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Five star luxury with all the trimmings, no wonder Iberostar Grand Hotel Anthelia has just been added to the Great Hotels of the World collection, an alliance of luxury hotels around the world that offer conference and group facilities.
The Playa del Duque hotel has 390 rooms spread over 6 buildings and conference halls that can hold 550 people. A recent make over has added a fresh shine and a new Thai Zen space for health and well being, and the Salome V.I.P zone for general relaxation. If you want to eat, you there is no shortage of choice, with reataurants Barbacoa, Portofino, gourmet Poseidon, or buffet Zeus.
Other comforts include, Wi Fi in all rooms and public spaces, a new sporting area, amd a shuttle service to the Golf Costa Adeje course.
Shrieks of pleasure, gasps of admiration and the frantic click of cameras rung out across Costa Adeje as a dream became reality. Yes, It’s official, Siam Park has arrived. The water kingdom theme park received its inauguration last night in the company of politiicians, business leaders and media from right across Spain. The 185,000 square metre site has been taking shape since 2002 and is a flagship for tourism in the south of Tenerife.
Crowds gathered outside awaiting the arrival of special guest the princess of Thailand, Maha Charkri Sirindhorn, to cut the floral ribbon, before that, the Bishop of Tenerife blessed the park as the crowds admired the imposing exterior. Once inside, the thai theme rang out loudly as colourful temples and guards, not gods, great care has been taken to show due respect to Thai history, dominated the skyline. Performers in traditional dress added a touch of style in the Thai village, the largest outside of Thailand, sealions lounged in the entrance pool and the longest and highest lazy river meandered through the parkas guests explored.
A party of local youngsters eagerly tried out some of the 14 rides, revelling in the warm recycled sea water. The towerÂ of power was theÂ biggest challenge with its 28 metre steep water chute, many looked on in awe through the glass tankÂ where the chute becomes a sealed tube whooshing the rider through a sea of fish and out into a splash pool. Similar thrills awaited on the dragon and volcano with an inflatable raft carrying riders through a maze of tubes and into another splash pool, life guards were ready for them to guide them to a safe stop.
As the sun set, the view over the park and beyondÂ Las Americas to sea, took on a magical light and guests headed to the 5,000 square metre imported white sand beach for the speeches byÂ local dignitaries. The torches burnt around theÂ wave pool, where man made waves of up to 3 metres will delight surfers, and the pagoda like restaurant was a focal point thatÂ along with 4 other bars and restaurants, will feed the estimated 7,500 visitors a day the park expects. Fireworks tore through the night sky to round off the evening, and many were already planning return trips with their families when the park opens to the public tomorrow, Wednesday September 17.
The TUI group, best known for their Thomson brand, has given annual awards to 2 Costa Adeje based hotels. The 4 star Colon Guanahani is in FaÃ±abe and the 5 star Roca Nivaria is in Playa Paraiso, and have been picked out among the 2,000 strong hotel chain of TUI, for their service and attention to customers.
The Colon Guanahani (above) is making a habit of picking up awards, this is their 6th such honour.Â Roca Nivaria is only 3 years old but this is its second award during that short time. Both belong to the Adrian group of hotels, they were designed by Rafael Adrian and decorated by his wife Aurora Ruera.
They may be dwarfed by some of their neighbours, but they have some great facilities to offer. Colon Guanahani has a main restaurant close to the pool, with an intimate terrace and also the La Pergola pool restaurant for lighter meals and snacks. There are also squash and tennis courts, and for pampering there is a spa and beauty centre.
Roca Nivaria (above) has a wider selection of restaurants with the Garoe buffet on the terrace overlooking the sea, the lunch restaurant Ahemon Pool, and 2 themed a la carte restaurants, the Italian Verona and Spanish Burgos. To counter the effects of that good living, there is a large spa and indoor and outdoor sports courts.
The hotly anticipated opening of Siam Park is only days away and already they have lined up a major 3 day sporting event for the large imported sandy beach. The Tenerife Champions Cup beach volleyball contest will take place over October 3, 4 and 5th, with FREE admission to the public.
The official private inauguration of Siam Park takes place on the evening of Monday September 15, with the public opening later that week. This website will have details and photos of the inauguration and full details of opening times. The beach has been made from specially selected sand from Portugal and forms a crescent around the man made surfers wave maker.
The cream of beach volleyball will be performing in the competition, with the national champion duos of Great Britain, Holland, Russia, Italy,Poland, Germany and Spain taking part. Maybe you recently enjoyed the Olympic beach volleyball, the cheerleading group for the matches was from the Canary Islands, and the Spanish team of Pablo Herrera and Raul Mesa are signed on for the Tenerife Champions Cup. Spain will have 2 teams in this contest, national runners up Lario and Adrian Gavira will be trying toÂ prove that they should be ranked as the best in Spain.
It’s a great chance to see top stars in action and to learn more about this fast paced action sport.
It may not be quite as big as the Tour de France, but to the competitors from Spain and particularly, the Canary Islands, the Vuelta A La Isla De Tenerife, is a very important event on the cycling calendar. The second stage took off from Adeje town on September 4 with a 1.30 pm start from Calle Grande.
Ahead of the cyclists there was a 93.5 km slog up the west coast to El Sauzal, just part of the total 321 kms. As the chain of riders headed off to Playa San Juan, Los Gigantes and up north to Santiago del Teide,and Icod before reaching El Sauzal, it became clear that the riders of Fuerteventura were mounting a serious assault on the race, grabbing the first 2 places. Antonio Olmo (pic) took the yellow jersey in a time of 2 hours, 28 minutes and 43 seconds, with his fellow islander Joaquin Ortega just 24 seconds behind him. With 2 days to go Antonio is in the overall lead as well.
It’s just one of many sporting challenges that can be seen in Costa Adeje, this May saw the first Adeje triathlon, not just cycling, but also swimming and running. That event is confined to a circuit in the La Caleta area and is to become a regular part of the annual sporting calendar.