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“WARNING: Not recommended for peak season, independent travellers.” 1 of 5 stars
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Bahia Calma Bungalows
3.0 of 5 Specialty Hotel   |   Calle Jahn Reisen, 35627 Costa Calma, Pajara, Fuerteventura, Spain   |  
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Telford, UK
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“WARNING: Not recommended for peak season, independent travellers.”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2011

We visited this complex for 2 weeks in Jul/Aug as a family with an older teenager.This was our 6th visit to Fuerteventura and we chose the Bahia Calma (BC) as we wanted to explore the south of the island and the complex had good reviews. We booked flights, accommodation and hire car through Thomas Cook Flexitrips as the complex is not offered through UK tour operators as a package.

All the reviews on the website that mention quiet, calm, pleasant gardens, nice pools etc are accurate. However, if you are travelling during the peak period on a non-package booking, you could be unlucky and end up in one of the 8 terrible apartments. If you are travelling off-peak, disregard this review as you should be fine.

To explain; the BC complex consists of 5 separate areas. Casa Catalina (bookable separately through UK websites), Las Palomas 1 (very nice looking apartments with the main pool and pool bar), Las Palomas 2 (as per Las Palomas 1, reception is in this area), Las Gaviotas (these thave the roof terraces mentioned in previous reviews) and Las Pardelas (eight, unmodernised apartments with a small pool - these are at the back of the shopping complex with the Spar Shop). Las Pardelas is the problem area, all the other parts seemed fine.

Due to the greenery in Costa Calma (compared to the rest of the island) there are a lot of insects around. Most of the BC has dealt with this by fitting new UVPC windows and doors, complete with wire fly screens. This means that you can leave your windows open at night so you can stay cool without being bitten to death. The door design also keeps crawling insects out.

Las Pardelas has yet to be modernised. Our apartment was superficially clean but, on closer inspection, was very dirty and in desperate need of a deep clean and a lot of mould remover. It had older style windows and doors with large gaps under doors and cracks around window and door frames. There had been attempts to fit fly screens to one or two windows (some with velcro and nylon net!). The fly screens that exist are ripped and full of holes.

Summary: Because Las Pardelas is unmodernised you will either melt at night or be bitten to death. Whichever option you chose; at night time the apartment will be infested with cockroaches (not just unpleasant, but a health hazard). If you are on a package (two big German/Dutch companies use the complex) you are unlikely to be placed here and you will be moved to another area of BC if you complain. If you are independent you are likely to end up here and will not be moved out of Las Pardelas (even if other apartments are vacant - these are held for package guests).

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Issue One: Damaged/Inadequate fly screens: Too hot to sleep with the windows closed (on the very uncomfortable beds - very hard mattresses) or be bitten to death (despite spraying the apartment and using reliable plug ins).

Issue Two: COCKROACHES! Yes, I know that they are common in hot places and I don't mind the odd one or two, but, adult cockroaches crawling over you in bed at night! Not only are they an unpleasant experience but they are a potential health hazard (google them). We identified that the cockroaches were coming in under the doors, through the window frames and through the cracks in the walls at night.

Issue Three: ATTITUDE: On speaking to reception we were promised that our room would be sprayed and that maintenance would be round to plug up the gaps (never happened). Reception simply shrugged their shoulders and said that they couldn't/wouldn't do anything. After a lot of pestering they agreed to move us to an upstairs apartment in Las Pardelas, but would not move us to another area of the BC, despite there being empty apartments. The second apartment had similar issues (but less cracks/gaps). We ended up buying cockroach treatment from a local shop and treating the outside doors/windows/cracks and then plugging the inside ones with toilet paper and chewing gum (desperation).

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We came back from this holiday feeling very bitter. We love Fuerteventura and are (normally) great fans of budget Canarian apartments, having always found them to be clean and well equipped. The BC is on the whole a really nice basic complex with excellent access to the beach and shops. Our holiday was spoilt by the apparent attitude of reception towards independent bookers, their decision to place (peak time) independent guests in Las Pardelas (which normally appears to be unoccupied) and their apparent refusal to deal with issues or relocate independent guests out of this area. We have travelled independently before and have never met this attitude.

If circumstances had been different they would have had our repeat custom, as it is, we will not return to the Bahia Calma (or Casa Catalina).

Room Tip: Ask for Las Palomas 1, Las Palomas 2 or Las Gaviotas NOT LAS PARDELAS
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
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  • Service
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English first
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2011

Highly recommendable and friendly staff. Bungalow cleaned and beds made on 6 days out of 7. Ate outside at Restaurants Arena and Galeria. The former is an absolute bargain, offering 3 course menu with a large choice of dishes plus a drink for just 10 Euro while the Galeria is a complete waste of time. Not only are you seated at the worst table on the terrace when you have no reservation and do not reply in German the relevant inquisition (the place did not fill up for the 2 hours we spent there) but are treated with outright hostility if you refuse to go along and order their house drink of mango juice and some local fiz before being shown a menu. Avoid this restaurant!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Weston super Mare, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2011

The bungalows are very private, not overlooking each other, with palm-lined, winding walkways. The terrace was a reasonable size and we had two sunbeds plus a table and two chairs, plenty of room for all of those on the terrace. The bungalow had a fairly large lounge area with a sofa, chair, coffee table, sideboard with TV (get remote from reception) and phone. The kitchen was adequate, with a two ring ceramic hob, large fridge with freezer compartment, and a few pots and pans, filter coffee machine (no kettle) microwave. A small selection of crockery and cutlery were provided. Bathroom with small bath, shower over, bidet, toilet and basin. All clean. Bedroom had two single beds and fairly large wardrobe with a few hangers, and a safe (get key from reception, charge was 17 euro for the week, but 5 euro refundable deposit). Yes the beds are quite hard, so is the sofa, but it's not a 4 star hotel.
The resort is fairly small, with a handful of restaurants. The food is pretty decent in all of them, but our favourite was Mamma Mia's which is run by Spanish and they have a lot more choice on their menu than the others, and it's a bit cheaper. Example of our meal: One gambas al ajillo (prawns sizzling in olive oil with garlic) one fillet steak (they just call it beef steak bearnes on the menu, but it's fillet) with chips and salad, one whole fish with chips and salad (don't know what fish it was, but it was good!!) one large carafe red wine, one desert and one coffee - bill came to 40 euros.
There are three 'shopping centres' - the one just down the road where Mamma Mia's is (opposite the Spar) is less than 5 minutes walk, another called La Palmeral is about 10 - 15 minutes walk and another one, can't remember the name of it, is about 20 minutes walk.
The beach is lovely but, although it's close, it's quite a steep walk to it. When the tide is out, go to the rocks to the right (if you're facing the sea) and look for the little animals! Don't know what they were (chipmunks maybe?) but they were cute! There's a beach bar down on the beach too, which had very good food. We tried to visit El Patio restaurant, just near the rocks with the little animals, but it was closed. The sign said it opened at 6.30 but it wasn't open.

Room Tip: We were in room 37 and we were one row back from the pool but could see it. Next door, 36 didn't...
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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banbury
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2011

excellant holiday, the resort is very peacefull and clean the receptionist is very helpfull and nothing is too much trouble for her, the swimming pool is cleaned daily and it is lovely to sit by and relax. we ate out at mamma mias and the galleria both places have english menus, very few english down here mainly spanish and german though some dutch were there, worst thing about the holiday is the flys, so flyspray or deterrant would be an advantage, we walked down to the windsurfing place at playa jandia and had refreshments, great place for windsurfing.

Room Tip: best room is bungalows in the pool area.
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bath, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2011

However the beds and seating were very hard and uncomfortable, making a good nights sleep a real problem. The bedding was worn, some sheets had holes. A real shame as the rest of the resort was very good, would not go back again as returned home more tired than before our holiday,

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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plymouth
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2011

3 star rating probably correct but accommodation was not particularly clean- rather tired and in need of updating - towels changed daily but linen not changed in the week we stayed - no cleaning of our apartment was apparent – no insect strips on bottom of the doors and had a couple of visits from cockroaches the size of pigeons! The reception staff were fabulous, very helpful - pool complex is lovely and very clean with no bun fights for sun beds. The complex and resort is geared for Germans and 95% of all literature and menus in German - age group 65 - 80 so most asleep by 21:30!!!! We did however have gorgeous weather and would go back to Fuerteventura - not to this area though.

  • Stayed February 2011, 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
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2010

As you can see from the reviews Brits are a minority in this resort - you will not find any pubs called the Dog and Duck but you will find some wonderful cafes and patisseries. The resort is very friendly and relaxed. Be aware that clothing is optional on the beautiful sandy beaches south of the resort - this is predominently naturist country. If you go look out for the collared doves and chipmonks (yes - chipmonks!) along the cliffs We did not hire a car which was a mistake - transfers were relatively pricey (compared with Mallorca) and the buses were unable to cope on market days. There is plenty of parking. Luckily the resort is compact and has a good range of facilities which is all we needed for a short break.
The bungalows and grounds are very good indeed and are situated about 200 metres from the beach and near local shops. The kitchen facilities are basic but adequate for the sort of cooking needed in a hot climate.The furnishing is comfortable. The TV does not receive English speaking channels - but seeing a couple of live La Liga matches was a real bonus. Each bungalow in the part where we stayed had a shaded terrace and a roof terrace for sun lovers - table, chairs and recliners provided. The grounds are mature and well kept with lots of flowering shrubs and palms. There are two pools both of which are well appointed - the larger one has a bar/cafe. The staff are very helpful and polite. The receptionist spoke perfect English and could not do more to make us welcome - I regret I did not ask her name.

  • Stayed November 2010, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Calle Jahn Reisen, 35627 Costa Calma, Pajara, Fuerteventura, Spain
Location: Spain > Canary Islands > Fuerteventura > Jandia Peninsula > Pajara > Costa Calma
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Free Parking Swimming Pool
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Ranked #5 of 9 Specialty lodging in Costa Calma
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Hotel Class:3 star — Bahia Calma Bungalows 3*
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