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VIK Suite Hotel Risco del Gato
Ranked #2 of 26 Hotels in Costa Calma
Certificate of Excellence
Norfolk, UK
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“...and relax!”
Reviewed April 25, 2011

We spent a week here recently, specifically for a quiet and relaxing break, which is exactly what we had. The rooms are unique in my experience and the layout is deceptively spacious in their suites. They are kept really clean and well serviced. We found the staff very friendly and helpful. You can get by easily with a smattering of Spanish, but some of the staff speak English very well if it is needed. The meals were of very good quality in the evening, we opted for half board, there was always a choice. On two evenings there was a buffet style meal with barbecued meat and fish. There was also good, but suitably subtle, live music.

There is an open view to the sea from the beautifully kept gardens. There are large hotels to the left and right which are closer to the coast, but are far enough away so as not to be intrusive. The beach is lovely and we spent several days there just relaxing or strolling up and down. At this end of the beach it isn't too busy as it is further out from Costa Calma itself.

There are shops nearby, but we were glad to have a hire car in order that we could explore a little further around the island. I'd consider a car essential for a two week break. The roads are excellent, although they can be quite twisty in the higher areas.

All in all, a very pleasurably week which fitted the bill perfectly!

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
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East Horsley
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Reviewed February 24, 2011

This is quite a unique hotel as others have mentioned. As a result of having individual pods or bungalows the hotel is spread out across a wide area and is vey quiet. In fact although most rooms were occupied the pool area was almost deserted. The gardens were full of desert plants and done in an attractive way. There is even a duck pond!
It is true that some staff only spoke German as a foreign language - this was not a problem for me as I speak enough of the language. However you soon find out who speaks English.
Do you need a car as someone has indicated? Well if you are there for a week I would say not. Obviously if you want to see the island then that is different.
Someone has mentioned that to get to the excellent beaches you need to go down a track. This is not correct - you can walk down tarmac roads and reach the long beach a bit further on.
The food is good and bearing in mind the upgrade price is extremely good value. However the coffee is terrible - maybe it is made the night before, goodness knows.
My view however is that if you really want to relax in a quiet place then this takes some beating.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 19, 2010

This was a last minute holiday to relax in the sun. We we're offered half board free of charge and it was a good job as the whole of the Costa Calma seems to be an area full of all inclusive hotels with no life/restaurants/bars - no resort centre as such. The hotel itself had pod like rooms with en-suite bathrooms including a circular jacuzzi bath. The beds were comfortable and the rooms and bathrooms were clean. The meals alternated between an outside terrace and an internal restaurant which was formal dining. Although friendly and good quality started to get boring by the end of the week and there was nowhere else to go locally. Their were two pools which were clean but not as website details and spa area very poor. Our saving grace was hiring a car from the airport so that we could visit the many splendid beaches along that coast. Also the three girls from Holland on work internship made our stay much more enjoyable as they were friendly & chatty.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 20, 2004

My boyfriend and I have just spent a week at the Hotel Risco del Gato in Costa Calma, and loved the hotel. It is quite unique, with accommodation in individual bungalow suites. These are extremely clean, comfortable and well-designed, with a completely private patio.

We found the hotel staff helpful and friendly, the food excellent, the gardens beautifully landscaped and the facilities (including gym, spa and massage) very good.

Costa Calma itself is not the most inspiring resort, although it has all the essentials a short walk away from the hotel, e.g. shops, cash machine, etc.

As its name suggests, the Risco del Gato (rough translation is "Cat Cliff") stands in an elevated position overlooking the sea. Unfortunately some of its view is now blocked by a fairly hideous new hotel that is still under construction. However the RdG still retains some good sea views and oozes class compared to the rest of the resort.

It caters primarily to German clients; if you don't speak any German or Spanish you may struggle with more complicated communications, but you would get by. A couple of the staff spoke English.

The hotel is ideal for a peaceful, relaxing break. It is most suited to adults in search of a little luxury in a quiet but friendly atmosphere.

  • Stayed October 2004
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Reviewed May 26, 2004

This hotel is absolutely first class. Its cleanliness, the comfort of the rooms, bath robes and slippers, its locality to tremendous beaches, shopping and nearby restaurants, as well as its own superb restaurant make it very superior to other hotels in the Canaries. It is run with tremendous precision and attention to guests, and has great facilities for couples. It is not really a hotel for children as many people go there for privacy and relaxation.

I cannot recommend it too much

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Property: VIK Suite Hotel Risco del Gato
Address: Calle Sicasumbre 2, 35627 Costa Calma, Pajara, Fuerteventura, Spain
Location: Spain > Canary Islands > Fuerteventura > Jandia Peninsula > Pajara > Costa Calma
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Costa Calma
#2 Spa Hotel in Costa Calma
#2 Luxury Hotel in Costa Calma
#3 Family Hotel in Costa Calma
#4 Romantic Hotel in Costa Calma
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — VIK Suite Hotel Risco del Gato 4*
Number of rooms: 51
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The VIK Suite Hotel Risco del Gato is an exclusive hotel with a unique architecture surrounded by 34.643 M² of gardens and heated swimming pools on different levels ... more   less 
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