This was out third trip to the Villa Mandi, having stayed there in 2010 and 2011. We were pleased to be alllocated the room we requested by emailing the hotel directly before travelling. The rooms have been updated slightly since our last vist, with new couch, curtains and headboards. Unfortunately, they haven't updated the 'kitchenette' area and this alongwith the dining table is showing its age. if you're planning on doing some self catering, be aware that there is no normal oven - you just get a 2 ring hob, microwave, kettle, fridge and toaster. There is no freezer (apart from a tiny slot to freeze ice-cubes.
The air con in the rooms cools them well and can be left running by putting any regular card in the slot (doesn't have to be a key card).
The pool is nice, but you have to be standing by your sun bed by 8:30am to get your preferred position. The maintenance man won't let you put towels down until 9am though. Att least it means you don't have to get up at 6am to get your loungers, but it does mean hanging around for half an hour. They have also put some anti-slip surfacing around the pool area (it was very sllippy on our last visits and there were some accidents.)
Staff were very friendly (both Thomson and hotel staff)
On site shop is well stocked, but the Mercadona is cheaper and only a 10-15 minute walk. A lot of people may not like tthe fact that the hotel is not in the centre, but this does mean it is quiet. Taxi is only 5 Euros into Los Cris and there is also a courtesy bus at 10:30 and 11:30.
Avoid the restaurant. Very poor quality and limited choice of food. My recommendation is to stroll down into Los Cristianos and eat at one of the many restaurants. Little Italy diagonally opposite the Mercadona is very good, with friendly staff.
Lunchtime snacks were poor too and the portions were tiny. Best idea is to prepare some snacks, buy drinks from the shop and take it down to the pool with you in a cool bag. Saves a lot of money too. The shop also serves delicious pain-au-chocolates fresh from the oven.
Thomson reps were good, but Thomson seem to have reduced the number of kids activities over the years - no football training, no swim lessons, no Razzmataz.
Beer and wine reasonably priced.
Overall, we would recommend - but avoid the food.
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- Also Known As:
- Apartments Villa Mandi Hotel Los Cristianos
- Apartments Hotel Mandi
- Apartments Hotel Los Cristianos
- Villa Mandi Golf Resort Tenerife/Los Cristianos