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“Smokers' paradise - but we loved it” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hotel Riu Palace Tres Islas

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Hotel Riu Palace Tres Islas
Ranked #11 of 46 Hotels in Corralejo
Certificate of Excellence
London UK
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Smokers' paradise - but we loved it”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2012

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.

Room Tip: We were divided - one of us felt the sea view rooms would have definitely been worth the extra but i...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank Violet54
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2012

Just returned from the Tres Islas. What a wonderful relaxing holiday. The staff cannot do enough for you. The rooms are spacious and very very clean. Food very good. But best of all THE BEACH. You think you have died and gone to heaven. Just miles of fine golden sand, palm trees and a couple of camels thrown in. The sea is warm and clear, you can walk out into the sea a long way and just come up to your knees.The people that run the beach bar are friendly, and the food very good, and, a good price. We could not fault this holiday, even though the British holiday makers only made up about 10 o/o of people staying there, mostly Germans, everyone was very nice and friendly and we didn't have any complaints at all. Would we go back. Of course.

Room Tip: Say that you would like a room that the balcony gets the sun in the morning and early evening We got...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank judith j
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Stafford, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2012

Arriving at Tres Islas you know you are arriving at a great hotel. Your bags are taken off the coach and carried to the reception for you. You hand your Passports to the reception desk and the take a seat in the comfortable couches whilst a waiter brings you a complimentary glass of sparkling wine. After a short while your name is called, you go to the desk, sign in and then you go off to your room.

The rooms are spacious all with balconies, air conditioning, free fruit bowl and small bottle of water on arrival. Beds are very comfortable and there is a minibar should you be in need of a drink.

Our room overlooked the pool, and I would advise anyone who books to ask for this as they are sheltered from the wind. The views are still great from these rooms.

There are two main swimming pools, both freshwater. These are never crowded and it is possible to enjoy a quite swim to cool off. Plenty of sunbeds and sunshades around the pool area, though people do 'book' these with the old towel out early trick (this is against hotel policy but everybody does it). There is a large spa pool and also a paddling pool for the kids, but I would say that this hotel isn't really one I would think kids would enjoy as the isn't any daytime entertainment for them. Beach style towels are provided and you can change them daily.

The two main pools are seperated by a poolside bar. There is also a Large patio area overlooking the pools, this is served by another bar, which has indoor and outdoor seating.

There are tennis courts and a gym and spa treatment area, I didn't use these facilities so I can't comment on them. There is access to the beach on both sides of the hotel through glass doors. The beaches are beautiful, golden sands, but be aware that nude sunbathing is allowed, though this is more on the beach north of the hotel than the south.

The dining experience is wonderful, a buffet style meal system for both breakfast and evening meals. The quality of the food is five star. There is also an a la carte restaurant, but I couldn't see the point in it and didn't see many people using it.

There is evening entertainment. This consists of a resident band, and a different act every night. This was of reasonable standard, but the songs were a little dated. This always finished at 11 o'clock every night, so didn't disturb any sleep.

All the staff were pleasant and cheerful.

Not too far away there is a small supermarket, where you can buy food, snacks, booze and beach stuff. We bought some cheap Gin and tonic from there and had a drink on our balcony prior to the evening meal. Of course we needed ice for this and there is no ice machine! No problem, just pop down to the bar and ask the barman for a bucket of ice, he will oblige.

In the foyer there are a number of shops - from newsagent to clothes boutiques. There is a card room where you can sit and play cards. There is a computer station where you can hire computer time, and there is also free wifi in this area.

I would recommend this hotel to anyone. The only drawbacks I found were that you cannot get wifi in your room, and that there were no areas outside that were deemed no smoking. Which is why I say nearly perfect.

Room Tip: Ask for one overlooking the pool.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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8 Thank Mike G
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Epsom, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2012

We have just returned from Tres Islas after a glorious 1 week stay and as the title says didn't want to come home. What a wonderful place, the staff couldn't do enough for you and the rooms and public areas were kept beautifully clean, the food so much choice and so well presented. Our room overlooked the pool and the beach a wonderful view I could have stayled on the balacony taking in the views for hours. As for the beach it was absolutely stunning. We will go back again to this wonderful hotel and hopefully some of our friends will want to come with us after we tell them what a brilliant time we had.

Room Tip: Have a room with sea view - stunning
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Antoinette T
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middlesbrough
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2012

we have just come back from our stay at the tres islas. It was afantastic holiday.We whent to relax which we did.The room was on the end with a large balcony, the room itself was really clean and spacious, the food was plentyfull and plenty of choice, the staff were helpfull and marvelous.
The etertiament was ok.Cannot wait to go back next year this was our fifth time.

Room Tip: rooms over looking the pool and the sea are reaaly good.corner siutes are expensive, other rooms are...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank middlesbroughsophie
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Wrexham, United Kingdom
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68 reviews
44 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 192 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2012

The title of this review says it all. My partner and I rarely return to the same place twice, but we enjoyed our holiday so much the first time, we booked another one week stay at the Tres Islas. So glad we did as we were not disappointed at all and have no complaints. It was just as special the second time round. I just love this hotel. I echo all the same points as my previous review below which is more detailed. This hotel is worthy of it's high rating on TA. Superb location, facilities, staff & weather. Don't delay, Book this hotel for a truely wonderful holiday. The beach is just breath taking. We will be back in the future. Enjoy x

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank EmL0u84
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Cornwall UK
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2012

We love Fuerteventura! The weather is amazing, beaches to die for, lovely people. If you want a laid back relaxing holiday this is the place to go. It's one of those places you don't want to leave!
We stayed at the other 5 star hotel initially about 6 times in total (Atlantis Bahia Real). We rented different villas the next few times for a change. At the end of our last villa stay we wandered into Tres Islas to explore! It's on the fabulous sand dune beach (turquoise water, perfect clean sand).
The location beats all the rest! Amazingly clean, fantastic staff and the food excellent. We checked in for the last few days of our holiday! Will definitely go back. It's the best!!!!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Lily365
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Property: Hotel Riu Palace Tres Islas
Address: Avda Grandes Playas | Corralejo - Fuerteventura, 35660 Corralejo, La Oliva, Fuerteventura, Spain
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Location: Spain > Canary Islands > Fuerteventura > La Oliva > Corralejo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in Corralejo
#5 Family Hotel in Corralejo
#6 Romantic Hotel in Corralejo
#8 Luxury Hotel in Corralejo
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Corralejo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Riu Palace Tres Islas 4*
Number of rooms: 372
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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