Despite the fact that I am undeniably opposed to the whole concept of all-inclusive (AI), I have always understood and appreciated its value to those on a fixed budget and those with small children where endless coca cola and ice creams can stress even the most buoyant bank account. So when I was recently asked to recommend the best all-inclusive hotels on Tenerife for a travel journal, it was with some trepidation that I set out to join the wristband brigade.
My research took me to six hotels in total, four of them five star hotels and two of them four stars, and it blew some of my assumptions and previously held beliefs about all-inclusive, right out of the water.
Best for food
Perhaps most surprising for me was the fact that you can enjoy what I consider to be extremely high quality food on an all-inclusive basis, and the best was undoubtedly at the Iberostar Anthelia Hotel in Costa Adeje. I was blown away by the quality and choice of food at the Anthelia. Everything was prepared with care and skill and presented as if I was dining in a top restaurant. This was probably the most expensive hotel on my list but I thought it represented good value, particularly if you’re a foodie, and you don’t even have to wear a wristband. A close second in this category was the Roca Nivaria in Playa Paraiso which also scored highly on its choice and quality of food.
This is a tricky one to call as there are three hotels whose rooms are all superb. At the Barcelo Santiago Hotel in Puerto Santiago we had a corner suite with contemporary, sexy décor and unbeatable views over La Gomera and the cliffs of Los Gigantes. At Hotel Roca Nivaria we had a huge, luxurious room with walk-in closet; stunning décor and dreamy ocean views. But the overall winner in this category was the Hotel San Blas whose gorgeous rooms are, in my opinion, some of the best on the island. Luxurious, spacious, comfortable and oozing contemporary style.
Overall best value for money
At the ever-popular Costa Adeje Gran Hotel, you can spend all day just moving from restaurant to pool snack bar to lobby bar to restaurant, eating and drinking endlessly if you wish. The food is of a very good standard, the drinks include plenty of top brand names and the hotel itself is stylish and comfortable. For my money, this has to be one of the best value hotels on Tenerife, let alone in the all-inclusive category. Running a close second is another of the GFHoteles stable, the Isabel Family Hotel in Costa Adeje where the food is also excellent and the list of activities and facilities so long that I got tired just writing them down.
So, does all-inclusive on Tenerife offer good value? There are some hotels still doing AI on the cheap and it shows, usually in the food and drink department, but others are showing that all-inclusive doesn’t have to mean poor quality. You get what you pay for, and when it comes to your holiday, good value should be more important than rock bottom prices.
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