CLC Resort and Presentation
This was a promotional trip that we received from CLC World Resorts. We had a free week’s accommodation in the lovely CLC Paradise Resort on the Costa Adeje in the Southwest part of Tenerife in exchange for attending a presentation on their holiday club in Birmingham in January and again whilst on-site in Tenerife.
The Paradise Resort is beautiful. It is located up a hill, with mountains behind and views over the bay. The sunrises over the mountains ended up being more spectacular than the sunsets over the sea during our visit.
We had a large one bedroom apartment with a spacious terrace on the 5th floor, in the middle of the complex, so we could look down on the pool area, which is on the first floor, but we were not overlooked.
The apartment was well equipped with everything we needed – including a large fridge freezer, plenty of crockery, dishwasher, washing machine and a kettle! There is a Welcome Pack provided including tea, coffee, milk, orange juice, bread, some butter and jam sachets, a pack of ground coffee for the coffee machine and a nice bottle of red wine.
Personally I preferred the tea with my tea bags that we had brought from home. We tend to take our large mugs with us wherever we go, as cups in accommodation are never big enough for a “proper mug of tea!”
There is a TV which has a wide selection of satellite TV channels. My husband even managed to find a live showing of the England-Turkey football game on the Friday night, so even going all that way, I did not manage to escape football!
Towels and pool towels were provided, along with a small bottle of shampoo and shower gel, so you do need to take your own toiletries for your stay.
The balcony comes with a table and chairs, sunloungers and a parasol, and ours had the sun on it most of the day.
The apartment was spotlessly clean when we arrived on the Tuesday evening. Bedding was changed and the apartment was cleaned on Saturday. The whole resort is clean and well-maintained.
There is a small shop called Sam’s Pantry on site. It has a few basic items but they are quite expensive in comparison to the large supermarket at the bottom of the hill. We only used it once, although they did have some very delicious, freshly baked breads and croissants at half price.
There are two eating establishments on the complex, which are Zachary’s and Janice’s. Zachary’s offers a wider range of food, including some traditional Canary Islands dishes and a wider selection of wines than Janice’s, which offers more basic things such as burgers and pizzas. We ate at both restaurants. Food was excellent at both, service was quick and efficient and we were pleased. Zachary’s is a lot more expensive than Janice’s. I must say Janice’s do some very nice scoop ice-cream in cones!
There was live entertainment at Zachary’s most evenings until 10pm and it as actually quite good.
We were using the apartment as a base for our walking and exploring, so we were not in it a great deal. We did manage a couple of hours by the pool one day after a hot walk and an hour or so soaking up the sun on the balcony.
Everyone in the resort was polite, friendly and very helpful. Reception staff booked us taxis as we needed them and explained about buses to get to where we wanted to go. Staff are multi-lingual and we found everything to be very efficient.
We had our sales presentation on the Thursday. Having already been to one in Birmingham, we had a good idea of what to expect and were curious to see what else might be on offer. We were treated to a gorgeous all-you-can-eat breakfast at Zachary’s restaurant. The people on the afternoon presentation get a full afternoon tea.
The presentation was interesting and informative, as there was a lot more available in the package than we had previously seen. We went to have a look at the other CLC resort nearby, which is Monterrey. This is where CLC members normally stay. I have to say, it was lovely. The accommodation was a bit bigger and included its own large bath in the main bedroom and hot tub on the balcony.
Monterrey has an even bigger hill than CLC Paradise Resort, although it is actually closer to the beach. There are great views of the bay, although you can’t really see the mountains. From that basis, I preferred the mountain views from Paradise Club.
We were interested in the Holiday Club that is being offered, as there are lots of parts to it that could be of benefit to us, however it did not work out for us to take advantage of it at this time. Whilst out on one of the excursions, we met people who were CLC members, so it was interesting to hear of their experiences, which, at that point, were very positive.
We were well looked after and had a great holiday in a very nice resort. It was a great base and it worked well for us. The money we saved on accommodation costs went to good use on some lovely excursions.
CLC World have some fabulous resorts all over the world. For more information about CLC World and their holidays please go to CLC World.com
If you would like to take advantage of a promotional trip and enjoy a week’s free accommodation in a gorgeous sunny location, you can contact one of the CLC World Travel Centres to find out more. When we went to Birmingham, we also received a £50 shopping voucher just for attending.