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Club Tahiti Lanzarote Reviews
Think before you stay here
Our expectations of our stay were based on the original sales presentation when we were sold a starter pack.
We expected 4* accommodation. This is at best 2* Having stayed in Whitbarrow, which was good if you get a refurbished lodge, Laugharne, ok but needs refurbishing and Clowance, billed as the premier Seasons site, but old and tired, we expected Club Tahiti to be somewhere in the middle.
Unfortunately, it was very poor.
So bad that we moved out after two nights and paid for much better accommodation elsewhere. On plus side, the staff were pleasant and helpful.
How does this place survive?
I’m visiting Club Tahiti on a timeshare exchange and I’m left wondering how this place continues to survive. It’s in the middle of a residential area and at least 15-20 minutes from the beach and the main nightlife centre of Costa Teguise.
But the resort is full. It looks as though most people spend all day around the pools.
The resort has 2 pools and a Jacuzzi. One pool is for children.
The resort offers nightly entertainment and meal deals. I’d rather walk into town to be honest.
The staff are friendly and helpful, especially Emma on reception.
There are a good number of sun loungers around the pool but very few sun shades or places out of the sun.
The place is clean and the accommodation is functional. Note no shaver socket in the bathroom.
I was in room 213 and there is no sun shade on the balcony so sitting there on the plastic (yuk) chairs is unbearable in the afternoon sun.
The resort charges 40 euro per week for a ‘utility charge’. What a rip off. But then they say you can get the refunded if you go listen to their timeshare talk. Apparently, they don’t sell timeshare any more but it’s all the same.
If you just want to use the resort as a base then is an ok self-catering room or if you want to sit around the pool all day and turn pink. Otherwise, I think you could do a lot better in terms of location and facilities.
I gave this place two stars because the resort is clean, functional and the staff are very helpful. How others gave it 5 stars is a loss to me.
If you’ve read this far then thank you and I hope my review was helpful to you.
Stayed at the Club Tahiti 15/1 – 22/1 2015.
This was our first visit to Lanzarote which we now prefer to Tenerife.
Club Tahiti is Located in Costa Teguise about a 20 minute walk to the main beaches.
The club site is compact with 60 or so apartments over two floors. The pool areas are well kept and clean, however, there was a problem with the heating system so we did not use them. There was also a problem with the jacuzzi which was out of order during our stay.
There is a team on site who work hard to ensure your stay goes smoothly and special thanks to John Mac (McClean) who did a splendid job hosting almost everything.
The apartments can sleep 4, two on a sofa bed in the lounge. They are spacious with everything you need if you wish to self-cater.
The shower, however, is not up to par, the water heater holds enough water for 1 shower and most mornings we then had to wait for a further 20 – 30 minutes whilst it reheated. If there are 4 in an apartment then it’s up to one and a half hours to shower.
The reception area and resort need a ‘Seasons’ sign we went around the block twice looking for the entrance on arrival.
The club room and restaurant are okay but look a little tired as do the apartment entrances, a coat of paint would suffice.
Whilst this seems to be a rather ‘down’ review there was nothing but praise from our little group of four in two apartments, we came home happy to have stayed at Club Tahiti and all agreed we would return.
There are many positives here with a little tweaking there could be a lot more.
A very good experience with some flaws that should be corrected
This is a challenging review for me. This resort has some very very good points and some issues that should be addressed to really earn five stars. We stayed here from Christmas until New Years day. We stayed here in an Interval International exchange.
First the good parts. The resort has a good location. Although not right on the beach it really isn’t needed. It is rather nice being away from the busy-ness of the beach area. This makes for a very relaxing ‘escape’ from the hustle-n-bustle of the beach front. The main beach areas are, however, in easy reach and only about a 15 minute walk away. The resort is also set on a bit of a hill giving a nice overlooking view of the waterfront activities, sunsets etc.
Club Tahiti also has swimming pools, hot tubs etc. As you would expect. Parking (if you happen to rent a car) is on the street. Not too much of a problem when we were there (Christmas – New Years week) but I could imagine it may not be as comfortable during high season. Various tours can also be arranged either through reception or on your own and they generally will pick you up directly in front of the resort. This is very nice for logistics or for someone who does not have their own car.
The ‘clubhouse’ is very nice. They cook very good meals (a different menu each night) at reasonable prices. The clubhouse also serves as a great entertainment venue. The staff servicing the clubhouse (and the pool bar) are wonderful. Everyone is extremely friendly and seem to want to genuinely engage you in conversation. Drink prices throughout the resort are also very reasonable.
The entertainment manager is John Mac. He is the ultimate ‘people’ person. He is very charismatic and it is clear that he loves his job. He is the ‘life-blood’ of the resort. He does a fantastic job; running different events through to our the day and his a fantastic host in the evening (in the clubhouse) Club Tahiti, simply would not be the same without him.
….now the not so good parts….
Our ‘check-in’ was adequate….fairly simple, but we were not told that the resort had a sort of ‘partial-board’ option that we could have signed up for (and probably saved some money on meals etc.) We noticed a placard stating that there would be meals and entertainment that evening. When we inquired we were told that we needed to deal with all of that at the clubhouse.
They were unable to even tell us what the menu was for the evening. There should be a much closer relationship between reception and the clubhouse; they seem to operate completely independently.
Pool towels are rented at 2 Euros per week plus a 10 Euro deposit and this must be arranged at the reception (not at the pool bar or the clubhouse as you would expect). There is a safe in each unit but you need to arrange for a token (received with another deposit) from reception in order to use it. I don’t know why it is necessary for this additional complexity. Safes are available in almost any reasonable hotel without having to go through this (this is a further burden because you are unaware of this need until after you check-in and begin going through the paperwork in your unit). If this is necessary then it should be explained at check-in and the guest should be able to arrange this immediately (same with the pool towels)
The resort does have WiFi but it is not very convenient. There is a single access point in the pool area. The range does not extend into the rooms. So you’ll see people using it either right around the pool or standing and the balcony in front of their units trying to get a strong enough signal to operate. There is another ‘secured’ wifi access point in the reception area but I do not believe it is very convenient. Most guests would prefer to use WiFi from the comfort of their rooms. Come on, guys, everyone knows WiFi is cheap. Why don’t you invest in a better service (even if you want to charge a little extra for it)? Since the trip advisor questions below ask about in-room WiFi, I’m answering ‘No’ to that question.
When we arrived at our unit there was a mouldy rotten-egg smell in the unit (we discovered later in the week that the egg smell may have come from residual eggs in the sink strainer from the previous guests). We were eventually able to ‘freshen’ the unit by cleaning and opening windows etc. to air it out (why were we required to do this as guests?). The unit was small but adequate. A couch and sitting chair in the parlour area and a TV (which is mounted much too high on the wall for comfortable viewing from the couch). A tea tray was left on the coffee table with a personalized welcoming note, which was a nice touch.
We found the bed to be very small (think it was only a double). There seemed to be very little logic to the wall switches in terms of controlling the lights……especially in the bedroom. We were never able to figure out what the bedroom wall switches do. So, instead, you need to enter a dark room and find your way to the nightstand and figure out how to turn the light on from there.
The hot water heater in the unit is extremely small (I think it is only a 10-gallon system). So you run out of water extremely quickly (i.e 5 Minuten) during a shower…..and forget about back-to-back showers without waiting for the system to recharge. We felt like we were taking a shower in a camper….not a four-five star resort. The shower drain also did not drain very well resulting in you standing in water during your shower.
On the second day, my wife decided to heat up some water in the water cooker and found the inside to be totally disgusting. There was still some residual water in there that had started to mould over. It was clear that this device had not been cleaned for weeks. This situation was extremely discouraging to us and called the cleanliness of the entire unit into question. The coffee pot was not much better.
So, would we stay at Club Tahiti again? That is a very difficult question. There were a lot of very good points about the resort, but the cleanliness situation is almost unforgivable. We would have to give it some serious thought before returning. Hopefully, this review (and we did provide similar comments on the guest comment cards) will result in some much-needed improvements in the resort. I would also be happy to be contacted by resort management to discuss any of these comments
Small and friendly, but in the wrong place
This is a small timeshare property of about 50 rooms on 2 floors surrounding a pair of swimming pools. The club is friendly and the staff there certainly make a real and genuine effort to help you have a great holiday, but this club is not without issues.
The rooms are quite basic and lack air conditioning, and sun beds and shade are in short supply, with about 100 sunbeds and 12 or so umbrellas serving about 150 + guests, towel wars are not unknown!
Food is principally English in style and great value for money, but if you wish to venture out the location of Club Tahiti becomes an issue.
Club Tahiti is in the residential back streets of Costa Teguise which are devoid of life and are quite desolate with barren wasteland and empty residences. A Spar and a cluster of bars and restaurants is about 8-10 mins walk away downhill. They are not great with about 25 per cent shut.
Costa Teguise which is a bit of a soulless place (though blessed with a nice beach) is about another 8 -10 minutes walk on. Here you will find Centre Commercials various with the same seaside tat shops and a lot of discount electrical stores of dubious reputation and a mixed bag of bars and restaurants and endless carparks. There is no soul here and with the patches of empty land, stalled developments the black Lanzarote ash pavement side gardens and the baking heat and wind, in my view it has all the charm of an unfinished ashtray, with smokers and dog walkers doing their best to add colour by depositing detritus to the ash landscape.
If you still cannot get a sunbed a trip to Arrecife the capital is an option, but its not a great place, from the edges it looks awful. There is a shopping street, nothing exciting and a harbourside which is OK. The seafront is spruced up but has little about it, though the Grand Hotel is worth a visit for the views from the 17th floor.
If you still cannot get a sunbed…try old Teguise…..Sunday market is very popular and worth a walk around…..especially if you are an ageing hippy and the town has some older charm that is lacking in both Costa Teguise and Arrecife.
In the evening there are some nice restaurants by Costa Teguise‘s beach, but they do get busy and queues are not unusual. None the less we had some good meals here with good menus and good service
So Club Tahiti…..nice and friendly, great staff, but not for me.
Stayed here for a week thanks to my Dad who is a club seasons member. My wife and I were open minded as we have never stopped at what you call club member, timeshare facility before. Firstly I must say that all staff were very polite and the family atmosphere definitely came through. Rooms were clean and tidy and well equipped only gripe no A/C only ceiling fans which only circulated warm air. I personally did not like the walk through balcony on the upper floors not much privacy. Also the smoking policy I really think they need to review this as a non smoker it was awful could not sit out in front of room got smoke blew over us all the time also around poolside cafe people did not worry if other people were eating they just carried on smoking. If people want to smoke it makes no difference to me but I really don’t want to be around if this is happening. TBH I’m glad that I have not paid for this club membership we have definitely stayed at better places and will we return not sure if I don’t have to pay for it through Dads club membership then maybe otherwise no.
NOT MARRIOTT STANDARD SHOULD NOT BE OFFERED TO MARRIOTT OWNERS
Whilst this accommodation does its job is very tired, minimalist and aged… the staff are indeed friendly…. but be warned it is as different as night and day when comparing with Marriott owned properties. It is a 3 star at best with hardly any room in the accommodation for three people no way could it accommodate six! The facilities need upgrading. If you want plastic chairs at the pool bar and Pool bar food prepared in a very tired kitchen, drinks served in cheap glasses then this is ideal. WIFI is non existent in your apartment however you can get signal around the pool
We checked out early and left 2 days early…We pay a lot of money for our Marriott timeshare, which we exchanged for this property via INTERVAL INTERNATIONAL,(whom by there own admission they admitted they should not have offered us this property.If you are an owner here you know what you are getting and the reviews support this. But as a Marriott owner exchanging for this property you will be fantastically disappointed