We (wife & myself) were looking for a difference type of beach vacation (other than the Caribbean) and decided to take a big chance and try a location where Western Europeans go, Canary Islands! As Americans, we surely stood out as our hotel last saw Americans 5 months previously. I bought a vacation package on Expedia (air & hotel) with Half board. We flew from NYC via Madrid, Spain & then to Las Plamas, and took a bus from the airport to the hotel.( This was the only negative of our trip, 12 hours of flight travel).Once you get to the hotel, RELIEF.. this place is fantastic!! Although we paid for a standard room, we got oceanview + pool view from the 8th floor, great, great, great! Half board at IFA means a full buffet breakfast and dinner nightly, WOW!
The food was quite good, although geared to German palates. it's OK because selection is so large.. You only have to pay for your drinks (dinner only) , we had either a half bottle of wine or Sangria and our bill at the end of the week was only 65 euros! Booze is cheap on the island, you can buy a good bottle of wine for 2-3 euros at the local "spar" supermarket. IFA has daily entertainment, one nite they had various entertainers singing well known American songs, another nite there was a group of entertainers performing dances from different countries, and the key is it was FREE, all part of the room price. Location is golden, an easy walk to the huge beach. The beach is very clean, with soft waves and food and drink available everywhere.You can bring your own beach blanket and umbrella if you like, or pay E 7.50 for two lounge chairs and umbrella on a daily rental. Note: this is Europe, all Spanish beaches are topless, and they also have a large nude section as well!
The hotel staff is friendly and professional and speak English, so you need not worry about communicating. Expect to pay for a safe in your room (E2.00 per day) and a E5.00 deposit for your beach towel if desired (refunded at checkout) It's good to know that the Europeans are kind of party animals, but don't start until after midnight, but they do party hardy! A must is the Yumbo center and the Female inpersonator show. The whole island is gay friendly and liberal, and as a mature married couple we found our vacation one to remember in all the positive ways. We will return, and there is no other choose than IFA Dunamar. Hotel.
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2 August 2012
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We would really like to thank you for taking your time and writing on Tripadvisor a positive commentary about your recent stay in Ifa Dunamar
We apreciate that there are also american clients enjoying and giving value on our service in Ifa Dunamar and our little but beautiful island Gran Canaria.
Please do not hesitate to contact us again in order to organize your next stay with us.
With best regards and a big Hasta la próxima.
Ifa Dunamar Team
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