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Offering something unique to all Island Residents and tourists in the municipality of Santiago del Teide, The Art of Life is a beautiful setting for health, relaxation and fitness.

With a stunning location within the grounds of the Hotel Playa la Arena on Calle Lajial (just off the main road in Playa Arena, this is the street that leads to the Hotel Playa la Arena entrance). You will find them on the right through the large grey metal gates, just before Syrius Hairdressers and Arena Sports.

The Art of Life Day Spa gymnasium is now being run by personal fitness trainer Billy Munday.The gym has been recently refurbished and extended, is fully air conditioned and includes a separate cardio suite with treadmills, crosstrainers, rowing machines and bikes with gorgeous sea and garden views, plus an extensive private room for fixed and free weight workouts, and abdominal exercises. Downstairs is also a light and airy fitness and dance studio which currently includes classes like Fitness Ball, Agewell aerobics, East meets West evening stretch, Tap Dancing and childrens Hip Hop/Street Dance.

The new fitness trainer Billy Munday has lived in tenerife for 7 years is a national registered personal trainer as well as a R.S.A aerobics teacher. He also has mechanical skills and will personally take on the repairs and maintenance of all the gym machinery to ensure it is in top condition for his clients.
Prior to taking over the gym recently, Billy worked at the Prince Nasim gym in Las Americas followed by a spell at the gym 2000 in Fanabe teaching aerobics. He then felt he needed a complete change of scenery and moved to our corner of the woods and has spent the last 18months working as a personal trainer at the Pancrasio Council Gym.
At The Art of Life Billy is pleased to offer a free personal one to one training session with every monthly membership, and every membership (from 1 day to 1 year) includes use of all the Hotels pools.

The Art of Life also offers an incredible range of massages, holistic therapies and spa treatments from all around the world. Including Tibetan Head Massage, Ayurvedic Massage and Shirodhara, Lomilomi from Hawaii, Refexology, Japanese Reiki and their incredible signature treatments like the Indonesian influence ‘Om Ah Hum’ and the exotic Tenerife influenced ‘Mango and Banana Leaf Wrap’.

Throughout May The Art of Life is offering a fantastic 50% discount for Island Residents on thie 25, 40 and 55min treatments ( a discount price of 15€, 19€ and 25€ respectivly). This offer is available Mon to Saturday.

The Spas opening hours have recently been increased to
8am-8pm Mon- Thurs,
9am-6pm Saturdays,
and 9am-12pm Sundays

For more information and all of the prices please have a good look at  or contact the staff directly on 922 860832.

Local man arrested for starting the La Gomera fire.

Posted by dolly diver on April 29, 2008
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A 53 year old local man of the Canary Island La Gomera has been arrested in connection with the fires which has affected more than 800 hectares of agricultural and low mountain land and also saw hundreds of people being evacuated from their homes on Saturday. It is thought he started the fire by accident when burning off scrub on his land in Ibo Alfaro.


The weather has improved which has helped the fire fighters control the blaze. It is hoped to be officially under control later today.

calima over Canary IslandsHigh winds and the sizzling temperatures reaching 36°C here in Los Gigantes over the weekend has made life very unpleasant. The wind had dropped by Sunday but the temperatures still remain very high for this time of the year. The blanket of dusty air still hangs over the Archipelago and could still take a day or two to disperse.

Towns and villages at a higher altitude suffered even higher temperatures and an unbearable 45°C was reported at Guia de Isora.

Reports have been coming in about a massive fire on La Gomera which started on Saturday. Fire crews were ferried from Tenerife and soldiers were flown in from the mainland to help fight the fires.

Over 1000 locals have been evacuated in Hermigua and Vallehermoso. Homes have been destroyed and many animals have been killed in the blaze. 700 hectares of woodland and hillside have already been destroyed.

Fire fighters have been using water-dropping aircraft and helicopters desperately trying to prevent the flames from reaching Garajonay National Park, which is listed by UNESCO as a world heritage site for its laurel forests and other ecological features.

One of the fire fronts was believed to have been sparked by uncovered electric cables in windy weather. A man living in the locality of Hermigua was detained on charges of lighting another front by burning stubble.


Canarian president Paulino Rivero is travelling to the island this morning to oversee the fire fighting operation.

Thomsonfly is now offering winter holiday flights from nine UK airports including Gatwick and Manchester.

Thomsonfly claims to offer the most comprehensive range of flights from UK airports to winter sun favorite the Canary Islands, with flights starting from £54.99 one way.

“As well as offering great low fares and service options including pre-booked seating and quality, hot meals, Thomsonfly provides customers with convenience and flexibility by flying to many exciting destinations from their local airport. This is why Thomsonfly was voted ‘the consumers’ favorite leisure airline’ at the 2007 British Travel Awards,” says Thomsonfly commercial director, Guy Stephenson.

Flights from Gatwick airport go to Malaga, Alicante, Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Paphos, Salzburg and Funchal. From Manchester airport Thomsonfly flies to Malaga, Alicante, Salzburg, Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Paphos, Lanzarote, Marrakech and Funchal.

During the winter season the airline will also be offering flights from East Midlands airport to Alicante, Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote.

The other UK airports included in Thomsonfly’s winter flights programme include Coventry, Doncaster, Bournemouth, Cardiff, Newcastle and Luton.

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Calima is here with a vengeance

Posted by dolly diver on April 26, 2008
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It’s hot, dusty and very windy in Los Gigantes today with temperatures expected in the 30’s and the latest from the met office is that it could continue into next week.

The Cabildo has issued a total ban on BBQ’s in all the forest picnic areas and motorists are requested to keep to the main roads and not off road their vehicles until the weather gets back to normal.

Health authority advice is to drink lots of water and when out doors keep exercise to the minimum and people with respiratory problems should stay indoors. 

The Lions Club organised a Prostate Cancer awareness scheme last year, which proved to be a huge success and a great benefit to the community.

Statistics show that one in three men over 50yrs will develop prostate cancer, but it can develop at any age.

In many cases there are no symptoms or warning, in others, frequent visits to the toilet, especially through the night or an intermittent stream should give cause for concern.

The results of more than 100 tests proved to be very similar to that in Europe, where 18-20% of patients tested needed to be recalled for further tests, and in some cases the gland surgically removed.

Because of the success of last years scheme The Lions are arranging a second batch of testing for 1 month commencing Mon 5th May run in conjunction with Dr Speaficos International Medical Centre in Los Cristianos, who are giving their expertise and time free. There will be a €20 charge to cover analysis costs. Any further ongoing treatment will be at the patients cost.

It is important to go to the clinic between 9.30 and 12.00 Mon – Fri for the blood test. Results take 1 week. You can phone for the result, then collect an official written result showing your PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) level.

If the level is high, further testing is needed. Early diagnosis is important. If there is no cure then at least you can extend the quality of your life.

You need to take your NIE or passport with you. A few medical questions will be asked – the staff speak English.

Call for an appointment on 922 790563 remember to say the Lions sent you to qualify for the reduced cost.

The clinic is on the rear part of the Hiper Trebol complex (Edif Simon) in Los Crisianos

If you need further advice you can call Mary on the Lions Helpline 607435267

Heat wave warning

Posted by dolly diver on April 25, 2008
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Batten down the hatches and switch on the aircon as the Canary Islands are in for a sweltering week-end with temperatures well into the 30s, according to the Met Office.

This morning at 11am the temperature at Reina Sofia Airport was reading 34° and the blanket of dusty air is gradually creeping towards Los Gigantes.

Yesterday saw the warmest day of the year so far in many parts as a mass of warm desert air (calima) hung over the Islands.

Forecasters predict more of the same until at least Sunday, particularly in southern areas.

Several islands have placed forest fire brigades on stand-by in case the dry air and high temperatures trigger blazes.

People with asthma and other respiratory ailments have been advised to stay out of the sun and keep windows closed to prevent dust from worsening their condition.

The only woman competitor in the fifth regional Canarian Chef of the Year competition, at the Tenerife Showground in Santa Cruz, beat all her male rivals to lift the award.

Laura Nieto, who is originally from Galicia but has lived in Tenerife for eight years, was the outright winner of the 2-day event and picked up her award and €1500 prize money from the Cabildo’s vicepresident José Manuel Bermúdez.

For the compulsory round the entrants had to prepared unusual dishes and to make it more interesting, they had to include vine leaves.

The dishes are judged on presentation as well as taste, and the entrants are judged on technical ability, creativity, technique and organisation

Laura is chef at the Anthelia Hotel in Costa Adeje. Runner-up was Germán Blanco from Lanzarote.

For many years now there has been much speculating about the plans for the construction of a multi-purpose port at Fonsalía, between Playa San Juan and Alcalá on our west coast of Tenerife.

Draft plans for the €177 million project, covering an area of 27,000m, have now been announced by the Canarian government. They include four large quays for commercial vessels and inter-island ferries, docking facilities for cruise liners and a sports marina with berths for 463 boats.

The initial plans have been in the pipeline for some time now, and a lot of consideration has been given as to how to build the new section of the island ring road, between the Adeje roundabout and Guia de Isora, which has to include a connection running down to Fonsalía to cope with the increased amount of commercial and tourist traffic the port will bring.

Coalición Canaria spokesperson for Guía de Isora council, Jesús Morales said the project represented a unique opportunity for economic development in the municipality and would be taking a great deal of ferry traffic from Los Cristianos.

Guia de Isora Mayor, Pedro Martín, said he was delighted by the economic boom the project would bring to the area but there were still many obstacles to overcome, such as how to access the tiny village of Fonsalía and the environmental concerns of the people living there. Consideration of the environmental impact on the area was a priority.

Train first then tunnel

Posted by dolly diver on April 24, 2008
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The Tenerife Cabildo has announced that plans for a tunnel to link La Orotava with the other side of Tenerife are not a realistic prospect for at least 10 years.

Speculation has grown over the recent months that an enormous project to build the tunnel was about to be announced.

The corporation insists that the tunnel will not be even be in the first stages of planning until other projects such as the train from Santa Cruz to Playa de Las Américas are completed.