On the edge of Puerto del Carmen, Riu Olivina Resort has bagged itself a best-of-both-worlds setting. It’s far enough away from all action to be quiet and relaxed, but is still less than half an hour’s walk from shops, restaurants and bars. What’s more, the resort is surrounded by lush greenery and colourful flowers, giving it a distinctly tropical feel.
And there’s nowhere better to enjoy your surroundings than by one of the four swimming pools here. They’re all a good size – one, in particular, is massive – and come complete with sunbathing terraces, sunloungers and parasols. There’s also a kids’ pool and a poolside snack bar.
On the activities front, meanwhile, the resort offers table tennis, table football and two hard surface tennis courts. A children’s club for 4 to 12-year-olds makes sure the little ones are taken care of, too. There’s also a great evening entertainment programme here which features live music and dancing shows several times a week.
When it comes to rooms at the Riu Olivina Resort, you can stay in either a room or an apartment. Both are onsite, so whichever you choose, you can enjoy all the facilities of the resort including its All Inclusive package. Both sets of accommodation are simple yet stylish – think fresh white walls, wooden furniture and huge patio doors.
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Buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner. Selected local-brand alcohol and soft drinks until 24.00. Snacks at set times.
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3 saltwater outdoor pools
Situated within the heart of the resort, these pools are surrounded by loungers and parasols offering the ideal place to relax. One of these pools is heated in the winter.
For breakfast, lunch and dinner. Offering a wide variety of local and international cuisine with show cooking, where you can watch dishes being prepared right in front of you. This place also offers a selection of vegetarian options, light snacks, and weekly themed buffets taking place twice a week.
Daytime activity programme
For ages 4 to 12 years and taking place 6 days a week.
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1-bedroom apartment sleeps up to 3 adults. This comes with a cot and a fan in the bedroom.
2-bedroom apartment sleeps up to 5 adults, with 2 single beds in each of the 2 bedrooms and an extra bed in the lounge. This comes with a cot and a fan in the bedroom.
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too many French
We booked ahead very early based on reviews, hotel then taken over by the French so all activities and cabaret in French.Although I had written and asked for a high room with sunshine we were given a ground floor room, the firthest away possible from all the activities and oh so dark. Asked to change it but no luck.The good points were -excellent food, very pleasant staff(except Fanny on reception, bet she was French too ).Beautiful swim pools one heated enough,plentiful sunbeds, good clean rooms, linen changed regularly, can walk to the shops. .On balance we enjoyed our week thank goodness the weather was lovely, . Forget the beach, it is awful,. The bad points- no quiet room to sit to play cards, there is a smokers room which is cold as it is open to the elements, the French are rude and pushy, cannot join in any activities as the English ,Germans, Scandinavians are not considered at all.Would I go again, yes, if it was £200 cheaper than the other Lanzarote hotels, and would make sure I got a hotel room not an apartmntMore
Excellent winter short break
My daughter and I booked a short break at the Riu Olivina Resort in February because we were in need of some winter sun and were more than pleasantly surprised on arrival after having read a number of very bad reviews on the resort. We had a very large, clean, west-facing room in the hotel which enabled us to enjoy an aperatif on the balcony watching the sun set before going down to dinner. If I had a criticism, it would be that the room was a bit old fashioned and tired - but hey, that's not much of a criticism. I found the food a bit repetative although my daughter thoroughly enjoyed everything. There was enough selection and the beer and wine was on tap. The staff were all friendly and very helpful and the bedroom impecably clean. The guests, mainly English, French and German were all very discreet, although the Marmara representative at the pool-side was rather loud. The hotel was a few minutes walk from the beach and the main commercial area. We did participate in one or two evening's entertainment which wasn't usually our style but found that there was good guest participation. The bar staff were great all throughout the day serving cocktails, tea, coffee etc with a friendly and untiring contact with the guests. We didn't participate in the Thomson excursion around the island but chose a Last Minute tour which was cheaper and I'm sure just as good. The Last Minute shops are found along the main commercial street about five minutes from the hotel. The grand tour was excellent at 45 euros each (including lunch). The swimming pool was cleaned every morning and there were enough beds for everyone without having to "bag" one before coming down to sunbathe. The reason there is a lot in French is that the travel company Marmara has permanent representatives in the hotel, whereas the Thomson rep only passes to see if there are any problems. But that shouldn't stop everyone joining in the fun. Would I go back again? Yes, definately.More
Austin62, Anglaise en France
66 year old Shropshire OAP
My wife and I have just returned from a 4 week break, 16th Jan - 13th feb. Wow what a lovely surprise after reading the reviews, the whole place is great the food, the staff, the accommodation the place and the resort, we stayed in an apartment over looking the volley ball court 322 suited us perfectly as we do not mind walking preferring the piece and quiet, all the appliances worked so a cup of tea can be made and the fridge keeps the free water and wine cool, we asked for extra pillows and blankets, got them within half an hour, asked for a kettle got it on the second day, never asked for anything else. Met some lovely French, German and Norwegians as well as English people, our generation really do no how lucky we are even if neither can speak the others language you will still have a laugh. We E-mailed the week before asking for a nice quiet first floor apartment and that's what we got, we did meet two English couples who were not happy but we met many others who thought the same as us. The entertainment is biased towards the French, they are the majority but there was some good entertainment in English so you pick and choose. All in all we had a fantastic holiday, thanks to all the lovely staff. PS had caviar one night on the salad bar.More
michael d, Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
I was in the Olivina from 6th -13th February and very much enjoyed my stay there , booked all inclusive through Thomson's Holidays and found it great value for money.I stayed in the Apartments which were acceptable but they could do with being refurbished as they are looking pretty dated. Housekeeping was good and absolutely no complaints about them. food was pretty good with a nice selection of stuff but the main dishes were very repetative but decent enough quality ,loved all the fish dishes and the selection of sweets was outstanding .Breakfasts were very good with a choice as good as anywhere I have been. I was only in the place for lunch twice and quite enjoyed what was on offer. Bar service was excellent and the ladies behind the bar in particular Yolanda and Vicky are a real asset to this place. Beer wine and soft drinks were available on a help yourself basis and other drinks including a great variety of cocktails were on offer and yes I did have more than a few. A lot has been said about the animation team and club Maramaras.yes it is all in French but some of the team speak English ,Marie had very good English and a couple of others with the help of my limited French were able to let us know what was going on.French general knowledge quizzes , dance competitions and music quizzes were what was mainly going on and I could see plenty of faces that were not thrilled, I just got another drink sat down and enjoyed the French enjoying themselves. There were international acts on later in the evening most nights and they were ok but the guys doing the Drifters of Broadway show were excellent (presentation in English) . During the day there is a lot of stuff going on again all in French but speak to the team and they will try and include you . I did have a game of boules but felt the Volleyball was to energetic for me but enjoyed watching it from my patio area with a drink in hand . There are dance lessons and several exercise classes so make an effort to join in language is no real barrier to having fun at these activities. In saying all this in defense of the animation team I really do think that Thompson's should inform guests of what to expect .Talking to some folk it does seem that the French are paying a premium to have a French team for entertainment. I would go back to this place even if the French animation team were still there , it is a decent place for the price I payed ,the accommodation was good ,the food great the drink flowed easily the staff were delightful and the entertainment given a few flaws good fun.More
unclegus, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Do RIU and Thomson read trip advisor?
I selected this hotel after having stayed at other RIU locations and being on previous Thomson holidays and expected the same good service and package here. I had previously emailed the hotel asking for a ground floor room which was provided on arrival. The site is in 2 parts, the hotel with dining and entertainment facilities with a pool attached and the apartments with a further pool and a bar area. I stayed in an apartment and although a bit tired was acceptable and well serviced. The staff were always friendly and accommodated all requests. The standard of food and its service was very good. The drinks are all local and in some instances do have strange tastes. The proximity of the complex to the local shops, bars and restaurants is very close. The Thomson rep at the resort was slightly disinterested and very non committal. The only thing he seemed to enjoy was being left branded toiletries by returning guests as in his words they were very expensive to buy out here. Now we come to heart of a good holiday. When I select a holiday I expect the tour operators to be honest. My interpretation of honesty is freedom from deceit or fraud. The Thompson brochure made this statement, " There’s also a great evening entertainment programme here which features live music and dancing shows several times a week." This may well be true but what was not included was that ALL entertainment was in French. Therefore I believe that Thomson and RIU are actively involved in fraud and deceiving the British holiday maker by false representation. I would like Thomson and RIU to respond to this accusation and explain to all of the British guests who pay their staff wages why their advertising on line and in brochures is misleading. Once they have responded to me I will take up the issue with the Advertising Standards Agency and ask them to look into the matter. If it is found that their advertising is misleading then I also believe that all customers that went to the Olivina after the French entertainment company secured the contract should be offered compensation by both firms. I have now made a conscious decision to never again book any Thomson or RIU holiday because in my opinion they are both dishonest and do not care about their clients. I have read through all of the comments that have previously been made about this resort and accept that changes are sometimes necessary but this should never be to the detriment of the guest. Thomson and RIU need to ensure a happy medium and if that means that this resort is now solely for French occupation then so be it. But if this is the case then please remove it from your brochures as you will be losing a lot more customers and if you lose customers then your businesses will fail. If Thomson or RIU want to discuss this matter further then please leave a contact email address and I will contact you? Could Thomson and RIU also declare if the French guests are paying more for their stay? I spoke to other nationalities who were staying there and they were also not happy at their non inclusion. These included Germans, Dutch and Scandinavians.More
Stuart D, Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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