Stayed in Santa Maria mid May, never been to Tenerife before so this was our first experience away. We are in our late 20's and wanted something affordable, close to the beach and in walking distance to a few excursions. Santa Maria definitely is in the perfect location.
When we first arrived at Santa Maria, you have to walk up a slight hill to get to the hotel. At first we thought "god this is going to be annoying" but actually the hotel is neatly tucked away from the road in its own own private complex = less noise. Also views of the sea can be seen from higher levels of the hotel.
It's also really close to the beach and harbour (approx 5mins) with great views of the coast of Costa Adeje and lots of places to eat close by to suit a range of appetites. There's a great bar with live music east from the hotel on the coastline.
We stayed on the first floor pool side in a studio apartment and were really happy. The room was really clean- maid comes to clean regularly. The shower is powerful with hot water on demand. The kitchenette came with a hob and microwave and a range of cutlery and plates - perfect if you are self catered all week. room also comes with a seating area and tv - not that you will be using much of either! The balcony is a great size if you want to relax in the evening before venturing out. Couldn't really fault the room. The room does come with a ceiling fan which I think was adequate - you can always sleep with the balcony door open if you do get too hot!
Lovely pool area, plenty of sunbeds, pool is clean and refreshing in the hot sun. Relaxing atmosphere - we spent most of our days lounging by the pool - never really felt the need to head to the beach as the pool are was so nice. The bar area is nice too with music playing and tasty looking food. Though NOTE there is a supermarket at the bottom of the hill (2min walk) where you can buy all sorts for much cheaper.
THE RESTAURANT & FOOD
The restaurant is great, really big and there is an outdoor terrace with slight views of the sea - great sunset too in the evening.
Breakfast is great if you like fresh fruit, yoghurt, cereals, cold meats and pastries. The hot food isn't so great - so don't expect a well cooked breakfast if you like a good English fry up!
The evening meal is really worth the money though - fresh salad bar every night, couldn't stop eating the fresh marinated avocados. Also have a different range of hot food every night - from grilled chicken, to fish and pasta. A few nights a week they have a BBQ on the terrace so fresh cooked sausage and various meats are on offer. 4* for the evening meal I would say. We did half board and was definitely worth it.
This was probably one of the low points of the hotel, on arrival don't expect a "how are you?" Or "enjoy your holiday". However they are much friendlier by the pool and in the restaurant.
Pool area, evening food and the room location. Location of the actual hotel is perfect too.
Excursions - check out the VIP boat trip on a catermaran where you see dolphins and whales in the wild - amazing!
Unfriendly reception staff, breakfast menu (hot food)
This hotel lives up to its 3 star status. It's in a great location it really is, in walking distance to everything. No hustle and bustle, evening food is really great and the pool area is clean and relaxing. Rooms are Spanish themed and quirky - you want to feel like you are on holiday!
Don't expect a friendly service, but other than that I would say the hotel is pretty faultless. I would definitely recommend to someone and come back again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- deal for couples and family vacations in Tenerife. The HOVIMA Santa María in Costa Adeje , is situated in a special place of the Island of Tenerife, in a leisure and commercial area. From 300m of the beach and 350m of the harbor Colón. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Santa Maria Aparthotel Hotel Costa Adeje
- Aparthotel Santa Maria Adeje
- Santa Maria Tenerife
- Aparthotel Santa Maria Hotel Adeje
- HOVIMA Santa Maria Costa Adeje, Tenerife