Sheraton Fuerteventura Beach, Golf & Spa Resort
Beach, Golf, Wellness
Sheraton already states the strengths of its luxury resort in its name: Beach, Golf and Spa. The beach is on the doorstep, so to speak, and the 1,000 square metre Hesperides wellness and thalassotherapy centre is a perfect cosmos of well-being.
I haven't been to Caleta de Fuste on Fuerteventura for years - like so many tourist centres, this place has changed a lot. A pretty beach promenade with cafés and restaurants connects the marina with the old watchtower El Castillo and several luxury hotels, such as the Sheraton Fuerteventura Beach Golf & Spa Resort.
The two light-coloured (artificial) sandy beaches of Caleta de Fuste are less spectacular than those in Corralejo. Still, the breakwaters make them suitable for families and for relaxing. Many locals from Puerto del Rosario, the capital of Fuerteventura, also come to Caleta de Fuste. I liked the jetty at the end, with the "Beach Club Chiringuito La Isla" barbecue restaurant. Dining or enjoying a drink high above the sea is something special!
The Sheraton Fuerteventura Beach Golf & Spa Resort blends harmoniously into its surroundings with its warm sandy colours. The five-star luxury hotel impresses with its location by the sea, among other things. Until you reach the beach in front of the hotel, you walk through the very well-tended, artistically staged hotel garden, which is almost like a park.
Zen at Sunrise
During my stay, I wondered how many gardeners are employed here. There are 266 accommodation units on the five floors of the hotel. From the balcony of my comfortable room on the fourth floor, furnished with wicker furniture, I enjoy the view over the garden, the two pools, and the sea. Morning stretching exercises at sunrise are a little highlight of my short stay at the Sheraton Fuerteventura Beach Golf & Spa Resort (what a long name). I particularly like the red striped sofa, which goes wonderfully with the reddish-brown tiled floor. The ceiling fan is cool and reminds me of hotels in tropical climates.
I was very impressed by the large hotel lobby with giant perennials reaching up to the glass roof. The piano bar offers a great view of the impressive flora. At the beginning of December, the lobby was also very elegantly decorated for Christmas, a real eye-catcher.
Breakfast in splendid nature
As in most hotels of this size, there are sumptuous self-service buffets for breakfast and dinner. Tip: Find a nice spot on the terrace in the morning, next to the stream with many trees. For me, this was the perfect place for a relaxed breakfast while Germany was shivering in the snow and cold in those early December days.
The Los Arcos restaurant is cleverly designed with its many arches, so its size could be more noticeable. I am always amazed at the variety of the buffets. At the Sheraton Fuerteventura Beach Golf & Spa Resort, I was particularly impressed by the "salmorejos" - cold soups served in glasses with cucumber, celery, and mint, among other things. A small side note: I thought the maître wearing bright red socks and a black suit was cool. I really like style breaks like that. I don't like it so much when some (few) guests turn up for dinner in shorts.
Three a la carte restaurants also offer regional, Spanish, Mediterranean, and Asian/Oriental cuisine.
A Paradise for Golfers
The Sheraton Fuerteventura Beach Golf & Spa Resort is perfect for sports enthusiasts. In addition to yoga, Pilates, beach volleyball, football, and tennis, you can let off steam in the well-equipped gym or try golf. The Fuerteventura and Salinas golf courses are approximately 2 km from the hotel and can be reached by free shuttle bus. The first golf club on the island, the "Fuerteventura Golf Club," offers 18 holes and par 72, as well as a driving range with over 50 tees. It belongs to the same company as the hotel. The "Golf Club Salinas de Antigua" also offers 18 holes but with par 70. A driving range and golf lessons are also available. As a passionate non-golfer, however, I preferred excursions on the spectacular island - to each his own.
A fine Temple of Wellness
An exceptional highlight is the already mentioned Hesperides Spa with sauna, steam bath, hammam, experience shower, swimming area, and whirlpool - perfect for less sunny days, which only happens sometimes on Fuerteventura. I like to go to a spa at lunchtime - when it's just too hot outside, and I don't want to expose my aging skin to the high sun.
A quick word about the location: The Sheraton Fuerteventura Beach Golf & Spa Resort is only 9 kilometres from the airport, which means a pleasantly short transfer. On the other hand, a jet sometimes thunders over the resort. This didn't bother me so much - especially as there are no night flights on Fuerteventura.
All about Salt
A few metres from the hotel is the modern Atlantico shopping centre (open on Sundays!) with 40 restaurants and shops selling some well-known, interchangeable brands. If you want to buy typical products, there are places such as El Cotillo in the north of the island (approximately 30 minutes drive away). The salt museum (open daily from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm, admission EUR 6 per person - as of December 2023) next to the salt pans ("Salinas del Carmen"), which is only 2 km from the hotel, is an exciting attraction. It explains the history and process of salt extraction. You can walk or cycle here along a well-maintained path. Next to the museum is an impressive whale skeleton, offering an excellent photo opportunity.
Fuerteventura - just too good for only bathing
But make sure you visit the unique island of Fuerteventura by hiring a car or a jeep. You should not miss the Corralejo Nature Park, the old island capital Betancuria, or the idyllic fishing village of Ajuy. You can easily reach all these places in 30 to 40 minutes by car. The island's main towns are connected by 17 bus routes. You can find other interesting sights on the way and elsewhere on the island in my latest travel report about Fuerteventura.
Avda. de las Marismas nº1, Antigua
Fuerteventura, Spain, 35610
Telephone: +34 928 495100
Bookable via many tour operators or directly on the hotel website.
TRAVELLING TO FUERTEVENTURA
The international airport is 5 kilometers from the capital Puerto del Rosario. Here you will find an overview which airlines connect Fuerteventura with European hubs. Flights from continental Europe take a bit more than four hours. There are regular ferries from Morro Jable in the south of Fuerteventura and from Corralejo to the neighbouring islands of Gran Canaria and Lanzarote.
WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE IN FUERTEVENTURA
The climate of the Canary Islands, the islands of "eternal spring", is considered one of the best in the world. It only gets unpleasant for a few weeks a year when the "calima" arrives. A desert wind from the Sahara brings heat and lots of sand dust (sometimes 2 kg per square kilometer yearly). I remember seeing cars covered in dust in the past. Fuerteventura has an average of 5 rainy days a year; there are no cold days here. At night, it can rarely get as hard as 10 degrees Celsius. You can swim in the sea year-round.
TRAVELLING ON FUERTEVENTURA
Fuerteventura has a good bus network. 17 lines connect the northern and southern parts of the island. I recommend hiring a hire car or even a jeep. The roads are well-developed with a few exceptions (e.g., Cofete). A bicycle is recommended for those with sporting ambitions.
My trip was supported by the Patronato de Turismo de Fuerteventura and the Sheraton Fuerteventura Beach, Golf & Spa Resort. However, this did not affect my ratings in any way.