First holiday with a baby – a review of the Iberostar Playa Gaviotas Park, Fuerteventura

Today’s blog is way overdue, but I’ve finally managed to steal some time and put together a short recap of our first holiday in Fuerteventura with Victoria in May.

Are you also planning a holiday with your little one? Here you can find my tips on how to book a smart and budget friendly holiday with a baby.

Briefly, Fuerteventura is the second largest and oldest of the Canary Islands. It is also the most
easterly and closest one to Africa, only about 90km away from the coast of Morocco. Due to its closeness to Sahara, the island is characterized by year-round warm climate and desert, almost lunar-like landscape, with more than 150km of white sand, which makes it a perfect destination for a spring getaway. The entire island has also been declared as a UNESCO Biosphere Nature Reserve since 2009.

In the past when we were travelling, we used to stay in B&Bs or budget hotels because we were spending most of the time sightseeing and outdoors, but this time we were travelling with a baby, so we decided to opt for a more comfortable, all-inclusive family resort with lots of amenities. We stayed in the 4* Iberostar Playa Gaviotas Park Resort in Jandia, at the southern tip of the island.

Overall, we were very pleased with the hotel and all amenities. The resort is very kids and baby-friendly so unsurprisingly most of the guests were families. Interestingly, 90% of these were German, which we didn’t mind, but bear in mind that most of the entertainment was delivered in German. It seemed to be perfect for toddlers and kids, with 3 different age group kids clubs, providing lots of fun activities, such as discos, film screenings, games, etc. Unfortunately, we couldn’t use them as the minimum age was 4 years, but we still visited one of the discos, which seemed to be a very good sensory stimulation activity for Victoria. In terms of other baby amenities, the hotel also offers baby cots, highchairs, splash pool and change facilities. The food was also excellent – there was a very good variety of fresh local produce, delicacies and sea food. There was also a dedicated kids buffet, serving fresh cream soup on a daily basis that was suitable for babies, too. So, even though I was a bit worried about Victoria’s menu during the holiday, we had no issues at all. She enjoyed the baby soup and she also tried some delicious local fish and veggies.  Last but not least, the resort is just 2min away from one of the longest beaches on the island with fine white sand and crystal-clear azure (but very cold!) water. The beach was really amazing and beautiful, but unfortunately we couldn’t spend much time there as it was extremely windy. Understandably, the island is called Fuerteventura :O , which is usually translated as ‘Strong Winds’.

In terms of sightseeing, we didn’t do much. However, we managed to visit the Corralejo Dunes Reserve, located in the north-east of the island that includes over 11km of white sand beaches, clear turquoise waters, huge dunes and a contrasting red and black volcanic landscape. Again, the beaches are very windy and are perfect for wind surfing, but not so great for sunbathing with a baby! :P



























Top Tip: If you visit Fuerteventura, I recommend rent a car. Renting a car is much more cost effective and comfortable in comparison to other alternative transportation options on the island.

Have you already been on a holiday with your little one? Please share your experience and tips in the comments below. I am always looking for new trip ideas and would love to hear from you. 

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