Date of visit : January 2020
Flights back to the UK from our home in Malaga in January are crazy! We thought we would snap up a wonderful bargain for around £20 each no problem, but on checking Skyscanner, and trawling through all the low cost sites, we discovered it would be cheaper to fly to Tenerife and spend a night in a hotel with an onward connection back to Norwich Airport the next day, than flying directly back to Stansted! Unbelievable! Well a night of 5* luxury at the Vincci Plantation del Sur was the consolation prize, so we are not complaining…
We chose the Vincci Hotel Plantacion Del Sur as the price was excellent, and the reviews were very promising. We’ve stayed in Costa Adeje before on a couple of occasions, so knew roughly where the property was located. We really like the Costa Adeje end of Playa De las Americas as it’s quieter, more upmarket, and well laid out. Transfer time from the airport is just under 20 minutes each way on fantastic roads, so ideal if you wish to be close to the airport with a short transfer.
First impressions of the hotel on arrival were very good. The hotel is built in a Hacienda style, and this is very apparent on pulling up at the main entrance. Perfectly manicured grounds, and a beautifully designed building make you feel like you’re stepping into a private home, albeit a large private home! With marble floors, chandeliers, and various pieces of local art it leaves a wonderful first impression. The reception was excellent, efficient, friendly, and we were even presented with a glass of Cava during the check in process. Being upgraded to a Villa room (number 709) was the icing on the cake, and the bell boy quickly ushered us to a waiting golf buggy and whisked us off to our home for the night.
The Villa rooms are situated around the circumference of the hotel. There is the main building which houses guest rooms, the restaurants, the spa, reception and the bar, and in front of this the grounds cascade down containing five swimming pools with sunbathing areas, beyond this are Villa rooms. It’s quite difficult to describe in words the layout, other than it works, and gives the hotel a boutique feeling. The pool areas are lovely and there are plenty of sunbeds, we’ve just wandered through the grounds to breakfast at 8am and not one sunbed had been reserved by the early birds – unbelievable! Usually in Tenerife the clientele are putting towels on sunbeds before the sun rises!! **Note here.. there are quite a few steps in the property to the different levels, so if you are disabled then you may need to research to see if it is a suitable option for you.
Our room itself was a very pleasant surprise, entering through the door you find yourself in a small garden with sun loungers, table & two chairs, and the all important hot tub. The tub is actually a huge Jacuzzi bath which you fill yourself, no chlorine here. We took great pleasure in filling it up with piping hot water and then soaking our travel worn limbs, while looking out to the mountains and watching the paragliders circle overhead. It was a lovely experience. The main bedroom had a four poster bed with super comfortable mattress and pillows, we slept like the dead! A large bathroom with separate toilet and walk in shower, plus a walk in dressing room. The rooms were really super, and also included complimentary water, a coffee machine, bathrooms and evening turn down, everything you would expect from a good 5* hotel.
Dining in the hotel was a great experience. There are three restaurants to choose from, the buffet, a fish restaurant, and a grill restaurant (which is by the pool and also open for lunch). We opted for the buffet as it was ‘Oriental Night’, and the selection was excellent. We don’t usually plump for buffet, but the beautiful Japanese salads, sushi, and various dishes called to us! It was delicious, and a bargain at 25 euros a head. As we were staying only one night we can’t give a review on the other restaurants, but they looked very good, and the menus were interesting. We had breakfast in the buffet restaurant this morning, and it was fantastic. We’ve stayed at the Bahia Del Duque & the Jardines De Nivarria in the past and this hotel beat them hands down, the selection was first class and we loved the freshly squeezed orange juice machine.
In the evening the hotel takes on a completely different ambiance, and is stunning with all the gardens and swimming pools lit. Entertainment centres around the main buffet restaurant, and is very sedate and not intrusive. On our evening there was a vocalist singing a selection of songs, and we enjoyed listening to her while sipping our whiskey at the bar.
Would we visit again? Absolutely. The hotel is 5* luxury, but with excellent prices compared to the competition, and I believe this is because it is set slightly back from the resort, approximately 8-10 minutes walk downhill to the promenade. This however makes for a perfectly peaceful retreat, and due to its location and layout attracts a slightly younger set, plus retired people who are happy to stretch their limbs to get into the main resort area. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, and will be back for sure.