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Hotel Activities

The infinity pool Photo, Tenerife, Canary Islands

There is so much to do in this hotel, you could almost fill a fortnight with the different activities they lay on. We were certainly spoilt for choice and had to make some tough decisions in order to be able to fit in enough sightseeing.

There are 5 swimming pools in total. 2 of these are family pools which cater especially for children, but the remainder are adult focussed. There is a Red Level pool - adults only, the Red Level zone being an upgraded area of the hotel for those aged 18 plus. It is their premium area, but you get some luxurious extras such as butler service, use of this Red Level pool and a private restaurant and bar.

There is a further adult pool and the piece de resistance - the infinity pool. This is really beautiful - 600 feet long, it seems to stretch endlessly. It is saltwater and was a little chilly (the other pools are heated), but you did get used to it. It was never very busy, and even when the other pools were bustling, this one let you get away from everyone. There are in-water sunbeds, whirlpools and jets - it is superb.

If you are the sporty type or just want a little gentle exercise on holidays, there was something to suit both extremes. Different activities were on offer at the pools - water aerobics etc. or you could try waterwalking - a bit like being a hamster in a giant ball floating on the infinity pool.

Across the road from the hotel was their sports hub. Here they had permanent staff who could tell you more about what was on offer, book a personal training session, give you advice on diet/lifestyle tips etc.. There were tennis courts, football courts and lots of activities on offer too. They ran zumba classes, pilates, paddle tennis and football tournaments, tennis tournaments and yoga. They offered bicycles for hire which you could then use to cycle along the coastal path that runs behind the hotel. There were archery sessions and spinning classes too. You could use the gym or book a personal trainer for a training session. Everything was included in the cost, some activities did have to be booked.

If you wanted to take part in activities that were not sports related, there was something to suit this as well. They ran sushi-making classes, wine tasting and cocktail making amongst other things. Again this was included and you did not have to pay extra.

There was a big spa at the hotel - use of the facilities here was extra. It was extremely luxurious with water therapy pool, steam room, sauna, flotation tank and relaxation area. They offered a whole range of treatments here, or in a separate "Bali massage area" they had quaint massage huts where you could book in for that type of treatment. One of our friends had a massage here and thought it was fantastic.

There are lots of sunbeds available throughout the hotel, but if you wanted something a bit more special you could book one of their Bali beds. This was like a huge, outdoor, four poster bed, located by the pools. You paid an extra charge for this, but got to use the bed all day long and they brought you champagne, fruit platters, newspapers and water.

The local village of Alcala is just over 5 minutes walk away. You can stroll there along the coastal path at the back of the hotel. It is a lovely walk, gorgeous views over the ocean and shaded partly by trees. In Alcala there are lots of little bars and restaurants and a few shops. Monday mornings they have the local market - surprisingly good and worth a look. One bar we loved was El Rincon. Just off the market square, they had the best mojitos I have ever tasted for just 3 euros.

If you walk in the opposite direction to Alcala, through a banana plantation and back along the coastal path, you get to Los Gigantes, a bigger resort. It is a lot further - about 50 minutes walk, but also nice to do. If you don't fancy hiking back, there is a bus which leaves Los Gigantes and passes the hotel twice an hour. It takes about 20 minutes and costs about 1 Euro. The times of the buses are not that reliable, but generally there are 2 an hour.

The hotel is absolutely wonderful. Some people spent their whole time relaxing and enjoying the sunshine, some were super-active and worked out a lot, others (like us) did a little bit of both - relaxing and swimming in the infinity pool and taking part in a few of the activities that took our fancy. The great thing is that there is so much on offer to pick from.

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