Where to Stay on Tenerife
PHOTO: The Gran Mélia Palacio de Isora on the beach in Tenerife is considered to be one of the best hotels in Spain.
As the largest of Spain’s Canary Islands, Tenerife offers a wealth of diversity for travelers looking to experiences all sides of the destination. Indeed, the island has a wide variety of accommodations to match its numerous tourism attractions and activities.
From five-star luxury to more budget-sensitive hotels, Tenerife offers accommodations to suit almost every visitor.
For those looking for over-the-top luxury, Tenerife has more five-star hotels than Barcelona and more five- and four-star hotels combined than any other destination in Spain. The Iberostar Grand Hotel Mencey (www.thegrandcollection.com) is one of the premier hotels located in Tenerife’s capital of Santa Cruz. The hotel, which has been declared a cultural heritage site, underwent a complete renovation in 2011. It is just 11 miles from the international airport and, more importantly, less than a mile from the ocean.
PHOTO: Iberostar Grand Hotel Mencey is one of the premier hotels in Tenerife’s capital of Santa Cruz.
PHOTO: The courtyard and pool at Iberostar Grand Hotel Mencey.
Iberostar Grand sits in the center of Old Town, which is a popular destination for tourists looking to get a feel for life in Santa Cruz. The hotel has a total of 261 guestrooms of varying sizes and amenities. Room categories include single, double, family room, superior, junior suite, executive suite and royal. Other amenities include a courtyard with a pool, 86,000 square feet of gardens, a spa, casino, restaurant and bars.
Another top luxury option is the Gran Melia Palacio de Isora (www.melia.com). An hour from Santa Cruz, this luxury resort, which is directly on the beach, has received top accolades and is considered to be one of the best hotels in Spain. It features a wide variety of room categories, each offering an enhanced set of amenities.
For the highest level in service, travelers should consider booking the Red Level. This adults-only concept offers guests a team of personal butlers and exclusive perks, such as access to the Red Level Lounge, private swimming pool, preferential reservations in restaurants, and a free water ritual per person, per stay in the 21,000-square-foot YHI Spa. Accommodations include luxury bathroom accessories and aromatherapy in the rooms.
The resort has four adult swimming pools, two pools for children and a smaller pool for babies. For those guests who crave the beach, the resort’s volcanic black sand beach overlooks the islands of La Gomera and La Palma. They can even bury themselves in the black sand to soak up the volcanically generated heat. There are seven bars and lounges on the resort, as well as restaurants serving a wide variety of food, including Italian, Asian and Japanese, Mediterranean and more.
A Boutique Experience
Hotel San Roque in Garachico (www.hotelsanroque.com) is a boutique hotel experience that combines art, history and gourmet food. The property is housed in a historic house originally built at the end of the 18th century by a descendant of the aristocratic Genoan Cristobal de Ponte, founder of the town and port of Garachico. The historic building gives travelers a look into Garachico’s past and shows off the architectural work and contemporary design that represents the modern side of this sleepy, seaside village.
The hotel, located just a short distance from the old port of Garachico, has 20 double rooms, eight duplexes with living rooms, two junior suites and two suites. La Torre (the tower) has views of the town and coastline. Each room has a distinct layout, color and personality, but uniform among them are hot tubs, designer furniture and original contemporary art.
Guests can meander the cobbled streets outside the entrance to discover small plazas and boutique shops. The hotel’s Anturium Restaurant is exclusive for hotel guests and daily menus can be arranged to suit guests’ preferences. Special dinners or meals requested by guests can be prepared upon reservation. The Hoffmann Bar features a selection of special European liquors and spirits.
Some Four-star Choices
Hotel Isabel (www.isabelfamilyhotel.com), on the southern coast of the island, is another four-star option. Located on the Costa Adeje, 50 miles from Santa Cruz, the property is just steps from Fañabé Beach. Built in 2001 and renovated in 2010, it has 384 rooms, including apartments, bungalows and villas, all arranged in a traditional “Canarian Village” style.
There are four bars to choose from, as well as one main dining restaurant. Guests can choose the EP style or opt for the resort’s all-inclusive plan. Other amenities include two swimming pools (one that is adults-only), daily and nightly entertainment, tennis courts, a wellness center and a diving center.
On the beach of Playa la Arena, Lagos de Cesar by Blue Sea (www.blueseahotels.com) is a traditional European-style hotel in Puerto de Santiago. The four-star property has 116 rooms, including junior suites with en-suite bathroom and private terrace. Simple in design and just steps from the ocean, the hotel features a large outdoor swimming pool, a separate children’s pool, sun terrace and rooftop lounge, as well as a gym and mini club.
The property features a buffet restaurant and two bars, and guests can choose an all-inclusive plan option. The hotel is 40 minutes from South Tenerife airport. The town of Puerto de Santiago is a resort community with shops, restaurants, cafés, bars and clubs. The property also has views of Los Gigantes cliffs, which are a must-see destination for travelers to Tenerife.
Directly on the Costa de Adeje, Hotel Riu Palace Tenerife (www.riu.com) is another all-inclusive, four-star option on the island. Located in Playa del Duque, the resort has 296 guest rooms, including double rooms and suites. For dining, guests can choose the main restaurant, poolside restaurant, lobby bar, lounge bar or poolside bar.
There are two swimming pools, as well as free sun loungers and a sand terrace-solarium. A gym, sauna and whirlpool bath also is available at the resort. The daily entertainment program features live shows and music. Guests also can rent bicycles, enjoy watersports or take an excursion to one of several nearby golf courses.
Budget Hotel Options
On the beach in El Médano, the three-star Hotel Playa Sur Tenerife (www.hotelplayasurtenerife.com) is a great budget option off the beaten track. It features 75 rooms, including suites, double and single rooms, many with balconies overlooking the ocean. The hotel also has its own saltwater pool, as well as two restaurants and bars.
El Médano is one of the world’s best locations for windsurfing and kite surfing, with three different windsurfing spots, including the Bay, the Harbour Wall and Cabezo Beach. The town is near two beaches, Playa Grande and Playa Tejita, as well as La Montaña Roja, a protected natural reserve. Hotel Playa Sur Tenerife is a great option for economy travelers looking to take advantage of the outdoor activities available on Tenerife.
Also in El Médano, the budget Hotel Medano (www.medano.es/en) offers a seafront location with views of nearby La Montaña Roja. The hotel was one of the first to be built on the southern part of the island, helping to build the booming tourist destination that southern Tenerife has become. Rooms are decorated in a simple, modern style with neutral colors and clean lines. They all face outward with views over the ocean and some include balconies.
Like Hotel Playa Sur Tenerife, Hotel Medano is perfect for travelers who are looking to experience the island’s activities. It is close to a variety of kite surf and windsurf shops, as well as bike rentals and dive sites.
Travelers who want to completely unplug and disconnect will love Hotel Rural El Patio (www.hotelpatio.com), a historic plantation home in Garachico that has been converted to a hotel. Tucked within a still-active banana plantation, the El Patio property dates back to 1507.
Over the past 400 years, the property has grown and adapted according to the crops planted. Today the farming estate is made up of 150 acres of plantation with sea views. The hotel has three units and a total of 26 rooms. All rooms have been decorated in a rustic style, typical of homes in Garachico. It has large gardens, footpaths, heated swimming pool, sauna, solarium, lounges, a driving range and bar.
Guests are invited to explore the main house, which still serves as the owner’s home. It is decorated like a museum with treasures that date back throughout the plantation’s history. Rooms do not have phones or television, which allows travelers to disengage with the outside world (though there is free Wi-Fi).
The hotel’s restaurant serves a few meals per week, but guests are encouraged to visit the town to experience local restaurants and bars.
Hard Rock to Open
Set to debut in mid-2016, Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos will open the beachfront Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife (www.hardrockhotels.com). This will be Hard Rock’s second project in collaboration with Palladium Hotel Group.
The resort, located on Tenerife’s southern coast near Adeje, will have 637 rooms with 236 suites spread across two towers. It will feature three pools and access to a natural saltwater lagoon and recreation area. Four restaurants, multiple outdoor terraces and entertainment venues will complete the property.
True to the Hard Rock experience, Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife will feature the music-infused programs exclusive to the brand, such as The Sound of Your Stay. In addition, it will have a Rock Spa, Body Rock workout facility and Rock Shop.
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A version of this article appears in print in the April 2015 issue of Vacation Agent Magazine.
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