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R2 Pajara Beach Fuerteventura
Sept 26 to Oct 10 2007
If you have seen our previous report on the R2 Pajara beach you may be asking why we returned the following year when we said we would not for a few years. Well the combination of date price and availability together with good memories of the last holiday at the R2 meant we were off again.
The Airtours booking online at a stunning price that was £150 cheaper each that the travel agent convinced us that this was again the holiday for us. The E-Ticket arrived via email this was a first for us but the single sheet of A4 paper is your ticket to fly do print two just in case! Booked the travel insurance from Tesco at a low price and that was the preparation done.
Left on time from East Midlands flight o/k, meal whilst not worth the £6 was acceptable we had a tail wind so arrival at Fuerteventura was thirty minutes early this was a good start.
The transfer was trouble free we were dropped off second after the Monica Beach Hotel so no real delays. Check in was again trouble free and after a complementary cava and paying twenty-four euros for the safe off we went to the room.
Room was good up to standard with a fantastic king size bed, four power sockets and a TV but only BBC News and Eurosport in English. The pillows are still as flat as a pancake but no complaints about any thing else.
The food was typical of a Spanish hotel great meats and fish but little or no vegetables but no complaints there was always something to eat but do check the plates as sometimes they don’t get washed correctly.
Now the things that we really feel need addressing the sunbeds are dirty and most are broken in one way or another, apart from being reserved before sunrise by some strange underclass who seem not to sleep, so please hotel management collect up the broken ones and mend them and pressure wash the good ones. The piano bar as previously stated is not included in the all inclusive and is empty most of the time. Even so, money clasped firmly in hand we went into this plush and comfortable bar to have a nice café americano before bed. NO CHANCE they don’t serve coffee what a joke this bar, is they might as well make it into some more rooms and use the space constructively.
The beaches in Costa calma are great the other bars in the R2 are good and the entertainment a revelation it was truly first class.
There were a few more English guests in the hotel this time so word is catching on this is good hotel don’t let anyone tell you different. 9/10.
amazing pajara beach hotel
me 25yr and my girlfriend 19yr have just arrived back from pajara beach hotel. 4th july - 18th july. we thought the hotel in whole was well worth it, it was very clean everywhere you went, we found that the food was really nice with a large selection. even for those fussy eaters like me. staff at the hotel were 90% helpfull but some didnt speak any english which let it down a little. like u read in many reviews there are alot of germans there but they were polite just like every1 else that was there. the little beach at the hotel was good as there wernt any nudists on that 1. go 2 mins walk either side and thats were u will find them. the pool was fresh water pool so it was really cold but thats good as it was sooo hot out there. if u want to get the sunbeds u need to go down to the pool before 9 to get ur towels on the sunbeds other wise they will all have gone. i would say the temp avg around 35 degrees but sometimes alot hotter. the wind gets a little blowie sometimes but again i think u need it as it gets really to hot if it isnt there. there is a few food outlets bout 10 min walk away from hotel and down there , there is a bar with karoke on till 1am. taxi to jandia cost around 18 euros ( £14 ) thats where all the shops are, there is also a english bar there with sky spots on and big brother lol. also they sell all english beers and english food mmmm. oasis park is a must but do it on ur own so much cheaper. 1 euro each for the bus 1 way then 18.50 euros for an adult to enter park. over all tho the whole experince was amazing no complates at all so if ur going have a great time. will be adding photos very soon , if u wanna no anything else email email@example.com will also send u pictures.
Great hotel, just not many English!
Myself and husband have just returned from a week at the Pajara Beach resort. Overall we had a lovely time, the hotel is kept very clean and the rooms were cleaned every day. The weather was very good, but be warned, it is very windy, so because of that we tended to stay by the pool each day.
The food was nice and there was always a very good choice. The only downsides are that the all inclusive is only applicable until 11pm and after that drinks are average prices, and water has to be purchased from the shop, and its not permitted to refill water bottles. There is a nice indoor pool/spa, but again this was not included in the price. The majority of guests are german and a few spanish people also, so be prepared to learn german!!
Overall though, its a lovely modern resort and I'd recommend it.
Perfect quiet break in the sun
Just back from a week’s holiday at the Pajara Beach – we are a couple in our late 30s, no kids, like a good time back in the UK but looking for a relaxed, short, quiet beach holiday to unwind from our jobs and a chance to relax in the sun in late October. The Pajara Beach hotel gave us this!
SUMMARY – go here if you want a relaxed and chilled out week or two doing nothing but sunbathing and unwinding. The resort is excellent in many ways – spotlessly clean and beautifully landscaped and right on the most amazing beaches. This resort is easily comparable to a 3-4 star resort in the Caribbean for its facilities and attention to detail. Down-side is the lack of alternative entertainment outside the hotel, but this wasn’t a major problem on a 7-day break. Locally-printed British newspapers are for sale in the hotel store and BBC World or Eurosport are available in the rooms.
ARRIVAL – our flight arrived early afternoon on the Wednesday and we were the only couple being dropped off at Pajara Beach (the Monica Beach seemed more popular with the Brits). A welcome drink of Cava is given while you fill out the registration stuff, which is a great welcome.
ROOM – spacious, clean, air-conditioned with an optional safe (€12 charge at registration). Although a mini-bar is mentioned, we found this empty and was a great store for beers and juices bought at local shops (more about this later). The bed was HUGE! Previous reviews mentioned the flat pillows, but it was no prob as I simply folded over the huge 2 foot long pillow over and I was happy (and I’m normally v.fussy!)
FOOD/RESTAURANTS – a large selection of vegetable-based salads and seafoods and a large selection of meats, potato or vegetable dishes and desserts. If you don’t/can’t eat bacon you may have a problem with the veg as literally every vegetable dish seemed to involve bacon. It became a game to spot the vegetable dish without bacon! Pizza and chips were available as an alternative to the healthy stuff. The quality of meat was varied – pork dishes always seemed to be succulent and tender, while beef was tough and grissley.
Breakfast consisted of the continental bread/ham/cheese/pastry options plus eggs/bacon/sausage/beans. Beware if you like fresh fruit juice – only what the Brits would call “squash/cordial” is available. As mentioned by previous reviewers, they need to increase the staff numbers in the restaurant – we constantly had to collect cutlery and salt shakers from other tables in order to start eating and glasses were rarely available at the drinks stations.
Ham, cheese, salad and bread are available at the pool bar all day.
POOLS – a great heated pool greets you as you walk down from the main hotel. This is mainly frequented by families thoughout the day. The main hotel pool isn’t heated and this was a problem for me – and most other adults! Kids loved it though. The advantage is once you’re in it you don’t want to get out!
ALL – INCLUSIVE - to summarise the arrangements:
Breakfast – 7:30 – 10:30 am
Pool bar – 10:30 – 18:00 (includes all alcohol and snacks)
Lunch – 13:00 – 14:30 (beer and wine)
Dinner – 18:30 – 21:30 (beer and wine)
Cabaret bar – 20:00 – 23:00 (includes all alcohol)
6th floor terrace bar - 18:30 - 23:00 (includes all alcohol)
BEACHES – walk down to a secluded cove directly below the Pool Bar. The sea is warm and a beautiful shade of blue. We turned right and found great sandy beaches stretching for miles, each consisting of a cove underneath the cliffs. Watersports are key here, so this is the place for you if you like windsurfing or kitesurfing.
EXCURSIONS – at the Welcome Meeting, you’ll be told of the various excursion experiences. We booked on a “Grand Tour” of the island for the day before we left, but unfortunately, the coach driver never showed – we got out money back but never got to see anything of the island. Excursions included dolphin swimming, pirate ship day out or a sand dunes trip.
ENTERTAINMENT - Simon Cowell would not be impressed with most of what we saw and this isn't the Pajara Beach's best feature. However, it seemed to entertain the kids. The Abba tribute act appeared 3 days later under another name! But the German guests really appreciated some of the acts.
LOCAL ATTRACTIONS - turn right from the hotel and walk 10 mins down towards the EuroSpar shop. As you see the left-hand turn of the road, turn RIGHT and follow the signs to the Spar. The shop is open from 8am until 8pm and sells groceries, alcohol and magazines. Continue LEFT at the turn of the road and discover a Netto store, a German café/bar and 2 restaurants – Chinese and Spanish. On the way to either of these options you’ll find a German resort whose restaurant is open to non-residents. A very quiet town!
All-in-all, this was the best relaxing 7 days I’ve had in a long time.
Stayed at the R2 Pajara Beach from 30th May for 2 weeks and we travelled in a group of 4. Didn't arrive at the hotel til after 10pm, but reception staff were extremely friendly and they had also set some meals for us for when we arrived (salad, cold meats and cobs - very nice)
The hotel is spotlessly clean, and the rooms are spacious and cleaned every day - there was satellite tv, but only 1 english channel bbc news (but we dont go on holiday to watch tv so that was fine) The views from the rooms out on to the sea were amazing - a view that you could never tire of. The beds were firm and very comfortable, and the pillows were fine.
It was a bit strange at first that to go to the 6th floor the lift goes down, and reception is on the 3rd floor, you soon get used to it though. We were on the 2nd floor (so one floor up from reception)
There is a couple of hotel shops which you can get goodies such a jewellery and clothing from, and your daily newspaper and magazines and alcohol.
(we found the netto shop which is about a 10 minute walk away to be extremely cheap, if you wanted to bring back a bottle of something)
There are a few shops and a couple of bars and restaurants but nothing major so unless you hire a car or go on the bus to Jandia, you tend to stay in the hotel (which was fine by us because we only wanted a relaxing holiday)
The only thing we did do was once popped to Jandia on the bus to hit the shops, and another day we went to the zoo on the bus (much cheaper than doing the excursion through the travel agent and the buses over there are luxury compared to our buses!)
The air conditioning really did keep the room cool too which was a bonus as it was really hot when we were there.
The restaurant was huge, and there was always a great selection of food, so everyone would find something that they would like - spoilt for choice!
The bar was self service unless you wanted cocktails or spirits, but at lunch time the bar staff would make up huge jugs of cocktails so you could help yourselves if you wished to do so.
(Patricia makes the best Sangria ever!)
The good thing also was that the bar actually had pint and half glasses, not the small cardboard cups that you find in other hotels.
There are 3 pools, one of which was huge with a big garden centre piece that you could swim around. They were cold, but once you've been in there for a couple of minutes you dont want to get out. We always got sunbeds any time of the day - so there is no need to go down early to reserve them.
There is a snack bar that you can grab an icecream or make yourself a sandwich at - no stodgy food to be found which was a refreshing change! (However if you go in the main restaurant, there is pizza galore, and lots of other tasty meals to indulge in)
Shame that the Piano bar is not included in the all inclusive - every time we went past it, there was not a soul in there - I think they should put alternative entertainment to the main room in there - the entertainment room gets that packed, you will not get a seat if you are not in there early.
The beach is accessed through a gate at the bottom of the gardens and is literally a couple of minutes walk - the beaches in Fuerteventua are fantastic (the ones in Jandia are huge!) white sand and crystal clear waters. The beach directly next to the hotel is quite rocky, but if you walk a minute or 2 further along, there's a nice stretch of sand if you like to sunbathe on the beach.
If you are looking for an vibrant place where there is lots of nightlife, bars and shops then Costa Calma is not for you. You will probably be more suited to the North of the island.
If you want a peaceful tranquil holiday in a top notch luxury hotel then go to the Pajara Beach hotel.
We loved the place and would most definitely stay at the Pajara Beach again - We could not fault the place.
Mostly enjoyable, but.....
Stayed from 26th May-2nd June, with wife, daughter, and son and daughter-in-law and their 2yo girl. Hotel enjoyable, pool and gardens excellent, kept constantly clean by attendants. Rather windy with parasols frequently blown over, despite huge weighted-bases! Many visits to feed the chipmunks on way down to small sandy beach.
Bedrooms adequate and clean, you could pick a time for maid to do this if required, but we found most days completed by mid-morning.
Good variety of food in restaurant, but dissappointing service, we had to lay our own tables for nearly every meal, getting crockery and cutlery from wherever we could find it! Once, told off by waiter for putting two tables together for our party of 6!
As hotel mainly caters for Germans, lack of English from some reception staff a problem. When I complained that our room a/c did not appear to work overnight, with temperatures never dropping below 25C, receptionist tried to tell me that it was working, but the hotel a/c was switched off overnight. Funny that the other 2 rooms that we occupied did not have this problem! When I tried to get resolution, they claimed not to understand what I was saying. Other irritation here was that we planned to book the alc restaurant for our last evening, so went to reception in morning to book, as instructed in bedroom's hotel information booklet. Told that I should have booked the previous day, and not prepared to discuss this. Their loss, we went out and had excellent meal in nearby German restaurant - Galeria!
Myself, my husband, and 2 children of 4 years old returned on Saturday 9th June. We did have a lovely time. The childrens pool was excellent for the kids. The big adults pool was spectacular to look at but freezing cold, however it was nice when you jumped from that one in to the kids pool, it was like getting in to a batth becuase they have it heated. The hotel was really nice, there was allot of space to get lost in and parts of the hotel could be used more effectivley. As like every other review of this hotel, it was very clean, people were friendly, food very nice, and lots of Germans who were very nice. It was funny seeing all the children trying to communicate but none of them had a clue what eachother was talking about. I did find the language barrier very frustrating. Being a diabetic i really did need some staff to understand me and no body had a clue what I was talking about specially when i needed something after the restaurant had shut. I have wrote in the questionnaire at the end of the holiday that Panorama should either remove this hotel from their brochure for English tourists or at least employ staff who will understand us. It was a nice hoilday but I would never go back becuase of the communication problems.
Great Hotel but,
A bit late to write a review but here it is;
The hotel has a great setting facing the sea with lovely gardens and swimming pools.
The weather was wunderful and only on the day of departure it started to rain, so complaints there either.
Food was good but not to 4* rating. The service in the restaurant was sometimes chaotic and more staff is needed there.
The hotel is situated on the far south side of Costa Calma and personally a car is needed to visit the town centre.
There are beaches on both sides of the hotel and you will find that there are plenty of naturists around, but then we're all the same! I suggest that you visit Sotaventa Beach and even El Cotillo beaches on the NW coast.
It was all in all a relaxing hoilday wish we needed after a hectic season in our B&B in the Highlands.
Go and enjoy it !!
This was our second stay at this hotel and was once again excellent.If its a quiet relaxing holiday you want then this is for you,if you night clubs etc then this is not the place.When we arrived which was after the resturant closed they had a meal ready for us which was most welcome,we ate before registration and there was no rush or hassle.
Our room was comfortable and had a hugh bed and good bathroom.The food was very good all week with lots of choice at all meals including breakfast (excellent coffee).
The staff are friendly and polite and reception will help with any problems.
Beach just at the bottom of the steps from the hotel with chipmunks who love nuts and will tae them out off your hand.
A treat to stay here and will be returning again.
There is not too much further to add from review of RAV1234 from Edinburgh in November 2007, apart from:
(1) The meat has now been taking out of most of the veg dishes!!
(2) The inability to use our room as a lateroom because the cleaners finished at 4pm. Does that mean no-one can ever have a late room?
(3) Lack of heating in main pool
(4) Lack of sealed roof in hotel complex, where the rooms are, so if it rains, (as it did on our first night), expect a mini-flood.