A little while ago I wrote about our family holiday at the gorgeous Seaside Palm Beach Hotel in Gran Canaria. I’ve saved the best until last of course, with a whole post dedicated to food, glorious food! The hotel prides itself on providing its guests with a really 5* experience, and nowhere is this more apparent than with the dining choices.
Most meals were eaten in the main restaurant. There’s an indoor area, but most people choose to eat outside on the sunny terrace. Breakfast is all made to order: an army of chefs will cook your eggs, bacon, sausage and whatever else you desire exactly as you please, plus of course there was amazing coffee, fresh juices, fruit, continental meats and cheese… you name it.
We often grabbed a lunchtime snack at the poolside African Bar – often a dish of garlicky prawns with hunks of crusty bread. A typical evening menu would consist of a choice of a couple of starters, maybe three ‘middles’, two mains, and then a huge buffet selection of desserts, cheeses and ice creams. Add to this an extensive wine list, with plenty of international wines as well as some interesting local ones to choose from.
The beef tenderloin on this menu was absolutely stunning. I’m afraid I was sitting under a rather bright light, so I’m not sure my picture does it justice:
Charlie made it his mission to sample as many desserts as he could every evening. I tried to be a bit more careful but the patisserie was SO GOOD, as were the cheeses, chutneys and preserves:
And then – the best thing of all was barbecue night – held about three nights a week. We became a bit addicted to barbecue night and would plan our trips so that we were always around in the evening. The chefs prepared everything to order so you could literally choose your very own enormous piece of steak or piece of fish and have it seasoned and cooked exactly as you liked it, with of course the usual huge array of sides, salads and desserts.
One evening we ate in La Bodega, the specialist tapas restaurant with the beautiful table settings that we could see from our balcony:
We started with breads and oils, then moved on to all sorts of tapas plates: squid, amazing sliced entrecote, croquetas, pimientos Padron, fabulous salads and an amazing white wine from Lanzarote – a Malvasia with mineral hints and a whiff of sulphur. We also indulged in a rather delicious ‘fried milk’ dessert.
We munched and sipped and chatted until it was dark and it really was one of the best meals I’ve ever had.
On our final night, Mr E and I were treated to a visit to the Palm Beach’s sister hotel, the Grand Hotel Residencia. The hotel, though not strictly ‘adults only’, is certainly aimed more at adults, and we were led out onto a gorgeous terrace set with yellow tablecloths and parasols, overlooking the twinkling pool area. We dined on a set menu with four courses, with a choice of two options for every course. The wine list was fantastic and we chose a Malvasia again as we’d enjoyed it so much at La Bodega.
We started with an amuse bouche of duck on a tiny piece of rye bread with a berry confit, then I chose a ‘surf and turf’ of confit belly of pork, with a king prawn and confit pineapple, which was beautifully presented and utterly delicious. This was followed by a perfect medium/rare entrecote steak with purple ‘oriental violet’ carrots, rosemary scented spring onions and a mustard seed crust. Our desserts were incredible too. I went for a selection of Spanish blue cheeses perfectly complimented with red wine pears. Service was refined and attentive and our wine glasses were never left empty. A stunning hotel. We’ve earmarked it for a return visit – maybe for a special anniversary.
The boys, of course, had stayed at the Palm Beach as it was barbecue night, and nothing was going to entice them away from those huge steaks.
What a stunning experience. I really can’t recommend the Palm Beach highly enough. Sometimes it can be difficult getting the balance right on a family holiday, but we all really enjoyed this trip – there was loads for the boys to do, some great places to visit nearby, that enormous swimming pool, the fabulous food, impeccable service, wonderful design and really top quality food. We’ll definitely be back.
Based on our stay in August, seven nights at the Seaside Palm Beach Hotel cost £117 per person per night. This price is based on two people sharing on a half board basis and excludes flights.
If you’d prefer to travel as part of a package, Thomson offers seven night holidays to Gran Canaria staying at the 5T Seaside Hotel Palm Beach, Thomson A La Carte on a half board basis from £939 per person. Price is based on two adults and two children sharing, and includes flights departing from London Gatwick airport on 27th August 2016 and transfers. To find out more about this holiday or to book visit your local Thomson travel shop,thomson.co.uk or call 0871 230 2555.
Thanks also to Three UK (Feel At Home currently covers 18 destinations including USA, Italy and Australia, more information at three.co.uk), and the Gran Canaria Tourist Board for their hospitality.