Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands and is firmly established as a magnet for tourists, especially the Brits. Most travellers gravitate to the south, with a favourite being Playa de las Américas, the top draw for night owls and home to some mammoth resorts. But the northern part of the island has gained steam as an alternative destination with more rustic offerings. A concerted government effort to maintain high tourism standards has resulted in an array of hotel offerings running the gamut from the party hearty to the placid. We've picked some of the tops from around the island to help you find the best hotel in Tenerife for your holiday.
Iberostar Grand Hotel El Mirador
Couples and other mature travellers more interested in relaxed dinners out than raucous nightclubbing should head to this 124-suite beachfront hotel that only allows guests aged 16 and up. Situated in refined Adele, this spot pays homage to the Moors with architecture and grounds (dominated by a sprawling pool) that open the resort up to an unspoilt beach. Those seeking retail therapy to complement their in-resort spa treatments can make the 10-minute walk to Centro Comercial Plaza del Duque for upmarket threads.
Hotel Suite Villa Maria
The petite enclave of La Caleta has recently witnessed encroaching development, but it remains at a comfortable distance from the hubbub of more established tourist draws and should appeal to nature lovers. This lodging doubles down on serenity with a focus on private villas, many of them equipped with their own Jacuzzis and small pools. Still, guests rave about the cleanliness of the private and public facilities, among them three pools, one of which is reserved for children. Their restaurant, La Torre, keeps a strict focus on Canarian cuisine for those looking to keep it authentic.
The Ritz-Carlton, Abama
One of the biggest brands in luxury hotels lives up to its reputation with this Moorish-inspired stunner in Santa Cruz de Tenerife’s well-preserved Guía de Isora. Restaurants include two haute options, MB and Kabuki, with three Michelin stars between them. Guests also praise the more casual poolside options – don’t miss the fish tacos. Harried parents can indulge in a spa with ten treatment rooms while their tykes enjoy the Ritz Kids programme. The whole family will get a kick out of the funicular ride down to the waves. Golfers should book tee times at Abama Golf in advance.
La Laguna Gran Hotel
Book in advance to get some serious bang for your buck in this crash pad housed in a building that dates back to 1776 in historic La Laguna. Even the farmhouse-meets-greenhouse lobby atrium is a draw. A 22-metre rooftop pool lets you cool off while absorbing some impressive bird’s-eye views. Those willing to shell out for the 76-square-metre royal suite can get wet while enjoying a whirlpool hydromassage. And everyone lucky enough to score a reservation can enjoy chef Andre Bernardi’s artful culinary offerings at Nub, one of a handful of Michelin-starred restaurants in Tenerife.
Europe Villa Cortes GL
It’s set in the teeming Playa de las Américas, but amenities including a private beach lend an individualised touch to the experience. Make sure to try a cocktail at Chiringuito Bar as you take in the surf. Back at the hacienda-themed hotel, guests can sample cuisine from six restaurants or simply kick back in rooms noted for their spaciousness and, in some cases, ample balconies. Quirky charms include Brauhaus, a pleasantly incongruous Bavarian beer hall, and Mexican artworks dispersed throughout. If you’re craving crowds, you can step outside and enjoy the Golden Mile’s offerings.
Hotel MC San Agustin
You don’t get much more boutique than this. With just four suites in an 18th-century structure, this is the ideal lodging for value-minded travellers wary of Tenerife’s more extravagant offerings. What’s more, it’s located in La Laguna, the former capital of Tenerife that now enjoys cachet among history buffs as a World UNESCO Heritage Site. Nearby sights to check out include the 516-year-old Iglesia de la Concepción and the peaceful Plaza del Adelantado. Students from the University of La Laguna ensure that a youthful energy remains among the classic hits.
Hotel San Roque
The rust-toned exterior catches the eye, but design buffs will really dig the spiffy furniture courtesy of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and other masters. The 20 chic rooms painted in soothing reds and blues ring a lovely courtyard featuring a pool you can dine alongside in the evenings. The location in charming and historic Garachico allows for convenient canoeing, fishing and diving options at an additional fee. The coffee here is a standout, should you need any more incentive to get out of bed. And a solarium naturally lets you soak up the daylight in peace. Young kids aren’t allowed, but pets are.
It may be a hike from Tenerife’s nightlife and dining hubs, but the Hard Rock is really a small city unto itself, with a kinetic rhythm (set to a ubiquitous musical soundtrack, of course) that will keep guests and revellers humming. Families will likely opt for the Oasis Tower, while singles looking for a more heavy metal holiday will (maybe) sleep in the Nirvana Tower before hitting up a daytime Lagoon Party. There are ten restaurant and bar options, but The 16th rooftop bar, with its panoramic vistas, is the one most likely to have visitors rising to their feet and demanding an encore.
Bahia del Duque
An opulent choice in stylish Adeje, Bahia del Duque achieves a lagoon-like vibe with its bountiful outdoor pool space – you’ll count a whopping five swimming holes – and flora covering the grounds built into an alluring hillside. Activities extend to mini-golf and horse riding. Should your older kids get bored, there’s not only a teen lounge in the complex, but a short drive away you'll hit the wildly popular Siam Park, an over-the-top, Thai-themed water slide mecca. More adult liquid attractions abound in the hotel’s numerous bar areas. Note that the villa area pool will be closed for repairs in June 2018.
La Casona del Patio
If you spend your year fidgeting in anticipation of the Tour de France, pedal fast to La Casona’s old-world yet comfortable digs in a pastoral setting. This spot caters to active types who don’t consider a holiday an excuse to stray from their fitness routines. The neighbouring Teide National Park offers an embarrassment of hiking and biking options. The hotel is a waking dream for serious cyclists, with a conditioning room, a bike washing area, and a rental service leasing out Cannondales, Treks and Pinarellos. There’s even an option to follow a cycler’s diet if you eat at the hotel, which many guests do via the half-board option.