Illness at the Oasis
We stayed at the Flamingo Oasis in September last year and the whole of our party became ill with terrible sickness, stomach cramps. There were 7 in our party and all were ill. We returned home early as a result. My daughter was diagnosed with crypotosparidiom bacteria. If anyone else has been more recently and became ill please say.
LOVED THE HOTEL!!
Hi i went to the flamingo oasis in august 2004 it was great, the food was lovvely and so was everything! I went there with my Mum and Dad if only i couldv'e stayed there longer! The shop was nice and i loved the buiscuits at the bar at 5:00 ini Ashleigh!! Oh Well i miss it! ByE xXxXx
i just came back from the hotel flamingo oasis from a weeks stay therei find that the food is excellent and most of it is english food at night there is a entertainment room were you can take kids they have summat diffrent in there every night and its great the hotel is really clean and tidy the rooms are a good size and a cleaner comes around every morning totidy and clean your rooms there is lots of things to do at the hotel there is just 1 little problem and that is the lifts they are always full up and is you are on a high floor the lifts are stopping at every floor on the way down and dat can b a bit annoying.
friendly fantastic fun
I sit on the computer in the foyer of the flamingo oasis now to write this review as i await the coach to transfer me back to the airport. four of us have spent the last week here and have had a fantastic time, the amenities and the service have been faultless, the staff are extremely friendly and good looking!!!! and will cater for all your needs, the hotel itself is kept clean by a constant stream of cleaners working throughout the day, entertainment a little limited but performed by a hard working team, food delicious and so much choice, rooms large, airy and bright, we will be back for more, do not hesitate to book this hotel NOW.
Excellent (if you are a smoker)
This was the first ever holiday abroad for both myself and my family. I only booked about 2 weeks before going in the October Half-term break. Then, I read a number of reviews about (a) Benidorm and (b) Flamingo Oasis. I read that I/we should only drink bottled water, not eat local food, not let kids have ice-creams .. etc etc and I became very apprehensive. So, we took loads of bottled water with us and made a list of rules for staying 'safe'. We needn’t have worried at all. Flamingo Oasis was/is potentially FANTASTIC (with one proviso at the end of this review).
We have spent many happy holidays at Butlins in recent years and found Benidorm to be heaps better. MUCH cleaner. In fact the only filth that I saw in Benidorm was of British making. I was almost ashamed to be British on occasions. It has opened my eyes. And I don’t think that I ever saw one single bloke (or child!) wash his hands after visiting the toilet ... but this sort of thing certainly isn’t the hotels fault, is it.
Anyway, food was plentiful. A large focus was on British food such as full English breakfast every day. If you only want to eat English food then you will be happy here. And the vast majority of folks chose the British food - so the management rightfully caters for them.
I was somewhat amazed at how many folks would go to Spain and then sit in the TV lounge watching a football game, whilst their teenage daughters were glued to the computers checking their hotmails every 5 minutes. After the footie game, they would go to join their wives at the Bingo. I couldn’t help but wonder why these people bothered to go on holiday at all - but everyone is different, I suppose.
Getting back to the food, I deliberately chose to try out something different (i.e. not steak and kidney pie and chips) to eat every day - and there was plenty of choice for me on that count too. All hot food was piping hot. All was visibly seen to be boiling (I'm fussy, so I looked). All food was supplied with tongs so no need for dirty hands/fingers to contaminate anything. Salads and seafood were presented especially impeccably. All staff were immaculate and paid attention to hygiene beyond anything I have seen in UK (and my wife is a cook for a living - so she knows what to look out for). Everything in the kitchen/restaurant area is taken apart and visibly and meticulously cleaned several times per day. There is a small army of cleaners constantly keeping the place spotless.
In addition to being extremely hard-working, the restaurant staff are also extremely friendly. My kids loved them. Perhaps they are playing for ‘tips’ but so what - they deserved them!
Bearing in mind that it was the end of October (23-31), the weather was quite good - albeit fairly cloudy at times. It was hot enough to sunbathe for about half of our week and at other times the cloud lowered the temperature such that I needed to put a shirt on (a short-sleeved one I hasten to add). I have just arrived home to England and am now typing this review whilst sat in my house with the gas fire on and with my fleece on! And I am not exactly hot, either!
The main pool at the hotel was fairly empty because it was freezing in there. With the sun being lower in the sky at this time of year, it was lower than the surrounding (equally tall) hotels - hence sunbathing around the pool was limited (and why the pool was so cold). We usually went to the beach instead which is 15-20 minutes away with our (slow) 4 year old in tow. I probably could have done it in about 10 minutes quick stride if on my own. Lovely clean sea and we went in it every day - it was certainly a lot warmer than the hotel swimming pool.
The room was amply big enough for four of us and was very clean. The daily maid kept it that way too. Lovely bathroom with shower and built in hairdryer. Toilet and bidet. Bath plus overhead shower with plenty of hot water. Balconies are a bit scary when you have small children though. We were on the 22nd floor so we had fabulous views over the bay - but a hell of a long drop down! Balcony rail was about 3-feet high and looked strong enough but its just too scary to let young kids out there in the opinion of myself and others whose reviews I have read. It only takes one slip on a spilt drink and you could be over the balcony - it just doesn’t bear thinking about [but such balconies seem to be the norm on all hotels in the area].
Onsite, JMC/Thomas Cook reps were always very helpful and I am glad that I chose to take our first trip abroad with a well-known company. Thomson rep at hotel seemed popular too. Hotel reception staff were fantastic too - always willing to help.
We took a late checkout and were allowed to have a room until 6pm and also to eat and to drink until our transfer coach arrived on last day at midnight.
The nightly shows were ideal for our little ones - perhaps [almost] on a par with Butlins redcoats but without the red coats. If your kids are over 8 or 9 then they are going to be less impressed with this entertainment - but then again, kids of that age aren’t too impressed by anything, are they? Adults without young children aren’t really going to be too impressed by most of these shows. If this is you, then take yourself off to a ‘proper’ show (or two) - Benidorm is absolutely full of them. Too many older (retired?) folks filled the Flamingo oasis show room at night and then complained/whinged/whined that the entertainment wasn’t suitable for them. Yet there were several other areas in the hotel where children are not allowed.
So, choose your age group and choose your bar-room - and don’t spoil it for the kiddies by whinging when the room you have chosen doesn’t suit your age-group (just get up off your bum and move rooms instead). Unless you have little ones, I would budget for a couple of decent shows out - such as the 3-hour one that Thomas Cook organise at the fantastic Benidorm Palace.
For a first holiday abroad, I would recommend the Flamingo Oasis (with one reservation, as referred to at the end of this review). All of the staff speak English too, so there is absolutely no need to learn the language at all. However, as with most things in life, a little effort really does reap rewards. Attempts to pick up even just a few words of the language are warmly reciprocated by staff. For those to whom good manners have known value, then learn at least how to say ‘please’ and ‘thank-you’ - you will already know that these words can go a long way. They will go an equally long way in Benidorm too. For those type of people who don’t even use ‘please’ and ‘thank-you’ when at home in the UK, then I don’t need to say anything here because you will not have been able to read this far!!
If you are a smoker, then you will really love this place because you can smoke completely unrestricted in ALL of the bar areas - including the only ones that children are allowed in. So, if you want to poison all of those innocent children merely so that you can have your nasty little drug fix then you will really be in heaven here. Unfortunately for you, smoking is not allowed in the restaurant (thank goodness).
It might not be so bad if there was a smoking-only area within any of the bars or the show room - but there isn’t. Then again, I recall the old adage that says having a no-smoking area in a room is akin to having a non-peeing area in a swimming pool (work it out!).
And then again, there isn’t any extraction fans or air cleaner either. Having to choose between making my kids miss the shows that were put on for their entertainment or having their lives mindlessly shortened by these purveyors of filth (i.e. nicotine junkies) spoiled an otherwise perfect holiday. Then again, I do know that the same situation exists here in the UK at present - but hopefully the tide will turn.
If you’re a nicotine addict hell-bent on doing the maximum harm to as many of those who cause no harm to you/anyone (e.g. young children and non-smokers) then this place should be heaven for you. I just pray for divine retribution.
However, if you care about your children, then you may well ask the question [BEFORE you book] just who gets ‘priority’ at your chosen hotel - the healthy and the innocent - or the mindless drug addicts! Unfortunately, at the Flamingo Oasis, they are a little behind the times on this one - and, if you care anything about your children, it could be enough to spoil your holiday. I can still smell the vile stench on my clothes now - and they are in the washing machine! I think they are going to need a couple of washes. Unfortunately, I cannot wash the lungs of either myself or my family.
This is definitely going to have a bearing on my next holiday choice.
Obviously, you will already know which side of this divide you are on - and will choose accordingly.
What a fantastic place to stay. Food was excellent, a very varied menu and delicious, you could eat all day if you wanted to!! Entertainment in the evenings was very good, apart from the evenings they brought outside entertainers in (forget the acrobatics)!
One small problem - SUNBEDS. They state on the notices that the pool is open from 9am and refrain from reserving subeds, BUT some SAD people are waiting at the doors for the security guard to blow his whistle (which was at 8am), if you looked down at all these people they looked like little ants scurrying around (the Benny Hill theme tune was played at this time and it was so comical).
On the whole though, clean, presentable, great staff, great food and good entertainment. WOULD RECOMMEND!!
excellent facilities,large bedrooms,large bathrooms,very good variety of food.well furnished hotel,location proved difficult for my wife who has walking problem,however a wheelchair was easily hired thro the hotel.
two things i thought was wrong,firstly the entertainment,very poor,amateur mimeing to songs and the late disco music designed to clear the room early,the holiday cost over £3000 for 4 adults and 3 kids so i think the hotel should offer much better quality performers and good comedians,we ended up going out to be entertained free in surrounding bars but defeating the object of all-inclusive(paying for drinks)
secondly during the late night snack session we saw two cockroaches in the restaurant,oh yes and outdoor pool is absolutely freezing 24/7.
for the family to return to this hotel they would have to greatly improve the entertainment.
Adults only rooftop terrace pool and bar
Went there last year. All inclusive was excellent; food and drink. Good facilities for children but what makes this hotel different is the rooftop terrace pool and bar which is adults only. A real haven. Going back there in the Spring
anybody been to this hotel
has anyone been to the flamingo hotel in benidorm
not to be confused with the flamingo oasis, any info would be much appreciated thanks