For me, the fact that a hotel has a nice garden in which to take a pre-dinner stroll or soak up the shade after a hard day’s sunbathing is just as important as having an alluring swimming pool and a good restaurant. It’s also an opportunity for Tenerife hotels to showcase the amazing selection of botanical plants that thrive in this balmy climate. Of the many hotels I’ve been lucky enough to stay in over my years living on Tenerife, these are some of my favourite gardens.
Sited just across the road from the Botanical Gardens in Puerto de la Cruz, the grounds at the Hotel Botánico are a mini version of their famous neighbours, beautifully merged with a classic Japanese garden. Carp filled lakes crossed by wooden bridges are surrounded by lush tropical plantings and perfectly manicured lawns studded with elegant, towering palm trees. This is a real de-stress garden.
Rural Hotel Salamanca
A former sugar cane plantation built in Mexican hacienda style, the country estate of Rural Hotel Salamanca lies in the hot and sunny Guimar Valley, in easy reach of the seafood restaurants of El Puertito, surrounded by expansive gardens. As lovingly well tended as the hotel itself, paths meander through cactus and spurges; avocado and bananas; orange blossom and jasmine; and lead to hidden patios, secluded corners and a cave bar.
Hotel Alta Montaña
When it comes to gardens, you don’t have to be big to be beautiful, as illustrated b y the lovely gardens that surround the Hotel Alta Montaña and tumble down the terraces overlooking Vilaflor. I love the quirky elements of this alpine garden of endemic plants where colourful little characters sit alongside plant labels. This is less of a walk through and more of a sit and enjoy garden.
Hotel Jardín Tropical
Combining swimming pools with gardens in such a way that it feels like you’re in a much bigger space than you really are, the lovely gardens at Hotel Jardín Tropical in Costa Adeje bring the disparate parts of the hotel together beautifully. Mature beds packed beyond capacity with palm trees, giant strelitzas, bamboo and umbrella trees seem to float in the meandering pools and rivers.
Hotel Rural El Patio
One of the nicest things about the garden in the Hotel Rural El Patio in Garachico is the fact that it’s not a garden designed for a hotel, it’s a garden belonging to a family home that has been cared for over generations. As a result, you get fat hydrangeas, old fashioned roses and a riot of colourful daisies alongside the bougainvillea and the century old palm trees that decorate the stunning courtyard.
Hotel Gran Bahía Del Duque
Naturally, you would expect a hotel of the standard of the Gran Bahía Del Duque in Costa Adeje’s El Duque to have nice gardens. But so do a lot of the top notch hotels. The reason I’ve chosen this one is because of the way they have cleverly designed their extensive gardens to both provide grandeur when it comes to the pool areas but also to close down space and create a feeling of intimacy and privacy around the rooms. It all works beautfully.
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