I stayed with my husband and daughter last summer - July 2012 at the Riu Palace for 1 week on half board. Soon as we arrived we were given a choice of wine/water and could eat food from the buffet as it was about 9pm. That was a nice thought.We were then upgraded on arrival to a bottom floor terrace looking onto the gardens which was absolutely beautiful. The room was clean and large enough for us. I think the rooms are bigger lower down. The food was excellent and we could not fault it at all. I booked a reflexology session at the spa and that was amazing. We also used the gym which was small but adequate.
The grounds were stunning but the beach was crowded in the summer which I expected. It was cheap and easy to catch a bus from outside the hotel to get to the main shopping areas. (the commerical centre) Alternatively you can go to the beach front, turn left and take a 10 minute walk to Duque which was posh and lovely. (nice bars) We also walked one afternoon for about 20 minutes and there were lots of cheaper places to eat lunch and buy souveniers if thats what you wanted. It was also more lively there as there was music playing on the beach.It was here where we found cheaper day trips to go on. We decided not to book trips through Thompson at the hotel as the same trip was double the price!
Mount Teide (an old volcano) is a must which was a 1/2 day trip and we thought we were in Mars. Stunning scenary but my 6 year old daughter felt a bit scared due to the high altitude if you go up the cable cars. However you cannot go to Tenerife and not see Mount Teide. Its like going to Egypt and not seeing the pyramids.
The Riu Palace was definately quieter and Costa Adeje is definately the posher end of the coast (better beaches). The entertainment in the hotel was really good in the evenings. There was an Abba tribute band which was fab and a local flemenco dance group whom gave a phenominal performance.I was so impressed. There was also a circus group in the sister hotel that you could watch. However there was no nightly disco but guests did dance on the terrace.
Also there was a bar near the sea front (you had to go up some steep steps)which served British food if you felt like a quick burger and chips for lunch. There was also a supermarket where we bought essentials such as chocolate and bottles of water which were reasonable.I also bought a lilo from there for my daughter.
We booked a one night meal at Krystals and the food was 5*. Fine dining, worth it but not filling. It was so funny when my daughter didn't like the food and the chef made pizza for her. she was chuffed to bits. Kids will be kids!
Overall I loved Tenerife, as it was so safe, child friendly and a beautiful destination. Riu Place is so friendly and I am surprised that other guests have complained.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- * Located on Costa de Adeje* 4-6 storey building* Situated on the seafront* 21,000 garden* 150 m from Playa del Duque beach* 1.5 Km from various shops* 22 km from the airport* 150 m from a bus stop ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Riu Palace Tenerife Adeje
- Hotel Riu Palace Tenerife Adeje