We had two weeks here in March and the sun shone practically every day although it occasionally started off a bit grey and overcast. If you read through the other reviews they tell you pretty much what it's like. The grounds really ARE well maintained and the staff, without exception, really ARE very polite and cheerful. They don't all speak English but you can generally get by. Helpful if you can speak another language such as German though. There is a large contingent of other nationalities here, mainly German and a lot of them (much like we are in fact!) are getting on a bit and some of them spend the winter at the bungalows so can be there as much as 8-10 weeks. They make full use of the pool and the outdoor exercise equipment but there is never a time when a sunbed is not available. We found our neighbours to be helpful in every way and not at all noisy. We always had trouble with the door lock and they were always there to help out. Double check your door and do not assume you have locked it.
The bungalows are compact but big enough to move around in for two people, obviously more squashed if there are three of you.
The beds do leave a bit to be desired from a comfort point of view. In our room for instance, the beds were on different levels as mine had castors and my husband's didn't. Twin beds, made up as single beds with single bedding, pushed together do not a double bed make. At the very least they could be secured with ties and have double bedding supplied.
That said, I am fussy about bedding and these were spotlessly clean and couldn't be faulted. It was chilly enough to require blankets and again, I was concerned about them as I couldn't imagine that they are washed between guests. However, they were perfectly clean and fresh smelling. If you require sheets to make up the sofa bed then ask at reception and they are immediately supplied with no problem. The maid will not be able to help you as she has to account for everything on her trolley
Kitchen equipment is sparse. There is little to spare. A two burner halogen hob is efficient. There are (surprisingly) three saucepans, but exactly three of everything else. Cutlery, crockery etc.
I did take washing up stuff with me but it wasn't required since it is actually supplied. A neat bag of new dishcloth and new washing up pad and a small bottle of liquid.
Stove kettle supplied. Good idea to take a small electric one with you.
Tea towels are supplied and are changed when the bathroom towels are changed which is every 3/4 days or so. Take your own beach towels. Room towels are not supposed to be taken to the pool or the beach
Broom, dustpan and brush, waste bin and liners are also supplied.
Water to the sink is extremely hot, take care. We drank bottled water for cold drinks but I made tea with cold tap water. Acceptable.
Bedding is changed every 4th day or so.
There is no maid service on Thursdays and Sundays.
Swimming pool up to the end of March at Sandy Golf is definitely heated, although it's still a refreshing swim. I did use the pool so I know it was heated.
There are many flowering shrubs and pine trees as well as many birds, some of which are parrots. We did see a Hoopoe in Maspalomas and had fleeting visit when it sat on a bungalow roof next day. Gone before I could grab the camera.
Bird wise the only problem we had was with Dave the ring necked dove. Turn your back on your food on the patio and he'll have a dip into everything in sight, including a sip of tea or coffee Take the broom outside with you. If he decides to visit you'll need it handy because he doesn't take "no" for an answer. Could be a language problem I suppose.
I had seen on trip advisor that a few people complained about the insects, especially cockroaches. Well, we did see one, on a garden path and not near the bungalows. We had tiny, very tiny ants on the front patio and occasionally a couple of bigger ants. None at all inside. No lizards. So the people who had ants, lizard and cockroaches must have been very unlucky.
The same with the guests who had problems with the staff. Without exception you will be treated politely with a good morning etc. Treat others as you would like to be treated may be the mantra to use perhaps.
Breakfast - ah breakfast. At the last minute of booking this with the agent I changed my mind and went for bed and breakfast instead of the self catering I had gone into book. From my point of view it was a mistake. My husband said he thought it was OK. The food was very samey, virtually no variation, and pretty well tepid most days. Having said that, I realised after a couple of days that there was a microwave available near the Ceoliacs' food. Wouldn't book B & B again. It cost us an extra £168 but after the first week I ended up with mainly cereal. My fault and certainly other guests seemed to be able to tuck in. Put it this way - you don't need to go away hungry but it is boring.
Maspalomas is a gay paradise. Not a problem at all. Never saw anything or anyone of any persuasion, acting in an inappropriate manner. The same with the beach. There is a nudist section and you will not be aware of it until you actually get to it. The sand dunes, as some have already said, does have many gay nude men but again perfectly ok. They are just men and they are naked
There would be some road noise from some of the bungalows, it would depend which one you had.
Seeing the comments on here about thefts from the room, we opted for the safe at 13 euros a week + 10 euros returnable deposit. Well worth the money for less stress. We did cause a problem one day when we went off to breakfast without securing the front door. Because everything was locked in the safe and our neighbours were all outside having their breakfasts we didn't see it as a problem. However, the maid refused to go into the room once she realised we weren't actually inside and had to call a supervisor to get permission to enter. It delayed her day. Reassuring though eh?
We paid for a Thomson excursion. Not worth the money. Coach and boat trip to Mogan via Puerto Rico for the market which is EXACTLY the same as the market in Maspalomas which is walking distance from the complex. It was classed as a half day trip but was only that length because of picking everyone up and because the boat trip was deliberately slow to make it a worthwhile trip. I reckon I could have swum alongside at the same speed.
We took ourselves on a bus to the huge botanical garden in Las Palmas as the Thomson trip only called in there as part of a whole day trip. Go to the main road and turn right. Walk to the bus stop and get the No. 30 bus. Make sure you tell the driver you want to go to San Telmos. This bus will take you to an inside bus station. Get off here and get the 303. Make sure to ask for the Jardin Canaria. It will be announced but once off the bus you are a bit lost as there are no immediate indications as to where the gardens are. Get off and walk in the direction the bus leaves. You can't miss it. They are worth the visit. From this direction though you will be at the TOP of the gardens. The views are wonderful but it is a steep and uneven climb down. Certainly not for the infirm or buggies. There are toilets at point NO.12 and also more at the other entrance at the bottom of the gardens. Hope that helps.
As with most things in life, we are all different and maybe our expectations are a little different to someone else's but this is not a four or five star complex. We didn't pay for that so why should we expect it. Go with the intention of enjoying yourself and you probably will.
All in all, a lovely break in very pleasant surroundings. Would we go back, probably,
although not straight away.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located next to the golf course of Maspalomas, 2km from the spectacular Dunes of Maspalomas and and only some minutes from the Shopping Centre Faro 2. Free shuttle bus offered to the beach of Maspalomas and the centre of Playa del Ingles various times per day. Golf and Tennis facilities nearby (charge). Comfortable bungalows with individual bedroom. All consist of lounge with sofa, telephone, safe (for rent) and Sat-TV, kitchenette with fridge, toaster, micro wave and coffee machine, complete bathroom and furnished terrace with garden. Ceiling fans in living- and bedroom. Half board consists of breakfast buffet and dinner buffet with the possibility of having lunch instead of dinner. All boards are served at the Cordial Green Golf (just infront) There is free Wifi available in the whole establishment. ... more less
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