More about Sunrise Costa Calma Beach Resort
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HOTEL AND GROUNDS
First of all the name, on our first visit a couple of years ago this hotel was known as the Costa Calma Beach Hotel, when we booked this year in the Thomas Cook brochure it was called The Hotel Costa Calma on arrival it now appears to be known as The Sunrise Costa Calma Beach Resort. The main reason for the change of name is the fact that the adjacent hotel The Nautilus Beach now forms part of the same complex. The hotel and grounds are spotless and well maintained, I don’t know if it was the time of year or just the growth since our last visit but the vegetation was very lush and gave a Caribbean feel to the place.
There were just two couples on the transfer bus to check in, our rooms were ready so within an hour of arrival we were in the pool, which was a relief as it was exceptionally hot.
The room was exactly as we expected having stayed previously including the almost useless air conditioning, which does work to some extent, but nowhere near as good as it should. Other than that no problems.
The hotel was a lot busier than our last visit (we usually travel later in the year) There were more younger people there and a fair number of children mainly the under 5s. As expected the guests were 80% German 10% Brits and 10% Spanish and Italians.
There are 3 pools not counting the baby pools and loads of sun beds, you can usually manage to find a sun bed but if you want one in a prime position or with a parasol you will need to reserve it early particularly if you are in a larger group. Reserving is not supposed to be allowed but it does go on and in this instance we can certainly blame our Teutonic friends. I would not expect problems at quieter times.
The food was very good and there is always something available during the day at the two snack bars. The only disappointment was the continental breakfast at the beach bar for late risers; we like to take our breakfast alfresco but only visited once due to the limited selection available there. At the main buffet you grab any table you can find for breakfast and lunch but for dinner you are allocated a table for your entire stay (couples may have to share when the hotel is full. also there are two sittings for the evening meal 6.30 and 8.30.
There area two bars in the main hotel and one in the Nautilus plus the two snack bars the staff cope well and we did not have to wait too long for drinks also depending what you are drinking there are serve yourself beer pumps, soft drinks and coffee machines in the snack bars and restaurant. Also it was pleasnt to see the beach bar open at night with entertainment some nights I had commented after my last visit that this bar would be an ideal relaxing night venue (perhaps its a seasonal thing)
If you are wanting a relaxing holiday in a decent hotel with access to some fantastic beaches plus the all-inclusive features (You don’t need to spend a penny here) then this is certainly one for your list. However if it’s Brits aboard holiday in a lively resort then it’s not for you. There are some photos of my previous stay at this hotel on my website which I hope to update shortly: ----------------
Great Hotel Great Value For Money
My wife and daughter (age 9) had a great holiday in the Costa Calma Beach Hotel. For 2 weeks at the start of July there was unbroken sunshine every day.
The hotel was spotless and the staff very attentive. Although mostly German guests this was not a problem at all. The room was first class, the common areas were all clean and comfortable. The all inclusive deal was excellent value and the standard of food and drink unbelievable.
The dinning room was no smoking, roomy and air conditioned. The tables were well spaced out.
The pools were clean, safe and my daughter spend almost all day in the main pool. The snack bar was great asnd the snacks varied and tasteful.
My daughter is a choosey eater but the variety was so large she had no problems at all.
We hired a car at the airport for 2 weeks 210 Euros a wise m ove as the taxi was 120 Euros there and back. So we had a car for 2 weeks for 100 Euros.
The beach was not all that great at the hotel buit drive 10 minutes towards Jania and ....well stunning is not the word.
A 45 minute drive to the north is equally breath taking.......a national park like a desert and swimming in waters teaming with fish (take some bread to feed them). The hotel provided packed lunches for our days out.
The entertainment was so so. The theatre area was a smoking area so we didnt enter it. The snack bar was good for entertainment as you could sit outside under the stars.
This was our 5 year in a row top Fuerteventura, the first to the Costa Calma Beach. We will go back to this hotel or go to another of the 'Sunrise Hotels' in Costa Calma or in other resorts on the island.
Ian, Nancy and Fiona (we would be happy to tell you more if you e-mail us).....happy holidays!!!!!
Great, relaxing hotel!
Just returned from the Costa Calma beach Hotel with my boyfriend (18,20) and can honestly say we had a wonderfull time. Yes the hotel is very largely German populated, however all the staff speak English as well so communication was never a problem. The hotel is spotless and well maintained with all of its facilities of a high standard. The food was good, always something to eat even if you are fussy. We were all inclusive so eating and drinking was no problem, however those of you who are self catering have a limited selection of bars and restaurants, however will not go hungry or struggle to find somewhere, our rep was happy to highlight all the restaurants on a map for another couple in our welcome group on a map. The plus side of being self catering is that you will be treated as an allinclusive guest for the entire day apart from dinner. A couple we met up with didn't pay for a drink throughout their entire stay. Overall a lovely clean, and friendly hotel. However very quiet, if its a lively holiday you are after then its deffiantly not for you, but even as a young couple we enjoyed the relaxation of the week and gorgeous weather! (Very windy!)
My husband, daughter aged (8) and I have just returned from a 2 week holiday in the Costa Calma beach hotel. All I can say is that we had a great time.
I had read some of the reviews before hand and some had said how boring it was and that the hotel was full of Germans, well the hotel was quiet and there were more German families than British but it didnt make any difference to our holiday, we found that all the guests were friendly, and the childrens club was excellent with no language barrier at all.
The rooms were very tidy with maids making every effort by sculpting towels into swans and leaving sweets for the children.
The entrance to the hotel was especially impressive with a large spacious reception and friendly, helpfull staff.
The quality and variety of food was better the first week than the second, but there was always plety to choose from for even the fussiest eater!!
I would not recomend anyone go to this accomadation on a self catering basis as there are no restaraunts close by, the all inclusive option is definatley the best.
All in all a really beautiful hotel with plenty of sunloungers, fabulous beach on your doorstep what more do you want!!!
Fantastic relaxing holiday
I've just read some of the reviews of the Costa Calma Beach Hotel most of which put the place down! Just to redress the balance ..... we went in October 2003 and it was my first "beach" holiday abroad - I was apprehensive and didn't know what to expect (except that we had read that the resort was German) - as far as I was concerned the hotel was fantastic - being a German resort it was very, very clean of course, but it was also friendly and relaxed - the food was fantastic and we never had any problems with it running out - we weren't all inclusive but a lot of the time they wouldn't take our money or vouchers at the bar and they treated us like all inclusive guests - also the only meal we had to pay for was dinner - it was ideal for the sort of holiday I needed which was just relaxing and doing nothing but sunbathing and snorkelling - ok if you want nightlife and action then don't go as its not that sort of place & you will be very disapointed - we found one lovely outside restaurant near the hotel for our evening meals and half way through the week we discovered a beach bar within walking distance of the hotel which we used in the evenings for chilling out - the room in the hotel had excellent views, was always clean and always air conditioned - we went on the bus to Jandia which is the most beautiful beach (beware of naked Germans) also there is an English bar there so if you are suffering from too much German give it a visit! I've since been on holiday to a "British" resort in Lanzarote and it wasn't a patch on Costa Calma !!
Hotel Was Great
just got back from this hotel and boy are we missing it already!!!The hotel is fantastic, clean friendly everthing you could wish for really. Hotel staff very friendly but can only talk a small amount of english some can´t even talk english at all but that was ok. HUNDREDS of Germans on this trip i would say only about 5% of people here ere english maybe not even that!There was no problem getting sun beds at all plenty to go around. The entertainment was quite poor and mainly german orientated and only on a 1 week rota so if you are there for two weeks like us then you have seen everthing already so its quite boring really. The hotel is quiet during the day and by night but the bar with the main entertainment was extremely busy and you had to wait ages to get served!!Food was good plenty of selection but maybe not so much for the children as most things are quite exotic.The whole surrounding area of costa calma was extremely quiet and there is not alot to do here so DONT come here if your looking for a holiday of activities and shops as there arent many around at all. The beach was a bit dissapointing really as in our holiday brochure it says stretches of gold sandy beaches but to get to the beautiful part of the beach you have to walk for about 15-20 mins.There is a small games room and computers for which you have to have change for and somtimes reception refused to give change which was silly really!The dining room is smoking and many of the German smoked so this was a little off putting, beware of the dining room floor very very slippy is like being on an ice rink. Air conditiong i have to say is the worst we have ever had not cold really at all, the air conditioning in the car works better! There is not a lot more i can say about this brilliant hotel!!! I hope you find this information helpful!!!
The name says it all
Overall it was a very good vacation week.
Costa Calma is a really calm place but have nice weather (less wind) for beach. Do rent a car - fair prices at airport - and travel around the island. Don't miss a trip (with your own wheels) to see Lanzarote's natural attractions but for your sake DON'T go there for beach.
Many naturists are there so don't be surprised if a 50 year old couple sits naked next to you at beach.
If you are a diver you can do nice ones, though they have few sites. Personally I prefer Azores, Madeira or Cape Verde as Atlantic dive places.
It's a nice hotel but focused on the middle aged german couple, which comprehends about 80% of resort's population.
Everything, since schedules to habits is directed for this profile of person.
Great pools but not salt water as I saw at some site.
Very enjoyable food, with many options at the buffet. No chance of dining a la carte.
Employees are friendly until you ask them anything out of the routine. I had to daily ask for hot water at any of the bars (they wouldn't take it to the room) so I could make milk for my one year old son and each time they make me feel as I ripped one rib from them. Like I'm-so-busy-and-you-ask-me-this-not-bar-related-burden-to-perform.
At last day I ask for a room to my family to take a bath, since we left the room at noon and transfer was at 6:00PM. They scheduled us in a shared room. All ok until we entered the room and see traces of last user: all towels used and in floor, full garbage bin and tub with hairs. As we asked for someone to clean the room the candid receptionist says: 'but the room is only for you to bath'. We were lucky they didn't send us to pool's shower...
Let me also refer that always they speak to you in German before other language.
To exchange beach towels for clean ones - important if you have a child - may also reveals a daily greek tragedy, since they work in such a scheme that if you must be lucky in order to be one to exchange towel with the few ones that arrives daily from cleaning company which is only possible after 11:00AM - not before. So if yo are planning to leave early every day or arrive after noon just foget clean towels.
As they say there: 'Fuerte fuerte !'
Wouldn't suggest All Inclusive if you want romance!!
We booked this hotel as a last minute deal and because we didn't spend ages looking at it we did not really know what to expect so we probably had higher expectations that we should have had.
Anyway, our flight leaving from Gatwick was delayed so by the time we got to the hotel it was about 10:30 pm. Reception asked us to sit down and wait while they booked us in, which we did, they then gave us our "all inclusive wrist bands" and then our key and directions to our room.
All this took about 30 mins, which by the end, surprise surprise, the All Inclusive free drinks were finished! We had to purchase a book of vouchers priced at 5 or 10 Euros each.
We complained to reception as they didn't tell us this when we were hot and bothered and checking in so late! They couldn't help us and insisted on selling us vouchers so we snuck into the restaurant to each get a glass of water.
The room itself was okay, clean and spacious. However, we were on a corner of the ground floor corridor and you could hear kids and high heels clicking all evening and from 7 in the morning. If you are a light sleeper get somewhere calmer!!!
Bars, breakfast and lunch were all fine (did not dine in main restaurant at lunch mind) but dinner was a laugh! First there is two sittings and you cannot chose which one you want and second you can't even sit on your own unless you eat at 2130!
Perhaps it's me being funny, but you get an allocated table for your stay which is fine. However, they sit you on someone elses table so you are basically two couples sharing a table! If you don't get on with them (or even speak the same language) then you're stuffed!
We went as a couple wanting a romantic holiday which is why we chose Costa Calma as a quiet resort... so, we told the waiter that we wanted to sit on our own (honestly, the couple on our table looked like misery and as I said, we wanted something more romantic) so were told that we should come in to eat each evening at around 9:30.
In the end we ended up eating out most nights as the food in the hotel was more international than local which was a shame. It was nice and pleasant but to wait until 9:30 to eat something like at home was too much!
A special note to say that the snacks provided in the bars were really nice and there was always plenty available.
The place was packed with Germans who were really nice and polite but we did not find that staff spoke particularly good English although there was always someone in each bar that did.
The resort is nice and the hotel pools and beach lovely. Plenty of sun loungers available and we never had a problem. Weather was beautiful although a little chilly in the evenings.
A walk along the coast takes you to a beautiful beach where the world kite surfing and wind surfing championships were being held. It is worth the hike as the scenary is stunning but take some Euros with you to get a taxi back!
Wind was not a bother at all except on the main beach where the championships were being held.
most boring holiday ever..................
we went to this hotel with three kids and another couple with two kids.apart from the hotel been v. nice, and the food and swimming pools been top draw, there is absolutely nothing else,apart from a spanish, dark, dingy restaurant,a chemist and a poor souvenir shop which is about 10 mins walk up a hill like everest, there is nothing else there ,unless you take a twenty minute taxi ride to nearest town called "jandia" which our friends had to do because they weren't all inclusive @ a cost of about £15 per journey (that is each way!).there really is nothing at all to do.unless you like sitting on anant infestsd beach. steer clear.totally 99.9%german
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He estado varias veces en estas maravillosas islas y volvere en cuanto pueda. El archipielago está formado por 7 isla de origen volcánico y todas muy diferentes entre ellas.
Lanzarote - Tiene un maravilloso parque natural "Timanfaya" con un paisaje lunar ( impresionante de noche) El lago verde en el sur de la isla, debido a la composición alta en sulfuro del agua cambia de color a lo largo del día. Los Jameos del Agua, grutas naturales en el noreste a las que incorporó su creatividad el arquitecto César Manrique. El Mirador del Rio en el norte desde donde se ve la isla Graciosa cuando no hay bruma. Salvo pocas excepciones las playas de Lanzarote son de Arena negra.
Fuerteventura - Un paraiso para los que practican windsurf. Es la isla mas cercana a las costas de Africa y sus playas son de arena blanca. La zona de Corralejo y Costa calma tiene unos fondos maravillosos para bucear.
Gran Canaria - Tiene buenas playas en el sur, pero la isla está destrozada por el abuso de las construcciones para el turismo masivo, una pena, quizas fué la que mas me decepcionó.
Tenerife - Es como un pequeño continente, el norte lleno de vegetación y muy agreste y el sur casi desertico ( tambien se lo están cargando con tanta construcción.
Es impresionante ver el Teide nevado mientras te estas bañando en la playa. Tenerife tiene zonas muy bonitas como el Puerto de la Cruz, la Orotava, Garachico, Icod de los vinos y la zona de los Gigantes donde a pocos metros de la costa se pueden ver ballenas.
La Palma - La isla bonita, es mi preferida por la tranquilidad y el maravilloso paisaje que mezcla en distancias muy cortas el paisaje de alta montaña de La Caldera de Taburiente con las playas. El parque natural de la Caldera cuenta con bosques de tilos y laurisilvas, asi como con infinidad de senderos para poder recorrerla y admirar toda su impresionante belleza. En la parte mas alta está el observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos, donde se encuentra uno de los telescopios mas potentes de Europa. La ciudad mas importante es Santa Cruz de la Palma, que tiene una parte antigua muy bien conservada. Las playas de la isla son negras y cuenta con piscinas naturales de agua salada donde bañarse es una delicia. Los volcanes del sur de la isla, entraron en erupción hace relativamente poco tiempo.
La Gomera - Aun una desconocida
El Hierro - Es la isla situada mas al sur del archipielago, impresionantes sun fondos marino para la practica de buceo.