Frodsham Family (the eldest child is at school)
- Origomare (referred to as Origo Mare and also Pierre et Vacances) is at the North of the Island in sight of the ocean and Lanzarote.
The complex comprises a reception off which is a restaurant for those who are on half board or fully inclusive holidays. On the site is mini-golf, a supermarket, a restaurant which does take out, activity centres such as bike hire and waterbased excursions, a laundrette and much more!
The James Villa we were in was within a minute walk of reception. You can just about get their WiFi - there is no separate hotspot in the villa.
The villa has a table and 4 chairs outside at the front. The door (watch out as you open it - don't keep hold of the handle as it will trap your fingers on the frame) leads onto a compact living area and kitchen.
Living room has a sofa which may convert into a bed, low table, TV and other seats. There was a small, round kitchen between the sofa and the kitchen but with just two chairs.
The kitchen has a fridge freezer, electric hob and oven, kettle, toaster and coffee machine. There is a reasonable range of utensils but not a lot of storage space.
There are stairs up to the second floor. There is an air-conditioning unit in the living room.
To the right there is the toilet and wet room. Literally. It is compact and difficult to have a shower without soaking the whole floor. The sink is interesting. Very deep. There whole far wall is mirrored and difficult not to splash during any kind of ablution!
Opposite the bathroom is the twin bedroom. There is no separate air con in her but at the time I was there (early April) it was not needed. There are curtains and external shutters which can be used to keep the villa cool.
Upstairs is a bathroom and the main bedroom off which is a roof terrace.
For me and my children (12 and 8) the onsite water park was amazing. There is a small pool for younger children with a selection of slides. For bigger children, myself included, the next slide pool has three separate slides - a tame one, a wide one to go down simultaneously and what I affectionately refer to as the back shredder. A 5 second thrill ride inside the tube.
There is a climbing (traversing) wall by one section of the last pool on that site. Harder than it looks but good fun. There is a tunnel leading to a graduated pool with waterfall and water jets. Every hour this becomes a wave pool. There are plenty of lifeguards in attendance and a bar where you can get food between 1 & 3.30pm.
We were issued a band which allowed access to the water park. During the holidays they had an entertainment team on which included fun for the children plus various sports for adults (though children could join in too) including stretching, yoga, pilates, aquagym and more.
There is a bit of a scram to get the prime spots around the resort. Each block of accommodation has it's own pool plus there are tennis courts, basket balls courts and bungee jumping around too.
There nearest town Lajares is quite small. If you are mobile Corralejo is half an hour away - two options of road including the unmade coast road which is interesting and probably best done in a 4x4. Or dune buggy.
In summary the villa is ideal for the part time use it is likely to get as there is so much to do. In the evening there is a range of entertainment available including dances and shows. The week flew by and we all had a fantastic time.
Published on: 19 April 2017
Origo Townhouse II