On the wild, unspoilt north-west coast of the island.
All of the 400 rooms in the four-storey building are simply furnished apartments, with kitchen, one to four bedrooms and patio/balcony/terrace. There are no double beds (just twin), and the mattresses are rather hard. Single visitors can be paired with another guest of the same sex to share costs of a double room.
The resort features rather a lot of concrete, although attempts have been made to split it up with some lawn areas and plazas. The hotel block is made up of walkways called ‘avenues’, nominal garden areas and some small squares, although it does feel very much like a throw back holiday camp.
Eating and drinking
I found the self-service Atlántico restaurant a bit dingy, and the breakfast rather mediocre, although of course people don’t come here for the food and many of them are self-catering. I preferred the simple, though cosy, La Bodega restaurant on a ‘square’ for pizza and the best seats in the house for evening entertainment. I suppose a sports café is inevitable in a set up like this, but the last thing I would think you would want to do after training hard all day is watch sporting events on TV.
The impressive centrepiece of the resort is the sprawling, lake-like leisure pool, but there is also an Olympic-sized swimming pool divided into lanes and a full-sized sports stadium. No less than 30 kinds of sports and activities are on offer here – indoor, outdoor and water – including everything from mini golf and mountain biking to boxing and ballroom dancing. Guests can enjoy a full programme of competitive and fun runs, coaching sessions, daytime activities and evening events and there is a well-equipped playground and club for children. For well deserved down time, there is a wellness centre with massages on offer.
The sport instruction here really is world class. Reception and waiting staff are pleasant enough, but I resented all the rules and the rather bossy, unsmiling receptionist when I checked in.
Who stays there
Professional sports competitors, including Olympic champions, from all over the world, as well as keen sports enthusiasts training for special events or who just want to improve their fitness. A large number of families with children of all ages come to Club La Santa too.
Although the rooms are divided into categories with regard to their location - yellow, green and red - there is not an awful lot to choose from between them. Yellow rooms (the cheapest) tend to be on the lower floors and those in the green category are a bit more expensive with somewhat better views. The superior and most costly red rooms on the upper floors have some sea view, or access to one. Avoid using the overpriced resort supermarket. If you are self catering, bring whatever you can, or buy in the town.
- Families with teenagers
- Families with younger children
- Sporty types
- Great views / scenery
- Live entertainment
Pros & Cons
- Excellent instruction
- Wonderful location
- World-class facilities
- Simple rooms
- Can be noisy at night – bring earplugs