Best Hotel In The Area In Its Class: Does What It Needs To Do Well
A long review by comparison, but hopefully informative to anyone visiting Oasis Park, Lloret De Mar, Fenals.
We had originally chosen a 5* hotel resort through “Bargain Holidays Online” but at the time of booking the offer had gone. We were then offered an “amazing full board” option of Oasis Park, Lloret De Mar. Although Tripadvisor reports carried a generally good opinions, it still had several moans and negatives. However, the price was worth considering as was the passionate opinions of the booking clerk; considering she could have tried to sell us a more expensive holiday, their own customer reviews were all complimentary. So we went for it and...we were not disappointed.
Let's expand the reported negatives – this review is our personal opinion but considerate and critical of other reviews.
Also, we were staying in a full hotel, I think there was only one day when a mass of check-outs/ins left the hotel half full for one day only! Yes, during our stay there were only 4 English couples and most of the guests were Russians, Poles, Eastern Block per-se, a few French and a handful of Italians. The “Russians” criticised on other reviews were not as made out to be, aggressive gangster types: they are mainly sets of middle aged women, families with daughters, younger couples. One thing I took into account is that middle aged 'Eastern Blocks' have lived through a cultural revolution where the 'package holiday' is something of an Oasis in itself where an endless supply of 'free' food is not as familiar to them as us Brits who've been doing this for nearly 50 years. Yes, there are queues, but only at the immediate start of meal periods (Lunch and Dinner, not breakfast), the food never runs out as a continuous stream of freshly cooked options keeps on coming. So unless you're an impatient person generally, get upset in a queue of 10 people being served 10 times quicker than at the Post Office or in a Supermarket, then sure, don't go, you'll complain. Also, unless you are a particularly slow walker, the Beach is a mere three small blocks away. In my photo of "The Strip", the end of the road is the beach! If that is 600m, then in reality it isn't as far as it may sound.
The booking agent had said that few English people went there. But the danger of going to the Costa Brava is the fear of ending up on a set of “Benidorm” - and Oasis Park certainly wasn't. The location of Oasis Park is in Fenals, a separate town/beach which is a mere 10 minute walk from the main 'action centre' of Lloret itself : think all the seaside strips of Ibiza, Blackpool, Albufiera New Town. It's typical and tacky but good for a look and a wander. We found that the Fenals area surrounding the hotel was much quieter and refined and must recommend a great restaurant bar one block down from Oasis Park Hotel on Avenue De America, “Americas”. Great place, great food, amazing service and not over priced.
Food quality is basic but varied, very edible and seasoned. You're not gonna' get a 5* meal on a package holiday,. But you can have 5 courses if you wanted to, go up and down for 2nd's and 3rd's, no bother. The meat options varied every night but there was chicken and pork recipes each night from plain to somewhat more exotic. Fish and seafood is on every day and the cold buffet features more options than I could sensibly mention here. Drinks are extra but 'drink' is very cheap in the hotel. If you are a whiskey drinker (like me) then you'll get a high-ball with three ice cubes in it...and the rest whiskey! How much? €4! Whatever you drink you won't complain at the prices! One thing not mentioned when I checked in: the “Blue Card” is your meal ticket for your entire stay – no wrist-bands/stamps or danglers here!
We missed the Saturday night Flamenco show (Our stay Sun-Sat) so we ventured out to Lloret town on the hunt. In doing so we were disappointed, a spectacular such as “Flamenco” is reserved for Saturday nights. There was an option to visit a themed Flamenco restaurant in Santa Susanna (few miles away) but I felt it was to much of a commercialised affair - €46 each including dinner in a 500 seater restaurant? I was looking for something boutique and 'real' like I found in and around Marbella. However, I guess when one is in Catalunya, looking for Andalucian culture is probably not gonna' work out so well. Anyway, going into Lloret hunting for Flamenco introduced us to the other hotels in the same 'category'. Worried we night have been missing something, or could have had a better hotel, it is our opinion that we had the best hotel. Our pool was the largest with more than enough sun loungers with good pool bar and hot food hut. I cannot say the same for the other hotels we walked passed and went into – and on the road down to Lloret from Fenals you will see all of them!
The room was clean, beds a little on the firm side but we were tired enough for it not to matter. Bathroom modern and spotless with a great shower. Yes, as per other reports, the TV had two UK channels out of about 100 foreign ones. However, if you go on holiday to watch TV...stay at home! Plus, you're in a foreign Country and the Brits don't own the World! Hotel staff were excellent, all spoke English well, or well enough, and the manners were ultra professional, akin to 5* hotels I'm acquainted with. Poolside towels were 'free' with a €20 deposit. Lose your towel, lose your deposit. Otherwise you can exchange them every day but get your €20 back so long as you return your initial tokens to reception; easy! Pool position catches the sun all day from 11am through to 5pm; there's also a small gym, sauna, tanning salon, jet showers and a great jacuzzi. The children's pool and play area is far enough away from the main pool area. So if you're child-phobic then they won't be in your face.
The bar is huge and there's plenty of staff on duty to serve without much of a wait, and the outside terrace bar overlooks the pool.Entertainment in the hotel is average – didn't bother us. However, we missed what I would have really wanted to see (Flamenco Show) but on two nights of the week there was a featured and very good guitar/vocalist. He sang and spoke in 5 languages which meant that everyone was entertained which added to the overall 'entertainment' and is big on audience participation. It was a middle-of-the-road, popular repertoire, but none of it was bad!
Fenals Beach is lovely as is Lloret's, both safe, clean and nice to venture at night. Sand is actually shale, but an unusual soft kind. The tide is short and has that nasty Mediterranean shelf 2m off the water's edge, so unless you're a good swimmer, you've got a mere 2m paddling space – maybe not even that much.
We took a trip to Barcelona – and here is where I will add more detail than other reviews.
Firstly, the trip involves a bus to Blanes, and then a train to Barcelona! From Oasis Park hotel, simply walk to the top of Ave De America and across the road to the petrol station, the bus (L6) goes to Blanes Train Station – “Estaciones Blanes”, €1.45 each, each way. Do not get an an L4 or L2 that only goes to Blanes town. From Blanes Station, get a Blue Line train to Barcelona. Don't panic, it seems that at the moment the station is new – which is why it isn't yet featured very well, and still largely under construction. Nevertheless, a train will take you to Barcelona – specifically, to Catalunya Sq – the centre of Barcelona. Note, and this is quite important, the 'train' becomes the tube. About 5 stations out of Barcelona it'll go underground and forms part of the tube network. So don't worry. Just get off at Catalunya Sq and everything and anywhere you want to go from there will be easy. We took the “Barcelona Tour City” bus, has two routes, about 1½ hours each: Old Town, New Town, Olympic Stadium, Barcelona FC, you'll see all the architecture, old and new, etc., etc., etc., fantastic tour!!!
The train journey is busy, takes 80 minutes and I was standing for half the return journey. However, oddly but nicely, they allow buskers on the train in the evenings which is a surprisingly nice spectacle to the day out. I worked out the when he comes around with cup after a 20 minute set, he's probably making a good €20-€30...and then goes on to the next carriage. Good on him I say!
Besides Lloret, Santa Susanna a couple of train stops from Blanes, is all big and posh hotels, bang on the front by the train station. So although it looks appealing, what you're looking at is all there is - so in my opinion don't bother. Malgret De Mar is busy and fun, much like Lloret, but each strip and souvenir shop sells exactly the same stuff. Personally, I think they're all owned by a monopoly or clearly have the same supplier. Going in each one serves only one purpose: playing one off against the other for a better price. I'd hate to lecture anyone on how to barter, but offer half the ticket price, stand your ground, and walk if they say no. I did this with several items and won every time – including a very nice/cool/casual, cotton, €20 shirt. When it comes to haggling, being polite will cost you money!
Lloret town itself is calmer and more genuine during the day. By night every shop/bar front becomes illuminated and make the place look like somewhere anywhere. Fun for a look and people watching – unless neon jungles are what you're up for – but there's nothing there we've not seen before.
Flights & Transfer
Flew with Ryan Air. First time I've ever flown with them and I must say, the 'no frills' flying is okay as long as you're smart and understand the concept. 10K luggage each, cabin case only! 10K is more than I realised and my partner and I had no problems. We didn't split our luggage (a combined 10kx2 isn't allowed). Being that I know Luton airport anyway I wasn't worried about being first in the queue, but I would strongly recommend spending £10 for a priority boarding pass on the return journey. We did, were at the head of the plane and on/off first. With that 'priority pass', the no frills flying concept is fine and we were out of the airport both ends in no time at all.
The transfer was with “Resort Hopper” or their sub-contractor, “Perla Tours”. It's a coach carrying other people to other resorts all in and around Lloret. Oasis Park was the first stop – took all of 45 minutes. Return transfer picked us up first as I suspected it would from being the first to be dropped. But the pick-ups were only from another 5 hotels one or two roads away from one another, and anyone who wasn't there on time was left behind. In fact at the last pick up point we were waiting about 15 minutes when the driver asked us, “We're waiting for two people: shall we just go?” The resounding chorus was an obvious, “yes,” considering we had all been at our stops on time and some had an immediate flights, other had an hour or two at the airport!
Great holiday, great hotel, good fun, easy trip to Barcelona, the beaches are nice and the cost of things is very reasonable/cheap depending on what you want to do.
I've attached several photos to this review of the hotel as I found that the photos on various websites weren't much of an indicator.
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