We have just returned from a 10 day trip to this hotel and feel compelled to let you know how great it is here. Staying within the sandy shores of national park is MUCH nicer than Corralejo town. The hotel has been refurbed in the last few years so all very clean and modern. We paid for a junior suite as we had a toddler with us and he slept in the adjoining room. This is well worth the extra cost!
The junior suites are in the middle of the hotel with the glass balconies, the senior suites are on the ends with the mega balconies. The view from all sides of the hotel are superb, so don't get hung up on paying for a sea view. The 'back' of the hotel overlooks another long stunning beach looking out to Lanzarote and is actually a better view although more windy. Taxi into Corralejo is about 8 Euros. Every single taxi driver is grumpy and they are strict on limits of 5 (incl driver) in the car, so a toddler on the lap can't squeeze in with 4 people for instance.
Corralejo town is cute in the harbour area though don't expect any old town tapas. There is absolutely no culture at all in Corralejo, although its not as 'kiss me quick' as some people make out. The beaches are small although good enough for a paddle, but this is where the marina and ferries are, so water is not best. I would be disappointed at booking a hotel with a beach in Corralejo town, knowing the Riu hotels on the beach were 5 mins away.
Food at the hotel was superb from morning til night. Breakfast is a free for all with unbelievable choice, dinner has two sittings 6pm and 8pm with top quality food and wine. The majority of guests are over 50 and they dress for dinner which is rather nice to see (we're in our 30s and early 40s so more casual, but that was fine). I would say 80% of guests were German, the rest Brits. Although there were not many children there (about 6-8 in all) they were treated beautifully (particularly by the Germans) and of course in Spain kids are welcome everywhere. There are plentiful good quality high chairs and the cot bed they supplied was better than the one I have at home.
There's 3 pools, two big ones and a small knee high kiddy one - all a bit cold, but 'lovely once you're in'! There's also a spa pool. There's plenty of sunbeds in varying locations, i.e on sand, in shade, pool etc. Also lots of umbrellas and fresh beach towels every day.
The beach is wonderful, super sandy and perfect for kids. Some days the surf gets up and the tide runs in pretty quick! All the sunbeds on the beach are for hire at 3 Euro a day plus 3 for the brolly. They are not owned by the hotel. There's a beach bar/cafe on the beach which sells great fresh food, big baguettes, fish etc. All this is about 100 m from the hotel, so you can wander back easily.
All staff were great from the hardworking kitchen and waiting staff, to the pool bar and chamber maids who left chocolates on the bed! In the hotel foyer are about 6 shops, one little store with chocs, papers, snacks, toys, smokes, toiletries etc (although there is a perfectly good supermarket at the entrance of the hotel road, much cheaper) and also shops with fabulous shoes and clothes although rather expensive!
If you have kids, its great, you can get everything you need, plus there's a daily doctor in residence for two shifts if needed.
Every night there is entertainment on the terrace which was very pleasant (for 30+ and kids). But it really was good quality, ABBA tribute, tango dancers, singers, acrobats etc etc.
We cannot fault anything apart from the fact we went with Thomas Cook. Rip off airline although the staff are lovely because they have to make up for everything else. The PSP players on board (7.50 to hire!) are useless as the volume does not go loud enough to hear anything! We had to pay £30 to ensure we sat together as as family (despite paying over £2.5k for the holiday). The plane was shocking, on the way out it developed a fault and we had one night in Gatwick so arrived late. The subcontract to a dubious airline called Almera. However we only dealt with TC on the flight, so you just have to keep cool! Beware, if you fly home on the Wednesday lunchtime flight, there are about 8 TC flights leaving Fuerteventura in a small window. It took us an hour and half to check in and go through security due to the queues at the check in desk. And they ARE v strict on the weight limits too.
Aside from Thomas Cook (who are totally rubbish from their website, to customer services to the fact that TC and TC Airlines are separate companies so you have to deal with two companies with questions and a never answered customers services number).... the hotel is wonderful. I will definitely go back but hopefully with another airline!
Do go to this hotel if you want to put your feet up and relax, even with kids. You won't be disappointed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- * Located 5 km from Corralejo * Renovated in summer 2007 * 5-storey building * Situated on Grandes Playas sand dune beach * 5 km from various shops * 35 km from the airport * 300 m from a bus stop ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Palace Tres Islas Hotel Corralejo
- Riu Palace Tres Islas Corralejo
- Hotel Riu Palace Tres Islas Fuerteventura/Corralejo