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... at once and I felt totally relaxed and possibly just begining to wonder what was over the next hill.
We are now back at our recently acquired home in Eastbourne, close to our latest grandson and family. The Canaries trip proved a good test for further trips but I'm told the need for realism in planning a more appealing and adventurist journey is needed; such realism restricts my instincts.As you all know dreams can come true and occasionally do.
... I hope I get to go back someday.
So as to what I did, I am probably not going to say much on this because a picture is worth a thousand words. But I will tell you about he boat trip I took on a Catamaran to whale and dolphin watch was so beautiful it was practically spiritual. Apparently, this type of boat is very popular with the dolphins so they come right up to the boat to play in the wake made by the pontoons. I swear, they ...
... out beside our bed...I could actually see his individual eyeballs. It was gross. I thought about putting a glass over him and leaving him for the maid to deal with but decided to try and remedy the situation myself while Mike helpfully asked if I'd like him to help me from somewhere in the vicinity of the hallway. I declined and whacked Señor Cucamunga with a flip flop. In retrospect a boot would have been a better idea because I then had to step on the flip flop to finish ...
... castles dating back to the 1400's and new buildings with beautiful facades, it didn't feel like an island at all. This is the playground for Europeans to enjoy beach weather for summer holiday. With temps in the 60's, most people had on winter coats and hats! The wind was sharp coming off the water and the top deck of the bus nippy but it was the best place for pictures.
You'll see the bus rails or people in most of the ...
... track of all the nautical miles we’ve done and we needed 2,634 to make our grand total reach an impressive 100,000. How many had we done? Unbelievably, we’d sailed a total of 2,624. I could not believe it… we were only 10 miles short. 10 miles!! So we’ve done a total of 99,990 nautical miles and will have to wait until our next cruise to reach our milestone. :-(
We had a decent breakfast in the Palms ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Bahia Flamingo Puerto de Santiago
Who gave it a 3* Rating?
Booked the Bahia Flamingo as a last minute holiday and sounded good from the spec but definitely not a 3* hotel. Woke a very surprised German in the middle of the night when we arrived as they have given us both the same room. We were moved and given a very poky room but it did have a comfy double bed just a shame the sheets on it were for a single. The hotel does look nice from the outside as it was recently renovated and it has a nice view, but there is a constant smell of drains everywhere in the hotel and the pool was not cleaned once while we were there. The food was poor, breakfast was served cold (even the cooked full English) but they kindly put a microwave in the dining room just in case you like your food warm. We both had dodgy tummies after eating there so gave it up as a bad job and had some fantastic meals out. Good for drinks during the day but don't expect any on a night unless the minimum queue of 30mins is your idea of fun. Had a pathetic shower not enough pressure to make it drip but complained and maintenance turned up the water pressure and all was fixed, seems they think we use too much water so keep turning it down to see if you notice!! The area is good though, would definitely go back but would not stop in this hotel, Very basic would give it 1*
Basic and friendly hotel - poor food
Having just returned from a last minute holiday at the Bahia Flamingo, I thought I should share my experiences.
The location of the hotel is Playa de la Arena and is only about a 5 minute walk from the black sandy beach. It is in direct view of the coast and separated from the coastline by a road. This is not a terribly busy road, but the odd excitable driver can be heard.
It is approximately a 30-40 minute walk to Los Gigantes, but this does involves walking up a couple of steep hills. In fact the whole area is built on peaks and troughs. However, most of the slopes are very minor, and people seemed to manage very easily. I would not recommended it for less mobile visitors.
The area attracts an older visitor than that of Los Christianos and Playas Las Americas. This was reflected by the age of the guests at our hotel. Although there were people from all ages, the majority could definitely not be classed as party animals. This also meant that nobody was lining the streets trying to sell us scratch cards etc.
The hotel is built in a U-shape with a pool in the centre. The sea view can be seen from the pool side and the balconies.
While we were there (Nov) the sun didn't cover the whole pool area until the afternoon. This was quickly spotted by the motivated guests who liked to reserve the sunny spot at the side of the pool. This was not a problem as there was plenty of space, but I think it would be a problem for those wanting to sit beside the pool during peak season. It should be noted that the pool was very clean.
The hotel was maintained to a high standard and the staff were very friendly and helpful. There is a safe in each room and this costs 22 euros for 7 days (+ 5 euro deposit). There was a maid service every day that provided clean towels and made the beds.
The food in the hotel was very disappointing. We managed to eat well for two nights, but as the food was always the same, eating out was the only option. Thankfully there are some decent restaurants within walking distance (however is there a need for 3 mexican restaurants next door to each other?). I think it would be impossible to eat at the hotel each night - especially if you were on holiday with children.
We were on an All Inclusive, but this only covered drinks (meals were also included). No snacks etc were included. In addition, it was quite common to find the pool bar unattended. However, when it was attended, the staff were very pleasant.
The evening entertainment was poor. In fact, on the last night we were 'entertained' by arguably the worst singer I have ever heard. However, during the week we were treated to an excellent entertainer, so maybe the rubbish entertainer won't last too long. If I was a sceptic I would have thought the management wanted the AI guests to leave and drink elsewhere.
I had a very enjoyable time holiday whilst staying at this hotel. However this does not mean that I couldn't pick faults with the Bahia Flamingo.
Fun at the bahia flamingo
Had a last minute holiday to the bahia at the end of august. We had agreat week. The rooms basic but clean. Maids every day except sunday. We were all inclusive, and there was a good choice of food for everyone. I'm a chef and not so easy to please but i found the food good. All the staff were very friendly and helpful. We had a poolside room which didn't have a seaview, but that was better for us as we didn't fancy running up and down all the stairs if we needed anything. Plus the bar was just a steps away too. The only thing wrong was there was no crisps or icecream inbetween meals and they were expensive from the bar. The entertainment was ok. The entertainment manager PEDRO was ace. Very funny and friendly, join in his games. Its all good fun. Say hi to him from maddog. Would reccomend it, but only for a week. The lifeguards around the pool are good too, they actually do their job and watch out for dangers. Enjoy your rholiday we did.
Another positive comment...
Read a review about a "shower tray"....maybe the bathrooms have been modernised as well BECAUSE me and my friend had a room in the middle of the hotel which was one of the smallest (but still an average hotel room, nothing lacking)...and that had a new looking bath and on the wall shower. Not just a shower cubicle. Our friends had end of block rooms which were HUGE in comparison, and they also had a shower and bath...as well as extra sections, almost like a mini appartment. No air conditioning, although the overhead spinning fan cooled us down a lot and room had double curtains to keep the sun out at peak times as well.
You've probably read previous reviews rambling on about having "no fridge" but why would you need one? Noone would stay in the room all day as it was so gorgeous outside...the waiters would immediately bring you water and wine and the pool bar OPEN ALL DAY served icy cold drinks? Anyone who moans about not having a fridge, needs to rethink why they have actually gone on holiday. I suggest they stay at home, put up a camp bed in their kitchen and stop writing confusing reviews that just worry people before they travel. Voila!!
I admit, it wasnt the Hilton, but as its wasnt called "the Hilton 7*" i didnt expect it to be. I have seen a larger food selection in some hotels, but that was almost to the point of being ridiculous - i.e ice cream for breakfast (suitable for most children though!).
The Bahia Flamingo is totally fun for anyone.
I booked a last min trip for my wife, myself my 2 year old grandaughter. I was not expecting perfection, but this was the worst hotel I had stayed in. We booked out after 3 days. There is no management in place. At breakfast on the first morning (0730 -1000) we arrived at 0940. What was left was not replaced. There was a long line for tea & coffee (most using bowls as there were no cups) at 1000 I asked the waitress (only 2 working) for a cup and was told ''1000 all finished'' everything had been removed. I complained to reception and was told that my complaint would be given to the manager. The food lacked imagination or variety. As this hotel does All inclusive the drinks are served in the smallist glasses possible (even if you are paying) on Sunday night at about 2215 I asked for a coffe and Brandy. No coffee no Brandy. When thay realised I would pay, I could have what I wanted. The pool (for children) was freezing and dirty. I had to repair the shower and the flush every day. On the Monday morning I booked myself another hotel. When I checked out at reception I enquired if there was an answer from the manager I was told 'No, but he is hardly ever here', when I said that I was going to complain I was told 'you will not be the first'
Over all a disgusting hotel
Good location, mediocre food
I had read bad reviews of this hotel after I had booked a last-minute holiday there and was worried about this. I tried to change the hotel as a result but was unable to.
The hotel, considering the price paid, was above average. The room was clean and spacious with a wonderful balcony overlooking the pool and the sea.
The food, which was included in the price, was mediocre. The reviewers were right that food was left there from the start of dinner to the end and therefore we decided to go when the restaurant opened so that the food would be fresh. It was far from inedible and the staff were friendly.
If you didn't want to eat in the restaurant, there was plenty of choice in the surrounding area. We visited a selection, for 3 or 4 days during our week's stay, in the immediate vicinity and were not disappointed.
The hotel was, for us, is in the ideal place - away from the noise of the centre of Playa las Arenas but within walking distance of the beach, shops and restaurants etc.
We were pleasantly surprised, considering the reviews we had read beforehand, with the hotel and would be happy to visit it again.
One of my best holidays
When we arrived at the Hotetur Bahia Flamingo we found out that they were not expecting us due to Expedia not sending out the information. The hotel was also fully booked. However the hotel quickly found us another hotel (which was also of high quality) until a room was available. They also paid the taxi fares to and from the hotels.
The customer service was excellent at the hotel and nothing was too much trouble for them.
Our rooms were kept clean and we had fresh clean towels everyday, which we certainly needed due to the hot weather. The only thing we thought we could do with was a fridge to keep drinks cold.
It was lovely to have a balcony in our room and we had a lovely view of the pool and the sea.
The food was also excellent and they had something there for everyone. The restaurant was kept nice and clean and the staff there were very friendly. All in all it was a very enjoyable holiday and I would recommend it to everyone.
This was one of my best holidays at one of the most awful hotels!
I booked this at the last minute for a fortnight last 2 weeks February 2004.
Good flight if travelling alone contact La Mar mini bus for transfer to hotel 22E contrast to taxi 40-45 E, you can also book them for return, you will find them as you arrive displaying a placard or see their mini bus outside.
I managed to book a bus transfer for the return at 15E a friend I met on holiday actually used this service and it was so unreliable that she missed her flight and basically Sun Med did not care less and were really quite rude and tried to blame the customer who fortunately had independent witnesses who were prepared to confirm it was Sun Meds fault it was a bit ugly and very unnecessary so you have been warned.
Arrived at hotel had to wait 1.5 hours for room to be ready which seemed about average, eventually when I got to my room which I paid a huge supplement for as a single traveller no lock on door, no safe. It took about 4 hours to be sorted.
The shower was a nightmare it just flooded everywhere all the bathroom and the bedroom as there was no proper tray, the manager promised to get it sorted but I will never know.
The Restaurant huge tip, don't go in the food is diabolical. Eating out in resort Others recommend Sunflowers but we did not eat there but others rate it highly.
Barcelo Hotel up the hill amazing food, huge buffet, I think around 12E for dinner and 6E for breakfast.
Thai Chinese just up the road great place to eat, ate there several times always had the special 6E well recommended.
Pizza/Steak bar 1 or 2 doors down from Thai great food.
The Bar/Restaurant just down from Pilgrims Bar cant remember its name it's a long name on a beige sign with black or brown writing I think it's a German name (it has high beer kegs for table in the centre of the bar) This bar does excellent late night snacks.
Don't bother Taurus Steak Bar and the Italian next to Pilgrims Bar not good food I was ill for 1 day after Taurus!
Puerto Santiago 2.50-3E taxi Eating out for the most amazing meal go to Beeches, you will probably have to book and they are closed on Fridays.
The restaurant is owned by Billy and Sonia ex pats and nice. Above the Courtyard Bar.
Eating out on the cheap try the Aberdeen Angus Steakhouse great steaks for 4-5E Entertainment Try the Courtyard great varied entertainment nightly Toby and the staff are very friendly. Catch Old Dogs New Tricks the band Tuesdays 11 pm and Tuesday 10 pm, Jill has the most amazing voice and is well worth a listen.
Los Giganties 1E bus and 3E Taxi Eating out great roast Wednesday and Sunday either 6 or 9E at the Harbour Club, other reviews for LG cite restaurants near the harbour.
Entertainment has to be TJ's great friendly bar with nightly entertainment 2 or 3 acts nightly again catch Old Dogs New Tricks the duo. Do not miss Ms Joanne Love it is an experience.
Highland Paddy 3 is also an excellent alternative to TJ's lots of tribute acts.
Getting around by bus, buy a roaming ticket 12E from the gift shop/bureau de change down in the centre of the resort, you will save at least one third on fares.
You can walk to PS and LG it's not that far but it is very, very hilly you will need to be fit. Some visitors found walking to the resort centre a bit too hilly.
The food and entertainment is rubbish in the hotel if you accept this and are prepared to spend a little more on food and getting around, you will have a great time as there are some excellent alternatives to the hotel.
I went on holiday alone and met some great people and I had a brilliant holiday which made up for the hotel. I love Tenerife it's a great island, if it's your first time in Tenerife get out and see the island Playa de la Arena is very pretty but dead and if you judge the island on this resort and/or hotel you will probably never return which is a shame as parts of Tenerife are great.
I hope this review helps and you have a great holiday.
Do not eat !!!!!
The hotel is correct... but do not eat there ! The food is ugly, and I sppeak in healthy term : ice cream box not clean, food from the day before (even chips)... Be careful !!!!
Definitely not a 3 star hotel - 2 star more like
poor standard for a 3 star hotel; although they are doing building/renovating work currently - gives a nice additional noise.
slightly seedy and grubby round the edges; broken/chipped tiles in the bathrooms, limescaled taps etc. we went half-board - breakfast not too bad if you like your fried eggs cooked several hours before, and your white coffee out of a machine which dispensed more water than anything else. but evening meal was very low quality - either lumps of meat congealing in sauce, or selection of same old salad stuff everyday; and they have a problem with their dishwasher, crockery and glasses were not particularly clean. and no fridges in either the dining rooms or the bedrooms, so no cold drinks.
resort itself very nice; we have been before and will go again. but we will NOT be staying in this hotel thank you.