Smack bang on the seafront in the busy resort of Costa Teguise, overlooking the sheltered and sandy El Jablillo beach, which is great for families with kids.
The rooms (including the more expensive suites) are nothing to write home about – all rather functional and drab, and in need of a makeover. However, all have en suite bathroom, satellite TV, phone, hairdryer and air conditioning. Also, the balconies are a bonus, of a good size and with views over the pool and beach – the higher the better, if you want to avoid noise from the pool area. Mini-bars are only re-filled with water, and only twice a week.
As you would expect, there is a good deal of communal space to encourage guests to stay within the complex. The lobby is clean and bright, and while the décor here and in the bar may not be inspired, it’s more about atmosphere, which was resolutely cheerful and inviting during my stay.
Eating and drinking
On some all-inclusive deals, things can get repetitive, but if you stay here for a week, it’s not too bad. The breakfast buffet is plentiful, and every other night is usually themed around one particular cuisine, e.g. Mexican, Italian or a seafood night.
The extensive facilities cater to all ages and tastes, with two good-sized salt water pools, and a smaller children’s pool. For active types, use of the gym, squash and tennis courts are free on inclusive deals. Racket hire is extra, as are premium activities like diving and watersports. There’s a massage and treatment spa, sauna and hair salon (which was doing a roaring trade when I was there). Families congregate around the pool area, and there are also games and TV rooms, together with an outdoor kids' playground (on the small side). The in-pool aerobics sessions attracts groups of older ladies.
Some of the bar staff looked a little jaded and overworked, as did the maids, but I was generally impressed by everyone’s friendliness.
Who stays there
Older couples and groups who like a holiday filled with planned pursuits without straying far from the hotel; also families with children, and young couples looking for good-value sun.
If you’re worried about getting bored of the food, perhaps opt for half board. You can choose to swap lunch for dinner some nights, and dine in any of the plentiful local restaurants at other times. Watch out for premium drink extras – they can really mount up.
- Families with younger children
- Mature travellers
- Live entertainment
- No fuss
Pros & Cons
- Everything in one place
- Close as you can get to the beach
- Karaoke nights are fun
- Bland bedrooms
- Some of the planned entertainment is a bit hackneyed