My Opinion: The Sandos San Blas Nature Reserve has a quite unique personality. The appearance is part colonial, part Mexican hacienda, its rooms and pools flowing down the hill towards the coast. It’s a design I really like. It looks and feels like the five star hotel it is, yet prices make it more accessible to a wider range of people. Plus it has the added bonus of a quite beautiful and fascinating nature reserve. It’s a Tenerife hotel which is a bit different.
Location, Location, Location: Lying at the mouth of the San Blas ravine, it’s only a hop, skip and a jump from Tenerife South Airport. The hotel is within easy strolling distance of bars and restaurants of Golf del Sur on one side and the quaint(ish) fishing village of Los Abrigos; home to one of the best restaurants in the south of Tenerife, Los Roques, as well as some great fish restaurants.
Rooms and Grounds: Rooms are chic, sleek and sophisticated with designs that blend the contemporary with the colonial. They’re big with all necessary mod-cons (flat screen TV with British channels, free wi-fi etc.) and large terraces from which to enjoy the views. I felt like dressing up just to stay in my room.
Rooms are mainly set around a long inner courtyard, gardens (local plants are helpfully labelled) and the hotel’s pools. Splash out and you could be in a room whose balcony extends onto an emerald lake. There’s not another Tenerife hotel which can boast that.
Grounds and garden are full of arty character and original touches, something that, as a photographer, warms me to a place.
Facilities: You could simply lie in the sun all holiday. On the other hand that would be missing what’s on offer. There are eight pools of varying sizes, three are ideal for children. These range from a large infinity pool overlooking the Atlantic to smaller affairs with Balinese beds and couple-sized wicker chairs; great if it gets breezy. Alternatively, there’s a small manmade beach directly outside the hotel. Then there’s the boating pool where you can go kayaking without leaving the hotel; a climbing wall; a volleyball court; spa and wellness centre; Segways; eco club (the hotel is big on recycling); a museum about local life… and so on. Phew. Best of all in my book is the San Blas Nature Reserve right outside the hotel. It’s worth taking a guided tour as that breathes live into the experience.
Food: Most people eat in the main buffet restaurant, a fabulous domed building that looks as though it should be in a Star Wars movie. Service was friendly and slick when I was there. The buffet isn’t particularly adventurous if you’re a foodie, consisting of the usual hotel buffet crowd-pleasing choices. There are adult only areas which is a nice touch for couples who want a more intimate dining experience. There is also a gourmet restaurant, La Proa, for guests who fancy a bit more oomph in their food.
Additionally there are four bars, some of which have snacks. Depending on the weather live entertainment can either be in the open air plaza by the pool or in the lobby bar.
The Hotel Sandos San Blas ticks a lot of boxes, making it ideal for couples of any age, families, sun-seekers and activity enthusiasts.
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