I’m not the biggest fan of swimming in hotel pools (too tame) but I do enjoy lying in the hot Tenerife sun beside cool pools with imaginative designs and distracting views. Stretching out around a stylishly, inviting pool with an engrossing book is one of my ultimate battery re-chargers.
Although there are oodles of good looking hotel pools around Tenerife, there are some that particularly stand out for me as being a little bit special.
These are my five favourites.
Hotel Gran Melia Palacio de Isora
Whilst the Red Level pool at the Gran Melia Palacio de Isora in Alcala is a tranquil haven of style and good taste, it’s the hotel’s huge infinity pool, the largest of its kind in Europe, which is the eye-catcher and the stuff of Condé Nast covers. It’s a beaut of a pool, surrounded by palm trees and exotic plants, thatched Balinese beds to recline on (if you’re quick enough to grab one) and with La Gomera in the viewfinder as a bonus. It’s extra special at sunset when the golden globe slips below the horizon. Perfect for chilling out during the day and cocktails at dusk.
Hotel Spa Villalba
This one might seem a bit of a curve ball as the pool itself doesn’t really have the panache of the luxury hotels on Tenerife’s coast, but the pool at the Hotel Spa Villalba in Vilaflor offers two things that the coastal pools don’t. The first is it extends into the forest which makes it feel very different, with birdsong and the aroma of pines adding little extras. The second is it has a cover, so even if the cloud rolls in or it rains, after a long day’s hiking you can still enjoy a warm swim with a pine forest background.
Hotel Jardin Tropical
I love the pool at the Hotel Jardin Tropical in Costa Adeje because it is just so different, there’s a wild freeform element that you don’t often get with hotel pools – lush gardens border it, adding that essential exotic vibe, whilst the pool meanders in and out of man made caves with a distinctive North African character. A lovely pool.
Hotel San Roque
The pool at the Hotel San Roque in Garachico might seem another choice that isn’t obvious. It doesn’t have a view and is the classic rectangular swimming pool shape. However, it is set in the historic courtyard of one of the loveliest boutique hotels on Tenerife, enclosed by terracotta walls and tea wood balconies. It offers old school colonial class. Once you’ve dried off and tarted yourself up for dinner, at night it’s transformed into a highly romantic spot to share an intimate meal for two.
Hotel Barcelo Santiago
Finally, if I had to pick a favourite it might be the pool at the Barcelo Santiago in Puerto Santiago. It’s got that sleek, infinity pool look about it so that it blends perfectly with the sea beyond; it’s great for watching the boats departing Los Gigantes on whale watching trips; La Gomera breaks up the horizon and there are those amazing Los Gigantes cliffs into the bargain. A perfect package.
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