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ClubHotel Riu Oliva Beach Resort
Ranked #17 of 45 Hotels in Corralejo
Reviewed 21 June 2009

My girlfriend and I stayed at the all inclusive Oliva Beach hotel from 6th June to the 20th for £650 each. We are both 24 and we found it very enjoyable. We had a room in the annexe which was spacious and clean. There were twin beds unfortunately but they were on wheels so making a very large single bed wasn't much trouble.

The cleaning was good every day and the service at the bars and reception was excellent.

The drinks at the bar were nothing special but there was nothing wrong with them either and there were no queues. The food was much better than I thought it might be in a large, all-inclusive resort. There was a lot of choice in the 4 restaurants at all meals and it was all freshly cooked, often in front of you. The cooked breakfast didn't look very appetising to me but I was more than happy with the variety of continental breakfast choices. There was a huge salad bar with a great variety of foods at lunch and dinner. The 3 main mealtimes are 2-3 hours long meaning you don't feel too rushed, which is nice. There are also snack bars available at certain times during the day. These weren't that useful as they seemed to overlap with the restaurant opening hours and they consist mainly of different types of cake. The breakfast snack bar was decent, with croissants, rolls, cheese, ham and jams.

There were a lot of sporting activities organised during the day which were fun, though most people seemed content to lie around one of the pools. The main pool was a lot busier than the annexe. Sunloungers weren't in too short supply at the annexe pool when we stayed there, though it did seem to be getting busier when we left. The sunloungers on the beach by the hotel are available for hire but it's much nicer to walk a few minutes southwards down the beach and lie on a towel instead!

The beach right next to the hotel was superb though it can get too windy for comfort. A windbreak is good though it's best to get a good one that will hold up in soft sand against the wind if it is strong. The sea was beautiful and a lot of fun to mess around with a body board in.

We went scuba diving with Abyss Diving, booked through the hotel, and liked it so much we went again, booked directly. Which was of course cheaper, so just do that. Andy and Heather were awesome and the diving was fantastic.

I would definitely go again, especially if we found as good a deal as we did as it was really great value.

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 June 2009

The hotel is nice and clean, well kept gardens and spotless rooms. The weather was fantastic all week, temperatures reaching highs of 30. We stayed in the annexe which at first was a bit dissapointing (although needn't have been) as we arrived at night and didn't realise how close we were to the restaurant and pool. I would suggest you accept the offer of them taking your suitcases to the room for you, as the 10 minute walk from the reception to the very far side of the annexe was not fun! The exterior of the annexe could deffinately do with a lick of paint but apart from that everything looks lovely.

We were a 2 minute walk away from one of the buffet restuarants and the mandarin restauant is also located in the annexe (but you have to book in there 24 hours in advance). There is a decent selection of food though a little bit samey as you would expect at 3* all inclusive.
Breakfast was nice they had a selection of continental meats and salad, cerials, fruit, fresh bread, sweet breads such as doughnuts and croissants, pancakes (which I loved!) selection of chocolate spreads and jams, eggs, bacon (sometimes) and beans. :)
Lunch and dinner were quite similar with a few variations, a selection of pizza and pasta, chips, other potatoes, extensive salad bar, fresh fish, chicken, steak, rice. All not bad and quite tasty, some things nicer than others, but we found alot of the food was rather salty. Large selection of cakes, ice cream and fruit for dessert. Bottles of water are available at reception, free of charge and as many as you want or need. Snacks served at the snack bar by the main pool though we never felt the need to use it, as we stuffed ourselves silly 3 times a day and cakes and melon was served by the annexe pool between 4 and 5pm each day.

There are 3 bars open in an evening, the annexe pool bar open until 12pm, and we found ourselves taking our drinks to the room after the entertainment which was nice, but to be honest there wasn't all that much to do after, unless you felt like drinking in the nightclub until 2am. Cocktails served at the bar were nice, strawberry daquiri our favourite, but I found the sangria very dissapointing! Spirts and mixers served VERY strong do not be fooled!!!! Vodka lemonade may taste more like lemonade than vodka, but when it hits you, you know about it!!!

The hotel staff were nice and helpful on the most part, but we found that being English alienated us from the daytime activities as the larger population was German and that meant the main language after spanish was german, so we didn't know when the activities were even happening. The evening entertainment was average, but the animation team did put their all into their performances, though and they do get you dancing in your seat! Staff at reception were very helpful and the thomson rep didn't dissapoint.

The biggest dissapointment was that we were not able to keep our rooms late on our last day. We had to check out by 12pm even though we didn't leave the hotel until 8pm. They provided showers, but to be honest they were a little grubby and I would have much preferred the comfort of my room. The gym was also a let down, the equipment was old and haggard and the cardio machines didn't work. If you want a sunbed by the pool you need to have your towel down early, people were putting towels out as early as 8am, regardless of the fact the hotel asks you not to, and sun brollys were also 'reserved' very early (though plenty of trees provided much needed shade).

Correlejo itself doesn't have much to offer, just the usual tourist shops and overpriced clothing. Plenty of places to get a cheap pint though.

All in all not a bad hotel, location is good if you love the beach and are after a bit of peace and quiet, decent food and free flowing drinks.

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank RebekahDoncaster
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Reviewed 15 June 2009

This hotel is located right on the beach just outside of Corralejo. If you're looking for a relaxing break then I would highly recommend this place.

The hotel itself is a combination of a large main building with traditional hotel rooms and a number of low rise apartments which seem to be used more by families. I stayed in one of the rooms in the main building which had a beach view. It was kept spotlessly clean by the cheery maids (who start work at 8am so don't forget your 'do not distrub' sign if you want a lay in) and was of a decent size with a comfortable bed. The bathroom was small but adequate and again was very clean.

The food at the hotel is buffet style and I found there to be a reasonable choice, particularly if you're only staying for a week. It was all good quality and freshly prepared. There are a few different places to eat on the complex and two themed restaurants (one Canarian food, one Chinese food) which have to be booked in advance. I never had any problem finding something to eat which appealed to me although it is probably fair to say that the food available is slightly biased towards the German visitors, who are the largest group in the hotel.

There are a number of places where soft drinks, coffee and beer are available all day. In the evenings the bars open properly and a wider variety of drinks are available. Again, there is a reasonable choice of drink, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic.

The hotel's entertainment staff run events and activities during the day around the pools and other facilities. There is a children's club and various things are laid on specifically for younger children. The evening entertainment in the main bar is fairly lame but did seem popular with the guests.

The thing that really makes this hotel is its staff. They were, almost without exception, extremely friendly, accommodating, helpful and very hard working. Their concern always seemed to be keeping their guests happy and they did it with a smile on their face.

I would really recommend a stay at this hotel. I thought it very good value for money and had a great holiday.

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 11 June 2009

Me and my girlfriend stayed for a week all inclusive at this hotel. The idea of the holiday was a relaxing one and not much venturing out of the hotel apart from long walks etc. We arrived at the hotel and checked in which only took no more than 2 minutes! The hotel looked very clean and spacious.

The room was also very clean, the decor wasnt to our taste but everything in the room seemed new but just wasnt what we liked! Thats a very personal opinion and maybe its just our unique taste!

The food was really nice, the only meal I didnt particularly like was the breakfast because of the rubbish sausages and bacon but I am English afterall and I am used to a good English breakfast. The rest of the meals were very nice, lots of variety and always hot. Never waiting long as the hotel was very very busy but there was also lots of food ready.

The entertainment was ok. Not amazing but watchable. Some of the shows you have to see because they were that bad that it was funny. But other shows were very good and genuinely funny and skillful.

The bar service was very quick and the staff could easily understand what you wanted. the bar had every drink that you could think of.

Wouldnt go back to the island again because its a bit Barron but the hotel was brilliant and would stay at this sort of hotel again definately.

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank wilkybob2005
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Reviewed 11 June 2009

Just got back from a week at this hotel... Where do I start..
Like I say, it is a nice hotel but me and my boyfriend (both 22) feel it was aimed more at families. The staff were excellent but the food was awful, I ended up living on toast for breakfast and chips for lunch and dinner. We only enjoyed the entertainment twice, it starts a bit late at 9.30pm and seems to be over too fast.
We got a room on the 'apartment' bit, felt like it was miles away from the main hotel even though they do have a seperate swimming pool and dinning area for that side of the hotel.
The cleaning standards were 5* - even to the point the toilet roll were made into patterns! The staff spoke in most languages, and very easy to understand.
We felt abit disapointed with it being called a 'beach' hotel as the beach is public and you have to pay for the sunbeds and brollies!

The town isnt far away, only 6euros in a taxi. Found some nice places to eat aswell.
The water park is a bit small but we had loads of fun there. We booked the trip with the rep but found it was cheaper to just pay on ther door!!

As ive said, i would only recommend to families, or maybe older couples.

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 June 2009

We found the hotel to be of decent value. Staff were very helpful. The place could do with a lick of paint. Food is good although aimed more at the Germans. The pools are nice but freezing! No air conditioning in our room - I was told that it is only on in the summer - it was the end of May/Beginning of June when we were there. Ridiculous. The hotel is quite far out of town, but a taxi is only about 5 euros. It is on a beautiful sandy beach. I may go back.

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 31 May 2009

My wife and I have just returned from the Hotel after a weeks stay with my 8 month old daughter and my 65 year old parents, after reading mixed reviews about lots of steps and the complex being so large that old people would struggle, I disagree the complex is in it'self is large but spread out in a way where everything is close together whether you are staying in the main hotel or the annexe. We stayed in the annexe and the room was great with 1 bedroom and a living/dining room and a bathroom with bath/shower, th room was clean and fresh and the maid did a cracking job coming in everyday before 10 a.m. food was varied with enough choice for even the fussiest eater and the asian resteraunt was a very pleasant change with our daughter being allowed in in her pushchair as she was fast asleep, we read that pushchairs were not allowed in the resteraunts at mealtimes but if our daughter was asllep we would leave her in it and find a nice quiet corner and eat there as the resteraunt was spacious enough, with the speciality resteraunts where you have to book we found unless you book by 8.am 24 hrs before meal then all booking are full as the resteraunt are not the largest,but worth the early morning. We visited both pools and they are equally busy by 10.30 even on changeover days, they say no towels to be placed out but this rule is ignored so after one day of having no sunbed I out our towels out at 8.30 a.m when going for breakfast, both pools were very cold but as soon as you have been in for 5 mins you get used to it,(but my dads teeth did fall out the first and last time he went in)daytime activities are mainly based around the hotel pool during the day with the animation staff coming to the annexxe pool at regular intervals to inform that a new activity is about to start, evening entertainment is very professional from what we saw with a show everynight lasting apprx 45mins to 1 hr we saw no entertainment in the annexe that was the only downside, the walk to the hotel takes 2 mins with a ramp for the buggy and then apprx 10 steps down to the outside terrace where we sat. the gym is rather dated and not the best, but to work a sweat up it would suffice. Alcholic Drinks were available from 10 a.m until 2a.m with a self service on beer(half pints) all wines and soft drinks and then for shorts and cocktails there are bar tenders who are pleasant and efficiant we took drinks back to our room reguarlly as we were 1 min from the bar and no one had a problem with this. We took all and sundry as it was our first holiday with a baby but 5 mins walk away out of the complex is a medium sized supermarket which sells food nappies etc at normal prices i.e large baby food 300ml for 1euro 50 so no need to waste your luggage allowance. Travellers at the hotel were mixed ages and all nationalitys and all seemed pleasant.

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled with family
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Address: Avda Grandes Playa, 35660 Corralejo, La Oliva, Fuerteventura, Spain
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Region: Spain > Canary Islands > Fuerteventura > La Oliva > Corralejo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Corralejo
#10 On the Beach Hotel in Corralejo
#12 Family Hotel in Corralejo
#14 Romantic Hotel in Corralejo
Price Range: £110 - £234 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — ClubHotel Riu Oliva Beach Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 814
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, Visa, Diners. ... more   less 
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