Return to Agaete; November 2019, Hotel & Spa Cordial Roca Negra

Happy New Year!  For my first (long overdue) post of 2020, I thought it would be nice to write about our most recent visit to Agaete, Gran Canara, in November, where we managed to get a last bit of sun to tide us over during the UK winter.  As I sit here on a dark, cold January afternoon, listening to the rain on the window, it couldn’t seem further away!

I previously wrote about Agaete, on the North-East of Gran Canaria in my post Wild & beautiful Agaete: the Hotel & Spa Cordial Roca Negra, back in 2017.  Please read this earlier post for more detailed information on the area. 


Update on Hotel & Spa Cordial Roca Negra

Since our last visit, around 2018, the hotel has been extensively refurbished, and we were pleasantly surprised by some of the improvements.  It was already of a very good standard, but was probably due some modernisation.

It was definitely a lot busier than we remembered, but still a lot quieter than the Southern resorts, and if you can travel during school term times and in the low season, you won’t find it crowded.

The reception staff were friendly as ever, and as usual their excellent English puts my lack of any Spanish to shame! The reception area and mezzanine level have been re-decorated with modern, tropical vibes.

The room itself was similar to the suite we had stayed in before, with stunning ocean views from the terrace.  It had been modernised and was clean and comfortable.  It was more than big enough, with a large bathroom and separate seating area (and air conditioning that actually works – sometimes difficult to find in the Canaries!)

Elsewhere, there is a new roof terrace area, with Balinese style day beds and seating area, as well as an enclosed bar/eating area for when the wind is a bit too much for sitting out!  The food menu for the bar area was very good, with really fresh and inventive salads, as well as larger main courses.

We really enjoyed hanging out here in the late afternoon, especially as the weather was pretty unpredictable for the time we were there!  The bar tender also made a very good Negroni, which is essential for my Husband!

3AB8BB88-4D79-47C9-8B31-54DBD1566F95IMG_1780The gorgeous new roof terrace area, and a view down across the pool area and beyond 


The hotel spa 

The spa had also gone through a refurbishment since our last visit, and is now an attractive and relaxing addition to the hotel.  The entrance area has been remodelled and moved to form a new, well equipped gym (it looked well equipped to me.. obviously I walked straight past to get to the relaxation area 😆), and separate entrance to the spa.

There is a good spa circuit, with flotation pool, sauna, steam room etc (finishing with a bucket of ice if you’re brave enough!), and a full range of treatments available.

I had an incredibly relaxing full pedicure (while lying down listening to relaxing music), and a slightly less relaxing – though very much needed – back massage, involving lots of digging in of elbows and latex suction cups!  I was bruised for a few days but definitely felt less knotted up and some of the toxins being released.

The spa is definitely worth a visit, especially on those overcast days, or after a long hike!


Dining 

The hotel buffet which I wrote about in my previous post, used to be situated across the road from the main hotel.  That was no longer being used on our recent visit (not sure if there are plans to use this for something else).

The buffet restaurant is now on the lower ground floor, downstairs from the reception.  It’s been decorated in the same bright, tropical vibes as the other areas, and is spacious and well laid out.  The buffet is of a good standard, with varied and tasty food choices.

There are also plenty of restaurants in the town, although we have usually been lazy and eaten at the buffet most nights!  Also, as we tend to visit during the winter months, some of the town seems a bit closed down for the season, and less inviting when wandering around looking for somewhere to eat.

On one such day, while looking for somewhere for lunch, we wandered into the restaurant El Dedo de Dios (God’s finger), named after the rock formation just off the coast of the town.

The plain, uninspiring  exterior of the restaurant belies a huge and welcoming interior, with high ceilings, traditional beams and eclectic decoration, buzzing with local patrons enjoying a fresh seafood lunch.  We were probably one of only two tables of tourists!

We ordered a few tapas-style dishes, which were delicious.   I always take it as a good sign when a restaurant is full of locals.  I would highly recommend for lunch or dinner and we will definitely be returning next time we’re in Agaete.

If you’ve visited Agaete and have any restaurant recommendations, feel free to let me know for our next visit!


Agaete remains a bit of a “hidden gem” of Gran Canaria, and well worth a visit if you prefer to really get away from it all!  The rustic and more wild beauty of the area is a nice contrast to the busier resorts in other parts of the island.  It’s also a fantastic area if you’re into hiking or mountain biking.

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Adios for now!

Charlotte

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