My opinion: One of south Tenerife’s most luxurious spa hotels featuring fine dining, Art Deco style and tranquil, extensive grounds. Without exception, I found all the staff to be efficient and charming. When I was there, at the beginning of November, it seemed to be favoured by genteel elderly couples and young families.
Location, location: Alongside The Geranium Walk, directly opposite Playa Fañabe in central Costa Adeje. The hotel is an easy amble to Plaza Del Duque shopping centre and the popular, twice weekly flea market. There’s an entrance to the promenade from the hotel grounds and from there it’s a short, sandal step to the beach. Puerto Colon and the nightlife of Playa de Las Americas are a promenade stroll away.
Rooms and Grounds: The rooms are large and luxurious in a modern, quasi-minimalist design that still feels homely rather than sterile as some contemporary design can be. Décor is in warm, earthy tones and beds are big and extremely comfortable. The en suite bathrooms are bright and spacious, the shower is hot and powerful and they don’t stint on the toiletries. Terraces are large and private. The more you upgrade, the larger and more luxurious your living and sleeping space and the bigger the terrace and views are. I was lucky enough to stay for one night in a superior suite which was like a bijou pied a terre and spread over two levels with a downstairs lounge and bathroom and an upstairs bedroom and en-suite.
From the lobby, four open floors of bars and restaurants radiate from a central hallway whose stained glass dome is a spectacular, pictorial representation of the constellations. All the common areas are elegantly styled in Art Deco design with bronze statues, Tiffany lamps and chequered floors.
The gardens and pools are one of the hotel’s most attractive features in which waterfalls cascade and two beautiful pools meander through tropical plantings and alongside a palm studded lawn. An elevator takes guests down to the street and beach level while above a large, private sun terrace overlooks Playa Fañabe.
Facilities: There’s a spa and wellness centre (which I unfortunately didn’t have time to try) an excellent gym, tennis and squash courts. There’s a play area for children and an indoors play room. There’s also a beauty parlour and hairdressers. All rooms have free wifi.
Food: This is the sort of breakfast buffet you leap out of bed for and with romantic tables on the outside terrace overlooking the gardens, try to make it last until lunch time. Cold selections include freshly made smoothies, pastries fit to drool over and more cuts of cold meat and cheeses than you’d find in the average supermarket. Hot food is cooked, beautifully, to order and served at table by efficient and friendly staff.
The hotel’s award winning La Cupula restaurant prepares gourmet dishes featuring the best of local, seasonal produce and some of the island’s finest wines. My only gripe is that you can’t buy wine by the glass. The poolside La Cascada offers salads, tapas and Mediterranean dishes but I didn’t get to try it.
Hotel Jardines de Nivaria is ideal for: couples, young families.
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