Advantages Clean, comfortable, good facilities
Disadvantages hilly, drinks etc expensive
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Last month, I went on holiday with my parents, sister, brother-in-law and the children, and our chosen destination was Tenerife. This is the first time that the 8 of us have been abroad together and we had a brilliant time. We stayed in 2 apartments at Sunset Bay. The Sunset Bay Club is located in Torvicas, on the outskirts of Playa de las Americas, in the South of Tenerife. Sunset Bay has 206 rooms.
The reception is up a hill and is in the middle of some apartments; therefore the taxi could not take us all the way there so she dropped us off at the bottom on the hill (1 minute walk if that).We arrived quite late at night and my parents went to check us in while I waited with everyone else with the bags. We needed to show all the passports of everyone over the age of 18 and they gave us information about the 2 apartments.
We booked, a 1 bedroom sleeps four, for my parents and I, and a 2 bedroom, sleeps 6 for my sister and her family. The person on reception told my dad that the smaller apartment was just a studio to sleep 2 and they could not put in an additional bed. They said that I would need to sleep in the other apartment. This was a mistake at the resort (not with dial-an-exchange) and they should have notified us of this, prior to arrival. The studio apartment had a double bed and a large settee so I was able to sleep on that (although I could have shared with my sister). We were quite annoyed that this was incorrect but it didn’t spoil the holiday too much, and dial-an-exchange have refunded the money for the studio.We were shown to our apartments by a member of staff, who also helped us with our luggage. The two apartments were close to each other, which was good as it meant we didn’t have to go far to meet up.
Both apartments were clean, spacious, well lit and air-conditioned. We had a balcony which got sun for most of the day, and my sister had a balcony, which looked out onto the area where the evening entertainment is, as well as a walled sunny area, in the middle of the apartment outside. Towels were provided and there was a maid service several times a week.We had a kitchen and bathroom, plus the main bedroom/sitting room. My sister’s apartment had a kitchen, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a living room. There were TVs and a safe in each apartment.
The children’s pool closed for maintenance work at the end of the week, and my niece was most disappointed. She was able to play in the children’s pool on her own (with us just sitting watching, nearby) but obviously we needed to go into the big pool with her, and this took away her independence which Little Miss did not like!There is a supermarket on the resort which offers a good selection of food and drinks. It was more expensive than the supermarkets outside of the resort (located near by) but we used it a few times for convenience.
There is an onsite laundry service which we used once. You pay for a token for the washing machine and another for the tumble dryer (which came to a total of a couple of Euro’s) plus you can buy washing powder in the supermarket.
Other evening entertainment included a BBQ (at one of the bars by the pool) but we did not go to this. Various restaurants had different offers on each night, but we chose to eat down by the beach, or in our apartments.There was entertainment by the top pool everyday, including quizzes and water games. My nephew went along to one of the games with his dad but we all chose to spend most of time by the quieter pool.
A children’s club was advertised for a few of the days when we were there, however when my sister took my niece there it wasn’t on. There is a children’s park near the swimming pool. My niece played here once, but it’s best early in the morning as the slide etc gets very hot in the sun.
My dad booked through dial-an-exchange through the two weeks that he had ‘banked’ so we got it fairly cheap (though we pay to be members of dial-an-exchange). I’ve just done some research and prices vary depending on the time of year etc. On the website I was using (booking.com), it appears to be fully booked for July and August next year but some prices for 7 nights in June 2012:Studio (2 adults): 404Euro
Thanks for reading! bluejules
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