Just returned back home from a weeks break at the Riu Oliva in Fuertevventura. Have to say we had a very nice break . We found the Hotel to be clean and tidy, when we arrived we were greeted and made to feel welcome. We stayed in a room over looking the pool in the Annex. The girl on reception asked us to get something to eat and drink while they sorted everyone out who had just arrived,after eating went back to reception where we were given a room number and a map of the complex, they said leave your bags and someone will bring them to your room. We decided we would take them,but thank you anyway.
Our room was clean and tidy with an excellent shower,an old style fridge tv beds and sofa etc,not 5 or 4 star but clean and ideal for getting a good nights rest in.
The next day went down for breakfast,excellent--every thing you could want and every sort of style from eggs and ham to fresh fish to fresh fruit,all juices,different teas,different breads etc. The staff and our first real impressions of the staff were extremely friendly and helpful, I MUST STRESS that during our weeks stay all the staff were very friendly and helpful, 10 out of 10 .
We have travelled to Cuba and Antigua on full inclusive holidays and the staff were not as good tho not un friendly.
The Drinks flowed all day from 10.30 in the morning ,wine and local beer were on tap all day, you just helped yourself . All spirits served by bar staff, these were also from 10.30 till past midnight .
lunch time and evening meals were all very good and again plenty of variety.
The hotel is situated on about the best beach I've been on,mile after mile of sand and sand dunes,it's now a protected area and has been designated a national park that is now protected from any development .
The Hotel was built before this and when the area was made a national park the hotel had a fight with the authority's not to be knocked down,they have now won that fight due to the monies it brings in to the local communities and that it was there beforehand. During this court battle where rooms were once refurbished obviously this stopped so YES some of the complex does looked tired,we understood work will now commence to start refurbishing the rooms .
This review is based on a 3 STAR hotel,not a 4 or 5 hotel,but pound for pound we found it to be excellent value for money and intend going back for a total relaxing break.
I've mentioned the excellent beach that the hotel looks out over,in side the hotel are two decent size swimming pools with bar and food areas next to each.
My one annoyance would be that it states on your welcome letter not to put towels on the pool sun loungers to reserve them, well maybe only the British received these welcome letters because even before dawn broke on every single day the Germans were out reserving their Beds I used to think it was a English joke,not any more.
That said this used to be an exclusively German hotel so maybe they don't won't any British there.
Out and about, lots to see and do and for 140 euros get the bus into Corralejo.
January hot when the sun is out but a chill when it goes behind a cloud. Also strong trade winds, still laid out everyday and got a tan .
- 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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