Everybody has different experiences, but overall, Tripadvisor doesn't lie. I think when we booked, Flamingo Beach was 14th out of 43 in Playa Blanca - as I write now, it is in 2nd place (1st is a 5* that costs about 5x as much!). Flamingo Beach deserves it as well - the staff try so hard. As well as the "can do" attitude amongst the staff, there were new beds, a renovated pool area and a new main restaraunt. There was little evidence of delapidation, which is usually a sign of apathy or complacency. Each time I pointed out something minor, it was addressed within the hour.
My wife and I particularly appreciated the work of the maids who went the extra mile cleaning (and tidying) our apartment. The assistant manager is a consumate professional, whose maturity belies his youth: a balance of efficiently sorting things out, and being people and child friendly.
Our children (5,7 and 9) enjoyed everything: the pool(s), the food, the beach - even just the feel of the resort - familiar little walks between restraunt, appartment and playground etc. The resort was big enough to have good facilities, but small enough to recognise faces of staff and guests.
We booked accomodation only, but felt we got good value from the upgrade to all inclusive (a special offer was children could upgrade free when adults paid). Despite having 3 hot meals a day in the same restaraunt, there was a good degree of variety - certainly better than a previous AI experience.
The resort fronts right onto the beach - most of the others in Playa Blanca are sea front but not beach front. There is no road to cross to the beach either. Yes it is small, and yes some of it is stoney. However there is a sandy end which is ample for sand castles and shelves gently into the sheltered bay. Along with the gardens and the view across to Fuetreventura, we found it easy on the eye.
Sometimes a holiday is what you make of it, and maybe we came with low expectations. I suppose if you are really into sunbeds (we're not) then you would get frustrated at the towel on sunbed crew etc. However there is pleanty to do round the pool (reps games, aquarobics) and we just moved towels onto the next bed if we did fancy a lie down!
Overall, a great resort, great people and a lovely holiday.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Family Club Gold medal in 2007 and 2008 with Thomson.Flamingo beach just some steps away.Great offer of Restaurants, bars and entertainment.Football pitch and tennis court. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Flamingo Beach Hotel Playa Blanca
- Hotel Flamingo Beach
- Playa Flamingo Apartments
- Playa Flamingo Lanzarote
- Flamingo Beach Resort Lanzarote/Playa Blanca