My partner and I have just returned from Koala Garden Suite and we had a lovely week. We're both in our 40's and we travelled independently, arranging our own transport/flights/accomodation etc.
Let me point out to all the complainers on here, this is classed as a 1 star hotel by Travel Republic, although I think this is perhaps too low. A 2 star would be more generous. It is NOT, however, a 4 star/4 key. If you're looking for a 4 star then you're looking in the wrong place. The price should tell you that and if you really believe you're getting a 4 star place for the price of a 1 or 2 star then you have a problem. You get what you pay for!
The accomodation is very clean, basic but well catered for. We went self catering so I can't comment on the quality of the food served there as we didn't eat out.
Although the kitchen is literally in a cupboard and very small, it had everything we needed:
Microwave, kettle, toaster, fridge, coffee maker, hob with 2 rings, pots, pans, crockery and cutlery. They even provided a small bottle of washing up liquid which was plenty for the week. Pots and pans were in the cupboard benath the TV - an odd place but that's where they were!
We sat down to a full cooked (albeit basic) meal each evening on the balconey. There was only one 'sharp' knife which was pretty blunt so my advice, if you intend to cook much, would be to take a knife sharpener with you.
The room was cleaned most days and towels changed twice. The bed sheets weren't changed although I'm sure they would have provided extra linen if we had asked.
The reception staff were very pleasant, very helpful and responded to our requests immediately.
The area around the apartments are clean, well set out and pleasant to look at. There are no highrise buildings and each apartment is slightly staggered which allows a small degree of privacy from those either side of it.
Entertainment isn't particularly great but, as we were looking for a quiet week away, it wasn't a huge problem to us. We were next door to the reception block so we were subjected to all the evening 'fun'. Having said that, it wasn't too loud and it didn't go on all night. The kids mini disco was on every night and lasted about an hour, after which the music was turned down and by 9pm it was quiet again. Can't really complain at that although I never want to hear the hokey cokey ever again! We were right next to the main, heated pool and during the day there was music played through a speaker from a laptop. This wasn't too loud or intrusive although I would have preferred to be somewhere without music - not a great problem really though. We were, however, surprised by the sheer range of music that was played. I don't think I have ever heard such a diverse range of music played in a place like that. Something for most people I would say. My partner enjoyed one coolish afternoon with a glass of wine in hand listening to Bob Marley! But if you want peace and quiet then ask to be put in an area away from the music and the noise. (Not in Zone 1!)
There is a games room for the kids with things like pool and air hockey. There is also internet and computer games in reception.
The mini supermarket on site is ok but lacks fresh fruit and veg if you're considering cooking yourself. Having said that, there are 2 mini supermarkets on site and we only went to the one closest to reception. The prices weren't too bad and it suficiently served for daily supplies such as bread and wine. We went to the bigger supermarket in the Faro 2 centre for our main food supply. Be warned though - there are 2 supermarkets in the Faro 2 centre. The one is very small and only seems to sell alcohol, suncream and hats! The main supermarket is a little further round and on the lower ground floor, almost beneath the smaller one. Keep looking!
Koala is set in a fairly quiet location, some distance from the beach. If you're thinking on walking to the beach we estimate it to be approxmately 2 miles. We're fairly regular walkers and it took us 40 minutes to walk there at a reasonable pace. There is a free bus service though if you prefer not to walk that far.
All in all, we had a lovely, relaxing time away and we would definitely go back to koala. If you're looking to be entertained then this place isn't really for you. If you're looking for peace and quiet, whatever your age then this place is ideal. Families with young children would benefit from this place too as the kids seemed to enjoy the entertainment in the evening and it didn't go on all night.
Out and about:
The sand dunes are pretty amazing and worth a visit. Avoid them on a windy day though. The sand whips up and over them and stings as well as getting everywhere (and I do mean everywhere!)
Sunbeds on the beach cost us 7.50 euros for 2 beds and an umbrella. Not the cheapest but worth it for a little bit of comfort and shade on hotter days.
The sea was ok. It gets pretty rough though and it's very rocky along the main front. Not good for young children as the waves are quite strong and pull you in. If you walk round to the other end of the Dunes though close to Playa Del Ingles, the sea is much calmer and sandier but it's quite a walk.
Watch out for the nudists amongst the sand dunes! Although some of them like to use the sunbeds on the seafront, a lot seem to prefer lying amongst the dunes surrounded by the scrub, popping up like meercats to look around! Quite an amusing sight if your out for a stroll around the dunes if your not shocked by nudes!
If you're not afraid to drive out there, hire a car for at least a day and go and see the island. At least take a coach trip out if you don't want to drive. The scenery is absolutely stunning and well worth taking the time to go and see. We were awed by it! We'd definitely consider going back for a walking holiday as there are plenty of routes to walk and fully appreciate the islands interior.
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- Also Known As:
- Koala Garden Hotel Maspalomas
- Koala Maspalomas
- Koala Apartments Hotel Maspalomas
- Koala Apartments Maspalomas
- Koala Garden Suites Maspalomas, Gran Canaria