We went to Tenerife for our first family holiday abroad and decided to return back to a hotel that I first visited 2 years ago on my hen do – Costa Adeje Gran Hotel
I loved the hotel when I first visited in 2017 and remember saying to my friends that I would love to return once I had a family. It’s a 30 minute shuttle ride from Tenerife airport but we decided to book a private taxi which meant half the journey and made for a very easy and quick transfer.
The hotel is beautiful from the minute you arrive with a grand water fountain in reception and the luxury design is carried throughout the hotel with views of the sea and gorgeous plant life (if that’s your thing!). It’s very clean and picturesque.
The hotel has a luxury yet comfortable feel about it and the staff are so kind and attentive. It’s not advertised as a ‘child’ hotel, however, Isla travelled, stayed and ate for free (being under 2) and the hotel staff couldn’t have been more welcoming and accommodating towards her. There is a fair sized baby pool and kids club available and a play area in the restaurant with a playhouse and soft seating so that children can play whilst their parents dine.
(This is Isla on lap 9273771 of the baby pool)
The hotel also provides travel cots, highchairs, children’s plates, cups, bowls and cutlery as well as swimming floats and water toys. There is an outside play area on sand with a seasaw, swings and slide as well as a small play area in the reception lobby. Everything about the kids facilities is out of the way but that was absolutely fine by us and meant that everyone staying at the hotel could have a holiday they enjoyed. Basically, if you wanted to you could avoid kids altogether!
We were half board so this meant Isla was entitled to eat twice a day and was also provided with two bottles of cows milk per day. The food selection was abit hit and miss given her age as there wasn’t a specific children’s menu available. Most days she would have either porridge, toast, pastries or scrambled eggs with beans for breakfast and for lunch or dinner she would eat a few bits from the salad bar and would have either pasta, ham, sausages with vegetables to follow. Yogurts, fruit, pastries and ice cream were always available and always a hit.
(Owning the kids area in reception)
In the evenings they have a mini disco from 8pm for 30 minutes but unfortunately Isla was never awake at that time!
There is plenty going on for adults and older children with the options of mini golf, darts, tennis, basketball, table tennis and snooker. There are some activities in the pool during the day with my favourite being water board yoga. I didn’t actually join in but it was good fun to watch! There is also a roof top pool for over 18s which I loved on my hen do but couldn’t enjoy this time round for obvious reasons! The hotel provides evening entertainment but we preferred to walk down to the beach and enjoy the bars and entertainment there instead.
The beach is beautiful and only a short walk from the hotel. Mind you, it’s down a steep hill which is a pain to climb back up in flip flops! It has not got black sand which Tenerife is renouned for and is actually very cute with cabanas, beach bars and plenty of nice places to eat.
We ate in 2 restaurants along the beach, La Bahin Cafe and La Nonnas. – both of which I would definately recommend! If you love pizza, you must visit La Bahin Cafe as I had the best pepperoni pizza I’d even eaten in there. The restaurant doesn’t open at dinner time but it’s the perfect place for lunch overlooking the sea. Oh and visit La Nonnas for the most amazing apple tart! You won’t be disappointed.
We really enjoyed our holiday and were so sad to leave. This hotel has amazing memories for me in particular and I know it’s somewhere we will return every few years for a holiday we are guaranteed to enjoy.
Keep an eye for my next post on travelling with a baby – if you have any specific things you would like me to include let me know!
Lots of love