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Apartamentos Gema Aguamarina Golf
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Golf del Sur
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Kent, United Kingdom
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“Good location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2014 via mobile

We travelled with a group of friends (5 apartments). Check in was easy and efficient, all our apartments were spacious, clean and had good views. We stayed bed and breakfast, there was a very good choice at breakfast (apart from the weak orange squash). The pool is large and the area around it has plenty of sun loungers, with lovely sea views. These apartments are very reasonably price and good value for money. There is a good selection of places to eat and drink very close by plus San Blas centre just 15 minutes walk away.

Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2014

We can not complain about this holiday, we didn't pay a fortune and got in our opinion more than what we thought!
Positives - big apartment kept very clean, in fact the whole complex was extremely clean, excellent balconies, the reception staff were extremely helpful, we figured out after the first day exactly were to sun bathe to get sun all day, we never struggled to get a sun bed, we booked bed and breakfast, it suited us, we ate one night in the restaurant and the food and service was great, the free wine wasn't to our taste!
People were complaining about no kettle and only 3 tv channels so what, we used a pan to boil water and didn't come on holiday to watch tv!!!!
Negatives - the curtsey bus, ha ha it drops you on the outskirts but its still cheaper than a taxi, but I think they need to make it clearer, I also think charging 2 euros to use the iron is a bit naughty, yes I agree to leaving a deposit but think this was out of order.
We would come back here again without a doubt, but without our teenage sons as this is a very quiet resort and there is nothing for them to do

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2014

We booked the apartments for a weeks holiday over New Year. Was first time we used Travel Republic and the price seemed very low (less than 300E), especially compared to what we had paid the year before and advertised costs of other nearby locations. That definitely made us wary and wondered what the location and clientele might be like. But I must say we were pleasantly surprised. apartments were fine and hotel clientele was mostly families and older couples.
We knew the area before as we stayed in Golf del Sur but had found aircraft noise a problem, it in landing flight path for Tenerife Sur airport. Regarding the location of the apartments them selves, its a bit confusing as entrance to apartments is just down the road from the Hotel itself. Check in was hassle free, Room was right at back of complex thus easier to access via rear (sort of promenade with bar/restaurants on beach side of hotel). One negative for us privacy wise was that it was on ground floor so right at pool, but kids loved that they could step over ‘balcony’ straight into pool area. Relatively modern set up for kitchen/bathroom (done up in yr 2000’s I’d guess). One big negative was that balcony doors would not lock, complained to Reception expecting no fast resolution but with 5 minutes there was someone at the door and 15 minutes later both doors were fixed! Similarly door handle on inside of room door was loose, within 5 minutes of contacting reception there was someone there to fix it. Towels and sheets refreshed almost daily (only 4 towels so that a bit mean for 4 people). Facilities were fine and you could make use of the 4 star hotels facilities next door (second pool area/kids play area etc in between them).
Location – We had stayed nearby before and thus worried about flight noise but has no issues with it, maybe if on top floor facing the planes (we were on bottom opposite side facing sea) it might be a bit annoying but I don’t think anyone really had any issues with it. The boardwalk behind to hotel has a few bars/restaurants, nothing to write home about but passable for the price. It’s a quiet area of town so if that’s what you are looking for its fine, when we were there it was mostly families and retirees, guessing the twenty somethings hang out in Los Cris. or P.d. Americas, to which there is a free shuttle bus from the hotel. We rented a car and could park it in the public car park beside the hotel for free.
Cant comment on food, never ate there but from looking thru window it looked ok (taking the car we preferred nearby El Medano, nice beach and a bigger range of eateries).

Overall a perfectly reasonable hotel for a very reasonable price.

Downsides – Have to pay for internet, Back door (to beach) sometimes locked at random times, awkward walk around to front entrance, some noise from service room doors slamming/lower tunnely/echoey corridors (not a problem for upper openair corridors).
Upsides – Large double (adults/kids) heated outdoor pools, with great ocean view. Right beside beach even if its small and mainly stony (kids loved throwing stones into the sea!) – Very fast response to service issues

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2014

The resort was only 10 mins away from airport which was a bit frustrating that it took two hours for the bus to finally depart to drop us off. Think we'd get a taxi next time.
Arrived at the apartments to be very impressed. The staff were friendly and the rooms were clean and spacious and set out perfectly. We had a big balcony that faced the sea and pool.
The area was very quiet but this suited us as we wanted a quiet break before Christmas.
The free bus into Los Cristianos and Las Americas was a nice touch.
We had 4 nights there and really enjoyed the sound of the waves each night!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Perth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2014

We stayed here for two weeks over Christmas and were delighted with our choice. we are late 40s with two sons aged 12 and 15. Our main criteria is very clean, good sized apartments with sea view in a quiet location. Aguamarina ticked every box for us. We were in apartment 509, which had a fantastic sea view, but no evening sun. There is however a roof terrace, which you can take your balcony chair up to and sit until sunset!. There is so much space in these apartments, and another big plus is having patio doors off both the living area and bedroom, on to a very large balcony. The apartments were quiet for the first week we were there, but full over Christmas. We heard no noise either week and also had no trouble securing four sunbeds with cushions when we needed them. Sometimes that would be at 10am after breakfast, but other times we went out and came back mid day or in the afternoon. There is so much space that you never feel crowded at the pool area. There was always a life guard on duty and they did pay attention particularly when wee ones were playing in the pool. There is no music by the pool, which again suited us, but the hotel next door had a busier vibe if that was what you were looking for. All facilities of the hotel are available for apartment guests. We played tennis French boules, volleyball, putting, table tennis and crazy golf. There is also an indoor pool and a gym at the hotel. All of this is free, but you need to pay a 5euro deposit for the equipment. There is entertainment in the hotel every evening. There is even a large auditorium which is used some nights. Fram (which I take to be a sort of French Thomsons type company) seem to run the entertainment so it is mostly in French, with a smattering of English thrown in.

Let's put the kettle issue to bed. There is no kettle, but there is a filter coffee machine, which you can use just to heat water. It is very quick to heat up. The microwave will also heat water very quickly and there are two halogen hob rings which can also be used. The microwave is also a grill, but as we had breakfast in the hotel we didn't try it for making toast. We felt the apartments had everything we needed for self catering assuming you can live without an proper oven. Decent sized pots, frying pan and utensil etc were all provided. No dish towel, but we just bought a three pack of kitchen towels and used that to dry anything left after sitting on the draining board. The fridge and freezer are nice and big and actully worked! Sky News, CNN and for us the True Christmas channel were about all the TV channels we had in English, which was great as the boys couldn't sit box watching for hours on end. No need for a remote unless you can't be bothered to use the buttons on the side of the TV!!! There was a hair drier in the bathroom, and two showers, which was great. The boys found the sofas quite comfortable to lie on, but they were not terribly comfortable to sit on as the mattresses were quite big and therefore too wide for my short legs! I sat on one of the seats from the balcony or one of the dining chairs instead. The apartments were cleaned every day apart from Thursday and Saturday. I felt the whole complex was cleaned to quite a high standard.

Food - We had breakfast each morning and felt it was good. There is a wee woman who manages to make fried eggs, omelettes, pancakes etc to order, and also manages to keep the rest of the not buffet supplied. She is run off her feet and lovely! The rest of the staff are also good, but less busy. I have Coeliac disease and they managed to provide me with a basket of gluten free bread and cakes etc each morning, which I felt was very good service. Lots of fresh and tinned fruit, hams, cheese etc, so plenty to eat and reasonable quality. WE ate here at night once, but it was not great. It was however very cheap at 36 euros for four including a bottle of wine (which was very drinkable) and coke for the kids. It was actually well worth that, but lacked atmosphere and we do enjoy eating out, so decided not to go back. They did make me some specially fried potatoes as the chips were not gluten free, and they were great. Again good service.

I agree with the recent comments about the reception staff. It was mostly a guy on when I was there. He was not rude, but also not too helpful. I ended up in hospital for three days during my holiday with gastroenteritis. This could have been picked up anywhere, and I am in no way blaming the hotel for that. However, my husband had to call an ambulance via reception, The guy knew I was taken to hospital, but nobody enquired about how I was or what was wrong either while I was in hospital or after I came out. I am not particularly precious, but feel that if one of my guests had been blue lighted to hospital I would want to know if they were ok.

All in all a great holiday, and I have no doubt that we will return again. In the last four years we have stayed in the Santa Barbara apartments also in Golf Del Sur, Tropicla Park in Callao Salvaje, and the Bahia Princess Hotel in Adeje. Aguamarina beats them all, particularly Santa Barbara, which had dreadful apartments and extremely crowded pool area. We walked past there many times this holidays and the smell from the sewage plant was unbearable. We were so glad we chose Aguamarina instead.

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Room Tip: Most rooms will have some sort f view of the sea. Don't think there is a really bad room.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Cheshire, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2013

We have just returned from 1 week B+B, 21st-28th Dec, Thank God the weather was kind to us. As many people have already mentioned about hard beds,uncomfortable lounge furniture,lack of equipment in the kitchen.
A few things not mentioned, lack of entertainment,ashtrays,music + padding for loungers around the pool.Expensive pool bar drinks 2 euro for a fanta orange? hence never bought anything else.

Good points to mention, Wildgeese pub across the road, good food+drink fairly priced with pleasant staff, Volare side of the hotel, Ronnie is one of the owners what a nice guy and entertainer, they have artists on every night and free to go in.

The town of Sanblas is a nice 15 minute stroll away with many bars+eateries, we found the Great Wall chinese excellent, to get to the town from the hotel walk down to the Tapanyaki restaurant and turn left and follow the path, it is a bit hilly at times but a nice stroll.

All in all we loved the quiet of the town but not so much the hotel, we wouldnt return to this hotel.

Room Tip: we were in 615,as you look at the hotel on the left, try and have a room on the right, opposite side...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2013

I booked this hotel because of the good reviews it received and am amazed that everyone else seemed to like it. The furniture was shabby as was the bathroom - I have never even seen bathroom fitments where the chrome plating had worn off. The tables looked like they had been rescued from the sea, the bed was the most uncomfortable I have ever slept in and the sofas far too low to sit comfortably. However the apartment was absolutely spotless and the cleaning staff were fantastic and coped really well during the flooding caused by the horrific storm which affected the whole island. The balcony was a good size with the only comfortable chairs in the apartment. The breakfast was fine and the dining room staff were excellent. As mentioned in other reviews the apartment was poorly equipped and the Reception staff had 'attitude' to say the least. I would not recommend these apartments to anyone and certainly would not consider returning.

Room Tip: most rooms only get the sun for part of the day, try to get a corner one
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Apartamentos Gema Aguamarina Golf
Address: Avenida del Atlantico, 3, 38620 Golf del Sur, San Miguel de Abona, Tenerife, Spain
Location: Spain > Canary Islands > Tenerife > San Miguel de Abona > Golf del Sur
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Golf del Sur
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Hotel Class:4 star — Apartamentos Gema Aguamarina Golf 4*
Number of rooms: 160
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