We stayed at No.7 overlooking the trees and lagoon, though sadly the trees almost block the view of the lagoon and in the constant wind, sound like heavy rain lashing the building, but after a day or so of a two week stay, we got used to the sound and the semi obstructed view. It does mean you get to see birds, which love the trees.
The generator does take a while to get used to an being adjacent to our 2nd bedroom window was quite noisy until midnight when it cuts out and the house is plunged into darkness. There is no back up supply in this apartment so we had to put our milk in the freezer section of the fridge during the day to keep it cool enough to avoid going off. The TV was only Spanish language so it didn't really matter that the electric cut it off at midnight. After a few days, we got used to having candles or torches at the ready in order to use the bathroom and get to bed.
There were many mozzies when we went in May, but a combination of mozzie nets for the beds and mozzy bands meant only one bite in two weeks. Each window is fitted with mozzy screens though so as long as you are armed with a mozzy machine gun when you open the sliding doors and they are lining up to get in, you will be fine.
The cats outside, I thought they were well cute and I love the fact that they are cared for by the visitors and apartment owners. Surreal but cute.
Inside, the apartment was well equipped for simple self catering and has a lovely walk in tiled shower / bathroom. The beds were comfortable and the sheets were changed / made every few days. Nothing is 'perfect' or spanking new' in this apartment, but it was clean and tidy, the cleaners were excellent and it has a character of it's own. I do think the awful sun bleached cheap prints on the wall which now only have a remnant of blue ink left on them, a little tacky. Either put fresh images up or take them down altogether, otherwise why bother ?
The covers of the seating were awful in that every time you sit on the settee, the covers just get pulled down and you ended up sitting in a crumpled mess of covers/blankets.
Overall though, clean, tidy, provided for all of our needs, was not overlooked so you can go au naturelle on the balcony as well as the beach the house is built upon.
And after all, isn't this the point, the location is what this set of apartments is all about. The lagoons are great fun, clean, unpolluted, full of creatures to see when snorkelling from spider crabs and octopus to trigger and scorpion fish and vast numbers of other assorted species. The wind was actually a very pleasant relief from the often intense heat, even in May. The lava reefs are rough bt amazing and often worn into fantastic shapes. The sand conversely, blown in from the Sahara, is almost pure white, clean and hot. The sea was crystal clear (mostly) with great visibility. The waves beyond the reef are big and rough and even on the huge sandy embanked beach South of the village we saw nothing but big unswimmable surf for most of the two weeks. The lagoons are swimmable at any time. The lagoons in May, were uncrowded, but at the weekends, one or two native people were very clearly anti naturist and I was even spat at by one man, fist time tis ha ever happened. So I'd advise some polite courtesy at busy weekends when the locals are there. The weekends ARE busy around the apartment, but some of the camper vans literally park outside for a week at a time and there WERE signs of them using the bushes near the apartments as a night-time toilet with tissues strewn across the prickly plants. Even this though, did not unduly disturb me as the place was otherwise quiet and friendly and very VERY relaxed. By week 2, we used the weekend to drive to other locations further south in the island, to avoid the Cotillo crowds (relative term!) At all other times, this is naturist heaven and the whole 'house on a beach' approach is simply fantastic.
The points I have raised are in no way intended as negative criticism, they are just real life observations of what we experienced and would I stay in this very same apartment again, yes I would, and did any of these observations put me off my stay, no, not in any way (except the covers falling off the settee which really did do my head in after two weeks :-)
Having considered all the other amazing places we saw on FV, I still think El Cotillo is one of the absolute best, quietest and most relaxed and welcoming for naturists and textiles alike. Perhaps the best holiday I've had in years.
Although this apartment technically is closest to the sea, the large palm trees do obscure a LOT of...
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