le flamboyant Margarita Venezuela

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El Agua Beach, Margarita, Venezuela
0085 295 249 - 0385

le flamboyant Margarita Venezuela Reviews

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Nice well cared for hotel May 12, 2008
Stayed at the Flamboyant hotel with a friend in April this year.. We have never visited venezuela before so we were very excited about having a relaxing holiday in the sun.. We were collected by the rep (first choice) Sandra Perna at Porlamor Airport after a 10 hour flight from the UK.. The airport was small and not at all well organised, the luggage took ages to arrive !! Anyway about an hour later we arrived at the hotel Flamboyant. Check in was quick and organised, we were given room 822 on the 3rd floor (only 3 floors).. We did however have to lug our cases up the stairs!! As the hotel is a 3 star registered and cheap I shouldn't complain. Our hotel room was large, 2 double beds, a balcony, wardrobes, TV, lovely big shower room.. Very clean and well looked after hotel. the grounds were gorgeous, all greenery and palm trees.. Large dining area.. We were a bit concerned that the All Inclusive would be a bit of a disapointment, but it was actually rather nice and varied. It was lovely eating al fresco with the palm trees around you.. The evening entertainment was dire, some dancers and a singer, repeated every night, but that didnt matter we had come for the rest and relaxation not the night life.. We also went on a boat trip arranged through First choice to neighboring islands of Conche and Cubagua.. i t was amazing the beach was gorgeous and deserted!! i have put some pics on.. the men on the boat looked after us so well plenty food drink and laughs.. the boat however was not all that comfortabe no seats, we had to just sit on the hard surfaces, but a brilliant trip!! well worth the money.. I was rather confused by th Bolivars in venezuela, i did not research the rates enough before we left, thus I was ripped off everywhere!! From the hotel we arranged to get a taxi to a restraunt called Guayoyo about 30 mins taxi ride, through some very intimidating looking streets!! Our rep advised us to get taxis everywhere in the evening and not to even walk along the strip outside after dark.. The Guayoyo is a lovely place with great food, and nice staff, the food was super large King prawns were the best ever! We did stumble across a problem though.. We ran out of money and they said the Visa card machine was broken!! Oh dear.. We were not allowed to go together to the ATM, so i stayed and my friend went in a taxi.. One hour and a bit later i was still waiting for her to return!!! My imagination running wild!! I asked the waiter we had befriended Jacko what was going on and he called the taxi!! When we were reunited we still had no money the ATMs were either broken or wouldnt give out cash without passport number??? The taxi driver was very bad tempered even though he got at least £20 out of us..Finally they took visa (suddenly the machine was working again).. We were glad to get back to Flamboyant.. Foolish on our part.. A lesson well learned..

the Playa de Agua beach was nice but we only went the once as the vendors were a total nightmare, grabbing our feet and being rather intimidating even after refusals!! Beware!!

The weather was great the whole time, i got burn the first day in factor 30!! ??..

On our departure after checking out the Rep Sandra announced the flight was cancelled for 24hours! Another lug up the stairs with the cases ensued..

We missed our connecting flights from Gatwick to the UK and due to work commitments we forked out a fortune to get home!! The airport at porlamor on the day we left was a nightmare the banging of cases and searching was a bit scarey!! we all know drugs are a problem in venezuela.. A Polish couple we were travelling with got x rayed at the hospital!! They were very frightened by the ordeal understandably so!

Anyhow a good holiday plenty sun and the odd adventure.. we are currently waiting for our insurance companies to fork out for the delay that cost us double the holiday price!!!

TIPS: Change plenty money into Bolivars! Dont rely on cards.

Beware at the beach!

Be prepared for long and scrutinising searches at the

airport!

Wear high factor every day in the sun!!
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jose425 says:
Sorry to read about your ordeal! I have been there and I enjoy every moment of my stay over there. Thanks for such a nice and detailed report.

Syed
Posted on: May 12, 2008
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