I stayed in the Royal Tenerife Country Club for the last two weeks of June 2013.
The one and two story complex is set on a golf course about five minutes by car from the airport and consists of a series of one and two bedwoom apartments laid out in an elongated V shape, with the pool area and reception at the widest part of the site. The reception area is fairly un-assuming and in line with the improvements that are ongoing in the complex looks like it has been upgraded, however a couple of vacant shop-type units let down the overall quality of this area. Car parking, with control barrier and security guard, is very tight at the reception area with overflow parking available at the Golf Club a couple of hundred metres away. While it's a short walk you might consider this when bringing shopping home, as it's an uphill walk.
The pool area is one of the highlights of the complex with three separate pools, a heated salt water spa pool, a shallow salt water kids pool and a circular unheated pool around the onsite restaurant and bar plus a small kids playground. There is ample lounging space plus a huge number of loungers and this area along with the rest of the open spaces is well planted and very well maintained by the grounds staff. All the pools have superb water quality and a life guard is on duty daily up to 6pm, when effectively the pools close. Thankfully, this obviates the need for booking sun loungers with a towel, you'll always find a space but maybe not one of the fixed sun umbrellas.
The complex can be subject to strong easterly winds and as it's located on a slightly elevated site gets the full force of the wind, great for keeping cool while sun-bathing but it might prove difficult for those tee shots on the golf course.
The pool bar/restaurant (El Inti) serves pretty much the same fare as offered in many of the eateries around the various local beaches etc, however in the main the quality was better and prices a bit lower, so it would be possible to stay on site if you do not wish to travel. The other small bar outside the main area was untried, so I cannot comment.
A sizeable number of units are not available for letting as they are owner occupied, our accomodation was a two bedroom apartment (all two bed units are on the ground floor) as described in other reviews, with three separate air conditioning units one in each bedroom and the living room. The decor and bedrooms had clearly been upgraded in the recent past, however the living room furniture was getting a little tired. The bathrooms could also do with a bit of a lift at this stage even though the main one off the master bedroom had a jacuzzi bath. Although capable of sleeping six, with two on the fold-out sofa, four would be the maximum for comfort. The kitchen, although small, was very well equipped including an ironing board and iron (there is a Laundry Room on site), and there was an i-pod dock and flat screen TV in the main bedroom and living room. The ouside area was quite spacious, with a terraced area and small garden facing the sun up to evening time, though not all units have the same outside space or orientation.
If you intend getting out from the complex I think a car would be essential, as it's a bit of a walk to local eateries and an uphill walk back. Although a bus stop is located at the bottom of the entrance driveway, we did not use the service, as we had a car for the two weeks (petrol is €1.05 per litre on the island!) Los Christianos and Los Americas are about 15 minutes away with standard holiday fare, excellent beaches and an abundance of shopping. Siam Park water facility is twenty minutes away and while excellent was a bit expensive at €100 for three adults for the day plus refreshments.
During our stay there was a number of ongoing improvements being made to the complex (painting and plastering of the outside areas), but this was all very low-key and not disruptive. There also appers to be ongoing improvements to the lettable units, to bring them up to four star standard, so try to book one of these units if possible.
We were hugely impressed with the quality and assistance from the various staff members we met, in particular the reception crew, although the friendliness experienced extended to the room service and grounds keepers, so well done to the management on this aspect of the experience. A slight niggle was the request for €28 per week for wi-fi access, €3 per day for the room safe and the same for a car parking space, given the striving for four star standard, these should be added to the overall cost of the accomodation.
To conclude, the Royal Tenerife Country Club offers something a bit different from the standard package in Tenerife, the complex is very quiet (the aeroplanes going into/out of TFS are not an issue), although a bit remote if you want some activity other than the pools, on site gym and a round of golf or tennis. The pool area is a real winner, even better than some five star accomodation we have used and would be a major plus for families of all ages wishing to visit.
Although already a nice complex, when all the improvments to the units are completed, this will be a superb resort and one of the best for the price we have used, just remember it's not near any beaches or other restaurants, so think about the transport before booking!
Robert Chester 4/7/13
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set against rising hills amid the greens of the challenging Golf del Sur course, Royal Tenerife Country Club is a resort designed with relaxation in mind.The furnished accommodations boast sumptuous marble bathrooms and beautifully outfitted kitchens. Outside there are attractive, subtropical gardens, but the focal point of Royal Tenerife Country Club is its large and beautifully landscaped swimming pool.Out and about you will find that a relaxed atmosphere pervades, while the fish restaurants in the nearby village of Los Abrigos are simply too good to ignore. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Royal Tenerife Country Club Hotel San Miguel De Abona
- Royal Tenerife Country Club Spain