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