Tenerife attracts just shy of six million visitors every year, and there’s certainly no shortage of places to stay to accommodate the tourist hordes. But it’s not all high-rise resorts, with an increasing number of wonderful hotels offering top-notch facilities and world-class gastronomy. After much deliberation, we compiled a selection of the best places to stay on the island.
As you’d expect from the brand, the five-star Ritz-Carlton property excels on almost every front. Firstly, the complex offers a total of 12 restaurants which includes two with coveted Michelin stars. There’s also an impressive total of seven pools, some seriously high-end spa treatments, an 18-hole championship golf course, and seven tennis courts with views of the Atlantic. Family-friendly facilities includes the Ritz Kids club with a wide range of immersive activities seven days a week.
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.
Gran Hotel Bahía del Duque Resort is one of Tenerife’s most exclusive hotels, first opened in 1993 it has since become a benchmark of luxury on the island. The complex is built in the style of a Canarian village, with an attractive lagoon style pool with rock-lined sections and fountains. And there are in all four other pools to choose from, one of which is a lovely spa pool with swan necks, water jets and whirlpools. Plus, the beautiful Playa del Duque is a short walk from the main complex and hotel guests have exclusive access to beach huts and water sport facilities.
Combining palatial opulence with touches of Morocco and the Far East, this definitely qualifies as one of the island’s more stylish high-end options. Family villas offer gardens with heated pools and pool toys and games for the kids, while Melia’s luxury Red Level experience provides an adults-only zone with pool. Stretching almost the length of this extensive and high-end property, the hotel’s main pool seems to go on forever and features the likes of zero-entry points, whirlpool sections, and regular palapa-style shelter where you can hang a hammock and really enjoy the expansive ocean views.
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.
The Tenerife outpost of the Hard Rock franchise has pulled out all the stops with this upscale hotel. From some of the best dining and nightlife options in the Adeje neighbourhood, to lovely huge swimming pools and a full-service spa, guests will find no shortage of ways to enjoy their holiday. At over 600 guest rooms and suites the complex is huge, with its signature music-themed touches throughout that include electric guitar loans, curated playlists, and regular live shows. It also features one of the island’s best kids clubs, which includes Roxtars where the little ones can channel their inner rock star.
If you’re looking for a dramatic setting, 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.
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.
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. An infinity pool overlooks the ocean and lagoon pool, both of which are heated in winter. There’s also a deluxe spa, an excellent range of dining, and most guest rooms feature sea-views terraces.
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