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The Dining Experience

View from the Oasis Pool Grille Photo, Tenerife, Canary Islands

Dining at this hotel is a sumptuous experience - wonderful food, beautiful surroundings and plenty of choice. We stayed here 14 nights, ate breakfast and dinner in the hotel every evening, lunch there 5 times but never felt bored or tired of the food.

We had booked the Full Board Plus package - this meant we got 3 meals a day with house wine, beer and soft drinks included with lunch and dinner.

Breakfast is served in the Pangea restaurant. There is a big indoor seating area and a reasonably large outdoor area with views over a little lake. Most mornings we did get to sit outside. The choice at breakfast was superb - a huge array of cooked foods (sausages, bacon etc.), eggs cooked any way you wanted (fried eggs cooked by the chef to order), a big selection of breads, many types of pastries, fruit juices, huge platters of tropical fruit and Cava on ice. They really did have everything you could want for breakfast - lots of children gorged on pancakes with chocolate sauce by the ladelful.

Lunch for us could be taken in any of three restaurants. We chose to go to Pangea again most days. The buffet style experience here suited us best as a family. Lunches were also delicious and full of choice. There was lots of salad, seafood and fish, soups, stews, breads and plenty of cooked options. Definitely something for everybody.

In total, the hotel has 7 restaurants. On our package, dinner was included in 4 of them. We had to pay in the other 3, but would have received a 25% discount off the bill. The buffet style Pangea is the only restaurant you do not have to book in advance. Booking is easy and hassle free though - there is a machine in the lobby, you use this to make your reservation.

We ate most evenings in Pangea. The choice was wonderful. There were lots of salads, seafood, soups etc.. for starters. Main course choices were also extensive, as well as this they had a fish chef to cook your fish to order, a chef who specialised in wok dishes and stir fries (again cooked to order) and a meat chef to cook your meat choices to order. Desserts were a work of art - exquisite and beautiful to look at, as well as being delicious. There was an ice-cream "wheel" with about 20 flavours of ice cream and a chocolate fountain. If you wanted a healthier option for dessert - there was fruit aplenty. Staff were friendly and helpful, although sometimes, especially in the indoor section, drinks were a little slow to arrive.

The Oasis Pool Grille restaurant serves Mediterranean type dishes by the main pool. This restaurant has to be booked in advance. We ate here about 4 times - it had a lovely atmosphere, waiter service and a stunning view over the infinity pool. The views in the evening were breath-taking.

Club Ocean serves Italian food in a trendy glass cube style restaurant. Waiting staff here were really top knotch, it had a much more "upmarket" and sophisticated air than the other restaurants, but children were welcome. The food was exquisite and choice was excellent. The only problem was this restaurant was extremely popular, booked up very quickly and we only managed to get 1 reservation here in our 2 weeks.

The Market Grill serves meat and fish dishes. You can have lunch here as well. We ate here on a Friday night. Fridays is barbeque night here - there was a lovely atmosphere and a Cuban band playing. We loved that evening.

There are 3 other restaurants - they looked nice, but we didn't try them, being happy with the others that were included in our package. Nami is an Oriental/Japanese style restaurant with a sushi bar and tepanyaki table; Duo described itself as "fine dining" and there was a "Red Level" restaurant for adults only.

We were thoroughly impressed with the dining options at this hotel. Food was excellent, there was so much choice (not just with the food but also with the location) and everywhere had a relaxed air. People tended to dress reasonably formally for dinner, but that gave it a special feeling. Children were welcome in all restaurants we used, there was something to suit even the pickiest and faddiest eater.

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