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Barcelo Fuerteventura Thalasso Spa
Ranked #4 of 23 Hotels in Caleta de Fuste
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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Good hotel, but beware of the hidden extra costs”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2014

We had done our homework and read lots of reviews, and the hotel was as we expected, and we were generally very happy with it.

But when calculating the price you're going to pay, make sure to factor in the hidden costs of parking, room safe, wi-fi, mineral water with lunch/dinner (if on half or full board), and charge to change pool towels.

The shows are a roughly 50/50 mix of two formats:

a) Musicals (The Lion King, Grease, etc.), with the animation team miming (lip-syncing) to the soundtrack from the movie or stage show.

b) Chinese Acrobats show, Flamenco show, other dance shows, etc.

I preferred the second type, as the first type are a bit "fake", though enthusiastically performed.

The buffet food was of a good standard, with a fair degree of variation, but the buffet format itself can get repetitive, especially if you are on full board or All Inclusive, or staying for longer than a week or so. We were on half board, so had lunch out, and only stayed 6 days, so it didn't get too repetitive for us. (By the way, El Capitan, just across the road from the hotel entrance, does very good tapas)

Our room was fine, and we slept well, never disturbed by any noise (we were on the top floor in block 2). If you're out on the balcony in the late evening you can hear the noise from the shows, but once you close the balcony sliding door, you can't hear a thing. Might be better though to keep the balcony door closed as much as possible to keep the mosquitos out - we did get a few bites while we slept!

Note: The notice board for the "Animation" programme is a bit hard to spot, it's near the main restaurant, but around the corner, so easy to miss.

The resort itself doesn't have much character, and has quite a few tacky looking shops & restaurants, but on the upside is just 10 minutes from the airport (and it's fun to watch the planes coming in to land!)

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2014

We have had the most wonderful holiday in this fantastic resort. Despite some of the reviews on here, some of which were very helpful, ie. block 3 was definitely the quietest block and was perfect for us, the comments about the food being repetitive we found ludicrous. whilst some foods were repeated, there was so much choice, that you could have a different meal every night, which is exactly what we did, and the same at lunchtime and breakfast. Nothing is too much trouble for this hotel, and if you have any queries, ring them before you stay to clarify, like we did, best thing we could have done. My sons 12th Birthday was whilst we were there, and they made a fantastic cake for him with candles and the restaurant staff brought it out singing to him, it was wonderful, and made his day all that much more special. The only downside is the sunbeds, despite signs not to reserve, 90% of people did, which was very frustrating, it was tempting to remove them and throw them in the pool ;-) but that is our only gripe during our whole 10 days. You will have an amazing time here at this hotel....enjoy!!!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2014

I always like the Barcelo chain and the Thalasso Spa was great! the food especially was amazing. There are loads of activities and friendly staff, The reception area was lovely very spacious and welcoming. I did the jeep safari as well in fuerteventura highly recommended.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2014 via mobile

Recently stayed here for a week and can highly recommend it. Room was a good size with a large comfy bed. The whole complex was spotless. Food was plentiful with a good choice and variation. Staff were very attentive, polite and friendly. The location is fantastic, just a short transfer from the airport and next to the beach. Would definitely return to this hotel if I went back to Fuerteventura.

Stayed May 2014
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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2014

Just returned from 10 days with my wife and 2 girls aged 8 and 9. We had a great time. The pool area catered for all ages and was very clean and the life guard on duty was approachable and had a sense of humour. The best thing about the hotel was the tireless entertainment staff who were fantastic. They were friendly, always smiling, involved every child in the games and had great camaraderie with all ages and nationality. Roman was the pick of the whole bunch with his Cockney Dutch accent. The evening entertainment was gear when done by the hotel staff but was pretty average on the other nights. My 2 girls were involved in the Grease production where they were dressed as Rydale high cheerleaders. They were made to feel part of their team and were well looked after. I can't thank the staff enough for making our girls holiday.
Would I recommend the hotel. Defiantly the whole experience was great !!!

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2014

Excellent Hotel and facilities. If you come out of that restaurant or breakfast buffet hungry then there is just no pleasing you.... The choice is immense and well presented fresh and tasty.

Brill place to just chill out and relax....Loved it... Staff were helpful and approachable at all times ...

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2014 via mobile

Stayed at the hotel with my wife and daughter for 1 week from the 17th May and wished we stayed longer.

First thing I want to stay is a big thank u to Lorenza ( I hope that's right ) in the restaurant. She was the meet and great staff member. Our daughter suffers a peanut allergy and every night she would check with the chef which food was suitable for her. If there was anything not suitable which was very rare she would explain or show us and if it wasn't on display she would draw a little picture showing us ! She was excellent , many thanks !!

Good points about stay :-

Hotel excellent & clean , good location & staff at reception & all other sections very helpful.
Room was excellent with a sea view
Cleans towels everyday
Loads of sun beds
Excellent pools
Entertainment very good & funny
Excellent & secure kids club
Drinks not expensive as we were half board
Excellent food with good variety morning & evening
Helpful & available reps

Bad points :-

The 2 little mosquito's that kept me awake 2 nights before coming home buzzing by my ear then disappearing when I turned the light on !!!

Overall an excellent hotel and we would return

Hope this helps !!

Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Property: Barcelo Fuerteventura Thalasso Spa
Address: Avenida de El Castillo, s/n, 35610 Caleta de Fuste, Antigua, Fuerteventura, Spain
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Region: Spain > Canary Islands > Fuerteventura > Antigua > Caleta de Fuste
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Caleta de Fuste
#1 Spa Hotel in Caleta de Fuste
#1 Green Hotel in Caleta de Fuste
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Caleta de Fuste
#2 Romantic Hotel in Caleta de Fuste
#4 Luxury Hotel in Caleta de Fuste
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Barcelo Fuerteventura Thalasso Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 462
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Barcelo Fuerteventura Thalasso Spa**** hotel, awarded with the prestigious Tourist Quality Q prise, is located on the beachfront in the privileged enclave of Caleta de Fuste. Only 7 km. from the airport and 15 km. from Puerto del Rosario, capital of Fuerteventura - you will be able to enjoy an amazing holiday. Its large and fully equipped rooms, its countless and superb services and its extraordinary location make our hotel a desired destination for all types of holidays: you can enjoy a relaxing holiday, a romantic getaway, an experience full of sports or even a business trip. ... more   less 
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