With a beachside location and a fantastic pool scene, this place puts relaxation at the top of the agenda. It counts the plush Fuerteventura Thalasso Spa as its next-door neighbour, too.
This place is set right next to Caleta de Fuste Beach, so you’re just seconds from the sand. What’s more, this part of the coast is a world-class diving spot. The dive school next door provides its own instructors, so you can explore the coral reefs whenever you fancy.
In terms of things to do, the pools are centre of attention. There are three to choose from, each with a wide sun terrace dotted with loungers and palms. Trimmings come in the form of a children’s pool, an open-air hot tub and two snack bars. Next to the complex, meanwhile, there’s a sleek Thalasso Centre – the Fuerteventura Thalasso Spa. It specialises in thalassotherapy and counts seaweed wraps, hydro-massages and salt scrubs among its treatments.
Back at base, cube-style apartments are tucked into leafy grounds, so everything feels pretty private. And, they all come with kitchenettes, living rooms and terraces.
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All Inclusive - Here's what you get
Full Board buffet meals and snacks between meals. Afternoon tea, coffee and biscuits at 15.00-18.00
Beer, wine, water and soft drinks with lunch and dinner. Select local and international alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, soft drinks, tea, coffee and water 10.00-23.00
Sports and Activities
All are included except where indicated.
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It's near to the El Castillo buffet restaurant. This pool has an extended sunbathing area with a sun terrace and sunbeds.
El Castillo international buffet restaurant*
Indulge in the international buffet spread for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Gentlemen are asked to wear long trousers for dinner. Highchairs are available.
The hotel-run miniclub is for children aged 4 to 12 years.
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twin 1-bedroom apartment
A light and airy one-bedroom apartment sleeping up to three adults or two adults and two children, with twin beds and a sofa-bed in the lounge. The kitchenette comes with two electric rings, toaster and kettle. There's also daily maid service. Cots are available on request.
double 1-bedroom apartment
A light and airy double one-bedroom apartment sleeping up to three adults or two adults and two children, with twin beds and a sofa-bed in the lounge. The kitchenette comes with two electric rings, toaster and kettle. There's also daily maid service. Cots are available on request
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Fantastic location 10 minutes from the airport, facilities excellent, we travelled all inclusive wide variety of food and drink to cater for all including our fussy 4 year old. Very clean. All the staff very polite and helpful and seemed very happy to be doing there jobs. Would definitely go there againMore
I've recently returned from a two week all inclusive stay at the Barcelo with my wife and two children aged 8 and 15 which all of us really enjoyed. We took a Taxi from the airport which was only a 10 minute journey (if that?) and only cost 15 euros. When we arrived checking in took around 40 minutes due to how busy reception was, finally we was escorted to our room and thank goodness for that as there was no way we would have found our room on our own! Block 3 was a maze! It took us around 4 days for us to be able to find our room amongst the others without any trouble. We were put in an old style room which could definitely have done with modernisation but as a family we're hardly in the room so it was fine for us. The beds were very comfortable and the room was kept very clean. However there was only one mirror in the whole room which made getting ready a difficult process with make up and hair needing to be done; on top of that we found 4 cockroaches in our room throughout our stay as well as ants but being on the ground floor it was somewhat expected. The location of the room wasn't the best as it was a long walk to the main pool and restaurant. As a family we spent our days at the pool nearest the restaurant which, on the side we sat it was relatively quiet with lots of activities for both of my children to do. The sunbed situation wasn't too bad as you could turn up at 11 o'clock and still get a sunbed; although there was some early risers who even sat on their sunbeds when it was raining early one morning! The food by the pool was often cold and not quite up to standard of a 4 star with one day one bite of a burger left my mouth bloody; as well as that the ice machine didn't work most of our stay which meant warm drinks. There was a slushy machine which went down very well with my children but again it was very temperamental. The man behind the bar was very moody and often unhelpful as be would walk past and ignore you as you waited to be served. During the day the floor was very and the pool itself was in need of some love and care with a number of tiles missing. The lifeguard was a bit of a liability... To say the least. He spent most of his day speaking to the man behind the bar and would occasionally tell the children to not slide down the waterfall if he could be bothered. As well as a that there was an incident where a child had pooed in the pool, when the lifeguard was informed all he did was scoop the poo out of the water and then put it into a bin next to the pool. Leaving unknowing visitors to continue swimming in the pool. And if that wasnt enough he left a wet wipe which contained poo on the side of the pool. Every on looker was just gobsmacked. Thankfully the pool was later closed after people complained about how the incident was dealt with. On the other hand all the waiters and waitresses who worked in the restaurant were very helpful and took plates somewhat quickly. The food was never hot, only warm but I could always find something to eat, breakfast, lunch and dinner. The later you went to each sitting the busier it got and some mornings I found myself trying to fight just to get pancakes. The evening entertainment is located in the theatre which is a beautiful venue with seating outside looking over the marina. The entertainment didn't match the venue however as the shows were diabolical most nights. I understand it must be difficult to cater for all languages but the shows left me questioning why I kept coming back. A band or some music would have been just fine. Inside the theatre the chairs were ordered in lines which made you feel like you was back in a primary school assembly. The bar outside was only all inclusive from 6 o'clock and the sports bar next door wasn't part of the all inclusive package either. A few nights of our stay we went out for a few drinks and some entertainment. Overall we enjoyed our stay and would return again but maybe only half board so we wouldn't begrudge going out the other bars in the evening. The location was great with only a short walk into town and there was a place where you could feed fish with your feet in the water and place to feed chipmunks. If you would rather not stay in an old style room I would advise for you to go premium or ask for a done up room before you travel as they were a lot nicer.More
Roman J, Southampton, United Kingdom
Four star - not really!
Just got back from ten day AI stay - traveled as family with one year old and five year old. Originally enquired about upgrading to two bedroom apartment but was told none available so was pleasantly surprised at check-in when there was. This did help our holiday. However room was shabby and in need of modernisation - only mirror in the whole apartment was in the bathroom, shower often cold with no pressure and shower tray slippy and flooded bathroom. Food was pleasant in the main - breakfast was always nice, lunch and dinner bit hit and miss and variety of snacks not brilliant. Due to location of room and use of pool where there was no AI bar, didn't use our AI facilities very much. Did go to Marina once or twice and used bar there - cocktails were tasty. Salt-water pools took a little getting used to. Pictures on website are primarily the club premium rooms. Also main pool looks bigger on pictures. My honest opinion is that this resort is too big to maintained at four-star standard, elements of it are good quality, elements of it are poor. Would I stay again - most likely not! More
Piglet1109, Walsall, England
All inclusive holiday
10 friends and family spent two weeks on an all inclusive basis. The bottom line was we decided we would never go on another all inclusive holiday. The hotel has only one dining room and at all times it was like entering an ant colony., there were just hundreds of people scrambling for food in all directions. The food was not unpleasant and served a purpose but dining was not a pleasant experience. The dining room was Huge and had hardly any windows and if you were not lucky enough to get a table near the window it was like dining in a dungeon. The staff was incredibly helpful but there was just not enough on duty. Each night we had to wait for a table to be cleaned and set before you could sit down to eat. It appears unless you were on the first sitting, the tables were only reset if you needed a table. The wine was drinking, just! The resort is very big but it is a good location, right on the beach. The local town is very small and a little bit tacky. Lots of restaurants serving cheap breakfast but lots of nice people to look after you. Our accommodation was situated in the older part of resort close to the children's club. Rooms were just about acceptable but our bathroom needed a good clean. In all rooms(we had 4) there was a problem with ants and cockroaches. The air conditioning leaked so the wood on our front door was constantly wet and peeling. The lighting in the bedroom was really bad as there was just two small bed side so made it even difficult to read in the bedroom. The pool area was ok and there were lots of maintenance people constantly working to keep the area clean. It was a good walk from our accommodation to the dining area, 8 to 10 minutes. Snacks were served all day by the pool bar, but variety was limited. Each day it served burgers, hotdogs and chips! My biggest complain with the resort was lack of outside space. There was nowhere to sit and have a drink, there were some benches by the bar area but they were filthy and sticky and nobody ever sat there. This meant that everyone went out and paid for drinks at night. Although we were all inclusive we spent 1,500 euros on two adults and a non-drinking teenager in the two weeks. There was nothing for teenagers to do but the animation team worked really hard and the younger children seemed to have a fantastic time. Overall it wasn't a disaster but it just wasn't for me and everyone in the group felt the same. . More
Sherry93, London, United Kingdom
Very very nice!
We stayed at Barcelo Castillo Beach mid August for 10 days All Inclusive. We're a family and our children are aged 6 and 10. We really enjoyed our time at this hotel. The transfer time from the airport was roughly 30 minutes (allowing for other drop-offs) and we checked in roughly at 8pm. The reception staff were great and gave us a map of the resort and an info sheet and insisted that we drop off our luggage and get something to eat asap as the buffet restaurant closed at 21:30. There is a small supermarket and gift shop within the reception area too. The supermarket doesn't have a huge amount of choice, but it is only small and certainly has all the essentials. Found our room (eventually - it's a bit maze-like!) and found it to be clean with basic kitchen stuff, comfortable bed with a sofa bed and second pullout bed for the kids. The patio had a couple of loungers, table and chairs but wasn't private. We were in the 2000 block. TV in the living area only (not in the bedroom) with bbc channels and itv. Also the wifi is rubbish except for at reception. Didn't really bother us though - it was nice to lock my mobile away in the safe during our stay and appreciate our holiday. The resort is massive and it takes a bit of time to figure out where everything is, but you soon get the hang of the layout. We mainly eat at the buffet restaurant and the food was very good. Lots of choice everyday. Very busy and noisy however, but it's to be expected I think so wasn't a problem. Occasionally couldn't find a table that had been cleared ready for the next diners, but this was rare on the whole. Didn't eat lunch every day as some days we were still too stuffed from breakfast to face it. The kids food section was a bit monotonous - usually fish or chicken bites, burgers, hot dogs and chips. My children aren't that fussy so they usually ate from the main buffet items, but they did eat their body weight in chips over the course of the stay! We used the main Calima (?) pool area for a couple of days which is very near the main buffet restaurant. This included a help yourself snack area where you can get drinks (soft drinks, beer, wine and water) along with ice cream tubs and burgers, hot dogs and chips. There were cocktails available too on the AI package made by the bar man. Beach towels were available at reception for a 10â¬ deposit each. As nice as this all was, this pool area was just a little too noisy for us - not excessive by any means, just loud-ish music and kid noise. We also found it very difficult to get sun loungers with shade (I like sunbathing but I also like a choice!) We found that most had been 'reserved' quite early on in the day, despite there being several requests for guests not to do this! However this wasn't really problem for us and we tended to use the smaller pool area to the rear of La Perlita restraunt, which was also a 20 second walk away from our room. This pool was quieter and less busy so we were able to an eye on the kids. The only (minor) gripe I have is that some of the tiles are missing around and in the pool. This meant my youngest daughter cut her foot whilst playing in the pool, but it wasn't anything a waterproof plaster couldn't sort out. The beach was a stones throw away and although sandy, contained rocks so you had to watch where you stood. I'd recommend pool shoes or jellie shoes if you go in sea - especially kids. The bay is very calm with no waves to speak of so it was ideal for paddling and watching the fish dart about. We visted La Perlita most days - loved how it was beachfront and you could watch the world go by and sun go down in the evening - we spent a great deal of time here it was so nice. Their pizzas were great as were the cocktails. The staff were nice too although the 30% discount for being AI was some times omitted from the bill. However this was always rectified promptly when we pointed it out. We went to the main theatre bar a few times (which is in the marina complex - about a 5 minute walk) so our youngest could go to the mini disco which usually started about 8.30. This area was very busy in the evening and sometimes there was a bit of a wait to get drinks, but on the whole it was good. I can't comment on any other entertainment as we usually left after the disco and headed back to Perlita for a drink or an ice cream. I also can't comment on the kids club during the day either as our children didn't go. In fact they were quite reluctant to attend for some reason (?) They were more than happy splashing about in the pool though and playing cards in the shade with an ice cream. We did eat out twice during our stay (555 and Fado Rock) for a bit of a change and both restraunts were great. My husband was very happy with his steak from Fado - apparently it ranked #2 on his 'best ever steak' list! We also visited the Goleta ice cream and coffee place a couple of times which is next door to the theatre and the Noray sports bar - both at the marina. Didn't make it further down to the El Faro bar or any of the other places, except for the little sweet shop at the end of the marina. We visted the Oasis Park zoo one day which is about 45 minutes away by bus which is free and picks you up at 9am from reception and collects you at 6pm. The zoo is really good and made a nice change from the pool and beach. The 8 hour visit time was a little too long for my liking (just my opinion) but the plus side is you do get to see everything as you have plenty time! Tickets can be pre-ordered at reception and are slightly cheaper this way. Played mini golf one afternoon which is near the Club Premium 4000 section (which looks lovely with a private pool and kids play area). We really enjoyed our game despite not keeping a score (probably for the best in hindsight!) On the whole this was a very relaxing family holiday and hopefully we'll be returning. Very much geared towards families and couples. Busy but not too busy, quiet but not completely dead either. The weather was great too. There were a couple of cloudy days and a bit of rain too, but the sunny days more than made up for this. It's also very windy all the time (but I quite like this) so take some extra layers for the evenings. Hope you find this review useful. More
crillygem, Stockport, United Kingdom
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