Wednesday, 20 March 2013


We had arrived at the hotel late in the evening too tired to do anything except eat our meal, beautifully served in the room, and go to bed.  So we had a lovely surprise in the morning when we opened the curtains to see our fabulous view from the balcony.
Our hotel faced another fabulous 5 star hotel across the valley.  The hotel Bahia del Duque looked like a village built on a hillside with a variety of different buildings in a typical Canarian style, surrounded by a tropical garden.  After looking on google I discovered that it was the first hotel on this part of the coast and set the standard for further development. As Monday turned out to be too cool in the afternoon for sunbathing I decided to try and draw the view and had to continue on Tuesday as it was very challenging to try and get everything in proportion.
Our hotel had a gate at the end of the grounds leading out to the beach.  It was painted black, probably to reflect the colour of the volcanic soil everywhere.  Even the beach had black sand!
On Tuesday we finally got to put on our cossies and lay in the sun which was warm but surprisingly strong and burning if you forgot the sun lotion!
Wednesday dawned with perfect weather for a whole day of lazing about! I set myself the challenge of drawing all the buildings of our hotel and the one opposite.  This is the first one nearest to the sea. Bob certainly got a morning of peace to read his book while I was sketching.