For the last 13 years, the Ritz-Carlton Abama has been one of Tenerife’s standout hotels. It’s huge: there are seven pools, 12 bars and restaurants – two of which hold Michelin stars – and an 18-hole golf course containing some 25,000 palm trees.
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But becoming too bogged down in the stats is to miss the Ritz-Carlton’s beauty. Styled like a Moroccan palace, the hotel has domed roofs and terracotta turrets. Photogenic cacti lean against pink walls in hidden gardens (the hotel has an on-site botanist), a secret beach crouches below the cliffs, and the house cocktail is a Canarian Mojito – made with local banana. Local bananas are also found in the spa, where they make delicious additions to the spa menu, alongside lava sand and volcanic rocks.
For a totally unique evening, book the Michelin Stargazing Party. You’ll get a private evening picnic rustled up by the kitchen at M.B. – the Ritz-Carlton’s two-Michelin-starred restaurant. Adjust your binoculars and let your accompanying astronomer point out important constellations and stars. Whether you wish upon any of them is up to you.
Grab a cocktail at the well-stocked bar or cast yourself afloat in the infinity pool.
This Tenerife luxury hotel is for adults only and is set on the quieter end of Costa Adeje with direct access to the area’s best beach. It’s so grand that it even smells good – thanks to scented candles in the lobby.
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The all-suite Iberostar Grand Hotel El Mirador is in-your-face fancy. A massive lagoon-style pool encircles its pile of pink turrets. Grand, columned hallways and elegant corridors lead to your room, where there’s a capacious dressing room and wardrobe, his and hers sinks, romantic translucent drapes around the bed and a furnished terrace. You can stay on your terrace for breakfast, or hit the buffet, where you can pick the perfect local fruits to create your own breakfast smoothie.
Dine at La Pergola, a formal restaurant serving traditional Spanish and Canarian dishes – try a fresh lobster salad. You’ll need to dress up, but it’ll be worth it.
One of the best hotels in Tenerife south, Bahia Del Duque is palatial – and has the service to match. Its architecture is inspired by Spanish monuments and its bellboys wear traditional costume.
This hotel makes a grand first impression, and further investigation doesn’t disappoint. Every room has a balcony or a terrace, and there are five pools – a mixture of saltwater and freshwater – scattered around the grounds. Hotel activities range from tennis and flyboarding to a jaunt on a luxury yacht.
After your excursions and exertions, you can enjoy a score of restaurants and bars on-site. Each is supplied by an in-house organic garden and well-stocked with the necessary gins and tonics – plus local specialties like cheese and seafood. Sit out on the terrace for breakfast before a short stroll through the gardens to Playa del Duque beach promenade.