Our last few days we stayed in a five star Hotel called Villa Cortes, which is on the sea front in Las Americas. The Hotel design is Mexican mansion. Jennifer Lopez and other famous people have stayed here, it is one of the upper class hotels in the south.

The extra touches make the stay here special. Our room was prepared for the evening, I find it amusing how excited we are when we see a chocolate has been left for each of us on the bed.

Chocolate and flower left on our pillow
Chocolate and flower left on our pillow

Flowers are left in the bathroom, I took a few pictures of the bathroom to show the quality of the room. This is the first hotel I have stayed in with adjoining rooms, handy to know if you have children that you need to keep an eye on.

From the Hotel we took a nice walk along seafront to Los Cristianos. The area of our Hotel quietens from about midnight, and the party goers move onto Veronicas strip. This is another part of Las Americas were there are lots of bars & clubs.

Villa Cortes Barthroom
Villa Cortes Barthroom

We are staying at the end of the shopping area of Los Americas, the main walkway is glitzy but in a nice way. Along here are some familiar shops, and high class boutiques. I have noticed a lot of Spanish women are very fashionable, in some ways they remind me of the French women’s style very chic.

This hotel mostly accommodates couples, however children are welcome we saw a few children in the Hotel pool. The position of the hotel gives access right onto the seafront. I noticed in the reception area there were picnic boxes stacked on a table, an idea to order these if you are heading out somewhere.

Next to the hotel is a square with a children’s play area, and a fountain changing colour which is timed to music. This square has a lively atmosphere with a bar outside. Spanish children stay up much later; the evenings are a time for families to do things together. Therefore the waiters in the restaurants and Hotels are accommodating with children and make them welcome.

Hotel Villa Cortes Luxury Bedroom
Hotel Villa Cortes Luxury Bedroom

We lounged around the Hotel enjoying its luxury. Should you stay in the South book a decent hotel, it’s worth it. We liked this Hotel so much one evening we stayed in enjoying our room. We bought some snacks and wine from the supermarket just over the road, and watched a Mr Bean film on the large flat screen TV. With our dressing gowns and slippers on provided by the Hotel.

You are likely to get better weather in the south than the north of Tenerife in November, however it can rain anywhere so best to pack a few items for bad weather. You can leave the Wellie boots at home, but I was grateful I remembered to pack a jacket, some trousers, and my ankle boots, plus warm clothes for the north.

The breakfast in this hotel is a good. We go out for our evening meals. I have noticed some hotel restaurants can be pricey and you can have just as good a meal outside for less. Have a look at the hotel menus first though.

We ate out at two very different restaurants while staying in Las Americas. Garibaldi restaurant was impressive, and the food was very good. The waiters give a top class service and were professionally dressed in long aprons. The evening included a singer, Phil Gibson, who once sang with the Drifters. Our table was next to the piano so we got chatting to him, what a character.

When I went to powder my nose, Phil leaned against the piano and told Pete his life was good as he gets paid for singing and drinking. We noticed he was enjoying the brandy. It is worth finding out what nights he sings at this restaurant, as he gives a good performance.

The other meal we had was totally different, we ate in a restaurant in the busier part of the resort. The meal was a lot cheaper than the Garabaldi restaurant. The food choices we made were good and the entertainment came from the waiters, they found it amusing we wanted to try and talk to them in Spanish. Tourists in this part of the Island don’t bother to try and speak Spanish, they don’t have to.

Jane at the Hotel Villa Cortes
Jane at the Hotel Villa Cortes