreeing with many of the previous reviews regarding the problems at this resort and have to say this is the worst of the holiday villages we have been to. The Good Bits Great location by a safe, very clean golden sand beach with great views Nice large spacious apartment Lovely clean grounds and public areas Razzamataz Theatre School (credit to Rachel and Chloe kids put on a great performance) Swim Academy (Rick was a great instructor, at times he had to be firm with some of the kids who were mucking about but it was done in a fun way) Vast majority of the staff were very pleasant and helpful (we had a couple of maintenance problems, air conditioning and external stair lights and both were fixed with the hour) Tavern by the Sea â The only exceptional meal of the whole trip Full table service restaurant, with Tapas to start, grilled steak or fish (although vegetables of carrots and sprouts were a bit of a strange choice) and a dessert sharing plate Submarine Trip (run by an external company and was a brilliant experience The Bad Bits Sunbeds The sunbed situation is just as bad as previous reviews have mentioned, I donât go on holiday to get up at 6.30am in order to get a sunbed. I donât need a bed right next to the pool, but what I do expect having paid nearly four thousand pounds for a ten day holiday it to be able to get sunbeds and a parasol at 9.00am; somewhere on the complex, and despite the comments from the hotel manager on this site that this problem is only restricted to the main pool it is not; it is the whole resort, there are not enough beds and parasol for the number of guests staying here. This meant we were forced most days to pay for sunbeds on the beach (this also means you lose out on the all inclusive drinks unless you are prepared to walk all the way back to the hotel bars and they carry drinks back down). Entertainment I do not know why went they spent so much effort to refurbish the rooms here they did not sort out the entertainment venues at the same time. Blue Moon Bar, is the indoor entertainment area, it has a terrible PA system, no air conditioning, plastic chairs and Formica tables and looks like something out of the 70âs and the entertainment is not much better, both the HV entertainment team and the external acts were not a patch on the performers at the other HV we have visited. (in a slight defence of the HV Team they all looked worn out; some were working from 9.00am to 11.00pm at the other HV we have visited the evening team did not work all day and when added to the poor PA I am sure did not help their performances) Atlantic Bar again indoors with plastic chairs and Formica tables and absolutely no atmosphere, the few plastic chairs outside they did have had the view of the back of a Chinese restaurant and the mini market. Every other HV we have been too has had a decent adults bar with comfortable chairs a terrace and a sea view, so when the children go to the evening kids club you had some where pleasant to have a drink and a chat,(this resort has nowhere for you to go other than your balcony at your room) Live and Loud Childrenâs evening entertainment that has replaced I Five Live, neither of my children were impressed, they found it the same every single night and quite boring to the extent that after four days they preferred just to run around outside with friends or play the arcade games. It does not help either that having just got all the children up to dance and play games they then turn up the lights and tell the kids to be quite because we are now playing bingo Kids Clubs Again neither of my children were particularly impressed, and only went a few times, they again found them boring (went to both the archery and aero-ball and on both occasions despite the session being an hour and a half long; they only got to fire two arrows and have two shots at the basket, the kids club staff despite being very pleasant did not have the enthusiasm shown by teams at the previous resorts and I think the children picked up on this. Restaurants Main Restaurant (El Chef) To be fair you would not go hungry here, there was always ample food but is was of staff canteen quality and the restaurant was dark dingy and incredibly noisy (was kept very clean) All the food was very generic, stews, roasts chips etc but nothing really Spanish unless you count the pork paella, and unless you went outside of normal meals times you had to queue for everything. Tex Mex Bella Vista We only used this for breakfast as it served the same as the El Chef but was much brighter with a sea view (although just like the El Chef they cram the tables in which makes it really difficult to get up and down all the time to the buffet tables) Would have really liked to have had a Tapas Bar instead of a Mexican Buffet restaurant in the evening Green and Grill Had a nice sea view but was again a buffet meal of limited quality, the chef made great play of asking you how you wanted your steak cooked, but despite asking for one medium rare and one medium to well both came out cooked the same and were very tough La Bambola Ok for a quick lunch (by the beach so you could at least get all inclusive drinks here with your meal but very limited menu) Evening Meal was again partial self service and a menu limited to pasta or pizza Superior Room up-grade Unless you get this free or at very little cost donât bother, there is no difference in your room, you just get two lounger deck chairs on the patio and a parasol, (but if you have a first floor room the balcony is so small that when they cram these on you cannot move) and whatâs the use of two chairs when you have four in the room; Two bath robes , a DVD player and a welcome pack consisting of two small bottles of wine (one of which had gone off) a bag of crisps two orange juice cartons and four small chocolates This resort is obviously a former self catering complex that has been converted to an all inclusive holiday village but the infrastructure of the resort is not up to it, We met a lot of people on this holiday with the same view as ourselves, but equally met others who thought the resort was great and had no problems with getting up a silly oâclock for a bed and seemed happy with both the food and entertainment. Each to his own and this is only our perspective Would we come here again, a definite NO Not worth the money there are much better holiday villages out there Would we go to another holiday village; PROBABLY NOT Our children will be nearly 10 next year and I think they have now grown out of this style of holiday which I feel is really more suitable for the under 8âs Having had such a great holiday in Florida last year, I think our next few vacations will involve a certain M Mouse I hope this review helps and that at least if you book here you know what to expect, hopefully the management and First Choice will act on these reviews, if they create another area for sunbeds or provide free beds on the beach, improve the quality of the evening shows ( if First Choice employ a few more staff so that they are not so worn out) and if the hotel would turn the three other evening restaurants in to full table service meals like the Tavern by the Sea and create a nice adults lounge/bar area this could be a very nice resortMore
DerbyDave4, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Lovely .... sooooo much ice cream
Lovely place. Clean and well maintained. Great choice of food and drinks. Gorgeous ice cream EVERYWHERE. Not too far to walk to the town and right on the sea front/beach. Can't really remember the entertainment as its a while since I went, but it must have been ok otherwise I'd remember grumbling. Loved staying here. Loved everything about the holiday.More
Sue Z, Bolton, United Kingdom
Good but not great
We returned yesterday from a cracking 10 day holiday in Lanzarote - two adults and children aged 9 and 7. The hotel had a number of downsides but I'll start with the positives first - the setting is fantastic with a lovely beach in front and amazing views of Fuerteventura in the distance, behind the hotel the landscape is impressively dramatic with views of the black hills and mountains. We enjoyed the food in the main restaurants as well as the Green & Grill. Our room and the hotel generally were clean and well maintained. The Firstchoice reps were pleasant and extremely hardworking, my son did four days of football and enjoyed it. The swimming coach was really good (if a bit gruff), my daughter did two lessons with him and learned a lot. Playa Blanca's promenade goes a long way in either direction from outside the hotel, I had a lovely walk up to the lighthouse one afternoon and we often walked up to Playa Blanca in the opposite direction in the evening, with bungee trampolines on the way. We did a couple of really good trips - the Timanfaya half day tour and the submarine dive. Both highly recommended. Hubby and son went to the Aqualava water park just down the road and had a fab time. Now the negatives - firstly our bathroom flooded every time we had a shower. Reception sent someone to fix it but it still flooded. They told us it was a "wet room" which was why the water flowed across the floor, but it was in fact a normal bathroom with a shower without a screen, and a very slow flowing drain! The water just poured out of the shower tray and slopped right across the floor, it even flooded under the bathroom door into the living room. The hotel had very helpfully provided a broom in the bathroom presumably to brush all the water away! We didn't have the energy to keep complaining so ended up arranging the towels around the shower to prevent the flooding. Felt sorry for the poor maid taking away ten saturated towels every morning! Also the bathroom door wouldn't shut from the inside so we had to get someone to shut it from the outside every time we went in there (and to let us out when we were finished!). It was annoying but once we're in holiday mode it takes a lot to bring us down and we saw the funny side. The sunbed situation is easily the worst I've ever experienced. The simple fact is that there are WAY too many people for the number of beds. We didn't get near the main pool in the 10 days we were there (although to be fair we didn't want to, too loud for us), but even the beds near the quiet pool and the lap pool were gone by 7am. By day five we gave in and played the game too, hubby getting up at 6.30 to put our towels on beds near the quiet pool. The main restaurants were busy at times, you had to time it carefully or it could be really overcrowded. We had vouchers for the Italian and the Tavern but had to attend at 6pm - way too early for us as kids were still in the pool at 6! So they went to waste although we really liked our evening at the Green & Grill (any time between 6 and 9 for that one thankfully). Overall there were too many negatives for me to wholeheartedly recommend this hotel. We only booked a Holiday Village as my son wanted to do some football (neither he nor my daughter did any of the kids' club activities), and we wouldn't go to one again based on this experience. Overall, we still had a lovely and memorable holiday and we would happily return to Lanzarote again, but not to this hotel.More
EllyMay72, Upminster, United Kingdom
My daughter said this was an awesome holiday. We have been to several holiday villages and this was the best. Our little 'house' was perfect with everything we needed. The food was delicious. I particularly liked the fresh fish and squid which were cooked in front of you. The restaurant was exceptionally clean and the staff were friendly. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay here I am definitely going to make a return visit to this hotel with my family.I would highly recommend this hotel.More
91Lucylu, Sheffield, United Kingdom
Lots of good things to say
Enjoyed our stay at flamingo beach resort. We were two adults and two kids 8 & 6. The apartments are clean and comfortable and location right beside the beach is convenient. The food was very good with lots of verity and only the fussiest of eaters would struggle to find something they liked. The only criticism I would have is that the Kids stuff was a bit too fancy in its presentation which put my kids off. Sunbeds are an issue and Management of the resort need to address it. Providing Sunbeds at the apartments or giving people the option to have them provided would take some pressure off the main pool area. We certainly would have taken up the option. Speaking of the Pool the main pool is without doubt the best pool I have come across for kids. It least half the pool is under a meter in depth. The sessions in the Kids club only last 1hr 30min which I donât think is long enough would have preferred three 2 hour sessions rather than 4 1hr 30min sessions during the day. Gives parents a bit of a breather. Entertainment team are great with the kids and you feel confident they are safe. Evening entertainment isnât great but the a lot of bars in Playa Blanca\Papagayo have music and entertainment every evening so I would advise getting out of the hotel. Itâs a pleasent 15min walk or â¬3 in a taxi. I would have no hesitation in recommending the Hotel.More
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