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.
We stayed here for my birthday and had an enjoyable stay. Check in was quick and friendly and we were given directions to our room. We were not staying in the hotel itself but instead in another complex behind the main hotel. After the initial disappointment of not having the beautiful sea view (which we would of had from the main hotel), I realised that being slightly away from the main "hub" might not actually be a bad thing. Out room was nice, fairly dated furniture but clean & comfortable. We had a terrace with table and chairs, fridge and fully equipped bathroom with shower. As we were right at the back of the complex it was very private which was nice. My only complaint, as with so many places in Spain, was that there were twin beds and not a double.
The hotel is almost split into 2, the "complex" side and the main hotel, with both having there own pools, restaurants and bars. We tried both "sides" and much preferred the restaurants/bar where we were as the main restaurant/bar got very busy. We preferred the main hotel pool as the other is more child friendly so the main pool is quieter.
The AI food is good with a good selection, the AI drinks were a bit of a disappointment as during the day it only seemed to be beer, wine, coffee or soft drinks available with the only place to get spirits being the main hotel pool bar. In the evenings the other bars became very busy so waiting to be served took quite a while.
The entertainment was abysmal, almost as if the staff who do the yoga/aerobics/water games during the day, got shoved on stage in the evening and told to entertain, without any rehearsal or script. There was one act, the professional Chinese balancing and "pot spinning" act, which was very good.
The location is amazing, right on the beach, between the sea and sand dunes, in the middle of a national park, beautiful!
Overall we probably wouldn't return to this hotel as the clientele were mainly German and the entertainment was dissapointing but the location is stunning, rooms & grounds clean & quiet, good rep service and pleasant staff.More
Holiday September 2014
This is the second time we have been to this hotel. It is all you would want for a relaxing break. It is all inclusive and a very well run hotel which is right on the beach. The staff should be commended...nothing is too much trouble and they all work so very hard accommodating your every need. We stayed in the hotel although our friends stayed in one of the bungalows/apartments which was very big and we would have no hesitation is staying in one of those. The food is fabulous with a huge selection. Our only compliant was that there was no free wifi. Having been to many hotels this is usually freely available but here you have to pay €2 per hour and sit in reception to receive the connection. Apart from that, it is in a beautiful location, €7 taxi from the main town which is well worth a visit and €40 from the airport if you book hotel and flight separately although you can also book this as a package deal and transfers are included. Good to ask for a seaview/pool view high up to get the best view if you ask for seaview you may get a room that only gets the sun on your balcony in the morning. We were on the 3rd floor looking over the small pool and beach view to our left. Worth getting up going for a walk or run at 7.15 to see the amazing sunrise on the beach...hope this is helpful :)More
Sandra S, London, United Kingdom
Loved it !
We made a conscious effort this year to find a better holiday compared to last year when we went to Gran Canaria.
Before leaving Gran Canaria, a few people mentioned how nice Feurtenventura was, so we decided to go there this year. I did all my homework, looking for the best resort to go for 10 days, cost, transfer from hotel and more importantly, the reviews found here, which really you shouldn't do, as one negative review amongst hundreds of others puts a damper on your decision.
However, reading previous reviews about the Riu hotel in Corralejo back in March, we decided to go there. Transfer time is about 30 minutes from the airport and it's the first resort in line with others that you get to after landing at the airport.
We didn't realise when we booked the holiday, that not only is there a hotel, but there are also separate apartments branching off from the hotel and we had one of those apartments when we arrived.
We checked in @830pm and the main restaurant for us was still open, as we're the other restaurants to the hotel.
We stayed by the "quieter" side of the hotel, in the apartments that had their own own swimming pool and sun loungers. I say quieter, as compared to the pool by the hotel, that was a lot more busier, with near enough all the sun beds being taken. We went in the middle of September, and it did cross my mind that maybe with this hotel and it being the end of season (well, end of season for British holiday people), we might see the hotel in a tired state, but I was surprisingly wrong. There are maintenance staff there 6 days a week, the pool and poolside we used by the apartments was cleaned every day, there was a housemaid service every day, and all of the staff were really nice and friendly. This is the sort of hotel that is never quiet, as it accommodates for Spanish, British, Germans etc all year round.
We enjoyed the food every time we ate at the restaurant away from the hotel, and the drink available was plentiful and we enjoyed that too.
We visited the beach a few times and it is true what they say about be careful with the breeze there, as it can be very misleading when you think it's not really that hot. Trust me, it is. When we went in the middle of September, the temperature during the day was 28 degrees, it was the night time when it was difficult at 25, with no air conditioning available ! That's one thing to be aware of. There is air conditioning during the day, but let's face it, who's going to be sitting in their room during the day ? (Unless if it ever rained and during one of the nights it did and a very small, quick shower during the last few days of the holiday). You can hire fans, but then all they are going to do is just blow hot air ! During the night, We left the patio door to our bedroom open, hoping air would flow through that, into the hallway and living area, out to through the other patio door, but all we created was a heat tunnel, not so much a wind tunnel. Even with the main fan on in the room, it was still difficult to sleep, but that's the only problem we had with the room. Most hotels expect you to hire the safe at a charge, with a deposit to use as well, but you are given a key to a safe with your room regardless.
The room was decent, the food and drink were nice, the apartment and restaurant areas, pool and poolside were both clean and tidy, and we can't really comment much about the hotel itself, but the staff working there to were very friendly as well.
The only downside to the hotel was the entertainment on the night, or rather the miming of the entertainers themselves. But fair play to them making the effort. Some shows were a bit poor, couch as the sketch show, and the Grease night, but others were really good, such as the Disco Diva's and a Rock and Roll evening. The Quiz night wasn't the best, as what you have to appreciate is that the entertainment staff have to explain the rules, questions and answers in about 6 different languages, so what would normally take a few minutes to do, would take longer, and longer and longer !
The beach from the main hotel was very nice, but someone said in a previous review about a sewage smell problem or something like that in the walk to the beach. There is an area outside the hotel called Cat Cafe, where there is a designated area for stray cats where they are fed by the staff, but holiday makers can feed them too ! And that's what the smell is ! But there are 2 ways to the beach, through the pool area at the main hotel, or a separate path outside the hotel, to the beach.
Overall, we enjoyed our stay at the Riu Hotel in Corralejo, and would go again, especially if we stopped at one of the apartments, rather than the hotel itself, only because it's quieter at the apartments.More
mattgregg424, Halesowen, United Kingdom
A great first experience of all inclusive
We were fortunate to have family members pay for us to come to Olivia Beach as a three generation holiday. We had never done all inclusive and were not sure whether Furteventura would be our sort of destination. The welcome was great as was the selection of food that greeted us on our first lunch. This quality continued throughout the holiday with the chefs understanding my Coeliac disease needs. I personally had a good selection, my husband and the rest of the family were impressed with the food which included two specialist restaurants. The room was very clean, we were in an annexe room, and we had the option to have it cleaned every day if we wished. It was great to have a normal sized fridge. The smaller lagoon style pool was perfect for our three year old, we didn't use the larger rectangular pool although the age old issue of reserving sun loungers continues. Our daughter went to the Kids Club twicr and despite German being the main language she had a great time with English speaking staff and asked to go back, the evening Kids Party was lovely with action songs again predominantly in German and Spanish but our daughter joined in without problem. We did not have a car but the taxi into town was around €7 each way so when six of you travel it's not issue. The main beach was blue flagged with reasonably priced sun loungers which are separate from the hotel, both gave us a bit of relief from the all inclusive-ness. The only negative point was the evening entertainment which to be honest we found was a but too Butlins... It didn't detract from the holiday as there were pleasant places to just sit and chat. We have just booked to return for two weeks in May next year although will be hiring a car to see the Island.More
Not what we were expecting
Billed as 4T's in the Thomson brochure we were very disappointed with the hotel overall the food was average at best the public areas and room need money spent on them the self service beer/wine pumps should all get deep cleaned as on several there was black scum.
The pool had far too many loungers around it .....the only saving grace was the amazing beach so that is where we spent most of our timeMore
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