Normally in January we book something long haul and outrageous but this year we didn’t quite get around to it! In early Feb we worked out we could squeeze in 3 days leave and so get away for 5 days adding the weekend. We needed sun, a short flight and safety… The Canary Islands popped into view and there began my internet trawl to find a quiet corner. Easier said than done, although once I worked out where the busy upscale resorts were life was easy.
We settled on Tenerife’s Gran Melia Palacio de Isora Red Level which I reviewed for Boutique Travel Blog. Adults only with about 80 rooms, attached to the larger hotel but a world apart, drawing a well-heeled crowd. It’s tucked away down the coast from the resort town of Adeje and has incredible views – to the south the island of La Gomera, to the west Los Gigantos rock and to the north the stunning snow-covered Mount Teide (more of that later). Peaceful, relaxing and suitably boutique.
We had two plans for our break: to relax; and to go to the top of Mount Teide. I had done research on Pinterest in the run-up on what else to see, but by the time we’d got to Gatwick for our flight with BA I still hadn’t looked back at it so we ignored it, the sum-total of my planning was to book us the footpath tickets from the top of the volcano cable car to the peak… However this happened to the volcano the week before we arrived…
The volcano was shut. No climbing for us! We did take a morning to see how close we could get but they aren’t used to icy roads in Tenerife and so the access roads were shut even though the air temperature was still 12 degrees (chillier than the balmy 22 at sea level). Not defeated and loving the view of Teide and the volcanic scenery we had a morning of driving around – we headed over to the hidden perched village of Masca before lunch in Los Gigantos and then returned to the rarefied atmosphere of the hotel. It is an astoundingly stunning island as soon as you head away from the busy parts, just gorgeous.
After our mini-adventure we spent the rest of the break in our quiet sanctuary enjoying the view, reading our books, swimming in the pool and enjoying the cava (which was disturbingly good value)… After a busy year at work with new jobs for us both and 7 months since we’d last been somewhere warm and sunny (such a first world problem I know) it was just what a doctor would have ordered – refreshingly relaxing. That smell of sunshine on the skin after a hiatus – intoxicating!
So the Canaries and Tenerife in the winter – I would definitely recommend finding a quiet corner and kicking back! Enjoy! If you don’t believe me – Angloyankophile and The Travel Bunny were there at the same time – clearly we were all on to a good thing!