Our first trip to Tenerife, having grown very fond of the Canary Islands over the past two years. Having completed several contracts in a row, and with nothing lined up immediately after my time at Cambridge Audio, it made sense to fit this 10 day trip now before picking up some more work in March.
The Sandos San Blas hotel is beautiful and I am relieved with the choice after going through so many hotel profiles before deciding upon this one.
Around the hotel there are things to do, and a walkway along the coast but we didn’t feel we were seeing the best of Tenerife whilst wandering either side of the hotel. There were marinas, local seafood restaurants and all else you might hope for, but very few people and a slightly tatty environment which maybe needs more tourism to force an improvement.
It was after several days of popping in and around the hotel that we realised we would need to pick up some excursions in order to see the best of this island, which we were visiting for the first time.
We have a preference for all inclusive at the moment because it can save a lot of money so long as the hotel food is of a good enough standard. We tend to then eat out towards the end of the trip as the hotel food starts to become monotonous.
Thankfully, the food in this hotel has been great, and also varied. It has also been better than some of the local restaurants that we have been to for lunches during the holiday. Veal is not something I have enjoyed before, but several dishes here have changed my mind towards Veal and I will certainly try it again in future.
The guests in this hotel seem to come predominantly from Spain, UK, France and Germany, approximately in that order. All Inclusive buffets, therefore could be meat and potato heavy but thankfully the stylish salads and fish dishes are more greater in number here.
Ruby has been stocking up on all the seafood, as usual, and has enjoyed octopus kebabs, various grilled fish and a selection of melon.
One downer for the Sandos San Blas must be the wifi, unfortunately. Our room was a good distance from reception, and this is where I suspect the main wifi hub is. As such, even with pretty new iPads and phones we were struggling to get a consistent signal from our room.
For this holiday, the idea was to get away from it all, including technology, and so it hasn’t actually bothered me that much about the flakey wifi in our room – if there were any important emails I could always sit closer to the reception for a better signal.
Talking of small issues with the hotel, we have found the staff to be fantastically friendly and helpful but during dinner there often is not enough of them. I felt to see them working so fast to make up for the lack of staff providing table service, with some customers even resorting to self-service out of frustration.
We took up several activities in the hotel, of which there are many available. The highlight was our first attempt at kayaking, which unfortunately involved the boat turning over within seconds of us setting sail. After that super soaking, though, we actually did quite well and got a good rhythm up, though I’m not sure Ruby would have been strong enough by herself to make much impact on the direction of the Kayak.
Other activities available at the Sandos San Blas in Tenerife include Beach Volleyball, Tennis, Table Tennis, Pool, Bar Football, Basketball and, of course, Swimming.
There is also nightly entertainment in the discotheque, two floors below the reception. Ruby ended up onstage for a clown’s performance, smashing symbols together as part of an impromptu band. She was actually quite happy up there in front of everybody and was one of the more musically talented of the audience members brought up.
We have found the out bound excursions to be very popular and normally fully booked when trying to find places the night before. We managed to get several in the end, though, including a full day in a nearby island of La Gomera as well as a trip to a nearby nature reserve and a full day trip of the scenic splendour of various parts of the island.
Prices for these trips seem very reasonable, with La Gomera the most expensive at €64 each, but this included an hour each-way ferry journey from Tenerife to the island, as well as lunch and many other highlights packed into a busy 12-hour tour.