At the southernmost edge of the popular resort of Los Cristianos, a 10-minute stroll away from main beaches, shops and restaurants. There are some lively bars and a pool hall nearby and a busy Sunday morning flea market outside. A short stroll along the promenade takes you to a burgeoning row of stylish restaurants and bars.
Bedrooms are big on comfort and space with excellent air conditioning and large balconies overlooking the pools and gardens. Colour schemes are vanilla teamed with blues, reds or peaches and floral furnishings in blue and cream. Wardrobes are generous, as is the size of the flat screen TV; WiFi in rooms is planned shortly. All rooms are sea facing and those on higher floors have a panoramic vista over the swimming pools to Los Cristianos ferry port and resort.
The cavernous atrium lobby which rises to seven storeys and drips with real foliage is a very pleasant place to sit and take advantage of the WiFi. Like an indoor Lost World, a vast marble-pillared conservatory stretches through a semi-circular lounge area with pendulous glass chandeliers. Beyond the marbled reception, the tame jungle leads past cane furniture with plump cushions, to a lower level where the restaurant is located. A cascading waterfall over volcanic rock gives the finishing touch to this oversized greenhouse effect.
Eating and drinking
Breakfast and evening meals are buffet style. At breakfast, eggs are cooked to order and you can select from a good choice of hot and cold dishes. For the evening buffet the carvery prepares succulent, tender cuts (the roast beef was excellent) and there are plenty of fish, meat and chicken options available. I particularly enjoyed the little pastries for dessert and will have to pay for that in some very long walks. Wednesdays are Black and White dinner with a free glass of champagne and lobster or Wellington steak on the menu. Guests can upgrade to La Palapa a la carte restaurant poolside on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Two large, freeform swimming pools and a children’s pool are set amongst palm trees and landscaped gardens with enough sun loungers and terraces to ensure everyone is catered for in all but the busiest of weeks. As many guests are mature, they prefer to stay around the pool than to walk the 10 minutes to Los Cristianos beach, so you’re never alone with your sangria and paperback. Like an athletic Aladdin’s cave, the lower floor leads to a professionally equipped gym, squash courts, a driving range and putting green, saunas and a games room. The hotel plays host to the South Tenerife Bridge Association and has a stylish bridge room off the lounge bar.
Attentive and professional with just the right level of informality. Guests are expected to dress semi-formally for dinner; long trousers and enclosed shoes for men.
Who stays there
Predominantly elderly British and Germans, and quite a few disabled people as the hotel has such excellent facilities and access for them.
Early bookings enjoy 10% discount. Apply for a Spring Hotels card as soon as you arrive and you get 15% off the bill and late check-out thrown in.
- Families with younger children
- Mature travellers
Pros & Cons
- Comfy beds and quiet nights
- Excellent facilities for disabled
- Drinks overpriced
- Older clientele