Just returned from a week at The Oliva Beach with my sister and her two grandsons. We booked mainly for its location on the wonderful sandy beach. We were not disappointed. The boys (two and six) spent many happy hours making sandcastles, digging holes and playing at the water's edge. My sister and I took turns to swim in the clear, warm water. Waves were minimal on the first two days although as the wind increased, so did the waves. Access to the beach is directly through a gate from the hotel grounds. When we weren't on the beach, we were in and around the various pools, including the jacuzzi. The pool in front of the hotel has a separate children's pool but the one in the apartments area does not - the only downside. The hotel grounds are extremely extensive and are very well maintained. The apartment area resembles a small village with the pool as its focal point. Our luggage was taken to our apartment by trolley and collected again on the morning of our departure. The apartment was extremely spacious and cleaned to a very high standard. We had read complaints about the standard of decor and general shabbiness of the rooms.There were two cracked floor tiles in the bathroom and a lampshade was badly marked but it certainly didn't affect our enjoyment of the holiday in any way. There was far worse in a "superior room" at the Levante 4 Star Thomson Gold Hotel in Majorca where my husband and I stayed (and reviewed) a few years ago.
Again, we had read complaints about the food so we were very pleasantly surprised by the quality and variety. For the evening meal there was a wide variety of salads, freshly cooked meats, casserole type dishes and a whole range of other dishes. There was also a whole section devoted to hot pasta dishes. There were always child orientated dishes in addition. We tried the wine a couple of times. It was O.K., nothing special. Cocktails varied depending on how generous, or otherwise, the barman was with the alcohol. The boys loved the range of children's drinks and ice creams, especially the fact that they could just go and help themselves at any time of the day.
The six year old loved his day at the Kid's Club which seemed very well organised with a variety of activities.
As far as value for money is concerned, we were very impressed. The greatest attraction has to be the vast expanse of fine golden sand which meant that the beach was never crowded.
The views of Lobos and Lanzarote with their volcanos were amazing. We were happy to stay on site but there always seemed to be plenty of taxis for those who wanted to travel further afield. In addition, there are several organised excursions on offer including trips to the nearby islands of Lobos and Lanzarote, an island tour, water and safari parks etc. If you are looking for a beach centred holiday, this is the place to be. I hope to return soon.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located 5 km from Corralejo. 7-storey main building and 2-storey and 3-storey annexes, surrounded by a 35,000 m2 garden, Situated on Grandes Playas sand dune beach, 5 km from various shops, 35 km from the airport, 200 m from a bus stop, Credit cards accepted: MasterCard, Visa, Diners. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Clubhotel Oliva Beach Corralejo
- Riu Oliva Beach
- Riu Clubhotel Oliva Beach Hotel
- ClubHotel Riu Oliva Beach Resort Fuerteventura/Corralejo