We went here in November 2010 for a week booked through Thomson platinum and we had an unforgettable week. Both my boyfriend and me enjoy being active/going to the gym so we were in our element here. The hotel offers plenty of sporting activities included in the all inclusive package. My boyfriend is a keen biker (road biking and mountain biking) and went out on 5 of the 7 days on different rides (all challenging enough for him which he was pleased with as he gets bored without a challenge) The equipment provided for the biking is really very good, especially as it is free rental. All the bikes were well serviced and of very good standard. Bring your own shoes, cleats and even possibly pedals if you want to get the most benefit from the bikes. Also bring a water bottle with you as some of the rides are really long and it can get very hot.
The other sports were also of a high standard, especially the daily fitness classes which were very popular (especially flexi bar class!) I took part in the Pilates classes which were as good as any I have done back home with the added benefit they are held outside looking down over the sea, lovely. Word of warning though, speaking some German will be a big help to you in these classes as the resort is German and they seem to run all the classes in German, I became an expert in counting down from ten to one in German after a week of fitness classes there, although they do say parts of it in English too ('breathe in and breathe out' is one they regularly said in English although to be honest you shouldn't be forgetting to breathe!)
The gym has it's good points and it's bad points. The good points are it doesn't get too busy (or it didn't when we were there in November) the bad points are it doesn't have air conditioning (or it didn't when we went, maybe they have sorted it now) and it got hot, very HOT, the treadmill had a temperature gauge on it and on one day it was reading 39 degrees C!!! The temperature outside the gym was only 28 degrees maximum so the gym was obviously building up heat from everyone working out/having a big glass front that the sun shines on for most of the day. The view whilst working out is brilliant though, you can be on the elliptical or treadmill and be staring out to sea, it is very relaxing. They had a fair range of equipment available for a decent enough workout but more equipment is really needed (especially more free weights) and maybe a bit more cardio equipment would be nice, they also need to ensure they maintain the equipment as one of the treadmills was broken for the whole duration of our stay.
The other sports included are Nordic Walking (didn't try but it looked interesting) Boules (also didn't try but seemed popular) Archery, Volleyball, Tennis lessons and much more (I can't remember them all). My boyfriend tried the Tennis lessons one day and really enjoyed it. Basically if you are sporty person you will get a lot from this place and find a lot to do, certainly enough to keep you occupied for a full 2 week break.
The pools (3 I think) are clean and well maintained, but like all canary island pools are quite cold, you need to be brave to get in. The pool near the Tennis courts was the warmest (probably due to it being fairly small and in the direct sun all day) and I actually managed to swim in it on two days (I am a big wuss when it comes to being cold so it can't have been that bad)
There were plenty of sunbeds available but it was a quiet time of year and the gardens and poolside areas were very well kept and clean, the hotel definitely holds up to its 4 star status.
The evening entertainment was also very good, the shows surprised us with the quality of the talent (the performers are actually professional dancers and singers who just happen to work as hosts/class instructors during the day rather than the other way around) so we enjoyed all the shows we went to see. They also had some outside acts come in on a couple of nights which was good, the bendy woman was crazy! The karaoke and disco they did in the Plaza bar was good fun and it was packed, I think everyone who was staying in the hotel tried to fit into that bar on the night of the karaoke so it was a good atmosphere. We didn't try the "nightclub" that was on each night down near the gym as it started pretty late and we were tired from all the sports we were doing. On the final night of our stay they put on a massive firework display which was really impressive, I can't remember whether this is a regular thing or not, but if it is on whilst you are there it is worth a look, grab a drink and go down near the main pool area before it starts to get a good view.
The other entertainment available in the lobby bar included pool and computer games, we had a go at both on a couple of nights and they are good for when you want a lazy evening after dinner. This hotel isn't for party animals, there is not enough for you to do for/enough fellow party animals for you to mingle with for that and you are a bit too far away from any lively resorts to be taxiing out and back every night. It is perfect for families and couples or groups of people coming for the sports or if you just want to relax on an evening.
The food and drink were excellent, especially given that it is an all inclusive hotel. The main buffet restaurant is huge and the selection every day for dinner was extremely varied, you can go all week without eating the same thing twice, they had a different theme every evening which was pretty cool. The lunch and breakfast were also spot on with a good variety of healthy fresh foods all very well cooked. The selection of drinks was actually really good for an all inclusive resort and wasn't watered down like a lot of all inclusive hotels seem to do, be careful if you are drinking all day! I really liked the fact that mineral water was included too, this is a rarity in all inclusive hotels, and it was especially good that you collected it in 2 litre bottles from the fridges as an when you needed it. Due to all the sports we were doing and the heat we went through LOADS, it would have cost us a fortune to buy it. The a la carte restaurants were pretty good too. El Gusto is the best one followed by Mai Thai, we weren’t too impressed with Baia, the food in the main restaurant looked better to be honest, was worth a try though. Make sure you get your a la carte reservations in on your first day to ensure you can eat at them all during your stay (if you want to) as they book up fast and must be booked.
The hotel room was very spanish in style and fairly basic but very big and comfortable. We had two large single beds pushed together to form a double which was ok but they did start to drift apart every now and again and we had to push them back. The wardrobe was nice and spacious and you would have enough room in there for clothes for a 2 week break. The safe in the wardrobe was also free (another nice touch) and had easy instructions for use. There was a TV with a few English channels (a film channel and a music channel) we had the music channel on a few times whilst we sat on the balcony with drinks before the evening entertainment. I think all the rooms have balconies from what we saw and most have decent views (some are sea view which would have been nice but we weren't up for paying extra for it)
The bathroom was also fairly large and had a big full bath with a very good power shower over it, there was always hot water as needed and plenty of towels. The maids came every day to clean and change the towels and changed the bedding once midweek.
The location of the hotel is lovely, right at the top of the cliff looking down onto the beach, you can get down from the hotel by two different sets of steps. The steps near the pool are the quickest way down but if you are unsteady on your feet or have small kids/pram then don’t even go near these steps, they are way too steep, further round the resort near the private lodge area there are some other steps which are longer and less steep, they bring you out further down the beach to an area that is a lot wider than the steep steps take you to also so maybe better for kids wanting to play on the beach or in the sea. The beach to the left is a nudist beach so you have been warned, it is not obligatory to take your clothes off but don’t be surprised to see old German couples walking hand in hand with not a stitch on. We found it really funny at first but after a while we just stopped noticing it, we didn’t spend too much time on the beach anyway. The sea is really gentle and warm so if you want to have a swim you can do it from this beach definitely.
If you want to go out of the hotel for the day you can go to Morro Jable fairly cheaply in a taxi (about 10 Eur I think) or I think there is a bus stop outside the hotel, the reception staff are very helpful and can explain it all to you. This truly is a resort hotel though so if you want to just stay in the hotel all week you can (especially if you come for the sports and relaxation) but the option to get out is there, the hotel offer a variety of excursions too, see the books in the library section of the lobby/reception.
The spa is not included in the price of the all inclusive but the treatments didn’t seem too expensive, we were going to hang out in the spa poolside area and have a go in the sauna but were put off that it was for over 18s only and was a nudist section, not really our thing but go for it if you are that way inclined.
Overall a fab hotel with great all inclusive features, sort the gym out though please, working out in a hot house is not much fun.
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