Sometimes I crave an exotic adventure, and other times I desperately want a week lazing on a beach and at those times I look to Thomson for a great deal on a package holiday. If I want a hassle free holiday then Thomson or their partner company First Choice is definitely where I start looking. My favourite feature of their website is that you can leave your destination field blank when searching, letting yourself be inspired by whatever is available.
Last summer I visited the Guayarmina Princess hotel in Tenerife, as part of a Thomson package holiday. This was a half board break with a sea view room with a large balcony. I had toyed with the idea of hunting down a tiny little hotel in the back of nowhere, but when family recommended the Guayarmina Princess and we saw how close it is to the beach, we were sold. Outside of the school holidays the prices are affordable, and this was a great location for a sunny holiday.
Situated in Costa Adeje, the quieter neighbour of bustling Playa de las Americas, the Guayarmina Princess is a large hotel mere steps from the large sandy beach. I’m definitely a beach bum when I get the chance, and was up bright and early every day, having a hearty buffet breakfast in the dining hall before heading down to the beach. We walked along about 100 feet or so, past the sun loungers, and found a quiet spot. In early July the beach was well populated, but definitely not crowded. Keeping our towels and bags dry just above the tide line we were in and out of the warm sea all day.
The hotel itself has a large pool, loads of sunloungers and a decently priced bar all perched on the top of the hotel meaning you’re able to see and hear the sea, without having the busy street go past you all the time. Breakfast and dinner are a buffet in an underground dining room. Whilst the choice of food was excellent, and certain dishes (the fish and paella in particular) were incredible, there is a complete lack of atmosphere. Of course, you can quickly make up for the dining room by heading out to the beach after dinner to enjoy sunset on the shore, and maybe a sangria at a beachside cafe.
The Guayarmina Princess is around a 20-30 minute shuttle from the airport, which is a great start to a relaxing week. You cannot hear or even really see the planes from Costa Adeje so your siestas will not be disturbed. Your Thomson rep is as visible or invisible as you want them to be, which is great because whilst their advice and help is incredibly useful, I can’t always face their relentless cheer! This hotel is in the Thomson Platinum range which means aside from the additional facilities available, you’re allowed up to 20kgs for your luggage which comes in handy when you’re packing as many bottles of sun cream as I need for a week away!
Our room was of a good size, with two double beds, a small couch, desk and TV. The bathroom was a good size and had a bath which is always a plus! We didn’t spend much time in the room as the sunshine outside was just too appealling but the space was ample, the tile flooring meant it was easy to clean and the balcony was a great spot to watch the sunsets as we got ready for dinner.
Whilst staying at the Guayarmina Princess we booked one excursion which I will do another post about later. The rest of the time we enjoyed the beach, local shops and cafes and even got involved in a night of motown fun in the hotel bar.