After a wonderful sleep on the comfortable double bed in my room here at Pearly Grey Resort, I woke up refreshed and ready to start my first full day in Tenerife. Due to my late arrival the day before, our schedule had been slightly adjusted, so instead of the previously planned walk through the Masca region, we had been booked to go to Aqualand Costa Adeje later that day.
In the meantime there was the small matter of breakfast, as I was feeling rather ravenous and already knew that the food at the resort was good. I headed down to the restaurant and met up with John Beckley. Just like with the previous evening’s meal, Pearly Grey caters well for those of us who choose not to eat meat and there was a excellent vegetarian cooked breakfast. The soya milk Lavazza coffee was also delicious!
At breakfast I was introduced to more of the resort team, including Dennis Markham the IT Manager, who had also been helping to organise this trip. After weeks of email contact, it was nice to finally put a face to the name. As I expected, Dennis is really friendly and easy to talk to, and always very happy to help out.
Tenerife is all new to me, so John and I decided to take a drive between the tourist hotspots of Los Cristianos and Playa de las Americas. This whole area is buzzing with life, with plenty of bars, cafes, restaurants and shops, and there is a real vibrancy and exciting atmosphere. That was a stark contrast to my quiet life in Lanzarote and to the other Canary Islands that I visited, such as Fuerteventura and La Graciosa.
With so many great places to eat and shop, plus amazing beaches and resorts, and of course the incredible weather, it’s no wonder tourists love this part of Tenerife. We stopped for lunch at the Activate Sports Club of the wonderful new five star Baobab Suites. This resort is beautifully designed and is another example of the style of top quality places you can stay at on Tenerife.
Following lunch we headed out to Aqualand to enjoy the popular dolphin show which runs every day at 3:30pm. We decided to bring John’s son Vincent along, as he is a lover of both animals and big slides, and Aqualand has plenty of both. The dolphin show was amazing to watch, and a really spectacular showcase of the power and grace of these intelligent and beautiful animals.
The show involves a large family (pod) of dolphins including adult males and females and youngsters. It is clear that the trainers are highly passionate about their job and put a huge amount of energy and professionalism into the show. The real stars of the show are of course the dolphins though. They perform summersaults, back flips, jumps through hoops, flipping trainers into the air and over ropes, and even passing a football to each other. If you go to Aqualand Costa Adeje you absolutely must go and see the incredible dolphin display.
Following this incredible show, we headed to the slides, of which there are many different types with various heights and speeds. This is a great park for kids and adults alike, and perfect for families.
John, Vinny and I all had a great time racing each other down the slides and creating a big splash at the bottom. Soon enough, we saw the staff getting ready to go home. The park was closing, and we left wishing we could spend more time on the slides. If you are looking for a fun time for all the family you should definitely head to Aqualand.
Later on that evening, John and I were invited by Showtime Tenerife to go and watch “The Sound of Musicals“, which is shown every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at their venue in Costa Adeje, close to Pearly Grey Resort. Although I had been to musicals before, mostly in my childhood years, I really wasn’t sure what to expect with this show. We were warmly greeted at the entrance, and had our photo taken, then invited to take a seat at a pre booked table.
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There we met some others who had come to enjoy the show, including another group staying at Pearly Grey resort. This is the only show in Tenerife that provides unlimited drinks all evening, including wine, beer, soft drinks and water. Everyone had also paid for the optional meal too, and soon after we were seated our meals were brought to us. There is a vegetarian option on the menu, and if you let the staff know beforehand they will happily provide a vegan dish. Mine was a delicious stuffed pepper with mixed roasted vegetables, rice and salad, and then a fruit salad for dessert.
The show itself was excellent, and hugely entertaining, and the cast faultless in their delivery. There were a huge number of songs from a wide variety of different musicals ranging from Grease, and The Sound Of Music, to Chicago, Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and the Phantom Of The Opera. There were even some songs from Frozen to add to the fun. I loved it, as did the packed audience watching the show.
Here are Dominic James and Tracey Cutting, two of the members of the “Sound of Musicals” cast, who also used to work in Pearly Grey Resort:
Apart from the superb singing, there is also an excellent comedy element to “The Sound of Musicals”. It is clear that the cast have a brilliant chemistry together and love what they do, and throughout the night there was a lot of applause and laughter within the audience. If you are looking for a fun filled night out of music and comedy, with drinks and dinner as well, then you should definitely make a reservation to see The Sound of Musicals!
Once again a big thank you to Poul’s Auto for kindly providing our rental car for the week.