I was invited on an all-inclusive trip to the Origo Mare Resort, (by Pierre & Vacances)...
Walking in to the elegant reception at the Origo Mare Resort, you know instantly you’ve arrived somewhere special. Situated on the northern tip of Fuerteventura – the second largest island in the Canaries - Origo Mare is its own self-contained holiday village, only 45 minutes’ drive from the airport.
The resort gives an overwhelming sense of space and a complete disconnect from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. From £380 p/w (self-catering), a family of four can occupy their very own villa with open-plan kitchen/living area, and French doors opening on to a walled sun terrace with dining table. The modern bathroom combines impressive slate tiles and a large wet-room-style shower (perfect for a sandy family on holiday!), and is secluded enough that you’re able to open the window and take in Fuerteventura’s enchanting arid landscape while the water trickles down your back. Bliss!
The villas form clusters around nine beautiful ‘oases’ / pool areas, though it’s likely your DCs will be more taken with Origo Mare’s mini waterpark. Boasting a wave pool, rock-climbing pool and family-sized double sunbeds, it’s arguably the resorts most impressive attribute. In fact, family-friendly holidaying seems to be at the forefront of everything Oigo Mare has to offer. The kids club is divided in to mini (-6), kids (6-8), junior (9-12) and teen (13-18) age groups, with amazing bilingual staff engaging children across drama, dance, art and science. There’s opportunity to partake in the age-old seaside tradition of mini golf, and come night time the luxurious adult pool is transformed into an al fresco entertainment hub. The Michael Jackson tribute act – with Thriller zombies walking in to the pool – is sure to be a holiday highlight!
In spite of all that Origo Mare has to offer, it would be a real shame not to venture out and explore the bewitching, barren landscape of Fuerteventura. A 10 minute drive to the west of the resort, the pretty little beach of Cotillo makes the perfect base for a wealth of water sports, including scuba diving, paddle boarding and surfing (for which Fuerteventura is renowned). When it’s time to dry off, you won’t regret a trip to the sand dunes of Corralejo – it feels as if you’ve been transported to the Sahara! – or a horse ride along the coastline. However, if you only do one excursion during your time on the island, make it an historic tour of Coroneles road. Knowledgeable guides dressed in period costume will take you round the church, grain store and spectacular manor house at the island’s historic centre. They remain in-character throughout the informative and humorous tour, and you leave feeling you understand a little more about this curious and charming island.
Flights to Fuerteventura start from £89.99 one way (£186.94 return) and operate all year round, from Manchester, Birmingham and London Gatwick.