Yes, we returned from our fifth visit yesterday.
We do like the Elba Palace, where the staff are superb, the rooms spacious and comfortable, the course enjoyable but testing, and the general atmosphere quiet and relaxing. See my detailed review in October 2012.
The but ... refers to the golf side of things.
This was the first time we had visited in high season. The golf course actually caters for four hotels, not just the Elba Palace. The Elba Sara, Elba Carlota and Sheraton lie just outside the course. The business model of all of these hotels is built around golf packages. So be aware of that before you book. You are not booking into a hotel with its own course.
The course was packed out from 7:30am to dusk every single day, with 4-balls going off every 8 minutes, which is a ridiculous time gap, and as a result the average round lasted almost 5 hours. You WILL be paired with others regardless of language or ability, even if you book times weeks in advance, and if you refuse you will lose your booked time and be obliged to play in the "twilight" time after 3pm, with little chance of completing your round. So if you do go in high season, which is pretty much November through April, you should be aware of this. Had we known all these facts we would not have gone. The marketing expression "unlimited golf" really does not apply! It is extremely limited.
And I felt that the kitchen struggled a little with a full hotel. The main courses and specials were variable, and rather ordinary. They were perfectly edible, but lacked imagination. A bland chicken curry does not qualify as international cuisine! Every dish comes with the same vegetables regardless of their suitability to the main ingredient, and the tiny portion of vegetables are really plate decoration rather than substance.
Will we go back? Yes we will, but definitely not in the high season.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel, which is also the Clubhouse of Fuerteventura GolfClub, is designed in a pure colonial style, with beautiful woodenbalconies and a fantastic interior patio with palm trees and nativeplants. This Canary Palace is a member of Great Hotels of the World, IAGTO and PGA, a meeting place for a very selected clients, lovers of unique and boutique hotels. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Elba Palace Golf Fuerteventura/Caleta De Fuste