I don’t know about you but to me August always feels like the quietest month of the year. Probably because everyone attempts to escape the somewhat indecisive English weather for a full blown holiday in the blazing sun, somewhere exotic. I definitely fall into that category. My sister and I decided to take a week off from life and travel to the Canary Islands for some down time. Neither of us had been to Tenerife before but i’d heard good things and it ticked the boxes; sun, pool, bars and of course you can’t go on a European summer holiday without going to a waterpark. Once we had narrowed down our search to Playa las Americas, we had to choose a hotel. Have you ever spent hours searching booking.com or Trivago, seeking out the best deals? It can be so time consuming. We did know one thing, in the height of the school holidays an adult only hotel was a must.
We came across Tigotan (pronounced Tig-o-tan) Lovers and Friends hotel originally on Teletext. Can you believe that’s still a thing? Rather unconventional in this day and age but I came across it whilst doing a Google search. Unfortunately they weren’t able to offer us a competitive price as advertised on their site, so we booked it direct with the hotel instead and it was very reasonable with the half board option.
Tip: Contact the hotel you're planning to stay in directly as you may find that they have cheaper rates/deals than some holiday providers.
I think we were pretty much sold as soon as we saw the images and we certainly weren’t disappointed on arrival. We were greeted by the friendly staff and were handed a glass of champagne whilst we waited in the queue to check in… bonus! The hotel had been newly renovated and they did a great job. It had all of the facilities you could ask for. There were two different pools (an infinity pool on the roof top) plus 3 hot tubs, bars, restaurants, a spa complete with gym and a games room just incase you didn’t have enough to occupy yourself with. The only caveat I would throw in is that the hotel was about 80% couples. The name kind of gives it away but i just want to set expectations as we thought there’d be more ‘friends’ or ‘families’. Towards the end of the holiday i felt like I was missing out! But seriously a fantastic hotel if you’re heading to Tenerife, especially for those couples.
Above all of the things I’ve just listed out though, what really made our stay was the fantastic animation team who provided entertainment morning, day and night. Yes at some points it was like living in a really weird dream (like the crazy wedding we were guests at by the poolside on our first day) but they’re the things that made it memorable. Just some of the things on offer included; Pilates and yoga classes, pool parties inc. foam, a game of Simon Says (be prepared to wiggle your bum in front of the whole hotel of guests), fashion shows, cocktail making, soul singers, DJ sessions and a gladiator show. Cami, Raul and Francisco were so friendly and full of energy – they never failed to make us laugh or get us involved.
As you can probably imagine with all that craziness going on at the hotel we hardly found a minute (or a need) to leave. But when we did decide to venture out for a walk or to explore it has to be said the location was perfect. Only 10 minutes from the main shopping centre where you’ll find some classics such as Hard Rock Cafe, a 15 minute walk to the beach but also only a 10 minute walk to the strip if you’re heading on a night out. We couldn’t have asked for more really!
As the summer evenings now draw to a close, I’m dreaming of where my next holiday will be. Perhaps a little winter getaway, or better yet a winter sun getaway. What a perfect time to escape for a little more vitamin D! Who knows, maybe I’ll be back to Tenerife sooner than I think. Where will you go?