Well, the last few weeks have been busy! Nothing unusual, just the normal daily grind of work, family and home life! This busy period was beautifully punctuated with a long weekend in Tenerife. My mum and her friend Kerry were there for a weeks holiday, so I decided to join them on the Saturday and fly home with them on the Tuesday evening. I had booked a hotel on the sea front so that I could enjoy some “me time”, leaving hubby and family at home. Hubby never minds me doing this – he enjoys the peace and quiet! And Tenerife, is just about my favourite place in the world.
Tenerife is a lovely place to visit for a long weekend for some sunshine and relaxation. There is something about stepping off of the plane that soothes me. It’s an easy 4.5 hour flight and then a short transfer into Playa De Las Americas. So, last Saturday I got the 6.45am flight out of Stansted Airport and was waiting for my baggage by 11.30am. I arrived at my hotel by mid-day and was unpacked and on the beach by 1pm. After an hour on the beach in the warm sunshine I felt like I had been there for weeks.
We didn’t actually do very much for the weekend except make the most of the beach, the sunshine and the pool during the day and the restaurants and Safari Centre in the evenings. But, this was about relaxation and sunshine so it suited perfectly. The day I arrived we spent on Troya beach. The sand was warm and the sea inviting. The beaches and sea are very clean and it was a lovely start! My hotel was literally across the road from the beach and the view from my balcony was fabulous!
That evening we strolled down to the sea front and ate at The Royal Garden Restaurant. I love this restaurant. I now know many of the staff who are very friendly. I love the setting, it’s right on the sea front, pretty and you can sit and watch the sun set and the world go by. When the sun comes down the fairy lights go on and the music starts nicely in the back ground. The food has never disappointed us and I swear that the Fillet Steak Bernaise is one of the best that I have tasted anywhere! We enjoyed our meal and enjoyed several cocktails. We stopped at a little bar “Destiny’s” on the way home for a drink and to see some other friends of ours.
I enjoyed getting home that evening. I do not find myself alone very often and for me it is something of a novelty. I brought a cold drink on my way back and sat on my balcony enjoying the night view. The music from the lively nightlife a little up the road could be clearly heard outside, but the moment the balcony doors were closed – nothing! I pottered around my room for a little while before getting into bed and putting on the news, just enjoying the quiet!
The next morning, Sunday, dawned bright and sunny and after breakfast I got settled by the pool. Mum and Kerry had made the trip into Los Cristianos to the market but I decided to give the crowds a miss. Later they met me by my pool and we spent a lovely day there. We like to relax in the sunshine for a few hours before taking a stroll and a long leisurely lunch before settling back at the pool for a few more hours sunshine and swimming. Today, we strolled towards Puerto Colon, browsing the shops and enjoying lunch at the Gran Paella Restaurant near the harbour. We have eaten here before and the food is lovely and the portions huge! It’s a popular place and seafood seems to be high on diners lists. We all had the chicken salad and it was good! On the way back I couldn’t resist the mobile Mojito van – delicious! Back to the pool we headed where we swam and enjoyed a nice cup of tea.
That evening we walked around the resort to The Safari Shopping Centre. We browsed the shops, watched the fountains and as ever it was all very pretty. We ate at The Oriental Garden where you can choose between Indian, Chinese, and Thai food. It is very pretty here and again, the food and service was lovely. We stopped at Destiny’s again on the way home for a bit of karaoke before bed beckoned.
Monday again dawned bright and sunny and down to the pool I headed. I brought a newspaper and sat on the terrace at the pool bar enjoying the quiet pace of life with a pot of tea. Today was much like the previous day, lazing by the pool with a long lunch on the sea front, a potter around the shops and back to the pool. This evening, we ate at Deborah’s, up on the cliff top towards Puerto Colon. The views from here are lovely and we ate the set 3 course menu at €9 a head. The choice was good and we all enjoyed our food with a jug of sangria. We sat for quite a while here, just enjoying the view and the music. We then headed back along the sea front and sat at The Royal Garden Restaurant enjoying a drink and some more music. It was a lovely evening.
Tuesday morning was my last morning and today was a cloudier day but still very warm. After a lie in and packing I decided to have a walk along the sea front towards Las Vistas beach. I strolled along, still enjoying the solitude and perusing the shops. I stopped for a coffee at a little restaurant that has a terrace jutting out over the sea. This part of Tenerife is just so beautiful that I never want to leave it! I went back to the pool for a few hours before it was time to shower and get ready for the trip home. By now the cloud was quite thick so I was showered and was ready a bit earlier than I usually would be. I then had an hour to pass before meeting with Mum and Kerry for our transfer. I wandered across to the monkey Bar and enjoyed a Mojito whilst looking out to sea. Heaven!
The flight home was non eventful – just over four hours from Tenerife to luton. This had only been a short trip but as ever, Tenerife didn’t let me down. I arrived back feeling rested, relaxed and with a tan. Since then it has rained and been grey but having had my tenerife fix it doesn’t bother me so much! And, the best bit is that in just 4 weeks, we will be back for a whole fortnight!!