The Best Resorts in Tenerife for a Canary Island Escape

Tenerife is a brilliant year-round destination for outdoor adventures and relaxation
Tenerife is a brilliant year-round destination for outdoor adventures and relaxation | © Gran Hotel Bahía del Duque Resort
Culture Trip Travel Team

This winter-sun Canary Isle sparkles year-round with all-singing, all-dancing places to stay, feathered with pools, spas and Michelin stars. Read on for our pick of the best resorts in the Canary Islands – all bookable with Culture Trip.

The largest of the sun-drenched Canary Islands, Tenerife is spacious enough to offer beautiful nature and visual diversity, as well as buzzy, popular tourist resorts. From mountain hikes to volcanic beaches, it’s an outdoorsy Atlantic speck, where cacti and succulents thrive in the arid, otherworldly landscape. Here are the most relaxed and refined resorts for Canary castaways.

1. Gran Hotel Bahía del Duque Resort

Resort, Hotel

Large pool area at Gran Hotel Bahía del Duque Resort, with is landscaped around artificial rocky islands and palm trees.
© Gran Hotel Bahía del Duque Resort

A sprawling lagoon of a pool, edged by smooth boulders and towering palms, gives this slick resort on the Southwest Coast an almost Polynesian feel. Spacious rooms with polished wood floors, chaise longues and generous balconies spoil guests at every turn. Indeed, people cross the island for Nub restaurant’s boundary-pushing tasting menus, full of Canarian delicacies such as corn crème brûlée and pig’s-trotter broth.

2. Guayarmina Princess

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Luxurious modern suite at the Guayarmina Princess, with a large balcony that enjoys sea views, a freestanding in-room bathtub, flatscreen TV and a cosy, cream corner sofa.
Courtesy of Guayarmina Princess / Expedia.com

Also on the beach-trimmed Costa Adeje, Guayarmina is a few metres from silver-sanded Playa Fanabe. This 16-plus, adults-only resort is a towering, ice-white affair with grand columns and an enormous infinity pool, where glamorous couples and groups of friends lounge on huge, half-sphere wicker day beds and the sail-shaded pool bar serves mojitos and champagne. Chic teal, white and pale-gold rooms give a restful night’s sleep.

3. Gran Meliá Palacio de Isora

Garden Hotel, Hotel

Aerial view of the sprawling Gran Meliá Palacio de Isora and its enormous zero-entry pool area, which is surrounded by palm trees.
Courtesy of Gran Meliá Palacio de Isora / Expedia.com

Slightly inland, but still only a 10-minute walk to the beach, this palatial white resort is trimmed with lofty palms and thatched cabanas. There are plenty of treats for kids: a pirate play ship in the children’s pool, cartoon pancakes at breakfast and a nursery that looks more like Silicon Valley offices; but the rooms are sophisticated enough for grown-ups, with ice-white beds and sofas and sunken bathtubs. Oh, and there’s a stand-out spa, too.

4. Jardín Tropical Hotel

Resort

Double room at the Jardín Tropical Hotel, with blue mosaic headboard and a relaxing en-suite living area featuring cream sofa, rustic wooden coffee tables, rattan rug and wall-mounted TV.
Courtesy of Jardín Tropical Hotel / Expedia.com

Styled like a Canarian village with whitewashed buildings and swaying palms in luscious gardens, this glamorous spot is style-central. Lounge on spacious terraces or in kitsch rooms with blue wall tiles and tasselled pink lamps, or float in the undulating lagoon pool with its shimmering sea views. Stay in the hotel’s boutique Club section for a more intimate VIP feel, with bigger suites, better views and glitzier interiors.

5. Jardines de Nivaria

Resort

Lozenge-shaped outdoor pool at Jardines de Nivaria, surrounded by palm trees and yellow sun loungers.
Courtesy of Jardines de Nivaria / Expedia.com

Close to golf courses and designer shopping in Costa Adeje, Nivaria is a laid-back affair with a glorious half-moon pool surrounded by tropical foliage and soft cushioned loungers to hail cocktails from. Inside the building are a glassy rotunda restaurant, a show-stopping stained-glass dome and a cavernous thermal spa doling out rigorous massages; plus light-filled rooms with comfy, classic furniture.

6. Hotel Riu Garoe

Resort

Marble-floored bar area at Hotel Riu Garoe, with beautiful latticed details, potted palms and comfy rattan armchairs.
Courtesy of Hotel Riu Garoe / Expedia.com

This large-scale resort in Puerto de la Cruz was refurbished in 2019 to reveal cream-and-chocolate rooms, with smart desks and flat-screen TVs. Larger suites have generous living areas and terraces, and there are a minigolf and a tennis court for active types outdoors. You’re close to the relaxing Las Martianez saltwater pools, as well as the local botanical gardens.

7. Bahia Principe Sunlight Tenerife

Chain Hotel, Resort, Hotel

Twilight view of the pool area at Bahia Principe Sunlight Tenerife , which is surrounded by palm trees, sun loungers and villas, all set against a volcanic backdrop.
Courtesy of Bahia Principe Sunlight Tenerife / Expedia.com

This cheerful building, painted sky-blue, coral and yellow, has inviting sun-drenched terraces to dine on and traditional rooms with wooden ceiling fans, cool floor tiles and wicker furniture. It’s friendly and unpretentious, with a selection of restaurants (Pan-Asian, Italian, Mexican and Brazilian) to please all ages and tastes. Book a massage in a breezy outdoor gazebo, or perfect your swing at the local golf course, a 10-minute drive away.

8. Barceló Tenerife

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Pool and sea panoramas from a high-rise apartment balcony at Barceló Tenerife, with views on three sides and an orange sun lounger to relax on.
Courtesy of Barceló Tenerife / Expedia.com

On a dizzying cliff in Northwestern Puerto de Santiago, the Barcelo juts out into the royal-blue ocean like the bow of a ship. Crisp, calm rooms in ice white and earthy, muted accents start the holiday feel, which continues in the chic white cocktail bar, 360-degree views from the curvaceous restaurant, and huge, refreshing pool on the oasis-like terrace.

9. Gran Oasis Resort

Resort

Outdoor dining area at Gran Oasis Resort, featuring an illuminated bar, fairy lights, palm trees, wooden-palette banquettes with blue cushions and paper lanterns.
Courtesy of Gran Oasis Resort / Expedia.com

Consistently voted a favourite with families, this Los Cristianos hotel is slightly in from the coast, so it’s all about its grounds and enormous swimming pool. Rooms have playful, colourful decor, with coral-print fabrics or lime-green scatter cushions. Many have kitchenettes, too, giving the option of self-catering. Mums and dads will love the proximity to local golf courses and the shuttle bus to nearby attractions.

10. Hotel Vincci La Plantación del Sur

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Luxurious outdoor pool area at Hotel Vincci La Plantación del Sur, with double canopied sun loungers and tall palm trees around the edges of the rectangular pool.
Courtesy of Hotel Vincci La Plantación del Sur / Expedia.com
This suave resort’s glossy reception sets the tone for your glamorous stay: polished marble floors, huge potted palms and low, stylish charcoal sofas. Once you settle in you’ll discover lantern-lit, sultry bars with live music and fruity cocktails, as well as a selection of restaurants (El Mercado’s seafood is the stand-out) and cool white rooms with four-poster beds, terracotta floor tiles and sliding doors to breeze-cooled balconies. A class act from top to bottom.

Haven’t found your ideal stay in the Canary Islands yet? Book one of the best resorts in Fuerteventura now, via Culture Trip.

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