Review of Occidental Jandia Mar - Fuerteventura

Well, here we are back from our holiday - what a fantastic time we had once again!  I'm hoping this review post will be useful for anyone wanting to go.  Please note this hotel has since changed it's name to the Occidental Jandia Mar instead of the Barcelo;  I have updated the title of this post accordingly.
We stayed at the same hotel as we did last year as it was so good.

Jandia Beach - over 12 miles of sand:

When you book with 'some' UK tour operators they show a picture of the Barceló Jandia Mar hotel, however it is referred to as the 'Jandia Resort'. 

Hotel - Barceló Jandia Mar: 

However, in Jandia there's also a hotel called the Barcelo Jandia Playa which is next to and below the Mar as they are on a hill.



When you read the description in the holiday brochures it's confusing as the description is different to the actual Barcelo website when referring to the number of pools and al a carte restaurants there are.  

Hotel - Barceló Jandia Playa: 

Before we went last year I assumed 'Resort' meant you could use the facilities in both the hotels since they were next to each other but again I couldn't be sure.  
It's true, you can use the facilities in both hotels so you have double everything - more pools and places to eat.  *If however, when you book your holiday it wasn't under the heading 'Resort' and actually states the name of the hotel then you will only have use of the hotel stated.  When booking any holiday - never assume anything, check before you book.

I read some of the bad reviews that both hotels received on sites such as Trip Adviser and all I can say is some people are just strange - we loved it this year as much as we did last year.
For the people complaining on Trip Adviser who 'found the food boring and repetitive' here are examples of what there is to eat.......I wonder what these people eat at home - probably toast every day for breakfast, and pizza and chips for dinner!
Both hotels are 'All Inclusive' board basis so you can eat and drink as much as you like and the food is excellent.

Typical Breakfast:
Approx 8 different cereal's including muesli and porridge, yogurt, fried egg, scrambled egg, omelet, hard boiled egg, bacon, sausages, tomatoes, baked beans, a range of different bread for you to toast if you wish. 5 or 6 different jams, honey, cheese and ham.  There was also carrots and peas, (bit strange for breakfast but hey ho)!  Salami, sliced garlic sausage and chicken.
A selection of pastries including Pain au Chocolate and croissants. 
Fresh fruit includes, apples, pears, kiwi fruit, bananas, oranges and plums. Tinned fruit included pineapple, apricots, pears and clementines.
A selection of different coffees and teas, hot chocolate and fruit juice.

Typical Lunch:
Freshly cooked fish, pork, chicken, paella, pizza, pasta, chips, rice, boiled potatoes, Canarian wrinkly potatoes with or without mojo sauce.  Fresh tomatoes, sliced onion, cucumber, lettuce, beetroot, silver-skin pickled onions, different kinds of beans in sauce or dressing, sliced ham, salami, cheese, different kinds of bread and bread rolls.
Fresh fruit includes, apples, mango, pears, kiwi fruit, bananas, oranges, grapes and plums. Tinned fruit included pineapple, apricots, pears and clementines.  
A selection of desserts too huge to name, 5 or 6 different ice creams, yogurt, rice pudding and more!

Drinks include: Red wine, white wine or rose, sangria, San Miguel lager, fruit juice, Coke, Sprite, Fanta orange, Fanta lemon, water still or sparkling. 

Typical Dinner:
Freshly cooked fish, pork, chicken, steak, paella, pizza, pasta, sauces for pasta, chips, rice, boiled potatoes, Canarian wrinkly potatoes with or without mojo sauce, jacket potatoes, sliced baked potatoes. Two kinds of pasta and pasta bake and garlic bread.
Chilli con carne, tortillas, spicy sausages including chorizo.  Sweet and sour pork (although that wasn't too amazing in my opinion).  Meat and potato stew - usually pork or beef but I did see goat too.
King prawns and Green lipped mussels. 
Fresh tomatoes, sliced onion, cucumber, lettuce, beetroot, silver-skin pickled onions, different kinds of beans in sauce or dressing, sliced ham, salami, cheese, different kinds of bread and bread rolls.
Fresh fruit includes, apples, pears, kiwi fruit, bananas, oranges, grapes and plums. Tinned fruit included pineapple, apricots, pears and clementines.  
A selection of really fancy desserts - again too huge to name all, 5 or 6 different ice creams, yoghurt, rice pudding and more!
A selection of different cheeses and crackers.  Again drinks included Red wine, white wine or rose, sangria, San Miguel lager, fruit juice, Coke, Sprite, Fanta orange, Fanta lemon, water still or sparkling.  
Outside of the dining area you can of course have cocktails and locally produced spirits.  Brand names are also available but not included in the all inclusive deal. 

There's also the Poolside Bar.
Opening at 11am in the Mar and noon in the Player: 
Serving burgers, hot-dogs, chips, pasta, salad, ham cheese and a good few other things including tubs of ice cream.

Do you think this could be the reason I put on 10lb last year on this holiday?!
I've probably missed a good few things out but anyone not finding something to eat from that lot - I feel worried for them! Taking a walk to the bars and shops on this flat road will take about 10 to 15 minutes from the Jandia Mar hotel if you cut through the Jandia Player - making the steep hill much more easier:

The beach runs all along on the left side and the Stella Canaris zoo is to the right of this picture - although out of shot:

Altogether it will take in total about 20 to 25 minutes to reach the shops and bars on foot from the top of the Jandia Mar hotel.  At the time of writing a taxi is only 3 euros each way if you don't do walking.

Our favourite bar to stop for a drink, La Isla - 2 large beers were 6 euros: 

The Stella Canaris zoo costs 7 euros each for a 7 day pass and although it's a fairly small zoo it's well worth going to.  As we often walked past it to get to the shops we popped in to feed some of the animals.  The do an excellent show from 11am to 12.30pm every day but we found the weather was too hot to sit there that long so caught bits of it on different days.

I'll leave you with a few more photos.









  


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8 comments

  1. The beach, the food, the atmosphere all sound like the perfect combination for a great vacation Jan!

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  2. So nice to hear that you had a wonderful holiday, Jan :) The pictures look good.

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  3. Wow, look at the first photo, look at the colours. Just beautiful. I want to fly off now.

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  4. Lovely to hear you had such a good time! It makes a change from people who come home and whine about this and that on their holiday. The place looks absolutely wonderful - and so clean! Fabulous.

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  5. Great holiday Jan! Some people would complain if they were being kept in Buckingham Palace! I am like you, I like to make my own mind up about things! That food sound like there was lots of offer. Wow!

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  6. We could all do with some of this!

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  7. Food is really good in Barcelo Jandia Mar. I need to agree with people in here ;) Nice photos

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  8. Jan, thank you for your detailed review! My partner and i have just booked to go on the 15th Sept and your review has really got our hopes up for a great holiday! :) Thanks

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Thanks for taking the time to comment - much appreciated.
Cheers
Jan

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