The 9th edition of these awards, promoted by the SENDA Group, a media platform specialized in the senior collective, took place on June 5, 2018. The Spa & Sport Hotel Mar y Sol, located in Los Cristianos (Arona, Tenerife), received last Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at the headquarters of the Ministry of Health in Madrid, the SENDA award in the modality Tourism and Leisure for being a holiday resort for people with and without disabilities in an environment without barriers.
The award was received by the general manager of the aforementioned establishment, associated with Ashotel, Hans-Joachim Fischer, who appreciated this recognition and stated that “the award confirms our daily effort to create optimal conditions for holidays for people with and without disabilities.”
The SENDA awards, promoted by the SENDA Group, a media platform specialized in information for the senior collective, aim to recognize the work of people, institutions, companies and professionals who strive to improve the quality of life of the elderly and / or in a situation of dependency, as well as for spreading the culture of active and healthy aging.
The delivery ceremony of this ninth edition was chaired by the president of Grupo SENDA, Matilde Pelegrí, and the general director of Imserso, Carmen Balfagón. In his speech, Pelegrí said that “the SENDA Awards are the meeting point for the elderly and the social healthcare sector.” He also stressed that the group that presides has 18 years of experience being the leading multimedia information platform in our sectors, with paper, digital and radio media.
The award received by the Spa & Sport Hotel Mar y Sol joins twelve other winners in categories such as senior of the year, tourism and leisure, sociosanitary and V Eulen-Senda Award.
This establishment is the only one in Europe accessible in its entirety and last year received the Arona Accessibility Award for its work in favor of functional diversity, as well as the Roosevelt Award for accessible tourism and inclusive leisure, among other recognitions. In addition, its facilities have hosted the holding of two world congresses affected by thalidomide. Likewise, the Mar y Sol hotel received the Telefónica Accessibility Award in 2015 from Queen Letizia.
Located in the tourist center of Los Cristianos and opened in 1990, this hotel complex has all its facilities, both rooms and common areas, adapted to visitors with reduced mobility.
Account in turn with the center of prevention and rehabilitation ‘Teralava’ and other assistance, nursing 24 hours and sale and rental and repair of technical aids ‘LeRo’, which place it as unique throughout Europe and where they come to receive treatment and spend a few days rest many European tourists victims of traffic accidents, some other physical trauma due to illness or even several types of cancer. It also has a fully adapted sports center, in which championships of various sports disciplines are held.
Hotel Mar y Sol Tenerife
The accessible spa hotel Mar y Sol is located in the southwest of Tenerife, one of the Canary Islands. Three further companies are associated with the hotel: the Centre for Prevention and Rehabilitation Teralava, the Diving Centre Mar y Sol Aquasport and the Disability Service Station LeRo.
The construction of the Mar y Sol reflects authentic Spanish-style architecture. It is built on two and in places three levels, and is accessible throughout by lifts. The few steps you come across within the complex can be avoided using the existing ramps.
The Mar y Sol is situated approximately 400m away from the 8 km long sea-promenade and is constructed on slightly elevated ground and built on different levels around an impressive pool area.
Because the way down to the sea is sloping, it is very easy to reach the beach and the centre of town. Returning to the hotel may present problems for guests with restricted mobility but this can be overcome by using either an electric wheelchair or the local taxi service.
Hotel Mar y Sol Tenerife offer
- A privately-run hotel
- Spring-like temperatures with optimal holiday weather all year round
- A completely wheelchair-accessible hotel. All rooms include a wheel-in shower and most bathrooms are equipped with a raised toilet and hand rails
- WiFi access throughout the complex and in all rooms
- Two large pools with hoists (maximum weight 110 kg), one heated all year round (approx. 32°C)
- Accessible sports hall (530 m2)
- 24 hours emergency service
- Nursing aids can be booked for time-slots
- Appliances for hire (electric beds, hoists, air-mattresses, electric wheelchairs, etc.)
- Modern therapy centre with a variety of individually-tailored holistic and traditional treatments
- Wheelchair accessible transfer
- Adapted car hire for drivers with disabilities
- Mini bus hire with elevator platform to transport wheelchair users
- Dialysis treatments in a nearby hospital