We are a couple in our mid-forties, having travlelled to the Canary Islands many times staying in mainly 4-5 star hotels, we can honestly say this hotel well deserves it's 3 star status and with a little encouragement could try for a 4 star! We opted for half board and as the apartments are kitted out for self catering we had best of both worlds.
We hired our own car, which was fantastically cheap for 11 days (autoreisen/top car, booked before we went) £112 euro's for the whole stay, no hidden extra's, though a £200 deposit which was promptly re-paid when we dropped the car off.
On arrival, we were greeted by a pleasant lady at reception and were given room C503, however when we entered the room I could have cried, there seemed to be broken furniture strewed around the living area, it was dirty, smelt musty, it was 10pm by this time and the other half was about to settle for the room, but I thought there must be a mistake and we went back to reception to complain. When we told her about the state of the room, she called house-keeping, there was a heated fracus between them and she came back extremely embarrassed, it seems we had been given a room that they had been using for storage and broken equipment and was not for letting out (oops!) So off we went again to room C105......this was more like it, at 10.30 I was now a happy bunny.
The apartments are 2 storey, and our block was 2nd back from the pool area, and was ground floor. The patio area faced a graveled garden and a road ( which was screened off with) I thought we may hear noise from the road but that really wasn't the case, it was very quiet. Although the patio area was shaded, this was a blessing after the intense heat of the day. The apartments are well equipped and clean... yes they seem a little tired and the walls are marked but hey, that is too trivial to give a bad review.
The pool area is bliss, even at a 4/5 star I have never seen this many big pools, there are 3 large pools and 1 baby pool, and enough sun-loungers for the whole of Corralejo! Ok so the pools are salted, but there are warm showers dotted around with fresh water to rinse off. The only downside for me here was the music all day, but I suppose the entertainment team can't please everyone. The team come round and try to get you to do things but they aren't pushy and are very friendly, if you don't like music.... take some ear plugs..easy!
Staying half board we had breakfast and evening meal..... the food is gorgeous, and is on par with a RIU 4/5 star, there's a lot of choice with various themed nights. please look out for the meat-balls and spare ribs, they will be the best you have ever tasted. On our 11 night stay, no 2 nights were the same. Breakast consists of the usual English/ pastries/ cereals e,t,c and of course we had the english every day, though 1 draw back... when the lady is cooking, the fresh eggs and pancakes are cooked to perfection, when the man is cooking, the eggs are quite 'flemmy' just ask him to flip them over for a minute, and if you spend too long messing about getting coffee/toast e,t,c and find your breakfast has gone cold, there's a microwave!
There is a supermarket on site, but is quite expensive, there is a big one a short walk away at the Campanario Centre, you go out the front of the hotel and turn left and it's just a short walk, there are other boutiques and bars there also, and entertainment every night from 8pm apart from a Wed i think, ranging from spanish guitarists, male spanish singers, flamenco, and also on a Sunday they have a small craft market with entertainment from 12-2pm.
The hotel is ideally situated for a short walk into town and we were entertained every night, to name a few bars....Rock Cafe(band every night), Retro (singer every night)... there are too many to mention, but a real must is to go down to the old town by the harbour, there are restaurants galore and you can while away the night in the plaza where there is also entertainment while you eat or drink..... and then stagger back to the hotel : )
Being young at heart we also went to 'Flicks' to watch the football and what a friendly crowd they have there! people of all ages, enjoying themselves, we even went on the kareoke!!!
You will find something to suit you at Corralejo, It's fun, not too loud and definitely not 'in your face' larger louts.
I can't comment on the beach in the town, as we drove to the 'Blue Flag' beach at the sand dunes ( there are buses that go there) and here you will find a choice... stay by the Riu hotels for Textile beaches ( sun loungers & parasols to hire) or go further along for the naturist beaches, which is what we did, all very respectable to get the all-over tan. If the wind is blowing the sand too much there are many beach pods (shelters built from stones)further back into the dunes, also provides privacy and quiet. The sea is very rough and the life-guard is up and down the beach all day blowing his whistle if you stray too far out! We also drove to El cotillo, the sea here is calmer but also seems windier, but again there are stone beach pods.
The entertainment team are friendly but the evening shows are pretty bad, (it seems the children are kept well entertained though) but as I said you can find lots of entertainment elsewhere. The hotel on the whole was quiet, the reps say that bookings are well down because of the Jubilee/ olympics, so you can probably get a good deal right now, we went with Thomas Cook who are the reps there, if you do go with them DO NOT go over your luggage allowance you will be charged £14 per KG over, this includes you hand luggage that also gets weighed.
Tips to make your holiday better>>>>
1) If your bed is too hard, there are thick blankets in the wardrobe, put them under your bottom sheet to soften the mattress.... bliss!
2) To save on buying drinks all day, take a cool bag with you and freeze bottles of water/juice these will melt during the day and also act as ice packs for sandwiches ( get a french stick and make up a baguette sandwich), especially good for the beach.
3) THEY DO NOT PROVIDE BEACH/SUN-LOUNGER TOWELS. Take them with you or you can get overly large ones for about 6 euro's
4) Buy a lilo, this will be more comfortable for lying on your front as the sun-loungers do not lie completely flat, and also good for the beach.
5) We are quite tanned all-year-round, and normally never burn YOU WILL BURN because of the winds, the sun is piercing and is deceptive in the cool wind, be careful. There is a sun advisor lady selling creams at the hotel, the after-sun was a god send and smells divine!
6) Take a cardigan/jacket it drops quite cool in the evening (it's not like the other canary islands)
7) If you go to the market at the Baku Water Park ( Fri/Mon) don't go till after 10 as they are still setting up, and ladies if you get intimidated don't go alone, if you pick something up to look at they will not leave you alone (why don't they ever get the message that they would sell more if you were allowed to browse!!)
8) try the snorkelling in the hotel pool, then go with him to the sea and play with the fishes : )
9) The drinks for the evening meal ARE NOT free (as with most half board you get a house wine or small beer)
10) If you stay in room C105, please feed our adopted cat : )
We will definitely be going back, happy holidays readers, if you wan't any more information, email me.
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- Also Known As:
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- Oasis Duna Corralejo
- Hotel Oasis Duna
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- Oasis Dunas Fuerteventura
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