What a fantastic Hotel. This might be lengthy, but I’ll try to cover the important stuff
Reception - is on the first floor, which is accessed from the street. On this floor there are a few shops where you can buy postcards, sweets etc. Although there are plenty of shops across the road, including a Spar and nearby Hiperdino supermarket. Toilets also available, as well as 4 computers where you can pay for internet. At reception you can purchase a card for your room’s safe, think it was about €12, but not sure. You can also purchase wifi if you’ve taken your laptop or smartphone. This was about €25 for the week. Wifi worked fairly well all over the Hotel, but the signal didn’t work in my room. Wifi is free across the road in Paradise Bar when having drinks, but if you’re all inclusive, it’s probably cheaper to use the Hotel wifi.
Indoor bar area – this is on the lower level and gives access to the pool area and restaurant. There is a large bar area, and also waiters walk around the area taking orders. There are plenty of settee’s and tables for you to relax with drinks. All inclusive includes your soft drinks, local beers and a few of the cocktails. Lots of shrubbery in the bar area, a revolving floor around the bar, and a large pond with fountain. Very nice area to sit and have a few drinks. Entertainment wasn’t brilliant, but watchable. There is also a TV room off the bar area, which is a lot quieter if required. I used to chat to family on my netbook in the bar area on an evening, if you look around, you can find settee’s near to a plug.
Restaurant – Breakfast was served between 7.30 and 10am, lunch 1-3pm and evening meal from 6.30pm. The waiters couldn’t be more friendly and couldn’t have been more helpful. Although the food was fairly similar most nights, there was a large choice. My daughter is allergic / intolerant to Wheat, Soya and Dairy. I’d emailed the Hotel directly about this before going, and they had it on their system when we arrived. Each night we chatted with the head Waiter (Jose R), who helped as much as he could. We had to be careful, as sometimes vegetables or bacon could have been cooked using butter to enhance flavour. Jose each night would bend over backwards to point out what could be eaten, and on many occasions asked the Chef’s to specially cook meals that didn’t include her allergies. On one occasion, we found some wheat free pasta in a Hyper Dino, and he had this cooked for us. Brilliant staff!
Pool area – Pools are lovely, day time activity seems to cater well for the younger kids, very clean and plenty of sun beds. The Hotel ask people not to reserve beds until 9am, however, if you go out at 9am you’ll be struggling to find a bed (mind you, I was there during first week of Easter). You are best to drop your towels out there about 8 – 8.30. I love being on holiday, and relaxing, and not much bothers me, however, I did get frustrated at the amount of sunbeds that had towels on all day, with no people ever appearing! So frustrating when you can see families with young children walking around trying to find somewhere to sit. One couple turned up at 6pm to start sunbathing, having never appeared at all during the day. Pool bar is open from 10.30am – 6pm. There’s self service for soft drinks. You get served for a beer, coffee, tea or slush puppies. They also have snacks such as chocolate doughnuts / sandwiches.
Rooms – Very clean, and nearly all rooms have a sea view. I was on the 4th floor (Room 446). Bathroom has shower over bath, powerful shower. There is a soap and shampoo dispenser on the wall in the bath. Plenty of towels. Hairdryer on the wall, large mirror, and a pull out vanity mirror. Toilet and Bidet. They also provide comb, tissues, shoe kit, sewing kit, shower cap and soap. The room has twin beds. We had an extra fold out bed, as I had my two teenage kids in toe. The fold out bed was actually one of the best I’ve ever used. Wardrobe has 18 hangers, 3 drawers and a safe. Large desk houses a small portable TV that has hardly any English channels, but I didn’t see this as a problem, as I’m not in the room often. Balcony has two chairs and a reclining chair. There was no table, although there was a table in the room which could be moved out. There wasn’t a rack for drying clothes, but I’m sure if I’d asked, they’d have provided one. There’s a mini fridge to keep items cool, and the cleaner visited the room 6 out of 7 days. My only criticism of the room is the lack of plugs. There were only three sockets, which were used for the TV, Fridge and a lamp. If you have room in your suitcase, take a 4 plug adapter!
Overall, I loved this Hotel, and would definitely go here again. The resort has plenty of shops and bars, but isn’t too populated like some resorts. I popped across the road to Paradise Bar a couple of times to watch some football matches, and the beach in front of the Hotel was worth a few visits.
We visited the nearby Aqua Park one day, which was €62 for myself and two kids. Children over 14 are classed as adults. If you want a sunbed, this is extra, and lockers are €5. We wanted to keep t-shirts on, as it is so easy to get burnt when in water all day. However, they wouldn’t let you wear a cotton t-shirt, even though most shorts are cotton. Apparently, you can buy a lycra t-shirt from their shop though. I asked the management why we couldn’t wear cotton t-shirts and they were unable to give an answer, but kept suggesting we buy one of their lycra shirts. At this point the kids decided that they didn’t want to stay, as there is no place to sit down if you didn’t pay extra, the water was beyond freezing, the food was expensive and they didn’t want to get burnt (which happened a previous year in another water park in Mallorca). As an adult, I get fed up with places that have hidden extra costs, and are always looking at extra ways of getting money; but it says something when two teenagers at a water park are both fed up with the set-up! After a bit of arguing, we did get a refund and left the place.
This place would be great if you visit in the Summer, when it’s warmer, and take a lycra top if wanting to protect against the sun. Make sure you budget for costs, as it will cost more than you think for entry, sunbeds, locker and food. A family of four will probably be around €150.
With our refund, we visited the Aquarium, which was brill.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Be Live Experience Grand Teguise Playa Hotel is a hotel resort in Costa Teguise. Located in El Jablillo's coastline, this beach hotel is specially designed for couples and families with children who want to spend magical under excellent weather conditions at the Canary Islands. Common areas and Superior rooms have been recently renovated in order to offer to its guests more confort and quality during their stay. Rooms with balcony or terrace and spectacular sea views. For those who loves to play golf, The Be Live Experience Grand Teguise Playa Hotel holds agreements with the two existing golf courts in Lanzarote: the Lanzarote Golf and the Costa Teguise Golf. This hotel has the ISO 14001 Certification, as a result of its effective environmental management system. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Occidental Grand Teguise Playa Costa
- Occidental Teguise Playa
- Occidental Grand Teguise Playa Hotel
- Occidental Hotel Lanzarote
- Be Live Experience Grand Teguise Playa Lanzarote/Costa Teguise