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The Top 10 Hotels in the Canary Islands

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Updated: 14 December 2017
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.

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 also brimming with original touches such as Rennie Mackintosh furniture, while some feature whirlpool tubs and the suite set in the watchtower boasts a rooftop terrace with sea views. A lovely secluded courtyard has a swimming pool and alfresco dining patio, but to top it all, as an adults-only hotels it makes the perfect setting for a romantic break for two.

Lani’s Suites Deluxe

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.

Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real

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. 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 rather magical.

Seaside Palm Beach

With 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.

Hotel Rural La Quinta Roja

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-style architecture on the island. The building dates back to the 16th century, and is set overlooking a beautiful 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.

Hotel Cordial Mogán Playa

The Hotel Cordial Mogán Playa is set in the picturesque valley and just minutes away from the beach in Puerto de Mogán – a charming resort on the sunny south side of Gran Canaria dubbed ‘Little Venice’. The hotel itself is more like small village, distinctly Canarian in style with various accommodation blocks, four restaurants, two pools and a partly-outdoor spa, all set in tropical gardens with over 450 different plant species. There’s also an archaeological park onsite, part of an ancient necropolis that the property is built on – features don’t get much more unique than that.

Parador de Las Cañadas del Teide

If you’re looking for a dramatic setting, the Parador de Las Cañadas del Teide is situated 2,000 metres above sea level in a ten-mile wide volcanic crater 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 such as rabbit and goat. It’s the stargazing opportunities that really make this hotel special, however, with two telescopes and a huge swathe of clear skies providing perfect conditions for exploring the nightly spectacle.

Hotel Hacienda De Abajo

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.

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 resident black swan. Inside, the hotel is decorated with furniture and artworks from the owner’s personal collection, and mostly produced by local artists. A real highlight is the incredible view over the valley to Tenerife’s Teide Mountain, while facilities include high-end dining, an extensive spa and swimming pool with waterfall. The hotel has also hosted various members of royalty, A-listers and politicians, including Bill Clinton whom the suite is even named after.

Mahoh Hotel

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 just the second hotel of its kind on the island. 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 rustic and quaint, with chunky wooden furniture and exposed stone walls, while facilities include a thousand-book library and outdoor pool. Its restaurant is particularly outstanding, serving delicious meals made from island recipes and locally-sourced ingredients.