I visited the Riu Oliva on the Canary Island of Fuertaventura as a solo traveller purely to get some much needed r+r and just chill out for the week. That's exactly what happened! I was in the main hotel and did not venture towards the annexe so my review is purely based on the main hotel and it's facilities.
The hotel is basically in the middle of the most beautiful beach I have ever seen outside of the Caribbean and in the middle of nowhere. It really is a beautifully scenic place and you will instantly feel relaxed.
Staff - I have been to a few Riu hotels mainly because their staff are so well trained and helpful. This hotel is no different. Hard working, polite, friendly staff who will help you if they can.
Rooms - I would say the rooms are slightly dated although don't get me wrong they are not tatty just decor wise they are a little behind the times. I paid for a single room which had a huge double bed... bonus! Nice standard type bathroom. The tv has a few English channels on including a good film channel, there is one oft those old wall radios which worked well. The balcony was again pretty standard but I was unfortunately overlooking the car park and rear entrance used for deliveries which may not be great for some people in the mornings with all the noise. Didn't bother me as I'd sleep through world war 3! The view was not great though from my room.
Pool area - Very nice indeed. Never really overly busy as plenty of people take the whole 30 second walk to step on the amazing beach, so if you are a pool person ou will love the fact you can get sunbeds and the pool itself was hard;y ever busy. If your a beach person you'll love the lack of any effort to get there..... just walk past the pool and there you are!
Clientele - Mainly German. I heard maybe 10 other people in this huge hotel all week that were English!! Not a problem for me however, I like the germans, speak the language and enjoyed everyone I met's company. All the guests I saw at this hotel were nice, polite and civilised people. You should not encounter any yob's big groups of lads etc here.
All inclusive aspect - As far as I'm concerned I loved it. fizzy drinks, fruit juice and beers and wine's are all self serve from machines dotted around the hotel. You can literally help yourself all day and all night. The value in the drinks is amazing. There are 3 bars including the pool bar. They have various opening times but they open pretty early and close pretty late. Here of course you can have all the local spirits, cocktail's etc. The main bar has a live show of some form each night. It seemed a bit pants to me most of the time! So I spent a lot of time eother on the balcony of the main bar or in the smaller second bar who had live music a few nights which was good. Entertainment could be better at this hotel but if your in a group you'll be fine. The food in my opinion was fine. Huge amount of choice and decent variation. All the usual all inclusive food to suit everyone. If anyone on here says they couldn't find anything at all to eat then they shouldn't be let out of their house in the first instance as they are clearly crazy!! Fresh cooked food, cooked right in front of you with different meat's fish etc. can't go wrong. Again it's great value too. I saw people filling plates, or wrapping burgers hot dogs etc in tissue and taking them back to their rooms. The staff didn't seem to mind at all!! The pool bar also does snacks right throughout the day.sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, pizza's, ice cream, cakes etc. You certainly will not go hungry or thirsty here.
They also have show cooking events around the pool area every so often. Not really my sort of thing but looked like people were having fun.
Location - Besides the shop on the hotel grounds and the beach there is nothing else around!! You can walk along the beach into Corralejo or just grab a cab which is cheap enough. I always found others waiting for a cab (rank is right out the front of the hotel) and shared with people a number of times. There isn't all that much there to be fair. There are a few nice bars and shops but nothing to special or lively. I was glad I was all inclusive as Corralejo seemed fairly dull! The only reason I bothered to venture out of the hotel is to go and watch the footy most days. As soon as it finished I was back at the hotel enjoying the all inclusive side of things!!
The hotel also has a nightclub so if by some chance you find yourself needing more alcohol or just fancy a boogie , just toddle down the stairs and yet again all drinks are free. You never ever pay for a drink in this all inclusive! 24 hour reception where you get free bottled water as many as you need per day. There is an internet room just off reception but also free wifi in the reception and lobby area which is also where the rep stations are. Check in was great as they took my case and passport, sorted sent me down to the restaurant for something to eat and a drink while they checked me in etc. When I came back everything was done and it was time for the pool!
Great holiday, lovely hotel, amazing value, no lout's. Would return anytime.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located 5 km from Corralejo. 7-storey main building and 2-storey and 3-storey annexes, surrounded by a 35,000 m2 garden, Situated on Grandes Playas sand dune beach, 5 km from various shops, 35 km from the airport, 200 m from a bus stop, Credit cards accepted: MasterCard, Amex, Visa, Diners. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Clubhotel Oliva Beach Corralejo
- Riu Oliva Beach
- Riu Clubhotel Oliva Beach Hotel
- ClubHotel Riu Oliva Beach Resort Fuerteventura/Corralejo