Hotel Profile – Be Live! Hotel Costa Los Gigantes, Tenerife

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Our hotel in Los Gigantes was … gigantic. It was busy, lively, bustling, fun and chilled out.

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The Be Live brand earmark their hotels into categories (City, Collection, Experience, Adults Only and Family) and ours was ‘Family’ with bells on.   When we arrived we could hear children going for dinner, laughing, crying, being kids. Any time of day and night you’d see children, you’d see buggies. I couldn’t make my kids stay up past 9pm if I tried but I admired the alert meercat toddlers wheeling about as 10pm came and went – no exaggeration, loads of toddlers were up later than me, so whatever schedule your family keep you’ll fit in. The dining halls had hoards of buggies parked outside – we were definitely not the only family in the village. We belonged.

THE ROOM

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The main bedroom

We dumped our bags – we’d booked a two bedroom suite so Mr Toddler had his own room and a sofa bed [his own tele, fridge with mini bar and balcony (smug)] and Mr Baby had a travel cot in our room (we had a tele but no balcony or mini bar – not so smug) and there was an ensuite bathroom.

Gold star to BeLive – Mr Baby’s travel cot was not only there when we arrived, it was free (I dislike being charged for cots in ‘family’ hotels) and it was erected for us, so one less thing to think about. The rooms were spacious, clean and straightforward.

POOLS

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The various pools stretched off ahead of us – six in total – one children’s pool with flume, two baby pools and three adult pools. Mr Baby was aloof but Mr Toddler was slightly deranged in anticipation. We discovered  one of the small baby pools which, despite how big and busy the hotel was, we often had to ourselves, especially around 9.30am, and it never got overcrowded. We didn’t struggle to get three loungers (as Mr Toddler wants his own now to read his kindle!!) as the hotel’s so big there was room for everyone.

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Amazing to regularly have the baby pool to ourselves.  Realised Mr Toddler’s beach toys were a bit feeble – must do better.

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Just me and my rubbish beach toys

We spent hours by the pool. It’s so easy. Especially when you can nip for a coffee (all inclusive), an icecream, a strong gin and tonic and Mr Toddler discovered slush puppies – boy, did he discover slush puppies.

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50 Shades of Slush Puppy

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Very active view from Mr Toddler’s balcony

The view from our balcony (sorry, Mr Toddler’s balcony) shows what else was available on site – you can see the high ropes/zip wire, mini golf, soft play, tennis courts and football courts. Every other day Mr Toddler and Mr Husband had a kick about on the football court and we went to the soft play area late afternoon each day.

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There’s also a spa/gym, table tennis, air rifle shooting available. We got a voucher to try the spa but I’m Scottish, and I don’t go indoors when the sun is shining. Overall there was enough on site to keep us and the boys entertained. There was a mini club available for four to twelve year olds, plus a notice-board full of kids activities.

GRUB

One of the biggest draws of a family all inclusive holiday is the food – declaration – I was a glutton and I couldn’t help myself. BeLive offers; Palapa – a Mexican, Spanish and Italian restaurant; Teide the main hall where breakfast, lunch and dinner are served; and a snack bar with regular bar-b-qs. The food was cooked for mass consumption but the quality was good and varied – one night there was sushi which totally threw me, in a good way. There was a children’s buffet too and the chefs would cook up fresh pasta bolognaise in front of you which was a hit with my tots.

I hadn’t appreciated how much, as a mother, I’d be bobbing back and forth to the buffet for various courses for all of us – people are like food yo-yos in these places. I also hadn’t appreciated that eating most meals at the hotel then playing at the pool meant that we’d be public parenting 99% of the time. It’s fine, it’s just not what I’m used to, in life or in self-catering. But if you’re worried about tot meltdowns then don’t – these halls are buzzing, the noise level is high and parents are supportive of each other. The majority of the time everyone’s kids were having the time of their tiny lives, eating ice-cream till it came out their ears.

The restaurants were busy, we always got a table, but there were queues for sought after items (meat at dinner, coffee (blessed coffee) in the mornings so a few more coffee machines wouldn’t go amiss) but it all moved swiftly enough.

All is forgiven for serving prosecco on a Sunday morning at breakfast – baby in high chair, toddler by my side, yet a glass of prosecco before 10am, I was definitely on holiday, a Be Live family holiday.

Our Story

We flew direct from Aberdeen to Tenerife with Barrhead Travel.  The flight takes under five hours. Mr Toddler had his own seat for the first time, as he’s now two, which cost more but it made the flight so much easier.  The transfer time was just over an hour.

The return leg was an early one. We were collected at 0420 (ouch) and the rest is a blur to me.

The hotel does have a beach a ten minute walk away which I’ve highlighted in this post, so you can nip out of the hotel for some sandcastles and sandwiches. We also had a really great day out on a pirate ship nearby – read more here!

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14 Comments

  1. Reply

    joylovestravel

    March 7, 2016

    Prosecco with breakfast – now that’s my kind of place!!

    • Reply

      tots2travel

      March 7, 2016

      Who can argue with that 🙂

  2. Reply

    Indah Susanti

    March 7, 2016

    This hotel is a heaven for children – I am impressed by their playground and the number of swimming pools! Great review!

    • Reply

      tots2travel

      March 8, 2016

      It was spot on. But we also saw a lot of couples there having long relaxed meals or hours lounging undisturbed by the pool so there was room for everyone.

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    Rashminotes

    March 8, 2016

    Very nice post; thanks for sharing. Seems like a great place.

    • Reply

      tots2travel

      March 8, 2016

      Thank you. I love challenging holidays but it’s nice to go on a relaxing break where you’re taken care of. We’re very lucky.

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    Nina's Apartment

    March 18, 2016

    Spot on write up of the hotel we stayed in now two years running. An adventurous backpacker once who wouldn’t want to be seen dead in a place like this, I now cannot rate this all-inclusive hotel high enough for a relatively stress-free family break. And oh my god, the dessert buffet… Will probably book again!

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      tots2travel

      March 18, 2016

      Thank you! I feel you. The flight is a roller coaster ride in itself, travelling with a toddler and a baby, so after that to be able to chill, no cooking, no cleaning, good food and yes the desserts, is sometimes what I need and want.

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    Frances

    April 6, 2016

    Off to this hotel next week from Glasgow and great to see the positive review. We’ve got a toddler who is nearly two and i’m looking forward to a break doing as little as possible. Well as much as she will allow!

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      tots2travel

      April 7, 2016

      I’ve got a feeling you’ll be busy lol. It is a relaxing venue, very busy, but somehow still chilled out and fun. Would love to visit another Be Live hotel if I got the chance as they seem to know what people want. Have a great time. p.s.you only get the sparkling wine at the main bar so make sure you find the time 🙂

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