Friday, 7 June 2013

Tenerife: Food and Frolics

Every year, my mum and I go on a "girlie break". We've been to New York, Paris, Barcelona and Marrakech but this year we wanted something a little different. A regular holiday: sun, beach, pool. Done. We've both had quite a busy time lately so a few days of relaxing was just what we needed:

Gin Fizz cocktails overlooking the sea on our first night. These were strong!
"Grandma's Salad" - Canarian goats' cheese, apple, pinenuts and raspberry dressing.
The view from our balcony: pool, palm trees, sea. We stayed at the H10 Conquistador on the Playa de las Americas. The hotel was lovely, we had a huge room with a balcony, and access to a roof terrace with a fridge full of cold drinks. Perfect for strenuous hours spent reading the new Dan Brown novel.
Every day started with a plate of beautifully presented fresh fruit. Breakfast was A La Carte which was a much more civilised affair than a buffet and meant we could spend the morning reading the papers while the food came to us.
Sand sculptures on the walk to Los Cristianos. Our hotel was in a great location for exploring the coastline.
Most of the restaurants were quite same-y. I wouldn't say that Tenerife is really the place for fine dining - pizza, pasta and salads comprise standard restaurant fare but prices are reasonable (around £10 for a main course and £5 for a cocktail). We went for sushi on our second night as I'd spotted a menu while we were exploring and shared this platter.
Smoked salmon omlette for breakfast. I wish someone would make me one of these everyday.
For a break from poolside chilling, we visited the Aloe Park. The exotic plants were beautiful and the sky a perfect shade of blue.
At the Aloe Park, learning how bananas are grown. Canarian bananas look and taste quite different to the ones we are used to in the UK. Dress: Topshop, Bag: Longchamp, Sunglasses: ASOS.
Selfie. Clearly still working on my tan.
A cable car ride up to the top of mount Teide. The cable car takes you to above the cloud level and the bus ride up is both terrifying and far more scenic than the 45 to Kings Cross. The landscape is like being on the moon. Be warned - it is freezing at the top of the mountain so a playsuit is not really ideal attire..
We ate in our hotel one night - pan fried cod with vegetables. Followed by a walk along the sea front for cocktails.
Ready for a night on the town with my mummy! Dress is from Blue Inc.
Last day breakfast = calories don't count. Giant toast with Canarian banana. The waiter looked very concerned when my mother and I tried to order one each of these, as well as a regular breakfast choice so we saved ourselves from an inevitable sugar coma by sharing.
I had a lovely holiday - it was great to spend some quality time with my mummy and Tenerife was lovely, I was expecting just a beach and not much else but there was so much to do and see (although at times I didn't want to see anything other than a sunlounger) and the unchanging weather forecast made it a perfect break from the weird seasonal limbo back home.

Have you visited Tenerife?


  1. Ah Lily now i want to go on holiday again!

  2. Ah Lily now i want to go on holiday again!


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