Happy Monday everyone! Did you miss the blog last week? If so, you’ll be pleased to hear Frock Trade is back with a luxury hotel review to warm you up on this windy Autumnal day. After a busy Summer I took a week off to enjoy some rest and relaxation at the Iberostar Hotel Anthelia in Tenerife. Here’s how I spent my week….
With a giant clam shell bar, a soothing central fountain and a sleek grand piano, the lobby of the Hotel Anthelia is mesmerising. We were still in awe of its five-star grandeur as we were welcomed at reception by a friendly face offering us champagne and an efficient porter who barely let our bags touch the floor.
Our first impressions of the hotel were exceedingly positive with a thorough explanation of our surroundings plus a comprehensive guest pack filled with optional activities and menus for the hotel’s 4 restaurants. We were told our room was ‘a nice one’ and our hopes weren’t dashed as we were shown to a top floor superior double with stunning balcony and alcove window views within the hotel’s ‘Aida’ complex.
The room was bright, airy and decorated elegantly in neutral tones with a marble bathroom and seating areas both within the window alcove and outside on the balcony. Our one and only disappointment were the two single beds pushed together against an iron headboard rather than a standard double, however this appears to be the norm in most European hotels so we weren’t surprised and laughed about the prospect of getting lost between the beds (they moved of their own accord!).
After a four hour journey to the resort we needed something substantial to eat so headed straight for ‘Zeus’, the hotel’s buffet restaurant. After a long Easyjet flight nothing is more welcoming than a sea of freshly prepared cuisine from prime beef steaks to designated pasta chefs and huge antipasti selections. After helping our selves to firsts, seconds and thirds we rolled upstairs to bed feeling happy and full of carbs.
In the morning we woke to the sun glittering through our windows. The weather was scorching all week reaching highs of 30 degrees which is difficult for us Scots to comprehend in the month of October.
The Anthelia has 3 swimming pools so we weren’t struggling for a spot to cool ourselves down. The largest of the 3 is a saltwater pool looking out to the ocean where the island of La Gomera can be seen on a clear day. There are also spa facilities available at the hotel but we were reluctant to venture inside in such glorious weather and decided to make the most of the sun by exploring nearby beaches and fishing villages. We even spent a morning on a Jet Ski bouncing along the coastline, travelling to the imposing Los Gigantes cliffs and back to our nearby beach in Costa Adeje. Here I am enjoying the sunshine…..
The Hotel Anthelia is the perfect combination of five-star luxury and relaxation. There’s no stuffiness about your surroundings or the service which made us feel completely comfortable and able to enjoy our week in the sun.
We stayed for a week at the Hotel Anthelia in Tenerife from 27th September – 4th October 2013. The average cost is approximately £220 per night for bed and breakfast in September/October. We flew with Easyjet from Edinburgh Airport to Tenerife South. For more information about the Hotel Anthelia visit their website here.