Looking for some half term sun? In a recent post I shared two fabulous family accommodations in the Canary Islands, ideal for October half term breaks. This week I have two more that are both ideally situated, have great facilities and plenty of activities on offer. Voted in the top 20 of the most enticing islands in premium travel magazine Conde Nast, it’s not hard to see why the Canary Islands are so popular. This week’s properties are located on the largest of the Canary Islands – Tenerife.
With many appealing aspects, Tenerife attracts a variety of holidaymakers: some enjoy discovering picturesque villages, experiencing the traditional Canarian lifestyle, while others head into the mountains to hike or cycle the trails, taking in stunning landscapes and spectacular coastal views.
Teide National Park is a UNESCO world heritage park, which not only houses the highest mountain in Spain, but the largest volcano in Europe. For an exhilarating day out, take the cable car that travels to the top; it’s not for the faint of heart but is certainly a thrilling ride! For golf enthusiasts, Tenerife is also a dream come true: with premium courses and a year-round mild and sunny climate, the phrase “fair weather golfer” isn’t too good to be true! With great beaches, theme parks, historical and geological sites, Tenerife truly offers something for everyone; and you can be as active or relaxed as you like.
Ideally located one-bedroom apartment – Costa Adeje
Situated within a fantastic holiday complex, you are ensured of the best facilities when you stay at this property. There are four swimming pools including a children’s pool, plenty of sunbeds to relax upon and soak up the warm sunshine, a variety of bars including a poolside snack bar, as well as a pool table and tennis courts. Only a short stroll away are a selection of restaurants, shops and bars.
The apartment has an open-plan living area with modern kitchen, dining area and comfortable sofas, and there are a selection of books, a TV, CD player and stereo. The bedroom has two single beds and a sofa bed/futon that sleeps two, as well as plenty of storage with a double wardrobe and small dresser. There is also a second wardrobe in the hallway, if you need it. The fully tiled bathroom is modern and spacious with a walk-in shower, and its large bathroom cabinet provides plenty of space for storing all those holiday toiletries. Patio doors take you out onto the balcony, where you’ll be met with great pool views and a table and chairs; perfect for watching the sunset during supper.
Costa Adeje is the perfect destination for a family holiday. It’s an upmarket area with good restaurants and facilities and there are several good beaches: Playa del Duque is renowned as one of the best in Tenerife. There are a variety of watersports on offer, with tuition available if you want to try your hand at something new, but more family fun can be had back on shore at one of the nearby theme parks: Aqualand and Siam Park guarantee fun and thrills for all ages. Shopaholics won’t be disappointed with a visit to the Gran Sur shopping centre, which boasts a number of boutiques to please even the most discerning of shoppers.
A popular region for golf, this is also home to the Championship golf course Golf Costa Adeje: you can play the 18-hole course, but for a shorter game there’s a nine-hole too.
Capacity: bedrooms 1, sleeps 4.
Availability in: September to December 2013.
Price: £240 per week.
Exclusive and spacious villa – La Laguna
San Nicolas Villa is located on the El Penon Royal, the second-oldest golf course in Spain. Just a short distance from the North airport and UNESCO World Heritage city of La Laguna, and only 13km from the capital city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, this villa’s fabulous location is not only great for sightseeing, but also for enjoying some of the best beaches on the North coast. A great area to hike and or take advantage of the wonderful diving and fishing opportunities that Tenerife is renowned for, too?
This is a large, luxurious villa with a ‘country house’ feel, beautifully decorated and furnished throughout. There’s a real emphasis on comfort here, with two expansive lounge areas offering a variety of great living space: one is a reading lounge complete with log fire and grand piano, while the other is more of a chilled-out games room, offering both a pool table and table football.
The well-equipped kitchen has recently been remodelled, and there is a sumptuous dining room decorated to a high standard. San Nicolas also boasts six suite-style bedrooms, each with its own bathroom, and, as you would expect from a villa of this standard, there are all the modern conveniences you could ever want including WI-FI throughout the house and satellite TV.
Patio doors open onto a covered terrace and extensive gardens, where you can while the hours away.
Capacity: 6 bedrooms, sleeps 14.
Availability in: October – December 2013.
Price: from £1,772 per week.
Luxury one-bedroom apartment – Puerto de la Cruz
Club Tharahal resort is located in the exclusive area of La Paz, Puerto de la Cruz, one of the oldest towns in the Canaries with many historic 17th and 18th-century buildings. Home to the picturesque Playa Jardin beach, designed by the Canarian artist Cesar Manrique, botanical gardens and palm trees surround the expanse of volcanic sand with a dramatic back drop of Mount Teide. This area offers a fabulous array of attractions: winery tours, strolls around the marina, beach activities and watersports. There is also an abundance of restaurants where you can enjoy fantastic local seafood.
This particular apartment comprises a spacious bedroom with double bed, cot and sofa bed, a bathroom with bath and shower, and an open-plan living area, complete with comfortable seating for four. The kitchen is well equipped with utensils, an oven and microwave, and there’s a reception desk onsite so any queries are easily answered. Maid and laundry services are available for a fee.
The resort’s outstanding feature, however, must be the rooftop swimming pool: it affords stunning panoramic views of both the sea and mountains.
Capacity: 1 bedroom, sleeps 4.
Availability in: October – December 2013.
Price: from £635 per week.
The Canary Islands are a great year-round destination, with their warm weather, plethora of activities and ample attractions spanning many interests and passions. Why not take a look at the fantastic Canary Islands accommodation available, and make this October a sunnier experience?
For more information on the Canary Islands, see the official tourist information website.