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This year we visited Tenerife with my boyfriend’s family on an all inclusive holiday. We don’t usually go on all inclusive holidays and the last time we did was a cheapy in Tenerife which was a disaster as we both got food poisoning!
But this time we spent a little more to stay at the Bahia Principe Sunlight Tenerife (although we got a cracking deal!) and we were so ready for a week of doing absolutely nothing. We’d had a really busy few months at home so we were in much need of relaxation.
I’d also forgotten quite how easy booking a package holiday is, as I usually book everything separately, making my own travel arrangements for getting to each section of the trip. It was nice for a change to have everything sorted like our transfer from the airport to the hotel.
We chose the Bahia Principe Sunlight Tenerife for our holiday so read on for my review of the hotel.
The first thing you need to know about this hotel is that there are actually TWO hotels which are part of the same complex. That did cause quite a bit of confusion for me (as you know, my travel planning can be a little haphazard!) as, two days before we were due to leave, I was worried that I had booked the wrong hotel.
Turns out I had booked the right one, although it wouldn’t have really mattered as you can use all the facilities of both hotels. The other hotel is called Bahia Principe Sunlight Costa Adeje (see where the confusion came from?!).
Our hotel was slightly smaller and quieter than the other hotel and we had the choice of two pools – one heated – as well as the buffet restaurant. Every day there was yoga or stretching in the morning followed by aqua fit which I took part in a couple of times – I eased myself into it for sure!
The hotel is family friendly and also suitable for adults travelling on their own, especially outside of the school holidays.
There was plenty of space around the swimming pool for sunbathing and we found a spot which caught the sun all day. The weather was great while we were there – it was sunny and warm most days but not too hot to lay out so I completed a couple of books and managed to get a killer tan too.
The pool was huge so there was plenty of space to stay separate from other people and lots of different places to choose from for the day.
It was quite a distance from the top of one hotel to the bottom of the other with plenty of steps in between and there was a coastal walk from the bottom of the Costa Adeje hotel which we did every morning. We ended up really getting our steps in every day as we usually walked about five miles in the morning.
If you wanted a day out, there was a free shuttle bus each day to Playa Las Americas which you had to book in advance. Although if this is fully booked, there’s a local bus just up the road which you can catch instead.
We didn’t realise that you had to book for the shuttle bus so we caught the local bus on a cloudy day, it takes about an hour to get into the town.
This was the only time that we were a bit miffed with the staff as they were really unhelpful when we were asking about the bus.
Thanks to my boyf’s family, we actually got upgraded to a junior suite with a sea view. The room was clean and spacious with a huge bed and a sofa area.
I loved the bathroom as the toilet and bidet were slightly separate from the shower and sink and there were his and hers sinks too.
But the very best part about the room was the balcony. With plenty of space to sit outside for a drink and a beautiful view of the sea, the balcony was perfectly placed for enjoying the beautiful sunsets which we were treated to each evening.
The room also had a mini bar with bottles of water, cans of pop and beer which was re-stocked daily and was included in our all inclusive package. There was air conditioning in the room too which was included.
Food and drink
Ok so the massive advantage of an all inclusive holiday is the pretty much unlimited food and drink you can help yourself to – I swear I put on about two stone during my stay and I wasn’t even mad about it! I absolutely loved the food and drink at the Sunlight Bahia Principe Tenerife so I’m really going to elaborate on this here!
The buffet restaurant served breakfast, lunch and dinner. For breakfast there was so much choice – eggs cooked at least four or five different ways, omelettes cooked right in front of you, continental meats, cheeses and bread, fresh fruits and juices.
There was also some sweet choices like pancakes, churros and muffins and you could even get a full English if you wanted to. Coffee and tea was served to your table and there was even fizz available so we toasted the start of our holiday on the first morning.
There was a theme every night for dinner from Italian to Mexican which meant that there was something different to try each evening. My favourite was Mediterranean night where there was paella and tonnes of seafood available to try – I stocked up on prawns and mussels.
There were also lots of different salads to choose from and there were things that were there every night, like a couple of pasta options and vegetables.
Seafood and fish are some my favourite foods and each lunch time there were a few different choices of fish including swordfish, hake, squid, mussels, etc. There was also pasta and pizza every day and a wide selection of desserts.
When booking a week’s holiday you get to have three meals in any of the restaurants at either hotel and there are Italian, Mexican, Asian and Brazilian restaurants available to choose from. We tried the Italian, Asian and Brazilian – all of which were delicious with excellent service.
The waiters were super keen to top up your wine, even if you didn’t want any more!
The Brazilian restaurant was a great experience. You were given a card which you could change to green when you were ready to eat and red when you wanted to stop and then waiters came round with meats on skewers and cut you a portion off.
There was a pool snack bar for drinks and snacks – snacks including pizza, sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs and chips were available in between breakfast and lunch and lunch and dinner. There were also soft drinks and water as well as beer and sangria on tap – I loved the fact that you could just help yourself to these, rather than waiting in a queue at the bar.
One day there were fresh mojitos made poolside by the entertainment team which were delicious.
For the snacks you could choose from burgers, hot dogs, toasties, chicken nuggets and slices of pizza, nachos and salad.
There were also drinks available inside in the bar – spirits and mixers were available to order but you could help yourself to wines, fizz and different cocktails each day as there were large buckets filled with ice and bottles on the tables. We enjoyed drinks outside the bar overlooking the sea most afternoons.
Safe to say – I’ve definitely been missing the food and drink since I’ve been home!
As this is an all inclusive hotel, there is entertainment throughout the day and in the evening. In the day, activities revolve around exercise like yoga and aqua fit. In the evenings there’s live music and other entertainment.
We really enjoyed our week at the Bahia Principe Sunlight Tenerife – it was the perfect Tenerife resort, great for relaxing, eating and drinking.
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