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“Autumn- Winter sun destination” 4 of 5 stars
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ClubHotel Riu Oliva Beach Resort
3.0 of 5 Resort (All-Inclusive)   |   Avda Grandes Playa, 35660 Corralejo, La Oliva, Fuerteventura, Spain   |  
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“Autumn- Winter sun destination”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

The Rui Oliva Beach and her sister hotel Tres Islas, sit on the most beautiful, gently shelving beach of fine white sand called the Grandes Playas. This is the type of sand that one would normally expect to find in the Indian Ocean. There are some outcrops of volcanic rock but these add to the beauty of the resort.

The two hotels are very isolated both being situated about 4 km for Corralejo. It is possible to walk on a coastal path (very rough) and the beach to Corralejo and this will take about 2 hours.

There is no promenade as each hotel is reached by spur roads off the main spine road which leads from the port of Corralejo to Jandia. This is a very busy road both day and night and depending on the direction of the wind you will experience traffic noise during the night so if you are a light sleeper I would recommend taking ear plugs.

There is no footpath on the main road. The no 6 bus runs from the bus stop next to the café and Supermarket Diane to Correlejo every 30 minutes. The timetable states it is at 20 mins past and 50 mins past but experience showed it to be roughly on the hour and half hour. It costs 1.30 euros single fare. If there are four or more people a taxi at roughly 9 euros per single journey would be preferable.

The resort of Correlejo has two sides, the very appealing port and waterfront with the small beaches and the commercial section and sprawling tourist section. There is a new shopping centre called Las Palmeras and the Baku waterpark. Walking up the main road you are constantly accosted by touts for bars, nightclubs and African women who wish to plait hair. There are many developments which have been abandoned which scar the area. As there is little in the way of beaches in the resort, the no 6 bus drops off hundreds of beach seekers every day from 10 am onwards at the Grandes Playas.

I hope this gives you a flavour of the resort. My review is for a late autumn/winter sun break. Fuerteventura is called the windy island and we experienced very strong winds during one day. There is nothing to break the wind which sweeps in from the sea or from the flat desert area which extends for miles. I do not think you would be able to sit comfortably on the beach during December and January.

The Oliva beach is a 3 star resort.. There are two sides to this accommodation the hotel and the appartments. Guests staying in either can use all the facilities.

Hotel

Do not accept a room on the north side of the hotel (ie facing the Tres Islas) in autumn or winter as you will have no sun at all on your balcony and moreover the wind is so strong your doors will rattle.

Rooms on the south side overlook the pool. However you will experience noise from the pool, the restaurant and Snack bar Los Lobos during the day and noise from the Bar salon Los Normandos and Bar Betancuria at night. There were 3 lifts but only 2 appeared to be working at any time. The lower number rooms overlook the car park and entrance to hotel. The best rooms are 142,143,242,243,342,343,442,443,542,543,642,643,742,743 as these are at the far end of the corridor which is carpeted.

Appartments

These are comfortable but the décor and furniture is quite dated. There are essentially three types with some variation of style.

Standard.

This is a basic room with one balcony, There are twin beds, a bed settee, simple wardrobe and drawers, TV and good bathroom.

Two roomed – family

These consist of two rooms plus a bathroom with two terraces. There is a bedroom with twin beds or double and a lounge with two bed settees, table and four chairs.

Two roomed – duplex

If stairs are not a problem I would recommend these as you are on two levels and on your top balcony you are given two sun loungers.

If it is within your budget, I would suggest you pay the supplement for the family accommodation.

If you would like a pool view then this is the range of numbers you need to ask for 1107 -1132, 1215 – 1244, 1301 -1314, 4101, 4102, 4135, 4136. You may however experience some noise from the snack bar Las Dunas.

You will have no privacy if you book a ground level apartment. The balconies on the higher levels are very safe for children as the gap between the bars is about 6 inches and the bars are about 36 inches high.

There is a ceiling fan in the lounge area. I think the ground floor rooms could be very hot in summer if the patio doors are closed for security.

POOL TOWELS

It is essential you note that pool towels are not provided as part of your all inclusive package if you are staying (with any English tour provider) in the apartments. Only guests who have paid the supplement for a hotel room are entitled to pool towels. The poor reception staff had to deal with a constant stream of complaints regarding this. Please see Thomson , First choice brochures – it states complimentary sunloungers and parasols only.

Food, drink and entertainment.

Restaurant Atlantico ( hotel) and Restaurant La Oliva are open from 0800- 1030, 1300- 1500 and 1830 -2200. The snack bars are also open from 1030- 1730.
The food was good with lots of choice aimed at the different tastes of the various nationalities. It is not 5* haute cuisine – you have only paid for a 3* hotel. The selection of soft drinks was very good and although I do not like the wine or beer, many people seemed to appreciate it. Children seemed to like the pizzas.

You are able to get free bottles of water from reception whenever you need them.

There are also 2 theme restaurants but we did not try them.

The evening entertainment was provided the resident team – who could be seen every morning at 0900 practising the evenings show. They worked very hard and were greatly appreciated. There is also a singing duo most evenings in the bar
Betancuria. There was a small area for dancing – it is amazing how well the continentals dance and anyone who appreciates strictly will enjoy watching them.

This hotel has lots of terraces to sit out on but I do think in the winter it may be a little too cold.

Pools and terraces

I am afraid the 6 am squad were very much in evidence as the best positions were always taken. There are lots of sun beds but limited parasols. There is a super terrace above the restaurant Atlantico and also a very good area adjacent to the Jacuzzi. The hotel pool was warmer and there is a children’s pool here. Paradoxily the pool in the apartments section was cold and very deep and in my mind completely unsuitable for children. There is however a paddling pool next to the miniclub and children’s playground.

Beach

The beach is beautiful – we walked on the sands most mornings after breakfast before the buses had disgorged the townies. The sea can be rough at times and it is important you observe the tide times which are displayed at reception and look for the green flag. Sun beds and parasols cost 3 euros each on the beach and yes there is a naturist section to the far right end of the beach. However, you do not need to go to this area if you are offended.

All in all we had a lovely holiday. We wanted a relaxing week in the sun. Unfortunately it rained very heavily one day and was cloudy for two more days but when the sun shone it was wonderful.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

We stayed in the 'bungalow' area of the Resort which are large spacious rooms with great views of the sand dunes. There is a restaurant based there for breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as one in the main Hotel that you can use. There is always so much food to choose from as well as an amazing Chinese Restaurant you can book for free.

There are two lovely pools however we went for the amazing beach - you can walk along the dunes for an hour either side of the Hotel and enjoy the sand and sea, where there is loads of surfing.

Evening entertainment was o.k. though there are a choice of bars and the quality of the drinks mean you don't have to worry about watching it.

Great week of winter sun.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

We had a lovely week at the Riu Oliva Beach hotel, which must surely boast the best location in Fuerteventura, right on the beach (safe for swimming when the green flag is flying, as it was for most of our stay.) We opted for a low level room with a sea-view balcony on the quiet side of the main building which is probably the best choice for older couples, and although the room was a little dated in its furnishings, it was comfortable, with a fridge and a good range of TV channels. The food was good and plentiful, and we also enjoyed the benefits of the all-inclusive package witg the endless supply of delicious cocktails from the various bars. The pool was good as were the surrounding faclities (sun-beds, courtesy showers, loos etc.) and the particular pleasure was the unfailing politeness and helpfulness of the staff. Litttle touches like the free bottles of mineral water handed out at reception make all the difference! The evening entertainment was variable but cheerful; the 'Horror Show' on Monday night was brilliantly choreographed and definitely not one to miss! Plenty of activities for those who want them, but if you just want to chill out, they're not intrusive and no-one will force you to play bingo against your will! There's also free wi-fi for your laptop in the reception area and the place was spotlessly clean during our stay.

Room Tip: A sea-view room in the older part of the hotel is recommended.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

i think that this hotel is amazing, as soon as i got there my lugage was took by the outstanding staff... this is my 3rd time to come to this beautifull hotel and me and my family stayed in the anexe rooms . the rooms were spacious and clean and tidy... the maids came in every morning to tidy and clean our rooms if we wished!!!! i think its really good how they have lots of pools. plus they have jacuzies, shops and lots of activitys plus they have a kids club for the kids to play in... this hotel deserves to have a 5 star!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Molxxx

Room Tip: well... the anexes rooms are much better because they are spacious and homeley plus they are clean a...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

We have just returned from a two week stay at the Olivia Beach Hotel and we were very impressed. The room was clean spacious and quiet, we never heard any noise at night which was a big bonus for us. We stayed in the Annexe room 2321 and should we return we will be requesting this room. The staff were superb, very efficent, helpful and friendly. The food was fine, ok at times it may have been a bit repetitive but it was freshly cooked each day and we always managed to find something we liked.What impressed us was the way everybody dressed for meals in the restuarant, it was a nice change to see people making an effort instead of the usual football shirt brigade! The beach is beautiful, miles and miles of glorious white sands. There is a naturist beach 5 mins along from the hotel but to be honest once you have walked along there once you almost become oblivious to it. We got a taxi into Corralejo a few times in the evening 6 - 7 euros each way. We found a little precinct full of restuarants and bars called Music Square down by the harbour.On a monday and friday evening from 8pm they have a singer / musician called AL VASIL he was fantastic playing a bit of everything from Dire Straights to Dean Martin. We are not really into hotel entertainment and shows so we are not able to comment on that side, allthough we did see a couple of singers in the upstairs bar one evening which we really enjoyed. All in all this is lovely hotel which is excellent value for money. IF you go there expecting a 5* hotel having only paid a 3* price then you will be one of those people writing a bad review on here!!! We loved it and could not fault this place and will probably go there again.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

Firstly I would like to say I love the RIU chain of hotels. However the Oliva beach is a big disappointment. As a previous reviewere says " not your Caribbean Riu " why not?
The beach is fantastic shame you have to pay for sun beds, nothing to do with the hotel. Sea not safe for swimming as can get very rough but such good fun!
Anyway back to the hotel.... booked in at reception given map as we were staying in the annex ok, found said annex however as the room was at the back of the pool there are no numbers on the front of the rooms which all face towards the pool, arrows drawn on map by receptionist do not indicate this, we wandered round and round evenutally found a maid who showed us to our given room. Oh my what a dissapointment dark, dingy, damaged floor, no tv just about to get emotional, phone call from reception " every thing ok with room? "....... so given keys to different room much better still looking over the pool which was nice, much lighter and very clean.
Next problem, beach towels.. when was the last time I took towels on holiday with me? no idea. Back to reception to ask for towels OMG what a battle. Told we could not have them as we were in the annex. AND!! I informed the very rude lady that we would have to use room towels, she again asked it we had our own towels No!! We were then given a slip of paper to we could claim towels (Yippiee) however as the towels were of such good quality ( ! ) and cost the hotel a great deal of money we could only change them every two days.
Of course we did.
The maid service was ok but another issue, we were there for one week and sheets only changed once again pretty poor IMO.
Next, air con, there is only a fan in the main room and an air con unit in the bedroom. So hot if you woke up in the night the unit would click at 23/25oc reported this to reception told someone would have a look, back again next day because no different then told it only worked between 1pm & 10pm how odd is that we dont usually go to bed at that time. Anyway back next day this time we were told it had been switch off as it was late in the season. Oh dear so hot, unable to leave rear patio doors open as we backed on to the road. Other than the first night we did not have one uninterrupted nights sleep all week.
Food was ok always found something nice. Not impressed with snack bar by main pool just looked tatty. Used both al la carte restaurants thought it would be waiter service as RIU usually are, nope that was buffet to although you do get your wine served. Oh dear RIU.
We are so dissapointed with the standards compaired to the service we have recievd in the past from this hotel chain. Should we expect the same service in Spain yes I think we should. The Oliva is classed as a four star hotel overall I do not think it makes three star.
There are some positives, the grounds are well kept, the annex swimming pool is lovely as is the restaurant on this side, not as busy the hotel side. The enclosed sandy area what a good idea and the whirlpool is lovely too.
Other than that save your money, look elsewhere.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

This was our 2nd visit to this hotel. We arrived at the hotel at 8pm and were told to go straight to dinner we were told to leave our luggage and it would be taken to our room for us in the annex, but we knew where we were going and took bags ourselves. Our room was spacious with balcony overlooking the pool area. It was spotlessly clean and remained so for the duration of our stay with clean towels daily and clean bedding every couple of days. The whole of the hotel was kept spotlessly clean including pool areas in both hotel and annex. The only thing I would say is take your own hair drier the one in the room is not very good.
Food
The food over the 10 days was even better than when we stayed in May.
There are several places to eat a main restaurant in the main hotel and annex parts.
A pool snack bar for lunch The choice was plentiful and of a very good standard no matter where we decided to eat and were not bored with the choices on offer. The Mandarin restaurant is a Chinese restaurant that you may use but have to book in advance. I rang at 8 am, to book for the following night i.e. Thursday morning for Friday night. It is well worth the visit good food with nice staff.
DRINKS
There were drinks available on self service which included tea, coffee, hot chocolate, slush drinks, fruit juices, fizzy drinks, beer and wine. Spirits and cocktails were available from the bars and there were never long queues. The bar staff work flat out to keep queues to a minimum, well done guys. Thanks
Bottled water is available from reception at no charge. There was a refrigerator in our room to keep it cold.
Staff
All the staff in the hotel were friendly and helpful, and very hard working with nothing being too much trouble.

Location
The oliva beach is not in Corralejo it takes about 1hour 30 to walk along the beach, but a very nice walk.It takes about 10 mins in a bus or taxi.
There is a bus every 30 mins for 1 euro 30 or taxi rank rank out side for 8 euros

The beach is to die for and we will definitely be returning to this hotel.

Room Tip: Great for beach. a bit isolated but not a problem with good bus and taxi links.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Avda Grandes Playa, 35660 Corralejo, La Oliva, Fuerteventura, Spain
Location: Spain > Canary Islands > Fuerteventura > La Oliva > Corralejo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Corralejo
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Corralejo
#10 Family Hotel in Corralejo
#14 Romantic Hotel in Corralejo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — ClubHotel Riu Oliva Beach Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 401
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located 5 km from Corralejo. 7-storey main building and 2-storey and 3-storey annexes, surrounded by a 35,000 m2 garden, Situated on Grandes Playas sand dune beach, 5 km from various shops, 35 km from the airport, 200 m from a bus stop, Credit cards accepted: MasterCard, Amex, Visa, Diners. ... more   less 
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