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Tenerife is synonymous with large beach resorts in areas like Costa Adeje and Playa de las Americas but there are plenty of boutique hotels to be found on the largest of Spain‘s Canary Islands. Choose from a lodge in a volcanic crater 2,000m (6,562ft) above sea level in Teide National Park, the 16th century former residence of a Spanish marquis in the north coast fishing village of Garachico or a beachfront hotel in the town of Los Cristianos in the southwest.
The former residence of a Spanish marquis, La Quinta Roja is one of the finest examples of baroque architecture on Tenerife and dates back to the 16th century. There are 20 rooms of varying types, from standard doubles on the first floor to the larger Double Plus and Junior Suites on the second floor overlooking the square. While the hotel doesn’t have a pool, you’re welcome to use the neighbouring oceanfront pool for free, plus there is a rental shop for road cycling.
Parador de Las Cañadas del Teide is 2,000m (6,562ft) above sea level in a 16km (10mi) wide volcanic crater in Teide National Park. It’s a welcoming mountain lodge with wood furnishing and an exterior made from exposed stone. The rooms have white walls and floral prints, dark-wood furniture and beige furnishings. The hotel has a telescope, which is used in a guided stargazing session every Friday. There’s excellent food available, including creative dishes of rabbit and goat.
Royal Garden Villas in Adeje is a great jumping-off point for the Southwest waterparks and beaches. Twenty-eight private villas make up this opulent hotel, each with their own pool, hydro-massage showers and kitchens. You can enjoy a cocktail by the communal pool before tucking into Canarian-style octopus at the romantic Jardin Restaurant. Don’t forget to pay a visit to the Golden Pond Spa, with its waterfall, Turkish bath and ice fountain, plus massage and facial treatments.
Valeria Nikonova contributed additional reporting to this article.