Tenerife Water Parks & Winter Sun
Guest blog post written by Colin Kirby
Even the dragons wear sunglasses at Siam Park – hardly surprising as on my early November visit it was a balmy 26 degrees!
In case you were wondering whether it was still possible to treat yourself to a water park as we head into the dead of winter, I’m here to tell you that it is in fact just a short plane ride away…..
Located in Tenerife and set again a backdrop of Thai architecture, Siam Park is the ideal escape for families of all shapes and sizes. Children are in heaven here, while their parents get a kick out of feeling young again!
When I was there, I found myself following eager wet footprints around the 14 major attractions, which eventually led through the Tenerife Park on the Mai Thai lazy river complete with yellow inflatables. Families can choose between single or double floats, which both make perfect cushions for the plunge through the rapids.
Perhaps the best thing about visiting Siam Park in the winter time is the considerably shorter queues. Even the daredevils on the on the 28 metre drop, Tower Of Power, might admit to having too little time to survey the view before pouring down the pipe through a pool of sharks and exotic fish. Stationed at the outlets of the tubes, the lifeguards watch the excited faces as they splash into the pool. Radios make sure the guards know when splashdown time is due but the squeals of delight are a give away as they echo in the pipelines across the park.
My personal favourite is the Jungle Snakes, a group of four chutes that emerge out of the undergrowth and drop riders in welcome refreshing water. The lush greenery that wraps around the bodywork of these elaborate water slides adds to the whole exotic ambience of the park, not to mention the shade which is perfect for the less adventurous to relax in as they watch their younger family members tackle the ride.
Perhaps best described as a mad scientist’s vision of where an adventure playground meets a fun factory, the Lost City makes for another water-filled star attraction for the little ones. With the giant water bucket regularly dumping on the collection of slides, platforms and tubes, it won’t be difficult to get your dose, trust me.
Sawasdee, meaning “welcome” in Thai, is a brand new children’s water zone complete with a giant twisting metal serpent slide – perfect for children and parents to enjoy together, while giving the little ones a taste for bigger challenges to come.
You will have earned your fair share of pampering after a day of action at Siam Park, so why not relax in the waves of Wave Palace and dry off on its fine white sand beach. But be warned – as these attractions are still part of Siam Park, don’t expect to doze off on the beach. You’ll be regularly lured into the wave action with a fierce burst of spray and a bash on the gong signaling the birth of a wave attack. These get gradually bigger as the waves sweep in but, fear not, you’ll get plenty of advance warning from the lifeguards.
There’s no better way to escape long winter nights and cold temperatures by diving into Siam Park where it will feel like summer again – but better!. It’s open every day, even on Christmas and New Year ’s Day!