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Fuerteventura - 2014


Our trip to Fuerteventura was our first opportunty to take a break with our youngest two grand daughters. We therefore looked for a hotel and destination that would suit the children's needs, as well as suit us. Knowing Fuerteventura, having traveled there several times in the past, we thought that they would love the beaches / dunes just outside of Corralejo. Surprisingly, we were able to get the best price for an AI package at the Riu Oliva Beach, Corralejo, through Thomson. As a bonus, were able to fly Norwegian Air Shuttle.

Our flight out from Gatwick was excellent, on a newish B737-800, with Recaro seats, providing good legroom. Despite pushing back approx 15 minutes late we arrived in FUE ahead of schedule and were soon departing for the hotel, arriving shortly after 9:30 pm.

We were advised by the helpful reception staff to leave our cases and our passports and go to dinner, as the restaurant closed at 10:00pm. We found the dining room staff to be equally helpful and we were soon enjoying steak and chips, washed down with free flowing local wine and soft drinks. All staff, without exception, were amazingly helpful, attentive and friendly throughout the holiday

All check-in formalities had been completed when we returned to reception. We just had to sign the forms, collect our passports and keys and head off to our rooms. We had adjacent rooms, on the fifth floor of the main hotel with a great view of the sea and the dunes. The scene was set!


2014 Fuerteventura - Float in Pool

2014 Fuerteventura - Those Aren't Donkeys!

Over the next couple of weeks we enjoyed ourselves immensely. There was a Riu Kids club (which Ophelia loved, despite being one of the few English children), 2 large pools, 2 kids pools, various sports activities (including a programme run by the in house team), special kids activities, once again headed up by the animation team, and evening entertainment - shows (some rather amateurish) and an entertainment programme in the main evening bar. There was also a disco, but we never tried this.

Whilst the rooms were by no means new, they were spotlessly clean (the daily cleaning regime would have put some 5 star accommodation, in which we have stayed, to shame). There were twin beds, good, though old, furnishings, a fridge and TV, safe, adequate hanging and wardrobe / drawer space, a very clean bathroom, with hairdryer and shower over the bath, shampoo, body wash and soap. Additionally each room had a balcony with views over the beach to the sea.

The food (breakfast, lunch and dinner) was served buffet style in a main restaurant in each of the two sections of the hotel. Whilst it cannot be described as "fine-dining" the standard was pretty good and more than adequate - sometimes bordering on very good (especially the roast pork and crackling which, strangely enough, seems to be a Canarian speciality). Additionally there were two theme restaurants, which required pre-booking. These were a Canarian restaurant, in the main building (our favourite, we ate there 5 times) and an Asian restaurant (where we ate once) in the apartment section, serving Sushi, and Chinese / Far-Eastern style food and noodles.

Additionally, snacks suitable to the time of day and quick lunch (the kids loved this one), typically Pizza, Hot Dogs, Burgers, Croque Monsieur, salads and other snacks were available at the pool side snack bar. Also there was free flowing soft drinks, water, beer, wine, hot drinks etc., available in the restaurants / bars and at various locations throughout the buildings.


2014 Fuerteventura - Family Pic

2014 Fuerteventura - Izzy & Ophelia Poolside

There were two good pools and two childrens pools with sun beds and umbrellas available (although you did have to be up early to get the better spots)! Both the kids made friends and had lots of fun in the pool. Indeed it was, at times, difficult to get them out of the water and keep them covered in sun cream

The beach outside of the hotel is beautiful, but very busy immediately in front of the hotel and between the Oliva Beach and it's up-market sister hotel the Tres Islas. Ophelia and Izzy thoroughly enjoyed themselves in the surf, but almost gave us heart attacks as they ventured out into the surf. We had to keep, particularly Ophelia, on a pretty tight leash.

The beach gets quieter the further you get from the hotels. Similarly fewer and fewer clothes are worn. Ophelia thought that this was "gross", but Izzy was slightly more philosophical. The strange ways of "foreigners"!


2014 Fuerteventura - Pirate Adventure (Lobos)

2014 Fuerteventura - Corralejo from Sea

This was an excellent holiday, good flights, good accommodation, food more than adequate in quality and quantity, clean rooms, excellent helpful staff, sufficient entertainment, good beach - great value and fun.

Our flights back, by Norgwegian, were once again excellent (although check-in at Fuerteventura airport was slow). We had an added bonus on this flight as we landed at Gatwick in the midst of the baggage fiasco, where people had been waiting for several hours. The baggage hall was overflowing with people waiting for their bags. We were more fortunate - we landed 30 minutes early, picked up our bags very quickly and were out of the airport only 10 minutes after we were due to land. Norwegian do NOT use Swissport as their baggage handler!

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