A GREENOCK man has told how his family's idyllic summer holiday in Tenerife turned into an ordeal as they were left trapped in their hotel room by the coronavirus outbreak.

Local university student Aidan Collins and his family were in Tenerife for an all-inclusive family break when the crisis took hold.

Instead of a week of sunshine and fun they were left stuck in their rooms.

When the Collins family arrived at the Paradise Park Fun Lifestyle Hotel bars and restaurants were packed, the beach was busy and residents were enjoying the resort.

But just a couple of says later everything changed when they received a letter, delivered to their room, to say that all services were stopping as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

Aidan, 21, said: "Everything was fine when we got there.

"My younger brothers were so looking forward to going to the famous waterparks in the area.

"The first letter we received said that the pool, spa and gym were closing but the entertainment was on and bar would be open, albeit for a limited time.

"Everything was so busy.

"By the following day we were told more or less everything was closing.

"It was a total nightmare."

In line with the measures introduced by the Spanish authorities, the family were only allowed to leave their room at set meal times or to walk to the local shop for provisions.

Aidan said: "It made no sense, the tables in the restaurant area were closely packed together and the food on offer at meal times was served in a buffet style.

"Despite being all-inclusive, we didn't have access to anything apart from them providing us with water every day.

"We could only get things during the set meal times.

"For anything else, we were out of pocket as we had to buy it from local shops."

Aidan, mum Sandra, who is a nurse, and dad Craig, who works for Clydeport, made the most of the situation by sitting in the balcony area of their room ans tried to keep his younger brothers entertained.

The economics and finance student at Strathclyde University added: "My brothers Conor and Ronan are 11 and six and they couldn't really do anything.

"It's a shame, the holiday would have been amazing had all this not happened.

"But it is certainly one we won't forget in a hurry."

Altogether there were nine members of Aidan's immediate and extended family at the four star resort, which made headlines nationally while he was there due to the antics of some guests.

He said: "One woman demanded a free upgrade on her room after being told she wasn't allowed to leave it.

"When she was told she would have to pay, she jumped into the pool in protest and she was dragged out by local police.

"Her flip-flops were still lying by the poolside when we left to go home.

"The whole experience was surreal."

Despite flights being cancelled to and from the UK, Aidan's family were fortunate enough to board their scheduled flight home with Jet2, which they were hugely grateful for and relieved about.

Aidan, who works part-time in Tesco, added: "Of course it all put a dampener on the holiday, it was the last thing anyone expected.

"When we were told we couldn't leave our room we were just desperate to get home, so I was really thankful we didn't have any delays.

"We definitely came home to a different world than the one we left."