We returned yesterday from a 2 week visit to the Bahia Principe Tenerife. It was our first visit and we are a family of 5 with 2 teenage children, and though there are alot of good things to report, I don't think we'll be back.
The rooms are great, loads of storage and spotlessly clean. Huge beds and pool and sea view seems to be standard. The minibar is refilled daily but only with one can of fanta, coke, lemonade, beer and a bottle of water each day (my son hid the cans in a drawer to make sure we'd get topped up if we hadn't used the day's full allowance).
The food is very good, a very varied buffet and we would highly recommend all the other restaurants especially the asian, italian and spanish ones (some at the sister hotel). If you prefer to play it safe there is a grill with burgers, chicken, pork, plus chips, pizza, salads and a pasta bar. There is alot of choice for the more adventurous too, plus a regular excellent paella option. Deserts are not fantastic, but there is always a chouce of ice creams, fruits and cakes.
From 10am the pool bar serves burgers, hot dogs, rolls, crisps, lots of drinks (including alcoholic ones). There is a juice machine (lovely smoothies), coffee machine and ice creams and slush puppies are available if you ask.
The terrace bar is very good too, with lots of serve yourself options including cava, sangria, wine. spirits and soft drinks. The bar in addition serves cocktails and beer plus chocolate milk shakes with cream, a real favourite with the kids. They also serve a very good 'Bailey's' and 'Amaretto'. I've seen earlier reviews mentioning under age drinking, but we didn't see this at all and no one seems to over do it.
The pools are lovely, and there are activities if you want to take part (not too pressurised). The pool side fashion show is very entertaining, and the kids lovely the twice daily Bahia dance. The evening entertainment mainly takes place at the sister hotel (2 minutes away), but we didn't really bother with the shows etc though I understand they are very good. They also have a bouncy castle, mini-disco, popcorn machine etc for the younger children.
The main issues we had were with the ridiculous sunbed situation (much mentioned). As a family of 5 we wanted 5 beds and 2 umbrellas, which meant setting the alarm at 6.45am each morning, finding a spot and then dragging beds and very heavy umbrellas to the desired spot.
We then had to sleep on the beds to hold them until after 8.00pm when the pool opens at which point the beds are 'safe'.
We witnessed alot of arguments between holiday makers who thought their beds had been 'stolen' as they did not stay after putting towels down. Staff were also physically threatened by a party of russian guests for removing their towels. We reported this to the management as it seemed the situation was getting out of hand. The 'bedgate' scenario improved alot in the second week of our holiday when there were slightly fewer large families.
The other issue is the shortage of tables and chairs on the terrace in the evening. It was very hard to get a table after 8pm and of course these are mainly commandeered by the smokers, which meant if you could sit outside you were often sitting in clouds of cigarette or cigar smoke. Very unpleasant for non-smokers like ourselves, but if you want to sit out on what is a lovely terrace you have to put up with it. The other option is to sit inside, which is ok but can be a bit stuffy in the evening.
Overall the hotel is lovely for a holiday away from the hustle and bustle of the main resorts. However the sunbed and terrace table battle everyday was too much like hard work and we wanted to get away from setting alarms for 2 weeks. Instead of that we were up earlier then when we get up normally for work!
Overall a good holiday, but could have been a fabulous one.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Facilities and services 2 pools and outdoor Jacuzzi pool Jacuzzi (at the Bahia Principe Costa Adeje hotel) Sun terrace Sauna (additional charge) Towel service (deposit required in reception) BAHIA SPA (additional charge) Sports facilities: gym and squash court (at the Bahia Principe Costa Adeje hotel), sports courts Restaurants Bars Wifi (additional charge) Meeting and convention room Pueblo Principe: live music, shows, sports bar, karaoke, cabaret and disco Rooms 220 rooms including 3 types: Standard, Junior Suite with sea views and Junior Suite. Junior Suites are larger than Standard rooms. Room facilities: King size bed or 2 single beds Air conditioning Ceiling fan Balcony or terrace Fully-equipped bathroom: bath tub, shower, 2 wash basins, hair dryer Bathroom amenities Satellite TV Direct phone line (additional charge for external calls) Safe (additional charge) Mini bar Wifi (additional charge) Junior Suite: Hydromassage bath tub, telephone in bathroom, sofa, sitting area Children Bahia Scouts Children can enjoy a range of specially-tailored facilities: 1 Children's pool Mini Club with daytime activities for children Evening Mini Disco Babysitting service (additional charge and prior booking required Mini Golf. Other services 24 hour medical service (additional service) Laundry (additional service) Shuttle bus to Playa de las Americas (one trip per day included in the booking fee) Incentive and convention service ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bahia Principe Tenerife Adeje