My Opinion: The Riu Palace at the La Caleta end of Costa Adeje on Tenerife was a popular hotel before its 24 million Euro refurb over the spring and summer of 2015, now that popularity rating is set to rise even more. It’s a sophisticated five star hotel with excellent food in an upmarket part of Costa Adeje. Possibly the Riu Palace’s main asset is its family feel thanks to particularly friendly staff who make guests feel welcome and special from the moment they set foot through the door.
Location, Location, Location: The Riu Palace is located on the seafront at the south western end of Costa Adeje not far from the small fishing village of La Caleta, which means guest can have the best of both worlds. Turn left out of the hotel gate leading onto the promenade and you’re in the heart of the most upmarket area of Costa Adeje, El Duque, with its stylish restaurants and one of the best beaches on the southern coast, Playa del Duque. Turn right and it’s a short walk to the fish and seafood restaurants at La Caleta which has become a gastronomic centre in recent years.
Rooms and Grounds: Rooms have an adult and rather sexy sophistication to them thanks to the tasteful contrast of elegant silvery grey/soft lilac drapes and furnishings with snow-white walls. Flat screen TVs (with a good choice of English language channels despite what some travel site reviews say) add to the sleek contemporary look. The bed is big and comfortable and the bathroom as chic as the bedroom, with his and her sinks, hair-dryer, bathrobes, slippers, a good selection of toiletries as well as a revitalising powerful shower, ideal for washing off the sun cream.
There’s a mini bar, safe, wifi is free and fast and most balconies have expansive sea views and along the south coast. Best for views of the Atlantic are the rooms located on higher floors in the centre of the hotel.
There’s an air of the Far East about the design of the grounds, the main building is separated from the hotel’s pools and the coast by palm tree studded lawns.
Facilities: The Riu Palace is very much a hotel for taking time to re-energise the batteries. There’s a well equipped free gym and a spa with indoor pool (also free) as well as a wellness centre with a range of treatments. The sun loungers overlooking one of the three heated pools and Atlantic Ocean have an irresistible magnetic draw. Best are those beside an infinity pool but, to be honest, they’re all set in attractively designed areas. Although the hotel was near capacity when we were there, there were plenty of sun loungers for everyone; nowhere felt overcrowded. There is also a small children’s pool and play-park.
The Riu Palace prides itself on its gastronomy and the breakfast, lunches and dinners we had over a weekend were all top quality with lots of choice and plenty of creative touches. Apart from the main buffet restaurant (also with chefs preparing food to order) there are two other restaurants; the Spanish themed Español, romantically located beside on of the pools, and the more contemporary fusion restaurant ‘Krystal’. Daytime snacks and refreshments can be enjoyed at the poolside bar; a very nice spot to sit in the sun with a beer.
After dark entertainment takes place either around an exterior terrace with super views over Costa Adeje (it’s a great place to sit with a cocktail whether there’s entertainment or not) or in the bar lounge which, like the rest of the hotel, has appealingly stylish décor.
In a sentence, the Riu Palace is a wonderfully relaxing hotel in one of the best parts of Costa Adeje, and it boasts some of the friendliest staff you’ll find anywhere.
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