Sandos San Blas Nature and Golf Resort
Av. de Greñamora, 1, 38639, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
Sandos San Blas Tenerife Review.
In March 2019, myself and my husband visited Sandos San Blas Hotel in the South of Tenerife for a week of sun, sea and sangria.
We chose to visit Tenerife for a few reasons, mostly due to the warm climate jn March but also because it was a new country for us. We stumbled across Sandos after our holiday advisor recommended it to us and we loved the sound of jt. Located right on top of a private beach, adults only areas, 5 star rated and all inclusive. Sounds perfect for an affordable luxury getaway amirite?
I am in no way affiliated with Sandos San Blas nor the Sandos chain of hotels. All opinions are based on my own experience.
We booked our holiday with Holidays Please via Thomas Cook. Our flights were from Manchester, and we stayed at Sandos for 7 nights all inclusive jn a Junior Suite Room. Transfers were included in the price.
I will just mention here that as we booked out of the main season, this holiday was very affordable and much quieter than I would expect to see during the months of May - September.
As mentioned, we stayed in Junior suite. This room is one of the best rooms I have stayed jn in an all inclusive resort. The room was larger than average with a desk and couch, 7ft wide bed (amazing and sooo comfy!) a jaccuzzi bath, his and hers sinks, a waterfall shower and a massive balcony which faced the sunset and was a real suntrap from late morning all day. We stayed in room 407, which is the same floor as the reception and main lobby bar.
The room was cleaned daily, but, as this is an eco resort, to cut down on waste and unneccessary water usage, the beds were only changed if you requested and the same with the towels. We had our towels changed every other day and our bed changed once.
There is tea and coffee making facilities available in the room as well as a mini-fridge, however, on arrival you are given one 500ml bottle of water per person and this does not get restocked for your whole stay. Same for the tea and coffee, which is a little dissapointing. But, there are plenty of tea and coffee sachets available in the main lobby bar and you can stock up there and take back to the room - no hassle.
Overall I would give the room 5/5. You can see my full room tour and vlog below - dont forget to subscribe to my channel for more travel vlogs!
The Hotel Facilities
Sandos San Blas hotel has everything that you could want from an affordable winter break. It has eight swimming pools, three bars, a buffett restaurant, an Al La Carte restaurant, a spa, a kids club, a small shop, 24 hour reception, a huge theatre, a small museum and a small private beach.
However, in my opinion, there are small things about the hotel that doesn't live up to it's 5* rating, unfortunately. There were only two swimming pools that were heated, now bearing in mind we did visit out of season, I suppose that you could argue that this is to be expected. However, even though they were 'heated' they were not heated to the point of it being a comfortable swim. Also, both pools were located in the family friendly areas, meaning that if you wanted to chill near the adult only pools, you couldn't if you wanted to go for a dip. Unless you wanted to guarantee frost bite. So, we sacrificed our adult only bliss to be near a heated pool and screamy kids. I think a nice compromise on this should be one family friendly pool and one adult only pool to be heated. It wasn't a massive deal to be honest, but, it would have made a small difference for us.
That being said, the main bar is located at the infinity pool which is the biggest and most warm pool of the resort. This bar is fantastic - it serves all the AI drinks, snacks, ice-creams and coffee. Just don't try the Baileys...
The staff in the bars are friendly and get the job done - no frills.
The small shop on resort is a god send if you've forgotten any essentials. Sun cream, toiletries, even bikinis amongst other things are available in the shop, all at a fairly decentr price too which is unusal for an on-resort convience store.
Overall I would give the facilities 4/5.
The All Inclusive Food
So, if you have been to any other AI resort, you can usually expect a minimum of a buffett restaurant, and depending on the resort, usually an Al La Carte restaurant too. I'm going to break this section down into both:
Buffet Restaurant: Firstly, it is massive. There is more than enough room to cater for at least 500 people at one time. That being said, that is alot of hungry people at a buffet at one time! Luckily, the buffet is open longer than you usually expect, from 7pm until 10pm, meaning that you don't have to rush to be the first at the door. We opted to eat later and the food was still hot and edible.
For anyone who is visiting this resort, the drinks are waiter service in the evening, but not at breakfast or lunch. The waiters are a little on the slow side, so if you're drinking soft drinks just help yourself to the machine - the waiter will soon take the hint. On the first night we had eaten our main meal and dessert all before being served a drink. This needs to be improved - I can't imagine how long that wait would be when the reosrt is at it's full capacity.
The food is pretty decent as far as a buffet goes. There is always a vegetarian/ vegan option for every meal and plenty of meats, fish, and trusty rice and chips. HAHA. There is a different theme in the restaurant every evening - my favourite was the Chinese evening. Outside of the themed dishes, the food is very 'mediterrainian' with salmon lasagne the buffet's favourite. Personally, not my cup of tea, but I appreciate alternative cousine.
I am unsure if this happens in season, but an improvement for eating in here would be allocated tables. even though the restaurant is plenty big, I am unsure if you may experience a bit of a que to wait for a table in the high months.
Al La Carte Restaurant: As part of booking with Sandos for more than 5 nights, you will recieve a complimentary dining experience in the on site Al La Carte Diner. Speciailising in sea food, this restaurant is pretty impresive upon entering. How-ev-er. It does not live up to it's impressive interior with the food. All inclusve guests are given a set menu which has three selections for each course. I chose the vegetarian options as I am not a fan of sea food, so this seemed the safest bet for me.
To say I was dissapointed is an understatement. Never have I eaten in a Al La Carte where the service and the food has been so awful. The starters were brought out lightening quick, almost like a 'here's what I made earlier' kinda vibe. Luke warm at best and a bit on the bland side. As I placed my cutlery down to finish, my plate was swept out from beneth me and there was starter number two. I hadn't even swallowed my last mouthful yet!!
Then, after 45 minutes of waiting did our main finally come out. I ordered the rissotto and it was the worst. Again, luke warm, and as if someone had already had a go on it. We finished our wine and went for a bag of crisps in the bar instead. It was a really underwhelming experience. I would not recommend you pay to eat in this restaurant, however, experience it for yourself, I'd love to know if it was just a one off.
Combined, overall I would give the food 3/5. Eat in the buffet.
A Few Last Thoughts and Advice
One thing we didn't know upon arrival, was how in the flight path the hotel is. The runway is a 10 minute drive and literally just the other side of the nature reserve that the hotel is built into. Personally, we quite enjoyed watching the planes come over and they are really low. To the point where if you waved I'm sure someone would wave back! Ha. The noise you cannot hear once inside your room, but it may do your head in a little in the first few days until you get used to it.
The resort is pretty much on it's own, with the nearest town on San Blas a fifteen minute walk along the beach front and up the stairs by the next hotel (it's white and to the right hand side as your facing the beach). This has it's perks and it's cons. It pretty quiet and tranquil and we did not have to once fight for a sunbed. However, if you are wanting to do a bit of exploring, my advice would be to hire a car, or grab a taxi to where you'd like to go. There is also a local bus that stops outside the hotel and a shuttle bus to Las Americas which takes around 30minutes and runs twice a day. First at 9:30am return at 1pm, or 1:30pm return at 6pm.
The nature resort is not what I thought it was going to be, but nevertheless it's pretty. Instead of paying for a guided tour, stick our trainers on and have a wander around yourself. Leave a donation in the museum if you'd like to contribute.
My last word of advice is, that this resort may be difficult to navigate for those with limited mobility. There are ramps everywhere, but they are pretty steep.
I hope you found this review useful! Would I return again? Probably yes, but not in high season, and not for 7 days. Maybe only 4 nights next time.