We booked this deal on the thomas cook website 3 weeks before departure. Paying just £658 for 2 weeks all inclusive it all seemed a bit too good to be true!!..........wow,what a great hotel!! And all for that price in the summer holidays!!!.......We arrived early hours of the morning to a lovely large reception with nice friendly and informative staff. We hired a safe at 2 euros per day plus a 10 euro refundable deposit. The safe was large and digital and you have to remember a 6 digit code!! The room was very large with 2 single beds and a separate sofa area with TV. It was spotless right from the balcony through to the bathroom. The hotel itself was very large and took us a few days to get our bearings. We spent all of our time round the activity pool which was great and there was always soemthing going on. The animation team do a "good morning" walk round at 11am and then the fun starts from there really. Aqua gym, shuffleboard, darts, volleyball, water polo. The other pool seemed more appealing to the families and couples. The food was great with a good choice on the buffet. Breakfast was the usual cereals, full english, pastries and a healthy living section with gluten free bread and organic food ect. Our lunch was inlcuded on the all inclusive package and again was buffet style. Everytihng from hot and cold meats, potatoe wedges, soup, fish, and desserts too. At night the food was great. There are 3 separate sittings. Ours was at 7.30 which suited us fine. Again an excellent choice on the buffet and also a pasta corner. Some nights there was also a chef doing pancakes and spanish tortilla. Mmmmmmmm. At night, there was mini disco at around 9, followed by a professional show at 10. Everything from the Lord of the Dance to Il Divo we saw in the 2 weeks. The animation sometimes did there own shows but to be honest they just mimed and danced around to the Mama Mia or Grease soundtrack! The ozono disco in the hotel opens at twelve. I would only recommend it to over 18s though as most of the animation had a sexual orienation/theme to it!!! On one of the days we went to aqualand. We paid 1Euro on the bus one way and came back by taxi for 7 euros. The aquapark is so much fun but rememeber to wear flip flops on your way round as the floor is absolutely boiling!! They let you take them on the slides with you which is good. We had a voucher off the aqualand website giving us a 15% discount so it cost us about 21 euros for the entrance. The beach from our hotel was a ten minute walk and it was massive. Just take care with your belongings though as the tide has a mind of its own and comes in really quickly!! We saw numerous people with their stuff soaked!! All in all this was a fab holiday. The good things were the animation, the rooms, the food, and our all inlcusive package. We had eveything from water, soft drinks, peach shnapps, gin, vodka, fruit juices (despite previous reviews on here saying the all-in package was rubbish!). We added up one day that we would have spent 46 euros just in the hotel on soft drinks at the pool, and alcoholic drinks at night. The bad things are that there was no air con which we knew about beforehand but even in public areas like the restaurant they were too stingy to put it on!! This is a fantastic hotel if you like mixing with different nationalities. British people made up about 10% of the whole hotel whilst the rest were German, Italian, spanish, French. Being aged 23 and 26 we had a fab time as the hotel was mainly for younger people.
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- Ifa Buenaventura Resort
- Hotel Ifa Buenaventura
- IFA Buenaventura Hotel Gran Canaria/Playa Del Ingles