|View from our hotel room. Amazing, isn't it?|
This was my first trip to Spain and I don't know if it's because of the Spanish culture but the staff at the hotel were so friendly! They were all smiles and would greet us with the usual "Ola" whenever they saw us. Housekeeping was impeccable and they always managed to clean up our room promptly. It felt like the entire staff at the hotel was proud to be working there and would go the extra mile to make your stay comfortable.
Service was perfect too. Our hotel was overbooked at the beginning so we didn't manage to get our junior suite for the first two nights. However they more than compensated for that by upgrading our room for the rest of our stay (5 nights) to a junior suite with ocean view. We also got a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine as well as free Wifi and usage of the safe for our entire stay. :)
|Interior of our hotel room. Double sinks and wooden salon doors leading to the toilet area|
|Right in front of the hotel pool. We could hear cheery Spanish music every morning!|
|Gorgeous isn't it? God's beautiful reminder of His love for us at the end of everyday!|
I even looked forward to getting up in the morning (quite unlike me), because we would have breakfast, lunch and dinner buffet included in our package price. Needless to say, I did indulge a bit excessively in food but tried to make up for it by going swimming everyday.
|Mummy, I want the camera NOW!|
Even though we had very warm temperatures (at least 30 degrees everyday), it didn't help the water to heat up. To make matters worse, once we got out of the freezing waters, the sun would quickly dry up the water on our bodies such that it would be even harder to get back into the water.
Hence, we would usually let Sammy play in the water for a while until we realize his lips are trembling / he's shivering. Then, we'd take him out of the water, change him and let him nap in the stroller.
|My two boys having a siesta|
|View of the hotel from the pool. It's actually built to look like a mini town, with different coloured buildings clustered together|
I was seriously blown away! The cook(s) made an effort to vary each day's menu and there was always a generous selection of all kinds of food, including fresh seafood - fish, shrimps, mussels etc. Spanish Paella was available most days as were kid-friendly food like pasta and pizza.
Sammy ate his hearts out for most of his meals. I could barely eat myself because the little boy kept "demanding" me to feed him by tugging at me and saying, "Please, Mom I would like some more food." - NOT. I'm sure he does say "please" in his baby language though, even if all I hear is a smattering of "Ahhhs" and "Mehhhhs".
|Ok, that's a very unflattering shot. But unfortunately the only shot of the food I took for the entire stay! I could never wait long enough to indulge in it myself|
Sammy was fine most nights though. He didn't sleep particularly well at the beginning but I'm attributing it to a change of environment. He adjusted soon enough and was dozing off quickly by nightfall.
There was also live music and people dancing (standard dance, jazz, rumba, waltz etc.) everyday after dinner. It remains a dream of mine to be able to go for dance classes when we can afford the time. Soon soon! :)
One negative point though. The quality of the food at the restaurants were average at best. There are altogether 5 restaurants to choose from - Italian, Asian, Spanish, Canarian and Mexican. One is entitled to a choice of 3 restaurants per week of stay. After visits to the Asian, Spanish and Canarian restaurants, I think we can safely say that we prefer the main lobby buffet restaurant.
In fact, the Asian one was so mediocre (I say that because I myself am Asian), that I even considered going into the kitchen to teach them how to make spring rolls. I mean, how hard can I be to make spring rolls right? But the spring rolls were hmmm..... Let's just say I took a bite and that was it.
|Our family shot - with Daddy's head! LOL. I actually think Sammy and I look quite similar here|
|And to be fair, some father-son shot. Sammy got quite a tan! Look at his legs! Yay to Asian genes!|
We didn't do much exploration though because we only had about a week's time - about 6 full days. So we just wanted to make full use of the sun, pool and food at the hotel. It was such a needed break for us cos hubby has been working a lot and for myself, it felt so good for me to NOT have to think about what to cook / cook / wash up / clean the house for one entire week! You can't imagine how much I needed that! It requires a lot of brain cells to plan our weekly meals! And FYI, I do cook every. single. day.
Ok, back to the hotel. One thing that confused us while booking the hotel ís that there are actually two hotels side by side. Bahia Principe Tenerife and Bahia Principe Costa Adeje. They apparently belong to same company but personally, I felt that our hotel was quieter, smaller and the service was more attentive. The other hotel was teeming with people and our photographer said that over summer, they sometimes had 300 kids (!!!) in the hotel! Oh my word.
Guests are able to use the facilities in both hotels but they are supposed to only eat at their own hotels. One thing I liked about the other hotel is their infinity pool next to the ocean. The waters were freezing there too, but it was a nice experience swimming so close to the Atlantic.
|The infinity pool at the other hotel|
|Took this photo from my beach chair|
|My little one couldn't wait to get into the water! He was wearing Daddy's shirt because he pooed so badly into his diapers and we didn't have a change of clothes for him then|
|On our walk to the "beach"|
|All rocks and nothing to shout about|