We enjoyed a week at the Costa Calma beach resort in March 2012 but as I was having a resort reviewing day, thought I'd give my advice on this one. Firstly we booked with Thomas Cook and flew from Cardiff - have to say very painless and straightforward - a real pleasure compared to Thomsons and Gatwick!! The trip did not costa package I have to admit, so our expectations were low - and on that basis they were exceeded. Our room was good and nearby most things, with a slight beach view. The all inc package was really all inc, no tricks of the trade, so you can relax and enjoy - I didnt see my wallet for a few days as it was not needed for anything once inside the resort. A note for the wifi crowd....dont bother - im an iphone man and it was a frustratingly sporadic wifi service - and expensive at that - we paid a creditcard local phone service instead and that was better connection and better value - use that instead.
One thing I really did enjoy was the food - aside of the 'whacky races' experience of getting around the buffet (it is busy most of the time!) some of the food really shone for me. Yes not all dishes, but the 'mojo sauce' and the little salty potatoes are really worth trying - local dishes prepared by locals - I really enjoyed...the little lady wasn't a fan of me having mojo sauce every mealtime mind you! Its spicey, creamy, yet delicious...but your partner will know you have eaten it! Mojo breath is not to be sniffed at lol.
Yes there are lots of germans...get over it! They have holidays too, and as a rule there's more of them so don't be surprised if your in a minority. As such the hotel was geared to them, and so be it, it didnt effect us - as I had a polite grasp of spanish I found it helped to converse that way with staff and it truly paid dividends as I felt we were looked after when I requested anything from waitresses or reception or bar staff. Although most spoke english if need be. The entertainment was naturally in german - truthfully if it had been in english i wouldnt have been overly fussed on it, its the generic week of singing and acts that are always an after thought at such places - go eat, drink and entertain yourselves with friends and family would be my advice.
We hired a car for two days and got out of Costa Calma. Right bit of advice here, go find a car hire place a bit cheaper than your 'in resort agent recommended' one, as you dont get a better deal - shop around a little - it pays. Go out of the hotel and head up a little to the shops, theres a few places. Also, if you need a car more than 2 days then get one of those James Bond submersible ones so you can go somewhere else, as after 2 days there is nothing else to see or do really - the island is small, you can drive all the way round it in about 4-5 hours - its worth a trip away to see some amazing sights, volcanic lands which look alien at times, and some lovely vistas will open up, but the island itself is very underdeveloped so there isnt a lot to see and do - save water and windsports - excellent for both if thats your boat floater. We found a nice restaurant in El Cotillo, north of the isand, there are a few there, I regret I can't recall the name - but its worth getting off the beaten path and trying places out of town - theres some nice meals to be had and certainly different to the buffet food you may get back at the resort.
Morro Jable has a longer beach, some more shops, than Costa Calma, but otherwise its all very samey - if you like your wind mills then you will notice lots of them as you drive around - likewise most of the landscape is barren, unearthly almost and hard to make a living off I'd suggest so most of the island is sparsely populated, and kinda of clusters round the resorts, which are all pretty similar in terms of offerings shop wise.
Our hotel itself was situated on the end of the crescent beach, there are some nice walks to be had along the beach at times it really is a picture, especially at night. In terms of value for money it was a fantastic trip - it certainly isn't a 4 star resort as we might consider a 4 star hotel in the UK, but honestly you couldn't eat/drink 24-7, swim in the pool, get your room cleaned everyday in sunny 30+ temperatures for £300 for a week in the UK - I've paid more for one nights lodge alone in a 5 star hotel in the UK, and you have to accept when you book it won't be a luxury resort, but it is incredible value and on that basis I can recommend.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The SBH Costa Calma Beach Resort is a 4-star rated modern complex, active and with a lot of space. If you do not want to care about food an drinks, sorts and entertainment: selct our "all inclusive" program. Beach, sunshine and our excellent service brings you your well-deserved recreation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sunrise Costa Calma Beach Hotel Costa Calma
- Sunrise Costa Calma Beach Resort
- Hotel Costa Calma
- Costa Calma Beach Resort
- SBH Costa Calma Beach Resort Fuerteventura