Opting out of the traditional fly and flop appeal of destinations in favour of a tranquil, rural retreat is a trend that is rapidly gaining new followers across the holiday globe, and Tenerife is no exception. Good quality rural hotels are springing up all over the island and offer a real alternative to the accepted face of Tenerife tourism. But when you book rural accommodation, what are you likely to find?
Whether it be on the edge of the pine forest in Vilaflor, in a rural village like Santiago del Teide or sequestered in the old quarter of San Miguel, the one thing rural hotels all have in common is that they are away from the busy resorts and in quiet locations.
Think about: By their very nature, rural hotels tend to be located in Tenerife’s most picturesque, and frequently remote, locations so hiring a car should be given serious consideration. Bus services may be infrequent, particularly after 8pm.
Although furnishings and furniture will vary wildly from boutique to antique, most rural hotels on Tenerife opt for period furniture in keeping with the age of the house. I have yet to encounter a continental quilt in a rural hotel, sheets and blankets still being the norm, and because homes were built to keep the sun out, rooms can frequently be quite dark.
Think about: Traditional homes rarely have any form of heating and winter nights can be chilly, particularly when you get higher up from the coast as many rural hotels tend to be. Bring warm clothing for evenings.
This is where you’ll find most difference from resort hotels. If you’re expecting the same level of facilities you get at a four or five star hotel on the coast, think again. Several rural hotels have spa facilities which will range from a jacuzzi on the roof to a small spa with treatments but they won’t match the best spa hotels on Tenerife. In terms of in-room facilities, a TV (without satellite channels) and a telephone are the most you can expect as standard. En suites are usually perfectly good but showers may take a little time to heat up as energy is often solar powered.
Think about: Unless you’re opting for one of the more boutique type hotels, toiletries may be of the sachet variety and run to soap, shower gel and cheap shampoo. Bring your own.
Breakfasts will usually be of the continental variety with one or two hot options at best. Traditional Canarian food is most likely to be on the dinner menu and in winter that can mean some fairly hearty eating. Many boutique rural hotels have good restaurants where you can enjoy traditional dishes prepared and presented with care and creativity. Generally speaking, smaller and more remote hotels will spare the frills but be generous with portions. Wine selections will vary from the owner’s own harvest to a good cellar of mainly local producers.
Think about: If you’re a foodie, opt for a hotel with a known good restaurant or choose a location in easy distance of a town with good restaurants.
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