Archive for March, 2007

The Taurito Princess, Gran Canaria

Thursday, March 15th, 2007

Taurito PrincessI visited the Taurito Princess, Gran Canaria in December 2005. Unfortunately the weather was awful so the photographs do not do the complex any justice. I wouldn’t say it was the most memorable holiday I have ever had but I’m sure it would have been lovely if the sun had been out for more than a day!

The hotel itself was lovely and clean with marble floors and a nicely decorated interior. The first thing that struck me as we drove up in the coach was its location – on the very side of a cliff. I had never seen a hotel in this sort of position before but I thought it was really cool. The good thing about this was you had a lovely sea view and you could see into the town of Taurito from most rooms.

Rooms

There are 404 rooms in the Taurito Princess spanning 11 floors. 392 of these are double rooms and 12 are larger suites. The double rooms are a reasonable size with either a double bed or two singles to choose from, they have an attractive yellow patterned overthrow with white sheets and a blanket underneath. The beds are very comfortable with a long pillow per person; additional pillows can be requested at reception if needed. Full-length curtains between the room and balcony match the bed cover decoration and help keep out the heat.

The walls are plain white with 2 art pieces hanging up and the floor is covered with shiny white tiles. The rooms are a little outdated compared to the rest of the hotel and probably more to a 3* standard but the maid comes in every morning and keeps them nice and clean. Each room has a large square shaped balcony with plastic table and chairs and due to the situation of the hotel; every room has a sea view to its right and a view of the town to its left. There are 12 suites located on floors 6 – 11.

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Special Offers at Center Parcs

Thursday, March 8th, 2007

I was looking for things to do over the Easter holidays and came across some special offers on the Center Parcs Website. The deals tend to be the weeks before and after Easter but they are offering up to 25% off some accommodation if you have flexible holidays.

I used to go to Center Parcs all the time when I was younger but the only one I really remember is Longleat Forest in Wiltshire. This one has a great swimming pool inside a glass dome and loads of activities to get involved in. They also have the most fantastic pancake house where you have the choice of many different inventions! I remember the last time I went (2 years ago) I felt the chalets needed a bit of a refurbish but they also have some newer larger chalets that have an outside hot tub and some relaxing extras.

If you do go to Center Parcs try and take bikes with you; you will need them and Center Parcs charge a lot for you to hire them. Remember to take your bike locks as well, we forgot these and had to pay about £10 for a new one.

It is best to go with a group if possible, sometimes a 1 bedroom apartment works out only about £50 cheaper than a two bedroom so you’ll definitely save if you go for more bedrooms. The chalets range from ‘comfort’ to ‘VIP’ so make sure you look at the options and see if you can get a good deal.

You can visit Center Parks for a whole week, the weekend or from Monday to Friday. Check out their website to see if you can take advantage of their special offers.

Sheraton La Caleta in Tenerife

Friday, March 2nd, 2007

My boyfriend and I decided to visit Sheraton la Caleta after we found a great Internet offer for just €90 (£60) a night. This was for the both of us and this included a buffet breakfast each morning. We stayed during June so the offer was for an off-peak season holiday but the great thing about Tenerife is that it’s warm all year round so if you can go off-peak your more likely to get a better deal. We also enjoyed the peace and quiet around the hotel and on the beach that you wouldn’t normally get during peak season.

The hotel it situated in Costa Adeje, about 10 minutes from Playas de las Americas so the entertainment is just round the corner id that’s what you’re after. The only downside is that the Sheraton la Caleta beach isn’t sandy and we had to walk along the promenade a little to find a nice spot to sunbath. However, overall I was extremely impressed with the hotel and the facilities and would definitely return if I got the chance.

Hotel

The hotel is a very unique brick red colour and almost looks like a castle due to the structure. I liked this about the hotel, I felt it had much more character than the usual white painted hotels I am use to. There are 284 guest rooms and suites in total, meeting rooms, restaurants, cafés, bars, a grand ballroom and a spa. You can probably get an idea of the size of this hotel.

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