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Las Dunas - © L. Asenjo / EASYVOYAGE
Las Dunas - © L. Asenjo / EASYVOYAGE
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Nestled in a green setting which faces the vast and beautiful Jandia beach, with its fine sand and turquoise water, the Villas Dunas Paradise is a hotel complex which provides a comprehensive package. Its entertainment, sports and leisure equipment as well as its facilities for children should satisfy the needs of both the little ones and the grown-ups: it is an ideal place for the whole family, which has (and this is the cherry on top of the cake), a real zoo which is free for all the hotel guests:
you have to admit that there are not many hotels which can claim to have such a luxury! The zoo is open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm: you will discover there, among other animals, llamas, antelopes, reptiles (and notably a show with alligators), falconry, birds of prey and even an 8 metre long python. Numerous other leisure activities are available, including a mini-golf course, three tennis courts, a beach volleyball court, a football pitch and a multi-sport court: almost enough to organise the Olympic Games! A fantastic team of 14 people offers a host of events, games and sports activities. Children are well looked after and will be delighted to go to the mini-club, which is in a really lovely colourful amphitheatre. However, the relatively steep relief and imposing size of the estate is not really adapted for the disabled, even if there is a funny little train which links the different areas of the complex all the way to the beach and the zoo. You can take money out at the cash machine in the lobby. The beach is relatively far out, but a little train takes you there for free. The complex also houses the Stella Dunas Jandia Resort hotel, the less exclusive part of the resort. In case of any problems, a medical service is available 24 hours a day. After the evening show, which takes place in a large hall spanning two floors, partygoers will be able to dance away at the night club Mafasca, which is free for hotel clients and situated a stone's throw away from the lively bars, restaurants and shopping centres of the seaside resort of Jandia.
Families will be more comfortable in the chalets, which have two rooms and a lounge, hospitality products in the bathroom and even a microwave.
A member of the Canarian Hotel Group 'Dunas Hotels & Resorts'; Villas Dunas Paradise, built in 2004, is made up of 178 rooms spread over 44 one-storey blocks painted in pastel yellow, green, mauve or blue, which blend in perfectly with the green landscape of the hotel. Nature reigns supreme in this resort which is surrounded by flowers' scent, bird song and tropical vegetation, where animal statues can be found nestled here and there (the real ones are in the neighbouring zoo) and a few peacocks can be seen wandering about. Apart from Jandia beach, you have the choice of four swimming pools to cool you down: two swimming pools (heated in the winter) 5 ft deep and two pools for children. The main swimming pool offers activities and a snack-bar and is decorated with cacti, the other swimming pool is on a higher level and quieter. Children can also enjoy a small round pool which is 1.6 ft deep. The pools are surrounded by a large solarium terrace furnished with deckchairs, parasols and showers. Towels are available at reception for a deposit of £13.20. Thanks to the cliffside location of the hotel, you can enjoy some splendid panoramas of the sea and the Jandia Lighthouse, particularly from the panoramic solarium terrace.
Recovered with tiled flooring, the rooms of the Villas Dunas Paradise are very well equipped. There is a satellite television (15 channels); a safe with a key(£1.80 per day); a telephone with a direct international line; individual air-conditioning; a fridge; a double bed as well as a large balcony fitted with a round green plastic table, two armchairs and a clothes line. On top of this the balcony gives on to the sea or the garden. In particular, though, they have the advantage of having a kitchen with two electric hobs, cutlery and dishes. Three little steps take you to the lounge where there is a wooden coffee table, a sofa and a round wooden table together with two armchairs. The atmosphere is brightened up by pretty colourful curtains. The bathroom includes a bathtub fitted with a handle and a flexible shower head, a toilet and two bars of soap, but there are no hospitality products: remember to take shower gel and shampoo with you.
Villas Dunas Paradise only offers one buffet restaurant, with show cooking, in a huge room which is able to take almost 550 guests, and even 650 if you include the terrace where the smokers sit. In order to taste the famous Canarian 'papas arrugadas' (wrinkled potatoes) accompanied by the just as famous 'mojo sauce', you will need to wait for the Canarian theme day which alternates once a week with Italian and Asian cuisine. Breakfast is served from 8:00 am to 10:30 am, lunch from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm and dinner from 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm. If you can, take a seat on the terrace to enjoy the wonderful panoramic view of the turquoise ocean, as well as the Jandia Lighthouse. Incidentally, the swimming pool bar serves various hot and cold snacks from 11:00 am to 2:30 pm. You can also sip on various cocktails at the lounge bar from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm.
You need to cross the high road to access the vast, fine sandy Jandia Beach with its crystal clear water. It is a beach dominated by its majestic lighthouse. Otherwise, there is the little train from the resort which can take you there for free. You have to walk a little way to reach the water and the slope is quite steep, but what a reward! Showers, deckchairs and parasols are available. Be aware: the beach is very windy, there are waves and currents; it is, however, supervised and a flag indicates the safety level for swimming.