The Hotel Review: Corralejo Bay Hotel, Fuerteventura
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Review: Dex Jones
This adult-only Corralejo Bay Hotel is situated ten minutes from the old harbour with fantastic views of the surrounding area dominated by the giant Bayuyo volcano with its gaping caldera, an obvious sign of its past awesome power. Built in Barcelo’s modern style the hotels’ facade is striking, with the full height glass windows reflecting the deep blue sky, tall lush palm trees and the well maintained garden areas giving it a touch of elegance. The hotel has 241 rooms on four levels all with either a terrace on the ground floor or spacious balcony, and the “horseshoe” design of the hotel facing across the southern sky maxmises the amount of direct sun across the resort. Access to the beach and local restaurants are just a two-minute walk away. For additional relaxation during your stay you unwind at the ‘U-Spa’ with a hydrotherapy pool and indulge in a well-being focused spa treatment.
Accessing through the automatic doors into a spacious lobby area, the well laid out reception is to the left, and there is a bar on the right with ample seating for a cool relaxing chill in the shade. There is an ornamental porcelain fountain that creates a soothing atmosphere, on top of every table is a floral centre piece, scented defusers’ give off a subtle aroma. Checking-in was a breeze, and the well presented, multi-lingual staff offer a professional approach that is customary with Barcelo. The hotels’ assistant manager welcomed us and invited us to a complimentary drink of our choice with a voucher allowing us to check out the pool bar area almost straight away.
- U Spa
- U fitness gym
- Hairdresser and beauty salon
- Artificial grass tennis court
- Poolside table tennis
- Water Aerobics
- On site shop for excursions and local information
- VIP sun deck available with Balinese beds
- Swimming Pools
- Entertainment Programme
- Poolside Bar
- Lounge Bar
- Tindaya Main Restaurant
- Adama Lounge
We stayed in a Deluxe Suite with Hot Tub on the top floor (level3 – 3205) with pool view, a spacious, fully air conditioned suite with large queen size bed, charcoal grey cushioned headboard, side lights and individual reading lights, bedside table. There is a pillow menu optimizing comfort for different sleeping needs which is available on request from reception. The 2 flat-screen televisions; one in the bedroom and on in the lounge area, made sure and I could catch up on the football scores whilst sunbathing on the terrace! The lounge area has a soft grey double sofa, with matching foot stool and coffee table. The bathroom has twin wash basins, separate bath and Rainfall shower, hair dryer and large wall mirror (it’s surprising how rare this is), a selection of towels and a basket of toiletries. There are sunbeds on the terrace and a private hot-tub, sheltered with frosted glass partitions. The complementary mini bar and Nespresso machine ensured refreshments were always to hand.
The pool area was a spacious and sheltered, one shallow Jacuzzi pool with submerged beds let you experience the best of both worlds, a kind of ‘spa in the sun’ if you like. The main pool was heated and surrounded with tall palm trees creating a mix of sunny and shade areas. Attentive staff milled around the pool and lifeguards were on hand for added peace of mind. The pool-side bar also served up great lunches at the indoor and sun terrace area where snacks, sandwiches and drinks available from 10:00 – 18:00 with a good menu at very resonable prices.
We visited Tyndaya restaurant which has an evening dress code and hosts regular culinary theme nights including Japanese, Asian, Mexican and a Canarian Seafood experience. Fresh cooked food at “show cooking” stations allow you to watch the chefs prepare your main choices. A casual vibe is the norm for breakfast here, which is served from 07:30am with a wide selection of fresh cooked food including full English, Continental, and an omelette station. The Lobby bar is another great evening spot which has waiter service from 16:00 – midnight, with some great evening entertainment including magicians, solo vocalist and bands.
Avenida Grandes Playas, 12 35660 Corralejo, Fuerteventura
Barceló Corralejo Bay: Rates at Barceló Corralejo Bay start from €113 per night on a bed & breakfast basis, based on two people sharing. To book, visit barcelo.com.
1903 Lounge – Manchester Airport
Start your holiday with a visit to 1903 – Manchester Airport’s new and exclusive adults-only luxury lounge, which includes Fast Track Security Pass (hurrah!) in the £30 lounge ticket price). Enjoy a chef prepared menu with premium spirits, beer, wine and soft drinks and relax in some serious pre-flight style.
£30 per person.
Book here: www.manchesterairport.co.uk