This review is slightly late but better late than never! Stayed at this resort as a family of 3 at the end of July 2012. Myself and my husdand late thirties/early forties and our 4 yr old son. I booked this via Alpharooms as at the time I don't think this hotel was available through British main tour operators, but this year noticed you can go with Thomas Cook. Chose Fuerteventura to overlap our holiday with a friend who was staying at the Barcelo Jandia Mar. As a party of 3 we wanted a room larger than a double/twin so that our son would have a little space to play - we saw the Playa Gaviotas Park on TA and liked the look of it and although it had few reviews they were all pretty positive.
Located next to the beautiful beach of Jandia. I got a room tip from TA and had a fabulous suite which was larger than most as situated on the corner so had veiws of pool, sea and inland. Our balcony was MASSIVE - large lounge and dining area and good sized bedroom. Our son won't sleep out on the sofa bed on his own but it looked really comfy. Only slight negative was that they didn't provide loungers on the balcony, for health and safety. Shame as it was a sun trap and so big.
Whole place was spotless, several pools and able to use the facilities of the Playa Gaviotas which is just in front and which you can walk trough to access the beach. There is one main buffet restaurant here and the pool bar becomes a theme restaurant in the evening. You can also eat in the Playa Gaviotas, which we did only once. Food in both places was outstanding but we preferred the more relaxed feeling in the Gaviotas Park. Fab choice, always hot enough and lots of variety. Great thing here was the ability to serve yourself from the hot drinks to juice, soft drinks, beer and wine on tap and shorts/cava. These drinks were available throughout the day at the pool bar too where there was also ice creams and slush drinks. What was great is that no-one abused this system as I can imagine that some people would just fill their boots and get legless!
The animation team are great and our son loved the shows, especially the Lion King. There is a an Iberostar kids club but our son didn't want to stay there as he was the only British child as 95% were German with some Spanish and French. Having said that they were all extremely friendly and courteous and was one reason we chose the hotel as Germans always demand high standards. Another delight was that you didn't thave the 7am rush for reserving sunbeds, which drives me insane. People would start to put towels out about 9ish but even if you went to the pool at say 11am there would always be beds free.
My husband used the gym several times and said it was okay but don't think it was air-conditioned. I chose to relax on the balcony while he went for a sweat! The suites do have a fridge and a small self catering area behind some cupbaord doors but no crockery etc. or kettle - one thing my husband did miss was a coffee first thing but I would often pop down to the restaurant and take one up for him while he and my son were still snoozing!
The hotel is on the edge of the resort - we walked down the beach along to the lighthouse once but the wind just whipped the sand up and was quite painful for my son. The beach by the Gaviotas is slightly more sheltered so not as breezy and very safe for children. If you walk along to the left hand side of the beach to the rockier areas that's where you will find the chipmunks which were very friendly and would eat from your hands.We didn't go into the village of Morro de Jable as just spent our evenings in the hotel.
What's prompted me tofinally write this review is I am looking for this summer's holiday and am struggling to find something that looks like it can compare with this place! The only thing that's preventing me booking again was that it would be nice for my son to make some new friends on holidays and the language barrrier really prevented this last year. As Thomas Cook are now booking here too maybe there will be slightly more Brits, but hopefully not too many. Would definitely return and highly recommend especially if you have more than one child so they can provide a bit of company and then maybe it's easier to be more confident in the kids club.
If you book it you really won't regret it - it's an ideal place for someone with young children.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The IBEROSTAR Playa Gaviotas Park hotel is an all-inclusive accommodation for families and couples in Fuerteventura. Next to the IBEROSTAR Playa Gaviotas and 200m away from a fine, endless sandy beach. Next to the IBEROSTAR Playa Gaviotas and 200m away from a fine, endless sandy beach. It's one of the most appreciated accommodations for family holidays with children or couples on the island, as the activities organised by the hotel are designed for all ages and all tastes. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Iberostar Playa Gaviotas Park Hotel Playa De Jandia
- Iberostar Playa Gaviotas Park Playa De Jandia, Fuerteventura