More about Oasis Papagayo
Good Apartments, Terrible Weather!
My girlfriend and I stayed here in late November / early December 2005 as a last minute escape to sun... it was a pity that Tropical Cyclone Delta hit the morning we arrived!
What this meant was that of our eight days on Fuerteventura we had 2.5 days with sun, which has probably jaded my view of the island and, subsequently, the Oasis Papagayo.
Overall, the apartments are good. Yes, you do have to pay for a TV and other non essential appliances (ironing board, video games etc) but we didn't as it was a good excuse to get away from it all for a week.
The pools are big and clean (although they were closed for a couple of days after the cyclone while the sand and debris were being drained) with plenty of sunloungers for all.
We didn't eat in the complex apart from BBQ night - which was excellent. 18 euros gets you unlimited beer, soft drinks and sangria along with a huge selection of BBQ'd meats and salads. The chorizo was lovely.
The main town is a 15-20 min walk from the apartments, but it was fine for us. There are loads of restaurants and bars in the town centre - try to avoid the ones on the main road as there are far superior (and Spanish - what a surprise!) options if you go a couple of streets away.
There is a small water park on the walk along the main road into town which is okay. It is expensive (18 euros), they don't take credit or debit cards and the slides etc aren't that great.
One thing I would like to say is that we booked a buggy safari for 60 euros who never turned up or even called to cancel. Don't use them as they're the pits and they're customer service leaves a lot to be desired!
Overall, I wouldn't go back to any of the Canary Islands as I was very dissapointed. This was my second visit to them after going to Tenerife in 2002. Mainland Spain is much better in my opinion. If I had to go back though I would stay at the Oasis Papagayo again.
The Oasis Papagayo is now mainly owned by Thomson Holidays. The rooms were excellent and quite spacious. You can hear noise from room’s adjacent rooms if people are noisy but I've found this to be the case at any place I have stayed in Spain/Canaries.
There are five pools in total. Three main pools (one which is for small children) with another two in another part of the complex (again a shallow one for small children). The only down side was the water was cold.
I didn't eat at the complex except for the pizzeria, which was good but slightly more expensive than in the resort but the main restaurants were very empty although it was February. The main resort is 15mins walk away which I didn't find a problem even with a baby pushchair. It was a pleasant enough walk with pathways and lighting and found it was just what I needed after the good food in Corralejo. The kids entertainment was excellent. This was an ideal complex for both adults and children and I will be going back around this time of year.
Second stay - still a great place
We've now returned from the second stay in the Oasis Papagayo: Outstanding kids entertainment and excellent reps this time, always smiling, always available. Hotel management is great, too. Great kids disco every night.
Apartments are great. Weather was mixed, but using a car one can follow the sunshine most of the days! Beware of the storms in fuerteventura. One day the dunes of Corralejo seemed all in the air, visibility was low and even westcoast Brits will feel these winds!
Corralejo: El Sombrero, swiss restaurant, cook your own delicious meet on the table, city centre at the beach. Pre-book on weekends.
El Cottillo: Aguayre. -------- Seafront bar and restaurant at the end of the world over fantastic scenery. Great in the evening to watch the sunset. Few tourists only. Young staff, great chef and excellent cheap food.
Be careful in Fuerteventura, there are some catastrophic food places around, too. Restaurants are still somewhat basic and have not quite caught up with the international flair of other Spanish islands, but this also makes the island special and different.
Food terrible-Resort nice
Just back from Oasis Papagayo (18 Nov 2005). If you are planning to go on a half board/All inclusive then do not!! The food in the "school canteen" (the restaurant) is terrible. It's fine if you are one of the "Egg and Chips brigade" that like to read The Sun and have a "Full English" everyday. There are virtually no Vegetarian options other than salad, every possible veggie option has some sort of meat included. The food was always luke warm and even had a microwave at the end of the serving area. Unbelievable!!!!
The resort is ideal for couples that want peace and quiet or young families and is actually quite nice, the swimming pools are nice and the sun loungers are plentiful even if some are broken.
The resort is a total con tho, you have to pay for so many extras that are not mentioned in the brochure as follows: The TV, hire of a kettle, cushions for sun loungers, hairdryer and even the safe!!! The resort is mentioned as a 4T (4 star) but is more like 2 1/2!! I have never been to a 4 star where you had to hire a kettle!!
The bedding is changed once a week, the towels are changed 3 times a week (not everyday as you would expect in 4 star) and you need your own beach towels as there are none provided.
The town is less than 15 minutes walk and is nice, and luckily there are planty of nice restaurants particulary La Tratoria. The best beaches are those situated near the Riu Oliva Beach Hotel and only about 5 euros in a taxi.
If you do go then go on a self catering basis, there are lots of Supermarkets in the town (only 1 on site).
The pools are nice, particularly for children and the resort is nice and clean, the apartments are roomy and large for two people. The resort is totally let down by the setting of the Restaurant and the lack of edible food.
Stayed here at the beginning of February when our holiday was slightly spoilt by some poor weather. Overall we were pleased with the accommodation.Contrary to what others have said we had a toaster, kettle and microwave free of charge.
Good points: the pizzeria and ice cream/coffee shop on site are nice and reasonable value. The pools have lots of sunbeds which have all just been replaced and it never felt crowded. The staff are friendly enough and the Thomsons reps were pretty good. Bowling alley good value between 6 and 8 and the pub in the complex shows the English/British sports.
Bad: None particularly. Cleaning average (and a nice t-shirt of mine mysteriously went missing but may have got tangled up in bedclothes). The cost of TV and safe for the apartments were a rip off so we did not bother with either (you get 5 minutes of free TV each day before it goes off!). When we arrived at night it was difficult to find our apartments as the complex is big and not easy to negotiate!
The resort: We tended to get a taxi to where we wanted to eat (the AA guide to Lanzarote and Fuerteventura was excellent for this type of stuff)then walk back. We found places like Rosy O'Grady's pretty good for veggies and Chablis wine bar good for breakfast/snacks. There is a really good coffee shop in the resort called something like 'Secrets'right opposite the Rock cafe. It's about a twenty/twenty five minute walk to the centre of the resort.
If you want to hire a car to get to more interesting places like El Cotillo then we found the hire car firm which operated from the Oasis Papagayo to be pretty good and fairly reasonably priced.
Would recommend (especially if you don't mind the walk into town or paying for dirt cheap taxis) and would consider going back when the weather is less unpredictable!
The complex is new and as such was in excellent condition. Staff were helpful. The complex is large, which I thought would result in the overcrowded pool with the 8am towel run scenario. This didn't happen! The lifeguard was vigilant and was a hit with all the kids using the pool. Maids did "just enough" cleaning wise which was why I have not gone for excellent, an example being the balcony was not swept throughout our stay, picky I know and if thats all I can complain about I'm sure you would agree, I've not done bad! I would have got a brush, but reminded myself I was on holiday!!! The restraunt, in the complex, was pushing for business with leaflet drops but didn't use it due to the vast choice in town. Two OUTSTANDING restraunt we visited on three occasions was La Taberna which is situated behind the commercial complex near to the taxi rank by the old square. The food is fantastic and ran by a husband and wife team Juan & Anna who really look after you. The Sangria is to die for! Two litres and you probably will! The second restraunt was Blue Jeans situated near to the shell garage at the bottom end of town. The Argentine steak is FABULOUS and plentiful.
Excellent Pools for Kids
The hotel is very well set up for families, the 5 swimming pools are large with plenty of sun loungers free all day long, there are 2 shallow 'splash' pools which are perfect for small children (our eldest child - 4yrs) had a fantastic time in these pools at most they were thigh deep on him, which meant all we had to do was watch, these are by far the best children's pools we have ever come across. The rooms were in excellent condition and had a microwave, kettle and toaster as standard. Whilst other reviews complain that the onsite supermarket was expensive, we found little price differences for essentials compared to the supermarkets in town (water only 20cents dearer). The hotel was a little too far out of town, although they are building close by, so this probably won't be an issue by next summer. There was a pizzeria on-site which was very reasonable and the food was tasty. There is children's entertainment each evening, as well as 2 play parks and a kids club during the day. Also highly recommended is the Shiko Show, very funny, made me cry with laughter. Can't recommend the hotel enough, just hope the town keeps getting closer as this was the only let-down.
We had a weeks hol on the 28th nov 2005, the apartments were lovely really clean and spacious maid service 6 days a week, can't comment on the food as we were self catering but the food we had round the pool was nice. If you dont enjoy walking these apartments may not suit you as they are quite a distance from the town 15-20 min walk the entertainment was good for the kids throughout the day and night lucy and rolie polie smolie were brill!! ps yes they are a couple! overall we had a brill holiday and would recommend going here!
Wheelchair users book without hestitation!
Stayed here in March 05, as a family with a 7 year old child,my partner who uses a wheelchair as he is unable to walk(even a tiny bit!!!)..as the air stewardess begs!
Stayed in a disabled apartment, space was good ,bed at good height bathroom large,although help my be required in the shower as it has one of those wall mounted shower seats that tilt at a angle making easy to slip off the seat.
The complex was flat with good access including the pool which had a sloped enterance.
Travelled with Portland direct who kindly agreed to pay our taxi one way as we were unable to use the coach transfer,going again in 7 weeks time but this time will hire a car from the airport.(the fuel is unbelievably cheap).
It was a great holiday with very little hassle which is usual and we have sort of got used to.....it amazes me that booking a holiday if you cant walk can be such a nightmare...no cheap deals..weeks of research... a disabled person AND a child too..that sends peoples minds into overdrive and god forbid we should want to take our dog too!!!
Had never been to the island before and booked this as a late deal. The complex is large so if you prefer small and friendly then this is not for you. However, we went out of season and it was very quiet. The apartment was spacious and clean. We had cleaning three times during the one week we had there. Only complaint was that the rooms were very cold at night, so take some thick pyjamas. The apartments are set in gardens. There are two pools and the best apartments overlook the second smaller pool. Lots of sunbeds and umbrellas round the pool. There was entertainment every night in the bar and the children's entertainer appeared to keep the children busy during the day. The resort itself is about a twenty minute walk (5 euros by taxi each way. Small but lively resort, however if you are looking for somthing traditional, try somewhere else. We couldn't find a traditional spanish restaurant, although the food was generally OK in those restaurants we did eat in. We did spend most of our time by the harbour. A pleasent week, a pleasent hotel and resort.