It has been a long, long while since I posted in my blog, so what is better than to return with a positive post about mine and Kayleigh’s first holiday together in Puerto De La Cruz, Tenerife.
Earlier this year me and Kayleigh booked a holiday for 8 days to Tenerife.
Theo went to my parents whilst Millie and Lola stayed at our home with Kayleigh’s mum who was house and dog sitting for us.
I really wish I would of done a Vlog for our first holiday together but I didn’t unfortunately, so this is what happened…
Wednesday 11th October
The day of our holiday. We woke up at midnight as we had to leave by 2am as our flight was at 6.35am. We were also flying from London Stansted, which was an hour away from our home. After all the stressful bit of luggage weighing, hand luggage checking, we was able to have a well deserved beverage at a Weatherspoon’s called The Windmill. Eventually it came to boarding our flight. I forgot how much I love flying, taking off being my absolute favourite! The flight was 4 hours and 40 mins long. When we arrived we was inside and it wasn’t until all checked in and setting foot outside we realised how hot it was. I could see palm trees everywhere, it was lovely. After a little confusion on who was doing our transfers we were pointed in the right direction and got onto a rather stuffy coach which had rubbish air con, this was a very hot and sweaty journey and it took around 1 hour 30 mins, long time!
When we arrived at our hotel we were blown away by its amazing entrance! After check in and finding our lovely big and spacious room for the 8 days, we walked down to the beach which was about a 5 minute walk and witnessed the beautiful volcanic black sand and Mediterranean sea. We then went back to the hotel and got dressed into our swimwear to check out the hotels swimming pool. We layed on the loungers for a few hours, then went upstairs to get ready for dinner. After dinner we walked down to the beach and watched the beautiful sunset, on the way back Kayleigh had a beer and I had an alcoholic smoothie at a little sea front café which was lovely and very refreshing. We then walked back to the hotel, and got ready for bed as we were exhausted from all day travelling.
Thursday 12th October
Waking up, we got showered and changed ready for the day and ready for the breakfast. My breakfast plate was the most random but it was actually alright, even the coffee was pretty nice. We decided to go to a garden which we got a taxi to, it was called Jardin Botanico (Botanical Gardens). It was €3 an adult to get in which we thought was reasonably priced. The gardens were very tropical with a few big ponds, so it was a lovely little garden full of nature and tropical plants. Kayleigh and I decided to have a little wonder around the area after we had finished at the gardens. We then found a little café called Mini Golf Club which had a little mini golf in its beer garden. We actually only went in there to play Mini Golf. We then went on to find a park which contained waterfall’s, we were searching in this one park for ages and found no waterfall’s, so I made Kayleigh go over to a Spanish couple walking their dog to ask them, I equipped her with pictures of the place we were trying to find and they were very helpful and pointed us in the right direction. So a little further walk down the road and an alley way we found the sign Parque Taoro. It was beautiful, far more amazing then I imagined. It had a massive waterfall going into two little ones into a big one and two other little ones to the bottom. It was so beautiful. The views from the public park were amazing. We could also see the adventure pool place Lago Martianez which we planned to visit on our holiday. On our way back we found some little shops where we spend a fair amount on presents for ourselves and my parents for looking after Theo, and Kayleigh’s mum for looking after Millie and Lola. The walk back was long and tiresome but we done it, with me resting many times in between as my energy levels are still rubbish, so this was extremely difficult but so proud of myself for doing it. We were boiling hot and so when we got back to our hotel we got our swimwear on and took our first swim in the pool, which was rather cold but so refreshing, and eventually you get used to the temperature anyway. We then drunk several Pina Coladas which were AMAZING by the pool. We got changed ready for dinner. We then got ready for the evening entertainment. This was the night we met the lovely British family Laura, Phil and their two beautiful children Alfie and Jovi. They were the first British family we had met since being in the hotel, so it was so nice to have met them! Kayleigh and I got very very drunk. We ended up going to bed pretty late, and then suffering the next day…
Friday 13th October
We woke up hungover but ready to go to a famous zoo and sea life place called Loro Parque which had Orcas, Dolphins and many other different animals and loads and loads of Parrots. The Orca and Dolphin show made me somewhat emotional I guess because they are beautiful creatures that you don’t get to see in England and I did feel sorry for them knowing about the background of the Orca’s. We had the most weirest lunch, was a hard french bread kind of roll with just ham and cheese, no butter, no salad cream. It actually broke my tooth gem off of my tooth lol. We missed loads of the park as we decided we could do better winging it then using the map, clearly we were wrong. We paid to come back for a second day as it was just €13 an adult rather then the €35 an adult it was the first time. We then got back and got changed, laid on the bed woke up then fell back to sleep completely missing our dinner. So we literally didn’t spend the evening doing anything but sleeping.
Saturday 14th October
We felt pretty refreshed in the morning so we got up ready to go and have breakfast and then we were sitting by the pool at 9.30am. This was also the first time ever we experienced a hot breeze, like it was so hot. We had a game of pool in the games room, and Kayleigh won. We also played several card games by the pool, I do love card games especially on holiday! We went for a swim in the outside swimming pool but Kayleigh wanted to try out the indoor swimming pool which was a different company from our hotel so it was an extra cost of €8 a day. So we spent €16 on 3 hours of swimming, going in the Jacuzzi and trying out the Sauna.
We had several problems with our hotel lock, having to go down to receptions several times to refresh our cards except this time the cleaner couldn’t even get in our room so we called for assistance and it turned out it was our lock and so it had to be changed.
We sat on the balcony drinking cocktails and eating our pick n mix that we got from Loro Parque the previous day.
After dinner we went for an evening stroll and came across the little castle on the beach as well as Playa Jardin with its stacked rocks and pebbles which was an amazing thing to see as I had never seen anything like it before. We even had a little look in the castle which was still open at 8pm and it was also free to get into!
We got changed ready for the evening entertainment. We found Laura, Phil and the kids and sat with them. The show was actually pretty good and funny. A man that had horns all over him who was making songs, a juggling man…I think it was called circus or something but it was actually pretty entertaining. When the show finished at 11pm we went back up to our hotel room to get ready for bed.
Sunday 15th October
We decided to go to Lago Martianez for the day. Although I was spoken to rudely and abruptly in Spanish for being in the disabled bit and asked to move on after failed efforts of trying to tell them I am in fact disabled and I am a kidney patient. We moved on and found a better place. We explored the art within the sea water pools. Checking out the Volcano which squirted out water, caves, and different art bits and features. We settled for the pool furthest away, one of the pools was basically empty. After swimming in the refreshing salty pools we decided to go to a restaurant called Costa Martianez and we had a pizza and chips, which was pretty amazing. When we returned to the pools the tide had come in and the empty pool was no full and the main pools a lot deeper. We went for a swim in the pools and I was unable to touch the floor which was pretty funny, it was also pretty difficult to swim in as with the amount of salt from the sea water it would just make you float upwards. It was pretty funny. After we had enough of swimming, we got changed and decided to explore the are we were in. We found a casino which I put €1 in a fruit machine, had no idea what I was doing because it was all in Spanish but some how I won €7 lol. We went on to explore the shops which were like mini Debenhams. Quite nice but round about the same priced you would pay in the UK. We got a taxi back to the Hotel.
Monday 16th October
Today we got ready and went to the beach as we were planning on swimming in the sea but unfortunately the sea had a red flag so no one was allowed to swim in it. It was lovely just sitting on the sand despite some guys tried to sell us towels several times! We eventually went back to the hotel. We spent the afternoon at the swimming pool.
Kayleigh had asked me to wash my hair and have it down, so I agreed as I prefer my Barnet down lol. It is right past my bum now so its a pretty impressive Maine! I chose a beautiful dress which was net at the top and beautiful flowy coral colour at the bottom. Kayleigh was acting very suspicious and I kind of knew something was up as she kept nervously giggling and her cheeks were rather rosy.
We walked down to a quiet part of the beach where we sat looking out to the beautiful sea. She handed me a note with SK all over it, she told me to walk up the beach reading this beautiful romantic love letter about how she loved me, how she wanted a family with me and how she wanted to make me her wife. I turned round and she had laid a little scarf for me to sit on, I sat down and she giggled. I told her the letter was lovely and it made me all emotional and warm and fuzzy inside. Kayleigh then got down on one knee and asked me to marry her, of course I said yes! She then gave me a little wooden plaque that said ‘I love you Sabrina’ and an engagement survival kit, as we have always had banter in our relationship. She then had some plastic champagne flutes and a little bottle of champagne and we cheered to our future together. We walked back hand in hand to the hotel as fiancées! We came back to have our dinner pretty late and then we met up and celebrated with our British friends and enjoyed the hotels evening entertainment! We were roped in to playing 3 rounds of party games, it was all fun but both of us lost lol!
Tuesday 17th October
Today was our second visit to Loro Parque but this time we went with Laura, Phil, Alfie and Jovi which was lovely. Clearly Laura’s map reading skills were on point as we got to see everything, and not miss a single thing! We sat closer to the Orca show, right next to where the Orcas come out and it was amazing! We got closer at the Dolphin show and a better view at the Sea Lion show. We had lunch whilst we were there, handmade pizza! It was a brilliant day! When we came back we went and got changed ready to go for a nice swim as we were all so hot and sweaty, and got changed and chilled and met the others for tea in our hotel. We then went up and got ready for the evening entertainment.
Wednesday 18th October
Today was our last full day so we decided to go back near Lago Martiniaz and have a further look at shops, as we had previously passed a shopping mall called Centro Commercial Pirámides de Martiánez. The mall was actually alright and we bought a couple of stuff, but the best part was having a gorgeous BURGER KING! We then went to a Casino. We walked up the road to see what else we could find and ended up walking through all the different streets, with all different shops, cafes and restaurants. We walked passed all the street art graffiti and ended up further from our hotel then we originally started so we got a taxi and realised we weren’t far away at all, haha! We went back for a well deserved beverage and then got ready to meet our friends and go for a swim before leaving the next day. The evening entertainment was pretty good it was a female magician which was also quite comical as she did everything by actions only and her facial expressions were hilarious. We then shared cuddles with the lovely people we met, two British families and went back to our room…we done the majority of the packing then had an early night.
Thursday 19th October
In the morning we had to get up and get ready by 5am as we needed to pack everything before getting our coach at 630am the coach had good air con, but a toddler was sick on it so it stunk out the whole bus, and we were on it for over 2 hours as we had to collect everyone to take them to the airport. Once arrived at the air port and getting checking in out of the way we got another BURGER KING and shopped a bit too. The flight back was a nightmare as there was only one working toilet so there was constant queuing, arguments and god knows what but 4 hours and 40 mins later we arrived in cloudy England! We went from 30 degrees to just 13 so it was a little shock to the system but not as bad as we thought. Kayleighs Mum collected us from the airport along with two of our pooches Millie and Lola, they were so excited to see us! When we got home Kayleigh’s mum made us casserole! We had an early night because we were shattered! Plus we wanted the next day to hurry up we could collect our little boy Theo!
It was an amazing holiday with so many good memories and adventures shared! It was great!