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This is my third time in Tenerife, twice in the past two years and before that I was 12 🙂 We were pretty lazy this time, we wanted a sun holiday in May and the Canary Islands seemed the best option, so we booked our flights and even the same hotel again because we liked the area.  We are staying in Los Christianos in a Sol hotel who are part of the Melia group, its worth joining when booking as they do great rewards for discounts on bookings.  We booked half board as they give you the option of breakfast and lunch, however at check in they got us with an upgrade to all inclusive for €10 each a day.

I decided to split this blog in two, one on the destination, food, drinks and shopping. The second blog will be on what I wore.

Restaurants:

Even though we are all inclusive in the hotel we still enjoy eating out at night. My favourite restaurants include:

1. Melrose restaurant, it is an amazing steakhouse! The staff are very friendly, the kitchen is open and you can sit near it which makes it impossible to decide what to order. I had the ribeye steak and it was huge!

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2. Hacienda Merenda is a mexican restaurant. The food here is great, I am obsessed with nachos and these were definitely worth the trip. The portions are huge, we got fajitas as our main and struggled with these after the starters.

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3. Emperor Chinese, this is a small chinese in Los Christianos, we went here because of a recommendation and it was definitely worth the visit. The staff were friendly and helpful, food was great and really tasty and great wifi (the first place I had full bars). Really can’t fault the place, a lot cheaper then other places for great food and cheaper for our normal wine aswell.

4. Oriental Garden is an asian restaurant that offers a huge range of dishes. They also give all tables poppadoms with mango chutney, veg and mint sauce. Think I overdid it on these and struggled with my dishes.

Restaurants 1,2 and 4 are part of a group called Gourmetland, when you eat in one they give you a voucher for 10% off in all of the restaurants.

Drinks:

I could be considered boring as I am not really into mad nights out on holidays. I enjoy going out for dinner having some drinks with dinner and a few after. I can’t deal with being hungover in the sun.

My favourite wine that we lived on for the week is San Valentin, a Spanish wine that is part of the Torres group.

For cocktails I love Vilaflor in Playa de las Americas, my reason for this could be because the cocktails are huge! There are mixed reviews on Tripadvisor about this place as they don’t have prices on the menu. Our cocktails were €8.75 which is dearer then a lot of the places about but they are also easily double the size, along with great staff, free snacks to munch on and a rose with the bill I think it is worth it.
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Feeling all fancy with my little bottle of cava and bucket:

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Shopping:

Most of my favourite shops are here, Zara, Oysho, Stradivarious and Pull and Bear. The shops are all huge and have a great selections and the huge plus it is cheaper then back in Ireland!

So on that note I am going to go and enjoy my cocktail at the pool, by the time you will be reading this I will probably be back home as I have no internet to upload 😦

Amanda xxx

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