Which Resort on Tenerife Would Suit You Best? Part Two.

Wed, June 22nd, 2011 - By Jack Montgomery

In ‘Which Resort on Tenerife Would Suit You Best?’ part one we looked at some of the more popular choices – night life, families, couples etc. But holiday-makers come in all shapes and sizes (check out any of the beaches on Tenerife for proof) and have very different tastes. Whereas some want a resort that simply delivers sun, sea, sand and fun others prefer a resort that offers something a little bit different…

Best Tenerife Resort for Luxury – Costa Adeje
With more 5 star hotels than you can shake a Rolls Royce at, Costa Adeje is the obvious choice for a bit of pampered luxury. However, not all of Costa Adeje falls into the upmarket bracket despite what any travel agent with pound signs in their eyes tells you. The luxury end is around the Del Duque area where the likes of the Bahía del Duque add a fairy tale element to the landscape. For some get-away-from-it-all luxury, the Gran Melia Palacio de Isora in Alcalá and the Abama near Playa San Juan take some beating.


Best Tenerife Resort for Chic Boutique Hotels – Garachico
Garachico doesn’t pamper to mass tourism; it’s a charming traditional town with a colourful history, but its boutique hotels are two of the best on Tenerife. It’s difficult to chose between the San Roque and La Quinta Roja. Both are small, exquisitely designed and located in historic buildings. This is the Tenerife resort for visitors who like to mix tradition with style.

Tenerife for Urbanites – Santa Cruz
Tenerife’s capital city Santa Cruz has history, art, shopping, parks and some of the island’s best restaurants, bars and clubs. This is the cultural centre of Tenerife and everything is geared towards its Spanish residents. It has that urban buzz that you’ll never find in a beach resort and city lovers will find it small enough to explore the best parts on foot with plenty of stylish refreshment stops in bars and restaurants that 99.999% of visitors don’t know exist.


Best Tenerife Resort for Rural Beauty – Santiago del Teide Valley
The Señorio del Valle Hotel is part of the Casa del Patio Visitors’ Centre, a former nobleman’s home that fits the picturesque landscape as much as the pines that roll up the hills around the valley. No night life – unless you count the old guys playing dominoes in a local bar – just nature, fantastic walking and small hamlets where farm workers still tend their fields by hand. An alternative is to book into The Parador in the heart of Teide National Park where, after dark, it’s you Mount Teide, a freaky landscape and the stars.


Best Tenerife Resort for History – La Orotava
It’s a toss up between La Laguna and the classiest town on Tenerife, La Orotava. But La Orotava shaves it because of its location in the valley of the same name. The home to some of the best fiestas on Tenerife, including the Corpus Christi flower carpets, there are wonderful colonial mansions to explore and quaint restaurants tucked away in ramshackle buildings. What most people don’t know is that it also has great independent shopping and and some arty, cool live music bars.

Posted : Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011 at 3:25 pm
Category : towns & resorts
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