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The following day we said ggodbye to Lanzarote and sailed south to the next island, Fuerteventura. Here we felt as though we had completely steeped off the well sailed path as we saw very few boats. The reason is probably that this island and it's coast are in a wind acceleration zone and probably not everyone's ideal ...
... off her windows, crew etc...
We envisage that we will be approaching our destination tomorrow morning, at first light. We are already looking forward to a Spanish breakfast with some strong coffee, which I'm sure will swiftly be followed by mojitos and bed!
Join us tomorrow for what we hope will be a land based blog from our newly refreshed, and hopefully clean, crew.
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Sunrise Club Paraiso Playa Abril 2006
Mi familia -dos adultos y dos niños (de 11 y 8 años)- nos quedamos aquí 2 semanas durante las vacaciones de Pascua. El hotel era muy bonito pero aislado, las tiendas, bares y restaurantes están aproximadamente a unos 5 Km. de paseo por la playa de Jandia. El hotel tenía una pequeña tienda que vendía productos pero a un precio muy alto. El hotel es de estilo "todo-incluido", de modo que puedes comer y beber lo que quieras todo el día. Mientras estábamos allí éramos la única familia inglesa en el hotel (principalmente alemanes). Al principio los niños tardaron en adaptarse pero fueron al club para niños y pronto se hicieron amigos de unos niños alemanes. No tuvimos ningún problema con los alemanes, de hecho eran muy agradables y educados. El equipo de actividades era fantástico con los niños, se los llevaba por la mañana y tarde y después había sesiones de mini disco y juegos por las tardes. Además, hablaban inglés con nuestros niños. Las actividades por las noches estaban muy bien, había espectáculos etc. y la mayor parte era en inglés. Nos quedamos en una suite de familia que era fantástica, los niños estaban en una habitación separada, el baño era también espacioso. La comida era muy buena, con opciones variadas, había siempre algo diferente para probar. La playa era preciosa y a pesar de los escalones; desafortunadamente en nuestra segunda semana hacía mucho viento y venían ráfagas con arena así que nos tuvimos que quedar en la piscina. El hotel vale la pena si no te importa el hecho de que tal vez seas la única familia inglesa.
Great All Inclusive Hotel
My wife and I have just recently returned from our holiday to the Sunrise Club Paraiso Playa on the Island of Fuerteventura. This was our only holiday this year and we decided all we wanted was a quiet relaxing place to chill out with no hassles. That is exactly what we got with this hotel.
We arrived on 23rd August and our first impression of the hotel was good. The reception area is impressive with plenty seating. We got there just after 1pm and were told we could go get something to eat from the restaurant prior to checking in. This was a very nice touch as we had been travelling for around 7 hours with only the meal on the plane to keep us going.
I will review each aspect of the hotel and the holiday with both positives and negatives (there were a few, but they did not spoil our break).
First the hotel itself. This is a large hotel and very modern having only opened in 2003. The rooms are adequate if unspectacular and are certainly clean. Most appear to have a sea view which is very nice. The pool area is impressive with 3 pools (ones a childs pool) and plenty of sun loungers arranged around these. There is also a small snack bar situated right at the front of the hotel which serves food and drinks (all included) throughout the day. The beach is stunning (no black beach here) but has to be got to down some very steep and slippy steps (over 100!!). It is worth the trip down and the sea is amazing. The only negative from the hotel itself is its location. It sits on its own with nothing near by. However, there is a bus service which can take you to Costa Calma or Jandia which is cheap or you can get a taxi. We took a taxi into Jandia itself and it was only 7 euros. Cheap and reliable!!
The food was good. Nothing fantastic but it was all very good. There was always a good choice of meat and fish and plenty salads and cold items to choose from. This brings me onto the biggest negative of the holiday....the dining room. It is big, has to be, but the air conditioning is very very poor. Most days and nights it was too hot. Then there are the flies. There are lots of them buzzing around the food and tables. There seems to be no atempt by the hotel to rectify this problem. They leave doors open and have no fly deterents in place. Some of the guests did find this a little off putting. This would be my one recomendation to the owners of this hotel...sort out the fly problem in the dining area!! A couple of flies have to be expected but here there were too many.
The entertainment. This is an interesting area. I should mention at this point in my review that the hotel is mainly used by Germans. They made up around 90% of the guests. This was not a problem to myself or my wife. We also have no children so cannot comment on the kids activities but they seemed to be well run and they were always doing something. There are around 7 members of the entertainment team and the evening entertainment was in Spanish, German and English. Over the week we had bingo, a quiz, Phantom of The Opera (has to be seen to be believed!!!), Riverdance (Not meant to be a comedy, but very funny) and a comedy sketch show which was very funny. The German guests loved the entertainment and for the English speaking guests it was an unusual experience. Overall though, very good. Although I did have to Limbo dance during the bingo!! Not easy when you are over 6 feet tall and not exactly slim!!
If you are looking for a relaxing holiday then this could be the place for you. Staff are friendly, hotel is of a good standard and you are well looked after. We enjoyed our stay here. If you want a lively resort with a good nightlife....go elsewhere. The southern part of the island is mainly German so if you want the usual, go to the north.
The weather was very good while we were there but it is windy. Fuerteventura means Strong Winds and that is what you get. During the day this is a good thing as without the wind it can get unbearably hot. The south of the island is also a higher temperature than the north, by up to 9°C hotter on some days. At night it gets a little cooler but was very pleasant for sitting outside at the downstairs bar.
We would return to this hotel in the future as we liked the island very much and it provided us with the type of holiday we were after.
He vuelto del hotel Sunrise Beach Paraiso Playa con mi novia. ¡Qué fantásticas vacaciones tuvimos! El hotel está situado en un acantilado encima de la playa pero cuidado, que como dice una crítica aquí, realmente hay 103 escalones a la playa, los conté cada vez que subía y bajaba, pero ese es el único inconveniente de este hotel. El hotel tiene un 95% de alemanes y un 2% de ingleses pero no era nunca un problema, el "todo incluido" es fantástico, ¿en qué otra parte puedes echarte tu mismo la cerveza en una selección de bares esparcidos por todo el hotel? lo mismo con el vino, lo único que necesitas pedir son los cócteles!!! Y nunca hay cola, es un paraíso para alcohólicos ( no es que yo sea uno pero casi me vuelvo!) la comida te la servían y estaba siempre caliente y había para todos) Las piscinas estaban muy limpias y había cientos de tumbonas, más que suficientes para nosotros, el 2% de ingleses. Las actividades eran fantásticas también, aunque no tenemos hijos, vimos que los niños lo pasaban muy bien antes de que la diversión nocturna empezara, que de nuevo era excelente. La playa en sí era- si, hay bajar esos 103 escalones- preciosa, con agua transparente color turquesa y unos 10 Km. en ambas direcciones, había muchos nudistas por allí pero una vez que has visto uno, ya no te fijas más. Para terminar con el personal del hotel, realmente se desvivían por ayudar y sin duda volveremos en octubre este año.
Wonderful 10 days
Sunrise Club Paraiso Playa
My husband and two children went to this hotel for ten days. The weather was very windy on some days but could cope as it was in the 9o S . The buffet food was very good lots to choose from and wonderful salads. Their was also a burger bar and snack bar downstairs. (no shortage of food).
The hotel was very clean and all the staff were very helpful.
The entertainment group we had was amazing they put on shows and danced all night and they were very very good.
My kids did not even go into the kids clubs very much as they were happy to play in the pool.
The main people are German with a handful of English but it did not matter as we made good German freinds and the kids all got on great.
I would stongly advise you to try this hotel.
The cabs from the airport cost us 72 uroes and take about an hour to get to the hotel.
We have not been abroad for quite a few years so this was a wonderful experiance for all of us.
Komme gerade mit meiner Freundin vom Sunrise Beach Hotel Paraiso Playa zurück und wir haben einen klasse Urlaub gehabt. Das Hotel ist direkt auf einer Klippe über dem Strand gelegen und vorsicht, wie schon in einer anderen Kritik hier gesagt wurde, es sind wirklich 103 Stufen zum Strand hinunter. Ich kann es bestätigen, ich habe sie jedes Mal gezählt, wenn ich hoch und runterlief, aber das ist auch der einzige Nachteil vom Hotel.
Das Hotel ist zu 95% von Deutschen besucht und zu etwa 2 % von Engländern aber das war nie ein Problem. Das all inclusive Angebot ist fantastisch, wo sonst kann man sein eigenes Bier aus einer breiten Auswahl an Bars, die durch das ganze Hotel verteil sind, selbst einschütten. Das gleich gilt für den Wein, das Einzige, was man bestellen muss, sind die Cocktails!! Und es gab nie eine Schlange, es ist also ein Paradies für Alkoholiker (nicht, dass ich einer bin, könnte aber überredet werden).
Das Essen war abwechslungsreich und immer heiß, es gab für jeden etwas. Die Schwimmbäder sind sehr sauber und die hunderte von Sonnenliegen sind sogar mehr als genug für unsere 2 % von Engländern. Die Unterhaltung war auch super, obwohl wir nicht selbst Kinder haben, konnten wir sehen, dass sie sich prächtig amüsierten, bevor die nette Abendunterhaltung anfing. Der Strand, ja die 103 Stufen runter, war super mit türkisem, kristallklarem Wasser und nach einem 10-Km-Fußweg in beide Richtungen gab es viele FKK Leute, aber wenn man mal einen gesehen hat, fällt das schon gar nicht mehr auf.
Zum Schluss will ich das Hotelpersonal erwähnen. Sie haben für uns alles getan und wir werden diesen Oktober sicher wiederkommen.
Sunrise Club Paraiso Playa April 2006
Meine Familie, 2 Erwachsene und 2 Kinder (11&8) waren für 2 Wochen über Ostern hier. Das Hotel war nett aber abgelegen, die nächsten Geschäfte, Bars und Lokale waren in Jandia, einen circa 3 Meilen langen Fußweg am Strand entlang. Das Hotel hatte einen kleinen Laden, der Annehmlichkeiten verkaufte, aber zu einem hohen Preis. Das Hotel ist all inklusive, sodass Ihre Getränke und das Essen den ganzen Tag über erhältlich sind.
Als wir hier waren, waren wir die einzigen Engländer im Hotel (die meisten waren Deutsche). Zuerst dauerte es etwas, bis sich die Kinder zu Hause fühlten, aber sie gingen in den Kids Club und haben sich schnell mit den deutschen Kindern angefreundet. Wir hatten kein Problem mit den Deutschen, denn sie waren freundlich und höflich.
Das Animationsteam war fantastisch und sehr kinderlieb, das Team hat sie jeden Morgen und nachmittags abgeholt und mit ihnen abends eine mini Disco und Spiele gemacht. Sie sprachen auch auf Englisch mit unseren Kindern. Die abendliche Unterhaltung war auch sehr gut mit Shows usw. war meistens auf Englisch. Wir waren in einer fantastischen Familien Suite untergebracht, die Kinder hatten ein separates Schlafzimmer, das Bad war auch sehr geräumig. Das Essen war sehr gut und es gab eine breite Auswahl, immer etwas Neues.
Der Strand war klasse(-) aber leider war es in der zweiten Woche sehr windig und wir es war wie ein Sandstrahlgebläse, sodass wir am Pool blieben. Das Hotel ist einen Besuch wert, wenn es Ihnen nichts ausmacht, die einzige englische Familie zu sein.
Sunrise Club Paraiso Playa April 2006
My Family 2 Adults & 2 Children (11 & 8) stayed here for 2 weeks in the easter holidays.
The hotel was very nice but secluded, the nearest shops, bars, restaurants are aprox 3 mile walk along the beach at Jandia.The hotel did have a small shop which sold ammenities but at a very high price.The hotel is all-inclusive so all your food drink is available all day.
While we were here we were the only English family in the hotel(Mainly German).At first it did take a while for the kids to settle in but they went to the kids club and soon made friends with the German Children.We had no problem with the Germans at all they were infact very friendly and polite.
The entertainment team were fantastic great with the kids, the team took them in the morning, afternoon and then did a mini disco and games with them in the evening.
They also spoke english to our children.
The evening entertainment was also very good with shows ect. and most of the time it was in English.
We stayed in a family suite which was fantastic with the children being in a seperate bedroom, the bathroom was also spacious.
The food was very good with plenty of choice, there was always something different to try.
The beach was lovely, hence the steps and unfortunately our second week was very windy and we got sand blasted so had to stay around the pool.
The hotel is worth visiting if you dont mind the fact that you maybe the only English family.
Returned from Sunrise Beach Hotel Paraiso Playa with my girlfriend and what a wonderful holiday we had.
The hotel stands on a cliff right on top of the beach but beware as one report here says the really is 103 steps down to the beach i know i counted them everytime we went down and back up, but thats the only downside to this hotel.
The hotel is 95% germans and about 2% english but that was never a problem.
the all inclusive deal is fantastic, where else can you pull your own beer from a selection of bars scatterd around the hotel, same with the wine, the only thing you ever needed to ask for were cocktails!! and then never a queue, it is a alcholics paradise (not that i am but could be converted, lol).
The food was varried and always hot, and something for everyone.
The pools are very clean and 100's of sun lounges more than enough to go around even for us 2% english.
The entertainment was great too even though we don't have kids we could see they were having a great time before the late night entertainment started which again was excellent.
The beach it self was, yes down those 103 steps superb with terquoise crystal clear water and a 10km walk in either direction, there were a lot of nudists along the walk but once you have see one you really take no notice.
To finish with the staff of the hotel really could not do enough for us and we will certainly be returning in october this year.
Definitely worth a try
As an experiment, we (Mum, Dad, Grandma, Grandad and 3 year old boy), thought we would go all inclusive to the Sunrise Club Paraiso Playa in the southern end of Fuerteventura for the first 3 days of our 10 day break in April (we normally goto Caleta). We considered this to be a good spot for nipping into Jandia and along to Costa Calma. After an hour self-drive from the airport, we were welcomed enthusiastically at the hotel (something we don't normally see when being herded on and off the bus...) Although seeming to perch on the cliff tops from a distance, once inside, the hotel is very comfortable. The restaurant and entertainments area are centrally located, but noise doesn't filter out to the accomodation areas - a good sleep was had by all, every night. The rooms were lovely - all but the ground floor have sea views. Several pool areas were available, all with a sun trap here or there. Food was excellent - especially breakfast on the veranda overlooking the sea (advise jumper!). Entertainment was basic but very 'entertaining'! - the staff did their best! Beach was down the famous 103 steps, which may put some off... However, we found a small road down to the beach cafe and carpark just around the corner. Also, the steps zig zagged down the sand dune cliff and were not steep (they had many horizontal sections). This meant Grandma and Grandad weren't put off. The thin beach at the bottom of the sand dune clif was certainly spectacular, but wouldn't recommend swimming there due to rocks in the water. However, a 200m stroll along the shore past the cafe brings you to a lovely stretch with sand underfoot quite away into the water. The best thing for us has to be the childrens' entertainment... Although our 3 yr old was too young for the club, the disco in the evening (conveniently started at 19:30 - directly after our meal at 18:30), consisted of lots of shouting and dancing to begin with, then quietened down to a lulaby with Mums and Dads sitting in a big circle and child on their lap - a nice touch - this was the queue for most youngsters to go to bed - and it did the trick! Also, the kiddies play area is 'challenging'! (but safe) - Mums and Dads can sit by one of the pools, with youngsters playing and the bar just around the corner (recommend this activity for at least one afternoon!). This wouldn't be an accurate summary without a mention of Snr Pascal (hotel manager), who made it his business to come round and chat during evening meals and who was the star in Saturday night fever! This was the icing on the cake for our party... the general feeling of welcome. I haven't mentioned until now the fact that we were the only British there, with all other guests being German. The language barrier was not an issue for us, we like to 'have a go' and it seems nearly all guests were just as eager to try out their English! Agreed this situation would be slightly off putting for some, but Snr Pascal informs us the hotel will be taking on MyTravel customers starting later in the year and anyway, the other guests we met were great people. Would thoroughly recommend stopping here for a few days if you fancy holidaying 'off the beaten track' (for Brits), but go soon... It may not be the same later on in the year - although I suspect Snr Pascal will ensure it is...
Unsheltered from wind, cold pools and unrelaxed dining areas
We had enjoyed our previous stay in this area at "The Occidental Grand" and it seemed that Sunrise Club Pariaso were offering an excellent value holiday to a hotel of a similar standard.
As naturists we looked forward to long beach walks and in the first week of our holiday the tide and conditions were such that we were able to enjoy walking towards Costa Calma along a wide, spectacular sandy beach next to sweeping sand dunes. Truly beautiful until the higher tide levels and currents resulted in the sand being covered and walking becoming a rock climbing expedition.
Fuerteventura means the place of winds. This is the windiest hotel we have stayed at on the island. It was almost impossible to find a place in the sun protected from strong gusting winds. Many guests were complaining about the wind and also that the swimming pools were too cold. In the promenade beach bar we were amused to see a pigeon blown backwards along the floor!
If you don't enjoy gusting winds pick your hotel and time of visit to Fuertentura carefully. There are nearby less exposed hotels that seem better designed to provide shelter from wind and have access to less windy beaches.
The access to the beach from the hotel is by a long stairway and it is really difficult for parents with babies or toddlers or for people who are not completely fit!
We did not like the "school dinner" atmosphere of the dining room. The restaurant is closed in the evening between 7.30 p.m. and 8.00 p.m. - a very popular time for taking meals. On your first day you are allocated a table on arrival to a session that starts either at 6.00 p.m. and must finish at 7.30pm or a session that starts at 8.00 p.m. and finishes at 9.30 p.m. Instead of being able to freely dine with people you meet you seated according the whims of management.
Maybe the "inclusive" deal has become too popular. Even with this restrictions in place the low ceilings decor and concrete structure of the dining room make it a very noisy place and it is difficult to have a quite conversation! The congestion and queues at the self-service buffet do not provide a relaxed dining room atmosphere. For us the dining room facilities we totally inadequate for the total number of guests. If you arrived later to avoid queues then there was a restricted choice of food because food displays were not always replaced when exhausted.
One redeeming feature for us as non-smokers was that the dining room was a strictly a non-smoking area. Our first impressions of the hotel were not good in so far as the theatre and nearby "quiet" rooms reeked of stale tobacco smoke and smoking in the theatre was encourage by the provision of tables with ash trays. Some parents might not like their children, particularly if prone to asthma, to be exposed to tobacco fumes. To our knowledge nearby hotel theatres have a non-smoking policy for their theatres.
We certainly found the tobacco smoke plus the lack of effective ventilation or air conditioning restricted our enjoyment of the theatre facilities.
Some children in the theatre were holding their hands to the ears because of the high volume of amplified music, particularly bass notes.
The management had recognised a danger to teenagers and had closed a decorative pool next to the bar and animation office. A wire fence had been put across the drop from this floor level to the swimming pool below as youngsters had been jumping from this level.
Some toddlers are allowed to wander beyond the eyesight of their parents. A toddler could easily wander onto the mosaic floor of the unfilled pool and the parents would not appreciate the child could easily get through the gaps between the stranded wire fence.
Could it be that the lower prices are attracting a different client basis to inclusive family hotels?
In the restaurant some toddlers were obviously not used to eating with their family and regarded the restaurant at a play area. (The restaurant staff were wonderful - always friendly to the well-behaved seated children but on the look out at caring for stray toddlers)
We saw one youngster in trousers pee through them and through the seat onto the floor of the promenade bar. Nothing was done to clear up the mess although we were relieved to see that the parents put a ketchup bottle that had fallen on the ground into the urine into a waste bin!!!
A toddler without a nappy defecated in the bar area. Fortunately the mother cleared up the mess - thank goodness it didn't happen in a pool area!
The range of animation activities was restricted. There are no french boules/ petanque courts and when tide levels cover the beach this activity is not possible. Shuffleboard has been an activity popular at other hotels but there is no tiled area for this at the hotel. Aqua gym in cold water and windy conditions is not a recommended activity.
During this windy period the games room was being redecorated and the internet café was not available.
Table tennis was popular but there were only two tables and sometimes there were long waits to get a game.
If one has a siesta to escape the wind rather than the sun then it would be helpful to have a better choice of entertainment for late evenings either from the room tv sets and from late night film or video shows in the theatre.
One specific complaint we had was concerning the provision of the in room safe. This was was described on the Expedia website as being included in the room amenities but the hotel wanted to charge us 85 Euros for rental. This seems to be an outrageous oncost to ensure the safety of passports video equipment and cameras keys etc!
We were not allocated a superior sea view room on arrival and had the inconvenience of a room transfer the next day. Reception advised that as a goodwill gesture they would not be charging for the room safe