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Esmeralda Maris
Ranked #9 of 27 Hotels in Costa Calma
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 15 January 2017

Visited the hotel as a couple for New Year's and stayed 7 nights, returning on January 7th 2017. My overal impression was very positive, the hotel is very well maintained, the staff is friendly and the hotel director, Nicholas, is a real asset.

Apartments
We stayed in one of the "bangalows" at the front of the property, number 316, which offers a nice sea view, please check the pictures. The apartment is very spacious, with an open plan kitchen and a full sized fridge freezer!
The kitchen could do with some improvements, such as adding an electric kettle and some table knives that actually can cut something - they are all "butter" knives and you need to use the big butcher ones to cut a steak on your plate lol. The hobs are electric and have a thermostat thing that keeps switching the hob on and off while you are cooking, so I had to call reception as I didn't know what was happening. Nicholas came to our apartment and helped us figure out what was going on. He also offered courtesy dinner at their restaurant in case we thought we could not cook our meals in the apartment.
The microwave oven was falty and Nicholas had it exchanged on the following day.
The bathroom is HUGE! and the shower is very good - good water pressure and hot enough.
The bedroom is very big as well, with a full length waredrobe, however, "double beds" are simply 2 single beds put together. Not a real issue for me, but may be a negative point for honeymooners.
The TV is a nice 40 inch Samsung flat tv which has loads of channels. For English channels it has Sky and BBC news plus some 3 or 4 other channels such as "Film4men" - which shows westerns and kung fu films. You can get films in English language from the Spanish channels- simply use the remote control > TOOLS > LANGUAGE > AUDIO and change the dubbed version into English.
The apartment is cleaned daily and it's spotless. Towels are changed every other day.

Wi-fi
I haven't used the Hotel's wi-fi, but they offer it free of charge in communal areas and charge €15 for a week if you want to use it in the apartment.

Restaurant
The hotel has 2 restaurants, but I only used the buffet one for new year's eve dinner. Service was excellent, food was plentiful and tasty. I also had breakfast in there one morning and in my opinion, the buffet was excellent: many types of breads, decent sausages (not those hot-dog ones!), scrambled eggs, nice spreads for toasts, such as nutella, jams etc. Ham, cheese, cakes, fruit, potato croquette etc. It costs €9, but the hotel offers discounted breakfast packages for guests who stay a week, 10 days or 15 days. I think it is worth to consider this option, as the breakfast is very good.

Swimming pool
It is very quiet in there, ideal if you want to relax. I didn't see any children around, maybe because the hotel is not a resort? There is no bar service at the pool, but you can get drinks at the hotel cocktail bar just next to the mini shop they keep in there.

Mini-shop
This is a very small convenience shop for hotel guests. It has papers and magazines (mostly in German, but 2 UK papers, Daily Mirror and the Sun - mind you, they are nearly 4 quid!). Please, be aware of the ham being sold in a twin packet with cheese: it is terrible, we had to throw it away. They don't accept cards in there, so bring cash with you. It closes very early too, at 6pm.

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Now for the area, Costa Calma is simply a Hotel area of Fuerteventura, there is no city, or downtown area where you could go for a stroll. There are some scattered shops here and there, but nothing special: the usual touristy bric-a-brac, bikinis, hats, sandals etc. I found the whole place very uninteresting and headed for Morro Jable and other cities instead.
TRANSPORT
There are city buses that run the whole island, but there is not a map signalling where the bus stops are located. The nearest bus stop to the hotel is a good 15, 20 minute walk. Bus drivers can understand a bit of English, as you get on the bus, you need to say where you want to go. A ride from Costa Calma to the airport takes about 1 hour and costs €7. Taxi to the hotel from the airport will cost you €75 so if you are not hiring a car, best thing to do is to catch the bus to the resort, then catch a taxi from the bus stop in Costa Calma to the hotel.

SUPERMARKET
there are 2 spars in the area, a small one just 10 minutes away and a bigger one in the shopping centre.

The whole place catters for Germans, so expect a lot of German tourists, german food in some restaurants menu, shop signs in German even 2 German bakeries!

All in all, I would return to Esmeralda Maris, but next time I would definetely hire a car, as waiting for buses is very tiring.

  • Stayed: January 2017, travelled as a couple
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EsmeraldaMaris, Director General at Esmeralda Maris, responded to this reviewResponded 23 January 2017

Dear Mr. Christiane,
First of all we would like to thank you sharing with us online your experience in Esmeralda Maris as well as for your detailed description of our hotel. We are very happy to know that you 've enjoyed your stay and we hope to have the opportunity to attending you again in the future. In this sense, as our goal is to exceed the expectations of our guests we will work to improve even further in order your next stay in our Hotel to be even better.
Till then, best regards,
Yours Esmeralda Maris Team

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Reviewed 28 December 2016

We have booked here for the last 3 years for our club windsurfing trip. We all stay at the same place, we can cook in our rooms or use the buffet in the evening or for breakfast. Club Ion arranges transport to the lagoon and the wind blows - almost constantly :-) Great, clean, friendly, pool and shop - close to the coast and the town - what's not to like! Fuerteventura as a whole is a blowy, fairly desolate place - if you like that sort of thing then book it, if you like windsurfing then book it, they are also very keen on their naturism :-)

  • Stayed: June 2016, travelled with friends
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EsmeraldaMaris, Director General at Esmeralda Maris, responded to this reviewResponded 29 December 2016

Dear Mrs.SallyAM2014,
We are very happy to know that you 've enjoyed your holidays in Fuerteventura and in Esmeralda Maris. Wir hope to see us again in another ocassion soon.
Till then, all the best,
Yours Esmeralda Maris Team

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Reviewed 20 October 2016

My husband I spent 7 nights in the hotel mod Oct 2016, stayed on half board basis. From the very first moment we were welcomed by friendly and very helpful staff at the reception. Generally great people- all speak at least basic English but generally they are multilingual. Hotel manager Nicholas took his pride every day to welcome everyone for breakfast and dinner. He was ever so approachable and trying to accommodate guests' wishes. All levels of staff very helpful and hard working- my hat off to them.Bungalow was very species and clean, we loved the bathroom with large mirror with additional lighting and the make up mirror with magnifying side and hair dryer. Kitchenette had all the appliances and more, large fridge/freezer and the dining table. Open space living area with comfortable large sofa, coffee table and TV. You need to look for English channels -as they appear not to be under numbers specified by the guide left by but there are English channels on- so keep looking go beyond radio channels. Bedroom was big and comfy plenty of room to unpack and lovely dressing table, plenty of mirrors, door leading to internal patio. There was A/C but also ceiling fan in the bedroom. There were 2 patios- external and internal, table, chairs and 2 loungers with umbrella to use there. Food was fantastic, always fresh, as much as possible from local suppliers, great variety as well, there was a grill station at both breakfast and dinner and we were always spoilt for choice. I think even the most fussy eater would find something for them there. There is a little coffee shop in the hotel with much much more than coffee and snacks. We did not use the spa so cannot comment on that but swimming pool was always very clean and tidy.
If you rent a car there is always place to park within 2 minutes walk. There is a sandy beach within 5-10 min walk- depending how fast you walk- Esmeralda beach with umbrellas and chair facilities. You can get all help, advice, maps etc about what to do on the island and how at the reception desk, you can also rent you safe there.Generally we were very happy there and planning next holiday already

Room Tip: We stayed in the bungalow off the main road- saying that there is almost no traffic there we enjoyed...
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  • Stayed: October 2016, travelled as a couple
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Thank AlinaSG
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EsmeraldaMaris, Director General at Esmeralda Maris, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2016

Dear Salina,
Thank you very much for your visit and for the nice review here in Trip Advisor, too. On behalf of all the staff of the Hotel we would like to thank you for the time dedicated in writting this review. You have pulished a very kind and precise description of our hotel, in relation to the attention our guests receive as well as to the services available to them. Our aim is to offer personalised attention to all our guests in a way that the whole holiday experience will exceed the expectations. Furthermore, we are very pleased to know that you have enjoyed your stay in Esmeralda Maris and that you also had a nice time in Fuerteventura.
Hopefully, we will have the chance to see you and to attend you soon again.
Till then, all the best,
Your Esmeralda Maris Team

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Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

We stayed there 5 night. Bungalows were not too clean but tidy and decent enough. Food was great every day something different for dinner. Really tasty and quite a lot of variety. Great place to chill and fro surfing. I really recommend south of fuerteventura.

Stayed: September 2016, travelled as a couple
Thank Bartek Z
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EsmeraldaMaris, Director General at Esmeralda Maris, responded to this reviewResponded 12 October 2016

Dear Mr. Bartek,
Thank you for your comment in Trip Advisor. We are happy to know that you 've enjoyed your stay in Esmeralda Maris. Thank you also for the nice feedback on our Restaurant.
On the other hand, we understand the inconvenience that may be caused by the sand due to the strong wind as the hotel is located just next to the Natural Park of the Sand Dunes of Istmos La Pared. We will investigate further in order to take the all necessary actions that can help us minimise the effects of the wind and the landscape. And hopefully you next visit will be even better.
Till then, best regards,
Your Esmeralda Maris Team

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Reviewed 20 September 2016

What an amazing place! We had such a pleasant time at esmeralda maris.. The food is excellent, fresh ingredients everyday, local products and traditional food... Very spacious and tidy rooms, and it is definitely worth paying the extra money to get the sea view! Friendly staff and the director Nicholas always welcomes you in the dinner hall which gives the place a nice family atmosphere. Definitely would love to come back!

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  • Stayed: August 2016, travelled with family
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Thank Lenka L
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EsmeraldaMaris, Director General at Esmeralda Maris, responded to this reviewResponded 10 October 2016

Dear Lenka,
We are very happy to read your Feedback here in TripAdvisor. It was also for us a great pleasure to have you here and to attend you and your family. Thank you for the nice description of our gastronomical offer too. Through a hard work it is converted in one of the strongest points of our service.
Furthermore, our aim to offer a personalised attention to our guests we we are more than happy to know that this attempt has been perceived so.
We hope to seeing you soon again in Esmeralda Maris.
Till then, we wish you all the best,
Your Esmeralda Maris Team

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Additional Information about Esmeralda Maris

Address: Calle Punta del Roquito, 1, 35627 Costa Calma, Pajara, Fuerteventura, Spain
Region: Spain > Canary Islands > Fuerteventura > Jandia Peninsula > Pajara > Costa Calma
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Spa Hotel in Costa Calma
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Costa Calma
#7 Luxury Hotel in Costa Calma
Price Range: RM425 - RM949 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Esmeralda Maris 4*
Number of rooms: 82
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
ust 400m from the Costa Calma Beach, the Bungalows Club Esmeralda Maris welcomes you. The hotel is located next to the natural park Valle de Esmeralda in a quiet paradise place allowing spectacular views of the ocean and the famous white sandy beaches of Sotavento. We invite you to enjoy its completely renovated pool area for sunbathing and for absolute relaxation. Enjoy our Spa equipped with sauna, whirlpool and Turkish baths. Also, for exquisite massages inform the reception. Without any additional cost you can use our Gym and participate in Yoga classes taught by professional teachers. Also the direct access from the hotel to the area of ​​the beaches allows trips and excursions to practice water sports such as diving, surfing, etc. Which will give you an intense approach with the natural elements of wind and water. Visit our restaurant Esmeralda Maris and taste a wide and delicious variety of food of international and local cuisine. Also, we offer breakfasts of typical products of the region, fresh and homemade. In the lobby / reception area there is free Wi-Fi available 24 hours. The hotel has: 24 units (double) of 1 separate bedroom and views to the gardens. 5 studios (double) sea view. 7 units (double) 2 separate bedrooms and sea views 46 units (double) with a separate bedroom and sea views. All room types are provided with the same equipment: Bathroom: Hair dryer, shower, bathtub, bathrobe (on request). Furniture: Desk, appliances for cooking, refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, safe. Multimedia: satellite TV, radio, electronic card opening and activation, air conditioning. WLAN in the rooms for a fee. Children and extra beds: Children under 2 years, do not pay. The bedrooms have space for a child's bed. Outside: Swimming pool (all year), gardens, terrace. Activities: Wind / Kite-Surfing, Scuba Diving, Gym, Hiking, Spa & Wellness, Massage ... Food and drinks: restaurant and bar. Parking: Available on public streets around the hotel (at no cost). Other services: automatic dispensers, car rental, excursion bookings, 24h reception, laundry, fax and print, medical assistance (on request), lifts, mini market, night surveillance, smoking area. Languages: Spanish, German, English, Italian, Dutch. Opening Hours: Check-in time: 14:00. Departures, until 12:00. ... more   less 
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