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Caleta Dorada Apartments, Caleta de Fuste
The gorgeous Caleta Dorada Bungalows are made up of 295 accommodation units and offer great on-site amenities in Caleta de Fuste. Located centrally on the attractive Fuerteventura Island, the hotel enjoys easy access to many tourist attractions, sights and beaches nearby. There is a great restaurant and bar available on-site, as well as a refreshingmore
Caleta Dorada Apartments - ms amanda dickinson. Date of travel: Jul 2009
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The Caleta Dorada Apartments were very comfortable and very clean. Had a few ants but nothing to worry about and the weather was really hot.
Brilliant - Maria and Family. Date of travel: Oct 2007
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I thought Caleta Dorada Apartments was brilliant! I would recommend it to anyone. The all inclusive is great with lots of choice to eat. All staff chatty and friendly. Great for kids and adults. My niece, 15, really enjoyed herself, there's lots to do for all ages. Value for money.
Easter 2007 - Jo & kids. Date of travel: Apr 2007
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We spent a lovely Easter fortnight at the Club Caleta Dorada. Before I begin this review I have to say we had none of the problems people have reported there in the past. The food didn’t make us ill, we didn’t hear of any break-ins and everywhere was spotlessly clean with lovely helpful staff, most of whom spoke excellent English. We arrived Saturday evening (31 March) and were told that First Choice had overbooked the Kids Den apartments (funny, how I booked the holiday 16 months in advance, and still didn’t get what I wanted…) but the hotel had decided to put us in adjoining apartments with an interconnecting door, on the C side; near to the Kids Den rooms and the main pool and entertainment area. Once I realised this meant we would have two bathrooms, two TVs etc I decided not to complain but to make the most of our extra space. (We were in C19 & 20, just in case anyone’s interested in asking the hotel direct about interconnecting rooms) Our apartment was right near the ‘Cat Café’ and as a cat-hater (I’m allergic to them) I was rather irritated by this. Okay, so the cats have all been neutered and food is provided for them so they don’t need to go begging, but this doesn’t stop them hanging around your apartment whenever you leave the door open for longer than 5 minutes and it doesn’t stop them wailing and screeching outside your window at 6am… We found a couple of half-dead cockroaches in the apartment on the second morning, I just scooped them into a paper cup and left them out for the cleaner to dispose of. Didn’t have any more after that. I don’t like them but the Canary Islands are their home and they’re a fact of life wherever you go on any of the islands. Lots of tiny ants everywhere, but they tend to stay outside as long as you keep the inside of the apartment clean and put your sticky paper cups in the bin. The complex itself was pretty quiet, which was surprising considering it was the Easter school holidays, but more people arrived over the two weeks. The A and B sides were like a ghost town. We stayed around the C pool (although the A and B pools looked lovely). We never had any trouble getting sunbeds, there were plenty of them, although I always put our towels out about 9am, specifically to get ‘our’ beds just next to the pool steps. There weren’t many umbrellas but they can be a bit dangerous anyway - the complex is up a hill and it can get quite windy - we had an umbrella on our first day but after it had blown away about 6 times and almost knocked a small child over, we decided to give up and let someone else have a go. We were all-inclusive, and the food and drink was fine for us. Self-catering guests have to buy tokens to exchange for drinks etc on the complex as the bar doesn’t take cash. Alternatively, you can opt to upgrade to all-inclusive for €20 per day for 6 days or more, or €30 per day for less than 6 days (kids 2-12 half price). The choice of drinks was fantastic, just about everything you can think of - all local brands of course, but as long as it’s wet and makes you feel smiley, who cares? They do need to re-think their sangria though - I’ve never seen it made with banana liqueur before… Soft drinks are proper Coke, Fanta, etc and you can help yourself to water, tea, coffee hot chocolate and juice. All drinks are served in paper cups apart from early in the evening when there are a limited number of glasses which you have to hang onto for the rest of the night. Some people just brought the glasses out from their apartments. Breakfast is pretty much the same every morning, toast, cereals, fruit and the usual greasy bacon, sausage, eggs (scrambled, boiled or fried) and tomatoes or tinned mushrooms. Lunches were lovely, lots of salad and always grilled chops or fish or chicken with a choice of vegetables, chips (or variations on chips) and pasta or rice. Evening meals weren’t quite as good, but I always managed to put something together. Desserts were always an assortment of ice-cream flavours, cakes and jelly and there was always plenty of bread and fruit at all mealtimes. If the meals aren’t enough for you, snacks (hot dogs, burgers, chips and toasties) are available from the pool bar from about 10am - 5pm and then 9pm - 11ish. My only complaint was there wasn’t very much choice of food compared to other all-inclusives we’ve been to. Also, the Chinese restaurant wasn’t open during our stay. We were told they only open it during the summer season, but it doesn’t say this in the brochure, and I’m pretty sure I’ve heard it mentioned in winter reviews quite recently… The Mediterranean restaurant was only open on Tuesday & Thursday, and you have to book for this on Monday or Wednesday morning at reception. We tried it one night and although it was nice to have a proper menu and waiter service, the food wasn’t anything special. The steak was overdone with tinned mushroom sauce, and the pizzas were very sloppy with too much tomato sauce. I ordered tuna, mushroom and olive topping on my pizza and the olives were whole, with the stones in! The garlic bread was tiny and the tiramisu was the same as the cakes in the main restaurant but with a bit of squirty cream to make it special… Another complaint was the bars on the complex - in the brochure it says there are four bars - well, we had the main pool/entertainment bar up on C side; there was a 24-hour self-service ‘facility’ in reception and then there was the Irish bar on B side which only opened occasionally during the day (for people using the B pool) and was never open in the evening. There was no bar at all on A side (apart from an underground adult lounge bar which was all closed up). I was hoping to have a quiet, preferably adult bar for in the evenings - my teens are old enough to do their own thing and I don’t always want to sit through the same mini-disco and hundreds of free-roaming kids every night! I’ve been there and done all that when my kids were small. On a couple of evenings I ended up watching TV in our apartment for an hour or so before the main show, just for a bit of peace and quiet. (TV in the apartment had BBC1 & 2, ITV and a few other English channels, apparently some people had Channel Four and Five, but we couldn’t get it on ours). Another complaint was people smoking in the main family bar in the evenings - I thought Spain had new laws about smoking in public areas. Some people were polite and went to smoke outside, but most people ignored the fact that it was a family bar which served food and just lit up anyway, which I found disgusting and disrespectful. Each evening followed the same pattern: Mini-Disco from 8-9pm, then a quiz, bingo and ‘Play Your Cards Right’ from 9-10pm and then the main show at 10pm. The main shows were really good! The First Choice entertainment team were great and worked so hard. Some nights the hotel brought in ‘professional’ acts (magician, hypnotist, Drifters, Beatles etc) but we enjoyed the reps shows more. Our entertainers were: Nick & Nat, Dani & posh Vicky (who’ll be on their way to Majorca for the summer season by the time you read this), scouse singer Lesley, and not forgetting the lovely Deano who arrived for the summer season a few days before we went home. The best show was Skool Of Rock and we also enjoyed Dr Funkenstein, Decades, Nick’s night and several other evenings of excellent entertainment. After the show, the reps would come and sit with you for a while for a chat, which was really nice and made all the difference to how you enjoyed the holiday. They would also sit and chat for a minute or two during the day in between games of waterpolo, killer darts, giant jenga, etc. We got to know them all really well, and I would like to wish them all the best for the summer season. The kids clubs seemed good, although we didn’t really make use of them. My 14 year-old daughter half-heartedly joined in a few Wavelength activities, but this isn’t a bad reflection on the club itself or on Wez the rep; it’s just at that age any form of organised activity is just ‘so not cool’. As she said herself - she wasn’t going to Wavelength club, they were just ‘going to bother Wez for a bit…’ She made a lot of friends, and has been in touch with some of them since we came home. Liz, the sun cream woman is very helpful - okay she’s there to sell her stuff, but she won’t sell you anything you don’t need and she’ll come and see you most days to see how your tan’s coming along. I’m a secret redhead (I’m salon blonde at the moment), I have freckles and I get prickly heat, and I never usually come home with anything more than red blotches and itchy lumps, but this time I have something resembling ‘a colour’ thanks to Liz’s products, so give it a go if you’re ‘sensitive’ like me. The complex is uphill from the main resort, it doesn’t take long to walk down to the beach and shops but it’s quite a hard slog back up again, especially if you’ve been shopping. You can treat yourself to a ride on the mini-train if you don’t fancy the walk (I think it’s about €1 - we always just missed it). There is a small commercial centre just at the back of the complex with a couple of bars and restaurants, and a handy Netto if you need any bits and bobs. The complex also has a mini-market on the C side, downstairs from the pool bar, very handy for a newspaper and a ‘proper’ ice cream. We didn’t bother with any of the organised excursions, which is unusual for us because I love my days out, but there was nothing on the island we hadn’t already seen. A lot people went on the Oasis Park trip and had a good day. There is an agent -Tourventura - in the town who sells trips cheaper than the hotel reps, but we had some discount vouchers in our First Choice ticket booklet which would have made it around the same price anyway. In conclusion (finally) we had a great time. It’s always nice to come home and get back in your own bed, drink proper tea etc, but we’ve been home nearly a week now and I miss it a little bit more each day. Walking down to breakfast in the morning and looking down over the beach and harbour is a sight I won’t forget. I’d be happy to go back, and I know the kids would be back there tomorrow if they had the chance!
Don't go here - Seema. Date of travel: Sep 2006
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I went to Caleta Dorada hotel in Fuerteventura in Sep 2006 with my family. This hotel does not deserve any rating as the accommodation was in a desperate need of renovation. The bedroom doors were scraping on the floor when we tried to open/close them. The kids room door had no handle on the inside of the door. The whole frame moved when we tried to open the door and it would only open half way. No toilet roll holder in the bathroom. No lock on the bathroom door. One family member had to hold the door shut from the outside when someone was using the bathroom. Ants everywhere. First choice had been advertising kids den with bunk beds on internet but only 1 room like that in the whole complex. Pull out beds free rolling. My kids fell of it. And the list goes on.... By the way no point in reporting any faults to reps because the maintenance man speaks no english. We complained to first choice on return and compensation refused outright.
Caleta Dorada - Lauren. Date of travel: Jun 2006
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I think that Caleta Dorada is a really good family place. All the kids loved it. All the shows were good. the entertainers were exellent, the rooms were great, the food was good. I could go on for ever. My only bad point was the pool... its was cold and especally when there is a cool breeze... Brrrrr... makes me cold thinking about it.. but I would recommend this place to anyone... so if your thinking about going there i would defentally advise to to book NOW! 100000000000000% recommened to kids. 99% reccomended to adults
 
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