With their myriad of over-sized slides, wave machines and poolside bars, Europe’s water parks guarantee a thrill-a-minute for the scores of children and adults who come through their doors each year.
However, holidaymakers who are looking for the ultimate overseas water park experience will need to look no further than Tenerife’s Siam Park, after the impressive visitor attraction received the prestigious “European Star Award 2012”.
The park also received a second award from Kirmes & Park Revue, the leading press publication evaluating European theme parks, giving the Dragon slide the title of “Europe’s Best Water Slide”.
After a €2.5 billion investment, two new attractions were launched at the park in summer 2012. The first one, Kinnaree, is an impressive 200-metre-long slide with high speeds, and attempts to recreate the feeling of being caught up in a tornado wave.
The second is Sawasdee (“welcome” in Thai), a new fun-packed children’s area with attractions including a miniature replica of the award-winning Dragon.
Other attractions at the park include the Wave Palace, producing waves of 42 different types, sizes and shapes; the children’s area known as Lost City and Siam Beach, the whitest sandy beach in the Canary Islands.
Located near Playa de Las Américas, the park has also been honoured by the Worldwide Association of Water Parks (WWA) because of its contribution to the water parks industry and consistent leadership.
Siam Park, which has attracted more than three million visitors since it opened four years ago, opens daily this winter period from 10am to 5pm and offers a free shuttle service from Los Cristianos, Playa de las Américas and Costa Adeje.
The Spanish island of Tenerife is the ideal winter sun destination, offering an unbeatable climate, stunning beaches and excellent hotel and leisure facilities.
Visitors to Tenerife will also be impressed by the island’s banana plantations, whitewashed villages and shuttered colonial buildings.
The stunning colonial town of San Cristóbal de La Laguna is a must-see, and has UNESCO World Heritage status.