My husband and I have recently returned from a 10 night stay at the Luz Y Mar apartments.
We stayed in upper apartment, No.21. The 1 bedroom apartments are a great size. Good open plan kitchen/lounge area. Kitchen had fridge/kettle/toaster/4ring electric hob and various cooking utensils, more than adequate for putting together snacks and simple meals. Bathroom, again was a good size, complete with bath and over bath shower. Large double bedroom with twin beds, dressing table, bedside table and large wardrobe. (I think we were lucky as we had two proper thick mattresses on our beds. Others we spoke to complained of rather thin, campbed-like mattresses!) The balcony was a great size, overlooking the pool and caught the sun all day and was complete with patio table & 2 chairs. There was also a concertina style clothes dryer/airer attached to the wall. The apartment was cleaned twice during our 10nite stay and towels/linen were changed both times.
The complex is very quiet (if you're looking for 18-30's holiday, this is not the place for you!) There is a pool bar and its usually open about 10/11am until about 10pm, but if there are a few of you there in the evening, Liam will keep the drinks flowing (I think Liam maybe leaving, so he will be sorely missed!)
Apartments are in a great location, between the Old Town and New Town of Puerto Del Carmen. Right outside the apartments are a couple of supermarkets and a Spar! All very reasonably priced. (I will not be taking any toiletries next time as I'll just buy everything I need when I get there.)
There are also a couple of very good restaurants just outside, namely, O'Churassco and Blairs. (My husband said the Duck in Blairs was the best he'd ever had and I totally recommend the steak at O'Churassco!)
Head down the hill and at the roundabout turn left to go to the New Town/Strip/beach. Its a typical 'Strip'. Lots of bars/restaurants/souveneir shops and 'touts' trying to drag you in every couple of steps. We visited it once, that was enough! The beach was lovely. Clean, wide and gently shelving. There appeared to be lots of different watersports to try.
If you go straight through at the roundabout, on your left you will see The Drunken Monkey bar. Pop in and say "Hi" to Flo. Lovely French lady who speaks perfect English. She does ice cold beers, great cocktails and very large spirit measures!! Follow the road down and you're in the Old Town. Keep going and you'll find yourself at the harbour area. Lots of lovely restaurants overlooking the sea. We liked Oceano, for a cold beer and light snack and just watch the world go by. You can get the Watertaxi from the harbour, round to Puerto Calero. Takes about 15 mins and only €10 each return. Calero has a beautiful marina and lots of designer shops, so if shopping is your thing, its definitely worth a visit!
Also worth a visit is Fuertuventura. Ferries leave regularly from Playa Blanca and are only €23pp rtn. The bus from Puerto Del Carmen to Playa Blanca runs every 20 mins (you get it outside the Biosfera Shopping Centre at the roundabout) and is about €6 pp each way, however, as we went with a couple of girls who were staying at the apartments and fancied the trip too, we got a taxi which was €30 inc tip, and took about 20-25mins.
This was our first time in Lanzarote and loved it so much we've already booked to go back and stay at Luz Y Mar in Feb '14.
I've rated it 4/5 as the apartments are a little tired looking and could do with a wee spruce up, but that is the only negative in my opinion.
My husband and I totally recommend the Luz Y Mar Apartments and the resort of Puerto Del Carmen for a relaxed, chilled out holiday.
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