Monday, 3 July 2017

Island life

I have had a serious case of the holiday blues the last couple of days.
So a bit of reminiscing is needed.

We were in desperate need of a break and I found Ocean Hill in Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria.
On Thomas cook for a really good price as the hotel has not been open long.
Apart from the hour delay with boarding it was a pretty pain free flight of just over four hours.
We had seven days of glorious sunshine and we have never been so lazy. It was just what we needed to just do hardly anything but relax.

We were pretty high up as the views were amazing and Ocean Hill was one of the most beautifully kept hotels we have ever been to.
Crisp white everything! A cute little apartment with modern furnishings and a double headed wet room style shower.
We did not realise it was an adult only hotel until we arrived but we were pretty pleased with this.

The whole hotel had a classy, upscale and sophisticated vibe to it. I was disappointed that I could not really use my pool float but it is understandable with the atmosphere they are trying to create.

The Infinity pool was absolutely gorgeous and it was never full late afternoon when we were there.
The only 'not so great' reviews we found were about the All Inclusive package food.
So we opted for self catering and it was perfect for us.
As we had a little kitchenette and surrounding food shops. We also went to the pool bar for food, a couple of times and the food was presented really well and was gloriously cheap.

There were always beds around the two pools available and they even had two person four poster loungers that you could sink into. The chill out bar was really enjoyable too, we went there most evenings as it had a real peaceful atmosphere and very friendly staff.

The surrounding areas were a little too touristy for us but we made the most.
For the price of the holiday you could not complain either.
Taxis were readily available and everything was pretty accessible.

The only things I would mention is that being so high up the 20 minute walks in the 34 degrees and upwards were extremely steep. Taxi fairs were around 3 Euros each time so we were happy to use them often.

Also we preferred the beach at Amadores and we found a lovely Italian restaurant, on the beach front called CiaoCiao. Which is rated very highly and they do the most delicious pizza! The husband had Clams in pesto pasta and he was besotted. The staff were so welcoming and they do authentic Gelato.
Always a perk for me.

It was our first real taste of more authentic food while being there, as we did find where we were was mainly catered to English food and we normally like to find non tourist eateries when we are away.

Again we could not really complain was we had a wonderful week and fully embraced the home from home life on the island.

Ocean Hill gave me a little surprise of printing my Instagram photo for me and left it in my apartment which I thought was such a lovely touch.

I would really recommend this hotel if are in need of some relaxation and some quality time together.

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