A Closer Look at the Hotel Spa Villalba in Vilaflor

Wed, December 14th, 2011 - By Jack Montgomery

My opinion: I thought the Hotel Spa Villalba would be the haunt of visitors with rocky thighs, sturdy boots and Lecki sticks. In fact there were as many smoochy young couples enjoying the romantic seclusion in the pines as there were hikers. The hotel looks pretty as a picture, the facilities are first class, and it feels intimately cosy.


 

Location, location: Tucked into the pine forest beside Vilaflor, the beautiful setting for the Hotel Spa Villalba is far removed from the beach scene that many people visualise when they think of Tenerife. It’s ideal for visiting Mount Teide National Park and for exploring the surrounding pine-carpeted countryside. The hotel sits near the main road leading to the southern resorts of Costa Adeje, Los Cristianos and Playa de las Américas on the coast, thirty minutes drive away.

For a change of scene from the hotel, the centre of the pretty town of Vilaflor with some excellent Canarian restaurants is a ten minute walk away.


 

Rooms and Grounds: Rooms are huge and decorated in a style that is both rustic and contemporary with beds so big they could sleep four adults. Bathrooms are delightful with a touch of French farmhouse style and a shower that’s more powerful than a riot policeman’s hose. The finishing touch is the balcony; wooden, wide and with views of the luscious pine forest that would make a grizzly feel at home. Rooms have wifi so you can Tweet pictures of your view whenever you feel like annoying the hell out of friends back home. They also have a TV, mini bar and a hair-dryer that actually dries hair.

The Hotel Villalba backs right on to the forest and paths meander through the trees – ideal for a hand in hand dusk stroll when the lights come on, turning the woods into a fairy grotto. A neat touch is a telescope with views that stretch all the way to the coast.

 

 

 

Facilities: The spa at the Hotel Villalba offers the ultimate in pampering at the end of a long walk through the forest. A couple of hours treating muscles to a mix of jacuzzi, Turkish baths, massage, sauna, steam rooms and icy plunge pools is the way to chill out after a hike…well maybe not the icy plunge pool. There’s a good gymnasium, a huge interior climbing wall and an indoor pool with fab views of the forest, so you can still enjoy a swim if the clouds roll in.

Food: As well as walkers and lovers, you can add foodies to the list of people who would enjoy life in the Villalba. The hotel’s Vendimia restaurant menu is select and creative, making use of seasonal ingredients from the hotel’s garden to make delectable dinner dishes such as cream of asparagus with caviare, spinach ravioli with Roquefort or a more mainstream sounding, but not in appearance, sweet and sour chicken kebab. Breakfast tends to be of the continental variety but they’ll rustle you up something hot if you prefer – it’s that sort of a place.

 

Overall the Hotel Spa Villalba is a rustic home away from it all that is a perfect antidote to the hustle and bustle of city (or even big town) life; a place where romance can blossom as brightly as the flowers in the nearby town.

Posted : Wednesday, December 14th, 2011 at 9:43 am
Category : accommodation
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