While Tenerife may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of a romantic break, it’s a popular destination with honeymooners and offers a great selection of hotels catering to loved-up couples. Here’s our pick of the best places to stay on the island for a romantic break.
Royal Garden Villas & Spa
The Royal Garden Villas simply ooze romantic exoticism, with a sumptuous combination of Asian-inspired decor, tinkling fountains, flower-filled hallways and objets d’art sourced from the four corners of the world. This small but very high-end complex has just 28 individually styled villas, finished in an opulent mix of rich fabrics and feng shui-arranged furnishings, each with its own pool. Views are equally swoon-worthy, with terraces overlooking the Atlantic or spectacular mountains.
Europe Villa Cortes
Taking much of its inspiration from a colourful Mexican hacienda, this luxury resort hotel is a popular bolthole for romancing couples and even the odd celeb. The 151 rooms are spacious and sumptuous, with some opening onto balconies with gorgeous sea views. Top-end suites also feature rooftop panoramic terraces with Jacuzzis and daybeds. Facilities include a luxury spa, six eateries and a waterfall swimming pool, while fun Mexican-themed elements include lifesize Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) figures and a faux Mayan temple topped with a Catholic chapel. It’s a romantic, playful and luxurious package all set on the sunny south coast on Tenerife’s popular Playa de las Americas.
Botánico Hotel & The Oriental Spa Garden
As its name suggests, this flamboyantly Thai-inspired hotel is set in wonderful exotic gardens brimming with botanical specimens and other tropical flora, plus a carp pond and a resident black swan. Inside, the hotel is decorated with furniture and artworks from the owner’s personal collection, mostly produced by local artists. There are incredible views over the valley to Tenerife’s Teide Mountain, while facilities include high-end dining, an extensive spa and a swimming pool with waterfall. Couples can treat themselves to some seriously upscale suites, with romance-friendly amenities such as 24-hour room service, thick bathrobes and whirlpool-tub terraces for alfresco soaking à deux.
Hotel San Roque
Set in a 17th-century typically Canarian manor house with earth-red walls, immaculately tasteful styling and period charm in spades, the Hotel San Roque is hands down one of the finest on Tenerife. Individually styled rooms are brimming with original touches such as Rennie Mackintosh furniture, while some feature whirlpool tubs; the suite set in the watchtower boasts a rooftop terrace with sea views. A lovely secluded courtyard has a swimming pool and an alfresco dining patio, but to top it all, as an adults-only hotel it makes the perfect setting for a romantic break for two.
Hotel Rural La Quinta Roja
The former residence of the marquis of the same name, La Quinta Roja is now a fabulous hotel, providing one of the finest examples of baroque architecture on the island. The building dates back to the 16th century, and overlooks a lovely historic square in the coastal town of Garachico. A lovely leafy courtyard and guest rooms with brimming with period charm complete a genuinely unique property.
Meliá Hacienda del Conde
Couples looking for a romantic and luxurious getaway located well away from the busy resorts should head to the Meliá Hacienda del Conde. This child-free boutique-style property is set in the quieter and unspoilt west of the island, albeit overlooking an 18-hole golf course. The look is traditional Canarian colonial and the vibe is distinctively relaxing, with tiered terraces and exotic gardens providing plenty of spots for peaceful seclusion. For the full-on romantic experience, splash out on the Hydro Junior Suite with spacious terrace and Jacuzzi tub, which provides stunning views of the sun setting over the sea.
Parador de Las Cañadas del Teide
If you’re looking for a dramatic setting for romance, the Parador de Las Cañadas del Teide is situated 2,000 metres (6,562 feet) above sea level in a volcanic crater 16 kilometres (10 miles) wide in Tenerife’s Teide National Park. It offers a charming mountain-lodge vibe finished in plenty of exposed wood and volcanic rock, plus a roaring fire to add to the snug feel. There are 37 cosy guest rooms, a heated indoor pool and two restaurants serving local cuisine. For stellar romantic moments, two telescopes and a huge swathe of clear skies provide perfect conditions for stargazing with your loved one.