For many years I was a spa bystander, breathing in the delicious, hot scents of perfumed oils as I passed the mysterious doors to spas in hotels, never having the nerve to cross the threshold. Then a couple of years ago I was obliged to undertake a spa treatment in a hotel as research for a feature I was writing and suddenly I got it. I understood the allure and the addictiveness of those temples to indulgence and pampering. Now I pop to the thermal circuit at every opportunity and fantasize about weekend spa breaks.
But I’m a long way from being any kind of expert and simply offer here my personal recommendations for some of the best hotels on Tenerife in which to experience the sensual joy that is the spa.
It was in Hotel Botánico in Puerto de la Cruz that I experienced my first full spa session involving massages, treatments and therapies and it seems I set the bar as high as it’s ever likely to go. Consistent award winners and one of only four contenders for 2014 Best Hotel Spa, Europe and the Mediterranean by Condé Nast Johansens, the Oriental Thai Spa is a scented haven of de-stressing, toning and rejuvenation. My hour and a half of bliss cost €120/£100.
The first spa in Spain to partner with the renowned, Provence cosmetics producer L’Occitane, the spa in Hotel Gran Bahía Del Duque, in the El Duque area of Costa Adeje is an Asian themed sanctum on a scale you would expect from this palatial hotel. Within its perfumed paradise, you can currently experience a three day, get-yourself-gorgeous-for-Christmas package of wraps, facials and hydromassage for €390/£325.
Sleek and chic are the best ways to describe everything about the Gran Hotel Mencey in Santa Cruz, and its spa is no different. As well as the usual range of pamper facilities, the Mencey has a floatation tank for the final word in relaxation and a range of showers including ‘essence’, ‘bucket’ and ‘Scottish’. Treatments begin from €25/£21 for a rapid facial and €120/£100 for a 90 minute of cleansing and toning rituals.
There’s an holistic approach to enjoying the spa at the Abama Golf and Spa Resort in Guia de Isora. From Turkish sauna to snow room and treatments using Paris-based, Cinque Mondes products to exotic hydrotherapy pool, their spa space is a mini relaxation village with a bar, café and tropical garden complete with private cabaña for its bathrobe-clad guests to relax in. Body rituals start at €140/£117 for 90 minutes.
The reason I really like Hotel Óceano‘s spa is because it uses the benefits of where it’s located to best advantage. On the promenade at sunny Punta del Hidalgo where the Atlantic rollers pound the shore, the Óceano uses seaweed, sea salt and sea water to exfoliate and exhilarate. Treatments start from €37/£31.
My final choice is the Spa Villalba Hotel in Vilaflor where access to the thermal circuit is included in your room price. The reason I’m including this one is because of its pool which is glass roofed and extends out into the pine forest so you feel like you’re luxuriating in the wild. Treatments start from €30/£100 for 30 minutes.
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