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I went with my boyfriend to la palma for a lovely relaxing holiday away. We stayed at the Hacienda San Jorge. The accomodation you could not fault. the staff were so helpful and friendly. the service was brilliant at breakfast and at the bar in the evening. the rooms were cleaned every day apart from sunday. the beds were slightly uncomfortable but they were not too bad! the swimming pool is huge! the beach is only 100metres away!
the only thing i would say that lets this resort down, is the restaurants. there were about 15 restaurants in the resort and all of them done exactly the same which was a shame! it would have been much better if there was more variety on the menus! we loved the pizzeria by the beach. they had guitarists in the evening playing classic songs i.e the beatles and the rolling stones.
in the morning in la palma you will notice that there is cloud, but this clears. we had two days of full cloud though whilst we were there at the end of june.
my boyfriend and i were very pleased with the holiday we had. the accomodation was perfect but the shops and restaurants around the resort let it down. if you are wanting a nice get away with no noise total relaxtion, this resort is perfect
This was our second stay-May 2010, at the Hacienda San Jorge.The first time was Christmas and New Year 2008/9.Then and now we have been charmed by the HSJ,it's accommodation,gardens and it's excellent location by the sea.The standard of provision was excellent in all aspects.The 3 guided bus trips with Rudy were first class.We enjoyed our daily walks to santa Cruz and enjoyed the shopping and market.The Island's bus service is excellent and easy to use.Besides self-catering we ate at the HSJ,El Pulpo by the beach and the excellent Parador in Brena Baha.We enjoyed all the walking activities in excellent and colourful and varied territory.The Caldera,the rain forests and the 5 climates from sea level to the Roque de los Muchachos were astounding.The climate was just right for us.After a good day out it was great to enjoy the HSJ pool(in May) and the tranquility of the amazing gardens.We loved seeing 'one eye' the cat again and kept counting the ducklings as they walked around the gardens with their mother Each stay was for 2 weeks but we loved it so much we are thinking of going back for a week this June.(The 3 main excursions are worth every penny as it gives you the opportunity of seeing nearly all the island without repeating the same roads and enables one to know more about the history of the Isla Bonita)
We hope the future development of the Isla Bonita is closely guided by conservation principles which will preserve it's unique character.
This hotel was one of the best we have ever stayed in. Beautiful gardens, pool, apartment & views. We were self-catering so could not really give much opinion on the food but the dinners we took in hotel were very good & dining room setting, views were wonderful. Really peaceful place yet lovely for small children too. Resort ,again, great for families with little children- nice beach & playhouse etc. & a really good beach cafe, restaurant. Not much there however for adults but easy access on foot or by bus to capital, Santa Cruz, a charming place. From there its possible to visit many other places on the island by bus.Avery interesting island which we realised from the 2 trips - with Thomsons- which we took. Enjoyed our holiday very much
Hacienda San Jorge is a beautiful hotel surrounded by immaculate tropical gardens. This hotel is chic and has bags of character very different to the majority of high rise concrete hotels on the Canary islands. We had a great apartment with a stunning view of the sea and the caldera. We all needed a break from our hectic routines in Britain and this was just the place. We have a teenage family but none of us wanted noisy entertainment and we were happy to enjoy the live jazz in the hotel cocktail bar or visit the local restaurants. We particularly liked the Casa Blanca, very close to the hotel and good atmosphere. The hotel has its own Supermarket, reasonably stocked and priced or there is a Spa shop 10 mins away that has all you would need, so no need to take any supplies. There is a 2 ring hob and a coffee maker in the apartment but no kettle. The hotel staff and the reception staff are friendly and helpful. What really makes this hotel are the stunning tropical gardens, the beautiful pool area and the animals - cats, ducks and parrots!
Cars can be rented from the hotel reception very quickly, we had one booked and delivered within an hour. There is plenty of stunning scenery to see on the island.
We would love to go again and we will go with Thomson. Our stay was during the volcano crisis and Thomson covered the cost of our accomodation and our food for which we were very grateful.
Be warned the Satellite TV advertised is German and Spanish, no English apart from BBC world news, so if you need to take your laptop there is free wifi in the reception area and it is a very pleasant area to sit.
The Hacienda San Jorge has a lovely garden, an attractive pool, and wonderful views from most room balconies. But what really makes one want to repeat the stay at this hotel is the staff, from reception right through to the lady in the hotel shop and the gardeners. Bright, cheerful, friendly, incredibly helpful in every possible way. The restaurant staff were so friendly and willing to talk to us that we dined in the restaurant nearly every evening despite being on a B and B basis. The attitude of the employees can make or break a hotel vacation: the San Jorge staff made this a memorable stay. Also recommended is the Fontana Restaurant, a mere eighty yards from the hotel main entrance. It is much more than a pizzeria and we had a couple of excellent meals there at reasonable prices. The island itself is of course stunning, but a hire car is a must (unless you suffer from vertigo!). A good road map is indispensable (can be bought in the hotel shop), and a spirit of adventure almost as much. We circled the island twice despite roads being officially closed for repairs (we just followed local drivers!), driving literally inches from the edge of endless ravines. Hair-raising but spectacular. The twisty roads through the centre of the island from east to west are equally spectacular, and the experience of going into the tunnel in drizzle and emerging on the other side less than two miles later in brilliant sunshine is an experience in itself. A visit to the Taburiente crater is another must: we saw it from both near the top and the bottom (the road to the latter took some finding). Also spectacular is a visit to Roque de los Muchachos, where the astronomical observatory is found: at 2200 metres, one is well above cloud level! The San Jorge has a couple of decent beaches on its doorstep, but because the eastern side is generally more cloudy, it is useful to be able to drive to the west side and use the beaches at Puerto de Naos (especially good) and Puerto de Tazacorte. Word of warning: if you go to the large hotel complex in the south west of the island you will be completely isolated and see nothing of this beautiful island unless you have a car. The Hacienda San Jorge, on the other hand, is just a short bus ride away from both the airport and the interesting capital of Santa Cruz. We have been to six islands in the Canaries. La Palma beats the lot (even Lanzarote!) for its stunning scenery, and so does this lovely and welcoming hotel.
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