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royman

Re: Things to put life into Los Gigantes
« Reply #30 on: March 19, 2008 »
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  • I also attended this party on Saturday night and I'm sure every one who was there will agree on how fantastic it was!!! Maybe those who complained about the noise did so because they weren't invited....sour grapes. I also agree with Edward Bear, I also spoke to the doorman and was there when he had to turn people away. If we had a DO!! maybe once or twice a month it certainly would put some life back into Los Gigantes. Some of us live near the Plaza in Puerto de Santiago and have to suffer loud music every night during fiesta, normally over 10 days, this is a local fiesta for the Canarian people, but also enjoyed by the Tourists whom I've seen at this event, people don't want to be sent to bed at 11pm when on holiday. Anyone who wishes to be undisturbed after 11pm should seriously consider moving away from a holiday resort. ???

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    Re: Things to put life into Los Gigantes
    « Reply #31 on: March 19, 2008 »
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  • There was talk a couple of months age about the royal sun reopening what?s gone  wrong there ! must have been pie the sky
    I agree about the tapas bars and the need for one in the centre of the village. Any local business partners who reads this website, there must be some surely ? Who are  looking for a opportunity here it is. How about you and your partner given it a try amunette?
    I did see a red light on one of the balcony?s of GIGANSOL DEL MAR  last summer maybe that will spring a bit of new life into the place  :-X  ;)
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    leo_london

    Re: Things to put life into Los Gigantes
    « Reply #32 on: March 19, 2008 »
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  • Janey.." los gigantes DOES need sprucing up, it DOES need to get rid of this tatty, trashy, brit image, we DO need to become more upmarket and to do that we need to attract more people with thier spending money to the resort, it needs to be put back on the tourist map!!! 

    I agree..but that does not seem to match the proposals put foward by amunette. Check the manifesto before casting your vote.  ;)

    amunette..It does not sound to me as if you want to go " up-market ", in fact you say that attempts to move in that direction are " killing it " ( Los Gigantes )
    I take your point about your partner being Canarian but can you honestly say the majority of Canarians are happy with the reputation of Tenerife..almost entirely due to a few resorts that pander to the cheap sun, sex and booze brigade ? Admittedly, I am exaggerating somewhat to liven up the debate...but not by much judging by media reports.
    Like others, I am surprised to hear that LG was ever " buzzing until 4am " with nightclubs etc..it must have been a well kept secret, no travel companies ever mentioned it. I dont think that would be the answer anyway, why would clubbers want to go to Los Gigantes when there are larger resorts that cater for their needs with a far bigger choice of venues. It would just totally alienate current visitors and residents alike.
    You say " like it was before, a couple of clubs for older people, stuff for kiddies, and decent priced food on sale "..isn't that what you have right now ( not the clubs, I agree )..I dont want to change LG, I'm just responding to the dozens of other posts I've seen over the past 6 months. However, if you do want a change I think the only way to "sell " Los Gigantes is as a more exclusive up-market resort. It will never really appeal to families with young children, the geography is all wrong. Its very location, its uniqueness, makes it unsuitable for mass tourism and it could never be made truly child-friendly.
    Los Gigantes is unlikely to have much appeal to young singles, it would not have been my choice in my teens and early twenties. That leaves you with a smaller target of potential visitors..honeymooners, young and not so young married couples without young children, the elderly ( dont knock them, a huge generation of " baby boomers " are now reaching retirement age with money to spend ! ) Its not all doom and gloom, it just needs someone to make decisions and point Los Gigantes in the right direction. I do agree with your point about the Royal Sun, LG does not need another residential block, there are enough unsold properties on the market to satisfy the needs of would-be buyers for months to come. A holiday complex would be a great idea, again ( you may not agree ) I would pitch it at the upper end of the market..perhaps include a small casino ?
    Anyway, regardless of our differences, its great to see some activity in these forums. I look in on a regular basis but there is rarely any discussion that prompts me to respond.  :)

    tlc

    Re: Things to put life into Los Gigantes
    « Reply #33 on: March 19, 2008 »
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  • Have any one you been into or passed the Balcon recently !! Place has been busy since January - plenty of lights on in Phase 1, it's like all things new, just takes time to build up a reputation and then 'family and friends' will begin to use the facilities and support the local bars/cafes.
    Just a note for Linda, going back to the club days - did you used to go to Sugar (now Harrods soon to be Netto!!) what a great little club, lots of locals and tourists all having great time, also the hotel had a really cheesy 'disco' with black leather sofas that you stuck to in the heat and real 70's lighting but great music. Memories eh - showing my age now. I must try and dig out some old photos and see if Dolly can scan them and put them on the message board, I've got a lot of the 'locals' that still live in around Los Gigs and that now have very successful businesses on the back of the 'tips' they made from the thriving hotel. There was also Whispers nightclub as well and a piano bar on the Marina.

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    Re: Things to put life into Los Gigantes
    « Reply #34 on: March 19, 2008 »
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  • Can anyone honestly say they would  rather see the village full of teenagers throwing up in the streets to what?s it like now / I think not
    Because that is what it would lead to
    Great idea about the casino leo  bring it on    want be to noisy will it   :P
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    tlc

    Re: Things to put life into Los Gigantes
    « Reply #35 on: March 19, 2008 »
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  • maps were you never a teenager !! and who says ALL teenagers throw up in the streets, misconception of our youth and glorified by the British press. Most people on holiday just want have fun, let their hair down a bit, forget work etc etc etc.

    leo_london

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    « Reply #36 on: March 19, 2008 »
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  • Great idea about the casino leo  bring it on    want be to noisy will it  

    Only if I lose  ;)

    orange

    Re: Things to put life into Los Gigantes
    « Reply #37 on: March 19, 2008 »
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  • I was surprised to read that Balcon de Los Gigantes is residential (private). I've rented there in the past.
    Its advertised on the internet and I presumed it had a tourist licence. Thats explains the
    lack of fire evacuation notices...

    Mind you, it wasn't a patch on the Royal Sun.

    tlc

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    « Reply #38 on: March 19, 2008 »
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  • Balcon has never claimed to be anything like the Royal Sun or promote itself as a 'holiday' complex. There are thousands of properties all over the Canaries and Spain that do not have tourist licences but 'rent out to family and friends'. Apologies if we've moved away slightly from the original message 'things to put life back into LG' but I had to respond to the last post.

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    Re: Things to put life into Los Gigantes
    « Reply #39 on: March 19, 2008 »
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  • I did see a red light on one of the balcony’s of GIGANSOL DEL MAR  last summer maybe that will spring a bit of new life into the place  :-X  ;)



    oooh, that sounds rather dubious maps?!!! ;)

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    Re: Things to put life into Los Gigantes
    « Reply #40 on: March 19, 2008 »
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  • royal sun - thought that was purchased and being refurbished - any more news on that one?

    orange

    Re: Things to put life into Los Gigantes
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  • Well I wasn't 'family or friends' - got it off the internet.
    There are loads of ads even holiday companies.

    There are even hoilday rentals on this website.

    None of them say it is a private complex.

    Have you opened a can of worms amunette?



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    Re: Things to put life into Los Gigantes
    « Reply #42 on: March 19, 2008 »
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  • orange -    can we get back to the chat about los gigantes please and can you go and squeeze yourself!  it sounds to me you are a little green (eyed).....  or have you got the pip about something?

    tlc

    Re: Things to put life into Los Gigantes
    « Reply #43 on: March 19, 2008 »
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  • yes orange is a bit green me thinks, I put 'family and friends' in inverted commas for a reason !!

    Anyway Janey in answer to your question, you are correct the Royal Sun does have a new investor, who I believe has actually commenced work by stripping out the kitchens and donating them to the local council who have a use for them, I'm sure someone will correct me if that is not the case, however things seem to have ground to a halt, it's my opinion that any investor would be unwise at present to spend vast amounts of money until the market picks up again or they could end up sitting with an empty apartment block just like Gigansol that could take years to sell. I think LG and surrounding areas will come back to life by 2010, surely all of those residents who whinge must be in their late 70's, 80's by now and will soon make way for a new generation (tee hee!!) Actually I've heard recently that someone has applied for planning permission to install a Stanna Stair lift on Cardiac Hill with a tea and scone stand 3/4 of the way up.

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    Re: Things to put life into Los Gigantes
    « Reply #44 on: March 19, 2008 »
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  • maps were you never a teenager !! and who says ALL teenagers throw up in the streets, misconception of our youth and glorified by the British press. Most people on holiday just want have fun, let their hair down a bit, forget work etc etc etc.

    Bypassed my teenage years the thought of having ache put me off, and I only wish I had hair to let down

    Just been in touch with the islands planning committee to please you all the village is going to be called gigantes las americas
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    Re: Things to put life into Los Gigantes
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  • ok lg needs tourism but it doesnt need to be a las americas!! lots of people like quiet and good quality food and a nice atmosphere :)

    tlc

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    « Reply #46 on: March 19, 2008 »
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  • Maps please be sensible,  LG will never ever turn into LA - it didn't years ago so why would it now.......................and I dont believe a word u say about never being a teenager - go on be a devil, let us all know what you REALLY got up to !!

    leo_london

    Re: Things to put life into Los Gigantes
    « Reply #47 on: March 19, 2008 »
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  • Thats it, lets have a Club Amnesia, a DC10 or Es Paradis. Forget LA, go for a San Antonio.
    The parades of trannies and club freaks will certainly keep things visually interesting.
    I can already imagine the next documentary on LG uncovered.  :o

    amunette

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    « Reply #48 on: March 20, 2008 »
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  • I do not think anyone is suggesting turn LG into mini-Veronicas or Aya Napa!!! Just a little more nightlife in the form of a club or 2, or later licencing for exsisting bars to play loudish music until late. Not all clubs have to be Veronicas style BTW.

    The price of food and drink in the Village also needs to be addressed. It is scandalous, 3.50e for a butty/toastie with a bit of salad chucked on the side, 6e for a burger and chips. Even the Indian charges twice as much as they do down PDLA/LC. And don't get me started on drinks!!  :-[ 3.50/4.00e for a glass of wine, 4-5.00e for local spirit + mixer. They are having a laugh.

    I know high rentals force many bars to charge exhorbitant prices so maybe Mr Gerrad and his buddy Juan Gorrin can look into capping rents? It would be a start.

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    Re: Things to put life into Los Gigantes
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  • The point is that pdala prices are so cheap that people come to get ratted We dont need that in lg >It needs to look at becoming more upmarket.There are people wityh money willing to spend  if the facilities are there a nice comfortable bar playing jazz music in the background where people can talk nice food etc it doesnt have to be all discos and cheap food  :)

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    Re: Things to put life into Los Gigantes
    « Reply #50 on: March 20, 2008 »
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  • i agree with linda, but, we want value for money, that means decent house wine to be served by the glass (take note route 66), nice comfortable modern bars to sit in, nice atmosphere, good menus with quality food - we dont all want english roasts and stews etc,  freindly, willing and helpful staff.   the new places in pto santiago - barco del nino, el timon, cuppucino maria seem to have got it right - and they are so busy...... so every picture tells a story!! maybe some of the bar tenders in los gigs should go over and take a look and do a few comparisons.......

    amunette

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    « Reply #51 on: March 20, 2008 »
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  • Cheap prices have nothing to do with getting ratted!! What I mean is, local Canarians will not come to LG to drink or eat as they a put off by the ridiculous prices. Why should they be put off by prices on their own island? Just so Brits can feel all up-market and smug for running the nasty down-market element out of Town?!! Well if it is such a good policy, why is the Village struggling?

     If you can eat a entrecot steak with trimmings for the same price a burger in LG, and drink wine at 1.00 a glass, up in Camber or Central, why would you want to wander down to the Village to be ripped off? You wouldn't. Also look at cafeteria Puerto Bahia just down from Vigilia Park. Great food, cheap prices.

    As Janey said, it does't have to be roast dinners and Brit food, just good quality basic stuff that can appeal to all Nationalities, at a fair price. And sorry to keep banging on about it, but 3.50e+ for a sandwich is a rip-off. 

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    Re: Things to put life into Los Gigantes
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  • i agree on the food front decent good value tapas etc would be great and yes i dont want english food We tend to eat out of the village its nice to go where people speak spanish.Tlc yes i used to come too lg many a night at the piano bar and also whispers in the late 70s in my laker days!!

    leo_london

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    « Reply #53 on: March 20, 2008 »
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  • Those prices...3.50e for a butty/toastie, 6e for a burger and chips..dont sound unreasonable to me ? I agree with you about the drink prices, 3.50/4.00e for a glass of wine ?..you can buy a bottle over there for less than that and there is not much work involved, just open and pour. Also 4-5.00e for local spirit + mixer..thats UK prices, unless the spirits are imported that seems excessive.
    Mind you, I was in Venice with my wife for her Birthday the weekend before last..compared to the prices there everything sounds cheap. We could have had a fortnights holiday in LG for the price of a long weekend there..and the food was mediocre.  :(

    amunette

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    « Reply #54 on: March 20, 2008 »
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  • As the burgers are bought in for 85-90 cents each, I think thats one heck of a mark-up just for popping in a bun, especially when served up with frozen chips!!  A cheese and ham toastie in my local is 1e. 1.50e in the one down the road. Exactly the same thing, same ham, cheese etc as many use the same suppliers as the Brit bars.

    tlc

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    « Reply #55 on: March 20, 2008 »
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  • People on holiday don't want to go to 'the local' with no views etc etc. I'm not saying the marina is the place to be BUT if you come here for the first time it can be quite intimidating for a 'tourist' to walk into the local bars especially when they are not familiar with the area, they just follow the other tourists and they come with spending money so I doubt they will be bothered about spending an extra 2 euros or in some cases just a euro. Yes, I can get a coffee for 70 cents but I would rather sit in Cappucinno Marias or El Timon and pay double the price with great locations.

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    « Reply #56 on: March 20, 2008 »
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  • leo_london if we are going to compare let us do it like for like. Don't see many Gondolas , posh motor launches and cruise liners coming into Los Gig.

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  • maybe thats whats missing a few gondolas and cornettos!!

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    Re: Things to put life into Los Gigantes
    « Reply #58 on: March 20, 2008 »
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  •  ;)  and maybe a few tasty young italians..... :-*

    Falstaff

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  • Janey do you think of anything else apart from food?