We got back last week after a week stay at Olivina and we all had an amazing time! We went as a party of 9 for my Mums 60th - 6 adults and 3 children. I had read lots of reviews on here and because the more negative comments will always stay in your mind I was a bit nervous. I needn't have been, I honestly can think of very little to complain about!
Food - A huge selection to choose from every day at every meal - if you struggle to find something you like you should probably just stay at home - lots of different fishes and meats, huge platters of salad, breads, vegetables cooked in every conceivable way and desserts galore. The chefs cook it in front of you so what you are eating is fresh from the pan so you know it hasn't been sat round for ages. All of the salad platters are on refrigerated surfaces and replenished regularly which gives you confidence in the hygiene aspect.
Staff - from the reception staff to the maids to the waiting staff, they are all lovely, friendly, great with the kids and nothing is too much trouble for them. Inma and Luis in the Restaurant made sure that we had a table reserved every evening for tea and we could go whatever time we wanted. We were not told once that we had to be there at a certain time. Luis was so lovely with the kids and my 6 year old son thought he was awesome!
The snack bar had a selection of meats, cheeses, breads, salads, desserts and fruit - that's if you hadn't had your fill between the hours of 8-1030, 12-330 and 630-10!! We never felt the need to snack. The beer on tap, although not Peroni, was easily drinkable and we managed to get through quite a lot of it and there are a couple of cocktails which are drinkable if you get bored of the beer (we didn't try the wine so can't review that).
Apartment - we stayed in an apartment as apposed to a hotel which is meant to be of a lower standard and a bit outdated - I didn't think so, they were immaculately cleaned every day and I couldn't pick a fault with them. The maids left the towels shaped like a different animal every day and left us fresh flowers from the gardens every day - very sweet.
The grounds were immaculate, there were a team of people tending to them every day and I don't think I saw a single bit of litter in the time we were there, they are all clearly very proud of the hotel and take pride in their jobs.
To try and balance it a bit, the pool next to our apartment was FREEZING, though it didn't stop us from going in, certainly not the kids who stayed in there all day! And the evenings in the bar could do with livening up a bit, it had a touch of the Pheonix Nights about it.......
In summary, I would definitely recommend this as a place to stay if you want a family holiday or a laid back week in the sun and I would definitely go back!
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Olivina Hotel
- Relaxia Olivina Lanzarote/Puerto Del Carmen