It’s all about the pools here – the hotel has a jaw-dropping 11. Great sea views top things off.
Pools are a major focus, with 11 in all, including a huge one with bridges. Food-wise, there’s a buffet restaurant, a place specialising in Canarian cuisine, and a late-breakfast venue with fabulous sea views.
This cliff-top hotel is a real get-away-from-it-all place – you’ve just got the surrounding banana groves and the Atlantic Ocean below for company. When you want to get out and about, though, there’s a bus stop outside.
These traditionally styled twin rooms all feature a balcony or terrace with views of the Atlantic Ocean. Plus, there's satellite TV and air-conditioning. These sleep up to 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children with twin beds and a sofa-bed in the lounge that converts into 2 beds.
Forget about the small negatives. You will not be sorry you came here.
Booked an all inclusive 2 week holiday here through Thompsons in early January for wife and self. Very easy to book, ongoing flight on time return delayed by about 1 hour. Thompson not responsive to specific dietory questions prior to departure. Thompson rep at Hotel was helpful and informative but fairly new to the Island.
Room we had was ground floor in block 6. We had friends staying at the same time who booked a room in block 5 on the second floor which has sea views overlooking the Spa. Blocks 8 and 9 also have sea views. We seriously considered whether to upgrade (at cost of euros 25/day) but in the end decided there were enough places on the site to sit and view the sunset and money could be better spent elsewhere!
This is a large hotel but has a number of separate 3 floored blocks, giving it a very uncluttered feel. Some might view it as a bit of a hike (we viewed it as a pleasant stroll) to get from room to the main building where reception and the main restaurant is located.
The rooms are of good size and well furnished. Shower power was good, there is a separate bath and good size single sink area. We had to turn the the aircon down when we arrived as the room was quite cold. So I would guess very effective when needed later in the season. Bed firm but comfortable.
There is 1 main restaurant serving a large number of people. There is a nice quiet relaxed atmosphere. Choice is varied for all meals especially at night when different food styles are offered. Quality is generally very good with the odd disappointment.To get the best hot food we found it best to choose from recently replenished dishes. Wine is available on tap. The wine at the bar downstairs comes from bottles and is better! Great expresso coffee (ask for al la machina) and descafinado from the bar.
At 9;30 each evening there is good entertainment, mainly professional acts. We were pleasantly surprised by the quality and variety. Previous reviewers have been critical. Maybe there has been an improvement or maybe their expectations exceeded ours. We saw 3 excellent Tenors singing opera, Flamenco dancers, 2 tribute bands and a juggling/acrobatic act during our stay. When they finish you can dance the night away!
The great thing about the location of the hotel is it's position facing south west on La Palma. During our stay it was warm most days and the sun shone. You can do your own thing whether it be sitting by the pool, engaging in energetic onsite activities or using the Hotel as a base to see the Island. 1 couple we met were disappointed that there were no local bars to visit in the evening. There's no doubt it's located in an isolated spot!
Locally you can use the local bus to get to a lighthouse at the southern tip of the Island where there is a nice restaurant overlooking the sea for lunch. You can get the bus and walk/hike to 2 local volcanos (you need good walking boots). You can sample the local Malvaysian wines at a Bodegas located in Fuencaliene (best to check opening times in advance.)There is small black sand beach, with overlooking small restaurant/bar (serves lunchtime food) about half an hour walk away.
We hired a car for 2 times 2 days through Thompson. Could have got cheaper but very easy no hassle. Did not encounter any difficulties. Probably best to have driven on the right side before if you are thinking about hiring, but well worth seeing the centre and north of the island, Tazacorte and Naos beaches.
To those worried about flies.... during our stay we encountered some, whilst sitting by the pool, but nothing to cause irritation or distress. Maybe those who have commented previously do not spend any time outside in the UK?
WIFI is only available in the main reception building. It costs $19 per week. I did not encounter any problems with it.
We hired a kettle for 5 euros per week so we could make our own drinks (brought from UK) in the room. It's $3/day if you want a supply of tea/coffee.More
chilling out for a week
This was our first visit to La Palma, already thinking about when we can go back.
There were 2 couples travelling and we were looking for some good weather, good food and a relaxing week. We are quite happy to spend our time around the pool able to eat and drink when we wish.
This venue couldn't really be better, the weather was a bit mixed but when the sun shone it was hot, certainly hotter that Tenerife. The hotel is clean well appointed and the staff are friendly and helpful.
We upgraded to a suite with sea views, the room is basically 2 rooms in one with more space than you need but having a view across the pool and sea was worth every penny.
The room is comfortable, excellent shower, comfortable bed and maintained daily to a v good standard.
The grounds are well kept and attractive, the hotel is on a slope which entails a bit of walking between the restaurant and the pools but helps keep the weight off after all the food and drink!!
The pool areas are very attractive with very large surround areas and stacks of sunbeds no need to put towels out here always plenty of space.
We used the breakfast area near the pool which opens at 9am - 10.30, by the time you have had a leisurely breakfast on the terrace the sun is up over the hills and it is time for a day in the sun, which stays warm until 5-6pm then off to evening cocktails and a meal.
Entertainment would not be to everyones taste.
If you are looking for a v good quality all inclusive hotel with its own little micro climate and a generally relaxing week this will take some beating.
If you are after fun and excitement with access to beaches and night life this is not for you.
All in all an excellent week will definitely be looking to go again in Nov/Dec or Jan/FebMore
Good hotel "good food"nice pools 'perfect for a get away quiet holiday and ideal if you like walking with some stunning views from the 2 local volcanoes easily reached by local bus and a great walk back down to the coastMore
Good for a relaxing break
We spent a week here on an all-inclusive basis. We'd already previously visited the island twice from cruises, so had seen the best bits, so we planned a really lazy week of rest & relaxation. This was good as there really is not anything else nearby to do. Our room was a good size, but was a bit dark and the signage was not very good so it took ages to find. We were on the ground floor - a higher room might be better? The bathroom was lovely with a superb double sized shower and a separate bath. The complex is well done, with 11 different pools (though only one was heated and the others were pretty cold) and beautifully landscaped gardens. Everywhere was spotless and there were plenty of beds to choose from. Only one pool bar was open, so if you chose one of the quieter pools then it was a bit of a walk. All good is buffet style in the main restaurant and the cava available at breakfast was a nice treat. There was a pretty good selection of food and in the evenings there was also a themed selection each night, such as Chinese, Mexican, German and Canarian. You could pay â¬15 for a set menu in the non-buffet restaurant, but this was only Tues nights and there were no choices, so we decided against it. There were some seats on outside balconies which was nice and a bit less 'canteeny' than inside. Some little things that could be improved - teaspoons were like gold dust at breakfast - they seemed to lay them out initially, but not replace them when resetting the tables? People ended up stirring drinks with forks and knives! Also, in the evening, rather than individual butter portions, they just had a dish which did not look very appetising once a few hundred people had dipped in. (Same with deserts - individual portions would be more appealing than large dishes with people hacking at them) At lunchtime you could also eat at the pizzeria by one of the pools which cooked delicious pizzas to order and also offered a small buffet of salad, chips and other side dishes. Mind you, the waiter was not the happiest guy and seemed to make an art of ignoring you for quite a while. Luckily we were in no hurry, but we have had better service elsewhere... There was evening entertainment, with a lovely piano player in the main bar early evening and different themes each night. It wasn't all to our taste, but they had a three tenors evening which was really good, though somewhat spoiled by the family noisily playing pool at the back of the show lounge (it would seem polite to cover the tables whilst an act is playing?) So overall, it did what it said on the tin, but there's room for a little improvement.More
You do as much, or as little as you want...paradise!!
This is a great resort! Very clean and beautifully kept grounds. Food was excellent, very fresh, and different choices every night. So many drinks to choose from...I would recommend trying the Honey Rum :))
Entertainment was so varied and if you don't want to join in...just sit around one of the 11 pools! The evening entertainment was fun and varied, again, join in or sit back and watch.
I would highly recommend this hotel...probably at its best out of season, as told that is gets very busy.More