I cannot claim to have suffered a Xmas of family argument, turkey leftovers and boring telly but this was my first festive period in the UK for many years and so I was delighted to sign up for the latest Rust tour with the promise of winter sunshine.
I had never visited the Canary Islands before and had a vision of mass tourism. A person I know locally who is something of a know-all warned me that the four hour charter flight would be unendurable. As with most know-all’s, she was wrong.
Once I had proceeded through the nightmare that is Gatwick – especially the security where I’ve had many a row and one distinguished Ruster once left his iPad – I boarded an Airbus 330 which seemed new and had at most 15% occupancy. I have rarely experienced an easier flight and with the head winds we arrived in Arrecife some 45 minutes early.
On our two walks by the sea I have noted 3 things: it’s calm, clean and uncrowded.
I only passed one walker blaring into her mobile as people strolled peaceably. I say “people” as I saw French, Germans, Spanish, Italians and quite a few Scots. I did not see any litter. There was a market in the Marina – Puerto Rubicon – but it was none too crowded nor full of tat.
Our hotel is a tad too family-orientated for my tastes and the buffet meals are lousy. I will leave Daffers to do her hatchet job but I guess it’s mass catering for all sorts and ages.
It’s disappointing that the hotel does not have a more upmarket menu restaurant. Hotels always have their idiosyncrasies. I went to a table in the restaurant with free wine to be informed this was only for guests on full pension identifiable by a bracelet.
There is no directory of services and nothing on the phone informing you of reception etc., however the suite is comfortable enough and I certainly appreciate a large walk -in cupboard.
Polly informs me that young people do not hang up their clothes – these stay in a suitcase – but this is a practice I do not adopt. Also I have witnessed the disappearance of the flannel from the bathroom of modern hotels.
The hotel is categorized as 4 star, I suppose because it has large pool, spa and sporting amenities but that is generous.