In the centre of the resort of Playa de la Arena, opposite a Blue Flag, black sand, sheltered beach which is ideal for families. A 40-minute transfer from the south airport and a 20-minute coastal walk to Los Gigantes.
Rooms are generously sized with twin or double beds and standard hotel furniture - nothing special but comfortable. Walls are salmon coloured, with wood half-panelling. Most rooms look out over the pools and gardens with a partial sea view, but you can request full sea view.
The lobby is a vast atrium of training vines from ceiling to floor and tiered balconies dripping exotic foliage; above, glass-fronted, bullet-shaped lifts glide effortlessly. A huge expanse of marble flooring is bordered by comfy chairs in pink and candy-striped upholstery, into which you can crawl with a copy of Fitzcarraldo and feel like you’re really there.
Eating and drinking
With no a la carte restaurant on site, buffet dining is the order for breakfast and dinner. Choices are quite good but the standard is generally poor and food can be less than hot unless you’re prepared to join the early scrum. My advice: forget half board and all inclusive, and try some of the local restaurants instead. Casa Pancho on the beach does some nice tapas, and El Rincón de Juan Carlos in Los Gigantes and Marlin in Playa San Juan are both well worth the short taxi ride.
After the lobby, the hotel’s second wow factor is its pools. Sub-tropical gardens contain a spectacular waterfall rockery, large freeform swimming pools, one with a wooden footbridge, and oodles of sunbathing terraces.
Not what it used to be, or should be. Animation staff, however, are excellent.
Who stays there
Families on a budget. Popular with Canarios and Spanish mainlanders at weekend, when the hotel gets considerably busier.
- Families with younger children
- Mature travellers
Pros & Cons
- Playa de la Arena is a nice, family resort
- Impressive lobby and pools