Royal Sun Rises Again In The West Of Tenerife

Wed, January 23rd, 2013 - By Colin

The towering cliffs that give Los Gigantes its name are one of the most iconic sights in Tenerife, now after eight years absence guests can enjoy the finest views of them from the Royal Sun Resort high above the village.


Royal Sun Resort, Los Gigantes


Visiting two months after the November 2012 re-opening brought back memories of style and luxury on visits to my illustrious neighbour a decade ago. The frontage has changed to a more somber shade but my first impressions were pleasing as The Imperial Bar just inside is now open plan so guests can flow into the comfortable lounge for drinks and snacks.


Royal Sun Resort, Los Gigantes


The layout of the lobby, lift and stairs still has a grandness about it but the colour scheme is polished and business like. My tour took me up into the heart of the building and the stairwells reminded me of the sheer scale of the place. 120 apartments can sleep up to eight people each and the balconies are spacious, the ornate balustrades have been upgraded for clear glass below steel rails to open up the views.


Royal Sun Resort, Los Gigantes


On to the first big test, the Café Royale. The large open terrace fronts the tastefully decorated bistro bar. The gazebos are gone giving a much more informal space in which to relax and soak up the magnificent views over the marina and around to crab island. Up another tier and like a chocolate box another layer of delights is revealed in the form of the Regency Restaurant. Inside it is a great space for entertaining that spills out onto the terrace. Memories of a Halloween ball came back to me, when a lightning storm over La Gomera in the distance provided the perfect backdrop.


Royal Sun Resort, Los Gigantes


Completing the triple whammy is the swimming pool area above, large and welcoming with sun beds radiating around the lip of the sun deck.  At the back of the pool terrace the Bar Oasis Abraxas has fruit drinks and cocktails as colourful as the décor, the perfect accompaniment for lazing by the pool. There’s a children’s pool, and a Kids Club ensures that families are made welcome.


Royal Sun Resort, Los Gigantes


Reawakening the Royal Sun after eight years of legal wrangling has meant a lot of work to update and improve facilities, so while the graceful swan looks serene as ever there is a concerted effort going on down below and behind the scenes. A new squash court is almost complete; construction of a vast new gym and spa is underway next to the large underground car park, and a big TV lounge is taking shape behind The Imperial Bar.

The new look Royal Sun is already enticing new visitors to Los Gigantes. The menus, signs and staff are multi-lingual in English, Spanish and Russian. Talking to business people down in Los Gigantes, many commented that they had noticed an increase in visitors since the reopening. There’s something reassuring about the return of this iconic resort, the views are still amazing but now the outlook is decidedly sunny too.

Posted : Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 at 11:30 am
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4 Responses to “Royal Sun Rises Again In The West Of Tenerife”

  1. John Videlo says:

    The pool is still unheated as it was in the old days. ‘Freezing!’ was the comment of our two children.

  2. Mark says:

    When was it? The pool is at 25 degrees now..

  3. Colin Kirby says:

    I was there last evening and made a point of putting my hand in the pool – lovely and warm now.

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