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lp33gb

Where has the friendliness gone?
« on: March 08, 2009 »
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  • Hi all, just a simple observation but myself and my wife own timeshare at El-Marques palace and we used to visit this forum all the time as we found the friendliness and easy going nature a true reflection of Los Gigantes. We love the place, and it feels like a second home to us (even though we only spend 3-4 weeks a year there). However due to moving house and increased workload we somehow "forgot" about this site and only recently re-registered after a 12 month absence.

    In all due respect it has come as a major shock seeing some of the posts and attitudes of some of the members on here. There seems to be a distinct unpleasantness forming in some areas of the forum towards timeshare owners, and there is a definite pocket of people who seem to just want to argue at the slightest point. It must be soul destroying for the administrators and does not portray the true atmosphere of LG and the surrounding areas.

    Come on guys, Los Gigantes is a gorgeous area and we have never had a bad holiday in 8 years of visiting the resort (since we found LG we have not even considered anywhere else). Please don't think I am "having a go", I'm not, it is purely an observation and has come as a shock.

    We are visiting again in May for two weeks and also later in the year for another couple of weeks and am hoping that the attitude and atmosphere is still as friendly and welcoming as it always has been.

    Please never overlook the fact that this site is viewable to so many people that will be considering visiting LG for the first time, in my opinion it should not portray a negative outlook as this could be off putting to so many potential visitors.

    I genuinely am looking forward to visiting one of the most relaxing and friendly resorts I have ever been to again in May and its a good job that I and many others know really how friendly the place is otherwise if I looked on here at some of the recent posts I would really be put off visiting.

    Rant over and I look forward to visiting your beautiful island in May.

    Thanks for reading.
    Lee.



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    Re: Where has the friendliness gone?
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  • well said the world is  a tough skint place at the moment it would not hurt for us to be nice and considerate place once in a while think better not worse of people ;D

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    Re: Where has the friendliness gone?
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  • well said lee! hear, hear!!


    lp33gb

    Re: Where has the friendliness gone?
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  • Hi, thankyou for the positive responses so far  :)

    We recommend so many people to try LG for a holiday and everyone who has visited on our recommendation has booked a return visit.

    I am all for free speech and understand that forums are the perfect place to exercise that and it should never stop, but lets not not overlook the fact that there are a lot of places all competing for the tourist trade and never so more than now. Its not cheap to visit LG and the strong Euro adds to the costs of eating out etc, although I strongly believe that LG is worth every pound / Euro spent and is a class above the rest. We just need to make sure that the resort does not portray itself as an exclusive "club" where new visitors do not feel welcome, as we all know on here that LG is not like that in the slightest and is a cut above other resorts around the world.

    We will continue to recommend LG and we will try and do our bit on here also and post more. Maybe that is where the problem is in that due to the low number of people posting, the bad threads stand out a lot more.

    To the administrators: Please keep up the good work, this is a fantastic site and really does give a useful insight to the LG life.

    Cheers
    Lee.

    amunette

    Re: Where has the friendliness gone?
    « Reply #4 on: March 09, 2009 »
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  • I think the "friendliness" of a site totally depends on the people who use it being tolerant of ALL views expressed, and relies on any responses posted to a persons point of view being relevant and not just mean-spirited or plain nasty. I always fail to see the point in a person posting just to slate someones point of view by being personal, as to me it is unnecessary.

    We all have one thing in common, and that is a love of the area, but should that mean we are not allowed to post anything negative? No. Yes, promote an area, but in a balanced way. LG, like anywhere else in the World, does have a downside.

    Also, much as I love Tenerife in general, I would not say anywhere on the Island is a cut above other places around the World!!  The whole place is a tad too touristy around the coast, if that makes sense? Same is happening in Turkey, Greece etc. and it's a shame that places feel the need to become "identikit" Brit magnets to attract people. But I suppose that is the problem, many do not feel comfortable unless they are surrounded by UK culture, so only seek out resorts that provide this.
    « Last Edit: March 09, 2009 by amunette »

    Falstaff

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  • Amunette, where individuals choose to go for their holidays is entirely a matter for them. You pay your hard earned money and  you take your choice. We are all different. Many people like you who have immersed themselves in Canarian culture, tradition and dress, take their holidays in the  North and would not dream of holidaying on  the west coast.  Why don't you holiday there where there are so many interesting Canarian people and cultural attractions?  If it's a matter of money,  perhaps, as an act of friendship, I could organise a whip round among  message board members?
     
    And  I don't understand this compulsive need  to vent your anti- British views at every opportunity over such trivial matters. By all means take offence and complain when there is something worth complaining  about.  Just play the game and try to resist the temptation to ?dive the box? all the time.  It's just not British.

    amunette

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    If it's a matter of money,  perhaps, as an act of friendship, I could organise a whip round among  message board members?

    Exactly what I meant. Please do not insult my, and everyone else's intelligence by responding this was not a snide dig. For your information, my OH and son have just returned from a 3-week vacation in Tenerife. Due to work commitments I could not join them.

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    Amunette, where individuals choose to go for their holidays is entirely a matter for them.

    Where did I say otherwise?!!

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    We are all different. Many people like you who have immersed themselves in Canarian culture, tradition and dress, take their holidays in the  North and would not dream of holidaying on  the west coast.

    Assumption is a dangerous thing. I love LG, PDLA and Los Cristianos. I love spending days down Puerto Colon(La Pinta) beach or strolling from PDLA to LC along the seafront. I have holidayed in both resorts many times, never fancied the North. But I would not say they were "a cut above" anywhere!! LG, like many Spanish/Med resorts caters to mainly Brits and Germans, with a few other nationalities chucked in.

    I am not anti-British, but I hate the way when we Brits settle abroad we need to create Little Britain enclaves!! Some of my favourite vacations have been spent in place largely untouched by Brit culture. Not to say I do not enjoy a traditional trashy Brit holiday, with English brekkies and sunday roasts, plus the obligatory tribute acts and covers bands. :)


    grockle

    Re: Where has the friendliness gone?
    « Reply #7 on: March 09, 2009 »
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  • The whole local resort area is generally a safe and friendly place. The only unfriendliness is found here on occasions when comments are made from the relative safety of anonymous pseudonyms. Sad but true.
    Differing opinions should not generate so much name calling and derision.
    It seems that the present scarcity of tourists / visitors is one of the few things left to discuss.

    lp33gb

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  • I personally think that LG is a cut above many other places I have visited but then again that is purely down to my personal opinion  :). Both myself and my Trisch (my wife) work in a very fast paced high pressure environment and where I find LG to excel above other resorts is the ability to go for a quiet meal or walk without being pestered to eat in different restaurants etc by the competitions scouts. Whenever we visit anywhere in LG we are made to feel like old friends and the people in the area do indeed treat you as such.

    Tenerife does have many fantastic areas to visit (as do many other countries) and prior to visiting LG we had certainly done the rounds, but for relaxation and peace, LG in our opinion provides that in abundance without having to spend thousands on an expensive spa resort.  Certainly for the cost (and the flight time involved) we can't seem to find anywhere like LG (although if anyone does have suggestions we would certainly welcome them).

    My original post was purely to highlight the fact that there appears to be an underlying tension on the forums compared to say two years ago where there was a much more relaxed good natured approach to responding to subjects posted.







    deedee

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  • lee
    me and my wife have just returned from los gigs, and like you we have been there eight times in the last ten years and believe
    me we had a superb time , we practically use the same bars and restaraunts and everyone bar non was as friendly as ever I can understand your views of the forum and you are right about some of the postings, basically there are one or two right p****s on here , who seem to get great delight out of having a go , but when somebody comes on wanting advice on the area there are plenty of decent people giving great help, when you go back I"m sure you will find it still the same old friendly place, but beware ,take a few extra euros, have a good un, I wish I was with you
    dave
     :)

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  • lee
    me and my wife have just returned from los gigs, and like you we have been there eight times in the last ten years and believe
    me we had a superb time , we practically use the same bars and restaraunts and everyone bar non was as friendly as ever I can understand your views of the forum and you are right about some of the postings, basically there are one or two right p****s on here , who seem to get great delight out of having a go , but when somebody comes on wanting advice on the area there are plenty of decent people giving great help, when you go back I"m sure you will find it still the same old friendly place, but beware ,take a few extra euros, have a good un, I wish I was with you
    dave
     :)

    Hey Dave

    Why not find the time to post a full report of your visit to Los G. Name the names of places, bars, shops, restaurants that you have enjoyed and those you have not. That would be of real value to most of those who visit this forum.

    amunette

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    I also agree with Falstaff that perhaps Amunette should visit the North for a while. It would certainly give us all a break and I would  happily contribute to a whip round .

    There are 5 of us, willing to fly out from Manchester or Birmingham, anytime, let me know when the funds are available  ;D

    grockle

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  • Splendid idea poolepirate but, have you noticed?, sometimes critical or negative posts about establishments disappear.
    Individual recommendations for food and drink are now far less common than they used to be. Remember the days of "This establishment has asked not to be mentioned for comments good or bad"?
    Rather than pay for flights for Amunette and her family we should perhaps consider funding an evening out for Borris and Dorris - they must be starving? (sorry Amunette)  :D

    amunette

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    Splendid idea poolepirate but, have you noticed?, sometimes critical or negative posts about establishments disappear.
    Individual recommendations for food and drink are now far less common than they used to be. Remember the days of "This establishment has asked not to be mentioned for comments good or bad"?

    Yes, I noticed that!! I cannot see how an establishment can ask not to be mentioned, as this is in no way affiliated with any other organisation(competition!). Surely people should be able to say what experiences they had in a particular restaurant whether good or bad? It would be easy to spot a "sour grapes" posting if it was the only gripe amongst good reviews.

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    [Rather than pay for flights for Amunette and her family we should perhaps consider funding an evening out for Borris and Dorris - they must be starving? (sorry Amunette) 

    Aww, ok, I suppose the starving are a far more worthy cause  :( LOL

    « Last Edit: March 09, 2009 by amunette »

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  • To be fair the 'not to be mentioned' scenario was a while back now and we may have moved on from that situation.
    Perhaps we'll just stick with positive recommendations for places we enjoy returning to time and time again?
    However tastes vary considerably and we don't all enjoy the same things so, hopefully, conflicting opinions are allowed?

    Are things okay with Borris & Dorris or are they stuck back in the UK again?

    Let's bring some friendliness back, eh?

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  • Let's bring some friendliness back, eh?


    yes lets, or there is one senior member (may i just add) who will log off for another 6 month break again!!  stop antagonising each other like a bunch of rats in a sewer and lets keep the board worthy of the area - play nice!!!


    Annie

    Re: Where has the friendliness gone?
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  • I am usually reluctant to make adverse comments and I apologise in advance if I am offending anyone BUT I am becoming increasingly disillusioned  by some of the comments made by a few members with very strong opinions who keep ramming them down your throat. What starts as an interesting post frequently turns into a game of words between one or two which spoils the topic and I for one lose interest.

    Of course everyone is entitled to their opinions and it would not be right to stop them but  it can be taken too far and become boring.

    If we want to bring friendliness back then we ALL have to make the effort and turn this board into somerthing worth looking at again.

    I know what you mean Janey but dont stop posting as you will be missed.
    « Last Edit: March 12, 2009 by Annie »

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    Re: Where has the friendliness gone?
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  • Hello folks.
                   Nowhere on this earth is perfect however when the sun shines here it is as near as it gets. So lets just chill and get on with it.

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  • Hello folks.
                   Nowhere on this earth is perfect however when the sun shines here it is as near as it gets. So lets just chill and get on with it.

    welcome back teddy!! another long lost member back in the fold!  ;D

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    Re: Where has the friendliness gone?
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  • Well said Edward Bear!  Fabulous weather, fantastic views - who can complain about that!

    amunette

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    Nowhere on this earth is perfect however when the sun shines here it is as near as it gets. So lets just chill and get on with it.

    Same as where I live in Wales, beautiful views, even in the winter. We live on a hill, so overlook the town down in the valley, Funny enough, we do not get the weather as extreme here as other parts of the UK, I think we are quite sheltered by the hills, today for example is beautiful blue sky, not 20 degrees mind you, but not bad when the weather forcast was for fog and rain :)

    I do miss my view from my Tamaimo apartment though, it was lovely, you could see right down to the coast.

    deedee

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  • quite right poolepirate should have posted a few thoughts, have put a few in eating out section as its been very quiet inthere
     :)
    dave

    Annie

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  • It takes a lot to beat watching the sun going down behind La Gomera and the fabulous sunsets .
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    It takes a lot to beat watching the sun going down behind La Gomera and the fabulous sunsets .

    Sitting on your hotel terrace or balcony in Luxor, Egypt, watching it sink down behind the west bank, whilst faluccas(small sail boats) glide by on the Nile.  Or watching it slip away behind the Pyramids. The Red Sea is amazing for sunsets too, sitting on a beach watching the cliffs across the water(Saudia Arabia/Jordan) turn fiery red, amazing. I love sunsets ;D

    Annie

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  • I havent been to either of those places but am sure they must be lovely. I also love the clear night skies in Gigantes. The stars always look so much brighter than at home and sky so much bigger

    amunette

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    I also love the clear night skies in Gigantes. The stars always look so much brighter than at home and sky so much bigger

    That's because of the Earth's curvature, it's the same in Egypt/Israel as they are on a similar latitude to Tenerife :)

    Falstaff

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  • Sitting on a Penthouse terrace in the Royal Sun, watching the sun go down over La Gomera with a good cigar, a nice bottle of wine and a tube of Germoloids.

    Can't get any better than this Amunette.

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    Annie

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  • Good old Royal Sun. It was always he best place for views. Is it open again?

    Also I have been told that in midsummer the latest it gets dark in Tenerife  is around 9.00 pm . Is this true?

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  • i hadnt noticed.... but that could have been the wine.......

    amunette

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    Can't get any better than this Amunette.

    If you say so, but I think I would give the germaloids a miss!! Each to their own, we all have different experieces. For me, a good sunset is a good sunset, no matter where, and the company sharing it just as important :)