We stayed at the Barcelo Thalasso Spa for a week at the end of May / start of June and had a very enjoyable time.
The hotel is very close to the airport so you can easily get a taxi for a reasonable price - ours was prebooked with First Choice so we could get there before the transfer coach and avoid big queues at reception.
Our rooms were spacious with very comfortable beds plus a sofa bed, table & chair. We went for a sea view which wasn't spectacular but pleasant enough and it was nice to sit out on the balcony. The room design was quite good because you have a large area with washbasin & big mirrors which is open to the room (difficult to describe but actually very well done) and then the bathroom just has the bath/shower/toilet. This avoids the problem of someone wanting to do makeup / brush teeth etc when another person is using the bathroom. Also gents can have a shower and then shave without a steamed up mirror. The room had TV but only a couple of English language channels. There was no kettle although you could hire one but we took a travel kettle anyway, bought milk in the nearby supermarket and kept it in the minibar fridge. We paid for their WiFi service which was quite expensive and rather slow. We also paid for the room safe which I thought was a bit costly but they explained the fee is only to cover their insurance, they don't make any money from it (not sure I believe that). The rooms were quiet - you didn't hear anyone in other rooms - the air conditioning worked well and there were light-stop curtains so the room stayed dark and you could sleep in if you wanted. We slept well there.
The hotel itself is very clean and attractive inside (not so attractive outside), the corridors are wide and tall and airy and always cool. We never got the feeling of being crowded in with other people.
The pool area is fine but what others have said about towels on sunbeds is true. The first morning I woke up at 7.30 and looked down to the pool - almost half the sunbeds already taken with towels! After that it was a case of if you can't beat them, join them so I had to get up with the others to make sure my kids had some shade in the day. Seems like a silly vicious circle which the hotel should take a firmer hand with. Anyway, the pools are clean and nice but feel a bit chilly when you first go in.
We were all inclusive and I think it was well worth it. I thought the variety and quality of food laid on was excellent, so did the rest of my group. At every meal in the main restaurant there's a cold buffet, hot buffet, grill bar plus lots of other choices plus fruits and desserts. It's not haute cuisine but we found lots that we liked at every meal. The house wine was free in our package but it was a bit odd that you could only order it by the bottle and couldn't then take the bottle away if you hadn't finished it - seems very wasteful. There's also the poolside grill bar which is quite large and a very nice place to sit and have a drink or snack. If all inclusive you can just help yourself to beer, wine, Cava, hot or cold drinks and ice cream tubs. Very very bad for you :-)
The entertainment team were excellent and worked very hard to keep people amused. As well as younger and older kids clubs they laid on adult activities every morning and afternoon - I did rifle shooting, archery, volleyball, mini golf, among others. Every evening there was a show in the theatre, many of which were put on by the Entertainment Team and, although they were effectively amateur productions, they were really good fun. The bar/theatre layout is good; the two areas are open to each other and the theatre has rows of seats with tables so waiters will bring you drinks while you sit there.
The staff were almost all very friendly (one grumpy barman but everybody has their off days) and helpful and all worked incredibly hard.
We didn't explore Fuerteventura because we were there for a lazy week. We walked into the town a couple of times, where there are bars and a few tourist shops but didn't go far. We went on the beach several times, which looks lovely but apparently a lot of the sand has been shipped in and if you go out in the water you find out it's still sharp volcanic rock underneath. We didn't try. We also didn't use the gym, except to have a shower on the last day after we'd checked out.
All in all, we had a marvellous stay and were very well treated. I have no complaints at all and would thoroughly recommend it to anyone looking for a relaxing stay.
- 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