Exceptional Relaunch Event at the Stunning Hotel Jardín Tropical

If you are looking for somewhere to stay in Tenerife, you will find you are spoiled for choice as there is something to suit practically any budget or taste. For those searching for truly exceptional accommodation with sophistication, class and a real air of exclusivity, then you needn’t look any further than Hotel Jardín Tropical in Costa Adeje!

Don’t worry though, this is definitely not an old-fashioned boring style of luxury, but instead a far more modern, stylish and chic variety that is ideal for every generation, and is perfect for couples, families or solo travelers.

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One way in which Jardín Tropical have managed to maintain their coveted position as one of the top hotels in Tenerife is through continuing to innovate and update their brand, accommodation and services. The demands of travelers are constantly changing year after year, so it is important to adapt in order to stay relevant and meet these needs.

Too many hotels are satisfied with staying the same, but this is certainly not the case with Jardín Tropical who decided that is was time for a major renovation to enable them to stand out from the increasingly crowded accommodation competition that now exists in Tenerife.

The team here at Tenerife Magazine were invited to the fantastic relaunch party that took place recently, and it is clear to see that the owners of the hotel are not ones to merely settle for half measures. This was an absolutely brilliant evening, that was befitting of the exceptional  full-scale renovation that has taken place at this beautiful tropical-themed resort, that stands out superbly from the crowd.

Before the actual relaunch event started we were able to take a look around one of the newly renovated apartments. Inside, all the furniture, fittings and design had been completely updated, creating a truly stunning interior. It is no exaggeration to say that this is somewhere big and comfortable enough to live in.

Re-opening Night

As the major 18-month refurbishment of Hotel Jardin Tropical comes to an end, our iconic hotel reopens with a night to remember! Thank you Gina Akers TV & Radio Presenter, TV Beauty Expert & Writer for taking part in this special night of ours.

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As we stepped outside of this incredible room, we were greeted with an absolutely giant terrace area which is bigger than a lot of the gardens people have at their homes! This was an area more than sufficient to host a party and had a selection of tables, seats and sun loungers. What’s more, the panoramic view of the palm tree lined pool and ocean are absolutely sublime.

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After this, it was time for the party, and those invited were in for an absolute treat. Befitting the event, everyone that showed up was dressed to impress with the men in shirts, smart trousers and shoes, and the women in stylish dresses and high heels. The guests’ chic clothing choices certainly matched the mood of the evening perfectly and of course the gorgeous surroundings of the redesigned hotel.

The evening began with a wide selection of different drinks at the superb new bar near reception. The atmosphere was buzzing and everyone was having a brilliant time, with conversation flowing and plenty of compliments from the guests about the hotel redesign, friendly staff and of course the beautiful setting.

Following this everyone headed to a spacious upper terrace area with a bar overlooking one of the hotel pools located next to the ocean. Here attendees were treated to more drinks and a selection of delicious food such as oysters and tasty mini crab burgers.

There was also a live DJ playing chill out music, creating the perfect ambience as the sun set behind neighboring La Gomera in the distance. With beautiful weather (as is to be expected in Tenerife), stunning palm trees, an excellent selection of food and drink, music to fit the mood and plenty of great conversation, it didn’t seem as if the evening could get any better!

Once the sun had set, everyone headed down to the picture perfect pool by the ocean where we were treated to an acrobatic performer, a group of live drummers and then music from a live band! Just as with the complete makeover of the hotel, those who had designed and coordinated tonight’s event seemed to have thought of everything!

There was yet more fantastic food and drink to enjoy, and  speeches by a number of different people including Saad Azzam the General Manager of Hotel Jardín Tropical, Fernando Clavijo Batlle, Presidente del Gobierno de Canarias, Carlos Enrique Alonso Rodriguez, Presidente del Cabildo de Santa Cruz de Tenerife, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, Alcalde de Adeje and others.

Following this, to top off the evening there was even a fireworks display which really did feel like the icing on the cake of a brilliant evening of entertainment and fun. This was an event that really did do this incredible hotel and beautiful full-scale refurbishment justice.

We would like to offer our thanks to everyone involved and for the invitation to enjoy this exclusive party which our team all thoroughly enjoyed. It is without a doubt that Hotel Jardín Tropical will continue to grow from strength to strength as they retain their position as one of the very best places to stay, in one of the greatest destinations in the world!

Jardin Tropical – Re-Inauguración 2018

Fiesta de Reinauguración del Hotel Jardin Tropical! 🎥: Alex Bournay

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This Year’s Walk For Life Event Was A Huge Success

Here at Tenerife Magazine, as well as helping you to discover the very best of what this wonderful island has to offer, we also love to support great causes. Too often the mainstream media paints a picture of doom and gloom around the world. So much of the news that we are shown on TV and in newspapers suggests that people have lost all humanity and simply don’t care about each other. In fact, this couldn’t be further from the truth, as shown by the much loved and well attended Carrera por la Vida/ Walk for Life event here in Tenerife. What’s more, this year’s event was the most popular and well attended yet!

Instead of society becoming apathetic about important issues, this shows that huge numbers of people care more than ever and are prepared to come together to prove this in support of great causes. At this year’s Carrera por la Vida there were 4,500 people who went on the walk, with over 20.000€ raised for charity! This was an absolute record for this well loved event that is great for all the family, with kids and adults of all ages taking part. There were also more volunteers this year than in previous years which was also fantastic to see.

Carrera por la Vida/ Walk for Life was originally started and organised 13 years ago by the hugely dedicated Brigitte Gypen to help raise money and awareness for treatment for breast cancer. While this remains the main focus of the money donated, funds were also raised this year for other hugely important charities: Km Solidario (aecc cancer bus), Amate (Asociacion de Cancer de Mama de Tenerife), and Fero (cancer research on liquid biopsy). Money was also raised for the Foundation Walk for Life project which will be presented in the next few weeks; a new project that will benefit all those who have suffered from mastectomy.

What this large and growing turnout has proved once again is how important an issue this is for people across Tenerife. Cancer is a terrible disease that is estimated will affect one in two people in their lifetimes across the world. Events such as the Carrera por la Vida/ Walk for Life are absolutely vital for raising donations to help fund research to combat this disease and raise awareness on how to catch it early for more effective treatment.

Once again we would like to offer a huge thanks from all of the team here at Tenerife Magazine to Brigitte Gypen and her team and all of the volunteers for organising such an excellent event. The positive spirit of everyone taking part was so clear to see, with a party like atmosphere enjoyed by all along the whole walk. We are sure that this event will continue to go from strength to strength, gaining in popularity and increasing donations for this worthy cause.

It should be noted that donations are supervised by a Notary – this year it was Don Nicolas Castilla Garcia – who also attended on a voluntary basis on the day.

To find out more about Carrera por la Vida see their website: http://www.carreraporlavida.com/ and follow them on Facebook.

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How to Enjoy Christmas in Tenerife

A Tenerife Christmas is a wonderful experience. It is possible to spend the morning of Christmas Day throwing snowballs and making snowmen on Mount Teide, and the afternoon enjoying the sunshine and watching the palm trees swaying gently in the sea breeze on one of Tenerife’s stunning beaches.

The towns and villages in Tenerife have at least one beautifully designed nativity display. Some are small while others have a lot of detail in them. Shared by each one is the time and thought that has gone into creating them. Keep your eye out for ‘El Caganer’, which literally means ‘The Crapper’. This is a figure which is in the squatting position. See who can spot him first!

The main towns and areas know how to decorate for a Tenerife Christmas with many twinkling fairy lights strung through the streets, and sweet smelling christmas trees adorned with baubles and sparkling tinsel. You will also hear the relaxing sound of carols being sung.

Christmas Eve is a family affair in Tenerife with shops and restaurants closing early, though many do stay open in the larger resorts such as Playa de las Américas and Costa Adeje. In these areas, in the south of Tenerife, you can find Christmas Eve parties in some bars and nightclubs. The British bars are always lively on this night!

Christmas Eve in the northern areas such as Puerto de la Cruz are more peaceful, so it’s advised to eat early if there, and then join the Spanish for Midnight Mass (Misa de Gallo).

If you want to enjoy a traditional Christmas Day dinner this is also possible with many restaurants and bars in the larger resorts offering a special Christmas Day menu. Don’t forget to reserve a table in advance as it can get quite busy.

Restaurants decorate for Christmas. Notice the upside down Christmas tree!

The festive season in Tenerife lasts longer than usual as children first receive their presents on the 6th January after the arrival of the Three Kings the evening before.

Even the dogs enjoy getting into the Christmas spirit!

If you are in Tenerife on the 28th of December, beware! This is the Day of the Innocents, a day much like our own April Fools Day. There will be many practical jokes, and don’t believe a word anyone tells you, or what you read in a Spanish newspaper on this day.

One last thing to mention, is to be sure of trying the traditional Christmas treat called Turrón. It is made of honey, egg and almonds and is very tasty.

Father Christmas also enjoys a holiday break in Tenerife.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

Feliz Navidad!!

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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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Corona Rocks Children of the 80’s at Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife!

If you’re looking for the best party atmosphere in Tenerife, then you should definitely check out the monthly Children of the 80’s event at the Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife! This is an amazing experience for anyone who loves awesome dance, electronic and rock tunes, but is in the mood for something a bit different to today’s hits, because let’s face it you can hear current chart songs anywhere you go.

Instead you can enjoy a night of nostalgia as classic club tunes are belted out to the huge audience. Every song that is played is an instantly recognizable hit from past decades which gets everyone in the audience in the mood to party. Added to that is the awesome setting of the brand new luxurious Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife outdoor venue, with palm trees, cool lights, smoke machines, streamers and a huge stage!

It’s almost impossible not to have a great night with such a exciting venue and cool vibe. Clearly the crowd were loving the music being played by the DJs and there was a buzzing atmosphere. Things got even better when Corona, real name Olga de Souza, came onstage to perform her huge club hits!

Originally from Brazil, Olga gained huge fame after she moved to Italy and, under the stage name of Corona, released ‘Rhythm of the Night’ in 1993, the lead single of Corona’s same named album. This became a huge worldwide hit across many countries including Italy, the UK and the US and is still a classic guaranteed to get crowds moving in clubs today! Corona sung a number of her other big hits which the crowd here in Tenerife loved, including “Baby, Baby” which sounded great in this awesome venue!

Each of the brilliant Children of the 80’s monthly events is headlined by a music legend like Corona (last month was Kym Mazelle) and also includes DJ support from DJ trio ‘Dream Team Reload’ and the popular ‘Puretas Party’. As well as the singers and DJs there are also talented dancers dressed in colourful 80s clothes and huge screens with music videos for each song in the background, making this a dazzling night of entertainment that is not to be missed!

Next up is Ultra Naté on Saturday 13th May 2017 which promises to be a huge night as she has had some massive dance hits including “Show Me”, “Free”, “Desire”, “Get it Up (the Feeling)”. In 2016 she was ranked as the 12th most successful dance artist of all time!

For more details on all the upcoming Children of the 80’s events make sure to check out the website: https://www.childrenofthe80s.com/ and follow on social media: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook.

 

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Try Wind or Kite Surfing While in Tenerife on a Windy Day

Have you experienced going on holiday and facing bad weather? Have you ever tried considering it as a positive?

Wind in Tenerife can become an opportunity for you to try something new. Perhaps you always wanted but never got a chance to harness the wind and go surfing into the rough sea.

This is your chance, if you are in Tenerife now, and the wind does not stop for several days, you should try this.

Watch our latest video.

Special thanks to Red Rock Surf & Kite Academy, Mike and Peter for such a passion answering our questions.

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Cecilia Navarro, The Queen of Tenerife Carnival 2016

She won the sceptre with its Fantasy “White sand desert”.

Cecilia Navarro, won the title of the Queen of the Carnival of Tenerife 2016 last night. The suit was created by designer Daniel Pages.

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Gala Election of the Carnival Queen was devoted to the theme chosen this year, – the 80’s. One of the highlights of the act was the interpretation of different songs from the golden decade of pop music by members of the carnival groups of Tenerife.

Following the coronation of the Gala Queen yesterday, the party hits the streets tomorrow, Friday the 5th of February. After the tour, the festival begins in the streets of the city, with the music in different scenarios across the centre of the capital and the local bars, full of dressed up people ready to have a wonderful time to the sound of the music.

Other essential dates are first Carnival Day (Sunday, February 7), the Gran Coso Apotheosis (Tuesday, 9), the Burial of the Sardine (Wednesday 10), and the second Carnival Day (Saturday 13).

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How you can register to vote in the EU Referendum

1.     A referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union will be held by the end of 2017. It could even be this year – the date hasn’t been announced yet.

2.     If you were registered to vote in the UK within the last 15 years, then you can register as an overseas voter and have your say.#yourvotematters.

3.     Go to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote and fill in your data. All you need is your National Insurance number, passport details and date of birth. (Even if you don’t have an NI number, you can still register.)

4.     Choose how you want to vote – by post, proxy, or even in person if you will be in the UK on polling day. If you choose to vote by post, ballot forms will be despatched about one month ahead, giving you time to receive, complete and return your vote to the UK.

5.     Do register early, so you have done it well before the referendum date is announced. If you wait, you may miss your chance to have your say.

6.     Just as in the UK, you need to register annually. So if you registered as an overseas voter for last year’s General Election, you need to renew your registration for the EU vote.

7.     Out of 283,000 Britons officially resident in Spain, just 11,000 were registered to vote in last year’s General Election. Many British expats could miss out on the EU referendum, so tell your friends and family to register too.

8.     Use Facebook and Twitter to pass the message on that #yourvotematters.

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Did you know you may be eligible to vote in the EU Referendum? British Embassy launches expat awareness campaign

If you have been on the electoral roll in the UK within the last 15 years then you can register to vote in the referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union.

The British Ambassador Simon Manley this week launched a major campaign to make expats aware that they may be eligible to have their say in the EU referendum – provided they register to vote in good time.

Speaking at a meeting with representatives of the expat community to launch the registration campaign, Mr Manley said:

 

“Interest among expats in the EU referendum is high, but awareness that you may be able to vote is low. We want as many expats as possible to be aware that they can have their say.

“You can register to vote in a few minutes via the government website www.gov.uk – and do encourage your friends, family and colleagues to do the same.”

The British Embassy in Madrid is backing a global campaign by the Electoral Commission to encourage Britons who live overseas to register to vote.

Some 283,000 Britons are registered on the padrón as resident in Spain, but just 11,000 are registered to vote in the UK. So the vast majority of expats will miss out on having their say in the referendum – unless they take a few simple steps.

To register as an overseas voter, you must have been registered in a UK constituency within the last 15 years. All you have to do is visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote with your passport details and National Insurance number to hand, and the postcode of where you last lived in the UK.

You can choose how you want to vote: by post, by proxy (voting by appointing someone you trust to vote on your behalf), or even in person if by chance you will be in your UK local authority area on polling day.

All it takes is five minutes to register. And because overseas voters must allow enough time for their ballot paper to be posted from the UK, you should do it now rather than wait for the final deadline, at which point it may be too late to use a postal vote effectively.

Postal ballot papers will be despatched about a month ahead of the referendum – earlier than for the General Election last year – giving overseas voters more time to receive, complete, and return their ballot pack to the UK.

The Embassy is urging Brits to pass on the register to vote message via its ‘Brits living in Spain’ accounts on Facebook and Twitter, the expat media and a wide range of partners that work with the British Consulates in Spain.

If you are active on Twitter then do tell others that #YourVoteMatters and add the URL http://bit.ly/1RGrh5H so that they can register too.

Go to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote and make sure you can have your say.

British Ambassador Simon Manley (centre) and expat community representatives gathered in Javea, Alicante province, to urge expats to Register to Vote.
British Ambassador Simon Manley (centre) and expat community representatives gathered in Javea, Alicante province, to urge expats to Register to Vote.
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Tenerife ends 2015 with growth of the 9.2 per cent in recruitment of the tourism sector

Tourism sector in Tenerife ended 2015 with an increase in contracts and a reduction in the unemployment numbers “both in the sector and in the whole of the island’s economy by its drag effect” announces the Cabildo’s President, Carlos Alonso, who particularly appreciates this positive evolution of employment in the sector is a growing trend and has been able to “pull” other less dynamic sectors of the island’s economy.

Thus, contracts linked to the tourism sector of Tenerife grew 9.2 percent in 2015, year in which a total of 125.489 new contracts were formalized 10.566 in contrast to 2014.

July and October were particularly dynamic in terms of signing contracts “mainly due to the reinforcements that occur at the beginning of the summer and winter seasons, respectively”, explains the President of the Council.

The insular tourism, Alberto Bernabé, adviser says that tourism brings in 41 percent of contracts formalized in the whole of the Island labour market and 47.1 percent of those generated in the service sector, “which highlights the importance of this economic activity in the whole of the economy of the island”.

However, 90 per cent of these hires are temporary unavailable against 10 percent of indefinite “so it needs to be done to achieve greater stability of these jobs”, States Bernabé.

The characteristics of tourism activities, hospitality records by 2015 an increase in recruitment of 12 per cent, 10.357 contracts rather than in 2014. In the case of accommodation services, the increase stands at 10 per cent (4.574 contracts more) while in the activity of food and beverage accumulates growth of 14.3 per cent in the year (5.783 contracts more).

President Carlos Alonso points out that labour dynamism of the Tenerife tourist sector not only gets highlighted in the increase of their engagements, but also in the decrease in unemployment, “which is shrinking since the end of 2013”.

The results for the year reflect a fall in unemployment from 4.7 percent in December, which translates into 1.057 unemployed less than at the end of 2014 for a total of 21.299 people unemployed registered at the offices of the employment service Canary.

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