From luxury homes in buzzy Corralejo to laid-back pads in sleepy villages, these are our favourite villas on the Spanish island of Fuerteventura.
For sunny beaches, water sports galore and rollicking nightlife, Fuerteventura can’t be beat. The island’s coastlines may just be the most dazzling in the Canary Islands archipelago, with majestic dunes and volcanic black sand. Swimming, surfing (try the waves at Isla de Lobos), wind-surfing, kiteboarding (best in the northwest), diving, fishing, and boat tours are just some of the aquatic adventures awaiting visitors, but landlubbers are happy here, too. Diversions on dry land include biking, volcano hiking, wine tasting, 4×4 tours, and more golf than one trip can tackle. For those travelling in large groups, here are the best villas on the island.
With large whitewashed villas, each equipped with its own private pool and rooftop terrace for soaking up the Canarian sunshine, Bahiazul Villas & Club is a chic pick for families looking for lots of elbow room and privacy. All villas feature fully kitted-out kitchens and hot tubs (some rooftop, others surrounded by the pools). It’s worth noting that smaller boutique properties such as Bahiazul are the exception in big-box Corralejo (Fuerteventura’s largest resort area), not the rule.
Like Bahiazul Villas & Club, Villas Veaco is something of an anomaly in Corralejo, where big, brassy resorts with extensive facilities are the name of the game. This upscale boutique villa-hotel is on the flip side of that, with minimalist design and an intimate atmosphere. A colour scheme of teals and earth tones, as well as private pools (complete with hot tubs and floating palms) enclosed by whitewashed walls make the refined villas feel air-lifted out of Santorini. Blue domed pizza ovens on the roof deck add to the Aegean feel.
This five-bedroom, four-bathroom villa has a prime location (within Salinas de Antigua Golf Resort, a few minutes’ walk from Caletilla del Espino and La Guirra beaches). The roomy, one-story layout is a dream for large groups and multi-generational families. Common areas are abundant and appealing. In addition to a modern kitchen and large living room with a lofted ceiling and comfy furniture, there’s a good-sized backyard with a heated pool and ample seating areas. The pool terrace acts as the villa’s main hangout hub, with a playground, games, a grill and even an outdoor fridge for maximum outside time. Parking is not a worry, as there’s a private garage.
This breezy, sports-centric property with self-catering villas has a nice perch between Las Playitas golf course and a dark-sand bay beach on Fuerteventura’s southeast coast. The villages of Las Playitas and Gran Tarajal are within a 10-minute drive, though the resort itself offers an enormous array of on-site diversions – tennis, volleyball, biking, water sports of every stripe, swimming in a heated Olympic-sized pool, and golf on an 18-hole course with a driving range.
Tao properties are akin to laid-back gated communities; the Mazo outpost is located in the traditional village of Lajares in the north of the island, a short drive from El Cotillo beach. The 17 units are split between one-, two- and three-bedroom villas, all with terraces, pools, full kitchens, and daily housekeeping. Don’t expect a disco here; a communal pool, sun deck, and volcanic gardens are the extent of the amenities and evidence of Tao’s easy going nature.
As far as villa stays in Fuerteventura go, Orange Light is a slam dunk. With three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a full-sized kitchen, the house is an ideal self-contained space for up to six travellers. The private pool deck is the nerve centre, with a heated saltwater pool, hot tub, outdoor dining table, and sheer-curtained Bali bed for afternoon siestas. Orange Light is located in a quiet residential area about a three-minute walk from the centre of Corralejo and a seven-minute drive from the Grandes Playas and their remarkable sand dunes.
“Oasis” is a word often used in savvy hotel names. Here, it’s rightfully applied. The quiet La Oliva property feels like a peaceful desert hideaway, a true oasis and rare boutique experience in Fuerteventura, where music-blaring resorts are common. An early 1900s Spanish home makes up the communal areas (including a handsome volcanic stone restaurant/bar with high wood-beam ceiling), with 10 three-bedroom villas set beyond the hotel’s pool. Each has a pool of its own, as well as three bathrooms, a dining room, and a kitchen, complete with full-sized appliances (even a washing machine).