I was absolutely enchanted by this hotel!
I was in room 108 at first floor in Ucanca building.
I can highly recommend this room and this floor, because not only that it has a sea view but it has also a large terrace, this is the only floor in this building which has it, others have only some small balconies.
Also the Masca building is most indicated if you care for a sea view.
This is definitelly a 5 star hotel, starting from the reception and the public areas, continuing with the very nice decorated rooms and the very attentive landscaped garden - indeed, THE GARDENS OF NIVARIA!
I also used a couple of times the fitness centre, very well equiped. The hall was some resting places with all kind of books which you could read or just sit and admire the tranquility of the place.
The atmosphere in the hotel, restaurant, pools, reception was classy, tranquil; the personnel and the guests were nice and respectfull.
The reception people were very nice and helpfull, the room cleaning was exquisite - and I say that because I never saw anyone from the cleaning but everytime when I went back to my room everything was tide-up, spotless clean - this is the definition of a 5 star service by me! Also the garden was tended and all the plants and trees in the garden were labeled so the guest could see their names.
The breakfast was a dream, with lots and lots of options to choose from, including champagne and crabsticks. I had only the breakfast in this hotel because I wanted to have no hourly restrictions to my vacation.
I went the first afternoon I arrived on the beach but it was not appealing at all to me, but appaulling! I could not get passed by the bad sensation I had seeing that black sand! Then the sea shore was quite steep with strong currents definitelly not recommended for an inexperienced swimmer like me. I read about it in other reviews but I wanted to check it for myself, unfortunatelly it was the true! So I went at the hotel pool everytime I wanted to sunbathe. Very nice big-big pool with a lot of
sunchairs to sit in the shadow or in the sun. I usually don't use pools I like the sea&sand better but this time the pool was a much better option.
I used to sit on the sun-terrace in front of Masca building which has a large panoramic overview of the beach and ocean front and enjoy every minute of beeing there.
I went also to Playa del Duque in search for that golden sand I read about in other reviews but I was not impressed so I stayed faithfull to the hotel pool. However, the promenade to Playa de Duque is a nice walk with a very nice view so while you are there you can take this stroll!
The evening entertainment in the hotel was attractive, every eveining there was a different show, besides the dancing music and relaxing atmosphere in the garden. The top of it for me it was the evening with the show of asian acrobats - very spectacular!
The drinks are a little expensive (7 - 10 euro) but hey, it's a 5 star hotel!
Another moment to remember was the Michael Bolton concert I attended while I was on the island. The Adrian Hotels were among the sponsors of this concert so I got the transport to/from the concert for a small fee of 6 euro and taken care by the hotel. The show was on an old golf terrain and it was incredible to me, I am a fan of Michael Bolton!
The weather was ok, not too hot, one morning was a little cloudy so I took a long stroll on the promenade starting in Costa Adeje from the Playa Fanabe to Playa de las Americas. I went back taking a bus near the Arona Pyramids which took me back near H. Isla Bonita, very close to my hotel. Here are all the usual stops for the organized trips buses and also for the regular buses on the island.
At lunch time I used to go at Centro Comercial San Miguel which is close to the hotel where there are shops and supermarket where I could buy fresh fruits, yogurts for refreshment after staying in the sun.
There are also a lot of other shops on the promenade going down to the beach. I say going down because the whole coastline in this area is aslope. You need to have good feet and good cardiac rythm to fully enjoy your vacation here! The hotel has a lift to the beach, in the begining I found it funny later I understood how usefull it was :). For the shops, nothing special to mention, souvenirs, cheap replicas of mostly everything in electronics, jewelry and clothes.
I went on some organized trips by the travel agency I came with so I can recommend a few.
A nice trip I took was to Mount Teide for 30 euro, where I saw all the strange rocks formations the guide was very eager to show us and really got an ideea of the vulcanic origin of this island. Didn't went up with the cable car to the top, I regret that but the long lines of people waiting to get in were really discouraging. You can also take a bus to the Teide and it will get you much cheaper.
I didn't went to Loro Park or to AquaLand, I talked to some friends who were there before me but I wasn't very attracted to loose half of beach day for that.
One trip worth to take which I cannot recommend enough is the trip to La Gomera island for 80 euro. You go there by ferry from Port Los Cristianos and then by bus on La Gomera. It's a very spectacular scenery, a mix of south american landscape with hot beaches, cold forests, green terraces. I am not exagerating, for this trip please take a wolen sweater and some long trousers. The differences between the micro-climates on this island is incredible, in 6 hours I was in hot summer - warm spring - wet&chilly autumn while we were going up on the top of the mountains and then back at sea level. The guide we had was a fantastic guy, a lot of information, a very friendly and dynamic person I will not forget soon. You can get a trip on your own with the ferry but you will loose all the interesting information about this island.
Another nice trip I took was a cruise on Atlantic Ocean for 50 euro with the boat Shogun, we saw Los Gigantes rocks and the whole rocky coast of Adeje and admired the dolphins when we went at deep sea, that is ocean. Lunch and drinks was included and the host was a funny guy trying to do his best to entertain all the 100-150 people in this cruise. The not so nice part of this cruise was for all the people who felt sea-sick, and I have an advice for them: don't book cruises on deep sea unless you are sure you will not be sea-sick! The cruise was half day with no stop to get off, so these people really struggled in the back of the ship with the sea-sick while the rest of the people where singing, drinking, eating in the front of the ship. It was funny I say, because I was in the front of the ship otherwise this would have been a very unpleasant half of day. I really felt sorry for the people in the back...
For night entertainment I can recommend the Carmen Mota flamenco show at the Arona Pyramids for 45 euro (variant without dinner) - this was the real highlight of my vacation. I am absolutelly in love with dancing, and I was totally enchanted by this show, it was Aire show. If it's still running today please go see it because it's a must! I got back to the hotel by tasxi, there are a lot of them in the centre near the Pyramids, they are cheap and realiable.
While I was at the Arona Pyramids I also strolled in the many-many shops there and so the light-show of the colored water fountains - very nice!
I was impressed in general with the architecture on this island, some buildings looked like they were growing out of the rocky ground at all kind of degrees more or less than vertical.
As a conclusion this vacation had the WOW effect on me and for this reason a piece of my heart remained in Tenerife, hope to get there some time again in order to retrieve it :)
Ucanca building first floor.
Masca building, too.
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