The following is a review from Kelly who is in her mid 30s who brought her Mum to the island and you can see how Tenerife offers plenty to do for both generations. Kelly also has a young child as well as teenagers and each member of the family thoroughly enjoy their time here. Although the report states March, Kel is a very busy lady and this was finalised just before I went on holiday. What she did around the resorts is applicable at any time of year. So if you wonder is the South of the island for me, I am sure you will find by reading this that it possibly is. ………….Enjoy.
Friday 16th March – 4am and we arrive at Luton airport. I have decided that for Mother’s Day, I will treat my mum to a long weekend in Tenerife. We will stay for 4 nights in Playa de las Americas. This will be my 10th trip to the island in just over three years. I came once and fell in love with it for many reasons. It is beautiful, it is warm, it is friendly, it has lovely beaches and attractions, the nightlife is as hectic or as relaxing as I choose it to be, and the variety in accommodation suits whatever type of trip be it budget or high end. It’s perfect.
We arrived at our hotel at 11.30am. We have chosen to stay at the Bitacora because I have stayed twice before and thoroughly enjoyed it. Since I last stayed, it has gone all inclusive but the reviews have been mixed. We are all inclusive as we got an excellent deal A.I was the same price as B&B! We don’t intend to be restricted to the hotel but will enjoy it whilst within the hotel. We received the usual warm reception from staff and surprisingly our room was ready when we arrive. To save time reviewing the hotel, I will just say now that it was incredible and we couldn’t fault a thing. It runs like a well oiled machine. The place is spotless, staff friendly and obliging, food amazing and we didn’t want to leave.
Once unpacked we headed for the pool. The sun was shining and did so every moment of our stay – it was much hotter than expected which suited us fine! We had a lovely afternoon just relaxing by the pool, making use of the on tap sangria! We ate in the hotel and then headed out for a stroll.
First stop was The Royal Gardens, on the seafront, where we spent time just relaxing with a cocktail, listening to the music and watching the world go by. We then walked down to Babilonia but, sadly, it was shut (have since heard it is permanently closed). So, we headed up past the Gala Hotel and stopped in at a little bar called Destiny’s. Then along to the Whiskey Jar, where the place was buzzing! Enjoyed our hour there. Down past the Columbus Hotel on our way back to the Bitacora.
Saturday morning dawned bright and sunny and we headed off to the Las Vistas beach. We spent a few lovely hours here and swam in the sea. The wind suddenly became really strong at lunch time with umbrellas taking off and turning inside out. Us, we simply lowered and closed ours. Others were determined to have them up regardless, which left us bemused! Most families left due to the sand blowing around so much. We also left and had a nose around the shops, treating ourselves to maxi dresses and some pretty jewellery. We stopped for lunch on our way back to the hotel at the Safari Centre – I can’t remember the name but it was on the street near the crazy golf and was really nice. Next stop was the bar opposite the Bitacora for a mojito then back to the pool for a few hours. By now, the wind has gone again.
That evening we ate at the Royal Gardens, which is a favourite of ours, the food was lovely, service outstanding. We went to The Brewers Droop bar and really liked the act they had. He was a singer and covered loads of old ska and two tone music. We got lucky there, as I really like that sort of music. The Brewers Droop is a fun bar to visit.
On Sunday, we walked to the market in Los Cristianos. It’s as busy as ever and hot! We enjoyed the sea front walk and picked up some bits and pieces. We stopped along the seafront for a drink and snack watching the boats and the world go by. We commented that it is so nice not to be in a hurry!
We decided to take a 2 hour whale and dolphin watching boat trip. Whilst waiting we wander up into the church square. There is a service on in the church so we quietly watch some of it. Then we wander the little streets until we get to the boat. The boat trip was lovely. It wasn’t busy and we did see lots of dolphins and whales. After the trip, we walk back through the San Telmo area, which is a nice area. By now, it is really hot and we head to the hotel for a swim.
That evening I meet with a dear old lady friend who lives in Tenerife. We meet at The Colon 2 and go to eat at La Karina. The meal is nice and the staff attentive. It is lovely to see my friend. After we have dinner, I leave and head up to Destiny’s where I guest compere the karaoke when I am able. I love doing it and its good fun!
Monday is again bright and sunny and we have decided to chill by the pool. We decline the offer of pool aerobics, rifle shooting, boules and bingo in favour of reading and relaxing! We have a lovely day, enjoy breakfast, and lunch at the hotel. That evening we head to The Safari Centre and watch the fountains from Harry’s Bar while enjoying a cocktail. We then head to The Oriental Garden for dinner and it is fabulous. We both chose Chinese and really enjoy it. We are both tired, so go back to the hotel for a night cap out on the terrace. On our way back, we stop in at The Andorra Aparthotel. I have booked the whole family here for two weeks in the summer so ask if I can have a quick look around. The receptionist is most obliging and I am pleased with what I see!!
Tuesday, and we have until tea time to enjoy the sunshine. We stay by the pool until 4pm before having tea on the hotel terrace before our 5pm pick up.
As ever, we have had a wonderful time. We are both tanned and relaxed and have enjoyed every moment. Put simply, I can’t wait to come back again as soon as possible!!