This sprawling hotel is right next to an 11-kilometre sandy beach.
This tall hotel is right in the middle of Grandes Playas, Fuerteventura’s biggest sandy beach. Corralejo’s restaurants and bars are just 15 minutes away by bus – it stops just outside the gates.
The hotel has a pair of pools that both come with their own snack bars. As for dining, the Canarian and Asian restaurants are supported by weekly theme nights at the two main buffet places.
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Food & Drink
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Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner. Selected local-brand alcohol, soft drinks, tea and coffee. Snacks at set times.
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2 outdoor pools
The pool scene gets the thumbs up here. The main one comes up pretty big while the other is a curvy number surrounded by glossy palms. Not only that but there's even a whirlpool bath thrown in the scene. Heated in winter at the manager's discretion.
If you enjoy art then look no further. Come along to the art workshops, part of the activities programme held several times a week.
RiuFit fitness classes
Classes include aqua gym, stretching and legs-bums and tums. Times vary, just see the entertainment team for more information. They can provide a weekly programme depending on demand.
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Annexe 2 Bedroom Family Room with Balcony or Terrace
These family rooms have plenty of space, with a separate lounge area with dining table and chairs and 2 twin bedrooms. They come complete with a balcony or terrace, plus essentials like satellite TV and a mini-fridge. Just so you know, these rooms are located in the annexe, separate to the main building and air-conditioning is at the managers discretion.
Annexe Twin Room with Balcony or Terrace
Located in the annexe, these twin rooms are done up in a classic style. Inside you'll have comforts like a mini-fridge and satellite TV, while outside, you'll have a balcony or terrace. Air-conditioning is at the managers discretion.
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Sadly not what you expect from Riu
Although the hotel is positioned on a fabulous beach, great access and stunning views sadly this hotel was a complete let down. I visited the place 15yrs earlier and I can honestly say it hasnt changed one bit. It is a low 3 star and in desperate need of a refurbishment. Air con needs to be serviced and the rooms need to be updated as well as a lick or 2 of paint. Cannot fault the reception staff or the reps, very welcoming and helpful. The staff on the bar were not always that interested in serving you so the self service for wine, beer and soft drinks was great. Queuing for cocktails or spirit's was painful. Although a good variety of food served, it did become very samey after 2 weeks. Chips and burgers plentiful if thats what you like but often very plain and bland. It was a shame that we only experienced the breakfast omelettes made to order once, and the fresh juice cocktails at breakfast - a far cry from other hotels we have stayed in. The hotel site is huge as there is the main hotel and the old self catering apartments opposite which were bought by Riu in order to expand. This is called the Village and houses the Kids Club, a restaurant and bar which does house a lot of the children and families. There is another main restaurant in the main building. It seemed the English and Germans were put there who had families. Could get very noisy at times. Inflatables allowed in both pools so never great to have an adult swim unless you were first in in a morning. Sadly some of the clientele enjoyed their drinks too much and the time we were there the police came out to women fighting - not a great experience. If you want cheap and cheerful then this is for you, however the sister hotel next door is to die for if you would like luxury and calm! Evening entertainment awful either in the bar area or indeed the show - which was extremely amateur however seemed to attract enough people. Getting a sunbed is impossible unless you are out by 7am......towels can be on beds for half a day unused but no control to change this. The hotel could be fantastic but it is a shame that it didnt impress me at all. Despite the glorious beach and stunning views, I certainly wont return.More
Great holiday, what is wrong with you all?
Ok, so I'll start by correcting all those that have moaned "this is not 4 or 5* hotel. It ISN'T sold to you as one so why would you expect it?? If you want luxury, book a cruise or a trip to the Seychelles! You booked and paid for a 3* star hotel in a Spanish resort! I'm writing this review whilst sat at the pool. The sun is just coming up and it's stunning. We've had breakfast and there is PLENTY of choice. Yes you'll see the same foods everyday, but guess what people, that's ok! I'm fairly sure when you do your weekly food shops at home you buy the same things over & over again? I really do wonder what it is some of you expect from a summer holiday? Rooms- we are in the main building and our room is perfectly acceptable. Beds are very comfy. I asked for two more pillows on arrival and they were delivered by a maid with a smile within half an hour of my request. The bathroom is spotless & the shower here is better than ours at home! Room cleaned and towels changed daily. No complaints there at all. Drinks, self service in the restaurants which is great, it means no waiting around to be served. Pina Coladas are lovely to have whilst sunbathing around the pool. Staff- again I have to wonder if some of you have reviewed the wrong hotel, as all the staff we have encountered have been great. We had the best welcome when we arrived. We're given directions for the complex, meal times and facilities were explained and then we were given a map of the island and were told to come back and ask if we wanted any recommendations on where to go for a day out. As I say they couldn't have been friendlier. The whole place is spotlessly clean, there's hand sanitiser on entry to the restaurants so if you are unfortunate enough to get ill, I can only assume that's either down to the heat or your own hygiene routine. Beach- well it's just stunning. I've never seen sand so fine and the sea is crystal clear. I nearly fell off my sunbed when I read a review where someone was complaining about there being red flags on the beach!! RIU have no control over the tidal currents you moron!! The flags are there to protect idiots like you from drowning for gods sake! You can get in the water, it's not cold and you can happily jump the waves, but due to the wind in the canaries, it's a powerful beast so hence the need for the flags. They do change them though and yesterday was a yellow flag day, meaning be careful. Beach beds and parasols. Of course you have to pay, they're nothing to do with RIU. People have to make a living and I really don't think 3euro is extortionate. If you don't want to pay, you just put a towel down on the sand, simples!! So, if you're thinking of booking to come here, my advice is, providing you're not a moron who expects 7* service for a 3* price then do it, you'll have a great time just like we are. I'm off to have my first cocktail of the day. 😄More
Avoid at all costs
Having stayed here last in 2008 (and at over 20 other Riu hotels) I had good but realistic expectations of the hotel. I'll start with the good... The location is stunning, one of the best beaches you'll find outside of the Caribbean. Despite what many other reviews claim, the food is very good for a 3 star all inclusive and I doubt you could find better on the island. The kids club, Riuland was also excellent and our kids loved it. That is unfortunately where the good ends... We stayed in the Village to begin with and a room facing the pool. It was shockingly maintained - full of moths and sweltering hot. The loung fan had no effect and the bedroom air con was so ineffective we had to open our patio doors at night despite significant noise from the footpath and main road outside. The hotel is about to be refurbished but that won't be enough to turn this place around due to the manager - when we complained to him, he brushed aside our concerns saying the British loved to complain and nobody else minded that the air con wasn't on despite it being late July and 25-30c at night. Our air con was fixed and worked the next night but then our electrics blew three times plunging our family into darkness. The hotel were inept making little effort to sort it and when they did, they terrified our kids late at night before telling us we either move rooms at midnight our stay in a room with no power. We moved but the other room was overrun with moths and even hotter so another sleepless night. When we sought out the assistant manager in the morning (having been told there was no duty manager over night) he fortunately moved us into a suite in the hotel. It was a big improvement although still very dated and stinking of cigarettes. The other crazy problem was that by 7am it was impossible to find a sunbed anywhere - guests were literally getting up in the middle of the night to put out towels in their hundreds. When I raised this with the manager he simply said they didn't want to get involved and with only 1300 beds for 2000 guests it's a HUGE problem. This hotel could and should be stunning but no amount of refurbishment will address the problems with lack of customer care and the sunbeds. I would not recommend another family to stay here - and I say that as a RIU fan.More
Pro's & Con's
Pros- Weather great. Air con Lots of food variety for all Drinks good and variety Staff happy to help Excellent location on the beach Beach is great Pool (annex) kept clean and big enough Enough sun beds Activities in the day Fridge in room Rooms cleaned often Free wi-fi in main areas and pool (annex) Cons- Snacks in the day are limited (annex) to ice cream and some cakes from about 3pm For a good sunbed position you need to be up very early. Rooms need some updating but everything works Door to room bit of a treck to pool and food hall where we were. Entertainment at night not great. Limited plug sockets in rooms. More
As with many holidays you always have the good and the not so good and this is no exception, overall we had a great holiday at the Riu Olivia beach and I would definitely go back at a quieter time. The great things were the staff the cleanliness of our room, we were in the annex and it was lovely we all enjoyed the food and the snacks and the drinks. A lot of people say it's a tired hotel and it is in parts but it didn't bother us at all. My stepdaughter enjoyed some of the entertainment I have to confess I didn't but then again a rarely do. The worst point for me was getting 3 sun beds. After missing out the first two mornings by arriving at the pool after 0830 I decided to save myself 15euros a day for beds with parasols on the beautiful beach by getting up at 0730 the next 3 mornings, it worked but to me it all felt a bit crowded and it hacked me off. As I wrote earlier I'd go again at a quieter time ,a lot to be happy about with some niggles👍😀More
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