Vincci Seleccion La Plantacion del Sur
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Avoid the weekends
My husband and I stayed at the Vincci for a week and upon arrival were delighted to find we had been upgraded to a suite. Some of the service though was patchy - the turn down services didn't always happen and our mini-bar wasn't always restocked. The pool restaurant was overpriced for very average food and over the weekend space on the sun terraces was really limited. The location of the hotel is good in as much as you are away from the excesses of Las Americas but there is very little to do in Adeje and little in the way of quality shopping - that said it is ideal for a week of sun but is not quite up to five star standards yet
Well worth a visit
We spent a week in April at the Plantacion hotel in a standard twin-bed room on half board.
The hotel is located on a fairly steep hill in a built up area but once inside the boundaries of the property the presence of other buildings is neither intrusive nor distracting. The hotel is as yet too new to show any signs of normal wear and tear and generally everything seemed to be working and in excellent order.There are uninterrupted views of the sea from almost any point within the complex. The sea is about one kilometre away as the crow flies but to get there entails a much longer trip. There is very little of interest to see and do within comfortable walking distance of the hotel.
Our bedroom and bathroom were both large, very well equipped with good quality furnishings, excellent lighting, plenty of mirrors, ample storage space and good seating. The beds were firm but comfortable. There was a problem with the shower - the door did not fully seal the shower cubicle and it was easy for water to seep underneath and flood the bathroom floor. The room safe is operated using the plastic door 'keys' and for anyone who is especially sensitive about security it is easy to program the safe to operate using a credit/bank card. There was the usual overpriced minibar as found in most hotels with bottled water being particularly expensive. The flat screen TV receives some BBC and Sky programmes but reception was often intermittent. Guests can use the TV screen to check their accounts and keep track of spending in the hotel. The balcony faced the sea and had good quality furniture. Overall we found the accommodation to be of a high standard, comfortable and very convenient to use.
The pool(s) and garden areas are attractively set out but they do become crowded during peak times and there are probably not enough sun loungers for everyone when the hotel is full. There is a small pool bar and snack area which can quickly become overloaded at lunch times. The hotel has very good spa and gym facilities.
Breakfast and dinner were served buffet style with some items being cooked to order. There was a wide range of dishes from which to choose with those at breakfast seeming to be of a more consistent quality than those at dinner which sometimes looked a little 'tired' possibly because they had been left on the hotplate too long. In general we would say that the food was better than the average holiday hotel but it was not up to five star standards.
All the members of staff we encountered were friendly and helpful although it was obvious that some were still feeling their way in this new venture. The general level of service varied from very good to fair e.g. the receptionists were very good and informative but the poolside staff sometimes left it to quite late in the morning before clearing away empty glasses etc. It did seem at times as if the hotel was understaffed.
At the end of our week we had a good feeling about this hotel - it was comfortable and relaxing As a holiday hotel and in terms of situation, layout, accommodation, facilities etc. we feel that the Plantacion probably deserves a five star rating but the food and overall service are not yet up to the same standards.
Absolutely perfect for relaxing vacation
We're still here and feel compelled to write a review to rave about this gem of a place... the hotel is fantastic with plenty of space for all their guests and obviously with it being a brand new hotel they have experienced some teething problems but if you are looking for a beautifully furnished, quiet and relaxing holiday then this is definitely the place for you.
We booked into a superior room and were amazed at the size of the room and the adjoining bathroom. Our room has two large twin beds, a very comfortable sofs-bed, and a very large balcony with views across the swimming pools and out to sea.
The hotel is built on a hill that rises above all the other hotels in the area so the view is never likely to be obscured. According to the staff, every room in the hotel has a sea-view.
We spent Wednesday on a tour with Aby, the hotel entertainment manager and he drove us up to the Teide Volcano - the whole day was magnificent with a picnic provided and his amazing knowledge of the area and history. He was a delightful companion for the day and showed us some amazing sights. If you have seen the recent Saab advert where they drive along the road with clouds below in the background... well I could swear it was filmed on the road up to Teide! Amazing!
We reached 3500 m and the views around the volcano are stunning. We went for a walk around the base - there is a cable to the top but we decided to miss that as the views from the base were just as stunning.
The Champions League semi finals were on this week and the hotel arranged for a showing in one of the conference rooms - the atmosphere was great with both Spanish and English guests rooting for the two teams - the hotel provided snacks and drinks and the whole evening was good fun - particularly as we don't usually have the slightest interest in football!
The food in the buffet is presented well with a good variety each evening... and okay, it isn't cordon bleu but quite frankly, when on vacation, I prefer plain and filling to fancy and spicy... if you want something more special there is also an al a carte restaurant on site... as for lunch, who needs lunch after the huge breakfast provided every morning... they provide everything you could possibly want and more - the pancakes are made fresh to order, with bananas or strawberries... yum!
Overall, I can't fault this hotel - the staff are friendly if you make the effort to speak to them, the pools are clean and the gardens lovely - the rooms are huge and the hotel is full of quiet corners where you can sit and contemplate. We just wish we had booked for two weeks instead of one.
We pre-booked a shuttle to and from the hotel and considering we arrived after midnight, were pleasantly surprised to find the guy patiently waiting for us. We were taken to our hotel and booked in with no hesitation and shown to our room with an enquiry whether we needed any food or drink...
This hotel is just going to get better and better as they become more established!
Ups and Downs
Visited over Easter 2006
- Nice location
- Sea Views
- Excellent size rooms with beautiful furnishings
- Superb bathrooms and showers
- Best selection of bathroom freebies I've seen
- Friendly and attentive staff
- It's new, so everything pristine.
- Very clean
- Nice outside pool areas
- Excellent kids club
- Hard to find (website directions are wrong)
- Food no better than average. Not as good as other 5 star hotels I've stayed in.
- Service sporadic, mainly because of understaffing I'd say. Lunch time particularly difficult.
- Couldn't get mini bar stocked up depite several requests.
- Space around pool a little tight at busy times.
- Pools not heated.
Overall, a very nicely presented hotel, which is only let down by quality of food (not terrible - just not great) and a few staffing issues. May well improve with time, and I wouldn't let any of this put you off if visiting the area.
5 star facilities, inconsistant service and food
We booked La Plantacion fairly late through a well-know late-availability website as it offered a substantial saving on the room. Our first hurdle was finding the place - the motorway exit numbers on their website don't tally with the ones on the signs so although it should take around 20 minutes from Tenerife South it took us considerably longer. Plus the postcode isn't right so the ViaMichelin directions were wrong and the phone number just the Vincci hotels booking line so they couldn't help either.
However, once we did arrive we were greeted with champagne, canapes and a voucher for a free spa treatment which were all much appreciated. The reception staff were first class for our whole stay and knew that the directions and the phone number on the website were wrong.
The standard rooms are huge and have a private balcony with very comfortable sunloungers and a view of La Gomera. The bathroom was also bigger than some city-centre hotel rooms with a very hi-tech shower, a tub big enough for two and all the usual toiletries. And more!
The grounds and pools are lovely but you have to get up early to bag a space on one of the six daybeds around the small lap pool! What stopped us giving this place 5 stars was the patchy service in the restaurant and pool bar: it as either fabulous or lacklustre. Some members of staff were either totally on-the-ball while others preferred to leave you to your own devices until they really had to. They seemed to struggle on the weekend where didn't seem to be enough staff to cope with the influx of guests. As a new hotel it felt like they were still trying to find their feet a little and get a strong team together.
As with the service, we also found the food a little patchy. Breakfasts were huge, with a great selection of fresh fruits, cheeses and charcuterie, juices, cereals, pastries and a chef to prepare your fry-up. The pool bar menu was standard international fare - burgers, chicken sandwiches and a caesar salad which wasn't really a caesar salad. Evening meals can either be taken in the buffet or the a la carte restaurant; we opted for the former on the first night due to sheer exhaustion and didn't find it terribly good value at 36 Euros each (plus drinks) given the quality of the mains. Much better to head down to the sea front and take your pick from the numerous resturants - for fresh seafood the Restaurante Terraza on Playa Fanabe is highly recommended. It's packed every night, there are no touts trying to get you in and it's very good value.
Despite the gripes my husband and I both enjoyed our stay immensely and it represented good value for money. It's not quite up to the 5 star service you get at somewhere like the Andaman, but it's early days yet and as a place to chill out it can't be faulted. We'd definitely consider going back (we know who to find it now!) but would probably give the buffet restaurant a miss. There is also a jazz club in the basement and occaisional live music which may either disturb your sleep or keep you entertained.
Spent an appalling week in this hotel over Christmas 2005. Hotelbeds.com had booked us in and the hotel had not long opened. Even so, the rooms we had booked weren't available. The rooms we were given lacked functioning air conditioning and repeatedly flooded when the shower was used. The room TV's failed to work and they could not seem to fix them. Most of the facilities advertised were not available during our stay. The pools were unheated, the spa facilities were limited (no female masseuse for the women and no treatments!), and the pool bar couldn't even manage to produce a cocktail. The food in the hotel restaurant was dire and almost identical "fast food" every day. There was repeated recycling of leftovers from breakfast to dinner and back to breakfast, until the fruit, for example went dry (but was still being offered). There was sporadic building work. The advertised entertainment programme failed to materialise. The staff were, with one or two exceptions, surly and unhelpful. This was, quite simply, the worst holiday I have ever had. I would advise strongly that you consider an alternative hotel.
Just returned from a 5 day break in Vincci La Plantacion. Couldn't find any reviews on the hotel before we left but thought that we'd risk it given that it only opened in December. We certainly weren't disappointed. The hotel is beautifully designed, the furnishings are superb and the views are stunning. Our junior suite was first class; the gardens, pools and spa are probably the best we've seen. The hotel's "a la carte" restaurant is well worth a visit as are the seafood restaurants down by the beach. Can't wait to return.
It's already been said..........
I have just come back from 2 days at the La plantacion and I totally agree with what has already been said. It is a genuine 5 star property with service to match.
I recently travelled to the Vincci La Plantacion on a last minute package deal with a well known UK premium tour operator. The hotel is brand new (opened in December 05) and beautiful - dotted around the common areas are pieces of Indonesian-style furniture and sculptures that complement the stylish decor. My room was fantastic - I stayed in a junior suite with a four-poster bed, two plasma TVs, and one of the best showers I have experienced in years of travelling.
As the hotel is on a hill just behind the beachfront hotels in Costa Adeje it has uninterrupted views of the coast and of La Gomera (on a clear day). The only downside is occasional noise from the road circling the hill, although this was hardly noticeable most of the time.
During my stay the hotel was quite empty so there wasn't much of an atmosphere although I would imagine this will be changing as the hotel becomes more popular.
I had a spa treatment included in my package and really enjoyed it, although in general treatments are quite expensive.
There's a bit of a walk down the hill to get to the central area of Costa Adeje and we ended up hiring a car for a few days to explore the island. This came in handy in the evenings to venture further afield although we could have done without it if we had been happy to eat in the resort or in other hotels.
In all we had a relaxing stay in a great new hotel. Looks like Tenerife is doing the right things to tempt a more upmarket tourist. I would definitely return to this hotel and recommend it to others!
What a wonderful hotel!
We have just returned from a long weekend at the wonderful Vincci La Plantacion hotel on the Costa Adeje in Tenerife. This hotel is pure 5* luxury and having very recently opened (in December 2005), the hotel is in beautiful condition and all the facilities are brand new.
The hotel is only 15/20 minutes from the airport, and once inside the hotel with its wonderful spa, gym, 4 restaurants and 5 pools, there really is no reason to leave the hotel all weekend! We did venture to a local fishing village 10 minutes away for a great seafood dinner, so for anyone wanting 5* luxury and a taste of local life, this really is the perfect place to stay.
The staff are incredibly helpful, and as the hotel is just starting to establish its client base, there are lots of lovely extras thrown in to make sure you have the best possible stay. We were lucky enough to be greeted on arrival with champagne, were given a free evening meal and lunch and had our room upgraded to a Junior Suite, with perfect sea views which was absolutely fabulous.
This is the best hotel we have ever stayed in and was absolutely brilliant value - we paid £280 per person for two nights' accommodation and flights with BA from London Gatwick. We thoroughly recommend this hotel and hope to be returning within the next couple of months.
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