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Myself, my boyfriend and 2 friends stayed at Barcelo Jandia Mar for a week. I've been back for 2 days now and really want to go back!! The hotel was lovely. Very clean, the receptionists very helpfull and speak very good english. Think it was quite a German orientated hotel but you get that most places. The rooms were lovely, quite large with a nice amount of storage, but as said in other reviews, the walls are a bit thin! There arnt alot of English TV channels, there's a sport one and MTV but that has German subtitles, not that we spent much time watching TV, we were out by the pool tanning! The weather was beautiful!! The outdoor pools were very cold, but we managed a dip on our last day. They do have an indoor pool which is heated with a jaquzzi which we went in pretty much everyday!! The food was a bit repetative, but very nice, same goes for the cocktail list!! We all really enjoyed our stay here and would go back again in the future. I'm sure you'll enjoy your holiday here.
We booked the Barcelo Jandia Mar at the last minute not really caring what we got or where we went as long as it was hot and sunny. Our vision of all inclusive was that we would probably get a bit fed up with it and dine out a couple of nights, the experience in fact was quite the opposite!
The Jandia Mar is one of the most impressive hotels I've stayed in abroad. The complex is immaculately clean, the food is fantastic and the staff are fabulous. We expected them to be a bit grumpy with the all inclusive customers as there is bound to be a lack of tips from the people who don't carry any cash, but they couldn't have been nicer.
The wine is very impressive, (we like the occasional bottle and have become a bit fussy in our old age) it's not the vinegar I expected and quite gulpable. Hubby to be was very impressed when he found out the local lager is San Miguel (he was expecting something flat and naff) and the food is great. We didn't get bored once, the choice is huge and at the time of year we went it was relatively easy to get through the dining area without too much fuss. I'd imagine it's hard work peak season though so pick your timings well.
The resort was full of International guests, so don't expect to go there and meet loads of people, but we did get chatting with other couples every now and then.
Advice to Brits, please try and make an effort to speak the lingo. Even just to order drinks. The staff love you to make an effort and tend to frown at the brits who just say "erm, yeah, pint of lager please, ta".
All in all, a superb holiday, the sun was hot (load up on the factor 25, you don't think you'll need it but believe me you burn quickly even with good tanning skin like mine) the pool was cold but it always is at that time of year, and this was one of the most relaxing holidays I have ever been on. We would definitely consider going back again for a quick break.
Myself, my wife & our 4 year old daughter recently returned from 2 weeks at the Jandia Mar and can't recommend it highly enough. Nice size room, good powerful shower + bath, well above average food for an all-inclusive (we didn't get bored with it & the red wine is actually very good!), friendly staff, very clean (maid came every day & did a good job), daily sports activities for those who want that but easy enough to just laze your days away by the pools (which weren't cold as some have said - ok they aren't as warm as your local indoor leisure centre's but once you're in they're great, decent little gym + a good spa, lovely beach down the road (10 min walk max) - free bus service helps when you don't feel like walking back up the hill but take it steady and the walk isn't as bad a hike as some have said. Besides with all that great food you'll need some exercise to work it off! Also at the bottom of the hill on the right there's a cash point. Walk a little further and there's a SPAR shop that sells goods much cheaper than the hotel shop does - sun lotion is especially good value here - it costs a lot in the hotel shop unsurprisingly. In fact I'd advise buying it at the SPAR rather than in the UK. Cheaper and less to pack!
We really liked the mix of nationalities here - one or two more Brit families arrived on our 2nd week with the onset of the Easter break & I'm sorry to say that we didn't find this particularly welcome. As another reviewer has said, it's a pity that so many of our fellow country-folk stand out like sore thumbs when abroad. You know the sort of thing - loud people, England shirts/gold chains, poorly behaved kids! We preferred to chat with Spanish, Swedish, French & Italian guests who seemed to know how to behave - as did their children. Please don't let this put you off though as they are very much in the minority here & it really is very peaceful. It's still a million miles away from the typical Costa del Chav resorts!
The only minus point for us was our room location - we seemed to be directly above the restaurant & kitchens which meant crashing and banging at night & early in the morning (no idea what they were doing) beneath us and really noisy trolleys being pushed past our door late at night en route to the utility area. We were in room 324 which is on the same level as reception and although we got used to sleeping through the noise in the end & didn't bother asking to be moved, if I was put there again in the future I'd ask to change. The other down side was that rooms on this level don't have balconies in the traditional sense - you're on the same level as a large patio area with chairs/tables etc & can literally hop over the little wall on to the patio so there's little privacy for sitting out there & reading a book in the sun or whatever - you're very exposed. Thankfully this area wasn't used by guests to sit & drink as it was a long way from the bar so we weren't disturbed by late-night revellers or anything - not that there are any here! Having said all that, it didn't bother us as we were out at the beach or pool most days. But if it's your kind of thing then be aware...
One last piece of advice. Despite notices about guests officially not being allowed to reserve sunbeds it is rife here. Not a problem though - you just have to do the same! Usually if you're out there by 10am you can find a spot (though the earlier the better as the shaded spots all go very quickly and if you've got children you'll need them). If you want to go to lunch then do as everyone else does and leave your towels etc on your beds while you're gone.
Evening entertainment was good on the whole with various acts doing the rounds on the island. The Chinese themed show was excellent!
A must is the zoo at La Lajita - really good. Hire a car and visit the rest of the island too if you can, it's worth it. If you ride motorcycles then check out Backtrax at Caleta de Fuste. I took a guided off road tour with them across the island and visited the SS American Star - a shipwrecked liner aground on the beach at Playa de Garcey. Morro Jable is main resort nearby and there's a bus stop near the hotel that takes you there for 1 euro. Taxis are also cheap: 3 euros or less.
Overall a superb holiday and fantastic value for money. Would go back tomorrow if we could (and we'd definitely try the hotel's mini/crazy golf this time - only found it on our last morning there so didn't have time but looked great fun).
Fantastic Hotel and staff
Went down march 1 with my soon 9 years and we had a great time, food was excellent and the staff working there was excellent, they took the time with both children and adults and worked from morning to late night with entertaining there guests. The staff i am talking about is the persons that are organizing all daily activities and also the show during the night. Hotel room was great very clean, all in all well spent money and my soon loved it he didnt want to leave and that is a very good parameter. Downside is a little bit windy, not much to see on the island except hotel area, you can hear through the walls and the temperature in the pools was so cold that even we from viking Sweden had to think twice ( heja Svennis) but all inclsive was great and its not camparable with all inclusive in egypt (which was terrible) We will definitly go back to this great place and Hotel.
Fantastic even with a 12m old baby
We booked this hotel as a late deal as we had to wait for our little ones passport.
What a fantastic hotel, brilliant staff and great food. Every night you could make any dinner of your choice from the buffet on offer. Steak, chicken, paella, fish, goat and lots of veg dishes too. Even our 12m old had veg and rice and chicken etc every night. Staff are very friendly and always helpful. We will be returning with 4 friends and another baby.
Bedrooms were lovely with a good safe, even though it felt like you would not need one. The rooms are better than some of the so called 5 star hotels I have stayed at around the world. You wont go wrong with this one.
Well worth it!
Having stayed at many 4 star+ hotels across the continent, this hotel has to be by far the best we've stayed at. Keeping it simple, the hotel and its grounds were impressive, clean, huge with alot to do! We went as 2 families of two adults and our 3 year old son and their 20 month old daughter. The kids also had a fantastic time being occupied at the mini-club and evening mini-club disco as well as the small on-site park, 4 pools and the beach. Beach distance was not a problem with a regular shuttle bus service every 20 minutes. As mentioned on other reviews, the walk to the beach is pleasurable but do advise the shuttle bus back to save your legs! All inclusive is definitely worth it but food can become a little monotonous (be aware all inclusive finishes at 11pm). Irrespective of what others say, the outdoor pools are very cold, however the indoor pool, spa and gym are of excellent, modern quality. If you enjoy table-tennis(and there are 3 tables there), we do advise to take your own bats...many of the foreigners do....and even when you hire the bats(which are refundable), you are not guaranteed a table. Our transfer time was 1 hour and 15 minutes and not 1 hour and 30 minutes as envisaged. Overall, an excellent holiday and having modest opinions, we would give the overall holiday 8/10.
Heads up people
Having been there last sept 2005, believe me, u are more than catered for, we are taking more with us this year as u cannot fault this hotel, rooms are terrific, clean, air con, sat tv, and the food is amazing, even after your 3 course meals, u can if u wish still help yourself to the poolside food area, and the surroundin bars. The children are also sometimes catered for around the pool area. evenings are a must also for the shows for children, a disco for us adults / kids, shows, piano bar, i can go on and on. People, miss this if u dare. PS: the beach is also used as a naturist , but that is further down the beach, a free bus service is available also to bring u back to the hotel as the walk back can be a bit steep, the local town is a short walk away, but the hotel will organise a car for u if u wish....To sum up, this is by far the best hotel that i have been to while in europe. Enjoy and eat / drink be happy.
A week of Pina Colada's
Just returned from a relaxing week at the Barcelo. Past reveiws do not do the steep hill justice, don't bother trying to walk back up it!! It was lovely staying in a brand new hotel, the rooms were spacious and sometimes clean, although it is true about the paper thin walls, we could hear the man next door snoring every night, and one night my friend walked straight into the patio door as they had no stickers on, the man next door banged on the wall! It was only 10.30pm. Beware if you are a smoker! A new law brought in on 1 Jan means that hotels and bars can choose whether they want to have smoking areas or be completely non smoking, this hotel has chosen to be totally non smoking, so as it is cool and windy in the evenings, it is sometimes not very pleasant to sit outside having a drink and a cigarette, people were standing around the doors and then going back inside once they had finished. There were loads of sunbeds, so no need to get up at the crack of dawn, no reserving either. Food was the normal buffet style you get everywhere, mostly chips for me as I am a vegetarian! All in all, it was a pleasant week, nothing stuck out as being fantastic, the staff were not overfriendly, the cocktails were lovely, don't take any notice of the pricelist as they are free, and sometimes our bath hadn't been cleaned, I would go back again, it was a nice relaxing week with lovely hot weather.
The hotel was beautiful, modern and clean. The staff were friendly and helpful. The pool were cold but lovely when the weather was very hot. The food was varied and 4 star but althought the rooms were fab the walls were paper thin. The hotel on the whole is a very good 4 star and the resort itself is the best on the island in our opinion- small, peaceful and beautiful. The golden sany beaches are amazing and the shops down the sea front are nice. However, if you are unfit like us, do not attempt to walk up the hill to the hotel from the sea front. The walk down to the sea from the hotel is fine but walking back up was so difficult as the hill is so steep. Do rent a car though and see the sand dunes up north which are very impressive. It only takes two hours to drive from one end to the other end. The rest of the island is pretty much dry and empty. If you are looking for a realxing holiday then this is the one for you. Don't go if you are looking for lots of acivities and excitement. Oh, and do have a go on the crazy golf,great fun.
A functional all-inc hotel
I don't want to sound negative about this hotel, but if it really is in the top ten, or even top five in Fuerteventura, then there is something wrong.
What you get is a functional 4 star hotel, with pleasant friendly hard-working staff, reasonable location down a steep hill to the star of the resort, the beach (and I'm wondering if thats coloured some peoples reviews).
The rooms are pretty standard 4 star fare, which, if you request in advance, can be co-joined to form a "family suite" via interconnecting doors. In both our rooms there was a problem (minor) which the lady at reception freely admitted wouldn't be fixed until we left, one was the air-con switch on the balcony door was faulty and the other was a faulty light in the bathroom. Due to the interconnecting rooms this wasn't actually a big problem to us, but it would have been to a single room.
Rooms are cleaned daily (sometime though very poorly) as are towells changed (big plus here, most hotels don't operate this on Sunday). I'm not sure if they do this during peak season.
As mentioned the pools are cold and only on hot days do they walm up so that you don't instantly have a shivering fit when you leave. The two main pools are almost identical, again a sign of functional design rather than much thought, one could have had a nice shelving entry, but both prohibit small children who are on those first steps to "the big pool".
What makes this worse is the kids pool is tucked round the corner like an afterthought with not a lot of space around it nor much sun for the other half of the family to bathe in. So you make a choice, sun and large pool or no-sun and kids pool. You can get pool/beach towells at the spa for a deposit which you get back at return of towells. The spa is expensive and does not have a hairdresser as advertised in some places on the net.
In fact kids do seem in some places to be an afterthought. The food is definately light on kids choices, and we don't have really fussy ones. One day they seemed to get the "message" but put coco-pops out for dinners!
Having said that the kids club was fantastic, apart from the repetative games (basically the same game with a different object to pass round). I had some sympathy for the kids club organisers (the ladsthe team) as the animation team ner half way through our stay, meaning the boys had to work double shifts to entertain folk. However a couple of the boys were a bit half-hearted too.
Back to the food, it was repetative until our last three days when a prompt inspection by head office seem to buck the chef ideas up and more variety and more dishes were presented. There was nothing wrong with it, but it lack imagination and variety. On the flip side the drinks list and choice on the all-inc was terrific. There is also a "theme" resturant which is Paella and more Paella. Not many guests went, and again its down to a lack of design. All the other all-incs we have stayed in worthy of a 4 star, top ten rating have had themed resturants (at least two). We eventually tired of the food and hit the resturants in town, but to put this in context we had got in this place cheap so were happy to go into town.
The mini-golf was good, but it costs you and its starting to show wear and tear. My biggest bugbear was the advertised golf course is not "next to" the hotel, its a good 1 km drive and its not open (despite the fact Barcelo are advertising this hotel as in the "heart" of the golf course. I actually learnt this before I left, but still drove round to check it out as they said it would be open in June. It won't, trust me, it'll open in September if they excellerate the work. So don't book on the basis of a golf course.
As mentioned we got the hotel direct through Barcelo and not Thomas Cook or any other travel agency. The travel agents seemed to turn up once a week if that to sell tours so are not worth the £1000 extra (5 people £200 each) we were quoted (their "best price") to get us into this hotel. We actually flew with the same tour agency that quoted us the price, booked direct with the hotel, got a hire car for the holiday and saved £150 a head on what they quoted us. We met a lot of people who remembered our little girl on the flight and wondered why we had rented a car, needless to say they didn't beleive how cheap we paid, but there you go! So my advise is watch the Barcelo site for deals and book ahead, you WILL save money.
Weather wise May was fine. It was windy a few days and baking hot others. It was definately windier (and colder) up at the hotel, so my advise is as long as it isn't too windy (which whips the sand up) go to the beach on windy days. 9 euros for a pair of sun beds and a parasol. Yes the hill is steep, but I can't believe people moaned about the walk back having been on their backs most of the day!
At the bottom of the hill is the shopping centre which is filling up, at the hotel end is a cash machine which takes UK cards and at the far end is a Spar supermarket. Much of what is imbetween isn't finished or occupied. But there is a cycle hire and a couple of bars (showing German sports channels). I recommend claiming up the tower next to the Spar for some panoramic pictures of the star of the show, that beach! The Spar is the best place to get your spirits and wine to take back, unless you want something very specific.
We recommend a trip to the Oasis Zoo in La Lajita, a fantastic day out for a family with small children. Its not as polished as Loro Parque in Tenerife, but actually seems to be a lot more friendly and accessible. Also there is a lot more shade meaning your little kids can wlak around rather than be confined to a push chair.
Betancuria is worth a drive. Take the main road to get there and visit the church and craft museum, then drive back the scenic route round very narrow, but perfectly serviced, mountain passes. There are plenty of places for the driver to stop and check the view out before concentrating on keeping the car on the road!
Finally don't buy a parasol, they disintegrate in the wind!
I'd recommend this hotel for a week, not two like we had, and definately stay out of season. Its not the quality 4 star all-incs you find on Tenerife and relies on the environment around it to make it a better hotel than it really is. To be honest I think they have banged this hotel up without really thinking through what they want to do. Teenagers will get bored easily, we took our au-pair with us and the disco maintained her attention for 30 minutes at most, after that there was nothing.
To be fair so that you know what we are comparing against and why I might be more negative than others, we have stayed (again DIY, no tour operator) at the Bahia Principe and Dunas Paraiso in Tenerife.