My wife and i stayed at San Blas for a week in July 2012 having booked a last minute deal.
10 mins cab journey from the airport (12 euros fee) and in an area on its own with only the hotel and a few private residencies in the resort so virtually no traffic. The resort is directly on the landing path and you are aware of planes coming into land (never hear the take offs as they are heading in the other direction) but after the first few you phase it out and it is never a disturbance.
There is not much in the surrounding area so people looking for something to do outside the hotel would have to hire a car. We walked up to the two surrounding villages but other than a couple of restaurants and gift shops there isnt anything of real interest.
The beach across the road (its a very quite ring road around the hotel itself- lucky if you saw more than two cars using it in a day!) is rocky and not really suitable for swimming. If you crossed the path over the rocky hill you came to a small sandy area which others were swimming from.
As others have noted it is very windy around the resort. Whilst this keeps things nice and cool it can be a bit of an annoyance with parasols and anything else which are not weighted down. Twice the wind was so strong it blew parasols right across the swimming pool, requiring the life guards to walk around and put the unused ones down.
The room was lovely, one of the best ive stayed in. Large, clean and modern. We had only been able to book a twin room and we had two double beds pushed together, which were actually very comfortable and we both got a good nights rest.
The bathroom is large and modern, with two sinks, a jacuzzi bath and separate toilet and shower. A range of toiletries were also provided. The only downside with this is the seals on the doors dont fully line up so theres not much privacy when using the loo and water leaked out of the shower onto the floor.
We also had a large balcony overlooking the top swimming pool. I noticed that some of the rooms on the other side (away from the boating lake) didnt seem to have as large balconies.
The rooms were well insulated so there was little noise, although people wheeling their cases along the corridor early in the morning was a minor disturbance that could be heard.
The rooms also had a 32inch Samsung flat screen tv, with bbc1, 2, channel 4, channel 5, 5*, more 4 and film 4.
The hotel itself is beautifully designed and constructed. I was really impressed with the layout and general finish of the hotel. The main reception, lobby bar, gym etc are at the top of the hill with the two wings of the building passing down both sides with the various swimming pools flowing through the middle. The restaurant and plaza area are at the bottom of the hill just next to the larger family pool.
We found all the facilities to be in excellent condition with the exception of the gym. This only had a couple of bikes, one rowing machine, one treadmill and a weight machine and they were in need of an update.
There is a board up near the restaurant showing what activities they have on during the day and that included aqua workouts, pilates, football, climbing and the kayaking on the lake.
There are four main pools with two quieter adult pools and two family areas. Despite them being relatively close together the adult pools were quiet and a welcome break. There were always sun loungers available after a late breakfast although these were mainly taken by midday. Beach towels are provided and can be changed at the reception when required.
The evening entertainment in the plaza area always seemed to be for kiddies although we never hung around long enough to see if there were more adult themed acts later. After dinner we mainly went to the lobby bar, where on several nights they had a live act playing mainly background easy listening/ jazz. These were all pretty good. We never stayed for the larger entertainment in the hall so i cant comment on this.
The food was excellent but as other reviewers have said it does get a bit samey by the end of the week.
Breakfast offers the usual range of hot and cold selection, but also american style pancakes and waffles which seemed to go down well with a lot of people queuing for them. You can also have omlettes cooked while you wait.
Lunch and dinner were very similar which is why i think it does get a little tired by the end of the week. Both offer a selection of salads, cooked meats and fish either with or without sauces and range of potatoes/ rices. There was also plenty of fresh bread, pizzas and pastas. The meat and fish (particularly the roast in the evening) were very nicely cooked and there was a wide selection. A bit more differentiation between lunch and dinner would have perhaps provided a bit more variety. As it was the only difference was a paella style dish at lunch which was exchanged for a roast meat for dinner. The availability of food was excellent with the staff constantly replacing dishes as they ran low.
As part of the all inclusive package you get one visit to the a la carte restaurant. This is a nicely designed restaurant with a good setting and more importantly very good food. Considering it was a "free" meal i wasnt expecting that much but was pleasantly surprised by the standard and presentation of the food. 4 courses, wine and a free cocktail all included. This was a welcome change from the buffet style restaurant and definitely recommended.
Despite snacks being available in the bars between meals we were never hungry so i cant comment on these. The ice cream 'service' was merely little pots which you could help yourself to. I didnt particularly like them but my wife enjoyed the chocolate flavour.
The pool bars served everything in plastic glasses which is sensible given the wind that whips through the place. The soft drinks were fine and there was slush puppy style iced drinks available as well.
The beer on tap was cruzcampo one of my favourite continentals lagers so that was fine. The wine was also ok although not to my personal taste . The free cava was very nice.
Aside from some in the pool bars who need to learn to smile, the service was great. The lobby bar staff and reception staff were very friendly, polite and helpful.
However, the real praise must go to the restaurant staff who were excellent. Very friendly, helpful and always seemed in control despite a fair amount going on around them.
Whilst we both really enjoyed this hotel, we probably wont come back just because of its remote location and the lack of sights in the surrounding area. However, if we got a good deal and were just looking for a relaxing time then i would consider this hotel again.
- Also Known As:
- Sandos San Blas Hotel Reserva Ambiental And Golf
- Sandos San Blas Nature Resort & Golf Tenerife/San Miguel De Abona
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- Set on the beach of a beautiful nature reserve, this unique hotel provides a wide range of activities based around nature and tradition as well as boasting luxurious facilities and sleek design. ... more less
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