This is timeshare Gold Crown standard. We have owned a similar standard for 21 years and it doesn't get an awful lot better than this unless you go to USA or pay for luxury boutique style accommodation. We had a 1 bedroom apartment which we 'exchanged' two weeks for in the John Wayne block and we can highly recommend that block for the view and tranquility (it doesn't overlook the pool which is noisy). The apartment looked to have been recently refurbished and was to a very high standard. Tremendous views, excellent room service - couldn't have wished for more! Staff were without exception excellent, welcoming and very helpful - no complaints on that score.
On-site shop which is not overpriced. Plenty of local 'supermercados' close by so there is plenty of competition to keep prices low. Roast chickens to order from both on-site and local. A number of restaurants close by of 'variable' quality, these will not sustain the discerning foodie for a week let alone two! Los Cristianos is awash with 'very good' quality restaurants and we walked down and back every night for 14 nights to access these. It also meant that the exercise used up calories inputted!! We would return if only to access the excellent restaurants in LC, many of which we didn't get time to try. All these are very strong positives!
The buts ..........!
With the heights, hills and mirage - there is simply too much accommodation and not enough pool space! The main pool is bedlum personified. A menagerie of screaming kids, loud music and beer in plastic glasses. A bit like McDonalds in the sun on adrenaline:-(
Advice - go to the quiet pool or to the heights pool. Certainly go to the heights pool bar which is billed as a 'tranquil haven' - it is and you get beer in a proper glass! Beer at the resort is €2.25 a pint compared to €0.95 in LC! This is still much cheaper than resorts on Gran Canaria and Lanzarote which are often closer to €5 a pint. We didn't eat at any of the pool bars or on-site restaurants. The food appeared to be anything with chips because it is more convenient than walking 1.2 miles into LC. The bins were full of pizza take-away boxes from Bella Roma which is about 50m away!
The complex seemed teaming with 'promotional' tours at £99/week! I guess times are hard but this meant that there were a lot of people staying who were there for a 'cheapie'. I guess what I am saying is that it lowered the tone for long-term timeshare owners. More of a market place than a high quality timeshare.
The pools are aligned on a north-south axis which means that half the pool is in the shade in the morning and half the pool is in the shade in the afternoon. BIG PROBLEM because in the main season there isn't enough sunbeds or enough room to allow you to change position after mid-day. This was very unsatisfactory for sun worshippers like us and meant a lot of reserving and jostling for prime position.
Extra charges - wi-fi (this was a good strength in the John Wayne block), the safe, pool towels changed of a daily basis, gym membership. This will add at least €100 to your stay.
All this said, would I return? Yes - but not in the main season!
- Also Known As:
- Hollywood Mirage Tenerife Arona
- Hollywood Mirage
- Hollywood Mirage Tenerife Hotel
- Hollywood Mirage Tenerife Canary Islands