We would like to share a rather extra-special Club La Costa holiday experience my husband and I enjoyed at Sunningdale Village in Tenerife earlier this year. As erstwhile long-time owners there, we were glad to join Club La Costa when the Company bought Sunningdale some seven years ago and have frequently added to our points holding on subsequent visits.
Over the years we have made many good friends there amongst both guests and sales team, as well as with the staff of super folk who are committed to making Sunningdale a very special and welcoming resort in the Club La Costa portfolio…and indeed, amongst the I.I. and R.C.I. inventory too, I believe.
A Wedding in Gibraltar
It was during our usual pre Christmas one month stay in 2007 that our good friend Terry Foulkes, in the C.L.C. Sales Team, and her fiance Alan Tink announced their plans for a May wedding in 2008, and invited me to conduct their marriage celebration ceremony. This was a huge honour and, in February we flew to Sunningdale to plan and to write the wedding service just as the Bride and Groom most wanted, and to arrange to accommodate their families and close friends at Sunningdale for a celebration holiday – thanks to our Diamond holding of Club La Costa points !
On April 1st we acted as witnesses to Terry and Alan for their Civil Marriage Ceremony in Gibraltar, after which they enjoyed a welcome break (again using our Club La Costa points) savouring the very best of luxury in a Santa Cruz suite. Special thanks are due to Leah, Christine and the Team in Central Reservations for their help in arranging this and all the later wedding accommodation, and for extra “T.L.C.” that made the honeymoon stay extra special.
Finally, as the week of the wedding celebration arrived, family and friends from all parts of the U.K. arrived in Tenerife to experience the feel-good factor of a special Sunningdale welcome. Flight delays meant that Alan’s plans for a get-together dinner at Zachary’s restaurant was running three hours behind schedule, and it was after 11 p.m. when the last guests were guided from taxi to table. Our long-suffering chef was quite unfazed by having to begin cooking so late, and this despite the fact that the entire resort area suffered a blackout due to mains power failure.
Felipe’s restaurant staff served drinks and a super meal by candle light, with their usual friendly efficiency and cheerful courtesy, thus creating a welcome getting-to-know-you occasion that set the seal on a great week-long celebration. We all partied again at Zachary’s Bar on the wedding eve, and the Big Day dawned cloudless as family and friends, and Club La Costa colleagues gathered at a beautiful beachside venue.
A radiant Terry, in a fairy-tale wedding gown, exchanged with Alan the marriage vows that were uniquely theirs.
A happy and memorable day, we all agreed, when we relived it all late into the evening back at Sunningdale over champagne in the poolside bar. The rest of the week passed all too quickly, as the wedding guests continued to enjoy all the best that Sunningdale is ever ready to offer.
Though over the years we have always enjoyed our times there (as indeed we have in our other Club La Costa resorts), this particular visit was somehow just that bit extra special and magical. For this I pay warm tribute to the care and commitment of every member of Staff, under the fine leadership of Marjan, who all work together to create that unique “Sunningdale Spirit” for us all to enjoy – not least during that memorable wedding week. Now we are preparing to return to Sunningdale again, for a month of sunshine to shorten the English winter . . .and meanwhile have asked Reservations at Club La Costa to reserve those May weeks again for next year . . . just in case we decide to celebrate at Sunningdale all over again: for Alan and Terry’s first Wedding Anniversary!