My opinion: For me, Gran Melia Palacio de Isora is the most stylish hotel on Tenerife, its five star luxury oozing contemporary chic and catwalk couture. There’s also a fresh, young vibe to the hotel which is sadly lacking in some stuffy luxury hotels on the island.
Location, location: On the sunny and less built up south west coast alongside the fishing village of Alcalá. Away from the bright lights of Playa de Las Americas and the non-stop, high end development of Costa Adeje, the area feels a little more exclusive.
Rooms and Grounds: Gran Melia Palacio suits its name well as palatial splendour in colonial-meets-the-Far-East style welcomes guests in every exquisite nook and cranny. The luxury and style begin in the fabulous, aromatherapy-infused reception area with its low, white sofas, feng shui water features and avant-garde sculptures beneath the silver domed ceiling and crystal chandeliers. It continues with decorative courtyards filled with plantings, immaculate gardens laced with walkways and dancing fountains that go disco after dark.
The majority of the hotel’s 509 rooms are deluxe doubles with private terrace, soft furnishings in hot, earth tones with pendulous ceiling lamps in scarlet twists; mahogany furniture, soft velour seating, velvety bedding and sigh-inducing comfort in the king size bed. There’s oodles of floor space and all the gadgetry and facilities you’d expect from a Gran Melia hotel including a 32″ flat screen TV; fast wireless connectivity and iPod iPhone docking. The whole room just feels luxurious, and attention to detail has been paid to every aspect. En suite bathrooms are big and sexy with natural stone combined with gold coloured, Moroccan style tiling, large rain showers and good quality toiletries. Even the bathrobes, towels and slippers are fluffier than your average hotel.
Push the boat out for a room in the adults-only Red Level and the same high standards of style and luxury go up a gear to include such giddy extras as a Jacuzzi on the terrace, a Nespresso machine, in-room aromatherapy and your own butler service, to mention but a few.
Facilities: The hotel’s pièce de resistance is undoubtedly its salt water swimming pool, the largest in Europe, with its thatched pagodas on stilts, massage showers and views over La Gomera. There are six pools in total, including two children’s pools. A secluded, black sand beach and pretty rock pools provide alternative venues for swimmers and sunbathers. The YHI spa takes pampering and pummelling to whole new levels and includes beauty treatments and health classes. Then there’s the fitness centre, the theatre (yes, theatre) and a full entertainment programme.
Food: No less than eight, on-site restaurants cater to tastes that vary from tapas to gourmet with Italian, Asian and Mediterranean in between. The Pangea restaurant provides a dizzying choice of buffet goodies for breakfast, lunch and dinner and the pool restaurants specialise in grills and paella. Red Level guests enjoy an open bar with canapés in their own, exclusive reception area, lounge and pool area daily between 6pm and 7pm.
Gran Melia Palacio de Isora Hotel is ideal for: singles, business, couples and families.
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