Choosing the Right Accommodation on Tenerife

Mon, August 26th, 2013 - By Jack Montgomery

Planning the family holiday can be like planning a military operation. Apart from deciding on a destination that has something for all the family, there’s the question of deciding whether to stay in a hotel or an apartment and whether to go for all inclusive or room only.

Often it comes down to which makes the least demands on the wallet.

 

Swimming Pool, Roca Nivaria, Playa Paraiso

 

All Inclusive Hotels on Tenerife
All inclusive packages on Tenerife are popular choices with families. It’s hard to see an alternative that will keep a hungry and thirsty brood fed and watered without making a serious dent on the bank account. But an all inclusive package can sometimes mean sacrificing quality. The most common complaints about AI packages seem to involve the standard of food.
In hotels at the lower end of the AI price range, the quality of food isn’t usually anywhere near as good as you’d find in a good restaurant and reading reviews is important before jumping in. If food isn’t a big thing, it shouldn’t be a problem. But if you’re into enjoying local gastronomy then AI isn’t a good choice.
If all your holiday action usually takes place around the hotel then resorts like Playa de las Américas, Costa Adeje and Playa Paraiso are as good places as any to stay.

 

Swimming Pool, Jardin Tropical, Costa Adeje, Tenerife

 

Half Board
Half board can give people the comfort of knowing that breakfast and dinner is sorted but there’s still the option to wander out for lunch in inviting local restaurants. Unless staying in a resort aiming at an upmarket section of the tourism market (e.g. Del Duque in Costa Adeje) eating out is still relatively cheap on Tenerife with Canarian and Spanish restaurants offering two and three course ‘Menu del Día’ options at €10 and under. Generally speaking, where there are more Canarios around you can find restaurants serving better quality food at lower prices.
In purpose built resort areas like Las Américas and Costa Adeje there are plenty of international lunch options. Whereas resorts built around a Canarian community (Puerto de la Cruz, Los Cristianos, El Médano) tend to have more restaurants serving ‘local’ fare.

 

Self Catering, Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife

 

Self Catering
Self catering can offer the best of both worlds. Apartments in a complex can mean guests can enjoy hotel-like facilities but have the freedom to eat what they want, when they want, where they want. Most resort areas have branches of Spanish supermarket chains with food and drink at the same prices as non-tourist areas. The products on the shelves aren’t so different from back home either. If you don’t fancy cooking then choosing a resort with plenty of restaurants gives you a lot more dining options. It’s just a matter of deciding what’s more important when it comes to eating and drinking; For loads of resort facilities and and bars playing familiar music – Playa de las Américas and Costa Adeje are top choices. However, for Canarian flavours and a nightlife which has a Latino beat Puerto de la Cruz and Tenerife’s capital, Santa Cruz are better options.

 

Greengrocer, Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife

 

Ultimately it’s a question of personal preferences when it comes to what people look for most when choosing a holiday. When it comes to accommodation, Tenerife can come up with something for all tastes.

Posted : Monday, August 26th, 2013 at 9:44 am
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