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“Ian and the Fowey Gallants Sailing Club”
Review of Magnolias Natura

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Magnolias Natura
Fowey, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Ian and the Fowey Gallants Sailing Club”
Reviewed November 18, 2011

Yet another wonderful holiday, thankyou Magnolias. Having heard through the grapevine that there had been a number of staff changes since last year, I was a little apprehensive about how I might find things this year, given that one of the reasons so many return year after year is because you know just what to expect. I need not have feared. Arriving after office hours in the dark, and hay presto, the door opens and there is Cindy grinning from ear to ear. Changes yes there had been, but there was the continuity in the form of several former staff members who had returned.
Things just got better, a new chef, and encouragement to go for a three course evening meal, and wow what food. All fresh cooked produce and to tip top standards too. Many who in more recent years had taken to eating at the restaurants in Meloneres, on seeing what the new chef was producing, never went out in the evening again. What’s more, the prices were cheaper and so too was the wines. It was good to see a real buzz about the bar and restaurant again. Lunch time tapas a must.
It always has been difficult to get book in, being so popular and with so many returning year after year. But it is the intimacy of the small cosy complex that makes Magnolias so special. Long may it remain so.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed November 15, 2011

We have recently returned from Magnolias Natura after a very relaxing and enjoyable stay. We have been there many times before and it never disappoints, when we first visited it was our first time to go to a naturist resort and we were apprehensive on the first day, but we had no need to worry and quickly relaxed and enjoyed our stay. Since then we have only gone on naturist holidays.

There have been changes to the management of the complex and the bar restaurant is now run by the hotel and there have been some changes to staff, prices have been reduced and are now very good value. All the staff are very friendly and you get the feeling that they are doing all that can to make your stay as good as it can be. The bar stays open late and the guests can stay and chat for as long as they like.

As has been mentioned in other reviews what sums this complex up is relaxation. There is always a good mix of guests and you quickly meet new and old friends. Anyone planning their first trip to a naturist resort need have no worries you can be sure that some of the other guests are first timers too.

The bungalows are spotless and have everything required. We have gone half board and B&B in the past but have found that self-catering suites us as you have the choice to decide from day to day what you feel like doing.

A car is not necessary as taxies are very cheap, reception will call one for you, but if you walk
a short distance you will be able to wave one down in a few minutes.

This is the perfect place to unwind and relax we planning to go back in the early in July; the only complaint that we would have has been mentioned in other reviews and it is that the television in the bungalows have little choice and have not been upgraded for years. Wi-Fi is limited to near the reception where the only Wi-Fi router is located; it would take very little to improve these facilities, as even on holidays it is good to keep in touch.

John / Áine

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed November 1, 2011

Having been to this complex a few times in the past, we were initially very apprehensive regarding changes to the Bar/Restaurant and staff as we have some wonderful times there and indeed at the complex as a whole.

Bar/Restaurant Staff: Three staff members are no longer around and were sorely missed. However, things move on and change is inevitable fact of life. Another two staff members remain and a third has returned following an absence of a couple of years or so. However, every single member of staff we encountered demonstrated great attentiveness, were highly customer focussed and very friendly throughout our stay. They all made us feel welcome and at home – everyone appeared to have enthusiasm for the customer.

Food & Drink: No complaints whatsoever – the food was of excellent quality and very well presented (regrettably better than many restaurants I’ve been to in the UK). The new chef makes virtually everything from scratch himself using fresh, locally sourced produce. Portion sizes were not an issue for us, in fact we could not manage all of our meal on three or four occasions and had to skip dessert on a few more. A small salad garnish formed a part of many meals, which for this climate is the norm. I was presented with fries as part of my meal on one occasion only over a two week period. A reduction in food and drinks prices came as a welcome addition also. As a result, we actually spent approximately as much as we usually do but spent far more time eating and drinking within the complex. Smoking is only permitted outside the bar/restaurant building - these areas appear to be considerably more popular than inside and might benefit from improved lighting in the evening for tables next to the pool.

Reception: No staff changes here should go some way towards appeasing any changeophobes and the service remained highly professional, efficient and unobtrusive throughout our stay.

Accommodation: Still comfortable, peaceful and relaxing and exceptionally clean and tidy throughout. The lack of television channels in the bungalows remains the only issue (one English, one German, one Dutch, one French and 2 Spanish – not favouritism as they both were tuned to the same channel!). The bungalows are cleaned on 6 out of 7 days per week and fresh bed linen and towels provided regularly.

The Complex: Beautifully tended gardens and spotlessly clean pool area complete with jacuzzi. Many guests prefer to go to the beach and, although slightly uncomfortable to lie on, there remain an adequate number of sun loungers for remaining guests to punish themselves on. The nearest osteopath can be located via the Internet using the Wi-Fi Internet hotspot around the bar/restaurant area. Alternatively, a 3G dongle can be obtained from Reception for a refundable deposit plus couple of Euros or so per day for those who prefer to be alone with their Internet.

Conclusions: A quiet (if slightly remote) location but if it’s a quiet, peaceful and relaxing holiday you seek then this is still the place to beat.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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8 Thank AJandSpook
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Stevenage, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed October 24, 2011

There has been some major changes when I visited Magnolias this time. Some good, and some I think not so good. The majority of the catering staff that used to work here have left the complex. Which is such a shame, They made peoples holidays. It is now not the same as it was. I got the impression that the new catering staff were not that interested in the customers, they were just here to serve food and drinks.
I stayed at the complex in September on Half Board ( Dinner, Bed & Breakfast ) I must say that the Breakfast service is good. Petra is great. I found the Dinner service to be the reverse. Very small portions. One particular night for starters I had Melon with soreno Ham. I had 3 small triangles of Melon with half slice of ham, and plenty of salad, was not impressed. Main course was Chicken in Mushroom sauce with salad and Chips. By the time I got the main course it had got dark, and while eating outside by the pool the only light was a small T-light, just could not see what I was eating. After a couple of days you just get fed up with Salad and chips with every main course, so decided to venture out for meals a couple of times. Best thing I ever did.
As I said at the beginning, now that most of the staff have gone it feels completely different, Yes, the bar still remains open late, but while I was there no one was drinking. The bar used to be full of people when the old staff were there. Surely that must say something is missing.
Due to these changes I do not think I would go back to this complex, especially on Half board.
To stay at this complex it is beginning to be expensive just to have the privalige of being naked 24/7.

Room Tip: When booking ask to have a Bungalow near the pool. Dont bother with half board.
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled solo
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed October 9, 2011

We have just returned from a fabulous holiday. The recent improvements certainly look good and give added comfort and made our stay an extremely pleasant experience.
The meals were well presented and delicious (GREAT NEW CHEF), cheaper alcoholic drinks were definitely an added bonus along with a bar that remained open until late.
The choice of music throughout the day and evening added to the ambiance,and as always the complex is extremely clean and well maintained.
Terrific staff team cheerful & helpful and very welcoming . Thanks team magnolias can’t wait to return next year x

Room Tip: all bungalows are well maintained any one of them great to spen your holiday in
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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7 Thank jewels h
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london
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
Reviewed February 14, 2011

This was our 3rd visit to Magnolias, the previous visit was 3 years ago. We were pleased to see much remains the same and it gave us our regular winter sunshine break. We were lucky with the weather, a week of unbroken sunshine (apart from one evening of rain) and pleasantly warm (around 22-25C).

There have been some improvements, particularly the Jacuzzi in place of the small pool. They also seemed to be many more sunbeds & umbrellas, soi we had no problem finding a sunny spot around the pool. The restaurant also provided a couple of very good meals, although we ate out most nights. The restaurant area by the beach in Melonaras is excellent.

The only criticisms we would have are that somethings are getting old and outdated. The TV in the room showed only 3 or 4 channels, the only English channel was BBC World with its endless repeat of the same news hour after after. The lack of wi-fi in the rooms also seems a weakness. With modern technology it would not cost much to give a wider choice of TV and the option for wi-fi.

During our stay the pool & jacuzzi heater was out of action, and I would recommend you check before booking a winter break that thsi has now been fixed.

Despite these comments we will return to Magnolias in a year or two, as it is a very relaxing holiday venue.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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6 Thank bj49
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Chatham, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed February 12, 2011

This was our third visit to Magnolias Natura.
It is a very relaxing place to stay, with a great pool, simple but well maintained rooms and a small but friendly atmosphere.
Minor niggles include.
The only English TV station (BBC World) on the TV. Very boring!
Old, but just about serviceable appliances and cooking utensils.
Anologue Radio CD player, but no MP3/iPod input.
Air conditioning failing in 44 Celcius heatwave.

Major niggles include,
Overpriced drinks
Overpriced, self servive, breakfast (€11), used to be €5. Even then it was expensive.
The restaurant menu is more for the benefit of the staff, rather than the diners. If it can't be deep fried, don't ask for it.

The really serious problem is smoking.
The mainly Dutch staff smoke heavily.
The Dutch and Spanish guests smoke very heavily and do not respect the 'no smoking' signs. The staff (heavy smokers) ignore this.
The bar staff smoke behind the bar.
The chef/s smoke in the kitchen area.
The 'house' wine is stuffed full of sulphates and other chemical 'nasties'
The industrial strength mattress protectors are very nasty.
Any items of kitchenware left by guests are immediately removed from rooms.
Bath tubs with worn enamel have been hand painted with gloss paint. Not nice.


Good points include,

A true naturist hotel.
Excellent houskeeping.
Peaceful (but remote) location.
The mad, but heavily smoking, June. Without her this place would die a death.

We've been for the last three summers. But not this year. The smoking was a real 'downer' for us last year, and we were not alone when it comes to the smoking problem at Magnolias Natura.

We would go back to Magnolias, but only on a 'Room Only' basis.
The food is overpriced and everybody smokes heavily.
Which spoils an otherwise splendid naturist retreat.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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6 Thank effandvee
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Property: Magnolias Natura
Address: Avenida Touroperador Tjaereborg | Campo International, Maspalomas, Gran Canaria, Spain
Location: Spain > Canary Islands > Gran Canaria > Maspalomas
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 173 Specialty Lodging in Maspalomas
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Naturist Resort Magnolias Natura is the perfect naturists hideaway situated in Maspalomas on the southernmost tip of the island of Gran Canaria. During almost ten years Magnolias resort has earned the reputation it has today as being one of the best naturists resorts in Europe and the number of our guests who return over and over again is testimony to this. Magnolias Natura is to be found in a quiet and secluded location in Maspalomas, close to the golf course and sand dunes. Maspalomas beach, Europe's unofficial nudist capital where naturists gather every day to relax naked in the sunshine, is only a short distance away. ... more   less 
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