This was my second outing to Vista Oasis. I'd stayed here with my family a few years ago, so when I decided to visit Gran Canaria again. I came back to the Visita.
You'll read a lot of reviews on Tripadvisor some good, some not so good but for me it ticked all the boxes. Even for a lonesome traveller like me, I managed to find my niche at the Visita. I stayed in a one bedroom apartment, with kitchen by the pool.
I loved it because it reminded me of when my son's were younger and we'd go on family camping holidays in the UK and Spain. Yes, it does need a lick of paint but for me it adds to the charm of the place, and yes the onsite food can be a bit bland but there is a perfectly good Spar up the road, so if you remember the days before everyone went all inclusive and could cook, then you can come up with a few good meals even without an oven.
During my stay I managed to make potatoe salad and had my own bacon, egg and chips fry up. If you don't want to trudge up to the Spar, there is an onsite shop which is not as well stocked with all the brand named foods but has all the basics. If you are not all inclusive and don't want to eat on site, then you can try the restaurtant which is situated next to the Spar or there is a Chinese restaurtant further up who do deliver.
The rooms are cleaned on a daily basis with a regular supply of towels and toilet rolls, if needed. The reception staff are helpful and friendly, especially Carla who I found cheeful and always willing to help.
During my stay there were of plenty of sunloungers but maybe not enough sun umbrellas, so I'd pack on the sun cream and make sure you bring a sun hat.
In the reception area the Vista offers internet which you have to pay for but the wifi is free, and there is also a small book selection which is based in the corner for those who've forgotten to bring something to read. But be warned, there are not a lot of English titles on offer so unless you speak, Dutch, Swedish, or Spanish then you might not find the books that interesting.
Although, If its still there, you maybe able to read Denise Walsh's life story which I would never buy but I managed to read it in a week, and I have to say, she's lead a pretty full life. If you don't want to pick up a book and still want to watch TV then it costs 2 euros per day for the television.
There is a nicely refurbished children's area with the obligatory pool and ping pong table for the older ones and all within viewing distance of the pool area, restaurant and bar. So really you don't have to move far to get drinks, food, swim and play pool whilst keeping the children entertained. Am afraid, I can't tell you much about the onsite entertainment but am sure there are a few reviews on here about the Vista's bingo and what sounded like Karaoke.
Transport wise, there's a free bus to the beach a 100 yards up the road and a perfectly good transport system so unless you've got money to burn then don't waste so much money on cab fares to get to Yumba and the surrounding areas. Not that I want to discourage people from using the taxis service which is great but really - during the day its a lot of money!
Also, further up from the Spar you'll find another Spar which has a cash machine or you can pop into the Mirador Hotel which also has a Santandar cash machine, if you run out of money.
See you next year Vista :)
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