Sands Beach Resort
85 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Fab holiday second time round in less than 12 months
"Omg can't believe the last person rated this as a 3, this is the second time we have been here in 12 months , it's fab, clean lots to do for kids and sporty people."
- Travel date: Tue 16th of September 2014
Good location and facilities
"Booked with Cosmos using tesco vouchers. Usual frustration on arrival that waiting ages to check in as so many of us had arrived at once, but this is the same everywhere.
Slight issue with our safe - paid Â£32 euros for one on arrival for our 12 night stay, and we were given a card to put in the slot of a digital safe. On arrival in our room, no digi safe but an old small one with holes where a lock barrel should be. back to reception again, and they did try to give us a lock barrel, but based on reviews we'd read, we asked to change to a room with the digi safe we'd just arranged. Instead of moving us within 20 minutes the maintenance guy was there accompanied by security and he installed a digi safe in the wardrobe, including drilling holes in the floor to fix it in place!
After a couple of days we had an issue with the safe not opening in the morning (no we hadn't got the number wrong!) Fair credit to reception, the maintenance guy was with us within 10 minutes of reporting it, and he confirmed the "message" in the electronic window was not what he could fix and it needed to be looked at by the safe supplier - he said they would be with us within the hour and the chap was. Excellent response!
Accommodation was spacious, first floor with large balcony and looked straight over one of the 7 pools the complex has. It was generally clean, although I wouldn't say it was 4 star clean which is what the brochure claimed, although on the whole was looking a little tired or in need of some TLC - a couple of the pool areas have been refurbed and look great, but ours and some of the others are starting to show signs of wear and would benefit from a lick of whitewash. Wish we'd known beforehand that the room came with a full size iron and board, and I could have saved a bit of luggage weight and left the travel iron at home. Kitchen equipment supplies were minimal, we only used for bread and cheese, but I wouldn't have been happy trying anything more.
Staff were generally brilliant across the complex - friendly and nothing was too much trouble. With the exception of the Soleil bar. We had been warned that here the staff don't like you to go to the bar yourself, so we selected a table on each occasion we went in, usually around 9pm on returning from an evening meal. 3 out of 5 times we left having not even been acknowledged by any of the bar staff for over 10 minutes, and they weren't that busy either. When we did get served the drinks were reasonably priced considering it was a hotel complex. Otherwise there is a very good Sports Bar across the road from the hotel, and the lass there is fantastic. Watch out for her sangria though, it tastes great, goes down easily and creeps up on you!
We only used 2 of the 7 pools on offer, the Mai Tai one on the isalnd being slightly heated so in the March we were there it made quite a difference. The lagoon is good for families, and the free loungers and umbrellas was appreciated - especially as the ones on the main beach are quite expensive at 10 euros for two loungers and a brollie. Funny that on most days there were more people lying on the sand than using the loungers. Around the lagoon there are a few kayaks which are available for free to guests, an excellent idea for the kids and there's even lifejackets provided too.
Sands Beach is at the far end of the resort, but a short stroll took us in to the main area with bars and restaurants. We can certainly recommend Baccus on the coast path, and the little tapas bar on the front of the Centro Commercial Maretas, but our unreserved praised goes to Irenes Bar Treraza. It is a local bar run by Dario and is fantastic. It is slightly set back off the main road, by about 30 yards down a walkway between Bar Equina and the local police office, opposite entrance to Centro Commercial Maretas. Every round we had then Dario came out with a small tapas, a different one every time. The locals use it and are all very friendly, helping each other out if language was difficult. We can't praise the place enough and recommend the Aprepas as typical canarian snacks.
Although the coastal path by the hotel is a bit uneven, as you get towards town it has been upgraded and is a wide cycle and footpath all the way to Arricefe, and then you can take it all the way to Puerto Del Carmen. We hired bikes from the lovely chap on-site, Papagayo Bike, for 11 euro per day, with 10 euro deposit. We told him we were thinking of heading away from Teguise on the coast, and he advised us that for this direction we would need serious mountain bikes, and suggested the route to Arricife - it was a fabulous rideout with some fab views, and only a couple of small inclines that even I could cope with.
Overall the holiday was fab, with plenty in Costa Teguise to keep us out of mischief. We hired cycles for two days, a car for two days and bussed out a couple of times too. Not sure if we would go back to this resort, as we feel we've seen it all across our 12 nights, but we would certainly go back to the island, and drop in to Bar Irene on a day trip!"
- Travel date: Sat 30th of March 2013
all i can say is great.
"this is a great hotel,plenty of room in appts,went with my daughter who is 36 we loved every min,night life well its quite to what we are normally used to no clubs but plenty of bars ,drink is so cheap you get 3 to our one back home,ciggs 8.50 200 packs went for two wks didnt want to come home nice relaxing place plenty of pools to sunbathe round nice peaceful so if you want a great hotel and a very cheap holiday come to this place.main strip a curry is 4 euros breakfast 2 euros so you wont starve.and you can have a great evening out down the strip for 20 euros and come back to your app a happy bunny lol"
- Travel date: Sat 15th of September 2012
apartment with a fabulous view
"what a place ...great fantastic. sands beach has 7 pools and a lagoon.we stayed in a privste owned apt on beachfront...fantastic.
apts ground floor 30 too 40 ish get the sun all day. as would the first floor ones. 52 upwards.
reception staff very cheerful and helpful.
tidy and very clean.
all pools well maintained.
only tried mai tai pool with waterfall and jucuzzi and also plaza sol pool. we spent most of our time by the lagoon..or should i say floating around in the air chair,beds and kayaks.
6 minutes from sands beach is a small square with cafes bars shops and restaurants. loved popeyes for the food drinks..cheap cocktails and pint...o and good entertainment.friendly pete and his staff.
chinese buffet at 5.95..excellent value and very good standard.
along the prom you come to the main costa teguise...15 minutes stroll . along the way u can stop and have a drink at the many restaurants.
friday night there is a small market..worth a visit for bags jewellery craft stuff watches etc...got a few bargains!!
transfer from airport is only 15 minutes in taxi..i timed it. and 20 euros.
a safe clean resort and would highly recommend it..have been 5 times.
- Travel date: Fri 14th of September 2012
cosmos rep sands beach
"Just returned from Sands Beach, I can only rate this complex at five star,Excellent accomadation and food nice area and location lots to do supermarket on site staff great, would visit again, but must give a very special mention to Rosemary the Cosmos rep who was the most helpful and caring rep one could possibly ask for, she went out of her way to help us and even followed up by texting us when we arrived home we will visit again just to see rosemary and Cosmos can be proud of her."
- Travel date: Wed 6th of June 2012
"ive just returned from sands beach and was very pleased.apartments were lovely everything you need for self catering if you wish to cook . pools were kept clean and staff very helpful.the entertainment was fine of an evening with different acts each night.if you have small children this is a great place as they have a wide range of activities for them. the buddies entertainment team were funny and always greeted us by first names.my son took part in table tennis tournaments plus other events and he really enjoyed his time there .costa tequise its self is a lovely area to walk around with plenty of resturants etc .if you are looking for more clubs and partying then puerto del carmen is the place to go. will definatley be goin back .enjoy xx"
- Travel date: Wed 29th of June 2011
"Sands beach resort hotel Lanzarote is the best hotel in the world to me.
Most of my family love this hotel too.
I go to lanzarote once or twice a year,and I stay in sands beach.
To me it is the best of the best!"
- Travel date: Mon 21st of March 2011
"We have just returned from a week in the sands beach resort, lanzarote .2 weeks would of been better
All we can say is Fab Fab Fab..
November and the weather was amazing we lay on the private beach and swam in the sea.We stayed half board which is well worth it we never had the same meal twice .
The childrens entertainment was just brilliant our daughter is 6 and went to the morning buddys club afternoon club and evening mini disco.Bastian was amazing as an entertainer.
We will be returning in febuary and would not hesitate to recommend this resort to anyone young or old .
10 out of 10 for maid service , bar service and helpfulness right around the resort...."
- Travel date: Sun 7th of November 2010
Beautiful holiday :)
"I have just come back from a week at sands beach resort, it was the perfect holiday for myself my partner and our two year old daughter, we stayed on the beach front appartment which i would highly recommend, your literaly two steps away from the private beach which had lots of toys and lilos for the kids to play with and for the adults!! the main pool area could do with a bit of an update but nothing that would stop me going again. the staff are friendly and helpful and the kids entertainment is great. the appartment was very equipped with a dishwasher, washing machine and full kitchen but the only thing that let it doen (which would pout me off going in the mid summer) was no air con, it was very hot at night but we soon got use to it and found out later on that a fan can be requested and they bring it to you! the entertainment at the hotel bar was pretty good too and again the staff were great, kids entertainers were so funny!!! we had bed and breakfast and the breakfast was great, a full buffet of hot and cold food. if you walk about 15 min to the end of the road you come to 'market sqaure' which had lots of nice resturants. ideal family holiday and we will def make this our yearly holiday destination! cant wait to go back :)"
- Travel date: Wed 6th of October 2010
an apartment with a view
"Just back and what a great time we had.
apartment with booked privately and would highly recommend doig it as it is a lot cheaper than with a tour operator
we had a beach front apartment and what a view and only a few steps to the beach and lagoon!!!.. fantastic.
Weather was hot hot hot.
reception was very helpful and clean,
Pools clean and cold but thats why we stayed at the lagoon... floating around on the air beds.. superb.
Shopping centre 8 minutes slow alk.. i timed it. further along is the top of town where there is alot more eating places and a fantastic buffet shinese for 5 euros.
Entertainment in the evening s was pants!!
flight with ryanair good no problems and transfer by taxi at 25 euros took 15minutes.
yes a great holiday and will be going again. hope this has helped you ..go coz you will enjoy."
- Travel date: Mon 13th of September 2010
"Just back from a weeks holiday at the Sands Resort. Having read all the crap reviews that have been left before i went my holiday i was somewhat wishing i hadnt picked to go there...... BUT ALAS when i actually arrived at the hotel it was absolutely stunning, very clean indeed and certainly didnt deserve the bad feedback i had previously read.The apartments were lovely. I had booked a junior suite and it was only for 2. But could easily sleep 5. It had everything you would need. The entertainment was fantastic. I honestly couldnt fault them. All i can say is i would recommend this resort to anyone, they cater well for wheelchair access too."
- Travel date: Sun 12th of September 2010
"We had two weeks sands beach april 2009,we like others read reviews and took a chance,we experienced rusty bath, cockroaches,old tatty bed linen,maid service not good as always incorrect towels left,if cooker used all electrics would fail,at one stage we were asked to check fuse box.We did change appartments which seemed to happen alot to other holiday makers while we were there.the second appartment was a little better on second floor but we did notice no smoke detectors in any of these appatments plus fuse boxes had no protective covers on them as a water fire extinguisher was blocking it,also a chair had been put under fuse box which would have enabled toddlers to touch fuse box.If in the advent of a fire there would have been no way out on second floor.We did have a takeaway one evening this was very poor and went in the bin.It does seem there is a two tier accommodation as from what I have learnt it used to be 5* Time share some people still own appartments and if you book with owners you will have good appartments as shown on internet but others booking with agent will most likely have the same experience as ours!Please also read trip advisor we also put our experince on there,we did have a refund of Â£400 from tour operator and was told they would look into the fact no smoke detectors.Also recepion very slow due to the fact that if the telephone rings they will answer this even if checking you in be prepared to have a long wait,as phone rings alot usually with complaints!"
- Travel date: Wed 8th of September 2010