My opinion: If you like small, friendly hotels in tranquil, leafy surroundings away from the bustle of resort centres, then you’ll go a long way to find one nicer than the family run Tigaiga Hotel. With good food, nice rooms, stunning views and superb service, this hotel really is that cliché – a hidden gem.
Location, location: Tucked away in the green and tranquil Parque Taoro which lies behind the former casino and Hotel Taoro on a small mount above Puerto de la Cruz. Surrounded by beautiful gardens and with wide screen views across Puerto and the La Orotava Valley to Mount Teide. It’s a 15 mins downhill walk to beach and Loro Parque shuttle bus.
Rooms and Grounds: Green is the watchword of this hotel, from its perfectly manicured lawns, landscaped gardens and park setting, to its award winning eco practices. Even the interior design is nature coordinated, green for garden facing and blue for ocean side. In the hands of the Telg family for three generations, the hotel has recently been refurbished and provides a bright, contemporary, fresh and relaxing environment.
The rooms are bright, stylish and extremely comfortable. Beds have quilts rather than blankets; floor to ceiling windows overlooking the La Orotava Valley and Mount Teide with doors onto the balcony, and park, partial, or full ocean views. In the en suite, the large mirror slides aside to reveal a window in the partition wall so, if the urge takes you, you can gaze upon the view while you shower.
Outside, the proud boast is that there are more palm trees in the garden than rooms in the hotel, and they’re set within splendid grounds which have all their trees and plants catalogued digitally so you can look them up as you stroll. You can even search in advance of your stay to find what will be in flower when you arrive.
Facilities: The heated swimming pool is not vast but it’s set on a sunny promontory, surrounded by sun bathing terraces and with brilliant views. There are also sun loungers scattered amongst the palm trees on the lawns giving the place a distinctly Far East feel. A small outdoor fitness area and equally small massage and sauna rooms are to be found in the gardens. There’s nightly entertainment, cultural trips such as wine tasting and an annual vintage car rally.
Food: If you’re half board, your table in the conservatory style dining room is reserved for you and best of all, dinner is waiter service, something you rarely find even in five star hotels nowadays. Set menus have a choice of meat, fish and vegetarian options and are prepared and presented with care and creativity. The on-site Tinguaro restaurant is open to the public as well as to guests who wish to go à la carte, and provides creative traditional dishes in a garden conservatory setting. Breakfast provides a huge choice of fruit, cereal and healthy options as well as full English, and the cakes are dee-licious!
Tigaiga Hotel is ideal for: couples and singles over 45yrs
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