Posts Tagged ‘Canary Islands’
Since we had such a great time in Paris last Feb with Annie and Jack, we decided to go for an even longer trip this past fall midterm break. Knowing we were headed into a long, wet and dreary winter in Dublin, we opted for some last sun: Tenerife in the Canary Islands. The Canary Islands are part of Spain, but are geographically much closer to the African continent, lying just west of Morocco and Western Sahara. We opted to stay at a Starwood property, since we could pay for our rooms through a combo of points and cash. It also looked to be a good setup, with a spa for the adults, lots of pools, and a kids club that would really appeal to the ages 4-10.
It’s about a four hour flight from Dublin, but with no connections to make, it is quite easy. We got there in time for lunch by the pool. The weather was iffy, with several days being a complete washout with downpours. But we were saved by the kids club and the spa. Plus, I think Annie and I have limited expectations. Relax, don’t cook, don’t clean, get a few massages, a few drinks, and some fun time with our kids. That’s exactly what it was. Another bonus was that there were lots of other families there and by the end, our kids had made lots of vacation friends. This wouldn’t be the best place to hang out as a couple (at least not during school breaks) but with kids, it was brilliant. It ticked all the boxes for this particular trip: great kids club that included activities in the evenings, spa, great buffets, and a gorgeous setting. Many of the other families (mostly British) were very grumpy about the weather. For some reason, it just didn’t bother Annie and I. Yes, it would have been great if the sun had come out more, but I don’t think it would have made the trip any more enjoyable for us. Just our tans!