Review: Sandos San Blas Resort Tenerife
After a tumultuous few months, we were very keen to have a break. We booked our holiday to the Sandos San Blas Resort via British Airways and decided after past long- haul family trips away to Australia, Thailand and South Africa, we would opt for somewhere a little closer. We flew into Tenerife South Airport from London Gatwick, which was approximately a 4 hour flight. The earthy-toned toned Sandos San Blas, is nestled in front of the mountains and is a short, easy drive away.
The hotel is based in a nature reserve and is situated right on the coast. It has a peaceful feel due to the tropical greenery. It is in a fairly remote location – for those that wish to get away from it all. There are a couple of nice little villages (San Blas and Los Abrigos) within walking distance of the hotel. Reaching San Blas involves walking up some fairly steep steps, which are not buggy friendly. You do get to do some plane spotting as the hotel is in the flight path for South Tenerife Airport. However, we didn’t find this an annoyance and hardly noticed the planes.
There are a variety of room styles, including suites with a balcony or terrace which come with two bathrooms and a separate lounge area, deluxe twin rooms with balcony or terrace, and rooms with sea views. Be aware that lower level rooms can be unlocked from the inside by pulling on the handle.
All rooms have mini fridges and tea and coffee making facilities.
Family friendly facilities
We opted for a suite, and put the cot in the living area of the room. This meant we could sit on our balcony or watch TV without disturbing our little one. The suite had a kettle, a mini bar fridge, free WiFi, and a bath as well as other standard room facilities. The curtains were properly lined black out curtains which really helped! The balcony was very safe and had some colourful sun loungers on which perfectly caught the afternoon sun, whilst our little one napped.
The resort is vast with 5 pools and 2 restaurants. The Sandos Blas has a conservational ethos with an environmental reserve and a boating lake. With its muted earthy tones the hotel seems to blend in with the landscape. The hotel has several pools including 3 kids pools, although the umbrellas could sometimes be of a short supply. One of the really great things about this hotel is that they are pretty strict on sun-bed reservations. It was very refreshing to have a leisurely breakfast and not have to rush out fearing no sun beds would be left.The sea is just a short stroll away, just at the edge of the resort. It is a pebble beach immediately by the hotel, but sandy beaches can be found. There is a small shop on site which sells swim nappies and some other basic sundries.
There is a kids’ club for children aged 4-12 with daily activities such as face painting, gardening, climbing, archaeology, fishing, recycling workshop etc, which are held at various points around the resort. The kids’ club is open every day from 10 to 1pm and then again from 3 to 7pm, but as A was not quite two we couldn’t use it. We did make use of the fantastic kids playground though. There is also the option of going kayaking on the lake. We walked around the lake (which is only 1m deep) but spent most of our time in one of the pools or at the playground- her two favourite activities! She even joined in with the aqua aerobics!
Food wise, we ate all inclusively which meant mostly eating at the buffet restaurant but entitled us to a night at the gourmet restaurant too. All the food choices were vast. The buffet wasn’t exceptional and sadly fresh fruit was hard to find, however we never had a problem finding something to eat as can sometimes be the case. Tea and coffee is from machines in the restaurant but fresh coffee and tea is available from the lobby or the bar. The breakfast buffet was from 07.30 to 10.30, lunch from 13.00 til 15.00 and dinner from 19.15 til 21.30. This we found a bit of an issue as A normally eats at midday and then at 5 pm, so the timings were a little late for us. We made sure she ate a big breakfast and had plenty of snacks to keep her going. Occasionally we would pop to the supermarket and pick something up for her there. The staff were very accommodating when we needed milk and always gave us a large full carton to take with us and store in the room fridge. The was a great help and saved us having to ask for her bottle to be filled every time.
The restaurants had the white Ikea high chairs and we never had a problem securing one.
The staff here were very welcoming and sensitive to small children’s needs. The suites fridges were very convenient too. It would be helpful if the meal times were adjusted slightly to accommodate those with small families too and some fresh fruit would be appreciated too. Overall, we had an enjoyable visit and our toddler enjoyed the playground and the pools immensely.