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... we had our third terrible breakfast at our hotel despite our efforts to go at different times each morning to see if it made a difference in food quality. Colin was drinking €6 Johnny Walker Red Label whisky's at about 2-3 oz per drink. Drinks were way too cheap at our hotel. This was good and bad! I had a few girly coconut flavoured drinks. Colin was getting a little overheated and had a nap in the afternoon. I decided to go for a ...
... basic necessities like water. We arrived safely and eagerly stepped out of the cabin. Instantly I felt that dewy warmth on my dehydrated airplane skin. If I could bottle that feeling I would!
NB I'm still working out the kinks of this website. I'll publish this and then the next entry will be a continuation of our adventure in Spain.
... the men dress up as girls and usually have outfits to match their buddies. On Tuesday we walked the parade route to see everything getting set up and wandered through the midway where I found my favourite ride ever...the Los Toros which is really just a bunch of padded tubes with bull heads that bounce along to music while kids try and ride them. It makes it seem like the bulls are singing and for some reason it just made me laugh and ...
... to join me, took along the needlework I bought in Norway and met a lady who knows all about this craft (she's from Norway) brilliant if I get stuck she will helpmeet out. Later did some people watching on the deck. Paul is doing his Captain ******** with bino's in hand looking for anything out at sea. Pool still not open but am very optimistic about tomorrow. Captain ******** (Paul) has spotted land, we are a couple of miles south of ...
... amazed at our each cruise they manage to create quite new and innovative designs to produce. The buffet is open for photos and then at midnight guests can tuck in! Needless to say I was just happy to photograph these delights.Our next stop is Gran Canaria, no excursions planned so will just have a wander as we are In port for several hours, but if the sun shines might just enjoy the warm ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Koala Garden Suites Maspalomas
after reading reviews about koala gardens i was expecting the worst,however thankfully i was pleasantly surprised.I travelled with my girlfriend her mother and my girlfriends brother.after enduring a terrible bus journey(no a/c on bus)in 40 degrees heat,we finally arrived at koala.we had booked 2 x 2 studio,a studio for my girlfriend and i and one for her mum and bro.at reception we were allocated a balcony in zone 3(which we swiftly took)the mum and brother were below us.safety deposit box 28 euro(non refundable)for our 2 week stay.when i 1st entered my apartment i wasnt too impressed the place was basic to say the least!however i put this out of my mind for the meantime just to get out and cool down at the pool.this where koala excels itself.the pool in zone 3 was absolutely brilliant,no problems getting a sunbed and it was nice and quiet,ideal for those who want a nice quiet relaxing holiday.there was also a lot of little stray kittens roaming about they were lovely but if you feed them be prepared for them to hang about you for your stay.nearby the Faro 2 is 5-10 min walk away and is superb for eating out.holiday world is a ferw mins away and excellent for kids.we only ate at the koala twice and i wouldnt recommend going all inclusive.(thank god we were self catering)staff at reception we were very helpful and responded to any problems we had.koala also runs a free bus to the beach several times a day.now to the part you have all been waiting for "cockroaches"or the "cukarcha"(excuse the spelling)we only seen 2 in our apartment and that was the 1st night.we sprayed the room every night before we went out with roach spray.as we had no problems with cockroaches upstairs,the same cant be said for downstairs,they got quite a lot coming into their apartment.(always request a balcony)taxis were cheap as chips to get you to nearby PDI and down to the beach.we ate out nearly every night at the Faro 2 may i recommend broncemar II,Piz Paz and the wee Hawai pub for cocktails.DO NOT eat at the Chino royale at the Faro 2!i had a cockroach crawl into my food!back to the koala gardens and i have to say if this place got a makeover it would be truly a wonderful place to stay.it has 5 zones which were cleaned every other day.like i said before the place is as basic as it gets and the decor is awful.but thats the only fault i can find in this place.i would certainly go back to koala,but i just hope it gets the makeover it deserves as it has the potential to be top quality apartments.on a final note the MYTRAVEL rep in this place was a total waste of space!no help whatsoever and gave us wrong information especially about hand luggage coming home!
We went to the koala gardens in sept there was myself husband and daughter . Got there at 7pm ona saturday evening, on arrival helpful staff , apartment was clean though basic. Maspalomas whilst having a lovely beach , sand dunes are truly amazing , watch out for nudist beach though is alittle on the quiet side ,though plenty of taxis to get you to nearby Playa del Ingles, Plenty of shopping centres there to choose from .The yumbo is biggest but watch out for the Gay night scene there. The zigzag trip is a real must amazing scenery .Do watch out for ticket touts everywhere a real nuisance. On getting half way through the first week we were really fed up of coming across Cockroaches i bedroom and also the cupboard which koala ( laughingly calls a kitchen) two rings a sink and a fridge make this up.We did get a move to an upstairs apartment on the second week and that was last time we saw the bugs . On the whole Grand Canaria is a truly pretty island the weather is HOT and the beaches are clean and the sea is amazing to be in but we would,nt return to Maspalomas
We were a party of 9 comprising of 4 adults and 5 teenagers and went for a week. Our friends (2 adults and 2 teenagers) travelled there a week prior so they were able to show us the ropes so to speak when we arrived so we didnt bother with the welcome meeting. We were all inclusive and the food was very good. The local beer (San Miguel) and local gin and tonics went down well. If you are all inclusive you can help yourself to beer if you are suitable dressed to go inside the restauant. If not you can order in your swimwear outside. You are allowed to order two drinks at a time. I was a little concerned before I left England about the cockroaches as I heard they were frequent visitors. I didnt see any of the little blighters in my room (1st floor) and my son saw only one in his (he was on the ground floor). Rooms clean, staff friendly. The only negative thing I can say is about the nightly entertainment - this was only three nights a week. However if you are not all inclusive this will not present such a problem. Daytime entertainment around the pool was good, darts, table tennis, water polo, volley ball - this really got everyone mixing. Lots of different nationalites there: German, French, Belgium and English. The staff appeared to enjoy my attempts at speaking their language and gave me daily sentences to learn. A huge shopping centre is within walking distance as is a small fairground. A visit to Mogan market (Friday) is a must. You can buy some unusual things there. We decided against booking the trip with the rep as it seemed quite expensive so we organised it ourselves however when we eventually found the bus stop, the bus arrived, on time but drove straight past as it was full. Therefore it is best to go by taxi. On the return journey we boarded a ferry to Porto Rico and then got a taxi from there to the Koala. The ferry was wonderful. Security at the hotel was very good with a security guard patrolling the grounds at night. The gates are locked at all times and you can only gain entry to the grounds via your key card. Two of our party were in zone 4 which was across the road but only a stones throw away. A fantastic holiday and I would definitely consider going back there.
Not in a rush to go back...
The apartments are very basic, a bit of a "Butlins in the Sun" but without the staff entertainment. And although the cleaning and maintenance staff seemed to always be around, yes, there were plenty of cockroaches, especially in the kitchen...
Maspalomas beach is walkable, but unless you want to be walking two to three hours a day with constant harrassment from a variety of touts, then the taxis are essential.
The food available close to the apartments is surviveable, but you have to go into the main town to find anything approaching a decent restaurant.
I would be happy to try elsewhere in the Canary Islands, but can't say I'd be in any rush to go back to this place - I can stay in England and get pizza, burgers, fries and (thanks to Global Warming) sun burn.
We went here for 2 weeks as a family holiday. The apartments were clean and the staff were friendly. The swimming pools were excellent and provided many an enjoyable hours for us 4 adults and 4 kids. The food from the restaurant was ok although we only had snacks during the day but great that they do take away.
we went to these apartments in sept 2003 for 2 weeks. had great weather, very windy though. the apartments are quite pricey for what theyu are- very basic and clean but nothing special. had problems with the bathroom - the ceiling was leaking, they had to come to sort it out twice and when they took the ceiling panel down loads of bugs fell into our bath-yuck!
Sadly, we were unimpressed by the Koala Apts. We went as a family with a 3 year old child and were immediately dissappointed. A cockroach met us at our door and our apt was tired, smelly and gloomy. The air conditioning didn't work and the "sofa-beds" - (I use the term loosely), were impossible to sleep on. The swimming pool nearest our room was littered with cigarette butts and the restaurant served very poor quality food.
We went here for the last week in may and first week in june as a group of ten 7 adults average age 43 and 3 children 9 13 and 15.
Arrived as an independent traveller at the Koala having booked flights and apartment through Expedia as I couldnt do it cheaper and the apartments were not available direct. Cost us £540 for nine nights for the two of us in total with day flight from Manchester and midday return from Las Palmas. Went for the Koala because it had that little bit more than apartments in Maspolamas such as air conditioning and electronic keys and it was reasonable priced. Flights with British Airways (GB Airways) scheduled with leather seats, loads of leg room, meals and drinks included (Expedia gives you options). Arrived late evening and given key to ground floor apartment when had requested upper floor. Immediately changed by very helpful guy on the desk to an upper floor apartment facing west...however he put in the caveat that the apartment had not been properly prepared for guests!!! We found out what that meant amid much screaming from my better half. The other residents of the apartment were fairly large, black and had the word monster cockroach written all over them (plus two white spots!!) We drew this to the maids attention when she came two days later and she said 'ah the cuckaracha!! I will spray. Meanwhile my good other half was (s)praying that they would go away. We killed fourteen of these beasts while we were there (9 nights) and there were at least another two under the fridge!!! Having said all that we cannot fault the management who responded to our every request immediately. The apartments are listed as four star but I would say they are a limited three compared to the other apartments and bungalows in Maspolamas which are mainly one or two star. The thing that swung it was the air con...with temperatures over 30 degrees in March this was essential. They are clean and reasonably spacious with a huge bathroom but a strange built in shower. As an added bonus they are QUIET at night. Even with a family downstairs we were able to sleep easily, something we have had difficulty with in the past at Gran Canaria. Easy to get a taxi the small rank is outside and it is only 3 or 4 euros to PDI or the Faro. We got a taxi from the airport 35 euros inc tip we got the bus back from a stop about 200 metres away just over the road from Holiday World and it was 6 euros for both of us and our luggage. Bus leaves every hour 19 mins past the hour and it takes about 30 minutes to the airport. Easy...it is the second time we have done it and it gives us the edge as an independent traveller.