It's hard to write a review when others have been so detailed but we'll try to answer the questions that were on our mind before we booked.
Would we recommend this hotel? Absolutely. But with a couple of caveats.
This is the ideal hotel to totally switch off and relax. It has everything you could need without ever having to leave the hotel. This was just what we wanted. Perfect.
But if you do not smoke or don't like smoking, think carefully before booking. Why? Because the gorgeous terrace and pool areas (ie anywhere outside) are where you can smoke if you want to. And many people do.
Due to the hotel's location - outside Corralejo - the terrace is - more or less - the only place to relax and enjoy a drink or two. Or a coffee. So in the evening, it's smokers' paradise and very hard for anyone else (who doesn't). You can sit at tables dotted around the pool but again - people can smoke at their leisure.
However, we write this not anti-smoking but as two reformed smokers so maybe we are now less tolerant . Did it ruin our holiday? No. But it did restrict where we went and what we did. So as long as you know this, you can be prepared.
Everything else about this hotel (the positives) are true. The staff - bar staff , restaurant staff and cleaners are all lovely and will try to help in any way they can. They all work incredibly hard to ensure you have a wonderful holiday.
The pools are fantastic - never crowded - with two jacuzzis at either end of the hotel grounds. There are two beaches - one between the all inclusive Olivia (?) Beach and the Tres Islas and one leading to Corralejo. They are simply heavenly - crystal clear waters and fine sand. You do have to pay for beds and umbrellas at the beach or you can just sit by the pool and go out for the occasional dip. The best of both worlds.
This hotel does not do all inclusive but the breakfast choices are so extensive and the same for the evening meal so you really won't go hungry. We tended to have lunch at the poolside bar which is limited (no sandwiches for example - but you can get them on the terrace) and quite pricey. We didn't mind - the staff were fun and we liked to chill. Drinks aren't cheap so factor that in. The local supermarket is nearby if you want to buy your own. Cheaper supermarkets in Corralejo.
People have talked about the sunbed situation - bagging your spot in the dark. They've attributed this to our European neighbours but we would say it's an age thing. Lots of early bird Brits were nabbing their favourite spots before breakfast, after an early morning dip. The majority of guests are older - and repeat visitors - so this is not the hotel for you if you have teenagers to entertain or are looking for action and a great nightlife! There isn't anywhere to go in the evening - nearby - but you can enjoy moonlit walks by the sea. Wonderful. So for relaxation, as we've said, it's hard to beat. A few people had their school age children but definitely no more than five families.
Everything that's been written about the food is true - spoilt for choice and plenty of it, catering for all diets. Vegetarians may end up eating a lot of pasta but the catering guys will always try to help to prepare something fresh if you can't find what you want. The dining hall does get busy - with staff a bit rushed - but you get used to it. You can eat your meal quickly or at your leisure - it's up to you. The breakfasts are particularly fantastic.
Everyone gets offered a chance to dine in the a la carte restaurant - which is...tiny. And very quiet. No more than 10 tables and a hushed atmosphere. The food is fusion - so light and...not particularly special. We wouldn't rush back.
We didn't venture much into Corralejo. Not very scenic but booze is cheap in the bars. Apparently it used to be a small fishing village.
The one outstanding feature about this hotel is that it's a big hotel but doesn't feel like it. It's an incredibly tightly run ship and once you know your way round - spots where you like to be, times you like to eat, etc, you really can switch off.
We loved the fact that people shared their books and magazines - you could leave what you'd read on tables on each floor and pick up something new.
It's a solid four-star hotel. If it weren't for the smoking (sorry but even at breakfast on the terrace people were lighting up) we wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to everyone. It definitely is a truly wonderful oasis . And it's a testament to the staff and hotel that so many people keep coming back time and time again. And that may well be us, too.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- * Located 5 km from Corralejo * Renovated in summer 2007 * 5-storey building * Situated on Grandes Playas sand dune beach * 5 km from various shops * 35 km from the airport * 300 m from a bus stop ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Palace Tres Islas Hotel Corralejo
- Riu Palace Tres Islas Corralejo
- Hotel Riu Palace Tres Islas Fuerteventura/Corralejo