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We just returned from our 2 week stay at this villa and we are missing it already! It was a really lovely place, very close to all amenities but still very peaceful. Outdoor areas are very private and the roof terrace offers views over to La Gomera which is great at sunset. Star gazing was also good. The villa itself was very comfortable and was very well equipped. Air con units in every room made for a comfortable nights sleep and the beds were firm, but we slept well. Susan greeted us when we arrived and gave us a talk through the house, she was very receptive to messages and answered any questions we had. The pool isn’t massive but was perfect for the two of us to float around and play a bit of pool badminton! The pool is cleaned twice a week and the pool guy is really friendly. The smart tv and hdmi cable allowed us to hook up our laptop to watch films in the evening and the radio is positioned well to listen from outside. WiFi has a really good connection throughout the property. Nearest shop ‘little Britain’ (Isn’t as bad as it sounds) has plenty of basic provisions and HiperDino in the centre of the town had everything else we needed. In terms of restaurants, we really rated the Italian Corner, Sea Soul, La Romantica and Bombay Babu. We would give Europa and Sangri La a miss if we returned. We didn’t go anywhere else, opting to cook at the villa as it was such a lovely setting. There is also a great booking office for excursions just down the road (magma)- we booked whale watching and a wine tour- both outstanding. Plenty of parking nearby, though no need for a car if you’re having a lazy holiday. If you love to snorkel, we found a fantastic and very private cove about 10 minutes walk away- down the hill past Sueno Azul beach club hotel. But shhhh- don’t tell anyone! It’s a shame the local businesses nearest the villa have all closed down as there would have been a nice little community area a moments walk away. If I had to give any negatives on the villa, it would be good if more cleaning products were available like floor cleaner and a new washing up sponge. Also the outer gate key takes a bit of getting used to- we thought we were locked out more than once! Overall a wonderful stay- would definitely return.
From the moment we arrived the owners made us very welcome, there was fresh fruit and bottles of water in the apartment for us. The apartment was spotlessly clean throughout, and well stocked with utensils and crockery. The beds were comfortable and the sheets perfectly clean. Our bath towels were changed once during our stay, which we hadn't expected, and was appreciated. Overall we were extremely pleased with the apartment, and also the owners who were not intrusive but were available if needed.
The only downside was we found the area quite noisy outside in the early hours, lots of noisy people walking back from the restaurants throughout the night, local businesses opening (car workshop) and the street sweeper driving up and down daily at 5:30! Whether this was because we had unknowingly booked during the local summer festival I can't say, I wish we'd done our homework as a group of people drumming out in the street at 06:30 was a shock to say the least. If you're not up for this wake up then avoid being there August 1st!
Some areas of Playa de San Juan have yet to embrace tourists, our Spanish is poor and we had a few issues with communication as English is not widely spoken here. There are lovely sunsets, but we were made to feel uncomfortable a couple of times during evening walks by locals sitting in groups outside restaurants, who were clearly talking loudly about us, and watching us, as we passed. This being said the majority of the establishments we visited were warm and welcoming.
The beach was very clean, and we had no trouble getting loungers (2 loungers with a table and shade €7:50 for the day) with waited service from reasonably priced beach bar if you wanted it. Safe swimming, but pack flip flops as the sand is very hot and pebbly at the waters edge.