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.
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Don't get me wrong the place is lovely but certain members of staff have ruined it. We have been here many times but would not come back.
Used to be kid friendly but quite the opposite. There was always a swap box by the pool where you could leave and take inflatables and toys etc... No more.
On the 1st day we saw other adults in the pool with inflatables and took ours down also. Within 5 minutes the lifeguard picked on us... Sorry no inflatables. I questioned the others and he said small ones only.
I replied if a grown adult is on an inflatable, it's not small, he shrugged his shoulders and repeated no inflatables. My daughter was quite upset as to why others where allowed... The fact that they sell inflatables in the shop is therefore crazy.
Day 2, different lifeguard and no problems. Day 3 however, we went down to the pool with no inflatables but a tiny pool ball less than 2in in dia. They were having a full on game of water polo at the time... Sorry no balls allowed. Well what about them? No balls allowed was the reply again with a shrug of the shoulders and walked off. Next thing the football hit a kid full on and they went screaming but the water polo continued where our 2in ball was not allowed.
I went to read the pool rules... No toys allowed yet others with water pistols playing and not being told off, no t shirts allowed, yet adults with t shirts in the pool not being told off. No inflatables and yet adults on inflatables not being told off. No face masks yet people with snorkels and flippers not being told off. Nowhere did it say no balls... Which is what the lifeguard obviously doesn't have... He will pick on children but not adults.
Got fed up and asked to speak to a manager... We don't have one in today, try tomorrow. Tried again, no manager. Day 4 manager is definitely in tomorrow at 11am. Went down, she's in a meeting. Went back 3 hours later they will be in touch as they're busy and surprisingly wasn't and didn't get in touch.
Now I don't want to ruin anyone's fun, with 2 children I want to enjoy our holiday like everyone else especially as this year was a special holiday for fathers day and my 40th but you either follow your rules for EVERYONE or don't have stupid rules... Or stupid lifeguards and managers.
It was never like this and I would NOT come if you have kids... It's a great shame as we've been coming for many years and would not return. Staff on reception were lovely but managers don't apparently care for upset customers.
This is forth time I had been to this hotel but was worst. We got a nice apartment which looked out onto the sea and it was clean but problem was it was next to car park and club/pub so there was a lot of noise even at 2 or 3am in morning with people leaving and getting there car or the club finishing at midnight, don’t get me wrong the club had good entertainment but it seemed everyone went past our door long after entertainment finished. Also every year it had a kids club on twice a day which my daughter loved but this year it was only on once, in fact a lot of the complex seemed short staffed ie the pool bar for example we went to get some lunch
at pool bar and we gave up after 25mins of waiting just to get menu, we went out back of hotel to a small beach hut and got served immediately, also don’t expect a beach it’s just rocks, we took a trip to los cristianos ( not sure if that’s correct spelling) and there was a lovely beach there and lots of shops bars etc we spent whole day there it was really nice, only problem to get there and back in taxi was €50, but we had to go as there is next to nothing to do round hotel except a nice 15min walk to harbour. As I said about it’s a decent clean hotel but set up few trips to fill in the time also just feel this year it’s gone downhill with lack of staff with only one kids club a day and not enough staff in pool bar,take a wee visit to ocean breeze bar in complex it happy hour 5 till 6 and you get nice view and your out in the sun. Oh there is a half hour walk to sandblast which has a lot of shops and bars. I enjoyed my holiday but think it’s last year I go to Santa Barbara nothing wrong with cleanliness but starting to get rundown also our trial membership for diamond is finished so you got to pay extra for things when you are no longer a member.
Honest review......absolutely lovely place and very clean. We had a fabulous 2 bed apartment and no less than 3 very large joined balcony area to have breakfast and sunbathe all day if we so wished.
Reception staff wonderful especially Jennifer who was so so helpful and welcomed us on arrival.
However, room service food (as we had arrived late in day) absolutely awful!! Do not recommend.
Poolside bar/restaurant food ok but staff slow & unhelpful. Several times got order wrong...even simple things ie white coffee....got given black and then took forever to bring correct one!! I asked for bill....again took forever had I not got up & requested to pay yet again. Service has been the poorest I’ve experienced in all my years of travelling abroad.
However, I would recommend to stay here as it is beautiful and thoroughly enjoyed my stay .....just avoid the pool bar.
My husband and I spent 6 nights here from the 10th June. Firstly yes there are renovations and we read about them before hand, the hotel company didn’t inform us which would have been nice. Let me address them, the lobby is a bit of a building site, but how often do you spend time in the lobby? Our room was away from any noise so we didn’t get effected by that either. The vans for the building work were parked up on the car park ramp which was a nuisance as it’s a tight squeeze anyway but if you don’t hire a car that won’t be an issue either.
So that’s the building works sorted now the hotel. It’s huge! A real maze and the floors don’t make sense, so read the map they give you at check in! We booked a 1 bed apartment and received a 2 bed (probably due to the building works) and a sea view. Amazing apartment. Recently renovated, the kitchen had everything you could need. Fridge freezer, kettle, microwave, oven, toaster I could go on. We only used one bed room and the bed was really comfy however they could come apart and be twin beds so we often had to push them back towards the wall as they had minds of their own! The bathroom is really modern but the shower base isn’t deep enough so each day we flooded the bathroom and used towels as a barrier to stop it spreading. The hair dryer is pathetic so bring your own but the apartment did have a decent iron.
WiFi is €6 a day but we didn’t use it and parking is €3 a day which we did. You can park on the road outside for free but 1-it’s parallel parking on the opposite side to British roads and 2- that’s a really hot car you’ll be jumping into. Their parking is a rabbit warren underground. A little tricky to navigate but we always got a space and it was a lovely cool car each morning. Larger cars would be a nightmare in the car park, hire teeny ones!
The pool is large and very deep. We had loads of sun beds to choose from at any point of the day. Maybe it’s not peak season or the hotel patrols sunbed reserving but we never had trouble.
Location is brill, there are restaurants at the front of the hotel down the promenade towards the small marina but also a 10 minute walk from San Blas a little shopping/eating area. The hotel has a supermarket too which was reasonably priced if you don’t fancy walking to a branded one. We hadn’t sorted breakfast the first morning so ate at the hotel restaurant, it was €7 per person for a small buffet. It wasn’t fancy but did the trick.
Im sure you’ve read about the sewage works nearby. Our balcony was as close as you could get to it and we maybe noticed the smell once a day. The sea breeze quickly moves it away and it didn’t effect our stay at all.
All excursions pick you up from here or the hotel 2 doors down Aguamarina (I’ve stayed there too) so being in this area doesn’t effect your ability to get on excursions or busses. I like this area as it’s 10 minutes from the airport so easy transfers and no loud people at night. It’s peaceful and beautiful.
We would definitely stay here again, the staff were friendly, the price was super and the standard of accommodation was easily 4 stars.
This is the third time I’ve been to this hotel and let me just start by saying it is a beautiful place to stay. The only downfall is every time I’ve been there has been building work going on. I don’t understand why the hotel would put people in the rooms that will obviously be affected by the constant drilling. I don’t know what kind of building work requires constant drilling, nor do I understand why it sounds like they are trying to cut steel in the reception area.
This is a poor reflection of the hotel. Can’t get in the lifts due to the workers carrying things up and down from 10am until 5:30pm. It’s very disruptive and to be honest ruined my holiday as a whole. 10am is not really a lie in for most on holiday and I don’t believe I will be returning in future. I will be heading to the beautiful complex that is being built around the corner from here. What kind of building work requires constant drilling for 7 hours?! I would rate this as poor but the hotel itself is wonderful.