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Corralejo, Fuerteventura – the final review

Below is our tripadvisor review of the hotel we stayed in.
My wife & I have just returned back from a week long stay at the Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real. We stayed half-board (Breakfast & Evening meal) for seven nights.

We booked directly with the hotel & changed our minds about the dates we wanted several times, but none of this caused a problem with the reservation team who were flexible & a pleasure to deal with, even though we made several changes.

We were collected at the airport for a private transfer & were met by a very welcoming man & a small 12 seater mini-bus. He refused to let me carry our cases to the bus as in his words ‘you are on holiday’. The drive took about 40 minutes to the hotel along the main route from the airport towards Corralejo.

Upon arrival we were greeted by the bell boy in traditional Canarian costume who escorted us to the check-in desk. Whilst the paperwork was completed we were given a glass of cooling champagne. It was at this point we noticed that all the front of house staff were all dressed in traditional Canarian costume which clearly added to the style the hotel management wanted to show. After a short spell with the check-in staff the bell boy was back & escorting us to our room.

We were in room 312 which was a Deluxe Sea View Double Room with a view over the beach, sea & the Island of Lobos. The room consisted of entrance area (inc. cloaks & wardrobes), the bedroom area had a huge bed (far larger than our usual double), living area with easy chairs & then an outside balcony. The bathroom with double wash basins, bath, shower, WC & bidet were just off the entrance area. There was a flat panel TV, radio/CD player & fully stocked mini-bar.

Our room was serviced by Oly everyday & albeit that we are not an untidy couple Oly left the room sparkling everyday. The bed linen was also turned down every evening & chocolates were left & curtains drawn.

We did have to ask the team at the front reception desk for a kettle with tea & coffee to be provided as there was non in the room. This was provided quite happily but we were advised that only the initial selection of tea & coffee was complimentary & any subsequent restocking would be charged to the room. This was not a major issue but maybe a little unusual as other hotels we have stayed in had no restock charge.
We had breakfast & evening meal with our booking & found the food to be of a high standard. We took all our meals in the buffet dining area which was bright & spacious. The staff in the dining area where very attentive right from the greeting from the two restaurant hostesses to the waiting on staff to the very pleasant informative chef’s.
Breakfast was served between 08:00 & 11:00hrs whilst the evening meal was served between 19:00 & 22:00hrs. There was a lunchtime serving however we did not eat at lunchtime.
The breakfast food included a large selection of cereals, fruit, and bread. Meats, cheeses, freshly cooked eggs (scrambled, poached, fried & omelette’s) sausages, bacon etc all served with tea, coffee & freshly squeezed fruit juices. There was even champagne if you so wished. My favourite was either the fresh omelette or the poached eggs which were all cooked to order.
The evening meal changed theme on a nightly basis. We had continental, Mediterranean, Spanish & Italian buffets as well as TexMex & a fish buffet. There was   always a large selection of salads, canapés, cold meats & cheeses for starters. The main courses had plenty of fish, chicken, pork & beef that were expertly cooked off in front of you by the chef’s who were always willing to chat about the food. My favourite was a tie between the locally caught Parrot fish cooked for me by Rebecca & the medium cooked Tuna by a gent who I did not get the name of.
The hotel was set on the beach with a couple of access points, hwoever the beach was not a private beach but open to the public. This did not cause us a problem at all as the majority of the public only passed through. The hotel did provide staff on the beach for life guard duties as well as a drinks service from the main bar. There were plent of sun loungers available as well as wind breaks and sun parasols already in position. if you needed these repositioning the beach staff were always on hand to undertake this for you. The beach was clean with golden sand & there was a small access point into the sea between the rocks. There was also a private promanade in place with twin sun lougers & a bar service however there was an additional cost to all hotel guests. there was a second promenade being constructed. Some of the earlier tripadvisor reviews had mentioned that this was a noisy operation but whilst we were there the majority of the civil engineering works looked like they had been completed so we were not affected by this.
For those of you that don’t like the beach there was a selection of pools within a garden area on the inner courtyard of the hotel with palm tress & sun loungers, we did not use this area but it looked fantastic.
There was also an in-door spa area with the usual collection of pools, jacuzzi, steam-rooms, sauna’s & gynasium etc. We used the spa area a couple of times & found it very well equiped & usually quiet. The only down-side for my wife was a gentleman entered the sauna area naked as the day he was born which from what we can gather was not permitted by the hotel.
The hotel bar area was relaxing & pleasant and was staffed by a barman & waitress service all in traditional costume. Most evenings the hotel had arranged for some form of entertainment in the form of singers & musicians and as per the eveneing meal the theme changed every night.
We did walk in to Corralejo on several occasions. There are two routes either straight out of the hotel main entrance & follow the road to the main road within Corralejo or by following the beach into town. My wife & i are reasonable quick walkers & the walk via the road would take us about 20 – 25 minutes whilst the route via the beach was a little longer. We did get a taxi back from Corralejo & from the ‘music square’ it cost about 4 euros to get back which was not very expensive at all.

All in all we found our stay at this hotel very relaxing and would recommend it any of our friends without hesitation.

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Fuerteventura – mid point of our stay

We’ve reached the mid point of our stay at Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real in Corralejo, Fuerteventura & it’s a great place to relax.

The sun has been out everyday & has been about 21 degrees everyday, there are some clouds but the do pass over quite quickly. There is a steady breeze on the beach which gives you the misconception you’re not burning – don’t truth that feeling keep plying the sun cream or you will burn like I did a little!

The staff throughout the hotel are very attentive and you are greeted by smiles and buenos Dias or buenos Natchez whenever they see you. Nothing seems too much trouble for them, you want to move your sun lounger they are there moving it for you etc.

The food is excellent and plentiful. Breakfasts include cereal, breads, meats, cheeses, freshly prepared omelette. While the evening themes are varied, so far we’ve had roast meats, Tex-Mex, Japanese, fish & tonight’s is Mediterranean. At the fish evening last night I had locally caught parrot fish cooked by a young lady called Rebecca from Chesterfield who has lived on the ills an for the past 12 years. The parrot fish was nice but a little bit boney which you have to be careful of.

Most days we’ve relaxed on the beach, there is a pool complex in the heart of the hotel but the beach is good enough for us, the noise of the waves are quite hypnotic.

Yesterday we walked along the beach into Corralejo and reached the pier where the ferry leaves for Lanzarote. The walk along the beach takes longer than the road but is a little more enjoyable. We had a couple of drinks over looking the harbour then did some shopping before heading back to the hotel. Michele was left sunbathing whilst I walked the opposite direction towards Hotel Riu & the white sands at the nature reserve to watch the kite surfers. But I hadn’t reckoned on walking through a naturist reserve! Not one of the naturist was under 65 so nothing worthwhile looking at!

After rejoining Michele at the beach I caught up with a few chapters of Game of Thrones – book one. Late afternoon we went off to the hotel spa for the second day running. The pools here are quiet & well laid out with jacuzzi & water jets. There are also steam rooms & saunas which Michele & I can only tolerant for a little while as they are so hot, then it’s a quick dip in the ice pool for me, but Michele is not brave enough! Michele was shocked the other day in the sauna as one gent walked in & sat across from her stark naked – it didn’t take Michele long to get up & leave!

For the past two nights we’ve stayed in the hotel bar, not the cheapest but enjoyable all the same as they do have some entertainment on. We’ve both taken to drinking vodka & fresh orange, they are not mean with the measures as I’m sure you get a triple shot in each glass. One evenings drinks of 3 vodka & orange and 1 hot chocolate cost us €28.

I’ll leave it at that for now as it’s time for the beach after breakfast of course.

Corralejo, Fuerteventura

Well it’s only taken us 16 years to come back to this delightful little island sat within the group of Islands known as The Canaries. But we finally made it.

We first came in September 1998 for our honeymoon where we stayed at La Concha bungalows set on the edge of Corralejo. Even though it was our honeymoon we brought our son Lewis with us for the two week stay. We met a couple called Alex & Debbie who were our neighbours for the two weeks & still to this day Michele & Debbie still exchange birthday & Christmas cards.

Well back to this visit to Corralejo, Michele won this week long stay on Key 103 in the 5 star hotel of Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real all we have to pay for are flights and drinks as it’s all half-board.

We were up at 03:20 as we had an early morning flight from Liverpool airport. As previous experience has shown the auto registration reader at the airport car park failed to pick up our registration & a quick chat with the control room cured the issue. Once we were flight side it was breakfast (no alcohol was consumed – as I have great Will power) & a limitless bit of duty free shopping. The flight left about 30 minutes but we did make time up on the flight into Fuerteventura. A private puck up was arranged for us for the 40 minute drive to the hotel where we were greeted with a glass of champagne as we checked in.

It was a little overcast early afternoon so we elected to walk into Corralejo which was about 20-25 minutes for us power walkers. We had a light lunch of omelette for Michele & Canarian potatoes for me all washed down with a couple of grande draft beers.

As the clouds lifted we headed to the beach for a couple of hours sun-worshiping before having our evening meal.

The hotel restaurant is clean & well laid out. The theme for the evening seemed to be traditional roast meats (beef, chicken & lamb chops) as well as an assortment of fresh fish.

By 21:30 we were both whacked & so retired to bed.

By 09:00 we were awake and ready for breakfast – cereal followed by freshly cooked omelette & croissants to follow all washed down with black coffee.

Then we hit the beach for a day of sun bathing. I managed to finish Alex Ferguson’s autobiography while Michele listened to her iPod. We both caught the sun. Michele has to burn before she gets any colour as she’s so fair but even I turned a little bit pink (it was the first time for sunbathing since Jamaica 2 years ago!)

After a day in the sun we ate really well (Tex-Mex was the theme for the evening) before heading into Corralejo where we found the music square we spent so many nights at 16 years ago. A few mojito’s before a light shower sent everybody home. We caught a €4 taxi back to the hotel.

Now today is a fresh new day what shall we do?