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Blessed with sunshine, volcanic landscapes and sandy beaches, the Canaries have a lot to offer. Whether you’re after the tumbling waterfalls of La Palma, the wind sports of Fuerteventura, the volcanoes of Lanzarote or the top-notch hiking of Tenerife, the Spanish archipelago has something for everyone. And there are hotels to suit all, too – from family-friendly resorts on the seafront to adults-only retreats with sumptuous spas and sublime sunsets.
Set in a 17th-century, typically Canarian manor house with earth-red walls, immaculately tasteful styling and period charm in spades, Hotel San Roque is one of the finest hotels 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 has a rooftop terrace with sea views. A lovely secluded courtyard has a swimming pool and an al fresco dining patio, but to top it all, as an adults-only hotel it makes the perfect setting for a romantic break.
Originally part of a building designed by celebrated Canarian artist and architect César Manrique, this adults-only all-suites hotel 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 al fresco soaking. Upscale amenities include Nespresso machines 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.
More than a little reminiscent of a Moorish palace, the five-star Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real is quite probably the top luxury-level property in Fuerteventura 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 over Maspalomas Beach, the upper levels of Seaside Palm Beach feature some of the finest views in the Canary Islands. Its range of 1970s-inspired rooms were also designed by 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 massages and treatments (including aroma, serum and ozone therapies) and manicures and pedicures. There are also two thalassotherapy swimming pools, where you can relax and reap the benefits of the sea, before hitting 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 historic square in the coastal town of Garachico. A leafy courtyard and guest rooms brimming with period charm complete a unique property.
Hotel Cordial Mogán Playa is located just minutes from the beach in Puerto de Mogán. Inside it’s more like a small village than a hotel, with various accommodation complexes, gardens, restaurants, bars and a spa. The Inagua Spa may be small, but has bubble beds, 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 surrounding tropical gardens.
If you’re looking for a dramatic setting, Parador de Las Cañadas del Teide is situated 2,000m (6,562ft) above sea level in a volcanic crater 16km (10mi) 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 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 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 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.
Taking its name from Fuerteventura’s original name, meaning ‘my land’, Hotel Rural Mahoh is the first rural hotel on the north end of Fuerteventura, and a lovely rustic bolt hole for couples looking to get away from it 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. The restaurant is particularly outstanding, serving delicious meals made from island recipes using locally sourced ingredients.
Leon Beckenham contributed additional reporting to this article.