We spent our pre Xmas week there to catch some rays which were rather disappointing as the weather, like elsewhere, was unpredictable. Cloudy, windy and our balcony was obscured by palms and never caught the sun.
However we thought the location was excellent; loads of walks; right and left out of the hotel on the beachfront. Many empty shops and restaurants - seems the all-inclusive is taking away a lot of local trade.
The statutory 3 floors; spacious rooms, frequent cleaning and change of linen and oodles of food.
I had 2-3 courses each meal, each day and believe it or not didn't gain a pound. However that was a lucky break and after 3 holidays of all inclusive I think we will give it a miss next time. The lure of food is too strong to resist. Wine, beer, soft drinks, teas/coffees all free + an impressive array of litre bottles of liquers and shorts so really quite excellent.
We didn't use the downstairs bar/entertainment area very much but the one show we saw was quite brilliant; chinese acrobatics.
Took the exercise class most mornings at 10:30am (persuaded them to move the class out of the wind tunnel!) and also tried the rifle shooting (no certificate there :)).
Most of the guests were from Northern and mid/east European mainland so Brits and Irish in the minority.
We had a studio and were going to change but then didn't bother. Beds hard, pillows so flat and one armchair. TV had the usual channels that covers european countries plus CNN - we managed to get wifi free on our phone and computer so watched movies from youtube. Lovefilm was not downloading in the Canaries!
Half way through the week we discovered a cupboard between the bathroom and kitchenette which held 2 blankets and the safe. Didn't feel we needed to hire a safe but did get a kettle for hubby who can't survive more than 30 minutes without his brew.
We had read in their literature that no more all inclusive after checkout (12) and we weren't leaving till 2.30pm. However the red wristband wasn't cut and we were able to have a final lunch before the bus pick-up for the Airport.
All went smoothly. It is about 12-15 km from the airport and really worth taking a taxi if you have a small family to transport as it is very quick.
Sunbeds: Competitive to say the least. Not all of the area around the pool gets sun so they were packed like sardines on the warm days and you had to be up early to bag a bed. We found another overspill area which overlooks the coastline and set up shop there as it had very few people and they mostly slept. In fact there was a lot of sleeping and eating as the guests are mostly retirees.
There are some nice beaches within a few minutes walk where I braved the water - deadly cold initially then stayed in 30 minutes swimming around. Forgot one part of the snorkel set so didn't bother buying more.
Highlights were the walks, the opportunity to reflect on the year gone and have a rest before the new year. We rarely return to the same place but if you are considering booking rest assured there shouldn't be any hiccups.
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