This sea-view hotel hugs the beach and comes with a great pool scene, too. Plus it’s got 3 top restaurants.
The grounds at this smart, whitewashed hotel lead straight on to the sands of Esquinzo de Jandia Beach. There are 4 pools, too – 3 for adults, 1 for children. One of them even has an island-based cocktail bar.
For meals, you’ve got 3 choices – a buffet, a pizzeria and an à la carte place on the seafront. After dinner, there are live evening shows, and a choice of 4 bars.
Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Selected local alcoholic and soft drinks 10.00-23.30. Coffee, tea and cakes 15.00-17.00.
Snacks including toasted sandwiches, hotdogs, burgers and scoop ice-cream 11.00-18.00.
For breakfast and dinner. Buffet service with open kitchen. Enjoy the themed dinners which take place twice a week and sample the Canarian and Spanish cuisine. There's also the possibility of special diets and vegetarian menus on request. This place comes with a dress code for dinner, it's long trousers and a shirt with sleeves for gentlemen. This is a non-smoking restaurant and highchairs are available.
Twin room with sea view sleeps up to 4, with twin beds, a sofa-bed for 1 adult or 2 children up to 12 years. This room comes with satellite TV with limited English and radio channels and a mini-fridge.
Thomson Holidays package deal- 6th – 13th September 2014.
Manchester – Fuerteventura TOM2662/3 both outbound and return flight fine, B737 800, very clean and tidy, looking fairly well kept, no inflight meals bud did buy cheese and ham toasty and some chips which were both surprisingly nice if a little expensive, Staff were fine but smiles were very rare, basically doing their jobs and too be completely fair they worked hard.
1 hour 10 minutes both ways, nothing to look at other than the volcanic landscape that is Fuerteventura, would recommend a book or sleep for this part of your holiday.
This was our 3rd visit to the Fuerteventura Princess, initially in 2007 and then again in 2010 on a half board basis, this was our first experience of the hotel under the ‘all inclusive’ regime.
Check in was brisk, very polite receptionist who recognised we were return guests, she did ask if we required a porter to take us and our cases to the room, we declined and found it ourselves in a few minutes. We had emailed the hotel about a week before our arrival and requested a top floor room with a sea view, the sea view was declined but the top floor room was granted. The room was clean and tidy, a basic tiled floor with two single beds put together, fridge and TV are provided along with a hair dryer in the bath room. The bathroom come toilet had a strong smell of stale urine, believing this to have been an oversight of the cleaner we ignored it as the rooms are cleaned daily, unfortunately the room retained the urine smell for the whole week. We had a fault with the air conditioning on day 3, I called reception using the in room telephone and the aircon was fixed within the hour, however we did sus out that they only charge the individual aircon system with as much as they think you will need, so leaving it on while you are out will eat up your allowance of aircon.
The grounds are kept beautiful, the place really is spotless, the hotel complex is on a very steep hill and the elderly or disabled will find the climb extremely difficult, its definitely something to keep in mind when booking. The pools were fine, a little chilly getting in but once you are in its all good, some tiles were cracked but each morning you would see maintenance fixing them. There were 4 pools, a baby pool, larger family pool, deeper swimming pool and naturist pool which surprisingly seems to be mainly occupied by English folks these days, maybe we aren’t as prude as days gone by.
The hotel staff are almost all friendly and chatty, yes some do struggle with English but there is certainly no preference given to German as some have stated. We seen staff struggling with the German language far more than English, and trying a little Spanish goes a long way with the staff, especially the bar staff!
The hotel is all inclusive, but massively confused, there were red, silver, black, white and yellow wrist bands that we seen, the black ones indicated ‘Platinum’ status, where as far as I could tell gave you slightly more choice on the spirits and wine and a ‘private’ sunbathing area… all for 21 euros a day extra per person, seriously don’t bother, the red band gives you access to whisky, gin, vodka, cocktails, all wines, water and so on… in my opinion it’s a waste of money upgrade requested by the German clientele who wanted to be segregated.
As I have mentioned previous this was our third visit, it will also be out last, the quality of food and most drinks have nose dived, the food was not good at all, we both fell ill on day 2 with a stomach bug, we had to put this down to a tuna steak which we ate at lunch (the only thing we ate the same), this wasn’t really surprising as the ‘chef’ was using the same utensil to pick raw chicken out of a bucket as she turned cooked chicken and tuna, a cross contamination nightmare. We stayed safe for the rest of the week by eating soup at lunch and pasta and rice in the evening. The quality compared with our previous visits was bad, I suppose this is the price of ‘all inclusive’ being introduced.
The drinks were fine, generous servings of spirits and Estrela beer on tap, unfortunately the hotel management haven’t cottoned on to the fact that an all inclusive hotel needs more bar staff than a half board one, it’s a simple fact that when the drinks are free people drink more, there were lengthy queues in the bars, no real order of serving either which did agitate some people.
To sum up, if you want a very quiet holiday with mass produced buffet food and slow service this is the place for you, I paid £1200 for 2 adults, which was OK value for money, any more and I would have been very disappointed.More
Calan-uk, York, United Kingdom
FAB PLACE 2nd time and even better!!
Well this hotel has it all from start to finish!!! The hotel is in a beautiful location and set on the beach which is amazing!! The beach goes for miles either way and loads of bar on route either way!! As for the hotel it is massive and is top notch top to bottom from the bars and restraunts to the massive pools and gardens. All the staff are so friendly and made us so welcome!! The animation staff were fab around the pool getting everyone up and joining in with games special mention to Alex he soo funny and good!! The evening entertainment was good and loads of effort put into there shows and kids disco soo much fun!! As for the food well it's soo tasty and loads of choice and can't go wrong with it! The estralla damm lager is very good and strong!! The only thing that the hotel or Thomson could do or change is by sorting out the all inclusive from the platinum from the premium options and give uk travellers the option to upgrade to the platinum and premium parts as only Germans get it!!! Defo go back!!!More
My first visit to Fuerteventura Princess at this time of year.
Luton flight on the very nice recent version Thomson 737 and far more efficient and relaxing than transiting through Gatwick.
This time a good direct TUI coach transfer which now has free wi-fi.
Noticeable improvements: The rough broken perimeter wire fence on the beach-side around the hotel has now been replaced by a much smarter wire mesh fence more in tune with the standard of the hotel. Most of the sagging sun-bed fabric covers have been replaced by much better taught new silver-grey ones.
Hotel extremely busy with many families all appearing to be enjoying themselves packed around the main pools. Mostly British and German families from what I could hear but some Spanish and maybe a few Russian?
Be wary of the occasional new orange/brown replacement tiles around the pool area as these are dangerously slippery when wet and can catch you unaware.
It was a pleasant surprise in the dinner restaurant when 2 of the staff independently came over to my table to say hello obviously recognising me from previous visit.
Food seems a notch better every-time I visit. Excellent selection of fish and seafood at dinner. Nice to get whole grilled squid, mussels in shell, anchovies and raw marinaded herring. Only disappointment was the very over grilled tuna steaks. Also good selection of grilled, oven cooked and stew meat dishes. Nice goat stew but confused by label which I am sure said 'beef strips with chick peas' but turned out to be tripe strips (needed more onion flavouring). Strangely the oven cooked meats were on the rare side but the grilled meats very very well done - so choice there for all tastes! Only the Mexican food theme dinner didn't work for me - would be nice if it could be replaced by a curry or Asian evening!
Interesting but a bit scary one morning at the seafront restaurant when 2 large noisy crows landed very close above me on the sunshade structure and one dived down to grab a doughnut from a nearby table!
The hotel grounds nice as always - like being in a botanical garden with all the unusual trees and plants.
Room very good and spacious but at this time of year the poor soundproofing makes for intermittent sleep with combination of noisy air-con and noisy neighbours. It would be really good if the hotel could at least disable the television signal at eleven or midnight to minimise disturbance through the early hours of the night when some guests return from the bars and entertainment. Would also be more relaxing if the hotel could separate families with children into blocks away from adult-only blocks.
Several regular guests I spoke with were unhappy with the decision of Thomson to abandon the half-board option and offer only all-inclusive and would not be visiting again. The beneficiaries of AI are the heavy drinkers and heavy eaters who are in effect subsidised by the light users who do not get value from the price hike but the hotel appears to be benefiting from this change with an influx of younger age groups. I guess this is good business as the hotel appeared to be suffering from lack of guests the first time I visited.
Something I have never seen before were several inconsiderate clothed guests over the fortnight flouting the hotel rules and using the hotel designated nudist facilities. Even sitting in the sauna and steam rooms wearing swimwear directly on seats rather than towels as required. Apparently this is considered very unhygienic. Some even using the pool and communal showers. Can you imagine the uproar if a nudist made use of the main hotel facilities? Be aware that this zone is not totally screened so one of the neighbouring hotels might be a better choice if a problem for you.
Apparently this is the only hotel nudist zone in the area to allow families with children. In all the other nearby hotels it is adult only. No problem though as all were very well behaved. The nudist area was the most peaceful area of the hotel and maybe only quarter full in contrast to winter months when can be packed and had approx 60% German 30% Brits 10% Spanish. One group taking holidays here even coming from Tenerife - how about that!
Pools were warmer than the sea - I saw one measurement at 29C. Sea good though!
The clothes-optional coast did not appear all that busy with most preferring to relax on hotel sunbeds around the pools. Many beach areas are much busier in the winter months. However there seemed to more impolite people than usual, especially older children and young adults, rudely photographing and videoing nudists on the beaches.
This coast must be one of the cleanest in the world. Rare to see any rubbish on the beaches and only fishes floating in the sea. If only my favourite places in the Med could still be like this! A clean-up team frequently tour the coast emptying rubbish bins. Toilet blocks are sited periodically and even have water taps for washing sand of feet - but some more remote blocks unfortunately have been abandoned and are closed.
All-in-all a very pleasant relaxing 2 weeks that unfortunately was marred by a very upsetting incident on my last day. I had an evening departure with a room check-out at 11am. I took my main baggage to the store near reception but did not speak to anyone or check-out then had late breakfast returning to my room at 10:30am. I was horrified to find the cleaning staff in my room. They had removed all my belongings I had left for use throughout my final day including my normal spectacles (not boxed) needed for distance vision and driving from the airport, my shorts, €30 sun-bed towels, departure information letter, bottled water, fridge contents etc.. Fortunately they had not yet accessed the safe. All my belongings were about to be wheeled away on the cleaner's trolley and I had to retrieve, some from rubbish bags. If I had been a few minutes later I would have had no idea where they would have been and could easily have misconstrued this as theft. There is obviously a management failure here and the cleaning staff should be instructed not to touch guests belongings or even enter rooms until the correct time. An unbelievable way to treat guests! I hope this is an isolated incident as I do like this hotel. I did not report this to the hotel as wanted to give the benefit of the doubt to the specific cleaning staff but I hope the management take note from this report.
The Thomson rep Sue appeared to be doing an excellent job always beaming and cheerful although I had no specific reason to require her services during my stay only chatting in passing.More
What a great all inclusive holiday we had.
I don't know where to start with this but I'd first like to discuss some negative comments I've read about the hotel and staff. Any negative reviews I've read I've discovered could not be further from the truth. The hotel location, cleanliness and staff friendliness is second to none.
We arrived at about 10pm after the restaurant had closed but they left it open for us knowing we were arriving late, Fantastic. The two restaurants are great, the main big one probably delivered the nicest buffet food I've ever had. Fresh salmon fillets one night, steak another, all fresh and the drinks were all top quality, nothing watered down at all. We went to the beach side restaurant for our lunch each day where they had fantastic fish on each day. What a fantastic view to enjoy whilst having lunch, just stunning.
There are about 8000 rooms in the hotel so at first, finding our room was a little bit difficult as it was pitch black but we got there eventually and the room was great. A big king size bed and then a pull out double bed for our little one which they'd had set up for us. Everything was cleaned from top to bottom each day and the bathroom was spotless each time we got in. The maids would organise my daughters teddies each morning for when she got in which she loved :)
The pools were huge and cleaned each day. Some tiles lose or missing but that's me digging deep to find something g to criticise I suppose. The pool water was gorgeous.
If you have mobility issues, you may need to request a room closer to the main building as the others are down a big hill. The hotel is built into an ancient volcano/mountain so to be expected.
The weather was phenomenal. We were a it concerned with potential wind but luckily we had nothing but scorching sun and blue skies each day.
If you are content with just staying in the hotel for your holiday, this is the place for you. It's absolutely stunning with fantastic food and great staff. There isn't much around the hotel such as shopping etc but like I said, if you're happy to stay in the hotel where there is more than enough to do, this is the place for you.More
AdamsPA, Darlington, United Kingdom
When we got to the hotel we were upgraded to Platinum at no extra cost. We were in a lovely room, very clean and spacious.The food was excellent and plenty of choice, considering a big hotel never felt crowded at meal times. The staff were very good and efficient. The entertainment was average nothing to get excited by but was ok. The only downside was we arrived it was dark and it took us 30 minutes to find our room! Other people had the same problem. But on saying that would recommend the hotel to people, would go again.More
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