Santa Barbara Golf and Ocean Club
What We Love
- A modern, self-catering apartment at an award-winning resort in the gorgeous Canary IslandsPlaying a round or two at the fabulous golf club that's practically on your doorstep
- The brand-new, chill-out terrace, with fabulous views of the sea
- Setting your own pace and cooking up a storm in your own fully equipped kitchen
- The resort’s list of accolades, including a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and a GreenLeaders award
What To Know
- The entertainment staff has programming for kids and adults
- The pool bar has very reasonable food and drink prices and happy hour from 4-5 p.m.
- WiFi is free for Diamond members, but non-members will be charged for access
On the southern coast of Tenerife, the luxurious Santa Barbara Golf and Ocean Club is a heavenly resort, featuring Moorish-inspired architecture and a prime location overlooking the Atlantic. This TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner offers you the perfect base for enjoying the Canary Islands. If you’re the outdoorsy type, you can play watersports, go diving, horseback riding or fishing – though you could always just stretch out on the beach (a 10-minute drive away) with a book and surrender to your lazy side.
You’ll be staying in a modern, self-catering one-bedroom apartment (for up to four people), which has its own fully equipped kitchen and a sofa bed. The resort itself has an impressive range of facilities, including a glittering pool, a supermarket, a nightclub and a car rental service (if you want to venture around the island), as well as plenty more conveniences. There are even golf professionals on hand who can help you brush up on your skills.
Your homey One-bedroom apartment is bright and airy, with large windows that let in plenty of sunshine. There’s an inviting sitting area with a sofa that doubles up as a bed at night, enabling the apartment to comfortably sleep up to four people. The partial kitchen comes with everything you need to cook up a storm.
The resort features a lovely restaurant, a lounge bar and a poolside bar to keep you satisfied during your stay. The pool bar hosts a barbecue on Wednesdays that’s not to be missed. There’s also a supermarket on hand, so you can stock up and cook your own intimate dinners in the comfort of your apartment.
Ideally located on the southern coast of Tenerife, Santa Barbara Golf and Ocean Club is just seconds from the glittering North Atlantic Ocean. The beach is just a short drive away, and two fabulous golf courses are also nearby. There’s a marina offering boating or sailing packages, and fishing is great in the area. Other activities, such as horseback riding, parasailing, windsurfing, whale watching, surfing and scuba diving, are easy to arrange.
How to Get There
Stayed here for a couple of nights last week. Booked while we were here as previous accommodation was unsuitable. Phoned Hotel and got a great deal for a excellent 2 bedroom. Have 2 small kids so kids pool was ideal. Kids pool beds were booked out early, mostly by people with no kids. Hotel is spotless with very good supermarket.
We had a late flight home but they let you use all facilities on checkout day, we stayed at the pool and used shower room before leaving
Didn't eat in the hotel but there are plenty of top restaurants locally
Busy hotel but had a great couple of days.
Only downside was kids club wouldn't accommodate Autistic son.
We booked our holiday at very much the last minute due to other issues.
We've been here on a number of occasions in the past, but this was our first as non members of Diamond Resorts.
We had a slight hiccup before we had set off from the UK the day before, which was quickly resolved by the excellent staff at the resort itself before our departure. We arrived quite late on a Saturday evening to complete our surprise on our grandchildren.
The pool area has changed to a more open area than it was before, with three easy access points to the pool, there's also a disability lift into the pool. The pool has plenty of activities during the week for all ages to take part in.
There's far more sun loungers too and the only queuing to happen before the pool area opened at 9am was for lounges that had parasols that were fixed or mobile.
We did the 9am queue thing only a couple of times while with our family, but when they left, my wife and I simply couldn't be bothered.
Our room was a one bedroom on the third floor overlooking the pool and ocean. It was very clean and well maintained, with enough space for a small family of four, but more than enough for a couple.
All rooms cater for self catering, which we did on a few nights and again the equipment to do this was very good.
Our room had aircon in the bedroom and main living area, plus the old roof fans. However the downside to this was our small balcony became an oven if the aircon was on, so we worked out our own system around this which worked pretty well.
This is a large hotel and can take some getting use to to get around, but all the main areas are quite close to each other.
There's underground parking for a small fee or you can take a chance on the streets or try to get a space on the rutted car park next to the hotel and I mean rutted.
There is also a mini supermarket on site which isn't too bad, price or product wise. But if you're self catering, for a week or more, there's a Hippo market in San Blas or a Lidl up on the north side of the TF-1.
I wouldn't bother with transfers to here from the southern airport as it's only about 10-15€ for a taxi.
There's plenty of eating establishments around the resort with some more a short taxi ride or a nice coastal walk to San Blas.
There's an excellent restaurant on site which is in the moderate to expensive price range, but well worth it.
The pool bar also serves a buffet style breakfast both English and continental in the morning and then various meals throughout the day. Happy Hour is 4-5 in the pool bar and 5-6 in the Ocean Breeze bar.
The animation team do plenty of events throughout the day and a mini disco for kids in the early evening. Entertainment is usually in the Ocean Breeze bar and is of a decent quality.
We spent eleven nights here and didn't have one disappointment with the place. The staff treat you just the same as if you were members or not.
We can thoroughly recommend it for families or couples.
We spent 10 days in Santa Barbara Resort, the staff are very friendly and they work very hard in order to provide a great service.
The food at the restaurant was average but slightly pricey, the supermarket at the hotel also very expensive.
Overall, great place to enjoy your holiday.
• Pools needs more attractions for kids, such as small slides or something to keep kids busy. ( there are many families with small children)
• I don’t think is good idea to charge 0.20£ for an empty glass at the pool bar after you spent 100£ for food( branded glasses are normally free of charge
• Sewage smells it’s very strong at times and not nice when you are by the pool or when you woke up.