Pierre & Vacances Holiday Village Fuerteventura Origo Mare
What We Love
- An action-packed holiday village in the Canaries, on the tip of FuerteventuraThe huge range of entertainment and activities, let alone the mammoth 11-pool water fun area
- Relaxing with a cocktail by one of the palm-lined pools
- Stylishly decorated villas, with their own fully equipped kitchens
There’s one thing we can guarantee, you won’t find yourself short of things to do at the four-star Pierre & Vacances Fuerteventura Origo Mare on the tip of the second largest Canary Island. This holiday village is a serious power player when it comes to all-out entertainment, with an incredible volcanic-themed ‘Craterpark’ water fun area at the centre of all the action.
Picture a dizzying 11 swimming pools with a wave pool and water slides. Don’t worry though, this isn’t some huge, tasteless resort – they’ve still paid plenty of attention to style and design. You’ll get to slink around a glam oasis of pools lined with palm trees, but if all that lazing around wears thin you could always get stuck into paddle tennis, boules or even a round on the 18-hole mini golf course.
Afterwards, head to one of the multiple restaurants to refuel after a hard day of chilling out, before decamping back to your stylish villa to unwind.
How to Get There
My family and I stayed her late October/early November and we had a lovely time. The site of villas is a little lonely but about 5 mins by car away from Lajares. It has great views of the ocean and the nearby coast could be walked in about 15/20 mins. The beach there is craggy but great to see little marine life; fish, hermit crabs, crabs all live in the rock pools - flip flops not advised but croc type shoes be great. We bought a net from the on site shop and had a great afternoon exploring. This is also surfers country, so there’s loads of campers and surfers enjoying the waves. On site has a shop where you can sign up for surf school or snorkelling too. There’s the main restaurant and a bar on site. If you are explorers, you’ll need a car. Cheaper to get one from the airport for your stay as the ones you can get from the hotel are expensive. Corralejo is about 20 minutes away and similarly, El Cotillo is about the same. The hotel organised shuttle buses to nearby el cotillo and corralejo too. Food was great, seen some reviews complaining about chips - yes there are chips every night but this is alongside a massive range of other foods; always 2 rice options, 3 pasta options, potatoes, meat, fish, pizza, freshly cooked steaks, massive salad choices, cheeses....not really sure how this could be complained about. Even my fussy daughter loves the food and she does not eat chips so I know this isn’t a problem! Breakfasts also a massive choice to cater for all. The restaurant staff are incredibly hard working and my only gripe about the restaurant during our stay were some of the other hotel guests who were rude, shouting at staff for things that weren’t their fault. Villa was fabulous, totally well kitted out for every need (we were half board so kitchen was great for few times we wanted lunch at villa). We had 2 bedroom and our view from upstairs was gorgeous of sea and Lanzarote. From front, views of volcanoes and landscape. The beds were comfortable, bathrooms well equipped, nothing missing. Only cleaning let down at the end - should be every 3 days and we had only twice in 12 days. That said, the bins were always emptied every day. Be mindful of need to use bins for loo roll In fuerteventura! Other site facilities - the pools...cold but amazing for kids (acclimatised once been in a bit!) with slides, rock climbing wall, wave pool, games etc. The adult pool is warm and out of the way of the kids areas. There is also a normal pool which is very cold we went for about 10 minutes then went to the crater park (the pools with slides). It does get very busy and again some hotel guests think they don’t need to clean up after themselves but this isn’t unique to this hotel. Lifeguards are strict but safe and I was glad of their presence. They allowed inflatables in wave pool so I think i this is perfectly fair. The kids club were fantastic- so hard working. They’d arranged trick or treat for Halloween and created a haunted house. The entertainers were so engaging. The programme includes loads of activities and my DD loved going to them on the days she could. There’s a gym, basketball courts, tennis courts. Not sure about night time entertainment as we don’t stay around the stage, we played lots of pool in the Mavericks onsite bar which is run by excellent staff, again. The shop on site is expensive but convenient, and there are supermarkets in Lajares or Corralejo which are better value. However, I’d rather have an expensive shop than no shop at all and it does stock lots of essentials. We also used the on site go kart hire and they have Segway scooters and bikes too. There’s a mini golf on site. If you visit, highly recommend a walk up Calderon hondo, extinct volcano in Lajares. Take chipmunks some peanuts...absolutely beautiful view and chipmunks are a treat. Don’t do it in flip flops contrary to trip advisor - it’s dusty and uneven, good trainers at the least. the fossilised beached at the lighthouse in El Cotillo are fascinating. This hotel is, as stated before, in a quiet location which suits us well as we like to go and find and have a restful place to come back to. It’s not for those that like nightlife or hustle and bustle unless you travel into corralejo every day. The staff, the hotel, the facilities and the food were great. We had a great time and would very much like to return next year. It’s a gorgeous location with great scenery and lots for kids to do.
Such a great rest we had on this holiday - we took a chance on trying two weeks but it was really worth it. By the second week we had really gotten to know the place and activities etc. We chose not to travel much as we needed a well-earned rest but did end up hiring a car at the end of first week and a small car again middle of second week. We also booked the free bus for one day which was a great way to see Corralejo and meant when we booked the car the second week we knew where we were going and wanted to spend another day there. In the first week when we booked the car we travelled the length of the island without too much hassle and swam in a beautiful beach in the south. The Holiday village itself was really the best part for us in that it had all ages staying including many teens who spent some time in the centre of the hotel in an open space with couches and pool tables - our kids have never played as much pool in their lives but it was great to see them mixing with others and chatting instead of spending ALL time on phones!! That area was surrounded by windows also so very safe but with foliage to make it feel comfortably private too when inside. They loved the pools too but really enjoyed making friends more. Entertainment was amusing and varied with posters up in reception showing the different shows/times etc. Very good musicians some nights! The dancing skills of the entertainers was top class and they must have been hired on their dancing first - super! Friendly staff mostly - the odd grouchy face but not much. Food was good and probably consistent with other inclusive places. Red wine was not great.. Fab adult pool. Felt really safe in this place with the teens as it was so far from anywhere - no scary nightlife/streets to deal with and there was visible security. (Little golf carts being driven around by security guards/cleaners etc) Villa! We were very lucky to be just up the street from reception so easy to get to everything. Lovely house with veranda upstairs and outside table and chairs downstairs. Did no cooking as we had big breakfasts in hotel and just had snacks at the lunchtimes (mind you our son loves pizza so he often had one from the poolside as the main dinners didn't offer pizza).Overall we were able to relax and enjoy ourselves and would definitely return. I think if you are booking selfcatering it is imperative you hire a car - they're very cheap and easy to hire - even at the hotel. The Sea activities we didn't take advantage of as they were quite expensive and we had enough entertainment at the hotel. Mini golf was also great. Keep remembering good things. Yes, the site itself seems unfinished and could do with an investment but when you drive around the island you can see places that are a lot more dilapidated so we became very thankful of our own holiday village. People are working very hard on this island to keep tourism going - we loved our stay.
Just finished a 10 day stay and wouldn’t return. From the second we got out of the car from the airport it wasn’t a good start. Reception staff rude. Stood chatting while I was standing waiting to check in for a good 15/20 mins before even acknowledging me. Fast forward to the first evening meal; food fantastic if you want rice and chips for 10 days. Women who “greets” you into the restaurant could do with some people skills training. Asked her if I was able to take my full glass of wine into the bar and was told “no, that’s why we have a bar”. Utter waste but whatever didn’t have to be rude about it was just asking. Fast forward to evening 7 and the restaurant is packed. We’re a family of 5 and no tables available. We’re talking around with a double pushchair trying to find somewhere to sit (all the while half the restaurant is blocked off, why?!) then same woman sends us back to the front of the restaurant to sit down to a now vacant table. We walk back to the table to sit where we was told to to then be greeted by another lovely member of staff who on speaking to a group of Spanish people who had just entered the restaurant who held her hand up to us telling us “no, they’re sitting here to over there to find a table”. My partner told her we had just been asked to sit here and with her hand still up in our face she mutter in Spanish and told us no. We then walked back up to the restaurant to see that the woman who told us to sit at that table had now opened the rest of the restaurant to the group of spanish people. Moving on to the entertainment staff. Thought they was amazing, funny, good with children etc etc. All up until our last day when we was invited to play beer pong which we did. The entertainment staff took a turn for the other team to which we joked about no cheating. She then told the opposite team who are French “typical English sore losers”. Perhaps they should be mindful that we may actually to speak French ourselves! When I replied to them in French they ended the same and walked off for cocktail making. Bringing us to this morning (our last morning). We arranged for a 7am breakfast at the bar area. 7:10 we arrive, no breakfast. Ask reception and they inform us they’ve opened the restaurant for us. How lovely, or so we thought. Walk in to be shouted at “no no no we’re closed”. Explain we’ve booked breakfast, no apology just a sour face from the restaurant cooks about us having prams with us and they walk off. We then have a selection of freezing food. At 7:35 we get up to leave and my 1 year old son picks up with ball, goes to walk out the restaurant, drops the ball and picks it up again. The cooks then come from behind the counter to shout at my son “no ball no ball”. We explain we was leaving and he didn’t mean to drop it and that we had actually asked for breakfast in the bar for exactly the reasons they’re moaning at us for “the young children and prams” had they have done what we asked they wouldn’t have anything to moan about. The staff ruin this hotel. The complex itself is good but I wouldn’t go again. We didn’t pay thousands of pounds to be spoken to like dirt for being English.