How to describe Las Dunas, Javea.......well I would say that it has everything that you could possibly want for an easy, relaxing holiday.
Janie (the apartment owner) made every effort to ensure that we had all the information that we needed before arrival, even going so far as to give me a list of local attractions when I asked what we should do with two 13 year old boys for a week in Javea.
If I had any queries, like does the apartment have a washing machine, (it does by the way!), Janie always responded immediately which made planning ahead lovely and simple.
Before arrival Janie sent me a photo of the entrance to the apartment complex so that we would know exactly where we going and what we were looking for.
On arrival, Janie had arranged for Sue to meet us (she stood on the street outside and guided us in). Sue was fantastic, showing us how everything worked and which keys fitted which locks.
Our first impression was of how super clean the apartment was, absolutely spotless!
The boys were very excited to find the , very large, pool just outside the back gate. I have to mention that, as we were staying mid May, they had the pool almost exclusively to themselves all week which went down very well.
We would highly recommend The apartment which was a home from home (Janie had even made sure that there was a pint of milk and a bottle of water in the fridge waiting for us). Beds are large and comfortable, there is a huge shower in the main bathroom, kitchen has all necessary crockery, utensils and white goods and lounge diner is large and spacious.
Outside there is a large secluded terrace which is mostly shaded, but I did manage to find a strip of sunshine in which to position myself. The terrace has a choice of seating, a large dining table and reclining chairs and also some easy chairs, perfect for a glass of wine in the evening.
One of the best aspects of the apartment for us was how secure it was. It is on a gated complex which needs a key to enter and we felt very happy letting the boys go in the pool by themselves and also to wander back to the pool if they got bored whilst we were on the beach.
In fact the whole resort feels very safe and secure. The boys thoroughly enjoyed their first taste of freedom, being able to wander to the beach (where the sea is safe and almost wave free) whilst we got ready in the evenings or staying in bed in the mornings whilst we went to buy breakfast. We felt completely relaxed letting them have a bit of space, there is a zebra crossing just outside the apartment and then you are more or less on the beach.
The Arenal beach is beautiful and very clean, (the beach and promenade are cleaned every morning). Right on the beach promenade are a large number of upmarket bars, little shops and (to the boy’s delight) creperies, frozen yogurt shops and ice cream parlours.
We worked our way round the huge variety of bars and restaurants during our stay and have to say that Service in all was generally good and, although pricey, food was of a good quality. We particularly enjoyed watching the sunset in Botanico which is to the far south of the Arenal beach and breakfast croissants in Austriaco Cafe Wein were hard to beat.
- [ ] I can honestly say that our week in Javea was the best Spanish holiday we’ve ever had. We spent some quality time together and because the boys were happy doing their own thing, we were happy. I am ashamed to say that we didn’t actually explore any of the local attractions, despite having hired a car for the week. it was just too wonderful having time to do absolutely nothing other than sit in a bar or on the terrace of the apartment whilst the boys played in the pool or on the beach with other children they met there. We are just going to have to go back sometime and explore the local attractions!
Janie made sure that all of the arrangements were so simple and seamless that we couldn’t have had a more relaxing and stress free week.