At the end of the Summer when I was invited on a press trip with two other bloggers, the lovely Lisa and Sian, I was completely torn between a stress-free week in the sun and leaving my children for seven long days for the first time in fourteen years. It’s safe to say that after lusting over photos of Tenerife and learning more about what the area had to offer, the promise of sunshine won and, armed with my Valium, I went off in search of adventure.
Clickstay had arranged for us to stay in a newly renovated 3 bed detached villa on the complex of El Barranco in Amarilla Golf and Country Club, just a 15 minute taxi ride from the airport. El Barranco is an up and coming resort which we soon learnt has a history spanning almost twenty years. With the complex due for completion in November 2019, it was interesting to learn more about the plans, see just how far the site has progressed over the years, and really get to know the family behind the business, all of whom were absolutely lovely.
Despite our villa being at the centre of a large resort, it felt incredibly private and beautifully spacious. Set in it’s own secure plot, within a gated community, it has a large garden area overlooking the pool below.
Inside, the villa has three double bedrooms with the master bedroom having the bonus of a large en-suite. Although the bedrooms each have double beds, the owners did state that these could be converted to single beds for families with siblings who prefer to sleep alone. Each bedroom also had a full set of towels which are replaced weekly.
The bedrooms are lovely and airy and have wall to wall wardrobes which were fantastic. Looking at the villa as a parent, I loved that the bedrooms are all situated together at the far end of the villa with securely locked windows and shutters to completely block out the light – a holiday lie on holiday is a real must!
The main bathroom consists of a shower, toilet and sink, where as the en-suite is more than twice the size with a full sized bath. It would have been great had the bathrooms been the other way round and yet for a family staying there it really isn’t a problem to use the en-suite.
The living area of the villa is open plan with two large French doors onto the patio area. At one end there is a fully fitted kitchen with a full sized fridge/freezer, an oven, microwave and, most importantly for families, a washing machine! I also loved the addition of the breakfast bar which provides a more casual alternative to dining.
The dining area seats six people which is perfect for larger families. There is nothing worse than staying in a property where there is inadequate seating for everyone to sit down and enjoy a meal. I’ll be honest though, we didn’t use the dining table even once, preferring to enjoy breakfast outside on the terrace.
The living area is very simple but still has a homely feel with soft furnishings and co-ordinating wall art. The villa does have satellite TV with all UK channels, and yet we didn’t turn the television on for the entire week. One thing we did take advantage of is the free Wi-Fi in the accommodation and throughout the complex, after all, we are bloggers! The villa also has air conditioning although this did not work for the duration of our stay which wasn’t an issue for me who is permanently cold but did pose an issue for Sian and Lisa, especially at night.
As lovely as the interior of the villa is, we spent very little time in there, preferring to be outdoors enjoying the sunshine or by the pools. I imagine that should I return with my family we would spend more time in the villa during the evening and all of those home comforts would be a real bonus.
El Barranco currently has two swimming pools in use, one of which is heated throughout the winter. When the complex is completed there will be a further three pools open, including several jacuzzis and a pool bar, which will be amazing!
With views out to sea, the pool area is already starting to take shape and throughout our stay we could see the amount of hard work being put in by the staff at El Barranco to make the gardens as beautiful as possible. I’m sure when the complex is finished the pool area will be very popular with families but for now we were the only people by the pool which was great when we wanted to relax with a book and enjoy a peaceful moment.
I loved that one of the pools was very shallow, making it perfect for the children. Now my children are getting that little bit older it’s lovely to know that we can enjoy a day at the pool, watching the children play just a couple of feet away, with the reassurance they are perfectly safe. It’s funny because even though I was at the complex without the children, I spent the whole week seeing it thorough the eyes of a parent – I guess that will always be the case!
Thankfully we didn’t spent the whole week worrying about our children and there were still plenty of chances to let our hair down and go a little crazy!
The complex has an on-site bar and two restaurants, both of which seemed to be very popular throughout the duration of our stay. The Terrace Bar is a real hub of activity with live music, sports, and plenty of drinks! The bar serves a variety of pub meals which, although we didn’t sample, all looked great.
Also within the complex is an Italian restaurant, Da Massimo where Lisa and I dined on our last night. I was so pleased to discover they had a full gluten free menu and when our order arrived it was delicious! The interior itself is a little dated and yet I would definitely say not to let that put you off. The food was great and the prices so affordable; plus it was also very family friendly and, for those who prefer not to dine in, they do take-out too.
The location of El Barranco couldn’t be better with the sea just a few minutes walk away where you can find the stunning marina and rugged coastline with small coves to explore.
Along with several small bars and restaurants, you can go on a submarine safari, sail on a pirate ship, or enjoy the views from the lighthouse cafe. It really is a gorgeous spot and so peaceful down there too.
Just across the road is Amarilla Golf and Country Club where keen golfers can enjoy a round of golf whilst admiring the views. There is also a clubhouse where you can eat a range of foods, either formal or informal, and enjoy a few drinks in the sunshine.
We actually had a tour of the golf course and although I know very little about golf, I was so impressed with the size of it, and how lovely the surroundings are too.
Hailed as the best golf course in Tenerife, it almost made me feel disappointed that I don’t play! I’m sure that playing golf in the sunshine, looking out at that stunning coast line, is a fantastic experience, although I have to admit I was just as excited to be riding around in a golf buggy!
Further into Golf Del Sur, there are some gorgeous little villages such as Los Abrigos, El Medano, and the San Blas Commercial Centre which consists of 3 picturesque squares each containing good quality bars, restaurants, boutiques and a night club. All of the local villages are beautiful and during our stay we ate at the most amazing restaurants, sampling fresh fish and Canarian delicacies. I’ll be sharing some of our days out in my next post.
For families there are some fantastic attractions within the area such as Siam Park, Aqua Land and Jungle Park. And for those who are looking for something a little more lively, Los Cristianos is a mere 15 minute drive away where you can find golden beaches, shops, bars, restaurants and a bustling night life. For us, we were more than happy with the tranquility of Amarilla, although even there things can get a little wild after one too many caramel vodkas!
Thank you so much to Clickstay and all of the wonderful staff at El Barranco. We were treated with such kindness, not just by the staff but by everyone on the island, far more than any other holiday destination we have ever visited. I am so excited to return and see the progress of the complex, I am confident it will be a huge success and I know my children are going to love it just as much as I do.
Make sure you stay tuned to hear all about the amazing things we got up to during our stay, including a Submarine Safari, Teidi by Night, Siam Park, and cheese and wine tasting. I might even reveal what happens when three Mums are let loose in Tenerife without their children, or at least the parts I can remember!!
** We were gifted complimentary accommodation for the duration of our stay. All words and opinions are my own unless otherwise stated **