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This summer I went to the Canary Islands with my friends. We did a lot of things there; we went to the swimming pool, partying, to the dune beach, and to the aqua park party...
Also, one day we went to one beach where there were a lot of water sports and we practised the motorskying, parasailing and a los of things.
Finally we come back to Spain with hangovers and our bodies very pained becouse we fell many ...
We have been working hard to prepare for the Atlantic crossing.
Geoff has become an expert supermarket shopper (watch out Mary!) with the fantastic support of Diane.
Tim has been working on all matters to do with the boat and especially our navigation equipment. We have a yellow brick tracker on board which will be transmitting our position on a regular basis to the arc website http://www.worldcruising.com/arc/eventf leetviewer.aspx
Peter has ...
Das Wetter wird endlich etwas besser!
Wir entscheiden uns für einen Landgang, der erst mal im Shoppingcenter unterbrochen wird.
Denn es fängt mal wieder an zu regnen bei schwulen 25°C .
um unsere Füsse etwas zu schonen und trotzdem viel von der Stadt zu sehen, haben wir uns den nächsten roten Doppeldecker geschnappt, für eine kleine ...
... filled the sails and the trip was done entirely by motor. But the seas were calm, beautiful and brimming with life. Over the three days we enjoyed indian cuisine, attempted at fresh fish and conversations covered a wealth of topics. We saw the odd turtle enjoying the sunshine and a beautiful and lively pod of 12 dolphins came to dance in the bow wave. In the distance we saw the blow hole signs of whales, the tail up the air display and the odd riding fin.
... Islands are mainly a tourist destination with the fifth busiest airport in the EU. Package tours are the norm with packs of Brits and Germans (an apparently more Eastern Europeans each year). Agriculture has fallen off – no sugar cane, little banana production and many fields that were once green are now brown and arid. Water is a big issue here. There are new desalination plants but these are for people and there ...
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I stayed at the resort last October with 5 of my friends for a week and when we booked, we requested a three bedroom & a two bedroom apartment. What we got was exactly the same and being one the three lads sharing, we had to spend alternate nites on the couch, which was supposedly the third bed!! However, our stay there was a pleasant one and the apartments were kept very clean. It is a bit of a treck to the beach, but there are always cabs and buses on hand to ferry you there. The service at the restaurant was also a bit slow, but heck you're on holiday and the quality of what we were served was always excellent and worth the wait, but that's only a minor criticism.
What I would recommend to anyone staying there and using the shop on site, incidentally operated by an ex-pat, is to check your change! On my last day there I went to the shop to purchase food items and gave the guy a 50 euro note, he gave me change for a 20 & it was not until I'd walked half way back to the apartment did I realise. I went back & after a bit of a fracus, he agreed to refund me the difference. It was then on my way back to the airport did I mentioned it to another one of the friends I was staying with, it transpired the same guy had done exactly the same thing to him on the first day of our stay. A coincidence maybe... but always check your change if you go!!
Escape before Christmas
We stayed at Duna Beach Bungalows from 13th to 20th December 2004. We were pleasantly surprised with the standard of accommodation - great value for money, the staff we found to be very pleasant and helpful especially the shop staff. Duna Beach is certainly isolated but this is the price you pay for peace and quiet. There are lots of taxis available at a reasonable cost. The restaurant is of a high standard. Overall we thoroughly enjoyed our holiday and would recommend Duna Beach Bungalows to anyone who wants to escape for a few days.
We went to the Duna Beach Bungalows in October 2004. The bungalows were always clean and the resort was nice and quiet. The Faro 2 centre was only a 10 minute walk away and it only cost 3 euros to go to Playa Del Ingles and to the Maspalomas Beach. The Pool Bar at the Duna Beach bungalows was very good. The staff were very bubbly, friendly and made you laugh. The food in the day and evening was very good we all tried diferrent dishes and never had a problem with any of them. The pool area was quite big and there were plenty of sunloungers to go around. We would definately go back again. The only one thing I would say is to get rid of the grumpy man on reception. No help at all.
Apartment broken into, suspected inside job
I was visiting the hotel in september 2004. At first my impressions were positive - nice clean bungalows with a small terrace, with nice surroundings and a friendly receptionist (the friendliest as it turned out, others weren't so helpful, as you will see later). The hotel is situated quite far away from most civilization, so renting a car is not a bad idea, especially if you want to shop at Hiperdino, one of the few supermarkets around with sane prices. There is a supermarket at the hotel itself, but as you would expect the prices are significantly higher. For some commodities, the extra convenience was worth the cost, though.
I can't support the claim of the place being quiet as we would hear people splashing around in the pool and music well into the night, despite living in one of the more distant bungalows. In the morning, the surrounding area would turn into a construction site, and at 7 in the morning you would start hearing the "beep-beep" noises that trucks make when reversing as well as general truck noises.
Overall the place was good enough to overnight at, and I would have recommended it further if it weren't for the lacking security at the site. First of all, the fence surrounding the complex at the place where our bungalows were situated was broken and anyone from outside could walk in and out through this huge gap. Secondly and more importantly, we returned the night before our holiday was over to find the row of our bungalows broken open with a crowbar and all valuables stolen. When reported to the reception, they responded with absolutely no action - what, police? ah, tomorrow, tomorrow. They couldn't care less, shrugged everything off.
Eventually the hotel called the police, who turned out to be completely useless. They arrived, looked around and left without noting anything down.
After returning I found reviews of Duna Beach on the internet with exactly the same thing happening to other guests and exactly the same reaction from the hotel administration. I have a gut feeling that this was an inside job for the following reasons:
1. When I asked a long-term employee if this ever happened, he said "no", although he must have known otherwise.
2. Lack of concern from the administration.
3. The row of the bungalows broken in were all inhabited by foreigners (german-speaking folk in our case)
4. The fourth bungalow in the row was vacant (this was not immediately apparent from the outside) and it remained untouched, so they knew exactly which bungalows to break open.
5. They buglars seemed to know that we were all away during the break-in
6. Other people reporting the very same thing happening to them in this particular hotel.
If you want to stay at this place despite this lack of security, don't leave any valuables, passports or tickets in the room. Better use the hotel safe, which costs additionally somewhere in the area of 20 euros.
Taking into account all that has happened to us, I CANNOT recommend you to stay at this hotel.
Not as bad as I expected from other things I'd read!
We went to the Duna Beech Apartments from 19 July for 7 nights. All your immediate needs are catered for in this complex. There is a supermarket, restaurant and a bar right by the pool serving food snacks and soft and alcoholic drinks from 9.00am to 2.00am, which are also the pool opening times. They have English music channels playing in the bar, which goes over the pool, so no escaping those annoying ring tone adverts I'm afraid! The staff speak from little to very good English. Look out for the bar man that's always shouting Whoopa (not sure if this is correct spelling but it means 'beautiful' in Spanish apparently!) Our apartment was very comfortable and we noticed a lot of them, as ours did, had a mesh material over the windows, which allowed you to have the breeze without the bugs! Speaking of Maspalomas is the single most place were ants originate I'm sure. There are quite a few but you can get some spray from the supermarket that will do the job.
There are two things that you have to do when visiting Gran Canaria. There is a place called Garbo's, based in Play Del Ingles, which is a fantastic experience. We arranged this through our Rep and paid 52 euros each for coach travel there and back, a fantastic three course meal and, excluding spirits, all the drinks you can possibly get down your throat... before your waiter/waitress jumps on stage to give both solo and group performances of various songs that you just have to sing along to! Satisfaction guaranteed here. We also visited a small, very friendly café/restaurant called Laguna. If you get tired of the various menus that constantly include chips with your meal or there's a special occasion while you're over there this is the place to go based in Gran Canaria.
The two major shopping centres (The Yumbo and The Faro 2) and the Wednesday market were all fewer than 5 euros in a taxi. Don't froget to haggle - be cheeky you'll be surprised at the prices you can get them down to! Also haggle at the market stalls in the shopping centres. Only drive over there if you are used to driving abroad and have no fear! We preferred the comfort of the taxi. Also watch pedestrian crossings - not for the faint hearted! The cars may slow down to wave you across but they don't stop!
All in all we'd love to go back one day.
Enjoyedthe peace and quiet
We booked this holiday three days before we departed, it was allocated on arrival, and with having children aged 11 and 14 we were a bit worried about what we would get, but thought the holiday was cheap enough and if the apartments were rubbish we would go elsewhere, but what a surprise we had, the pool area is lovely, and because it was April quiet, the apartments were small so we had two next door to each other, the maids were their everyday, it was basic but clean.
The bar staff were very friendly and couldn't be more helpful, (its a pity the reception staff weren't the same!)
It is bit out of the way but only two euros to the beach.
We had a lovely time and would probably go out of our way to book these apartments again.
We love the Duna beach
We go back to the Duna Beach time and time again. It is in a wonderful area, the bungalows are very comfortable and laid out in such a way that you have relative privacy. Recently the restaurant and bar have been closed but neighbouring complexes are very good. The area around is great for walking and rollerblading. The staff are friendly and competent, the reception area is absolutely wonderful and last, but certainly not least, the cats on the complex are the best in Maspalomas!
Not brill, not bad
not bad visited 21st Feb 04 for one week. apartment was damp but that could have been down to the mixed weather, maids definately didn't visit everyday I think we saw them twice, and they didnt't really know how to clean, cobwebs under tables and chairs left all week. Beds not so comfy and als the sheets definately needed new ones as it was like sleeping on pebbles, very basic had to hire kettle and toaster for 12 euros (not bad price) these can be hired from the on site supermarket which is run by a nice english guy(except he was an Arsenal fan) and his partner, staff at the pool bar very nice and food (what we had) was good,this was run seperately from the hotel. Reception staff and hotel staff miserable, but watch out for the maintenance guy with the everlasting cigarette. my advise pay the extra go to Green golf fantastic apartments, Maspalomas great place quiet but convenient for everywhere but dunabeach not so good (this is our honest opinion only)
Beautifull surroundings and greenery in the middle of the golf course, close to but unfourtunatelly without acces to the near by dunes. Quite a walk from the nearest civilisation. Good for joggers and walkers as our selves. Clean and quiet (with not very comfortable beds) exept for Elvis and Sinatra visiting a couple of times a week. Or was it kareoke?
Hej, if you get a Hola or Buenas Dias back from the reception staff when you greet them Hello please let us know. Tell them also that excessive smoking is bad for your health. We do not mind though going back to Dunabeach some time again. Maybe our Spanish was not so good...
Really nice pizza!!
We had our holiday at Duna beach in September and the weather was amazing, around 40 degrees everyday. The apartments were clean and tidy and a reasonable size. There were maids that came in everyday to give you fresh towels, make the beds ect. The pool was a good size and reasonably quiet most of the time. The food was nice and well priced and served pretty quicky and was handy to have on site!! The only downfall to the holiday was that Duna beach is just about the furthest apartments you could get from the nightlife, which wasn't that much either. Just a few bars and resturants at Faro 2. It was much better to catch a taxi for about 4 euros to Playa De Ingles for the evening which they would call for you from reception. Overall a very nice holiday but you'll need to hire a car to see the rest of the island as there is not that much to do in Maspalomas exept to cross the Dunes!!