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Occidental Jandia Playa
Ranked #14 of 71 Hotels in Pajara
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“Lovely and relaxing holiday”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 17, 2013

We stayed here for a week on an all-inclusive basis. Our room was in block 8, which was lovely and quiet. It was easy to get to the spa and beach from there but a bit of a walk back to the main building.

The hotel was lovely with two huge swimming pools and a smaller pool in front of the wellness centre. The water was quite cold when we were there but we braved it!

There are plenty of activities to take part in such as archery, rifle shooting, yoga etc, all at the hotel. There is also a gym there but the equipment is a bit old and the air con wasn't working.

For those of you looking for some pampering, there is a lovely spa at the hotel but the treatments are quite pricey. I opted for a pedicure, which was lovely and relaxing.

Our room was lovely and spacious but did get a little hot as the air con is very weak.

The hotel food was 3 star quality. There isn't a lot of choice as there is only one main restaurant to dine in for the all-inclusive package. We did get a little fed up of having similar dishes after a week. There is also a handy snack bar where you can grab food, drinks and ice cream during the afternoon/evening. And the all-inclusive package includes free drinks (a selection).

In the evening there is entertainment in the theatre and piano bar. While we were there we went to a casino night and also watched tribute and magic shows.

The hotel is in a quiet resort. You can walk down to the local shopping centre and beach from the hotel. If you're looking for a wider choice of bars, restaurants and shops you need to walk further along to the next couple of resorts, which are livelier.

For us, this holiday was just what we needed as we wanted a relaxing, quiet resort with good weather so it ticked all the boxes.

The hotel seems to be very popular with German holidaymakers.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 17, 2013

My wife and I went there over Easter this year. It was advertised in the Thomas Cook brochure as an adults only fully all inclusive hotel. The brochure omitted (surprise surprise) to mention that th "Club Premium" section was not a stand alone Hotel, but part of a large non inclusive child friendly Hotel. The premium section was seperated by a single door and the swipe card access to the Club Pool/Bar was broken so anyone could walk in or out without being challenged. The noise from the Hotel pool was constant and didn't help our quest to have a relaxing holiday. Also to get to our "Fine Dining" restaurant we had to go through the main hotel which was total bedlam and then be served food that was either luke warm or not cooked through. We are not fussy people, but We got fed up of sending food back to be re-heated - they couldn't even manage to serve soup hot. There was no entertainment in the hotel and the all inclusive evening bar had 2 TV screens without sound and without any English channels. And to finish the holiday in fine style the return flight was four and a half hours late - give this one a miss!

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2013

we went all/inc for 7 days, bar service i could not fault, food was good, some building work was going on at our time of visit but beleave it has now finished,did not like enterainment, all in all good value , would go back again

Room Tip: if not booking deluxe room try to get block 8 or 9
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2013

I am a fan of Barcelo hotels, and have to say I am satisfied with my latest stay at Jandia again (although there are better Barcelos, for example Santiago in Tenerife).
Staff very friendly and helpful, can't get any better. Especially entertainment and reception staff. Worthwhile saying thank you to all hard working folks. It seemed a little understaffed to me, but maybe due to the time of the year.
Food not too bad, but small seafood variety, again, comparing to other Barcelos.
There are minor downsides as tiles needed replacing, or tv a bit outdated, but nothing dramatic and would definitely recommend this hotel if you need a relaxing, beautiful and not expensive break.
Entertainment good, every night something different.
I would also like to mention that we received a sea view room in block 9 without paying for this.
It was a beautiful, clean room with spectacular view on the beach!
Thank you again :)

Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2013

Brilliant holiday destination. We were looking for a relaxing break and got exactly that.
Food - well season, a lot of choice. I am a meat person - my friend a fish lover and both were always happy with selection food.
Rooms - as per pictures provided clean, quite spacious, lovely clean bathroom, terrace.
Service - waiting on staff - brilliant, friendly, eventually even remembered our usual orders.
Entertainment - loved the team - very cheerful people, enjoying their job very much, it always seemed to be the same people joining in activities, even I got involved in some dancing and archery and I do not like participating in group activities. Evening shows are engaging as well, and as entertainment team have advised changes through courses of weeks for those staying longer.
Beach - to the ones whinging about beach being far away - did You bother reading up about the island before you came? There is NO hotels on the beach - there is a strip of wetland that that you have to cross to get to beach. Which is beautiful, which crystal shallow water(I am not a strong swimmer and enjoyed still being able to go in to the ocean) and white sand.
Pool - 2 main ones, where still quite cold, but we frequently had a swim in it. 1 heated - did not visit, as didn't feel the need were happy enough with the main pool.
If you are looking for a good party location this is not it.
There is a 'disco' after 23.30 that plays contemporary music, which we danced ourselves crazy in.

I truly recommend this resort.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2013

My boyfriend and I have just returned from this hotel after spending a week here from 9th - 16th March. We arrived fairly late in the afternoon and after a wait for our transfer got under way to Morro Jable. We were told that the journey time was an hour but expect at least 1.5 hours due to stopping for drop offs along the way. After reaching the hotel we walked through the lovely open marbled and clean lobby to the reception desk. We left our luggage there and were given our all inclusive wristbands immediately and told to pop off to dinner which suited us fine! The hotels main area is massive with two sets of steps or a lift down to the main restaurant. The food choice was amazing even for the fussiest of eaters. You had fish, chicken, pork, rabbit on occasion, stews, rice dishes, tapas, garlic potatoes, chips, beans, calamari, pizza and a massive selevtion of fresh salad to choose from. For desserts the chefs would lay out cakes, pies, bowls of whole fruit, lots of ice cream with sprinkles, sauces and everything you can think of. The drinks were free flowing with red, white and rose wine, beer and soft drinks on a self service facility. All the restaurant staff are mor ethan happy to assist with your plates, clearing as they go, bringing you new cutlery. You hav the choice of tables for 2,4,6 or even 10 so there was never not enough space.

THe evening entertainment consisted of an entertainment team that did a great job, they really put so much effort in to their performances with a Caberet, Michael Jackson and 80s show amongst them. Then when they had the evening off they organised a duo who sang in the piano bar. Everyone was up and dancing it was a lovely atmosphere.

The outdoor areas were stunning, with two massive pools (although very cold) with plenty of sunbathing space around them. The pool bar was a lovely way to relax on the poolside offering a variety of drinks which really was nice. THey played music during most days which was not too loud at all. When the entertainments team did water aerobics or salsa lessons many people joined in.

The hotel is set up on a high hill opposite the beach. To access it all you have to do is go to the front of the hotel and come out of the gate. From there you get a lift down to the road, cross over and walk ten minutes alongisde the sea to be able to get on to it. THe strecth of beach was the most impressive I have seen throughout all my travels in Europe. It was stunning.

There hotel in itself has alot of stairs and has windy pathways to different facilities and accomodation. It might not be too suitable for wheelchair users or older guests as you can start to feel it on the backs of your legs and im 28!!

Alot of reviews i read on here stated that blocks 8 and 9 are like a 15 minute walk from the main hotel and are a real pain to get too. I have to say i have no idea who wrote that but this is not the case at all. Anywhere on the resort is easy peasy to access from the main building.

Overall we had the best time in this clean, energetic, warm and friendly hotel and I would definately say the best 4 star i have stayed in. Would recommend it to families, couples, groups of older friends and anyone wanting a relaxed, more remote week in the sun.

Room Tip: All the rooms are adequeate, some people would prefer blocks 8 or 9 for the sea view but you can see...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2013

Stay: April 5-12 (one week)
Family with two boys (4 and 2 years)
Family room – two separate rooms connected via door
Plus:
• Morro Jable – nice place, beautiful see view
• Hotel is near to Morro Jable town, shopping centre right downstairs the hotel (few good shops including Interspar), access also by a lift
• very friendly staff English and German speaking, every problem solved almost immediately
• enough places in the main restaurant, always free seat to find
• very tasty food however the choice could have been wider and more varied
• self-service for soft drinks, table wine, beer, water and hot drinks for all inclusive guests
• simple but practically equipped rooms, no problem with cleanliness
• we appreciated especially the possibility to have two connected rooms
• advantage for families – play ground for children, kids club

Minus
• in case you want to spend the holiday on the beach – you need cca 15 minutes to walk to the beach that is very windy, the temperature of the see water is quite low (what is usual for the Fuerteventura Island)
• sometimes the evening entertaining program was noisy
• sometimes it was overcrowded at the main pool during the day

Tips for trips
• No problem to rent a car for good price and conditions directly at the reception or in the Morro Jable
• our best trip was the visit of Corralejo sand dune

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Occidental Jandia Playa
Address: Sancho Panza, s/n | Urbanizacion Playa del Jable, 35625, Pajara, Fuerteventura, Spain (Formerly Barcelo Jandia Playa)
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Location: Spain > Canary Islands > Fuerteventura > Jandia Peninsula > Pajara
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Green Hotel in Pajara
#7 Spa Hotel in Pajara
#11 On the Beach Hotel in Pajara
#14 Luxury Hotel in Pajara
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Hotel Class:4 star — Occidental Jandia Playa 4*
Number of rooms: 634
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Occidental Jandia Playa Fuerteventura, Spain

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