Nestled in the midst of lush greenery facing the vast and beautiful Jandia beach, which boasts fine sand and turquoise water, the Villas Dunas Paradise is a hotel complex providing 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 grown-ups: an ideal hotel for the whole family. The icing on the cake comes in the form of an actual zoo, which is free of charge for hotel guests!
The Villas Dunas Paradise is in Jandia (a seaside resort located southeast of Fuerteventura) overlooking the beautiful beach of Jandia, which is on the other side of the road in the midst of a 120 acre oasis of greenery. The airport is about 53 mi further north and transfer time is around 70 minutes.
The Villas Dunas Paradise is home to a zoo, which is free of charge for hotel guests: you have to admit there aren't many hotels that can boast such a luxury! The zoo is open from 10:00am to 6:00pm: you will see lamas, antelopes, reptiles (and notably an alligator show), falcons, birds of prey, and even an 8 metre-long python, amongst others. Numerous other leisure activities are at your disposal, including a mini-golf course, 3 tennis courts, a beach volleyball court, a football pitch, and a general sports ground: almost enough to host the Olympic Games! A powerhouse of 14 people organise entertainment galore, games, and sporting activities. Children will be delighted to get together at the mini-club, which is to be found in a really lovely and colourful amphitheatre. However, the area is quite steep in places, which, combined with the extensive size of the estate, makes it rather unsuitable for those with reduced mobility, even though there is a funny little train that links the various parts of the complex, such as the beach and the zoo. You can withdraw money from the ATM in the lobby. The beach is a fair distance away but a small train provides a free shuttle service. The Stella Dunas Jandia Resort is also part of the complex, but it is the less exclusive part of the resort. In the event of any health problems, medical attention is available 24 hours a day. After the evening entertainment, which takes place in a large, split-level room, revellers can dance the night away at the Mafasca disco. The entrance is free for hotel guests and it is located just a stone's throw from the bars, restaurants, and shopping centres of the seaside resort of Jandia.
Families will be more comfortable in the chalets, which have 2 bedrooms and a lounge area, hospitality products in the bathroom, and even a microwave.
Built in 2004, the Villas Dunas Paradise is a member of the Canarian Hotel Group 'Dunas Hotels & Resorts'. It is made up of 178 rooms distributed throughout 44 buildings with 2 storeys, painted in light shades of yellow, green, mauve, and blue, which blend in perfectly with the thick greenery surrounding the hotel. Nature reigns supreme in this resort, where fragrant flowers and singing birds abound in omnipresent tropical vegetation, in which animal statues can be found here and there (the real ones are in the neighbouring zoo) and a few peacocks can be seen wandering about.
If you are looking to cool down, you will have a choice of 4 swimming pools in addition to Jandia beach: two 1.5 metre-deep swimming pools (heated in winter) and two children's pools. You will find activities and a snack-bar at the main swimming pool, decorated with cactuses, while the other, quieter pool is to be found further up on the hill. Children can enjoy the small, round 20-inch deep pool reserved for them. They are surrounded by a large solarium terrace with deckchairs, parasols, and showers. Towels are available at the reception for a £13 deposit. Thanks to the hotel's cliffside location, you will enjoy magnificent views of the sea and lighthouse of Jandia, especially from the panoramic solarium terrace.
Fitted with tile flooring, the Villas Dunas Paradise are well equipped: satellite television (15 channels), a key-operated safe (about £2 a day), direct international telephone line, individual air conditioning, a fridge, a double bed, and a large balcony with a view of the sea or the garden and equipped with a round green plastic table, 2 armchairs, and a clothes line. Best of all though, they have a kitchen with 2 electric hot plates, cutlery, and dishes. You will need to walk down 3 little steps to get to the lounge, where there is a wooden coffee table, a sofa, and a round wooden table, together with 2 armchairs. The atmosphere is brightened up by pretty, colourful curtains. The bathroom includes a bathtub fitted with a handle and a flexible showerhead, a toilet, and 2 bars of soap, but there are no welcome toiletries: remember to take shower gel and shampoo with you.
The Villas Dunas Paradise only has one buffet restaurant and features show cooking. The huge dining room has a capacity of almost 550 guests, and even 650 if you include the terrace where smokers like to sit. If you would like to try the famous Canarian 'papas arrugadas' (wrinkled potatoes) served with the equally renowned '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 8:00am to 10:30am, lunch from 1:00pm to 3:00pm, and dinner from 6:00pm to 9:30pm. If possible, do try and sit out on the terrace so as to enjoy the beautiful panoramic view of the ocean's turquoise water and the lighthouse of Jandia. In addition, the pool bar serves various hot and cold snacks from 11:00am to 2:30pm. You will also be able to try a great variety of cocktails at the lounge bar from 6:00pm to 11:00pm.
The vast, fine-sand Jandia beach, with its crystal clear water and dominating majestic lighthouse, is accessed by crossing the main road. Alternatively, the resort's small train provides a free shuttle service. 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 provided. Keep in mind that the beach is windy, and that there are waves and a bit of a current, but it is monitored, and a flag indicates how safe it is to swim.
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