Great Hotel , Lovely Island A review of La Palma Princess & Teneguia Princess
We went to La Palma Princess the last week of January and we had great time!
For honesty's sake I should say that it was exceptionally warm and sunny that week. The people that arrived the week after us started their holiday in very stormy weather.
We booked through Neckermann.
The Rooms: The photos on the hotel's website are completely truthful: they're very large, with a sitting corner. The bathroom is of a very good size too, with a shower big enough to contain 2 persons (3 if they're thin). Both bathroom and room were clean.
We booked a sea view room.
The Food: For breakfast you had a choice of either going to the early bird breakfast (7.30-10 ) was very ample (2 types of sausages, black pudding, different types of scrambled eggs, lots of fresh fruit)with pancakes made before your eyes. The only missing thing was fresh orange juice. The late breakfast (9-11) was served by the pool, with a wonderful view over the Atlantic Ocean. This breakfast was a bit more limited, and could best be described as continental, but again with a lot of fruit. However you could go to the chef and ask for eggs and bacon.
Dinner was an ample, more or less resort style, buffet, with some Spanish influence, and show cooking. If you stayed at the La Palma Princess you could also eat à la carte at no extra charge, which we did one evening. The food at the à la carte restaurant " La Vita" was a lot more Spanish. Unfortunately there was no one else in the restaurant and the interior is not really cosy, so I wouldn't recommend eating à la carte in low season. The service however was impeccable.
The Facilities: The pools were clean and there is one outside heated pool. Mind you, on some websites is claimed that the hotel has an indoor swimming pool: this is not true. There is a hydro jet circuit at the spa, which you had to pay for if you stayed at the Teneguia Princess. Also two of the hydro jet stations had broken down.
There's also a sauna, a hammam and something in between (moister than in the sauna, yet more easily breathable than the hammam). The only thing that's annoying there is that, even though you're required to wear a bathing suit in these rooms, quite some people take their sauna or hammam in the nude. This is absolutely ridiculous, since there's a special place reserved for naturists, including a sauna.
The massages are very good though, with the girls being very discrete.
There were some activities being organised but the best thing to do on La Palma is going hiking. We went with Natour and we enjoyed al three walks. Not all of them are suited for people with a fear of heights, but the enchanted forest walk was truly amazing (you're walking in a subtropical rainforest). Wonderful !!!
The only problem here is the hotel's location, since it's very far from everything. So if you go with an organised bus you have to ride 2 hours to go and then 2 hours back.
One last word of caution, since I've noticed on this website that it can be a problem for some people: In low season most of the guest are German and in high season Spanish (this for most of La Palma). So if you're not of one of these nationalities and you have a distinct preference to be with people of your own nationality, you'd probably want to search for another location. It would be a shame though, since La Palma is truly "La Isla Bonita"!