Set in the south of the island, in upmarket Maspalomas, the Oasis is, indeed, an oasis of tranqillity and greenery compared with the built-up coastal southern strip. Yet despite the peacefulness of the setting, snug by the sand dunes, partying Playa del Ingles is only five kilometers away. One nice touch is the bicycle hire on offer in the hotel, which provides a relaxing way of exploring the coastal strip. Two hundred metres from the hotel is a bus stop with services to Puerto de Mogan, the most charming resort on the island.
Most bedrooms and suites enjoy garden or sea views, which compensate for any shortcomings in terms of luxury. The bedrooms are unobjectionable, if slightly dated, decorated in quiet good taste. However, given the views over the palms and dunes, few will fuss too much.
Unprepossessing from the outside, the Oasis feels stuck in a 1970s time-warp, especially the lobby, adorned with bold mirrors and black marble floors. Boutiques, a hairdresser, spa and an internet zone (extra charge) are tucked into hidden corners.
Eating and drinking
Guests need to choose between two sittings, either at 6.30pm or 8.30pm. Surprisingly, the main restaurant, overlooking the pool and gardens, is often preferred to the select a la carte restaurant, Krystal. Available to Half Board guests at no extra charge, Krystal specialises in creative fusion cuisine. Hungrier guests mutter that portions are not large enough and return to the main restaurant with alacrity. Although the main restaurant is officially a buffet, the main course is served by waiters so dinner is far more relaxing than in rival hotels. Guests are encouraged to dress for dinner, in keeping with the rather old-fashioned feel of the restaurant.
Unless heading to the beach, most guests will not wish to stray far from the pool and palm grove. Framed by palms, the attractive pool also has a shallower children’s section, and is heated in winter. Tennis, table tennis, volleyball, a putting green and a gym are available on site, with water sports on offer nearby. What’s impressive is that yoga, Tai chi, water aerobics and stretching are complimentary. Through the hotel, you can also hire bicycles, book tennis lessons or golf at nearby courses. The small spa and beauty centre provide complimentary use of the sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and gym, with massages and facials bookable.
There is more than a token nod to families, with a kids’ club and play area provided, as well as a regularly changing activity programme. Adult’s evening entertainment features shows and easy-listening Euro-pop from the resident house band. If you want more, the more boisterous Playa del Ingles hotspots are a short cab ride away. For more mellow nightlife, jump into a cab to the beachside bars at Meloneras, a neighbouring resort.
Friendly but highly professional, as in most Riu Spanish resorts. The attentive service and the expectation that guests dress smartly at dinner are aspects that loyal fans appreciate.
Who stays there
Winter brings mature couples looking for a peaceful beach retreat. Summer brings more families, with the nationality mix predominantly German and British.
As in most of Gran Canaria, winter season rates (October-April) are higher. A buffet breakfast is included, as are a raft of activities, including spa services, yoga, stretching and water aerobics.
- Business Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Families with teenagers
- Families with younger children
- Mature travellers
- Seasoned travellers
- Live entertainment
- Chilling out
Pros & Cons
- The complimentary activities, from yoga to stretching and Tai chi
- The peaceful location, in a palm grove by the Maspalomas sand dunes
- Cuisine and service – not the usual “smash-and-grab” hotel buffets
- Mutterings that the standards are not quite upto those expected of a 5 star
- The old-school service and atmosphere might not appeal to younger couples
- A 1970s time-warp feel prevails, especially in the lobby and restaurants