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Family Holiday in Tenerife – DONE

Recently we returned from our family holiday in Tenerife. It was such a good week, relaxing, spending quality time with the wife and kids and to completely switch off from every day issues.

We stayed in a place called Costa Adeje, next to the popular Playa De Las Americas but far enough away to avoid the chavs and also since we aren’t on a 18-30s lads holiday.

We decided to go back to a hotel we have stayed at before since we had a great time last year in the same hotel/resort. We found the best price was to book direct with the hotel.

The hotel was rated 5 star and the kids had a great time in the pool last year, however this year was a bit of a let-down, since the hotel manager has changed, the children weren’t allowed floats in the pool. Apart from a few issues with the hotel, we still had a great time. Would we recommend someone to stay here? Probably for the money it’s pretty reasonable. However we’d prefer to pay that little extra and stay somewhere different next time. We did however love the resort and would definitely go back.

We flew with Monarch Airlines. We shopped around and used a website (which I’m sure you’ve heard of on the TV) called Trivago to help find the cheapest flights. We paid about £1200 for 2 adults and 2 children for our flights. This was fairly cheap considering it was kids school holidays. The flights were ok, but the seats not that comfortable. No leg room, but we coped for the 4 hour flight and soon forgot about it once we got to the resort.

Costa Adeje has 2 parts to it, the nice part with some fancy restaurants, a little more expensive eating out that say at home. About £60-70 for a evening meal with drinks for 4 people. This ‘posh’ part was near to the Del Duque beach. The other part had a bit of a Blackpool feel to it with for us wouldn’t be our choice of a Spanish holiday resort. However they do also have nice restaurants and lots of things to do for the kids (trampolines, crazy golf, nice beach etc.).

Safari centre playa de las americasWe ended up getting a taxi a few times to a place called Safari Centre in Las Americas of all places. I tell you what, since I last went to Tenerife in my twenties, this place has changed massively. The safaris centre has several restaurants and you will be spoilt for choice. They had a Tex-mex, an Italian, a Steak House, & a Thai restaurant. We tried several of these restaurants out and enjoyed the food in all of these, with very friendly staff, good service and a great atmosphere. From Adeje to the Safari Centre, a taxi would cost about 12 Euros, but well worth it.

siam park costa adejeWe also took the kids to Siam Park for the day. This is the best water park in Tenerife, if not the best we’ve been to before. The only issue we had was having to queue up to get in the park and to get your locker. Once you’ve found the beach as a base, you can explore the water park. Loads of fun water slides, rapids, wave machine for all the family to enjoy.

We will return to Tenerife for our family holiday in the next couple of years. We have some other places in the world to explore first.

Back Blogging after an Amazing Holiday

It’s been a long time since my last blog post and so I don’t just forget about this blog, I’m going to start blogging again. However trying to find the time with running several other big websites is difficult but I’ll do my best. I have just come back from our family holiday which was excellent. We all had a great time and I have come back with a clear head and some focus, so it’s back to reality now.

If you are looking to go on holiday and like a bit of luxury, well a lot of luxury, then we can highly recommend the Princesa Yaiza Suite Hotel Resort in Playa Blanca, Lanzarote. Here is the website

<< princesa-yaizaHere was the view from our balcony

This was our 2nd visit to the same hotel resort. We went back in May last year and it was even better the 2nd time. The hotel and resort offers so much for young families. The hotel has several restaurants offering different dining options to suit all needs. The food is amazing and the staff are excellent, friendly and well mannered and like to cater for your every need. Just what you would expect from a 5 star luxury hotel.

We stayed on Bed and Breakfast basis as we like to venture outside the hotel. You can choose to eat in one of the restaurants and pay extra for those extra nights and they do offer a huge choice of food. For breakfast you could get pretty much anything you wanted from their buffet. For lunch we tended to eat either at the pool bar or beach bar. In the evenings we favoured the Restaurante Volcan De Timanfaya.

For the kids, there is a indoor soft play area open morning and night, they have children’s evening entertainment shows every night and Molly even learned a song or too and some Spanish too (she’s only 4 years old!). They have a children’s pool in the main hotel with 2 adult pools. 1 pool is salt water and is great to just float in. They also have a kids club with 2 children’s pools called Kiko Land. This offers 10,000 square metres of fun-filled children’s activities, so plenty to keep the kids entertained.

The hotel also has a night club as well as several different areas where you can chill out in the evening listening to live music whilst drinking one of many cocktails. My wife was selecting my drinks some evenings and I really liked the white russian cocktail. The local beer tastes great and doesn’t seem to give me a hangover which is a bonus.

Outside the hotel offers an sandy beach on the doorstep with a beach bar open throughout the day and night. In the day you can get snacks at very reasonable prices and in the evening you can unwind with some cocktails overlooking the sea and sunset. The beach itself is very clean and the sea water is a crisp clear green.

As you walk outside the hotel you can turn left and walk to the mariner where there are shops and restaurants and some nice boats to look at. Walk to the right of the hotel and walk along the promenade to the port where you can get boat day trips and even head over to Fuerteventura if you so wish. We did the trip to Fuerteventura last year and didn’t really like it, well not the part that we visited but I’m sure there are other nice parts. Before you get to the port you will be greeted with many restaurants offering fresh local fish, the best steak I’ve had in a long time and many more local dishes. The restaurant owners are very friendly and create a great atmosphere. We were lucky enough to be there when the Euro 2012 games were on and watching the local restaurant owners cheer as Spain went through to the finals was a fun and exciting evening, with Fireworks going off most evenings but a great firework display especially on that evening!

If you are looking for a for a family holiday with a bit luxury, not too busy, but not too quiet, then the playa blanca resort is ideal. We booked with Sovereign Holidays. We also used them last time and they are very good. We had some big discounts which saved us a lot of money too, including free child place for our 2 year old, early booking discount, £50 back for using them again, 100 Euro resort credit, so I think we saved well over £1000. It cost us approx £2600 for a family of 4 for 10 nights on bed and breakfast. This included flights, upgrade to a family suite, private airport lounge, private taxi, 2 free entries to the spa in the hotel and the free euro resort credit. We were also greeted with champagne and chocolate strawberries in our room for being returning guests to the hotel.