Why Oasis Los Gigantes is the Perfect Place for a Great Day Out

Tenerife is full of wonderful places to spend a day either with a group of friends or family, as a couple or by yourself. In fact here at Tenerife Magazine, we are often telling people how much more there is to do on the island than what most imagine. You can go stargazing up Mount Teide, one of the highest volcanoes in the world, explore incredible forests, wander around the many fascinating urban areas dotted around, see whales and dolphins in the wild, go paragliding, take a helicopter flight, and a whole host of other amazing experiences!

Despite all of this, we simply cannot deny that Tenerife is an incredible destination to get away from all the stress of everyday life, with gorgeous blue skies and warm sunny weather to enjoy! We definitely recommend exploring some of the island to get a true idea of all that Tenerife has to offer, but if you are looking for a relaxing day, then Oasis Los Gigantes is the perfect place for a great day out. While most hotels and resorts you may choose to stay at have a pool, there are few that offer anything that even manages to get close to this awesome setting and atmosphere.

This fantastic leisure center is located in the wonderful town of Los Gigantes in the South-West of the island. The town derives its name from the Ancantilados de Los Gigantes (Cliffs of the Giants). If you have never been to Los Gigantes before, the first time you see these cliffs you will see why their name needs no explanation; they are absolutely enormous!! In fact, these are some of the highest sea cliffs in the world and are definitely one of the most impressive sights in not just Tenerife but all of the Canary Islands.

As soon as you enter Oasis Los Gigantes you will be treated to a gorgeous setting with verdant green grass, beautiful tall palm trees and many other wonderful plants that really gives a tropical feel. While much of Tenerife can be quite dry, especially in the south and towards the coast, Oasis really does live up to its name as it stands out as an oasis of green and blue in contrast to the surrounding dry landscape and buildings.

The main attraction, of course, is the impressive infinity pool which has absolutely incredible views. It’s no exaggeration to say that there are few swimming pools in the Canary Islands with such a stunning panoramic vista. When you are swimming or relaxing in the pool you will be directly surrounded by palm trees, green grass, the poolside bar and plenty of sun loungers for topping up your tan.

From the infinity side of the pool, there is a spectacular view out to the ocean, while gazing towards the beach style entrance at the other end of the pool outwards you will be astounded by the incredible Ancantilados de Los Gigantes rising majestically from the water. The views are so incredible that they barely seem real and almost certainly beats staying at your hotel pool.  We’re in no doubt that this setting will leave you feeling totally relaxed!

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Oasis Los Gigantes is much more than just a pool and views though. There is ample space all around for relaxing on sun loungers, either at the newly renovated terrace area next to the pool or on the verdant green grass under the palm trees where you can really enjoy that tropical oasis vibe. For those that enjoy a little more privacy and luxury, there are beautiful Bali beds which can be booked. These are set away from the main chill out areas, with some located down steps near the infinity side of the pool with views out to the ocean.

There is another even more private gated VIP area with a Deluxe Bali bed and sun-bathing area with sun loungers, and your own shower. Here, in this quieter setting away from the pool and behind the grass and palm trees you will be treated to exclusive views out to the ocean and incredible Los Gigantes cliffs. You can relax here in complete tranquility and even close the curtains on the Bali bed for that added feeling of privacy.

The main saltwater pool is perfect for swimming or simply relaxing at the infinity end, admiring the views. It is also safe for older children and teenagers with its beach style entrance on one side which gradually slopes down on the opposite end from the infinity side. As well as having a beautiful setting, the pool is also a lot of fun for adults and kids alike with a brand new slide which you’ll be sure to find yourself zipping down multiple times during your day at Oasis. For the younger kids, there is a super fun children’s pool with plenty of water games that the kids will be sure to love!

If you start to get thirsty or hungry, then at Oasis Los Gigantes you will be well catered for, either at the pool-side bar which has a variety of different hot and cold beverages including beers, cocktails, soft drinks, fruit juices, coffee or tea. You can enjoy your drinks at the bar seating area looking out to sea or take your drinks back to your sun lounger, the choice is entirely yours.

At the restaurant, you will be spoilt for choice with a huge variety of different meals to suit all different tastes and preferences including a variety of different starters, salads, meat and fish dishes, pasta, pizza, hamburgers, tortillas, paella and more. There is also a children’s menu, plus delicious desserts to finish off for an added bit of indulgence.

Speaking of added indulgence, to ease any aches and pains you may be feeling from that stressful job back home, you can enjoy total relaxation with a massage which can be booked onsite. If you are feeling a bit more energetic, as well as swimming and sliding down the pool, you can also play a game of bowls or tennis.

As you can probably tell, Oasis Los Gigantes is a lot more than just a pool with a view, but an awesome leisure centre with an amazing setting where you can do as little or as much as you choose, indulge in some luxury and enjoy some quality time with your friends, family or significant other. It really is the perfect place for a great day out!

 

Opening Hours:

Monday to Friday: 10am – 6pm

Saturday to Sunday: 10am – 7pm

Prices:

Adults (11years +):     8€/day from open to close (including sun lounger)

                                       4€/day from 3pm to close (including sun lounger)

Children (4-10 years):    4€/day from open to close (including sun lounger)

                                       2€/day from 3pm to close (including sun lounger)

Babies (3 years and under): Free

Contact:

Address: Avda. Jose Gonzalez Forte 7, 38683 Tenerife, España    

Phone: +34 695 824 767

Email:     Information: info@oasislosgigantes.com

                  Manager: direccion@oasislosgigantes.com

For further information see the Oasis Los Gigantes website: https://www.oasislosgigantes.com

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See How to Uncover Tenerife’s Unique Beauty With The Italian Chica

Living in the Canary Islands is one of the greatest blessings that a person could desire: fabulous weather all year long, breathtaking landscapes worthy of the best covers of National Geographic, a sunny and always welcoming people and the ability to easily travel between the 7 islands thanks to efficient internal flights.

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Each island has its own unique and distinguishing features, and exploring them is an amazing experience that enriches the soul. Thanks to the “Influencer program” of Tenerife Magazine I had the chance to discover for the first time the island of Tenerife and it was an incredible experience!
My stay was at Pearly Grey, an extraordinary resort in the south of the island with every comfort: gym, massage room, two restaurants, a huge pool, Bali beds with spectacular ocean view and much more! From this lovely place, it’s possible to appreciate the magnificent sunsets that nature gives each evening, with the sun disappearing behind the island of Gomera.
The rooms inside the hotel have a stylish and elegant decor, and all of them are equipped with all the kitchen utensils you may need, a private bathroom with a huge shower and my room also had two huge breath-taking terraces facing the ocean: it was such a dream!
To get around the island I used a nice car provided by Poul’s Auto car rental. To collect the keys I didn’t have to wait at any office at the airport: that’s because their cars are equipped with a security box attached to the window, where you just need to type a code to have access to your car.
On the second day of my stay, I went with the Tenerife Magazine team to Oasis Los Gigantes: a delightful recreational complex with pools, bars, and a restaurant overlooking the majestic Los Gigantes Bay. It’s a place I absolutely recommend to spend a relaxing day with friends or family!
During the following days, I explored the island from north to south, trying to discover and capture with my camera all the most characteristic places in Tenerife.
Masca’s walk was one of the most amazing experiences of my life: after taking a taxi to Masca, a village in the northwestern mountains of the island, I walked down to its valley between the imposing rocks, until I got to a wonderful black sandy beach, walking for about 3 hours surrounded by nature only.

• Masca walk: one of the most beautiful (and challenging!) experience of my life! Walking down for 3 hours from a mountain, through a breathtaking landscape and arriving in a paradise black sand beach…so a m a z i n g ! Being inside the mountains and feel their energy is such a powerful feeling! 😍 Now…I feel like I need to rest for so long… but it was worth it! 💪💪💪 . . . Visit theitalianchica.com 🌹 . . . ♢♢♢♢♢♢♢♢♢♢♢♢♢♢♢♢♢♢♢♢♢♢♢♢♢♢♢♢♢♢♢♢♢♢ #theitalianchica #tenerifemagazine #mypearlygrey #tenerife #canaryislands #canarias #islascanarias #latituddevida #ok_spain #espacio_canario #spain_in_bl #ig_canarias #ig_canaryislands #loves_canarias #ok_canarias #ig_spain #canon #canon6d #canon_official #canonphotography #landscapephotography #ig_canon #natgeo #travellingthroughtheworld #amazing_nature #femaletravelbloggers #girlslovetravel #gltLOVE #beautifuldestination

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Visiting the valley of Teide, the highest volcano in Spain, was another exciting experience: its scenery resembles the high mountain landscape, and it’s unbelievable how in just one-hour driving you can go from the heat of the palm-lined beaches to the cool mountain weather with its green pines.
The north of the island is very interesting also: from the capital of Santa Cruz, in the northeast, it’s possible to reach in a few minutes by car the beautiful beach of Las Teresitas but also the amazing protected area of the Park of Agana.

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In the most western part of the island, there is Punta Teno: a hidden and pristine gem, surrounded by the many contrasting shades of blue ocean.
In addition to exploring the island, I was lucky enough to try other types of experiences like the amazing relaxing massages by Judith of Origins Wellness, and a Yoga and Meditation session in a dream place with the talented Emily of Yoga Vibe Tenerife.

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A week in Tenerife has literally flown, and I will definitely return as soon as possible to continue to visit and discover all the secrets of this fabulous and unpredictable island!

Special thanks to my amazing sponsors for their extraordinary organization and for making me feel at home during my entire stay. They all helped to make this incredible and unique experience possible!

Our team would like to offer a big thank you to Kate Michelle Conti aka The Italian Chica for this blog post and all the amazing photo and video content she produced during her stay here in Tenerife. We hope to see her again soon! To see more of Kate’s travel photography, videos and blog posts make sure to check out her website and follow her on her social media channels:
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5 Videos That Will Inspire You to Visit Tenerife

Tenerife, the largest and most populated island of the Canary Islands, has an abundance of amazing things to do, see and experience. While Tenerife is quite wrongly perceived by some as a cheap getaway destination only suitable for sunbathing, budget meals and drinks, with little else to do, for anyone who has taken the time to explore the island a bit more, or even do a bit of research before their first visit, it is clear that Tenerife is so much more than sun, sand and sea.

Beautiful @ojmesa with @repostapp ・・・ Tu y yo hemos sido testigos. Una tarde mágica, en la que le hemos visto la cara a las emociones, entre ellas la felicidad. Le hemos visto la cara a las lágrimas de alegría y hemos sido partícipes de ello. ¿Cuántos momentos así habrás vivido? Impasible, protegiendo que nada dañe lo acontecido. Yo te digo que hoy he visto miradas còmplices, de apoyo incondicional, que sumadas dan como resultado un amor sincero. Lo he visto y lo he respirado. ¿Sabes lo mejor? Ser felíz por la felicidad de ellos. Ya lo sé, el mejor lugar para verlo, junto a tí ✨ #ojmesa #pensamientos #instagood #instadaily #primerolacomunidad #photography #photographer #hallazgosemanal #thediscoverer #thecanaryislands #islascanariasoficial #incredible_shot #ig_photoknarias #igerstenerife #igerscanarias #ig_spain_ #ig_today #soycanario #visit_tenerife #gameofvisuals #gallery_of_all #latituddevida #ok_canarias #ok_mencionados #ok_landscape #canariasexclusive #tenerifemagazine #revistatenerife

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Even if you have taken the odd holiday or two here, it is likely that you’ve probably only scratched the surface of some of the adventures and more unique places to explore. While it can be common for some on holiday to Tenerife to remain close to the hotel or resort where they are staying and see little more of the island than the nearby beach, blue skies and resort amenities, here at Tenerife Magazine we want to inspire you to get out there and see some of the incredible sites that this beautiful island has to offer.

Here are 5 videos that you will make you want to visit Tenerife:

 

As you can see from just these videos, there is a huge variety of different experiences and places to see across Tenerife, and these are merely a small taste of what the island has to offer. Of course we’re not denying that it is a wonderful place to go if you’re looking for a relaxing break to get away from stress and bad weather back home. There are some beautiful beaches, fantastic restaurants and a huge variety of resorts to suit all budgets and tastes.

We believe that Tenerife is perfect for a vacation filled with variety, from chilled out days at the beach or by the pool, to wandering around the towns or villages and then getting out to nature to see stunning sights natural sights such as Mount Teide or the Masca gorge. As well as this you can also throw more adrenaline filled activities into the mix like helicopter flights, paragliding and zip-lining through the trees! Hopefully you’ve been inspired to visit this incredible island and try some new things while you’re here.

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5 Photos Showing How Stunning Tenerife Really Is

What springs to mind for so many people when they think of Tenerife and the Canary Islands in general, is sun, sand and sea. You may think you already know the island, perhaps even before you’ve visited, but this is a destination that really has to be seen to be believed.

While we definitely won’t deny that this is a perfect getaway for a beach holiday, with plenty of gorgeous sunny weather at almost any time of the year, this place has so much more than that to offer. Even if you have visited once before or multiple times, there are hidden gems dotted right around the island, that make Tenerife a destination worth both discovering or rediscovering.

Here are 5 showing how stunning Tenerife really is!

Teide National Park:

Masca:

Las Teresitas:

@domjvo with @repostapp ・・・ Here's a view I prepared earlier…. Tenerife me encataste desde el primer saludo. ❤

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Roque de Jama, Valle San Lorenzo:

Views over Adeje:

@raicorosenberg with @repostapp ・・・ Views over Adeje, the tourist resort of Las Americas and the island of La Gomera. Shot from Tenerife one great evening in 2012. Single exposure. You can also see Fañabe, los cristianos, adeje golf, la caleta, san Eugenio… basically the whole of the south almost! #latitudeoflife #canariashoy #loves_canarias #ig_canaryislands #tenerife #loves_tenerife #espacio_canario #costadeje #great_captures_spain #ok_canarias #ig_canarias #estaes_canarias #totaltenerife #canariashoy #viajarEuropa #okSpain #sunset_vision #majestic_sunset #igsunset #ig_shotz_sunset #enchanted_sunsets #sunset_madness_ #lonelyplanet #awesomeearth #wonderful_places #world_shotz #theglobewanderer #travelawesome

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Some of the best features of the island are actually located away from the coastline and you will be absolutely astonished by the natural beauty on offer if you’ve never ventured far from the beach. In addition to this, the most beautiful beaches are in most cases not the most popular or  well known among tourists to Tenerife.

At TM we would like to inspire you to truly explore Tenerife and appreciate it for the amazing island that it is which is so much more than just a cheap destination for spending a week by the pool or on the beach. Rather than just staying close to your resort or hotel, rent a car and take a drive or take one of the many bus services to see different parts of the island. We can almost guarantee that you’ll be really glad that you did, because you’ll experience incredible new sights and the memories will last a lifetime. Plus of course you’ll be able to get some incredible photos to make everyone jealous back home.

We love to feature interesting, unique and stunning photos of Tenerife on our Instagram account, so make sure to tag us and add #TenerifeMagazine for a chance to be featured!

 

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Why Tenerife is the Perfect Destination for a Golf Holiday

Whether you are an avid golfer, with a strong passion for the sport, or simply like to enjoy a few relaxed rounds while on holiday, we’re happy to say that Tenerife is the perfect destination for a golf holiday. With a year round warm, sunny and spring-like climate, the conditions are absolutely perfect almost everyday of the year. Unlike much of the rest of Europe and most other places in the world, here in Tenerife you generally won’t have to worry about extreme weather conditions.

Golfers Paradise #tenerife #costaadeje #golfcostaadeje #golf #tenerifegolf @visit_tenerife video by Don @sibotk

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If you have a round of golf planned for the next day you can almost be guaranteed of great conditions whether you are here in Spring, Summer, Autumn or Winter. By contrast, in somewhere like the UK, the weather can be so unpredictable so you never know quite what to expect. In addition to this, unlike some of the other Canary Islands such as Lanzarote, Tenerife has far less wind, meaning one less annoying factor to worry about. Instead you can just concentrate on enjoying a great round of golf amongst gorgeous surroundings. You will be able to enjoy stunning ocean views, palm tree lined courses and the sublime natural beauty of Tenerife such as the incredible volcanic landscape!


At present Tenerife has nine golf courses (two of which are nine hole courses) so there is plenty to choose from. This includes both the North and South of the island with a real variety in styles and design, plus varying difficulty levels and terains across the different courses that Tenerife has to offer. This is yet another reason why Tenerife is a perfect destination for a golf holiday.

Courses in the South of Tenerife:

Golf Del Sur

Golfing Paradise @ Golf Del Sur #tenerife #golf #canaryislands #golfdelsur

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Golf Las Americas

Golfing Paradise #golflasamericas #tenerife #golf #golfday #costadeje #tenerifemagazine

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Amarilla Golf

Golfing Paradise #amarillagolf #tenerife #golf

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Golf Costa Adeje:

Beautiful Tenerife #incostadeje #golf #golfcostaadeje #golf #island #canayislands #tenerife

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Abama Golf

Sunset 🌅 @abamagolftfe #tenerife #canaruislands #spain #golf @incredable.golf.courses

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Los Palos Centro de Golf

#lospalosgolf #golf #tenerife #lospalos

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Courses in the North of Tenerife:

Buenavista Golf

Golf La Roselda

Real Golf de Tenerife

 

 

 

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Big Success for this year’s Ingane Yami Golf Tournament!

For the past eight years Pearly Grey has organised an annual charity golf tournament to raise funds for the incredible Ingane Yami children’s village. Every year this popular tournament proves to be a big success among both the players competing and their families and friends watching, and this year was no exception.

Each year there is a large amount of money raised for Ingane Yami which does vital work supporting and caring for orphaned children in South Africa who would otherwise have little hope. At this year’s tournament there was over €22,000 raised which will be put to fantastic use!

The charity houses the children in a loving, caring environment and gives them a real chance to lead a wonderful life by providing accommodation, food, clothing, healthcare and education. Most of these children have had heart-breaking starts in life, but with the help of Ingane Yami they can look forward to a successful  future.

Everyone was in good spirits for this event, enjoying a great day out among friends and colleagues. Of course it didn’t hurt that the tournament was played at the gorgeous Golf Costa Adeje course! This year was the fifth consecutive year that the tournament has been held at the course and once again it proved a brilliant experience.

The weather was absolutely perfect, with a bright blue sky, plenty of warm sunshine and only a light breeze which helped keep the players cool. The course was immaculate, making playing conditions excellent for those competing.

On the day there were over 100 competitors, with players from Tenerife, the UK and South Africa, and it was great to see such a large turnout for this charity tournament, supporting such a worthy cause!

Once again the team at Pearly Grey did a wonderful job organising this tournament, in conjunction with the friendly and professional staff at Golf Costa Adeje. We would also like to mention the excellent work that  Oasis FM and the Canarian Weekly have done helping to promote the tournament.

This event is now firmly established on the Tenerife golfing calendar and is only expected to become bigger and better each year! Following the end of the tournament there was a prize giving buffet dinner which everyone enjoyed after their time out on the course.

Photos: Gabriella Beckley

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Tenerife: Europe’s Own Hawaii

Do you know much about the Canary Islands? Most people I know write them off as resort filled islands for the British folk to spend their summers in; aka for vacations, not “travels”. Whatever that means. But what if I told you there is more to these beautiful islands than resorts and beaches?

I was only lucky enough to spend a week in Tenerife though, not getting the chance to explore any of the other islands. But spending a week in Tenerife was enough for me to realize that everything I had read about Tenerife, before going, was seriously lacking.

First of all, there are way more accommodations than just the resorts filled with tourists, in fact, if you leave Costa Adeje, you’ll see most of the island isn’t even like that part. I chose to stay in two different Airbnbs on the west and east coast. One being a beautiful restored Canarian home, owned and restored by Xavier, an architect who created beautiful properties on a banana plantation. And another being a cave, up a road off the highway, that was a completely new and unique experience. Both were like nothing I had ever stayed in before.

Beyond the accommodations, the activities available are things you can’t experience everywhere else. Sure, we did a couple of tours; as I don’t own my own boat, so you kinda have to pay to get on one if you want to see whales and dolphins (which we did, and I highly recommend Freebird One). But there are also other tours that you may write off as ‘too touristy’ but if you avoid them, you are missing out.

We were lucky in that we were able to experience an amazing tour to go stargazing at Mt. Teide with Travel Tenerife. I love sunsets and sunrises, so choosing between watching the sunset and stargazing and a morning sunrise up there, was hard, but I wanted to see those stars! I am sure glad I chose that, since it was probably the most epic sunset I have ever seen in my life.

I don’t know if I have ever seen a sunset from above the clouds like this; 1800m above sea level.

And then the sky full of stars; never in my life have I witnessed so many stars all at once. And I saw Jupiter, close enough to see red lines on it (but far enough for people with unrealistic expectations to be mad it wasn’t closer)! I will let the photos of our night speak for itself.

Another thing I enjoyed was seeing the observatory. It was done through a tour with Volcano Teide (because of course exploring it on your own doesn’t make sense) but it was really cool to be able to see what they do at an observatory. The two highlights for me were the view from up there and the ability to see the surface of the sun through a telescope. Not everyday you get to see what the astronomers see.

Aside from tours though, since that falls under the category of ‘too touristy’ for a lot of people. There are so many hikes and adventures you can have without the help of a tour. My favourite one, personally, was right up behind our first Airbnb and it was a nice stroll through the mountainside, with a walk down the other side through winding streets down to San Juan de Rambla.

If I had more time I would’ve explored more of these random paths but with one week and the need to relax a little, I didn’t get the chance. You can also drive yourself (rent a car; it’s cheap!) to Teide National Park and go on hikes through the area. There are tours for this, but it’s definitely something you can do on your own with so much space to explore.

And if you are a beach person, but still don’t want the touristy beaches that you can find written about in most of the posts I have seen out there on Tenerife, there are a plethora of beaches all over the islands. I suggest staying away from the south, and exploring any other part of the island and checking out the beaches there. That’s not to say the south is a complete waste. Los Gigantes is extremely beautiful, with great restaurants with amazing views.

And it may be crowded, but Masca is worth the crowds. There is a reason places like this attract so many people, with its breath-taking views; don’t forget to try the cactus lemonade!

All in all, Tenerife made me feel like I was on a European version of Hawaii. With similar things to do, similar sights to see and absolutely unreal natural beauty to explore. I highly recommend seeing it for yourself.

Many thanks to Sara Alexis for this brilliant guest post about her recent experience in Tenerife! As you can see from what Sara discovered while staying in Tenerife, there is so much more than what you might expect. Most of the guide books or typical tourist websites simply don’t do the island justice when promoting what to see and do. Here at Tenerife Magazine we aim to show the real Tenerife. If you want to spend the week at the beach then of course you can, but you can also explore volcanoes and forests, stay in unique accommodation, see whales and dolphins and marvel at the stars!

Sara is a teacher originally from Canada with a passion for travel and exploring the world. Her moto is “Never a grown up because I am always growing” which we think is great! To follow her adventures around the world make sure to see her website: http://www.thelifeofasolivagant.com/

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Councils should Ignore the Law & an Earth Bound Asteroid in Tenerife News of the Week

Tenerife Magazine’s round up of some of the most interesting news stories of the week in Tenerife.

El Hierro Eruption Update
The undersea eruption at El Hierro continues to bubble away with no-one really sure what is going to happen next ““ nature can be a bit like that. Some are excited by the idea that the eruption will result in the emergence of a new island or volcano whereas others claim this is unlikely to happen.

The main development during the week was the appearance of a huge turquoise stain on the sea caused by the earth discharging its volcanic substances. A five mile exclusion zone has been established around the area of the undersea eruption whilst scientists monitor the situation.

Residents of La Restinga on El Hierro haven’t been allowed to return to their homes yet but that’s supposed to be because of the overpowering smell of sulphur in the area which scientists say is too unpleasant to live with rather than toxic.

The situation has remained stable throughout the week, although seismic activity has continued, with low level tremors being registered mostly on El Hierro but also between Tenerife and Gran Canaria and at Buenavista del Norte on Tenerife.

The Canarian Government continues to reassure that the eruption poses no danger.

No Money For Cyclists
Plans to bring Vuelta a España, one of Europe’s major cycle races, to the Canary Islands and Tenerife in 2012 have been reported as hitting a dead end because the Canarian Government doesn’t have the budget to finance the Canary Islands” stage of the race. The Tenerife leg had been agreed and would have included a route that took cyclists up to Mount Teide, but it isn’t going to happen in 2012.
Plans haven’t been totally abandoned and it’s hoped that the Vuelta a España will come to these shores in 2013.

Amateur Astronomers Spot Asteroid Heading Towards Earth
A member of a team of amateur astronomers visiting the Teide Observatory Tenerife Asteroid Survey (TOTAS) in September identified an asteroid on a trajectory towards earth that was considered close enough to be categorised as posing an impact threat.

However, the asteroid, imaginatively named 2011 SF108, shouldn’t come closer than about 30 million kilometres from Earth, so not one to lose any sleep over.

Tenerife Mayor Suggests Councils Shouldn’t Stick to the Law
Love him or hate him, when the dependably controversial Mayor of La Orotava, Isaac Valencia, opens his mouth what comes out is never banal.

During a 45 minute speech last week, he aimed his shotgun mouth at a number of targets and confirmed what some of us suspected by apparently suggesting Tenerife’s councils shouldn’t stick to the law. He said to ignore the law would be brave. No Isaac, it would be a crime.
He bemoaned the loss of the past when running a council was much simpler because there weren’t as many rules or laws to have to abide by. Aaah, those halcyon days when there was nothing to prevent unlimited greed and corruption.

The mayor also levelled his verbal barrage at the south of Tenerife when he spoke of the barbarities that had been carried out in the name of tourism saying that much of the money that had been ploughed into developing tourism in the south had arrived in suitcases via the port of Los Cristianos. The southern councils were blasted for allowing many tourism projects to be carried out illegally in Arona and Adeje where he said that councils had handled a lot of money, yet didn’t charge for taxes or licences for a number of hotels.

Isaac Valencia also confirmed another suspicion about how up-to-date with the modern world some of Tenerife’s politicians are by proudly stating that he didn’t own a mobile phone or know how to use a computer.

Yup, this is Tenerife…where ignorance is a virtue.

Great stuff Isaac, keep it coming.

And finally the TIT (This Is Tenerife) of the week award goes to”¦Endesa.
We may joke about the frustrations that can occasionally be caused by Tenerife’s utility companies” quirky little ways but sometimes these go beyond a joke. Two residents of the El Rosario municipality have resorted to staging a hunger strike to force the local authorities and Endesa, the electricity company, into action after enduring five years without electricity.

The pair, who are camped in a tent outside of El Rosario’s town hall, have now gone five days without food to raise awareness of their cause after taking their complaints to the courts in Santa Cruz proved a fruitless exercise.

As is so often the case on Tenerife, there’s a bit of a right hand and a left hand situation with the local council saying that the couple will have electricity within 48 hours but Endesa stating they’ll only turn on the light when a judge orders them to do so.

Sadly on Tenerife there’s always someone else to blame. It is exactly this mentality that will always hold the island back.

El Hierro Image courtesy of the National Geographic Institute (IGN)

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Coaching Yourself, the Four Mistakes

Regardless of your level of play, being your own coach is largely based on common sense.

The first step in coaching yourself is to become aware of what mistakes you are making. Very often when you ask a player what went wrong in their match, they can’t tell you. They might say something like “I didn’t watch the ball” or, ” I didn’t follow through” or they might blame their racket.

A lot of things can happen in a tennis match that can effect your play, ranging from the weather conditions, to what your opponent is doing, to how you are feeling that day. While we can’t tell you what to do in every situation, we can give you the information you need to make your own adjustments.

The Four Mistakes
When the ball is struck, only one of five things can happen. The ball can go in the court, or it can go long, into the net, too far to the right or too far to the left.

This seems like a simple concept, but we continually see players of all levels make the same mistake over and over without making a correction. This usually ends with a frustrated player who might conclude that they just didn’t have it that day. With a little bit of knowledge and some practice you can avoid that outcome. Making the same mistake over and over again is not a very smart way to play. If you are going to make mistakes, and everyone does, then it would be better to make what we call intelligent mistakes.

In the next edition we will be looking at how to coach your own serve.

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Checking Into Tenerife’s Hotels, Hotel Spa Villalba

When it comes to getting away from it all, a spa break takes some beating, but when it’s attached to an elegant mountain hotel nestling in the pine forest where nature holds complete sway, there’s only one word for it ““ Paradise.

In the shimmering heat of a Tenerife October, Tenerife Magazine checked into the Hotel Spa Villalba in Vilaflor to find out what the winner of our holiday competition has in store.

A mountain retreat
Arriving in the charismatic spa town of Vilaflor late morning, I take the steep turn in the village that winds up past the Ermita de San Roque until it reaches the Hotel Spa Villalba. Leaving the stifling heat of the day, I step into the Canarian patio-styled lobby of the hotel where my eye is immediately drawn to the expanse of polished wood which forms the floor and sweeps upwards in a wide curved staircase to a walkway across the galleried space beneath a hand made, wrought iron decorative chandelier.

A roof to floor window occupies one side of the lobby, its margins sending rainbows of light from their stained glass patterns dancing around the aubergine walls. The lobby floor plays host to a garden of potted plants and an elegant sculptural water feature where the sound of running water completes the feng shui balance.

Opening the door onto room number 203 I”M immediately struck by the expanse of floor space, the elegant décor, the extensive presence of beautiful wood and the bed that occupies the far wall and is big enough to justify grid references. I flick the light switch to the en suite and enter the most cavernous bathroom I have ever seen in an hotel. Decorated in exquisite Victorian tiles in teal and white, twin ornate sinks take centre stage below the mirror. A bath with overhead shower lies to one side and the ‘usual facilities” to the other, across an expanse of vintage, maize-coloured tiled floor.

I”M already grinning like a fool when I step out onto the grand balcony and am caught completely off guard by the endless, fragrant pine forest in what feels like touching distance. Birdsong and the rustle of the breeze in distant tree tops is all I can hear as I inhale the mountain air and try to take in the full extent of the beauty that surrounds me. I’ve only been here five minutes, my case is still unpacked and my car keys are still in my hand yet already my shoulders have relaxed, my breathing is deeper and the Hotel Spa Villalba has thrown me a curve ball by revealing the truly unique beauty of its location.

I may never leave.

The Essentials

Location: Nestling above the alpine, spa town of Vilaflor looking like it’s waiting for the Von Trapp family to move in, the Hotel Spa Villalba lies on the cusp of a ravine in the pine forest with panoramic views over the town to the south east coast from the front of the hotel and over the fragrant forest from the rear. Designed to maximise its rustic setting, everything in the hotel is geared towards the enjoyment of your surroundings, from the seats dotted around the garden and the hotel viewpoint with its telescope, to the glass covered swimming pool edged by pine trees which is opened in summer and cosily closed over in winter.


Rooms: As generously bountiful as nature herself, bedrooms are big on space and minimal on fuss. Oatmeal décor teamed with soft plaid furnishings complement the highly polished hard wood flooring beautifully while prints of pencil drawings and oil canvases showcase flowers and rural scenes. A large, wooden terrace overlooks the gardens and forest while bedside, shuttered windows bring the pine romance inside. Free WiFi brings modern convenience to rustic charm and the practicalities also score highly with lots of wardrobe space, a shower so powerful it hurts your head; coat hangers galore, TV, mini bar and in-room safe.

Service: I have always found Vilaflor to be one of the friendliest towns on this Tenerife amable island and the staff of the Hotel Spa Villalba outshine even my former experience. From the Hotel Director Julio, to Marta on reception, the La Vendimia dining room staff and the chambermaids, everyone welcomes guests as if they were into their own home. The guests” comfort and relaxation appear to be paramount and once experienced, the service keeps the guests returning. I spoke with an elderly lady who was in her fourth week at the hotel and has been a regular guest for many years.

Food: The La Vendimia Restaurant is the venue for a fresh and beautifully presented continental breakfast buffet with fruit, cereals, home made breads, cheeses, cold meats, pastries, juices and wonderful coffee. Eggs are available for those who like a hot start to the day. In the evening the restaurant morphs into a candle lit romantic dining venue where fresh produce from the hotel’s garden is imaginatively and beautifully prepared. A la carte choices include a good selection of vegetarian, fish and meat options and the set half board menu was a nightly decision dilemma with three delicious options for every course vying to be picked. An extensive wine menu includes very quaffable organic wines from the owners” own label as well as a good selection of Tenerife produced wines.

Entertainment: The moon shining through the pine trees and Vilaflor’s trademark, star-studded firmament provide all the entertainment that’s needed in this country idyll. A TV room and a games room provide an indoor alternative to Nature. But as I don’t have a section for it, I’ll take this opportunity to mention the splendid spa and gym facilities that come as standard for guests. Set within spacious and elegant relaxation areas are a Jacuzzi, sauna, sunarium, Turkish Bath, plunge pool, showers and a dark relaxation lounge with water beds and coloured ceiling lights to lull you comatose. Downstairs, a gym equipped with ranks of state of the art equipment is flanked by a room with a full sized climbing wall.

Overall: An idyllic, romantic Alpine mountain getaway where sublime comfort, healing spas and treatments, relaxation, good food and tranquil surroundings relieve you of stress and leave you feeling renewed and energised. This is the perfect hotel for tired executives, romantic couples, athletes, nature lovers, hikers and anyone seeking a real ‘away from it all’ experience.

Hotel Spa Villalba; 4 Star; Carraterra San Roque s/n, Vilaflor; (0034) 922 70 99 30; email hotelvillalba@hotelesreveron.com

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