We had a wonderful holiday at Le Tefair. Here are a few things you should know if you are going to stay there:
- It's quite expensive. Food, drinks, activities not included in the package are expensive (especially from a South African perspective). Be prepared to have a large bill on the end of the holiday if you intend to live it up a bit. Our group had bills ranging from about €500 to €1000 for extra food, wine and add ons for meals in restaurants excluded the package. We took A LOT of wine with us, knowing that a bottle of wine costs from about €100 up. We were charged about €13 corkage per bottle. (The MOST expensive wine we could find in the nearby supermarket was about €12). It's a good idea to buy a few beers for the room from a shop outside the hotel.
- Ask for a seafront room. We had a Junior suite on the ground floor. It was magnificent! The beach sand started at our porch and the beach propper was about 10m from our room. Being on the ground floor worked very well for us. Ask for a bucket of water to wash your feet off as you come off the beach. The Junior suite had an outside shower (downstairs only) and the room was superbly appointed.
- Play golf! The course is outstanding! (Free). Take your clubs. Hiring a buggy is not unreasonable.
- Watersports. It's a great place to learn! (at a cost). The lagoon is brilliant for learning how to kite surf. Independent operators charge about €85 per shared two hour lesson ( it gets cheaper as you do more).
TEACH YOUR YOUNG KIDS TO WATERSKI! The hotel does not offer lessons, but there is a BRILLIANT teacher (independent operator) on the beach. Make sure you ask for DAMIEN. (works for Paolo). He gets in the water with the kids, letting them stand with one of their skis on his. He gets them out of the water first time and really understands children. He even got my 4 year old to come out (with a lot of support) on 2 skis. After 3 lessons the 7,8 and 9 year old were coming out on their own. Half a hour sessions are about €55.
- Go on adventures! We swam with the dolphins ( €160 for 6 to eight people), again with Damien. Go on a calm day only! We left from the hotel beach and found the dolphins within about 10 minutes! You get within 1 to 2m from them without feeling like you stress them. Afterwards you go for a snorkel further down the coast.
Go to Zip lining at "the valley of colours". Our group was from 4 to 74 years old and all had a blast! About 20 min by taxi. Swim in a pool with waterfall at the end. About €75 per person for the round trip ie inclusive of taxi fare. Longest zip is 500m but a 1,5km one is planned!
If you like tough hiking, do the Seven Cascades walk. Get a guide, 7 huge waterfalls in a stunning ravine. 45min by taxi.
- Eat at other restuarants. (at a price!). We found Gin Ja and Le Chateau to be really good, Le Chateau is a fab location and better value for money.
- Bikes and tennis gear are free to use.
- No Wifi in the rooms (at all, not even to pay!) Plug in internet for laptops ( not iPads obviously!) in rooms. Free WiFi at the pool, at reception and in the bar lets you email and Skype as needed.
We had a great holiday and were expecting the bill at the end. The rooms and facilities were fantastic and the staff bent over backwards to try and accommodate our needs. We thought the food was good (the food for the kids was REALLY good!). We payed a lot for extra activities, but it was them that really made for a fantastic holiday.
Don't get a river facing room. Take ground floor beachfront rooms.
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