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10 of the best hotels in Tenerife

The Independent logo The Independent 19/02/2019 Helen Ochyra
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Tenerife gets a bad rap, although take a look at her and she doesn’t seem to care one jot.

Three million years ago this volcanic island erupted out of the Atlantic swell and today she still stands proudly, her pinnacle the cone-shaped, still steaming Mount Teide – Spain’s highest mountain, no less.

Teide smoulders high above plunging barrancos, towering cliffs and sandy beaches. Cast aside your preconceptions and discover world-class hotels offering everything from Michelin-starred cuisine to sublime spas. And not a full English fry-up or disco bar in sight.

Best for escaping the kids: Red Level at Gran Meliá Palacio de Isora

Neighbourhood: Guía de Isora

a large body of water: The adults-only pool at Red Level at Gran Meliá Palacio de Isora (Red Level at Gran Meliá Palacio de Isora) © Provided by Independent Digital News & Media Limited The adults-only pool at Red Level at Gran Meliá Palacio de Isora (Red Level at Gran Meliá Palacio de Isora)

Seeking peace and quiet? This boutique-y, adults-only enclave within the larger Gran Meliá Palacio de Isora hotel has its own (blissfully quiet) pool, a lush garden with hot tubs and daily one-hour Open Bar timed for the sunset. You’ll get preferential bookings in the hotel’s Clarins spa too and can even get your butler to run you a bath on your balcony. Bliss. 

Doubles from €413

Best for rocking out: Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife

Neighbourhood: El Roque

a large room: Channel your inner rock star at the Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife (Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife) © Provided by Independent Digital News & Media Limited Channel your inner rock star at the Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife (Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife)

There’s music everywhere at the Hard Rock Hotel, from the pool to your room – where you can request a bass guitar to be delivered or chill to the beat of one of three “Rock Om” yoga videos. The kids’ clubs give little ones the chance to join the band, while adults can sip cocktails at one of the pool bars (named, naturally, Oasis and Nirvana) or retreat to the Rock Spa to recuperate.

Doubles from €131

Best for dining: Royal Hideaway Corales Beach

Neighbourhood: La Caleta

a view of a city: Foodies will be in their element at the Royal Hideaway Corales Beach (Royal Hideaway Corales Beach) © Provided by Independent Digital News & Media Limited Foodies will be in their element at the Royal Hideaway Corales Beach (Royal Hideaway Corales Beach)

The Padrón brothers are renowned in these parts for their gourmet cuisine (their restaurant Rincón de Juan Carlos holds a Michelin star). Foodies should not miss their latest opening, the rooftop Maresía restaurant, which sits alongside the glorious pool atop this adults-only five-star hotel. Suites are exquisite too, with vast balconies complete with bathtubs, and breakfast downstairs by the second pool can detain you for hours with its copious buffet.

Doubles from €244

Best for sports: The Ritz-Carlton, Abama

Neighbourhood: Guía de Isora

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Golfers and tennis lovers will find no need to leave this palatial hotel – there’s a tennis academy with seven courts and a history of hosting pro events, plus an 18-hole links golf course, driving range and putting green. All this is on site, along with two Michelin-starred restaurants (the Japanese Abama Kabuki and the super-luxe Basque-inspired M.B), numerous swimming pools and a funicular to a bijou private beach.

Doubles from €350

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Best for all-out luxury: Bahia del Duque

Neighbourhood: Adeje

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Everything at this beachfront grande dame feels super-sized, from the over-the-top faux 19th century Canarian architecture, to the huge suites with their ceiling fans and canopy beds. Among the palm trees you’ll find eight restaurants, 13 bars, five pools and direct access to a white-sand beach (one of the island’s best). There’s even an astronomical observatory for tours of the night sky. You’re in the heart of the action too – right outside, the beachside promenade leads into the resort centre.

Doubles from €247.50

Best for authentic island life: Hotel San Roque

Neighbourhood: Garachico

a store front at night: For an authentic Canarian experience, head to Hotel San Roque (Hotel San Roque) © Provided by Independent Digital News & Media Limited For an authentic Canarian experience, head to Hotel San Roque (Hotel San Roque)

Away from the touristy south coast, the teeny northern town of Garachico retains a local vibe, complete with men in flat caps playing draughts in the square. This delightful small hotel in the centre of town has just 20 rooms, spread throughout a 17th century mansion with a heated swimming pool at its centre. Book ahead for a laidback dinner at the hotel’s Restaurante Anturium, where tables are arranged around the pool, or head out to soak up the town’s authentic Tenerife nightlife.

Doubles from €183

Best for spa: Hotel Botánico

Neighbourhood: Puerto de la Cruz

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It’s worth booking into the Botánico for its Oriental Spa Garden alone – though you will also find super-spacious rooms with marble bathrooms and views of Mount Teide and the island’s best Thai restaurant here. The Spa Garden offers all manner of massages in small pagodas beneath the palms, while a ‘thermal circuit’ package includes access to indoor and outdoor heated pools, a Japanese sauna and Turkish baths. The hotel also has its own dreamy botanical garden with plenty of quiet corners to escape into.

Doubles from €214

Best for family fun: Fantasia Bahia Principe Tenerife

Neighbourhood: Los Abrigos

a group of lawn chairs sitting on top of a beach: Kids will find much to love at Fantasia Bahia Principe Tenerife (Fantasia Bahia Principe Tenerife) © Provided by Independent Digital News & Media Limited Kids will find much to love at Fantasia Bahia Principe Tenerife (Fantasia Bahia Principe Tenerife)

Wow the kids with a stay at this all-inclusive hotel, which comes with its own Cinderella-esque castle. Little ones will be dazzled by the miniature waterpark and nightly circus shows, while adults will love the included kids’ clubs and the opportunity to escape to the gym, spa or adults-only infinity pool. Food and drinks are unlimited and it’s a short walk into the pretty fishing village of Los Abrigos for a slap-up seafood supper too.

Doubles from €100

Best for relaxation: Hotel Jardín Tropical

Neighbourhood: Adeje

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A tropical heated swimming pool, extensive gardens and a beach club with saltwater pool make this four-star hotel an enticing place to just sit and do nothing. Alternatively, there’s an al fresco fitness centre and massages by the pool. Couples should book a table for dinner at clifftop Las Rocas, a romantic setting for local seafood dishes. You’re very close to Puerto Colón too, where you can catch ferries to neighbouring La Gomera and go on whale watching trips. 

Doubles from €143

Best for a budget break: H10 Tenerife Playa

Neighbourhood: Puerto de la Cruz

a view of a city: Those on a budget should opt for H10 Tenerife Playa (H10 Tenerife Playa) © Provided by Independent Digital News & Media Limited Those on a budget should opt for H10 Tenerife Playa (H10 Tenerife Playa)

All the amenities of a luxury hotel with room rates more akin to a budget B&B, the H10 Tenerife Playa is also ideally located for exploring the island’s north. You’re in the centre of Puerto de la Cruz here, just 50 metres from gorgeous al fresco swimming pool complex Lago Martiánez, designed by renowned Canarian architect César Manrique, and 35km from the cultural and historic sites of capital Santa Cruz. Rooms are simple, but there’s a pleasant poolside bar, live music and a small spa. 

Doubles from €65

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