The resort is very big with several swimming pools, by a beautiful beach. We had a lovely room at the far left end of the resort, on the 1st floor, overlooking the sea and Fuerteventura. Room (one bed apt. really) was clean and spacious, with a separate bedroom and a well equipped kitchenette, useful when heating, washing bottles and preparing milk feeds for our 8 months old son. The resort itself was always kept clean, bins by the pools have been emptied several times a day, staff really polite, helpul and extremely hard working. A lovely Eva, usually working in the bar by the quiet pool needs to be mentioned here. My 4.5 years old son adored her, he practised his Spanish with her while we queued to order drinks and she tought him some new words and frases. Hardworking, she used to do everything by herself, fry chips, serve drinks, clean tables etc. all day with a smile on her face and still some guests would be annoyed and complaining when she closed the bar for a few minutes while she went to empty the bins.
And here we come to the only negative side of the hotel - its guests :/ Rude and constantly drunk, tattooed British (I'd say 95% apart from a few lovely Irish, Polish and Spanish families we've met there) who left rubbish everywhere, reserved beds by the pools every night, queued by the entrance to the restaurants before they even opened although a huge variety of food was served in several places throughout the resort, all day.One lady from Newcastle screamed at a poor chef in a restaurant demanding (in a strong Geordie accept) that he goes and fetches someone who can speak PROPER English to her as she wants to know how fresh are the boiled eggs and expects an answer 'in proper f***ing English'. I mean - really? I'm sorry but if you want to go on holidays and expect everyone to speak English - STAY HOME!!! Don't go abroad!!!
We expected the resort to be busy and noisy as it is a family resort after all. It's where children take parents on holidays, right? Although in here it seemed that parents came here to party and took children along only because they didn't have anywhere else to leave them. Parents didn't care about their children screaming, littering and splashing water with water-guns over people sunbathing and everything in reach as long as they were left alone to drink with mates from the moment the bars opened in the morning :( The language used, to each other and own children was appalling and left our ears flaming red. My 4.5 year old son has never heard anyone swear before and kept asking what do these words mean :/ Seriously, I'm not trying to be posh, criticising others but there should be some standards when one is in a public place. If this is the kind of language people use at home, I don't care at all but if you swear like a trooper sitting by the toddler pool, that's not right!!!! In the end we spent most of our days on the beach which was just as well, as the beach is beautiful and quite large, our 4.5 years old & 8 months old sons played with sand, built castles, kicked ball, splashed in the sea and made friends with children from nearby hotels.
I used to like British people, never had any problems with them until our holidays in Lanzarote. Completely changed my opinion of them and will do a little research before next holidays to make sure we don't end up in a hotel full of Chavs again!! I know it's not fair to generalise and we do have a lot of friends in the UK who are great but during our 2 weeks in Flamingo Beach we didn't find one nice thing to say about British guests which is a shame really. Sadly hotels cannot choose their guests but take blame for their behaviour.
Entertainment team worked really hard to please everyone and as the hotel's guests were nearly exclusively English, the entertainment was aimed at them (bingo, karaoke, Abba shows etc.). This was totally not to our liking as when we go on holidays, we want to experience as much as possible of the local culture/cuisine/language/music etc. Normally when we are on holidays and relaxing by the pool the entertainment team would play local music, be it Greek, Mexican, Spanish, Latino Americano etc. as this is what makes you feel that you ARE on holidays, in a lovely sunny place away from home and rain and reality and hearing it again one day will remind you of those lovely sunny days and put a smile on your face. All we could here in Flamingo Beach was James Blunt, Take That and other stuff we hear in the radio everyday back home. Again, it's not the hotel's fault as they cater to please the majority and this is what the majority wanted :/ As most of the guests didn't even leave the resort, the only entertainment they got was from hotel's entertainment team. Inside the resort, we felt we are in England and not in lovely Lanzarote. Luckily we took trips and also walks to Playa Blanca and further after dinner each night and discovered a nice festival taking place in Playa Blanca, firework displays, funfair and a little alleyway with local bars and restaurants with music bands playing authentic Spanish guitar music and locals dancing to the tunes in the street and sipping wine. Fantastic!
Overall, we would happily go back to Flamingo Beach if the guests staying there were a mixture of different nationalities instead of a single one. The staff will make you feel welcome and they will work hard to ensure you enjoy your holidays.
- 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
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- Also Known As:
- Flamingo Beach Hotel Playa Blanca
- Hotel Flamingo Beach
- Playa Flamingo Apartments
- Playa Flamingo Lanzarote
- TUI Family Life Flamingo Beach Resort Lanzarote/Playa Blanca