With the sun out all year round this popular canary island is perfect for both summer and winter getaways. Our Carrier team had the chance to discover every inch of Tenerife and uncover hidden gems from the north and south of the island, including the best luxury hotels.
Arriving into Costa Adeje, I notice the luxury hotels, chic boutiques and spectacular costal views, about a five minute drive from the centre is Bahίa del Duque. The charming Canarian style village caught my eye instantly and it didn’t disappoint once inside. The staff are all in traditional dress which matched the charismatic style of the hotel including the extraordinary lobby which was filled with tropical Spanish foliage. There are both traditional and contemporary rooms available as well as an impressive collection of private villas including Suite Imelda which has breath taking décor and Villa Mimosa which features a beautiful infinity pool set within the spacious outdoor area. The huge spa boasts the new Thai room where all of the furniture had been sourced from Thailand and each piece displayed a ‘passport’ that detailed where it had come from, which I thought was a lovely touch.
Hotel highlight: The pool areas were very impressive with lots of choice and space. I also really liked the private entrance that led directly onto the beach.
Foodie favourite: We ate at La Brasserie by Pierre Résimont, known as the ‘corner of French cuisine’ and led by 2 Michelen star chef – I would highly recommend the food was fabulous, especially the lobster risotto.
On arrival, I was impressed with the sheer size of the resort; it sits upon 400 acres of banana plantation and boasts incredible ocean views. A resort tour is available and I would definitely recommend taking one to get your bearings. The rooms also didn’t disappoint, with the largest on the island there’s plenty of space to spread out if your children are in tow. There really is something for everyone here with 12 restaurants, including 20/20 steakhouse where I even got to choose which country I wanted my meat to come from. Top tip: Have lunch at the golf club for spectacular views. Whilst staying at the Abama we were lucky enough to head out on a luxury yacht for a spot of whale watching – with a glass of champagne in hand of course. Being so close to the magnificent creatures was mesmerising.
Hotel highlight: Cubanika - The 1940’s style Cuban bar has an extensive cocktail and cigar menu, the cigars are made with the highest quality tobacco and even rolled by the bar’s very own cigar sommelier.
Foodie favourite: M.B - the two Michelin star restaurant books up very quickly, so I'd advise pre-booking.
During my stay at the Sheraton I noticed how perfect it would be for families with the spacious suites and bathrooms along with the large pool area to watch over the little ones. Close to the promenade of Costa Adeje; where the seafront is lined with endless restaurants and characterful bars to spend your evenings. In the final days of our visit to Tenerife we ventured to the North of the island to hike up Mount Teide, the experience is one I’ll never forget – the views of the orange sunset from 12,000ft above sea level were like nothing I’d ever seen before. Accompanied by a starlight guide we finished the evening off by stargazing under the clear sky of Teide National Park.
Hotel highlight: The sheer size of the resort allows families to spread out in their own space, I was also impressed with the modern but homely style of the hotel.
Foodie favourite: For some traditional tapas and a lively atmosphere try Restaurant La Venta.