We were initially apprehensive about going to Tenerife. Thought it would be like Benidorm. But then we found Callao Salvage and the Callao Mar apartments, and had four amazing weeks.
First of all, Callao Salvage is a small place and nothing like the resorts of Los Gigantes, Christianas or Americas. It has two main streets in the 'village' although it is well stocked with bars and restaurants and has a great butchers, two delis, doctor and pharmacy and three supermarkets. Unlike its neighbours in the bigger resorts, the hills are more like gradual slopes, easy to access.
The apartments are a ten minute stroll up the hill. They are situated on a quiet residential road with lovely villas on one side and apartments on the other. Stylish is the best word to describe them and they have been built and finished to the highest specification. There are only about 14 apartments in all, seven on the ground floor with patio overlooking the swimming pool and then to the sea, and seven on the first floor with balcony again overlooking the swimming pool and sea. At this time of year, the sun was on our patio from 9am to 6pm and it was very hot most days. It is an amazing location for sun bathing and sunsets!
The apartments have a large bedroom, twin beds, dressing table, double fitted wardrobes, plenty of lighting and drawers. Bathroom with bath/shower, washbasin, bidet and toilet. Well fitted and modern kitchen with fridge/freezer, two hotplates, microwave, toaster, kettle and coffee maker. Plenty of cooking utensils, crockery and cutlery. Breakfast bar with two stools. Large lounge with sofa, coffee table, unit with television, French doors to patio or balcony. The furnishings are superb and the collection of modern art impressive.
The m\aid comes in each day to clean and to replace towels, tea towels and bedding. There is an iron and hairdryer. Everything is new.
On the minus side, some people may need a dish washer or washing machine. We did not need either. Nor were we put out by lack of conventional oven. Two hotplates means you have to be inventive, and eating out is cheap. In apartments owned by Brits there are English television stations. We just got Sky News and BBC World News. OK, no Corrie, but we read and read, went for walks, can recommend the one over to the next resort of Playa Paraiso, and played scrabble. There is a community office in the village with a well stocked English library. The swimming pool is a joy - clean and plenty of sun loungers and umbrellas. The bus service to other places is good and there is a stop at the top of the hill at the end of the road. Prices are cheap enough and you can purchase a cut price ticket for a number of journeys at about 40% cheaper.
Some people may be deterred by the stroll up the hill with their shopping, but as I said, its a gradual stroll and you can buy a few bits each day.
The apartments are very private and you don't always see your neighbours who, when we were there were apparently from places as diverse as Latvia, Italy, Finland, Germany as well as the UK.
The owner of the apartments, Victor, is helpful and charming, but elusive and if you want to speak to him, its best to leave a note for him with the cleaner.
However we were so impressed with everything that we have booked six weeks next January.
For eating out in the village can recommend EL ANCLA - amazing food!!! and the little Spanish Pizzeria on the main street for amazing pizzas and paella!!!
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- Also Known As:
- Callao Mar Tenerife/Callao Salvaje