Tenerife oil wins the top Golden Grand Oliva prize

Contest of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Today, Monday the 30th of November, the council has given prizes for the contest I Extra Virgin Olive Oil. An event which aims to promote the production of olive oil to produce a quality product with added value for marketing.

The vice president and insular counsellor of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Jesus Morales, highlighted the “high quality” of the oils are produced on the island, “with some 40 hectares devoted to this crop and 100,000 kilos of production.”

Morales insisted that this competition responds “to a commitment by the Corporation island with industry to promote the consumption of this product commitment” and has advanced that a new edition of the competition next year in collaboration with the Government of the Canary Islands will be held.

The director of Canarian Institute of Food Quality (ICCA), Jose Diaz Flores, said “we cannot compete in quantity, but in quality” and has shown willingness to move forward and “improving the promotion and marketing of our oil.”

Award Winners

An extra virgin olive oil, produced by the Cooperative Society Cumbres de Abona under the trademark Oleoteide, won the first edition of the competition organized by the Cabildo. This product-a mixture or blend of oils from arbosana varieties (80%), Arbequina (10%) and koroneiki (10%) – has achieved the highest distinctions of the contest, the Great Golden Olive, accrediting him as the best extra virgin olive oil of Tenerife and the Canary Islands, 2015.

It has also been awarded the Gold award Oliva Arbequina oil produced by Antonio Martin of Tenerife. With Silver Oliva they have been distinguished four oil: two of the Oleoteide brand developed by Cooperativa de Abona Summit, one of the Picual and Arbequina another; other mixture of different varieties presented by Maria Rosario Garcia (Tenerife) and a fourth single variety Arbequina from Fuerteventura under the trademark Teguerey, who also won the award for best presentation.

The Minister Jesus Morales explained that “a total of 23 samples, from Tenerife, Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria, have participated in this first competition and nine competed in paragraph presentation”. All have undergone a tasting “blind” by an expert jury, which evaluated the product as recommended by the International Olive Council.

Oils that have been presented in the event have competed in three categories, two varietal, made from a single variety of olive (Arbequina and picual) and one extra virgin olive oil mixture or blend, resulting from the grinding of different varieties of olives or oil blend of different varieties in varying proportions.

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Picture a Holiday at Pearly Grey Ocean Club on Tenerife

Normally we post a review of the hotel that is featured in our fabulous holiday competition. This time, for a change, we thought we’d show rather than tell, so you could begin to imagine yourself ‘in the picture’.

Because this time our Tenerife holiday competition is a little bit different. Sure, come the end of January, there’s going to be one lucky winner picking up the prize of a week’s holiday for two at Pearly Grey Ocean Club on the sunny, south west coast of Tenerife.

But on this occasion the competition comes hand in hand with a great offer for Tenerife Magazine readers that means more than just the lucky winner gets the chance to lap up the warm welcome at Pearly Grey Ocean Club.

However, to find out what that offer is, you’re going to have to enter the competition.

Here’s a pictorial taster of what awaits.

Wake up in paradise where a couple of steps leads to an spot where it’s a joy to come round in the morning.

Your balcony is a great spot for a cobweb clearing coffee but Pearly Grey’s dining room is a quite snazzy alternative.

After breakfast those sunbeds on the balcony beckon…

…unless you’re more of a pool person.

Then in the afternoon, a drink or two on the terrace is an inviting prospect.

Before heading back to your balcony as the sun starts to descend. It’s perfect for allowing yourself to be hypnotised by the views whilst you pinch yourself as a reminder that, no, it isn’t a dream.


Win a Week at Pearly Grey Ocean Club in Callao Salvaje

Win a Free Week's Holiday at the Superb Jardín Tropical Hotel in Costa Adeje

Fancy having a taste of luxurious comfort combined with the warm and friendly hospitality of the Pearly Grey Ocean Club on Tenerife’s sun-kissed south west coast? With uninterrupted views of La Gomera on the horizon, Pearly Grey Ocean Club has a dream setting; perfect for sipping exotic cocktails as the setting sun puts on a spectacular light show that brings hot, sunny Tenerife days to a close.

This is the latest great holiday prize from tenerifemagazine.com and to be in with a chance of winning, all we ask is that you answer a simple question.

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It’s a fantastic opportunity to chase away winter blues and start the New Year on a real high. Calleo Salvaje, where Pearly Grey Ocean Club is located, is a tranquil, laid back resort that is ideal for a bit of well earned R&R whilst the lively bars of Costa Adeje and Playa de las Américas are only a short distance away.

The prize will be drawn on Thursday 31st January and can be taken, subject to availability, during 2013. The prize is not transferable and must be claimed within 2 weeks of the draw or it will be re-drawn.

Keep your fingers crossed and think of that wonderful prize, and in the meantime keep up with all the wonders of Tenerife through tenerifemagazine.com


Where on Tenerife is this? Photo Challenge #July 2012

We’re in the heart of Tenerife’s fiesta season with firework displays lighting up the skies nearly every night in some parts. As every town, village, hamlet and barrio seems to have a reason for the residents to slip into traditional dress and party, we thought this might be an appropriate choice for July’s photo challenge.

The scale of the fiesta should help narrow it down a bit but the real clue lies in the buildings in the photo. The question, as always, is where on Tenerife is it?


Where on Tenerife is this? Photo Challenge #5 2012

We think May’s photo challenge might prove a bit difficult. To some people this ‘old’ tower may be instantly recognisable. If it is, then it might cause a bit of head scratching and suspicions that there’s trickery afoot or even that a mistake has been made.

There’s no mistake but there might be just a little a bit of trickery surrounding this monument. The question is why? And where exactly on Tenerife is it?


Where on Tenerife is this? Photo Challenge #4 2012

This month’s photo challenge shouldn’t prove too much of a problem for seasoned Tenerife explorers. It’s a relaxing plaza with a bandstand right in the old centre of the town. There’s even a church in the background, rising above the Indian laurels, to help differentiate it from the other plazas with bandstands on Tenerife. Mind you, there’s usually a church in the picture somewhere with all of them.

It’s a lovely spot to chill out in the sun with a café cortado or cool cerveza… but where on Tenerife is it?


Checking Into Tenerife’s Hotels, Jardín Tropical

It was Easter last year when Tenerife Magazine headed to the Hotel Jardín Tropical to find out what keeps 40% of guests returning year after year and what one lucky winner of our competition can expect.

Strolling past the elegant palm trees and soft, white turrets that guard the entrance to the Hotel Jardín Tropical, I pass beneath the straw thatched roof and leave the glare of sunlight to enter the portal to a dream world. Combining the principles of Feng Shui with shades of North African, Moorish and Colonial design, the architect Melvin Villaroel has created a space filled with hidden, tranquil corners where light, air and nature combine in perfect harmony.

Velvety white corridors weave below mirrored ceilings to shady courtyards at the foot of tiered minarets and bougainvillea draped terraces. Falling in gentle tiers from the hotel’s reception, brick paved terraces embedded with turquoise and ruby ceramic tiles lead past carved pine settees and over wooden foot bridges to water cascades and a sapphire pool that meanders around scented garden jungles.

The check-in welcome is accompanied by a chilled glass of cava while Joaquín explains the Alice in Wonderland principle of a ground floor which is in fact on the fifth floor and points me towards my room. Minus the aid of a White Rabbit, I follow the warren of corridors, my eyes wide at the eclectic beauty of my surroundings, until I arrive at room 457.

Don’t you just love it when you walk into your hotel room and the first thing that comes out of your mouth is “Wow”? A corridor of fitted wardrobes with wooden latticed doors leads to a cavernous room where crimson, colour washed walls lend a rich warmth to the beautifully cool interior. Centre stage, a bed the size of a small land mass is draped in the same rich, flower print drapes that cover the windows. French impressionist paintings join forces with the period furniture to give the room a classic, timeless elegance. I open the curtains and step onto the intimate balcony which peeks out through Kentia palm fronds at the giant strelitzias and towering palm trees that lend the gardens and pools the environment so richly deserving of the name Jardín Tropical.

I relax into one of the cane chairs, savouring the short time I have before my dinner reservation at the hotel’s award winning restaurant of Las Rocas. Birds are chatting noisily as they make last minute preparations for their sundown bed time, the last of the day’s sunbathers are heading back to their rooms while other couples are already dressed for the evening, strolling hand in hand towards a sunset cocktail at the Beach Club before dinner.
Three words are foremost in my mind ““ symmetry, serenity, serendipity.

The Essentials
Location: One of the first hotels to be built in Tenerife’s newest resort of Costa Adeje, the Hotel Jardín Tropical has seen many bigger and more flashy hotels springing up all around it while this tropical paradise has quietly taken root and flourished. Sited on a picturesque headland of Costa Adeje with Playa Bobo a few minutes stroll to the south and Puerto Colón to the west.

Rooms: Completely refurbished in 2010 and featuring LCD satellite TV, mini bar and safe, rooms are beautifully designed and appointed to maximise the quality of light, coupling the hotel’s trademark white with rich turquoise soft furnishings. Suites raise the floor space quota from generous to oodles and the decor to individually styled. The walk-in shower was powerful enough to double as an aqua massage and the bath was big enough to lie full length in. 26 interconnecting family rooms offer microwave, baby alarm and Playstation – essential ingredients of a family holiday.

Service: From the moment I arrived at reception, I was made to feel welcome by multi-lingual, professional staff. Service in the buffet restaurant and the bars was exceptionally good while at restaurant Las Rocas, the delightful Julio fussed over my every whim with a warm smile, professionalism and buckets of personality.

Food: Hotel Jardín Tropical has a deserved reputation for excellence in dining. The El Patio restaurant is reputed to serve the best steak tartare in Tenerife from its heavenly garden setting, while the romantic headland setting of Las Rocas is the venue for excellent gourmet cuisine. Breakfast in the Las Mimosas restaurant was a sumptuous choice of fresh fruit, continental and cooked dishes, all prepared and presented with aplomb in the stylish dining room and garden patio.

Entertainment: I followed the sound of laughter and applause to the bar lounge where families were being entertained by contemporary clowns, acrobats and breakdancers until it was time for the youngest of drooping eyelids to be carried to their beds. Night people will find themselves within sandal strolling distance of the iconic Faro Chill Art at Puerto Colón.

Overall: A fabulously stylish and chic four star hotel with five star design and aspirations where the good things in life ““ consummate service, fine dining, luxurious comfort and impeccable taste – are placed at the top of the agenda. Perfect for couples, honeymooners, families and anyone with an eye for quality and selectivity. As official host to players at golf tournaments like the Tenerife Ladies Match Play, it’s also the perfect year-round base for Tenerife golfers.

Hotel Jardín Tropical; 4 Star; Calle Gran Bretagña, Costa Adeje; (0034) 902 25 02 51; email: hotel@jardin-tropical.com


Where on Tenerife is this? Photo Challenge #3 2012

Last month’s photo challenge was quickly identified so for March we’ve chosen a place that possibly only the most intrepid of Tenerife explorers may have set eyes upon.

This bullet rock catches the eye because not only is it in an absolutely stunner of a location but also because it is also quite the most outrageous place to build a house. After the impact of seeing it for the first time has worn off, the words that then jump into your head are “Why’ and ‘how’.

Why build houses in such an odd location and how on earth do you get to them? Making your way home here after a night out must be an absolute nightmare… but where on Tenerife, to the nearest village, is it?


Where on Tenerife is this? Photo Challenge #2 2012

This lone construction stands proudly defiant, surrounded by an exquisite display of tumbling flowers.

It is found in a beautiful location in Tenerife and yet every time I’ve been here, there has only ever been a couple of other people. It’s also a popular venue for wedding receptions, providing a dreamily romantic setting. Lit up at night, it is quite magical.

There is an interesting story surrounding why it even exists… but where on Tenerife is it?


Win a FREE Week’s Holiday at the Fabulous Sands Beach Resort on Lanzarote

Our great friends at Sands Beach Resort in Costa Teguise, Lanzarote are offering a one week, half board holiday FREE to one lucky Tenerife Magazine reader and their guest.

Located on the edge of a natural lagoon in the picturesque Lanzarote resort of Costa Teguise, Sands Beach Resort is the perfect tropical getaway.

All you have to do for a chance to win this dream holiday is to answer the simple question on the entry form below and hit the ‘submit” button.

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Imagine sliding open the door of your villa onto the warm morning sunshine and stepping outside onto your terrace to enjoy breakfast beneath a cobalt sky and the swaying fronds of palm trees. At Sands Beach Resort spacious, modern rooms and villas face onto beautifully designed plazas, each set around its own swimming pool, or onto the lagoon beach where you step from your front door onto the golden sand.

Perfectly positioned for long, lazy days in the sun or for taking advantage of Lanzarote’s superb sports facilities to enjoy an active holiday, Sands Beach Resort and Costa Teguise are first choice for families, couples and anyone who enjoys an adrenalin packed vacation of hiking, running, cycling, windsurfing, diving, kitesurfing…the list is endless.

Terms and conditions

  • The prize will be drawn by Sands Beach Resort on Saturday 31st March 2012 and must be taken, subject to availability and excluding public holidays and festivals, within 12 months.
  • The prize is not transferable and must be claimed within 2 weeks of notification or it will be re-drawn.
  • Only one entry is permitted per person. Anyone found to be making multiple entries will be disqualified from the draw.
  • The holiday is for two persons, one week, half board at Sands Beach Resort, Costa Teguise, Lanzarote
  • Flights are not included.

Keep your fingers crossed and think of that wonderful prize, and in the meantime keep up with all the wonders of Tenerife through TenerifeMagazine.com
Good Luck!

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