We have just returned from a weeks break here. First time in Teneriffe, hotel recommended by a friend.
Location: 10 mins from the airport, good for transfers. Low flying planes actually did not bother us as were only every half hour or so and I found them fascinating. However, I'm not sure in busy periods this could be annoying as they are noisy.
The beach : "across the road from a small pebble beach" I assumed that meant small pebbles, not so, there essentially is no beach, it's a dirty, black rock area with a couple of tatty straw parasols, no one sat there and I'm not sure you could enter the sea there, certainly did not look safe to swim there so forget any idea of a beach, this is, as we wanted anyway, a pool holiday.
Local villages: yes if you took a short walk dodging the dog poo over uneven ground you had two local towns either side of the hotel, neither worth a visit really but some pretty rugged scenery worth looking at. The area seems full of ex pat old people, nothing wrong with that but not very upmarket.
The hotel: massive hotel, pretty ugly looking but others thought it beautiful so it's just a matter of taste. Spotlessly clean everywhere. Lacking in pool bars which were not well staffed and sometimes just closed. It was a long walk to the restaurant if your room was up by reception as ours was. Personally did not found that a problem but some were grumbling about it. Most clientele were 60 plus or young couples with small babies or children, not a place for 20 something's I'd say.
Room: we had a junior suite with sea view, up behind the main reception area, sea facing. Fantastic, have to say I've never had such a room, we always book a suite but this was essentially two rooms used as one so we had two bathrooms, completely separate lounge area, two balconies with a day bed on one and table and chairs on the other. Nice enough beds, linen lovely, I needed another pillow which turned up immediately from reception when I asked for it. The maid service was exceptional in so much as she cleaned and tidied every day so well. Bathroom glorious. The room was five star quality although the towels were not white fluffy five star towels and I would say be sure to take your own shower gel/ shampoo etc as they were simply awful.
Pools: in a lake like arrangement with a large one at the end, infinity pool. Nice but not at all inciting with the grey pool tiles, made the water look like tap water not a prett blue as is usual in hotel pools, so looked a bit dingy. Once in they were clean and a couple are heated. No swim up bar anywhere. No waiter service around the pools anywhere, long walk to the bar from some lounge areas.
Staff: lovely, everyone nice and polite.
Restaurant: big disappointment . Food was excellent, so much choice. BUT it's a buffet, you get one meal in the themed restaurant only per stay, that was lovely and what I have come to expect from five star hotels. Buffets are awful, I want someone to bring me my food on holiday , even getting a drink with the meal was hit or miss. There was hand sanitiser gel at the entrance to the buffet but no one used it, one tip...stomach bugs actually don't come from the food, a common misconception with buffet food, they come from the handles of the spoons you dish yur food up with, germs from person to person via the serving spoons! Use a service tater to handle them or be strict to sanitise your hands before picking up your bread roll and putting it in your mouth! It was all spotlessly clean, buffets just disappoint me with parents allowing their children's fingers in all the food eugh!
Snacks: never have I seen such dreadful snacks during the day. Chicken nuggets and hot dogs in stale white rolls, sorry but no thank you. You really don't need the snacks luckily. The night time snacks at the bar were equally dreadful, cheap sandwich packs and little else, very poor.
All inclusive? Really? We have done AI holidays for many many years, always go five star up market (or at least, expensive) hotels. Our last two hotels in Jamaica and Mexico even had full bottles of alcohol in the rooms. Here, nothing, absolutely nothing in the rooms at all, not even water. There were water machines around the hotel and they encouraged you to fill up your disposable plastic water bottles from there...big no, no! There was a choice of five cocktails on the all inclusive menu, ridiculous! The bar menu was confusing in so much as some drinks are included and some are not. We got by easily with brandy and coke (Pepsi is free coke is not.??) or whiskey and "coke". Then the all inclusive drinks end at 11pm. Just when the disco starts..ridiculous.
Entertainment: why people with children think it is ok to have them running around on stage during the adult entertainment at 10pm I do not know! So we have kids club entertainment up unti 9.45pm, usually there was a bad act followed at 10.15 by a singer, some quite good but no atmosphere and they all felt the need to sing 1950/1960 s songs..ok if you're over 60yrs old. We didnt stay up for the disco as seemed little point and we objected to paying for our drinks then having paid £1700 for a weeks stay here.
Overall: quick weeks break, money no object, then go but I'm sure there must be better options on the island. We would not return. Weather was not great, I fear the canaries may have lost the pull of the weather and to be honest they have little else.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sandos San Blas Nature Resort & Golf All Inclusive is located in the San Blas Enviromental Reserve, beside two golf courses and seafront. The bedrooms are spacious with a terrace and have bathroom with bath tub, shower and hairdryer. Every guest room is soundproof, and offers satellite TV, stereo, Internet connection, minibar (extra charge), air conditioned, safe, phone and free WiFi. The complex has eight pools, a gym and a terrace with loungers and umbrellas, as well as two poolside bars. It also has aqua-aerobics, spa and sauna. The reception is 24 hour, and offers safe and currency exchange. The hotel also has a cafe-bar, a newspaper stand, a hair salon, a night club, a theater, a TV room, a restaurant, a conference room, free WiFi connection room, room service, laundry service (extra charge), a playground and free parking. Separate activities are organized for kids and adults alike. The hotel offers tennis (extra charge), ping-pong, beach volley, golf (extra charge), biking and aerobics classes. You can also row on the property's lake. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sandos San Blas Hotel Reserva Ambiental And Golf
- Sandos San Blas Nature Resort & Golf Tenerife, Spain