The pool area is due to be completed soon and will feature six pools of different sizes and depths, not to mention a pool bar and other facilities. At the moment two of the pools are open – a medium size full depth one and a shallower paddling pool for the kids, or if you’re me just to lay alongside and casually dip your toes in as you read a book. It is such a peaceful setting, with a lot of effort having gone into maintaining the open pools and surrounding gardens, you could see once it is all complete what an asset this area will be to the complex.
From the bedrooms you will find a large, bright living space with modern kitchen fitted with plenty of storage, a large fridge, freezer, microwave and washing machine. There is a dining table big enough to fit six guests as well as a breakfast bar for more casual dining. Behind that is a comfortable living area with a sofa, two chairs and TV which has access to all the UK channels – perfect for when you need to get out of the heat and relax. There is also access to wifi, if that is something you look for, although personally I prefer to be off grid when I’m on holiday.
Outside on the patio is a table and chairs and sunbed, giving you a chance to sit in your own space undisturbed whilst you enjoy a drink or just take in the view. We spent many a time just relaxing outside and making the most of the chance of some sun during what would normally be a colder time were we in the UK.
The complex of El Barranco has a bar and two restaurants on site, with more planned in the near future. I partook in a large gin in the bar on our first full night and enjoyed the welcoming, jovial atmosphere around us as locals and residents got together after a long week of work. We also had a sample of the menu, ordering cheesy chips after a particularly raucous night involving caramel vodka shots, and they were finished off within minutes they were so good! On our last night Laura and I had a meal at the Italian upstairs and whilst you may be deceived by the strange entrance and 90’s decor, don’t be put off as the food was fantastic and I would definitely recommend trying it out.
The resort is a five minute walk from the front, where you will find rocky volcanic bays and a pretty little marina. There is also a small parade of restaurants and shops a little further past the marina, which, whilst they don’t provide the finest of cuisine, offer enough for a lunch or just an ice cream should you need a break from the sun. On the marina you will find access to many activities such as a trip on a pirate boat or the submarine safari (more about that in another post) and there is even a cafe set in the lighthouse, which is a fantastic spot to enjoy the view whilst sipping on a cappuccino.
El Barranco is in the area of Amarilla, named for the Amarilla Golf Course. The golf course is a fifteen minute walk from the resort and you will find the actual course covers the whole area, from the mountains right up to the sea front. We were given a tour of the course and the views are outstanding from each tee, not to mention how well maintained the fairways and greens were considering the lack of rainfall in Tenerife. Having once hosted the PGA European Tour and designed by well-known golf course designer Donald Steele, it offers a world class experience set in a stunning location.
There is even more to do slightly further afield in the area but I will leave that for another post. Safe to say we had an absolutely fantastic week and Hollie and all the staff at El Barranco not only made us feel totally welcome but part of the family. I also have to say that the chance to take a break from normal life, especially at this time of year, was so valuable to me and I am hugely grateful for the opportunity and the company of Sian and Laura who certainly made the week so enjoyable.
I am really looking forward to watching the progress of this site as if I took away one thing it was how much time, effort and passion is going into the complex to make it the best it can possibly be and I’m confident that come the launch next November we will be able to witness just how hard they have all worked.
If you would like to visit El Barranco, Clickstay are offering a £50 to all readers using the code TenerifeTrio, which is valid on a minimum booking price of £500 or more. Come back soon for more about our trip and what the island of Tenerife has to offer.
You can read more about our trip on Sian and Laura’s blogs below:
*We stayed provided with a complimentary stay in return for this post, however all opinions are my own.