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“The robbery party”
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Villas Blancas
Milan, Italy
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“The robbery party”
Reviewed August 8, 2013

We spent two weeks at this place the last year with my 2 years old girl. Very nice pool..Very expensive xtra clean service ( 70 euro) for 30 min. of work . The villas are located in the most degradeted place of the Island with lot of people from all over the wordl , mostly thiefts . The day before we left my camera , computer and IPhone were stolen. There is not security at all. There is shortage of pollice personnel ...So it's a play of the cat with the mouse...Not reccomended at all....

  • Stayed September 2012
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Spetcra_Villas, Manager at Villas Blancas, responded to this review, November 25, 2013
Dear Guest, Unfortunately like most of Playa Blanca, Villas Blancas fell victim to a group of organised criminals throughout the summer. These criminals are currently awaiting trial after their arrest in late September 2013. Since then we have had no robbery's in any of our villas in Playa Blanca. There has also been an electric gate installed to increase security in the future. We can assure all guests past, present and future that we take security very seriously and continue to work with the interest of the guests to maintain the best possible security in all of our villas in Lanzarote.
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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed July 15, 2013

We stayed in a 3 Bed villa here beautiful to look at, lovely spacious villa lovely furniture cubed bathroom on top with sunken bath, apart from being disappointed that the Pool is at the side of the villa which has low walls to the front that made the pool area very NOT Private. we were delighted with the size decor, furniture etc and outside the villa was quite enough so we were happy overall. Till the 1st night we left the Villa and were broken into, The safe was Ripped out of the walk in wardrobe and it was horrible to walk back into with the kids & seeing the place had been ransacked. On arrival handles on the doors were loose we assumed they'd been too heavily manhandled by previous guests but no these villas are just way too easy to break into. Until they increase security I would not recommend them at all. We did not feel safe here the bathroom window on the ground floor has a curved wall outside it (protecting burglars from being seen) and can very easily be forced open wish we had know about security issues which police confirmed were an ongoing problem. Need to get gate at entrance fixed and security brought before letting unsuspecting tourist stay here with no protection. Sorry can't recommend which is a shame as the villas really are nice. Reps Spectra were very good and got us moved ASAP. However this wasn't a once off robbery and very upset they'd let families here without warnings

Room Tip: Need alarms fitted and bars fitted onto bathroom windows plus secure locks
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Spetcra_Villas, Manager at Villas Blancas, responded to this review, November 25, 2013
Dear Guest, Unfortunately like most of Playa Blanca, Villas Blancas fell victim to a group of organised criminals throughout the summer. These criminals are currently awaiting trial after their arrest in late September 2013. Since then we have had no robbery's in any of our villas in Playa Blanca. There has also been an electric gate installed to increase security in the future. We can assure all guests past, present and future that we take security very seriously and continue to work with the interest of the guests to maintain the best possible security in all of our villas in Lanzarote.
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Brighton
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19 reviews
12 hotel reviews
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Reviewed March 3, 2013

This was a last minute booking for this villa for an extended winter break and we got a good deal. (Owners direct C5167). The Spectra team was excellent, e-mails prior to arrival prompt and informative. Villa was lovely and more than we expected.
Entrance hall, separate kitchen, fully fitted with dishwasher/large cooker/fridge-freezer and enough utensils to manage easily. Attached utility room with washing machine, dryer and drying area was a great help to wash out beach stuff etc. Lounge was spacious, leather sofas, big dining table and plenty of storage. Air/con and heating in lounge and master bedroom. Although the main heating in the lounge was not functioning very well, but it was not a problem for us. 2 bedrooms, well fitted and 2 bathrooms. Towels and linen seemed brand new and was changed weekly. The pool area was very large and the villa sat in a large garden area, so one could move the loungers around depending on sun/shade/wind. The heated pool was a brilliant addition and we used it several days every day. Servicing was discreet and frequent and the Spectra team answered any questions promptly and attended to any matters. Thank you Karen/Ben/Dan and the team!
As to location: There was a bus service nearby and a small shop for essentials, but if you wanted to drive to the better beaches,do a lot of shopping etc. , a car was essential. We got a brilliant deal via Hioliday Autos with Hertz and used the car daily. If you were a very keen walker/hiker, you could possible have walked into town (I would guess about 35mins)., but only 5-10 mins drive.
If you are self catering - which we were - there is a large Hiperdino in Play Blanca with underground parking and the prices are extremely reasonable, much cheaper than at home. Big fresh meat/fish counter and separate delicatessen counter. Having been to Lanzarote many times over the years, we found that all prices generally seemed to have come down.

We had great weather, which of course always helps.

We would recommend this villa to couples/families our friends holidaying together. We will return next year..

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Spetcra_Villas, Manager at Villas Blancas, responded to this review, November 25, 2013
Thank you for you lovely review of one of our Villas Blancas Villas. We hope to see you in the very near future for another fantastic holiday in the sun!
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed December 9, 2012

It was a late booking for the October half-term. The villa (No. 42) was nice but poorly equipped, for example there was hardly any cutlery, no sharp knives, no coffee machine, no chopping board, no serving bowls, some of the towels were stained and had holes in them. We complained the next morning to the local rep and the London office and they did attend to most of the deficiencies the same day which was good but we shouldn't have needed to call them in the first place. The rental came with a car which you needed as it was a drive down to the town or the marina. We paid the supplement for the swimming pool to be heated, it was a nice pool and we made good use of it.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Teesside
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17 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed October 28, 2012

This was a last minute change of villa by the owner (dawn malham).
A bit disappointed as we were expecting aircon as advertised.
Also advertised as large barbeque.
Good points. Nice villa. Well laid out. Good size pool.
Bad bits. No aircon. Tiny portable barbie (not cleaned).
Had to have a window open which meant my wife was bitten by mozzies nightly!
Also the owner does not keep in touch.
Overall the holiday was fine but could have been made better by accurate advertising and better communication.
Family of 5 with a baby.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Zeb51
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London, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed October 3, 2012

We are almost at the end of our 2 week stay in no. 1 villas blancas.
Its one of 50 detached villas in the northern part of town. You will need a car if you stay here as its 20 min roadside walk to beach, uphill on the return journey.
Villa is nice, nothing remarkable but we've enjoyed our stay. Pool is lovely, good size, kids have loved it.
As with 99 percent of villas in spain they are built quickly and cheaply so there are small niggles - bath broken, pool shower doesn't work, no air con, but none of these things is a big problem although I'd imagine the lack of air con could have been a prob in the high season.
We have enjoyed our stay.

  • Stayed September 2012
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Property: Villas Blancas
Address: Urbanizacion Villas Blancas Sector 34 | Montana Roja, 35580 Playa Blanca, Lanzarote, Spain
Location: Spain > Canary Islands > Lanzarote > Playa Blanca
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
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Ranked #20 of 45 Specialty Lodging in Playa Blanca
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Villas Blancas 3*
Number of rooms: 3
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