"A Canarian Curate’s Egg"
My wife & I went to Hotel Faro Jandia, Fuerteventura, for 4 nights in mid-December. The hotel location, décor, facilities and service were, overall, excellent. The staff were pleasant & helpful and most multi-lingual – a boon for those with minimal Spanish! The (elderly German-dominated) ambience was calm, polite but reasonably affable: everyone seemed to move in slow motion, soaking up the sun and going about their touristy business. The hotel pool & spa were clean and well-maintained: a joy to use. Evening entertainment was enthusiastic & well-intentioned.
The actual strip of shops & bars, etc., where the hotel is situated is slightly unreal – dominated by major international luxury brands, with Santa Clauses & reindeers looking incongruous in the sun & heat which reached 26-27° in the afternoon – though the shopkeepers & staff are helpful and not too pushy.
The beach (5 mins’ walk from the hotel) is long, soft & sandy; lifeguard-surveyed in places, though watch out for the strong Atlantic current, German naturists and the sun-lounger fee.
There’s not a lot of youth, energy (though see below) or proper local culture in evidence here, but if you want a soft, slow-burning, take-it-easy, could-really-be-anywhere kind of break, this could be the place for you.
Traveller from Reading, Berkshire