One of the hotel's pools, with some of the suites in the background

One of the hotel's pools, with some of the suites in the background

One of the hotel's pools, with some of the suites in the background The inner terrace of a Junior Suite Typical bedroom in a Junior Suite Typical sitting area in a Junior Suite Jacuzzi bath with view towards the inner terrace Typical bathroom One of the pools Some of the Junior Suite pods Terrace of a Junior Suite View from the pool towards the sea Buffet breakfast

VIK Suite-Hotel Risco del Gato

The Canary IslandsFuerteventura › Costa Calma

A unique beach hotel offering distinctive architecture, exceptionally spacious accommodation and a very tranquil atmosphere

Peacefully situated at the southern end of the resort area of Costa Calma, just 200 metres from the sandy beach and approximately 2 km from the resort centre, the Vik Risco del Gato is unlike any other hotel in the Canary Islands. Although the hotel's grounds cover nearly 35,000 square metres, there are just 51 suites, so that each guest has ample space for complete relaxation. Some of the more recently built hotels on the island may boast more stylish furnishings or decor, but none could match the feeling of space and privacy enjoyed at the Risco del Gato.

Each suite is its own pod-like structure, arranged in three single-storey terraces. If the word pod conjures up images of compact Japanese hotel rooms, nothing could be further from the truth: each of the 45 Junior Suites covers an area of 110 square metres, including an outer garden terrace where you can enjoy the views, and an inner courtyard terrace where you can enjoy complete privacy. The accommodation also comprises a bedroom with two double beds, a living room, a dressing area and a large bathroom with a round Jacuzzi bath and separate shower cubicle. Facilities include air-conditioning/heating, mini-bars, coffee-makers, TV sets in both the bedroom and the lounge (limited English channels), CD players, direct dial telephones, hairdryers, slippers and bathrobes, safety deposit boxes (payable locally), and WiFi, for which there is a local charge. There are also six Senior Suites with an additional twin bedroom.

In the gardens, there are two swimming pools (one freshwater, the other with sea water) with plenty of space for sun-loungers. There are also two fitness/wellness areas, which between them comprise a gym, a small indoor pool (heated in winter), sauna, steam-room and Jacuzzi. Various massage and spa treatments can be arranged at an additional cost. There is also a tennis court and a children's playground.

An extensive buffet breakfast - served in the "Bistro El Despertar" until 1100 hrs - is automatically included in your holiday. The half-board option includes dinner in the hotel's main "Horst Walczok" restaurant, with a choice of starters and main courses served at the table, alongside a buffet for salads and desserts. At the lower end of the hotel's grounds, next to the path that leads down to the beach, is the à la carte restaurant "La Terraza del Gato", which serves freshly grilled fish and Mediterranean dishes in a pleasantly informal setting. After dinner, the lobby-bar "El Mirador" is the place for a nightcap with views down to the sea.

For those averse to overcrowded, mass-market resort hotels, the Vik Risco del Gato is the perfect antidote, and as such, it is ideally suited for a thoroughly relaxing beach holiday.

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