The best-known of the Canary Islands, Tenerife has been tempting sunseekers for decades – and after hiking up Mount Teide, the highest mountain in Spain, you’ll want to cool off. Tenerife has developed a pretty sophisticated hotel scene, catering for all bags and budgets. Of course, a resort is nothing without a fabulous pool to relax beside – and in – so we’ve scoured the island for the best hotels in which to take the plunge in style.
Oozing Med-style luxury down to its contemporary four-poster beds, this Costa Adeje beauty cocoons guests among lush palm trees and a complex of cooling pools. Between mountains and the Atlantic Ocean, you’ll swim with amazing views from the rooftop infinity pool – for extra-cool credit, book a Maldivian-style, over-water villa or a swim-up pool villa. Beach lovers can hit Playa de la Enramada, a giant charcoal-coloured stretch a five-minute drive away.
Two side-by-side turquoise pools command your attention, one for children, who adore the mini waterslide and fountains. To cool off further, summon a cocktail or ice lolly from the poolside bar. For foodies and fans of pampering, the chocolate body wraps at the spa are worth trying, along with pasta and paella at the restaurant – which has its own terrace. Whitewashed rooms with pops of red and balconies or terraces invite relaxation after days in the sun on Playa de las Américas.
It’s all about the glam pool at this high-end, hacienda-style resort, midway between Los Cristianos and Playa de las Américas – a few minutes from the beach by free shuttle. Families love the two-storey duplex rooms with their creamy colours, balconies and handy kitchens, while golfers – naturally – bag the golf-view suites. You can sample Spanish and Canarian dishes in the restaurant or make your own tapas dishes using ingredients from the local mini-mart.
Swimming in the curved pool, with its cute little grotto sections, is one of the pleasures of staying at this Moorish-style, shorefront hotel – you can see the ocean as you breaststroke. Rooms are smart and whitewashed, brightened with Med-blue hues; some have sea views and balconies. The highlight for us is the beach club, a minute’s walk away on the Costa Adeje, with a saltwater pool, Bali beds and a sea-view restaurant for fresh catch of the day.
Check in for village-style living in the heart of Tenerife’s volcanic landscapes, where sea-view rooms with terraces are as stylish as they’re sustainable, with hot tubs on the terrace. The resort has a total of eight pools, so there’ll be no missing out on splash time. If you’re an active type you can paddleboard on the lake or explore the San Blas Environmental Reserve, next door. The striking domed restaurant treats guests to à la carte dishes from around the world,
In lushly planted, palm-filled gardens, this four-star property at the foot of Mount Teide in Puerto de la Cruz has two beautiful pools – one of these is heated, so you can swim even when the temperature dips in winter. Rooms are traditionally styled, light and cool, with tiled floors and views of the famous volcano or the sparkling sea. If you tire of sunbathing, play table tennis or a few rounds of pool, or sip a few cocktails at the Vulcan bar, home to shows and entertainment.
How will you spend your days at this fancy hotel? In the spa, cocooned in tropical gardens with a heated pool? Or by the main pool, framed by white parasols? For lunch there’s the figure-friendly Slim Restaurant, or Asian-style noodles at the Oriental à la carte, which was opened by the Queen of Thailand. For art lovers, there’s the permanent exhibition of 19th- and 20th-century Canarian paintings to enjoy over a glass of sangria in the Bar Hall.
This super-contemporary complex works for couples, singles and families, with large, light-filled rooms overlooking the ocean, Mount Teide or the enormous pool. Tuck into juices and salads at the poolside bar – the various hotels that make up the resort share facilities. You can indulge in the lot, including the Cleopatra Hotel’s spa and wellness centre. The beach is moments’ walk away, with sea breezes to keep you cool while sunbathing or building sandcastles with the kids.