Review: Paradise Park Tenerife: Fun Lifestyle hotel
By Helen Wright
- Location Los Cristianos
- Bed comfiness 2/10
- Pool Four large pools (one rooftop)
- WIFI Free
- Best thing? Pools
- Worst thing? Bed comfiness
- The all-important plug by the bed? yes
Thanks for visiting passportstamps.uk. We recently travelled to Tenerife with Jet2holidays and below you will find our honest and detailed review of the Paradise Park Tenerife Fun Lifestyle hotel in Los Cristianos. Looking for some winter sun, we headed to the Canary Islands in January, deciding on Tenerife for its warm climate, beaches and relaxed atmosphere.
Unsure at first of Tenerife’s geography, a Jet2 package holiday to the Paradise Park Fun Lifestyle hotel caught our eye. The hotel was situated in Los Cristianos, close to the beach and looked bright and welcoming. We were not looking for anything overly fancy, just clean and spacious with a good pool and the option of a kids club for our two children, 2 and 5. The Jet2holidays Paradise Park Tenerife hotel had some good user reviews both on Jet2’s website and elsewhere, which helped make the decision. The Jet2holidays Winter Sun package was offered at £1325 all-inclusive with hotel transfer and flights on Jet2holidays from London Stansted, which was very competitive. The resort offered everything we needed for a short break in the sun, so we decided to go for it.
Our hotel: Paradise Park Tenerife
Arriving at Tenerife’s South Airport, Reina Sofía Airport, there was a Jet2holidays representative in the arrivals hall who was able to easily direct us to our transfer coach, which was ready and waiting when we got there. The journey from the airport to Paradise Park Tenerife was 25 minutes, stopping at a couple of hotels before ours, but all within close proximity.
I was immediately impressed with the hotel, which has a bright, open lobby looking over a cute garden bar. Check-in was smooth and we were able to head to our room straight away. We had booked a Junior Suite, which are located out of the main building in the garden area of the hotel. These suites have outdoor terraces, many of which overlook the pool. We passed the main pool on the way to our room and it looked gorgeous. Surrounded by palm tress, loungers and a small bar, we couldn’t wait to jump in!
A look at the Junior Suite at Paradise Park Tenerife
The main hotel tower has rooms with views of the sea and panoramic views of Los Cristianos, as the Paradise Park hotel is nestled into a hill at the foot of the mountains. These rooms have a more modern and colourful design, but with two children under 5, I was happier in a lower down room without a high balcony to worry about. The Junior Suite we were given was on the second floor and had a large, secure terrace with a chair and table to sit on and enjoy a view of the garden and pool.
The Junior Suite was spacious with a huge king size bed and a large sofa bed, which opened out and could easily sleep two children. Isobel still sleeps in a cot, so the hotel arranged for a crib to be sent to our room and assembled after we checked in. With the sofa bed extended, there was still plenty of room to move around and for the kids to play. There is a small kitchen with a sink, microwave and small hob. This is really helpful for travelling with children or babies as you can warm milk and baby food easily in your room. The decor, cream with dark wood, is a little dated but it’s not something that bothers me that much. We didn’t spend a lot of time in the room (unless we were asleep!).
The other benefit of the family suites is that they have a bath tub, which again is especially handy when staying with younger children. There was a stand-alone shower too and the water was hot and powerful.
The main negative for me was the bed, which had a very firm mattress and wasn’t hugely comfortable. It wasn’t the worst bed I have ever slept in, but could definitely be comfier! However, I am used to beds in Europe being like this, so I wasn’t that surprised. Overall, we were really impressed by the room and the hotel so far. The outdoor terrace, which had a table and chairs, was ideal to sit and have a drink outside once the children were sleeping. The parent perk!
The food at Paradise Park Tenerife, all-inclusive
I was really impressed by Paradise Park Tenerife’s food. For breakfast and dinner there is a large dining room with a self-service buffet. The food was well presented with a wide range of options to choose from.
At breakfast there was a choice of hot items, from eggs and bacon, to pancakes, waffles and vegetable tortillas. A chef is on hand to prepare fresh poached eggs and omelettes. There is tea (good English Breakfast too!), coffee and a selection of juices. Plus, a range of fruit, pastries and cheeses.
At dinner, there is a special each night (both meat and fish), which is freshly cooked by a chef. Aside from this, there are plenty of options, including pizza, pasta, meat and stew. I would have preferred more fresh vegetables, but there was plenty of food to choose from.
If you like to eat three courses, there was soup, salad and shellfish to have as a starter. Then, for pudding there was a huge choice including tiramisu, cheesecake, ice cream, cakes and fruit. Again coffee and tea is offered, as well as soft drinks and wine. The wine was okay… white was better than red! You could also choose beer if you wanted and house spirits and mixers. The sangria was nice.
One cute feature they had was a children’s food bar. This counter, which was lower than the other service bars, allowed children to choose their own dinner and dessert, which my kids loved! I just had to make sure they didn’t steal too many lollypops.
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Winter sun: Check the hotel pool is heated
One thing to check in advance when booking a winter sun holiday is whether the hotel pools are heated. This can make a big difference to the enjoyment of your holiday, especially if you plan to spend a lot of time in the pool. The Paradise Park Fun Lifestyle hotel has four pools (two are adult-only), but during the winter, only the main pool is heated. This was fine because the hotel was not overly busy in January, so the large main pool was sufficient for all the guests without being too busy. There are three other pools; one natural rock pool, one lagoon-style pool and a rooftop pool with a cool bar for over 18s only.
As well as swimming in the main pool (and sitting around it in the sun), the entertainment team put on a timetable of events including water aerobics and other fun games. My children loved the mat that is stretched out over the water to use as a runway to sprint along and jump in. They thought it was brilliant! The entertainment team (who also run the kids club) are so much fun and do a great job in getting everyone involved. I even had a – incredibly ungraceful – go…
Kids entertainment at Paradise Park Tenerife
There is a Kids Club at Paradise Park, which is open at selected times of the day. The playroom has a small soft play area, arts and crafts, games and carers that supervise the children. Only children aged 4 and older can be left without parental supervision. We didn’t utilise the kids club that much as my son and daughter (who is only 2) liked to play together and they wanted to stay in the pool and play.
After dinner, there is a fun kids disco in the main bar. During the disco, a children’s entertainer dances with the kids and teaches them routines to silly European songs (and Baby Shark, of course) and the kids were giddy with glee. After the dancing, the entertainer played games with the kids and made balloon animals. Then, the lights are dimmed as the bar shifts into the adult entertainment programme, including karaoke, professional singers and musicians.
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