Riu Grand Palace Maspalomas Oasis
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During my very short stay here, I happened across a performance by singers and dancers dressed in traditional costumes. I especially liked the men dancers’ outfits with their two layers of breeches and knitted leg-warmers.
I joined a hop-on-hop-off bus tour to see as much as possible and to get myself to the south part of the city, where the original town ...
... the beach and found a secluded spot to stand and listen to music. The water barely touched my toes as I zoned out in a state of total bliss. I closed my eyes and took some deep meditative breaths; just as I was breathing in a huge wave came and soaked me from head to toe. I don't know how it's possible! After that one wave they returned to barely tickling the edge of my feet. It was jarring to say the least. I had to go back to the hotel to change ...
Colin and I sat on the plane in London, patiently waiting for a third person to accompany us. Secretly we'd judge each person coming through the cabin, hoping to sit next to someone we deemed 'cool.' There were a lot of young kids, exhausted looking parents, retired pensioners and a staggering number of older gay gentlemen. Almost ...
... from the beach and boardwalk so we took a few days to just enjoy the pool and sample some local rum before we ventured to the sea to check out the views of the sand dunes and lighthouse. One thing we did notice on this walk was that if there was ever a zombie outbreak they could easily go unnoticed in a resort town for quite some time. There are a number of over-sunned, over-drunk, over-heated and generally stumbling glassy eyed ...
... group of Islands ( not quite where we should have been this morning) it us now about 5pm, roughly when we would have been leaving had we managed to keep to the original schedule. Artwork from the mid ships I am including loads of this stuff especially for you Sue!!!! There are art classes on board so if there is any remote chance that we could get on another cruise or maybe you could get some holiday and join us for the 2nd half of this ...
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Very friendly hotel, right on the beach, with wonderful spacious tropical gardens. Despite being heavily outnumbered by Germans, never a shortage of sunbeds or space round the large warm pool. Food extremely good - fantastic selection on buffets and supplements for full board really cheap for a five star hotel.
First, we are not talking about the similarly named Riu Palace Maspalomas -which anyway is more in Playa del Ingles- but of the Riu Gran Palace Oasis Maspalomas. As the Gran implies it is a notch up from Riu's Palace category and has 5 star rating - although probably that's Riu's rather than any independent body-and it's in the area called Oasis down from Maspalomas centre on the sea front by the Lighthouse ( Faro).
If you like to swim laps you might have noticed the majority of hotels
OK, I write this as I have just booked a THIRD holiday in a row at this wonderful hotel (it is May 2005 now). It may not suit everyone; mainly Spanish, German and others (UK/Irish/Swiss). Rather of an older service style.....no you will like it!
Poor service reflects on the poor management of Riu Hotels
Quite simply, if a hotel chain sells their product as 5 star they should ensure that the defined quality standards are upto 5 star standard and that the management and staff are properly trained to provide a 5 star service.
It is a failure of the RIU group that the service at the Oasis is substandard. The RIU group has not properly defined a 5 star standard and have failed to train their management and staff to acheive an acceptable 5 star standard.
Simply BEWARE RIU's star ratings. The Oasis hotel is at best 3 star.
The food and service in the restaurant was terrible.
This hotel was one of the early 'tourist' hotels on the island. It has massive grounds and a low guest to space density and really is an 'oasis' of peace away from the crowds. You can virtually be guaranteed to find yourself a quiet spot away from other guests if you want to. The plus sides include plenty of space, beautiful grounds, good food, good facilities and good service. The negatives basically relate to style. The hotel is old in comparison to neighbouring ones and from some angles looks awful from the exterior. But look a bit deeper. Inside it is well presented with lovely facilities and very experienced and friendly management and staff. It is a hotel of older style and class. The hotel is neither flash nor glitzy - but quietly comfortable - more a Mercedes or Volvo than a Ferrari. It has a child's pool, main pool, hot tubs, massive gardens and direct access onto the beach. If you like tennis there are some very presentable courts in the grounds, a volley ball court, putting green, golf driving nets (and courses nearby), children's play ground, children's pavilion with full time staff to entertain them, and literally hundreds of palm trees.
I booked a week on the Riu website for October 2004 having been 6 years ago when I had a good time. I could only book bed and breakfast on the Internet, so on arrival asked about half board - Dinner. I was told I had to choose between 7.00pm or 8.30 pm. For every night. I booked for 7.00pm. I could not change even if I wanted to, and had the same table very night. In some ways the same table every night is not a bad thing. But in a 5 star hotel I would think I could change now and then.
Disgraceful, Not worthy of 2 stars let alone 5
We spent our honeymoon in the Canaries (Tenerife, Lanzarote and Gran Canaria) and Marbella in the South of Spain. Everything was fabulous EXCEPT this horrific hotel. I don't know how anyone could give it a remotely decent review. It was dingy, dirty, over-crowded, under-decorated, with a SERIOUS need for a complete renovation. Luckily, we were able to check out almost immediately upon arrival and stayed at The Hotel Grand Residencia (which is about 500m from the Riu). Now that was a luxurious oasis from heaven. If you remotely treasure luxury accommodations don't even step in the vicinity of the Riu...you will be sorely dissappointed!
I have stayed here four times - the first when it had just opened. On that occasion it was paradise; quiet, over-staffed, an oasis of peace.
The hotel grounds are simply beautiful, the food is fantastic, the pool is fine, and there is a kids club there, with a pool for the children. In the evening the entertainment is great and the staff are very pleasant