My partner and I travel a lot for both business and pleasure and have never left any reviews, however; we felt on this occasion we should as we have stayed at this hotel 5 times in the last two years (and are planning on going back in the near future).
We have made this review an open and honest one and based on all our visits in total.
Arrival in Fuerteventura
The hotel is a ten minute drive from the airport and cost approximately €10 in a taxi. Taxi rank is located just outside the terminal doors. During high season, you may have a 5-10 minute wait but the queue is well organised. Please don’t pre book taxi’s with your tour operators – most of them charge c. £150! What a rip off!
Arriving at the Hotel
When you arrive at the hotel, at Reception you will need to fill in a ‘Guest Registration’ document. This takes no more than two minutes per person (make sure you have your passport handy though as you need your passport number).
More often than not, you will have to wait for your room – although we have never waited more than 45 minutes. If you do need to wait, you will be given a voucher to go to the bar to get a complimentary Orange Juice or Sparkling Wine. The delay is caused usually by tour operators having early flights and the hotel having a check out policy of 12 noon. Anyway, you are on holiday; relax with a drink rather than shouting at the hotel reception staff!
When your room is ready, you will be given a map and your All Inclusive wrist band (if applicable) and your key card to the room. I will review the rooms later in this review. Porters are available to help you with your luggage if needed.
The hotel is an official 4 star hotel situated in Costa Caleta. The accommodation is split into three blocks (1, 2 & 3). There is a restaurant (underneath Reception) as well as a pool side snack bar and an evening bar. There are three pools (albeit one is very small and suitable for toddlers). There is also a mini golf, tennis courts and a Spa.
The accommodation is split into three blocks (1, 2 & 3). Block 1 and Block 2 are either side of reception and take a few minutes to walk. Block 3 is a bit further away so be prepared for a walk! Some of the rooms in Block 1 overlook a few local bars and although we have not stayed in one of these, I would imagine some noise can be heard. The resort is a quiet resort though; it is not like you are staying in the centre of Ibiza! The majority of Block 2 have views across the pools / beach. Block 3 is the quietist with views over the harbour / beach or the pool.
The rooms are light and airy and have a king size or twin beds and are always cleaned to a high standard. Some of the rooms are adjoining – ideal for families. There is a separate sink area situated just outside the bathroom where you have a w/c and a bath with overhead shower. All rooms have a balcony with a table and two chairs, however, some rooms do have chairs missing so you may need to ask reception if you need another chair! All of the rooms have air conditioning and a safe (located in the bottom of the wardrobe). If you want to use the safe, you need a code from reception and is c. €4 a day depending on high/low season.
Some of the furniture in the rooms is a little dated, however rooms are slowly being upgraded. There are plenty of drawers and plenty of hanging space. I have seen many reviewers commenting on the lack of English speaking TV channels – yes there are only a few– but do you really go on holiday to sit in your room and watch EastEnders?!
Rooms are cleaned daily and sheets/towels changed daily if you wish. You also get bath/shower gel as well as soap, shower cap etc.
Some superior rooms have recently been added but we have not stayed in one yet so cant comment (although pictures do look nice!).
Food and Drink
First and foremost, Food and drink is in plentiful supply at this hotel.
Breakfast is served from 7-10am in the main restaurant (Maxitoria located under reception). On entering, find your self a table and help yourself from the mountains of food on offer. You can choose from lots of fresh bread, fresh fruit as well as cold meats etc. There are also lots of cereals on offer as well as yoghurts and smoothies. If you prefer to start the day like me, it is a fry-up everyday (not good for your waist but you are on holiday!) You can also have omelettes made to order as well as pancakes etc. There really is something here for everyone. Breakfast can get busy from 8.45am with lots of children (more High season) so my advice is get there before then if you can. There is tea and coffee as well as juice, milk, water etc.
For all inclusive guests Lunch is also served in the Maxitoria restaurant from 1pm-3pm. You will be given a table cheque to take to your table (keep this safe!). You will often be shown to your table during busy periods. One of the waiting staff will ask you for your drinks order and note it down on the table cheque and then bring them over to you. You may have to wait 5 minutes for your drinks especially when they are busy – again, remember you are on holiday and relax.
There is always a wide variety of food to choose from at lunch ranging from fresh fish, meat, pasta, pizza, cold meats, salad etc. Again, food for everyone.
You can also have lunch in the Aloe Bar which is located by the pool. They serve food more like a traditional ‘pub menu’. Please note, if you are all inclusive, you can not eat here ‘free’ during the hours of 1pm and 3pm. You will need to go to the main restaurant.
First and foremost, gentlemen, wear long trousers – this is not optional or up for debate as many people try. It is simple, if you are not wearing full length trousers, you are not coming in! They don’t need to be formal dining wear – jeans will do!
Dinner is from 6.30pm until 10pm and is served in the main restaurant. A similar approach to lunch (you will be given a table cheque, order dinks, buffet style etc). Food again is varied daily and the deserts are the best – especially the chocolate fountain! Please make sure you take your table cheque with you when you leave and hand it to one of the managers on the door. If not, you will be sent back to your table for it.
Again, you may have to wait for a table if you come during ‘the rush’ which seems to be 7.45, however the restaurant staff work extremely hard to get tables ready as quickly as possible.
Everyday, there are activities for everyone both young and old. There is mini club (not really sure what they do as we don’t have children but they sound like they are having fun!). There is Maxi Club for older children where they are kept busy (football, mini golf, volley ball etc). Then there is entertainment for adults (football, archery, volleyball, aqua aerobics and even bingo!) All the entertainment staff work really hard all day, everyday. If you don’t want to get involved, you don’t have to – to date we have still not done anything! We do though enjoy playing on the Mini Golf courses – there are two courses (both 18 holes). One is ‘easy’ and one is ‘hard’ – they are both great though and let me tell you the easy is not that easy!! You also get a discount here is you are All Inclusive.
Every evening there is a mini disco for the children – a very popular activity. It usually kicks off at 8.30 and is usually run by the hotel entertainment team.
At 9.45 every evening, there is a live show - everything covered from Grease, Starlight Express, Lion King to Les Miserables! The hotel entertainment team put a lot of effort into these and they are a good way to spend your evenings. The waiters offer a table service – so you don’t even need to get up and go to the bar! Heaven!
Barceló Fuerteventura is located on the beach front on a sandy beach. It is a horseshoe shape but does get windy. The water here is clear – however it is rocky when you get into the sea so maybe not great for children. There is a much nicer beach a short walk away where the sand is beautiful and there are no rocks in the sea. This is located down by the Sheraton Hotel. To get to this beach, you need to walk to the right (assuming you are looking at the sea!). You will walk over some barren ground and it is just around the corner – it is also located near a small shopping centre. You can hire sun beds and parasols (all at €3 each a day) on the beach. One point to note is that the tide does come in fast, so keep an eye on it.
The hotel has 3 pools (one dedicated to children). One of the large pools is heated (the one nearest the pool bar), the other is not (which can get cold in November!)
There are plenty of sun beds around the pools – however, as many people have noted, people do put towels on them at 6.30 in the morning. I do need to add though that these tend to be British people and not Germans as a lot of people claim. I go running most mornings up the coast, and I can tell you now I have never seen a German putting a towel out – I have however seen hundreds of British people doing it. The hotel are trying to clamp down on this as people do reserve them and them at 6.30 and then go back to bed until 2pm when they finally use them. With all that said, we have never struggled to get two sun beds.
The spa is a separate building to the hotel just outside the gates near Block 1. You do need to pay to use the spa and no children are allowed. You can pay €20 each and get a ‘Wellness Circuit’ where you can use all their facilities for the day – I hear people moaning this is expensive. I live in London and for £20 you can’t even walk through the doors of a spa let alone use their facilities!
There are large day beds by the pool and it is always lovely and peaceful in there. You can pay for treatments and you will get a discount for being a Barceló guest. I can highly recommend going to the Spa – and the treatments are great too.
All the staff in this hotel are fantastic and all work unbelievably long hours. The cleaners are very thorough and work from 8 in the morning until very late!
The waiters work hard as well – nothing is too much trouble for them. They are all friendly and speak English (albeit some better than others!). They all appreciate holidaymakers making just a little effort, even if only ‘Hola’ in the morning!
I have seen people comment that some of the staff are rude, from what I have seen, it is usually the holiday maker being rude shouting things to a member of staff in English. Maybe they would think we were rude if they shouted at us in Spanish and we didn’t know what they meant?!
The guys on reception are great as well – if you really get stuck (not that you will), but ask for Gary-John – he is British working there and he is excellent!
Overall, we love this hotel – it offers a great place to relax and the people are fantastic. We would recommend hiring a car (we use Hertz which has an office just around the corner from the hotel) and exploring Fuerteventura – there are lots of things to see and do around the island. We hope this hotel never changes and we will continue to go back every year – well done Barceló Fuerteventura!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Barcelo Fuerteventura Thalasso Spa**** hotel, awarded with the prestigious Tourist Quality Q price, is located on the beachfront in the privileged enclave of Caleta de Fuste. Only 7 km. from the airport and 15 km. from Puerto del Rosario, capital of Fuerteventura - you will be able to enjoy an amazing holiday. Its large and fully equipped rooms, its countless and superb services and its extraordinary location make our hotel a desired destination for all types of holidays: you can enjoy a relaxing holiday, a romantic getaway, an experience full of sports or even a business trip. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Barcelo Fuerteventura Thalasso Hotel Caleta De Fuste
- Barcelo Caleta De Fuste
- Hotel Barcelo Fuerteventura
- Barcelo Fuerteventura Thalasso Spa Caleta De Fuste