Hotel review: Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahía Real, Fuerteventura

Adam Lowe

Adam Lowe is an award-winning author, editor and publisher from Leeds, now based in Manchester. He runs Dog Horn Publishing and is Director and Writing Coordinator for Young Enigma, a writer development programme for LGBT young people.
Adam Lowe

The Canarian island of Fuerteventura is renowned for its gorgeous weather and peaceful atmosphere. Unlike its neighbours Lanzarote and Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura is calm and laidback all year round. It’s the perfect getaway if you want to escape the hustle and bustle, and take some time to pamper yourself.

In this review, I’ll give you an overview of the hotel and its facilities. This will be followed by more detailed looks at the restaurants and the spa later in the week.

Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahía Real offers a relaxing environment with all the facilities required to keep you rested, happy and healthy. The staff are all very well trained and are always keen to help. We especially impressed by the staff’s knowledge and professionalism.

The five-star Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahía Real is the perfect location for beach lovers. The majority of rooms give you views of the crisp blue waters and the sugary white sands of Corralejo Natural Dune Park.

The hotel has several in-house theme restaurants, bars and cafes, serving local and international cuisine, meaning you have everything you need right outside your room (or in your room if you want room service).

Accommodation

The bedrooms are well appointed, with a range of options available according to your budget, including Double Deluxe, Junior Suite, Spacious Suites and family rooms. The standard room, below, is plenty of space for a couple and presents a unique opportunity to relax in comfort.

Standard bedroom with sea view

Our standard room had a sea view, which was spectacular. We could spend every morning reading and drinking tea on the balcony with a nicely refreshing sea breeze. This was probably the coolest place in the hotel other than the bedrooms themselves and it allowed for for fresh air while still in our dressing gowns. The view was breathtaking.

Each of the 242 rooms of the Grand Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real is packed with surprising detail, from the luxurious double bathroom sinks to the writing desk and high-backed chairs. As you’d expect, the room has all the usual mod cons, plus valuable extras one might often leave at home (toothbrushes with toothpaste, shower caps, shoe horns, etc).

Every evening, the maids leave a pair of small chocolates in the room, with a joyous inspirational note to put a smile on your face before you rest for the night. This is a great way to help you nod off in a good mood, and ensures a good night’s sleep.

The suites give you more glamour, such as the decadent Suite Atlántico (pictured below), including separate lounge and bedroom spaces. If your budget can stretch that far, it’s certainly worth splashing out for that extra room and style.

 

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Health and fitness

The hotel’s SPA Bahía Vital is beautifully rendered in white tiles and tranquil moods. Locally sourced aloe vera is used in treatments to ensure guests get the very best the island can offer.

The spa has panoramic views of the beachfront and the nearby Los Lobos Island. Its state-of-the-art facilities include a hydrotherapy circuit with spa jets, water-beds, massage seats with hydro jets, swan neck jets, whirlpools, a shower temple, ice cold plunge pool, foot spas, a sauna and a steam room, as well as an invigorating ice fountain to refresh the skin. You could easily spend hours here.

Guests have free access to the indoor pool and facilities, although treatments are very reasonably priced if you fancy relaxing with a massage. The on-site gym is usually pretty quiet, so you can hop straight on your machine of choice and work out to your heart’s content.

Outside the gym is an often overlooked sun terrace. It’s a real hidden gem, where you can bask and take a dip in the cool jacuzzi nearby. You can also enjoy the main outdoor pool, which has plenty of secluded corners for you to dose off or read a book in privacy.

Meanwhile, Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahía Real’s beach club and lounge, Coco Bahía, offers yoga and pilates classes on the ‘chill-out’ terrace overlooking the sea. With minimalist purple and white décor, comfy Balinese beds and relaxing ambient music, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a freshly prepared healthy snack including salads and energising smoothies post-workout.

Dining options

Favoured on the island for its culinary offering, Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real also boasts some of the highest quality restaurants including La Cúpula, led by Michelin star chef Carles Gaig. The restaurants offer a range of dishes to please any palate – while the buffet (free for guests on a half-board basis) offers excellent choice. It’s almost too easy to overeat if you love food like I do!

For a light, revitalising lunch, guests can dine at the Yamatori restaurant which offers a deliciously healthy sushi menu as well as Asian-style low-carb dishes for a filling yet balanced meal.

Guests can also kickstart their day at the tropical garden patio of the Alacena Real featuring over 230 healthy breakfast options and the largest range of natural tropical juices, starting each day with an energy boost. Buffet dinner is also served here – with plenty of options available.

Drinks

Bar El Mirador is the bar adjacent to the reception. It overlooks the ocean with its gorgeous terrace seating, or you can sit inside and enjoy the live music on an evening.

We enjoyed the sangria de cava here (a delicious white sangria made with cava, full of subtle pear and cucumber notes). We spent most of our last day on the bar’s balcony, reading in the shade and fresh air.

More information

Prices for Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real, Fuerteventura start from £160 per room, based on a double room on a bed and breakfast basis in September 2019. This price includes:

  • free entry to the SPA per adult/day;
  • free entry to the GYM, including classes such as yoga, pilates, zumba and AquaGym;
  • free set of sunbeds on the beachfront;
  • welcome drink and departures details;
  • free Wi-Fi and safe.

For more information, please visit atlantisbahiareal.com / visitfuerteventura.es.

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