The Villa Review: Villa Mirador, Caleta De Fuste, Fuerteventura, Spain
Review: Jennifer Bonfield.
Fuerteventura is one of the more relaxed Canary Islands which boasts fabulous sunny days most of the year and with just a 4.5 hour flight from the UK – makes this one of Britain’s year-round favourite holiday destinations. Villa Mirador, a name which translates to ‘The Lookout’, which boasts stretching views from its fantastic roof terrace overlooking the renowned Elba Palace golf course. Villa Mirador is located in the heart of the Campo De Golf complex, one of the newest and best complexes in the town of Caleta de Fuste.
Just a mere 15 minutes’ drive from Fuerteventura airport, and only around 15 Euros in a taxi , which are usually in abundance outside the airport arrivals so there is no major need to book a transfer prior to your stay. There are also several car hire options nearby should you prefer to drive, but the close proximity to all the towns amenities, bars and restaurants (and of golf course!), a set of wheels to get around is absolutely not an essential here. The Atlántico Centre is 10-minute stroll away from the villa, which houses shops, cinema and large supermarket – and again taxis are located here should you need to do ‘The Big Shop’. There is also a larger supermarket a little further out of town and transport for this is essential. The Elba Palace Hotel adjacent (situated on the golf course), is open to non-residents and has a chic fine dining restaurant, plus a club bar and sunny terrace.
This contemporary open plan villa offers a great social space for families or groups of friends, with a large dining table to host dinner parties , and a good-sized kitchen with plenty of space to rustle up your own tapas for a dinner party. The cosy lounge is a great spot to play some extremely competitive Trivial Pursuit (cheeseeeee, anyone?) a game of cards, or maybe a game that you don’t mind letting the kids win?!
There are four bedrooms; two doubles (including the master with en-suite,) and two twins with good wardrobe space and air conditioning. The main bathroom has a great Monsoon shower, but like all properties on the island of Fuerteventura, hot water in homes is provided by a tank that once empty needs to be refiled over a couple of hours to create a new ‘batch’. As long as you don’t have someone with Mermaid-esque hair extensions who takes a 30-minute shower without realising the precious limitations on this hot water (ahem!) then the tanks will provide an entire family or group with showers in succession, just don’t be a shower hog.
The pool area has plenty of space and is a good-sized pool for a group/ family with children. There are sun loungers and areas which have good sun exposure for most of the day even in low season months. The pool is also heated and the pool cleaner visited us twice in a week, so you can be sure this is a lovely clean pool.
The best part of this villa though had to be the huge roof terrace (note there is a seprate access door which locks for those with small children) , so despite the fantastic villa itself, it is here we spent most of our time; we ate breakfast on the terrace, sunbathed on the terrace and drank Rioja (under the stars of course!) in the terrace ‘cubbie’ as it was nicknamed it – a covered sheltered area with huge windows and comfy sofas. Add in some twinkling tea lights and it was of the best spots to watch the sunset and drink wine with friends into the late evening.
If you want to venture into the local town Caleta – it is just 10 minutes in a taxi and around five Euros. There are plenty of family friendly restaurants including Fado Rock – known for its AMAZING steaks. We also visited El Capitan – a fantastic tapas restaurant, which we frequented more than once for its’ really great food, friendly staff and all round very reasonably priced menus. If you are on a group holiday sans bambinos and want to drink cocktails and get involved in the bustling vibes of nightlife, then head to the courtyard bars where there are chilled bars with ample outdoor areas and great places to drink the local vino or sip a mojito, maybe even a partake in a shimmy on a dancefloor.
There are plenty of options for families and groups of friends and there is a real mix of holiday makers on the island –there’s something for everyone and Campo de Golf is absolutely, in Caleta, one of the best locations to stay.
Villa Mirador Owner, Louise, made great suggestions of where to eat and drink and was just a text away in the UK. Property manager Gaby was also in hand as she lives on the island and both were super helpful throughout our stay.
This is a great villa which families and groups will love, with so many plus points you could really want anything more; location, social spaces, family friendly, heated pool, sun access and the best roof terrace in town.
Urb las, 55, 35610 Antigua, Las Palmas, Spain
Property – Villa | sleeps 8 People | 4 bedrooms | 2 bathrooms | min 4 night stay
Average price £150 per night