14 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
best for a long while
"My partner and I have just come back from a three week stay at these bungalows, we felt that it was very good value for money. The staff were excelent and were always very helpful. The rooms were very clean (we had a cleaner every day). our bungalow was at the rear of the complex and above all the others so we had a very good view of the sea. A good thing to mention is that the complex caters well for those with a difficulty in walking, there are slopes to all the areas. Matagorda shops were very near (plenty of bars and shops. Three bars to mention, First in last out (an Irish bar) with a very good singer, and upstairs there is the Rockolla bar ( good Karaoke three times a week) and Scarlets (a Welsh bar) this is a small bar run by two ladies. as mentioned in other reports the main town is only 1 euro on the bus.
We will return to this complex."
- Travel date: Sat 1st of March 2008
"As a result of a booking error in the apartments we were supposed to be staying in, we found ourselves in need of accomodation on the night of arrival. We were referred to the Nautilus and the receptionist there was extremely helpful. They were able to accomodate us at short notice (like right then!). As it turned out the accomodation turned out to be of a much better standard the bungalows we had originally booked. My 9 year old son was thrilled with the pool, and overall we found the complex very good.
I would have no problem recommending the Nautilus to anyone interested."
- Travel date: Thu 27th of December 2007
We will be back soon
"We have just returned from yet another holiday at the Nautilus.
We discovered this little gem a few years ago and have since
returned on a number of occasions. The bungalows and gardens
are well maintained and very clean. The complex is in an ideal
location, very close to the beach and if you like walking, a lovely
prom. You are never too far from a restaurant or bar, something
to suit everyone's taste.
The staff are very friendly and helpful.
Like us, many people return to the Nautilus ( sometimes more than once a year ) and this must speak for itself.
If you are looking for a quiet, relaxing holiday in a lovely location
then we think the Nautilus is ideal."
- Travel date: Thu 15th of November 2007
"Myself,husband and 86 year old father have just reutrned from holiday here - this accomodation is well above average and deserves more than two keys.
The bungalows are very well equiped and rooms are all a good size with very comfotable beds. No problems with water temperature or pressure. The security at the complex is also good.
These apartments are well situated for the beach and a small shopping complex nearby with some very nice resturants"
- Travel date: Sat 29th of September 2007
Highly recommend Nautilus Bungalows Lanzarote
"We have just come back from a weeks holiday at the Nautilus Bungalows, Matagorda, Lanzarote, my Husband, myself & our two teenage children aged 14 & 15, & all had a great Holiday.
The Bungalows were ideal. We had Bungalow No 11 which was excellent, right next to the pool. We would get up in the morning have breakfast on our own veranda & then just 4 steps to the sunbeds by the pool. We went the week before the schools broke up so it was fairly quiet for the week, but even towards the end of the holiday when more families arrived it was not noisy.
This is a lovely little complex of only 70 Bungalows, N0's 8-28 around the Pool others up round the back. The complex is nicely kept & the Pool was ideal with a childrens pool available for the tots. The Bungalows were basic but well equipped & I would personally rate higher than the 2 stars given.
Our only real problem with the bunglow was the hot water, we found that if we all had a shower in the evening the hot water would usually run out after the second shower, but this really didn't worry us.
The maid service was good & the receptionists were all very helpful & friendly & spoke good English.We ate lunch at the small bar/restaurant & were highly satisfied with the food, the supermarket was very handy, just downstairs & not overpriced.
I would highly recommend these Bungalows. For families with small children I think it would be ideal and a safe environment for the children.
The town of Matagorda was only a short 5 minute walk away with a wide range of restaurants & bars (most of them Irish Bars) all in the main shopping centre & we spent some good evenings here, Ideal for us as right in the middle was an amusement arcade where the kids were quite happy to hang out & close enough for us to know where they were.
There was a regular Bus service into Puerto del Carmen & for only 1 euro each we could have a change of scenery. In San Antonio we would recommend the L'ola restaurant & cafe a glass restaurant where you could sit on the veranda overlooking the sea & have a superb meal.
Although only a 5 minute Taxi ride from the airport (only 8 Euros)
we were not bothered too much by aeroplane noise as they fly in over the sea & not over the Hotel, if the wind is in the right direction you hear the planes when they put the engines into reverse thrust, but it really did not spoil our relaxing by the Pool.
If your'e after a relaxing holiday with good facilities & easy access to the surrounding Island I would highly recommend The Nautilus Bungalows. We would definatley visit these Bungalows again they offer everything you need for a week away to relax & not have a care in the world."
- Travel date: Tue 24th of July 2007
Great for a relaxing holiday
"I've just returned from a week in Nautilus, located near Matagorda beach in Lanzarote. The apartments were a very good size, the bedroom had 2 double wardrobes and a safety deposit box, bathrooms were quite big with a very good shower, constant hot water and good pressure. Towels were changed almost every day, as were the bed clothes. The apartment was cleaned every day. The kitchen was very well equipped with every sort of cooking utensil you could need. We had a TV, but the only English stations were the news channels and channel 4. The temperatures were quite moderarte, so the ceiling fans in the bedrooms were sufficient for keeping cool during the night.
Each apartment had a washing line out the back and a patio area with sunloungers and patio table and chairs at the front of the apartment. The pool was very spacious, and it was never too packed and there were always plenty of sunloungers. The staff were very pleasant and ordered taxis for us whenever we wanted. There was a very handy shop there also.
Taxis costed up to â¬4 into Puerto del Carmen, or â¬5 to the old town area. Matagorda itself was a bit disappointing, with a big commercial centre in the middle, but there is a lovely pedestrian promenade along the beach.
I would definitely return to Nautilus again, I found it very enjoyable, relaxing and very well maintained, although I was a bit disappointed with Lanzarote as a whole. The excursions are not worth going on."
- Travel date: Tue 17th of July 2007
Not quite what we expected
"We were planning on a quiet lazy week, but it didn't quite turn out like that. There was renovation work taking place at the complex in the bungalows the block before the one we had - which was very noisy everyday. Looking at our bungalow I would say that they would or rather should be renovating that block soon. The place really did need a facelift. We had to ask on numerous occasions for things that should have been in the bungalow and I wasn't very pleased when we had to clean most of the kitchen utensils before using them.
On the plus side the on site supermarket was well stocked and the staff were friendly. There are numerous bars and restaurants within easy walking distance. If you like Paella and Sangria we would recommend Tratoria Timbayba, they serve a variety of other foods too.
The taxi from the Airport to the bungalows cost about 10 Euros and a taxi into town was around 4.5 Euros.
We would go back to Lanzarote but not sure whether or not we would stay at the Nautilus again."
- Travel date: Sun 6th of May 2007
Peaceful and friendly haven.
"We have had a week's timeshare bungalow at Nautilus for the last three years in March. I can honestly say that this has been one of the most peaceful and restful holidays I have ever had, which my husband agrees with.
Each March we go to Nautilus with our daughter and our granddaughter for a week. The bungalow is very good, the staff are really so friendly and helpful. We have used the restaurant and bar on site and found this to be totally acceptable.
We either sit at the pool area or on your own patio outside the bungalow and enjoy the peace and quiet.
Should you want more noise (???) Puerto del Carmen is only a ten minute cheap taxi ride away, and in the other direction the airport is about the same distance, so not difficult to get to.
About 5-10 minutes walk is a small shopping centre with bars, restaurants and shops, and also the beach is another minute away from there!
Can't wait to get get back there!!!"
- Travel date: Wed 27th of December 2006
A complex for all
"After staying in this complex this year i cant wait to return, myself, my husband, his mother and our three kids stayed in a two bed apartment with loads of space for two weeks, also my mom & dad had ther own apartment which was nearly as big,
i can not find fault with these bungalows near to beach and commercial centre, just a stroll to both. every thing in apartments was vcery clean and kept that way, very modern bungalows, the bathroom was like a 4 star with walk in shower,
Every thing in apartments you would need for a self catering holiday, This is the only place i have ever stayed where people were not out grabing loungers at dawn, you would pretty much get one at any time of day, it was just nice a calm around the pool. The pool it self was fab nice for kids not all of it was deep and a seperate paddle pool for smaller children, but big enough you could be in it yourself. I didn't try the food but there always seemed to be people there eating. Ther are no kids clubs or entertainment in these bungalows day or night which may not be a bad thing as it would spoil the atmosphere of calm here, as there are 2 hotels with nightly shows just two minute walk away for good stuff for adults and kids alike. A fab place to go very relaxing even with 3 children, cant wait to go next year a very good find."
- Travel date: Thu 26th of October 2006
Small, but big on quality
"Stayed at the Nautilus Apartments on Lanzarote, Canary Islands for a week in balmy January this year (2004).The one-bed apartment was spacious and offered excellent self catering facilities, including a microwave (not something one sees everywhere in such an apartment). The large sofa converts into a king size bed for 2 other adults so my 3 young lads slept on it with no problem.Maid service is 3 times a week so bed linen and towel changes are no worry. There's a small terrace outside each apartment offering sun loungers and patio chairs and children are well catered for with a play area, crazy golf and pool/table tennis facilities.Those who just can't keep away from work (you know who you are!) can keep in touch using the internet facilities on site.On the minus side, the site supermarket is quite expensive with a small range of goods. Better to take your hire car into the Hyper Dino complex near the airport for all you will need.Petrol costs half that found in the UK. We filled our 33 litre tank for just 18 (less than Â£14) after a week of driving around the island. The UK usury on petrol duty and tax really compares badly on Lanzarote.Staff at Nautilus are very friendly and helpful. Taxi back to airport costs about 7 but will only take about 5-7 minutes. The apartments may be close to the runways, but strangely, aircraft noise isn't noticed after a very short while.Enjoy your stay - we'd recommend it to anyone.PS, if you have to book flights separately, go for Excel Airways from Gatwick, by far the cheapest and you get fed in the price, too!"
- Travel date: Wed 14th of January 2004
Theft last november in Nautilus Bungalows
"Be careful if you are planning to stay at Nautilus Bungalows, in Matagorda area. Close the bungalow with key at night.
On November 23d one or more people entered our bungalow (number 49, behind the pool zone) by night, when we were sleeping, and took three of our bags, with IDs, money and stuff more than 2.000 euro valued. No safety chain at the door. The fence surrounding the complex was broken, so someone might entered.
The manager didnÂ´t appear on the next 3 days, and back home we asked her about responsability.
The Guardia Civil told us more thefts had happened there, and the manager admitted 3 more thefts had happened last september.
IÂ¨ll put some photos with the broken fence.
Greetings from Bilbao."
- Travel date: Mon 26th of December 2011
I would reccomend The Nautilus for famil...
"I would reccomend The Nautilus for families with young childeren or older people seeking a relaxing holiday.It is not suited for those seeking a livley entertaining holiday or families who have teenagers.It is a very quite and calm complex with a lovely pool and the 2 bedroomed bugalows themselves are lovely very spacious and well equiped.Personally my family and I did not enjoy our stay heer as we found it to be very far from the beach and the main resort of peurto del carmen.Would not be rushing back to The Nautilus Bungalows in a hurry."
- Travel date: Tue 24th of June 2008