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“We stayed at Villa Carlara Playa Blanca Lanzarote for...”

Written on: 10/03/2010 by Robinsons50 (1 review written)

We stayed at Villa Carlara Playa Blanca Lanzarote for almost 5 weeks from 3 January 2010. When you live somewhere for a few weeks, you see the flaws more clearly than when staying for just one or two week's holiday trying to cram every activity in. Yes, this is a lovely luxurious villa with everything the photos say, but it could also benefit from some care and attention. For instance, all the walls, inside and out, could do with a coat of paint, many of the doors didn't shut, only one of five solar inside lights worked, the once-attractive artificial flowers were dirty and dusty and the ADSL internet connection advertised is in fact 3G wireless with poor reception. The glass atrium, absolutely brilliant on cool January days, leaks when it rains and the inside walls have orange and grey streaks from top to bottom as evidence of previous rain storms.

Now, we know that Lanzarote is a sub tropical island and cockroaches, ants, mosquitoes etc are commonplace; we have been renting villas on a long-stay basis on the island for quite a few years now. So, did we have an infestation of cockroaches at Villa Carlara, or were we just unlucky that the street drains were fumigated when we were there? We don't know, but it was certainly the two live cockroaches in our bed that brought matters to a head. Having discussed it at length (as you can imagine), we believe they had used the lovely floor-trailing Ralph Lauren bed valance as a climbing frame. Under the bed and in the folds of the valance had proved to be a favourite hiding place for cockroaches in previous days.

Regretfully we spent the last few days of our Lanzarote holiday in a local hotel.

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