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phoenix

Is there anybody there?
« on: July 25, 2009 »
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  • We are hoping to get  in a last minute holiday in the Canary Islands next month, preferably in  Los Gigantes.  However, I have seen a  video report on the BBC which gives the impression that Tenerife is like a  ghost town with many empty hotels and beaches.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/8156241.stm

    What is business like in Los Gigantes at the moment. Once upon a time we used to get hotel occupancy figures at various times of the year but I haven't seen any figures for quite some time.

    Offline Dolly Diver

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    Re: Is there anybody there?
    « Reply #1 on: July 25, 2009 »
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  • Yes, I read that report too.  Anyone can take a photo of an empty beach at 09.00!!!!
    Los Gigantes a ghost town I don't think so.  A bit quieter than normal, most likely, but then summer in Los Gigantes in particular was never the height of our season for Northern European tourists. 
    Boat trips certainly seem to be reasonably full and most people are just getting on with life.  Some bars are bound to close as there were too many anyway. 
    So if you want a great holiday in a fantastic resort with a brilliant climate I should say  book your flights for Tenerife and get to Los Gigantes - it truely has something for everyone.

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    Re: Is there anybody there?
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  • I agree los gigantes has someting great if you want a list of places  please pm me have been coming to lg since 1980 4 or 5 times ayear :)Not if you want wall to wall discos and cheap booze bars

    grockle

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    « Reply #3 on: July 28, 2009 »
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  • Three full days and no posts on the forum! Not good.
    Is there anybody there? seems to apply to more than just the resort area being exceedingly quiet.

    TraceyRich

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    « Reply #4 on: July 28, 2009 »
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  • We are back in Los Gigantes for 3 weeks in September and we can't wait. It's absolutely gorgeous there. Not too busy or too packed but you get a good crowd. If you want clubs and loads of nightlife, go to Americas! You'll only find cabarets and djs and singers in Los Gigantes - just our thing.

    northernboy

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    « Reply #5 on: July 28, 2009 »
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  • We are back in Los Gigantes for 3 weeks in September and we can't wait. It's absolutely gorgeous there. Not too busy or too packed but you get a good crowd. If you want clubs and loads of nightlife, go to Americas! You'll only find cabarets and djs and singers in Los Gigantes - just our thing.

    Can you please explain why tourist should have to go to PDLA if they want nightlife, you used to be able to get plenty of nightlife there up to a few years ago and there was more tourist about, remember not all tourist want to be going to bed at midnight. Maybe you like it not to busy, but I do not think many bar owners would agree with you.
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    Caroline

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    « Reply #6 on: July 28, 2009 »
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  • We're back to LG on 14th August and am now counting minutes (there's a lot of them - too many for my liking!!).  This will be my 7th visit since 1990, and with my hubbie and son the 2nd in a year.  I just love  LG : the pace of life, beautiful views from wherever you happen to be and I love the fact that it's not like other busy resorts - when I go I always feel like I'm going home (it's my happy place).  When people ask me where I'm going for my hols - I always say "a fantastic, quiet resort in beautiful Tenerife called Los Gigantes which is the complete opposite of Playa".  Selfishly I hope it never changes but stays just as it is.

    Offline wishiwasthere

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    Re: Is there anybody there?
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  • Totally agree with you Caroline - we are also back on 14 August.

    northernboy

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  • We're back to LG on 14th August and am now counting minutes (there's a lot of them - too many for my liking!!).  This will be my 7th visit since 1990, and with my hubbie and son the 2nd in a year.  I just love  LG : the pace of life, beautiful views from wherever you happen to be and I love the fact that it's not like other busy resorts - when I go I always feel like I'm going home (it's my happy place).  When people ask me where I'm going for my hols - I always say "a fantastic, quiet resort in beautiful Tenerife called Los Gigantes which is the complete opposite of Playa".  Selfishly I hope it never changes but stays just as it is.

    Caroline, I never said About Los Gigantes being like PDLA, I would never never wish to see that happen. You have been visiting Los Gigs for many years now, so why would the night life bother you now, because during the period you have been frequenting Los Gigs, it used to be very viberant and i never heard you mention of any problems this had caused you during your stays.
    « Last Edit: July 28, 2009 by northernboy »

    Caroline

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    « Reply #9 on: July 28, 2009 »
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  • Hi there - agree that during my first few visits it was a bit buzzier than it is now - but it was never overly buzzy and so it was never too loud and in your face (I don't remember there being any disco's or clubs for instance). I remember a nice music bar down by the marina that we used to go to and enjoy that isn't there anymore.  I think a bit more life and choice of bars and maybe open a bit later than midnight (say 1/2am) would be ok, but hope it never goes down the partying till dawn route.  At the moment I think it's a great location for families and couples in search of a relaxing holiday in a beautiful spot.

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  • Many Years ago there was disco called whispers but it was soundproofed.The village could do with being a bit more canarian. A good tapas bar etc.

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    Re: Is there anybody there?
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  • Bamboo Bar are organising a theme party day shortly, watch for details

    northernboy

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    « Reply #12 on: July 29, 2009 »
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  • Hi there - agree that during my first few visits it was a bit buzzier than it is now - but it was never overly buzzy and so it was never too loud and in your face (I don't remember there being any disco's or clubs for instance). I remember a nice music bar down by the marina that we used to go to and enjoy that isn't there anymore.  I think a bit more life and choice of bars and maybe open a bit later than midnight (say 1/2am) would be ok, but hope it never goes down the partying till dawn route.  At the moment I think it's a great location for families and couples in search of a relaxing holiday in a beautiful spot.
    There  you go Caroline, you do remember when Los Gigs was viberant, the bar you are talking about is, I believe the Piano Bar and as Linda posted you had Whispers, all I was saying was in response of what TraceyRich said about that if tourist wanted night life they should go to PDLA. IMO if everybody shared that view then we would see more bars and restaurants closing, which I for one do not want to see.

    amunette

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    « Reply #13 on: July 29, 2009 »
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  • Well I just spent 3 weeks over there, got back couple of weeks back, and it was dead. Spoke to my mum today(works in the Bamboo) and she said it is dead still.


    northernboy

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    « Reply #14 on: July 29, 2009 »
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  • Well I just spent 3 weeks over there, got back couple of weeks back, and it was dead. Spoke to my mum today(works in the Bamboo) and she said it is dead still.



    Thats terrible news, is that the village in general or just the bamboo?

    amunette

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    « Reply #15 on: July 29, 2009 »
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  • In general. The bamboo are actually fairing quite well considering the lack of tourists.

    Chrissi

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    « Reply #16 on: July 30, 2009 »
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  • What a load of B......... The village is buzzing and full of tourists, the fact they wont spend money in expensive bars is another matter. No english, irish or scotish man wants to be ripped off but they are here. The last two Sundays at Tajainaste which is I admit is out of the village there has not been a seat left in the house and they are all eating and enjoying very much the entertainment, which is second to none. Probably at least 70 or 80 people there last Sunday.The taxis drivers love it. I was at TJ's the other Monday night and it was full and with street viewers as well. Hey come on this village is really good at the moment. Please lets have some positive comments, the staff in Bamboo unfortunately always want to put the place down, well ammulette does anyway and she doesnt even live or work here. realies on relatives that work there telling her what it is like and they are NOT ALWAYS RIGHT. Get it right folks, promote Los Gigs as it is our future prosperity. To all you would be visitors, I say come and you will have a great holiday. This place is far from quiet. Historically May and June and early July are always a  quiet time as it is so hot for older people and the kids are not out of school yet for the holidays. Watch the next few weeks when the families come. Please guys I really dont want to see any more negative comments, it is not helpful.

    TraceyRich

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    « Reply #17 on: July 30, 2009 »
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  • Calm down Chrissi!

    northernboy

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  • Chrissi Yes what a load of b------t and most of it is coming from you.

    The village is buzzing and full of tourists, the fact they wont spend money in expensive bars is another matter. No english, irish or scotish man wants to be ripped off but they are here (quote)

    If you have proof of this name and shame the bars then, I do not think you will be able to do this because having frequented most bars last month, the prices being charged were the same price that had been charged for the last few years.

    The last two Sundays at Tajainaste which is I admit is out of the village there has not been a seat left in the house and they are all eating and enjoying very much the entertainment, which is second to none. Probably at least 70 or 80 people there last Sunday.The taxis drivers love it. (quote)

    I wonder who runs this establishment?


    I was at TJ's the other Monday night and it was full and with street viewers as well. Hey come on this village is really good at the moment (quote)


    If T.Js is doing so well as you say it seems funny that now they only have one person doing the tables and one behind the bar.


    Please lets have some positive comments, the staff in Bamboo unfortunately always want to put the place down, (quote)

    What do you not get on with them.

    This place is far from quiet. Historically May and June and early July are always a  quiet time as it is so hot for older people and the kids are not out of school yet for the holidays. Watch the next few weeks when the families come (quote)

    What happened in January to May then? LOL and for your information 99% of schools in England have all broke up for summer holidays a lot of them two weeks ago.

    Get it right folks, promote Los Gigs as it is our future prosperity. To all you would be visitors, I say come and you will have a great holiday. (quote)

    I am so happy you do not have anything to do with promoting tourism ,because the place would have died years ago, according to you tourist get ripped off, what a great advert for Los Gigantes, in your words  "  I say come and you will have a great holiday " BUT SORRY YOU WILL GET RIPPED OFF"
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    amunette

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    the staff in Bamboo unfortunately always want to put the place down, well ammulette does anyway and she doesnt even live or work here. realies on relatives that work there telling her what it is like and they are NOT ALWAYS RIGHT.

    Chrissi, I just came back from a month in Tenerife. LG was dead.
    « Last Edit: July 30, 2009 by amunette »

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  • thats no surprise as thats june early july its always very quiet

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  • Calm down everyone.

    Los Gigantes is not doing too bad (in my opinion) considering we are suffering from the current credit crunch. I?m working down on the marina every day and the village certainly isn?t dead.  The boat trips look well on their way to being full to me, and the beach and pool facilities are busy. 
    As people generally have less to spend this year, then business owners expect not to do as well as in previous years, but I assure you, speaking to business owners in Puerto de la Cruz and in Las Americas, they all say the same, it?s not just Los Gigantes that is suffering from fewer tourists than normal.
    As for prices, we?ve been through this before.  To rent business premises, on say a marina, the rent is far more than on a back street of somewhere with no view, therefore bar and restaurant owners have to structure their prices accordingly, and it?s a matter of opinion whether people prefer to spend more for a nice view and setting, or less for a back street view.  Take any town on Tenerife, or any tourist resort in Europe for that matter, front line bars and restaurants are generally more expensive than back street ones.
    I totally agree with Linda, June and early July are always very quiet.

    northernboy

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  • thats no surprise as thats june early july its always very quiet

    Linda it is now the end of July

    northernboy

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  • Yes, I read that report too.  Anyone can take a photo of an empty beach at 09.00!!!!
    Los Gigantes a ghost town I don't think so.  A bit quieter than normal, most likely, but then summer in Los Gigantes in particular was never the height of our season for Northern European tourists.  
    Boat trips certainly seem to be reasonably full and most people are just getting on with life.  Some bars are bound to close as there were too many anyway.  
    So if you want a great holiday in a fantastic resort with a brilliant climate I should say  book your flights for Tenerife and get to Los Gigantes - it truely has something for everyone.

    Dolly please note what you said in an earlier  post about the summer in Los Gigantes, I would rather go with what you said in your last post about the current climate, I totally agree you that it is the same all over the Canaries and even Mainland,

    I posted in this thread because of what someone posted regarding about tourist having to go to a different area if they wanted night life, then all the sudden Chrissi got on her soapbox because someone made a comment, which everybody is entitled to do on a forum.

    I personally when asked about Los Gigantes or the surrounding area, inform people that in my view it is very quiet, but not to let this distract from visiting one of the most beautiful  and warmest parts of Tenerife, most people appreciate this.
    « Last Edit: July 30, 2009 by northernboy »

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    « Reply #24 on: July 30, 2009 »
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  • [The last two Sundays at Tajainaste which is I admit is out of the village there has not been a seat left in the house and they are all eating and enjoying very much the entertainment, which is second to none. Probably at least 70 or 80 people there last Sunday.The taxis drivers love it. (quote)

    I wonder who runs this establishment?[/quote]

    Unless there has been a change of ownership, Glynis and Fred run Tajinaste.  They used to run the cafe next to the paint shp as you come into LG.  The Christmas lunch they put on last year was excellent.

    Chrissi

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  • Grockle you said no posts in a whole three days!! I wonder why??? Sadly I think I shall probably now be another to flee the nest. I am entitled to my opinion as is everyone but I do not appreciate being attacked personally and my comments misunderstood and taken out of context. I also do get concerned for this village that I have lived in, full time for ten years, when comments like it is DEAD are made and are  detrimental to it and not strictly correct. And yes Juan you are right, my friends Glynis and Fred do run Tajinaste, I think Northernboy knows this very well. I have had several people this morning thank me for my comments re Los Gigs and our talented entertainers. I will continue to promote LG and the entertainers but it would appear I shall have to find another site to do this on apart from generally talking to people. Sorry DOLLY.

    amunette

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  • Chrissi, you say you do not like being attacked personally, yet you are quite happy to do it to me!!!!  Like you I am entitled to an opinion, and to use the words I choose to use. It is dead to what it should be at this time of year.

    You cannot expect people not to respond to you like they do when you post very aggressively whenever anyone dares voice opinions you do not like.

    It is a shame that you feel the need to leave the forum, but I think you will find any where else you go that people are voicing their concerns for the village and island in general.

    You are right to promote the things you do, I do not think anyone would disagree with the fact that there is some very good entertainment on offer but all people are saying is it is a shame there are not more people about to enjoy it.

    northernboy

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  • Grockle you said no posts in a whole three days!! I wonder why??? Sadly I think I shall probably now be another to flee the nest. I am entitled to my opinion as is everyone but I do not appreciate being attacked personally and my comments misunderstood and taken out of context. I also do get concerned for this village that I have lived in, full time for ten years, when comments like it is DEAD are made and are  detrimental to it and not strictly correct. And yes Juan you are right, my friends Glynis and Fred do run Tajinaste, I think Northernboy knows this very well. I have had several people this morning thank me for my comments re Los Gigs and our talented entertainers. I will continue to promote LG and the entertainers but it would appear I shall have to find another site to do this on apart from generally talking to people. Sorry DOLLY.

    Chrissi, what you want people to feel sorry for you, I wonder why?
    Yes you are entitled to your opinion, that is what forums are for.
    Personally attacked, where, I only gave my opinions on what you said. did you not personally attack some individual?
    Your comments misunderstood, I do not think so, they were very clear to me
    Yes I do know who runs Tajinaste I have seen it mentioned on here
    I Have not seen anyone criticise any entertainers
    I am so happy to hear that you will continue to promote Los Gigantes and the entertainers, because IMO that's what we all try do, but some people get very upset when people use words to describe the area ( I do not know Amunette but my perception of the word which she used to describe how she felt Los Gigantes to be was that compared to other visits this is how it felt now) I have heard plenty of people say the same to me, including business owners.
    In conclusion, you say " it would appear I shall have to find another site" Why? Like you said, it is a forum, where we are all entitled to our opinions and sometimes we do not like other peoples opinions, but this is freedom of speech

    Chrissi

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  • Your response Northernboy is exactly the example of unpleasantness that this site does not need. Why OH WHY would I want people to feel sorry for me. Are you mad, I have a brilliant and comfortable lifestyle here with a multitude of friends and a terrific social life. If you know who owns Tajinaste, why the comment, please dont answer because I really have had enough of this message board now. You obviously have not read the entertainment posts were some of our talented singers were referred to as Karaoke singers. You can voice your opinion if you disagree but there is no need for rudeness and unpleasantness.
    « Last Edit: July 30, 2009 by Chrissi »

    northernboy

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  • Your response Northernboy is exactly the example of unpleasantness that this site does not need. Why OH WHY would I want people to feel sorry for me. Are you mad, I have a brilliant and comfortable lifestyle here with a multitude of friends and a terrific social life. If you know who owns Tajinaste, why the comment, please dont answer because I really have had enough of this message board now. You obviously have not read the entertainment posts were some of our talented singers were referred to as Karaoke singers. You can voice your opinion if you disagree but there is no need for rudeness and unpleasantness.

    Well we will let the administrator see if my post are out of order, I only voice my opinion, which I believe is my entitlement