Coco Sol appartments in Nuevo...
Coco Sol appartments in Nuevo Horizonte is where we stayed.It is a small friendly resort with limited facilities. 15 mins walk from a beach in Caleta De Fuste across a baron dirt track of crushed volcanic rock.(this is where the good walking shoes come in!)or 2 min drive in a car is what we opted for. Each accomodation is a semi detatched bungalow with its own private patio and garden. It has a large pool going to the depths of 200cm and a shallow childrens pool.
It has a supermarket, restaurant and a poolside bar for snacks and drinks and an indoor bar/small nightclub.
we have now stayed at the Barcelo Fuerteventura 5 times its been so good, staff are great and the animation crew are fantastic. we will be back soon
Potentially great, really average.
Just returned from a family (2+2) 1 week holiday at the Barcelo Fuerteventura.
Having stayed at the Atlantis Palace in Correlejo 2 years ago we were looking forward to staying at another 4 star hotel in a different resort. Unfortunately, the Barcelo Fuerteventura is blessed with a 4 star rating which is undeserved, in my view, compared to its peers.
The accomodation at BF was definitely 4 star. The rooms were very spacious, clean and well serviced. The children loved their own and room and especially the oversized beds. I would recommend to families with small children , to request rooms that are well away from the reception/ bar area, as we were, in order to avoid the loud evening entertainments. ( Not everyone wants to or needs to be entertained!).
The pool area of the hotel was clean, well maintained and BIG!.Unfortunately the pools, which one had been advertised as heated, were icy cold and we did not see one child swim in the water or even stay in the water for more than five minutes. I presume that the hotel finally had too many complaints and put the heating on two days before the end of our holidays. This is not fair to children who depend on a nice pool to enjoy their holidays. It is certainly not what i would expect from a 4 star!
The childrens play areas were well maintained, safe and fun. Their location, adjacent to the kiddies pool, is perfect for parents who want to keep one eye on the kids and one body in the sun. One note. Towels are laid on beds by the pool quite early and I am glad to report that those 'early towels' did not originate from Berlin or Bremen but from dear old Barnsley.
The staff were nearly all friendly and nearly all accomodating and most importantly, invisible when necessary.
The buffet food on offer to half boarders was typical package tour fare. No more, no less. Not 4 star. The poolside restaurant served abysmal food at lunch time. A very nice alternative for lunch would be the Italian trattoria in the shopping plaza next to the hotel, which offers real pizzas and real pasta dishes.
The room service in the hotel is quite strange. You have to start a seperate tab which they will not inform you about when you are checking in. Also you can not order drinks to your room (eg. coffee or warm milk for children) without ordering food. This is a cheap airline trick. It is not 4 star.
The resort is quaint and small. Probably what Correlejo was like 15 years ago, so don't expect any mad night life. The beach is man made, which is extraordinary for an island with an abundance of beautiful natural beaches.
One recommendation. Travel to Cortillo on the North West coast and have lunch at the fishermans rock restaurant. Superb food, superb views.
We all enjoyed our week in the sun and will probably return to Fuerteventura in the next few years. Probably to Correlejo.
Round up on hotel. Nice looks, shame about the rest. Good package holiday 3 star but definitely not a 4 star, in my view.
The Chinease restaurant 'Show...
The Chinease restaurant 'Show boat II'in Caleta de Fuste was superb we had a banquet for three and it only cost 9.95 euros each,roughly £6. In China town in Manchester the same meal would have come to at least £100 in total.
Best 4 star hotel we have stayed in!!!!!!!
We have just returned from this hotel. We could not fault the hotel in any way. The rooms are spacious and clean, the food was excellent, service in the hotel was 1st class and the pool area fantastic. What more can we say. We are booking again for next year and would recommend this hotel to anyone. We have been to many all inclusive hotels but this one was certainly the best!!!!
Excellent Hotel / Holiday - will go again next year!!
My husband and I stayed at the Barcelo (pronounced barsello) mid-October and it was an excellent holiday and I heartily recommend it. I shall try and give you as much info as I can, so that hopefully, you too, will enjoy your holiday.
We booked our holiday through First Choice and flew from Birmingham Airport (UK). The booking in was speedy and so we went off to have breakfast in the Departure Lounge. We flew at 10.05am and arrived at Fuerteventura about 4 hours later. This varies, depending upon the wind direction. The flight was smooth and we enjoyed our lunchtime meal. As we came down to land, we actually flew over the hotel and had a great birds-eye view of where we would be staying and it certainly looked promising. I'd chosen the Barcelo based on the other reviews on Trip Advisor.
We were met at the airport in Fuerteventura by the First Choice Rep and made our way to the hotel via coach, which took about 10 - 15 mins - so at least after your flight, you've not got a long journey before getting to the hotel.
On entering the hotel, you walk into a very spacious reception / seating area. Off to the left is the area where you can find you reps a couple of times a day, so that you can book your excursions etc. There was a rep meeting scheduled for the next morning, but we didn't end up going as my husband had a migraine. On the First Choice board in the rep area, are details of when your rep is around and what time you need to be ready for picking up for your return journey to the airport etc, so by not going to the "Welcome" meeting, we didn't actually miss anything "vitally" important that we couldn't found out for ourselves.
The checking-in to the hotel was a bit laborious and after we'd handed in my passport, because I filled out the checking-in form, we had to sit on the comfy chairs in reception and wait for the passport info to be processed - this took about 15 mins. It would have been nice to have had a complementary drink at this point, as we were thirsty and were dying to get to our room and start our holiday!! Anyway, the receptionist eventually called us over and explained about hiring a safe, (2 euros a day), hiring large towels for the pool area (there is a 10 euro deposit, which you get back and you can keep the towel for the length of your stay) and gave us our room card - no key, but a credit sized card that you put into a slot on the door of your room, when the light goes green, bingo (!), your in!!
Well, the room was lovely - bathroom with bath and overhead shower, which had a good water force and a toilet (no bidet). The hand basin was in a dressing type area, which had plenty of surfaces for putting your toiletries etc and there were 2 large mirrors. There is also a hair-dryer attached to the wall and there's complementary shower gel, shampoo, needle and thread kit, shower cap and comb!! The room consisted of 2 double beds, side by side, with separate duvets, dressing table with t.v., 2 casual chairs / table, bed-side cupboards, large wardrobe (with about 12 hangers supplied) and sliding door to balcony. There is also air conditioning, but (after you've turned it on) you have to make sure that the balcony door is shut, before it will come on, as when you open the balcony door, it automatically switches off. The t.v. satellite dish is tuned into the European dish, so there were very little English channels e.g. Eurosport, CNN, BBC News Channel. No kids channels. There's also a small fridge (or mini bar as they called it), which can be stocked with your favourite alcoholic drinks etc (which you had to pay for, of course!!. However, we just brought fruit juice and milk from the local shop so that we could have a cup of tea/coffee whenever we wanted - we took a travel kettle! The walls of the room are maybe a bit thin, as we could hear the couple next door having a bit of a row one day, which although amusing, made you realise you had to keep your own voices down a bit!!! Also, of course, you can hear children or babies cying - not too much, but you could hear them. Also, you could hear children and ladies with high-heels walking in the corridoor, as the floors are all tiled, including the room.
The Dining room is just excellent, although it does get busy, so my advice is to get down to breakfast, lunch and dinner on time! On the first night we had to present a card that we were given on booking-in, which the waitress ticks off each day you have an evening meal. The food was spectacular - for breakfast there was bacon (thickish sliced), scrambled eggs, b.beans, tomatoes, sausages, hash browns, piped potatoes, cereals, youghurt, fresh fruit, hams, cheeses, crossaints, bread rolls pastries, sliced bread and bread you slice yourself. You have to cook your own toast. Fruit juices. There's also a grill area at the top where the cook fries fried eggs for you. There's also pancakes and crispy bacon in this area. Can't comment on luchtime as we were half board, but I expect it was just as excellent as breakfast and dinner - which consisted of meat dishes e.g. chicken, beef, pork, lamb chops (a bit on the thin and grissly side - not like English / New Zealand lamb at all!!) etc in a sauce, rice, fish dishes, various vegetables, salad stuff, cold meats, various potatoes (even mashed, one night), chips, bread / rolls, 3 soups + croutons. The grill area has meat cooked to order, plus there's lasagne, spaghetti bolognese and roasted meat as in a carvary. The desserts were fantastic - ice creams, biscuits, rice pudding, cheese and biscuits (not cheddar though), flambe bananas / peaches / pears, fruit flans, sponge with fruit etc. Can't really explain these desserts as there was no description - suffice to say, we tried a bit of 2 or 3 different puddings. You got a bill for whatever drinks you ordered and you paid on the way out. We did ask for Sangria, but they didn't do it, probably wanted you to buy wine. We could have soft drinks and also lager etc.
The pool area is great and although you're not supposed to put your towels on as a reserve of loungers, people did. There's also a bar by the pools, where you can eat snacks at lunchtime etc and order tea, coffee and alcohol (incl. cocktails) and ice cream. The cocktails were cheaper at the hotel than outside the complex. There's a kids club for the very young and slightly older children. Ther's also a jaccuzi and saunas. You can also have beauty treatments etc, but you have to pay for those. We only went to one evening of the entertainment provided, but it was very good, with an ABBA tribute band, who really did sound like the real thing. The entertainment area consists of the stage and lots of seating with tables. There's also a bar.
The beach is literally just across a small path, from the hotel perimeter. The beach / bay is horse-shoe shaped and you have to pay for the sun loungers. The sand is a bit coarse and gets stonier further round the bay and there are big stones in the water around this area too, but on the main bit it's okay.
The local bars were nice and there were the usual English owned bars / restaurants, which had t.v.'s of various sizes, including large screens so that you could watch the Premiership matches!! There area also local supermarkets (although not like Tesco's etc!!), where you can buy all the usual stuff, including magazines. Sangria is cheap too and we brought a bottle for our room to drink of an evening. Cigarettes are, of course, extremely cheap and we made a few pounds taking some home with us for friends!!
The chambermaids were very nice and pleasant, as were the other staff. I note that some people have commented that they had problems with some of the Barcelo's staff, but we found them to be fine; pleasant and helpful. I even tried some of my "holiday" Spanish out on them and didn't do too bad either!!
We took an excursion to the Oasis Park, which has a zoo etc. We were a bit surprised as we thought it was just a zoo that you could walk around at your leisure, but it's quite small and it was more an organised trip. That said, we had a great day and got to stroke a snake and have our pics taken with an Amazon parrot. Plus we went on a camel ride, saw a reptile show and bird of prey show. You were also taken to a restaurant for lunch, which you paid for. Our tour guides were Mike and Joan (English) and they were great, with a good sense of humour and helped make the day good fun.
October was good re the weather, which was in the upper 70's and maybe even a day or to in the low 80's. One day also felt quite humid. It was windy, but that was warm and a god-send on the hot days.
If I have any criticism it's that I'd have liked the t.v. to have had more English speaking programmes, after all, there were quite of lot of English and English speaking guests. We did hear other nationalities, but I'd say that there were more English people than any other nationality. It might be a good idea for the hotel to start a "book swap" for all those airport bought novels that get read. I took 4 books and ended up having to read my husband's spy novels!
It was a very restful holiday and I'm looking forward to going back next year and definitely recommend it. The Barcelo Beach Club was next door and we did have a wander through it, just to see what it was like, but were glad we'd picked the Barcelo Hotel as it's far nicer and of an excellent standard - 4 and a half stars in my book!
This hotel is great, the rooms are big, airy and very clean and comfortable. The staff are friendly on the whole and the pool area is the best we've seen.
The entertainment was good although it started a bit late for the little ones. The food was always hot and there was alot of choice, even for fussy eaters.
Good views as situated right on the beach, although the beach was a disappointment, looked lovely but as soon as you got down to the sea it was so rocky you needed shoes on to get in, clean though.
Just enough shops and restaurants about and a crazy golf in the hotel grounds although this was a bit pricey.
We went in peak season and had to get up at 7am to put towels on sunbeds if you wanted one in the shade, there were notices not to, but everybody did. There were always enough sunbeds to go around if you didn't mind sitting in the sun.
Overall I would definitely recommend this hotel and will be going back in the not too distant future.
Much better that the pictures and reviews in the holiday brochure, all the staff are friendly and worked extremely hard. The pools are big and clean; the room was the perfect size food was very good as well. There was entertainment every night and basically you did not have to leave the hotel. I originally booked half board but you can upgrade to all inclusive once you get there (approx £12.00 per day for adult and under 2yrs have a free upgrade with the adult). This was well worth it and I would recommend the Lasagne in the outside restaurant!. I would definitely go back to this hotel and would recommend booking it direct through the hotel www.barcelo.com and getting your own flights as this can save you around £300.00– this is great family hotel with a bit of class - see you next year!!
We have just returned from a two week stay at the Barcelo in Fuerteventura. We arrived as a family group of twelve, aged five up to eighty one. We all had lovely spacious rooms with pool views. The hotel does accomodate wheelchair users although the ramps are quite steep in places!
We were half board, which we found was adequate, the food was buffet style and there was plenty for every one, different choices for breakfast, cereals, fruit, bacon, omlettes,pancakes. The evening meal also was varied each evening, with a good selection to suit all.
The hotel was very clean and well maintained both inside and outside the building and grounds.
The day time entertainment was fun if you were prepared to join in, as we did, and we made plenty of friends as a result...so hello to everyone we met, from the "family", as we became known.
I understand that "animacion" staff were quite new to the hotel, Jasmin was really nice, along with Alex, Maria was very quiet and Cisco was very dominant.
We tried every activity at the hotel, from mini golf to water polo and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
The evening entertainment was a bit hit and miss, maybe because we went "out of season".
We did have some professional acts but the majority of the time it was audience participation, which gets on your nerves after a while.
The actual resort outside the hotel is very quite, with very little to do on days when the weather is not so good. There is quite a lot of building going on around the beach front, which doesnt interfere with the hotel views.
All in all we had a really good time and made the most of the facilities within the hotel complex. Our daughters enjoyed it so much that they didnt want to come home. We would definately recommend it as a relaxing break away from all the hustle and bussle.
My wife and I have just returned from the Barcello staying from 2nd - 9th March. We could not fault the hotel at all. The accommodation was very good, the hotel clean and the food superb with so many choices at breakfast and dinner.
We found the staff to be extremely friendly and helpful. We will certainly consider going back.