My opinion: A deluxe, romantic, couples-only hotel set in extensive grounds right on the beautiful Playa Del Duque beach. One to book for a honeymoon or special anniversary.
Location, location: In El Duque, the most exclusive part of Costa Adeje, alongside the El Mirador shopping centre and with direct access to Playa Del Duque, a quiet, secluded sandy beach out of sight and distance of the busy resorts further down the south coast.
Rooms and Grounds: Like Arabian Nights meets Jane Austen, the Hotel El Mirador is constructed in North African style with fairytale, terracotta turrets and jasmine covered walkways; billowing white drapes adorning Balinese beds and intimate corners softly illuminated by Moroccan lamps.
The grounds are extensive and feature perfectly manicured lawns, palm trees and subtropical plantings overlooking Del Duque beach and extensive sun bathing terraces set around a huge swimming pool. There are lots of quiet corners with just two sunbeds for a secluded sunbathe à deux and the feel of the whole place is of peace and tranquility, especially given the adults-only nature of the hotel.
All 120 rooms are suites with canopied beds, a small living room area and a terrace or balcony. The rooms continue the Alhambra theme of décor with billowing drapes on the bed, the plumpest of soft furnishings and Moroccan lamps which provide a romantic, soft glow. None of the rooms overlook the road but you have to upgrade for a sea view. The room I stayed in currently holds the number one spot for my favourite Tenerife hotel room ever. I had a fabulous en suite with a walk-in shower, separate loo and sunken bath; there was a walk-in wardrobe which was big enough to accommodate my entire wardrobe had I brought it and my terrace was in the top of a tower looking out over the gardens to Playa Del Duque. I could happily have stayed there for ever.
Facilities: The hotel has a beautiful spa centre with all the usual steam rooms and a menu of treatments but it’s an extra cost to use any of the thermal circuit and I didn’t have time to check any of it out. There is also a fully equipped gym and squash court. There is free WiFi throughout the hotel.
Food: Breakfast is served in the poolside dining room which has an outside terrace and two inside levels. The extensive selection of fresh, tropical fruits; cereals, cold meats, cheeses, smoothies and assorted pastries is matched only by the freshly prepared hot counter which has all the usual full English breakfast ingredients plus pancakes, tortillas, blinis, churros and the fat, cheesy toasties. It’s enough to guarantee sinking to the bottom of the pool.
I was only on a bed and breakfast basis but there’s a gourmet Canarian food restaurant and a lunchtime paella, seafood and Mediterranean restaurant as well as the hotel dining room.
Iberostar Grand Hotel El Mirador is ideal for: couples and honeymooners.
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