Tenerife has a lot of all-inclusive hotels in which to spend your holidays. To be completely honest, I always thought this kind of travel was not for me: my style is much more backpacking and eating a sandwich sitting on any bench in a square, while I wait for the museum or monument I want to visit to open within my complicated schedule.
In travel, as in life, I’m into rock and roll. However, despite my natural tendency to wild travel, I am of the opinion that you have to try things before you say something is not for you, so with these thoughts in mind, I booked five nights all included in the five-star Iberostar Anthelia, located in Costa Adeje.
Besides telling you about my experience and showing you some photos of what I did during my stay, I would like this post to cover some basic points that I asked myself before making the reservation:
Are there vegan options in all-inclusive hotels?
Is it worth paying for an all-inclusive?
And finally, did I get bored during my stay?
I arrived at the hotel on a Thursday afternoon and after checking in, I went to my room. Although the distribution did not convince me (the bathroom and the room were in the same room, instead of in two separate rooms, with the washbasins at the entrance of the room and the bathroom and shower in two cubicles with glass door) the room had everything I needed to spend five fantastic days.
Having an all-inclusive regime, the minibar also came in and I had water and nespresso coffee at my disposal.
He also had slippers and a bathrobe, as well as a hair dryer. One thing I loved was the absence of amenities, which you could ask reception if you needed, but which have been removed from the rooms to reduce the consumption of single-use plastics. Bravo!
A vegetarian in an all-inclusive package
The hotel buffet is included for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It was my favorite place to eat, as there were fresh and well-prepared fruits and vegetables at every meal.
At the first dinner I greeted one of the hotel cooks, Abdon, who very kindly showed me the buffet, showing me some dishes that were vegan.
He also thanked me for explaining my preferences, as I could, as far as possible, take this into account when preparing the menus – a ten for the buffet cooking team, who fed me so well during my stay!
In addition to the buffet and to avoid being saturated with so much repetition eating every day in the same place, because although the dishes vary the format “buffet” can be tiring, the all-inclusive gave you the option of going to eat at the Canarian restaurant “Barbecue”, with a more traditional but very rich menu: I tried potatoes with mojo, gazpacho, salad, some desserts … and the truth is that everything was fine.
Evidently being a place with a menu, the options are more limited, but for two or three meals I would say that a vegan person can eat without problems.
Finally, when I bought an all-inclusive hotel I was given two dinners in the paying restaurants, which are not included in any of the accommodation regimes: the Italian Portfofino and another meat and fish called Poseidon.
In Italian I dined very well, there were many vegetarian and vegan alternatives and I loved your cuisine in general.
However, unfortunately, at the Poseidon restaurant I had the worst experience of my stay and being fair, the only bad one. I wouldn’t recommend this restaurant to anyone and I think I’d rather dine at the free buffet a thousand times, where there were even show cookings every night.
Are all-inclusive hotels boring?
The hotel had several swimming pools, heated, salt water and fresh water to suit everyone’s taste. The water areas were equipped with deckchairs and umbrellas; they also left you towels to use between dip and dip.
There were a couple of chiringuitos nearby, where you could go snacking between meals (if you were hungry): ice cream, drinks, smoothies, sandwiches… all within the all-inclusive regime.
In addition to the pools, there was a spa, where you could go to relax and also enjoy the incredible massages and other aesthetic treatments that were available.
If the swimming pools and the proximity to the beach are not enough, just ten minutes walk away, the hotel has an animation team that offers different workshops and activities throughout the day. From gym classes to cooking or beauty workshops, every day I signed up to do something and the truth is that I had a great time.
The same team offered artistic shows during the evenings, with some of the most worked choreographies; in addition to having professional singers and acrobats who took each show to another level.
Some afternoons there was a piano bar session that I didn’t miss for anything in the world, and of course there were also daytime shows around the pool. Enjoying a spinning class outdoors, watching the Teide, became one of the best moments of the trip … and I also made my debut aquabike, pedaling with the bikes in the water.
Being an active person pulling restless, one of my biggest fears was if I was going to get bored in the hotel… and the truth is that the reality turned out to be quite different, as I had the agenda loaded with activities and things to do continuously.
Of course I was not bored and I admit that I could have taken it more relaxed but as they say in my village, the goat throws into the bush.
Value for money in an all-inclusive package
This part of the post is the most personal since the perception of the “value” of things is something intrinsic of each one.
To give you an idea, every night at the hotel cost me approximately 200 euros and to be honest, I didn’t need to spend money on anything else, as absolutely all my needs were covered.
Considering the location of the hotel, the quality of the food, the number of activities I attended etc. I think the cost is justified, although it is an expensive holiday, comparable to a week in New York for example.
I think that if the purpose of your getaway is to visit the natural wonders of the island of Tenerife, descend the ravines of Masca, climb Teide and give it all in Los Gigantes …. then perhaps this is not the best option available, as you will not be able to enjoy 100% of the pleasures that you spoil.
My opinion is that to rest around four or five days is a possibility that I would not mind repeating.
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