The Canary Islands have been a popular tourism hotspot since as far back as the 1960s, and there are plenty of dated, eyesore hotels in over-developed resorts attesting to the fact. There are also, however, plenty of outstanding places to stay dotted around this sun-soaked Atlantic archipelago – here are 10 of the best.
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.
Originally part of a building designed by celebrated Canarian artist and architect César Manrique, this adults-only all-suites hotels takes luxury to the next level. Most of the 25 high-end suites open to terraces with fabulous ocean views, with some also adding whirlpool tubs for alfresco soaking. Upscale amenities include Nespresso machines, smart TVs, and even private wine bars. The entire hotel gleams a pure, clean white while outside space is decorated with brightly coloured flowers around a super-swish sea-view swimming pool. Ultimately a contender for the best hotel in the whole Canaries.
More than a little reminiscent of a Moorish palace, the five-star Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real is quite probably Fuerteventura’s top luxury-level property and is a perfect pick for a romantic treat. At 242 guest rooms, it’s far from an intimate boutique property, though a deluxe spa, five restaurants and a chilled-out beach club make excellent use of the space. Fringed by the white sand beaches and dunes of Corralejo Natural Dune Park, the setting is also magical.
Offering panoramas overlooking Maspalomas Beach, the upper levels of the Seaside Palm Beach feature some of the finest views in the Canary Islands. Its range of 1970s-inspired rooms were also designed by famous interior designer Alberto Pinto, and finished in fabulously bright, bold colours with retro-style furniture and fittings. Tucked away in the tropical gardens you’ll find the spa, offering a wide selection of massages and treatments, from aromatherapy and serum therapy, to ozone therapy and manicures and pedicures. There are also two thalassotherapy swimming pools, where you can relax and reap the benefits of the sea, before drying out in the sauna.
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 leafy courtyard and guestrooms with brimming with period charm complete a genuinely unique property.
The Hotel Cordial Mogán Playa is located just minutes away from the beach in Puerto de Mogán. Dubbed ‘Little Venice,’ it’s surrounded by the Mogán Valley. Inside it’s more like a small village than just a hotel, with various accommodation complexes, gardens, restaurants, bars and of course a spa. The Inagua Spa may be small, but it has everything you would expect, from bubble beds to cold dips, a sauna, steam bath and themed showers. The best part however, is the outdoor spa area, with warming foot baths and hot tubs to relax in while admiring the tropical gardens around you.
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.
Hotels in the Canary Islands don’t come much more elegantly old-school than this former sugar plantation estate. Museum-worthy artworks and genuine antique furniture are scattered throughout this 17th-century hacienda hotel, which was renovated and is still run by the descendants of the first owners of the estate. It now overlooks banana plantations on the west coast of the island of La Palma, in the pretty village of Tazacorte, and within strolling distance of majestic cliff-trimmed, black volcanic beaches. The 32 individually-styled rooms are as ornate as the rest of the property, and with no shortage of luxury touches such as L’Occitane products and fluffy bathrobes.
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.
Taking its name from Fuerteventura’s aboriginal name, meaning ‘my land’, Hotel Rural Mahol is the first rural hotel on the north end of Fuerteventura, and a lovely rustic bolthole for couples looking to get away from its all. This typical old Canarian country-style house dates back to the 19th century, and is built from a mix of local timber and volcanic rock. The nine rooms are characterful and quaint, with chunky wooden furniture and exposed stone walls, while facilities include a 1,000-book library and an outdoor pool. Its restaurant is particularly outstanding, serving delicious meals made from island recipes using locally sourced ingredients.