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Why I love Tenerife

Why I love Tenerife

by Kelly Sparkes on November 29, 2012

View from balconyTenerife, a place infamous for its drunken teenagers and ‘Veronicas’ has come a long way since my parents bought their apartment here seventeen years ago. These days you’re more likely to see pensioners doing Pilates on the beach at 7am than see drunken kids stumbling home.

Like anywhere, some areas of leave much to be desired but if you choose carefully, southern Tenerife is the perfect place to go for some winter sun.

Last week Mr S & I headed over with my parents for one last blast of sun before the winter sets in properly and relax away from the dehumidifiers and fans in our building site of a home.

I thought I would share some sun with you on this frosty morning.

The thing I enjoy most is the views, the apartment has a balcony on three sides and we spend most our time sat up there looking out to sea, with the occasional trip down to the pool to cool off.

view from balcony
We were really lucky with the weather, the dark clouds were close once or twice, you can see here we were in sunshine while the mountains in the background where black and stormy.

Sunshine on a rainy day
My favourite area is Del Duque, the beach there is one of the most up market beaches in Tenerife and as it’s only a thirty minute walk along the rugged sea front, we go at least twice every trip. The dramatic scenery with waves crashing against the rocks makes for a fabulous walk.

CliffWhen we visited in February, my Mum’s sisters and their husbands arrived halfway through our stay and as there isn’t enough room for eight, we took the opportunity to stay in Del Duque at the Bahia del Duque, which is more like a small village than a hotel. It was here, over breakfast on the terrace that Designlint was born, from the name to the site design :)

Hotel Bahia del Duque
The spa is fabulous, a separate area with a pool and restaurant serving delicious, fresh and healthy food, I think it’s the first time I’ve had a fresh peppermint tea delivered to my sun lounger!

I love the faded paisley in the reception area.

Faded Paisley in the Spa
I wish I was dipping my toes in here right now…

Spa Bubbles
I’m a little sad to be back at work, but a week of the damp removal equipment on 24 hours a day has dried the floor out woo hoo! Only ten more days of concrete and dust :)

We were only away for a week, but it feels like Christmas has erupted in London during that time. The holiday has left me relaxed and refreshed. Roll on December, let Christmas begin…

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tina November 29, 2012 at 6:23 pm

Oh Kelly, that’s one cheery post with fab fab photos! Thank you!!

Just for a moment I was transported back to the summer and me driving around the Cote’d”Azur.
I know what you mean about the division of Tenerife. Same applies to Ibiza.

I say, who cares. You had a great time, away from your house problems, tanked some sunshine and are now rearing to tackle Christmas. Good on you.

Roll on 2013… x


Toni @ Skandivis November 30, 2012 at 9:06 am

I’ve never been toTenerife but judging by these gorgeous photos I love it too! Have a fab weekend Kelly :)


annie November 30, 2012 at 10:40 am

Wow it’s really pretty, I had no idea. I’ve never been to Tenerife or Ibiza or anywhere like that.

Glad you had a lovely, relaxing time Kelly and how cool to see where you dreamt up designlint. Insideology was born on a chair lift in Val d’Isere so perhaps there’s something about holidays? x


Alex Parker November 30, 2012 at 11:29 am

That has warmed me cockles! Del Duque looks lovely and quite Moorish in architectural style. I have never been to the Canaries, so it is nice to get a personal insight into the place. It was -3 degrees here this morning, so certainly wish I was there! x


Samantha Lennie November 30, 2012 at 5:56 pm

Awww Veronicas, us ladies loved it so much back in 1990, we decided to go back the next year for another dose of clubbing delights, Oh the stories I could tell :-) I wonder how different it is now, probably no different, it’s me that’s changed.

Your part of Tenerife looks beautiful, the 2nd photo is stunning. That’s a great story about the birth of designlint, all that relaxation is so beneficial, it’s a wonder we don’t holiday more x


JMD November 30, 2012 at 8:26 pm

Stunning photography Kelly, particularly the storm clouds over the mountain. A very evocative post. Beautiful.


geraldine November 30, 2012 at 11:10 pm

Wow! Winter sun sounds so appealing. Gorgeous photos as usual and I’m definitely pining for Tenerife now. Have yourself a lovely weekend Kelly. x


Jane Walker September 22, 2013 at 10:14 am

Been going to Playa de las Americas area for a week of winter sun every so often for twenty odd years and as we have got older we have migrated first to Adeje and now to Del Duque – spent a week walking up and down the prom from Del Duque to Los Christanos last January in the warming sun – lovely. Must check out the Bahia de Duque next time we go.


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