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Tenerife is large enough, and popular enough, to warrant two airports, Los Rodeos in the north and Reina Sofia in the south. And there's a very large range of accommodation available. So finding the best places to stay in Tenerife really comes down to your own taste and budget. There's everything on offer from cheap apartments to five star luxury resorts (for apartments or villas check out the range with our online partner, booking.com).

Around ten million people visit Tenerife's reliably sunshine-drenched shores each year. And while this island was once dominated by beach-perfect package holiday resorts, visitors are now beginning to take an interest in the dramatic volcanic landscape of the interior.

Tenerife's Best Beaches

There's a reason Tenerife's main holiday resorts are on the island's south coast - this is where the beaches are at their most white-sandy-beautiful. If you're here for the beaches and you want to avoid the crowds, some of the best places to stay in Tenerife are El Medáno, on the south-east coast, and Los Gigantes on the western coast.

  • El Medáno has the best natural beaches, but it's also perfectly angled to catch the trade winds. So this is also the best place to stay in Tenerife for surfers, windsurfers and kite surfers. Its a beautiful spot with a two of Tenerife's largest beaches - split in the middle by a volcanic cone. Unfortunately for wind junkies the new developments built to accommodate all the wind-generated visitors have also served to decrease the wind's power somewhat, but this is still a fabulous spot - and now especially good for beginners.
  • Los Gigantes is a much quieter spot at the bottom of giant cliffs (hence the name).

Sun, Sea and Sangria Fun

If you want to join in with the package holidaymaker crowds then the best places to stay on Tenerife are the south-western resort towns of Los Cristianos, Playa de las Americas and Costa Adeje.

Within this category, Los Cristianos is best for families, and folks who're not interested in the bar and club nightlife. It's also got excellent access for people who're less able.

Playa de las Americas has done up its image in recent years, but Costa Adeje is where the four and five star resorts can be found.

Highlights of the North

Santa Cruz de Tenerife is the island's capital, and the best place to stay on Tenerife if you're looking for art galleries, interesting little museums, grand plazas, botanical gardens, excellent local restaurants and shopping opportunities. Many people just travel through Santa Cruz, but wish they had more time as there's a lot to do here. In addition to cultural activities Santa Cruz also has a few nice beaches. Though not as perfect as those to the island's south:

  • Las Teresitas, with its imported yellow sand, is wide and smooth,
  • and Las Gaviotas, with its black, volcanic sand, is quiet and spectacular.

Puerto de la Cruz is probably the best place to stay on Tenerife if you're looking for the island's own character. It's also ideal for families. It's still a resort town, but being in the north it's much more green and lush.

There's also a large zoo, lovely botanical gardens, a fascinating old port with some interesting shops and a working fishing port, which feeds the local restaurants. There are a lot more Spanish restaurants here and less of the 'egg and chips' of the south coast.

The beaches here have black, volcanic sand and have excellent facilities making it very easy for families.

El Teide

Wherever you decide is the best place to stay on Tenerife try to make time to visit the island's dramatic volcanic heart, El Teide. You can climb it, but you need special permission, or visit the top via cable car. The view is spectacular. The Parque Rural de Anaga is also an exotic landscape worth exploring for yourself.

For a beach holiday

  • Hotel Botanico is a five star spa hotel situated in Puerto de la Cruz. It offers great sea views and is a stone's throw from the city's Botanical Gardens.
  • Sandos San Blas Nature Resort & Golf is perfect for families and golf lovers. There's masses of activities on offer from kayaking and boating on its own lake to yoga, tennis and much more. Golf is on a choice of two world class courses next door.

For those on a budget

  • Hotel el Patio is a stunning old manor house turned hotel that is situated close to the beach and is surrounded by nature reserves. It's great value with doubles starting from as little as €65 per night.
  • Hotel Alhambra is situated in the centre of La Orotava and boasts large rooms with balconies and wonderful views. Doubles start from just €90 per night B&B.
  • Hotel Rural Victoria offers simple yet elegant rooms, a traditional restaurant and easy access to the beach.

Off the beaten track

  • Parador de las Canadas del Teide is the only hotel on the island actually situated within a nature reserve. As well as pure mountain air it offers charming rooms, good restaurant, gym & pool.

For boutique chic

  • La Quinta Roja is a stunning manor house which has been converted in fine style. Rooms boast exposed stone walls and beamed ceilings. Plus it's located in the centre of old Garachico.
  • Hotel San Roque is an 18th century palace turned boutique bolthole also in Garachico.

For a holiday apartment or villa

  • Decided that actually you'd rather be independent and stay in a villa or apartment? Then check out the wide range with our online partner, booking.com.

Still not sure which to book? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay on Tenerife, expand your search to include all our recommendations in the Canary Islands, or call, or email, one of our gurus for advice.

Best Hotels in Tenerife

  • Hotel Rural Victoria 14 rooms from $89

    La Orotava, Tenerife

    A delightful 16th century manor house close to the beach. Simple elegant rooms off a charming balustraded courtyard and a traditional restaurant. Excellent value great for a beach holiday, and family friendly.

    Value chic
    Local markets  -  Traditional fiestas of Corpus, with their carpets of flowers, the Baile de Magos and the romería of San Isidro.
    Great walks  -  Fantastic walking and hiking country
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
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  • Hotel Emblematico San Marco 6 rooms from $91

    Icod, Tenerife

    A characterful 18th century hotel, worlds away from your usual Tenerife soulless resort. The rooms are furnished with bespoke interiors, antique beds and tasteful artwork. The piano room and delightful restaurant exude an undeniable sense of old world glamour. A place of heritage and history.

    Local exploring  -  Perfect for exploring Icod de los Vinos and the surrounding coastline from a hotel steeped in Canarian history.
    Local markets  -  Explore the local market of Icod de los Vino and pick up some regional treats to bring home.
    Great walks  -  Go walking in Teide National Park, home to Spain's highest mountain.
    Sights nearby  -  Take a day trip to the picturesque seaside village of Garachico.
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  • Laguna Nivaria 79 rooms from $94

    38201 San Cristobal de La Laguna, Tenerife

    Located in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of La Laguna's old town, this 16th century mansion will be of great interest to anyone who likes a bit of history. Traditional, smart rooms and suites, good spa facility, and organic local cuisine. A good choice for those looking for a bit more than a beach!

    Private Hot Tub  -  The Nivaria suite comes with its own private hot tub
    Spa  -  The hotel has great health & fitness facilities
    Sights nearby  -  Located in La Laguna old town
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  • La Bodega 4 rooms from $97

    San Miguel, Tenerife

    Charming collection of four self catering cottages in the pretty town of San Miguel. Interiors are elegant and cottages are very well equipped. Communal garden with saltwater pool, barbecue area and terraces for sun bathing or dining. A quiet getaway with easy access to all Tenerife's best bits.

    Exclusive offer  -  Free wifi and free parking
    Local exploring  -  La Bodega is ideally located for exploring both beaches and inland Tenerife.
    Great walks  -  There is superb walkling and hiking for all abillities in the Teide National park and the hills around San Miguel
    Fishing  -  April to September are good months for deep sea fishing
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor heated saltwater pool which is open year round
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  • Hotel el Patio 26 rooms from $103

    Garachico, Tenerife

    A sedate manor house set with lush grounds, close to the beach, and surrounded by nature reserves. Traditional elegant bedrooms have pastel painted walls and attractive furnishings. Swimming pool, terraces and gardens. A family spot at a great price.

    Value chic
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Sawdays
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  • La Casona del Patio 20 rooms from $112

    Santiago del Teide, Tenerife

    A quaint and easy-going hotel, set in a restored 17th century manor house. The comfortable rooms boast a lovely blend of wooden vaulted ceilings, stone floors, funky furniture and antiques. Enjoy traditional recipes at the tasty seafood restaurant Brimming with character and unpretentious charm.

    Local exploring  -  Off the beaten track, ideal for exploring the stunning surrounding coastline, Teno Mountains and Chinyero Nature Reserve.
    Families  -  With family rooms, a special kids menus, and plenty of rooms for running around, it's perfect for a family holiday.
    Great walks  -  There are plenty of beautiful options for walking in the nearby Teno Mountains and Chinyero Nature Reserve
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the stunning seaside village of Garachico, once submerged in lava.
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  • Hotel Alhambra 5 rooms from $113

    La Orotava, Tenerife

    A gorgeous townhouse in the city centre. A beautiful white building with a balustraded courtyard and chequered marble floor. Huge light filled rooms with balconies and stunning views. Surrounded by beaches and natural parks. A great choice for a beach holiday, excellent value.

    Sights nearby  -  Situated in La Orotava's Old Town
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
    Full of character
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
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  • Hotel Emblematico Casa Casilda 5 rooms from $113

    Tenerife

    A delightful hotel away from the resort-dominated south of the island. The rooms are refreshingly stripped back with simple furnishings and tasteful modern art. Go horse riding or chance your arm at windsurfing. Both tranquil and cost-effective, it's ideal for a relaxing holiday.

    Hideaway  -  Tucked away in Tacoronte, on the less touristy North coast of Tenerife, with simple and chic rooms overlooking lush gardens.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site San Cristóbal De La Laguna Old Town.
    Great walks  -  Wander the lush gardens or take a stroll into the lovely countryside.
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  • Hotel Rural El Navio 8 rooms from $114

    Alcalá, Tenerife

    A charming little hotel on the coastline surrounded by banana plantations and seaviews. Basic, but characterful rooms have stone floors, iron beds, attractive rugs, and private balconies. A lovely rural spot close to the beaches and mountain areas.

    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
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  • Parador de Las Cañadas del Teide 25 rooms from $126

    La Orotava, Tenerife

    The only hotel on Tenerife in a Nature Reserve. Fantastic views towards the mountains, an excellent restaurant, charming rooms, gym and pool. A remote spot with lots of fresh mountain air. A back to nature holiday in the great outdoors.

    Views  -  Wonderful panoramic views of the Teide cone, the Chaorra crater, and the White Mountain.
    Sights nearby  -  The botanical garden in Puerto de la Cruz.
    Birdwatching  -  Good birding near the hotel.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
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  • Gara Hotel Rural 16 rooms from $126

    Garachico, Tenerife

    A charming seaside hotel in the village of Garachico. The comfortable and characterful rooms are individually furnished with antique decor. Explore the quaint village with its peaceful squares and natural saltwater bathing pools. In the evening, enjoy a beer on the terrace soaking up sea views.

    Local exploring  -  The perfect base for exploring the historic, enchanting village of Garachico, as well as the surrounding countryside.
    Sights nearby  -  Explore the charming seaside village of Icod de los Vinos, famous for its wine and its ancient dragon tree.
    Local markets  -  Explore the charming market of Garachico and pick up some local produce.
    Great walks  -  Go walking for a day in the stunning Teide National Park.
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  • La Quinta Roja 16 rooms from $126

    Garachico, Tenerife

    A gorgeous manor house with a long history. Traditional chic rooms and suites have wooden beams and charming decoration. Excellent restaurant, spa, and inner courtyard terrace. A special spot on the coast in Garachico.

    Sights nearby  -  Situated in the centre of old Garachico
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Spa
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays, CN Traveller
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  • Hotel Villalba 27 rooms from $143

    Vilaflor, Tenerife

    Hotel Villalba is a relaxing hillside retreat set in the mountains near the Teide National Park. The rooms are modestly decorated and feature attached balconies with great views out over the surrounding valley. Explore the nearby UNESCO World Heritage El Teide and its lunar landscape.

    Total relaxation  -  With a deluxe wellness centre, sauna, hot spring bath, lovely gardens and an outdoor pool, it's the perfect spot to unwind.
    Back to Nature  -  Set high in the mountains on Tenerife, just on the edge of the Teide National Park, it's removed from the tourist bustle.
    Great walks  -  Tucked away in this stunning landscape there are loads of walking routes around El Teide and beyond.
    Restrictions on children  -  Adult only.
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  • Isla Baja Suites 7 rooms from $149

    Garachico, Tenerife

    A charming hotel perfectly positioned, right on the sea in Garachico. The individually decorated suites are comfortable and reflect a distinctly Canarian feel. Hire a bicycle and journey along the stunning coastline or explore the delightful Garachico. Perfect for a family holiday to Tenerife.

    Romantic Break  -  With beautiful Canarian style suites overlooking the sea, and only one minute from the beach, it's perfect for a romantic break.
    Sights nearby  -  Explore charming Garachico with its natural salt-water pools, a castle, traditional buildings and tranquil squares.
    Great walks  -  Make the most of the beautiful walking routes in the nearby Teide National Park.
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
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  • Sandos San Blas Nature Resort & Golf 281 rooms from $155

    San Miguel de Abona, Tenerife

    A contemporary classic resort on the sea front. Close to a nature reserve, golf course, watersports, the hotel is an ideal spot for families. Modern rooms and suites have private balconies with sea views. Excellent restaurant, pool and spa.

    Active Holiday
    Families
    Swimming Pool  -  Five adult and three children's pools
    Kayaking  -  On the boating lake
    Recommended by  -  CN Traveller
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  • Roca Nivaria 298 rooms from $157

    Santa Cruz de Tenerife

    A luxury hotel boasting stunning sea views. True to its five star accolade find every conceivable wish provided on site from exquisite cuisine to putting green. Grown up rooms are minimalistic yet cosy and feature large private balconies. Just a two minute walk from the beach. Fabulous.

    Total relaxation  -  A beach front property complete with an excellent spa. The perfect place to get away from it all.
    Families  -  Great choice of family suites plus kid's club, mini golf, playground and much more for all ages.
    Kids Club  -  Catering for ages 0-12 you'll find a mini club and separate babies club.
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
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  • Grand Hotel Mencey 261 rooms from $167

    Santa Cruz de Tenerife

    A stylish, modern hotel set in the midst of Tenerife's capital. It's architectural style is an evocation of colonial times, yet inside the rooms are minimalist and comfortable. Relax by the expansive lagoon pool or hit the roulette tables in the hotel's casino. Luxury at a low price.

    Families  -  With family rooms, babysitting services, and a lagoon style pool, it's perfect for a family holiday.
    Local exploring  -  Perfect for exploring Santa Cruz de Tenerife and the surrounding coastline.
    Great walks  -  Make the most of the excellent walking in García Sanabria Park.
    Sights nearby  -  Catedral San Cristobal de La Laguna is four miles away.
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  • Hotel Botanico 252 rooms from $189

    Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife

    A FIve Star spa hotel in the city centre with lovely sea views, excellent restaurants, kids club, penthouse suites, and botanical gardens. Simple yet elegant rooms and suites have private balconies, some with hot tubs, all the mod cons, and far reaching views out to sea. A luxury beach holiday.

    Views  -  Fantastic views of the Atlantic Ocean and Mount Teide
    Families
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    Beach Life
    Recommended by  -  CN Traveller
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  • Costa Adeje Gran Hotel 457 rooms from $211

    Adeje, Tenerife

    An impressive grand hotel just a short stroll from the beach. The modern rooms are built to maximise comfort and many boast great views of the sea. Relax by one of the hotel's pools or wander down to the beach before choosing from three restaurants and three bars in the evening. Five-star quality.

    Total relaxation  -  Unwind in style with an extensive range of bars and restaurants, a deluxe spa and even a rooftop pool and nudist area!
    Private Hot Tub
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
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  • Jardines des Nivaria 271 rooms from $226

    Tenerife

    A five star luxury hotel with an unbeatable location on the seafront of the Costa Adeje. Smart rooms are contemporary in style with tiled floors, modern art and private balconies. Unwind by the stunning pool or in the spoiling spa. A collection of excellent bars and restaurants. Very chic.

    Total relaxation  -  From spa to an enormous outdoor pool this is a space designed for unwinding.
    Beach Life  -  Just a short walk from a stunning sandy beach.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
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  • Jardin de la Paz from $263

    Tenerife

    Nestled into the lesser travelled North coast of Tenerife, Jardin de la Paz offers luxury ocean facing apartments and villas. The villas are beautifully decorated and fitted with fully equipped kitchens. Luxuriate by one of the lovely swimming pools or lounge in the exotic garden.

    Value chic  -  The chic villas and studios offer great value and independent travel, surrounded by lush gardens and lovely sea views.
    Total relaxation  -  On the north coast away from the hustle and bustle of Tenerife's resorts, perfect for relaxing in the sun.
    Surfing  -  There are some great surfing beaches on the surrounding coastline.
    Great walks  -  Take great walking routes with the hotel's own hiking guide.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
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  • Hotel San Roque 16 rooms from $267

    Garachico, Tenerife

    A chic 18th century palace come designer renovation nestled in the sleepy fishing village of Garachico. An oasis of calm and relaxation with lots of beach and mountain activities on the other. Boutique rooms combine traditional and new, excellent restaurant, and small pool.

    In/by a Nature Reserve  -  Teno Rural Park, Forest Crown Nature Park, Chinyero Special Nature Reserve.
    Honeymoons  -  The hotel's facilites make this a bolthole for honemooners.
    Active Holiday  -  The mountains and beaches provide a plethora of sports.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Sawdays, CN Traveller
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  • Hacienda del Conde 117 rooms from $274

    Tenerife

    A fabulous five-star hotel off the Tenerife tourist trail. With plush rooms, three restaurants, two swimming pools and an extensive spa, it caters to all preferences. Golfers will cherish the superb Ballesteros designed course facing the sea. Adults only - perfect excuse to leave kids at home.

    Romantic Break  -  With intimate luxurious suites, an extensive range of restaurants and an adults only policy it's perfect for a romantic break.
    Total relaxation  -  Soak up the soothing seculuded atmosphere, excellent service and deluxe spa with a range of treatments.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the picturesque seaside village of Garachico, five miles from the hotel.
    Sailing  -  Sail around the coastline to the stunning cliffs of Los Gigantes.
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  • Baobab Suites 125 rooms from $294

    Costa Adeje, Tenerife

    A spectacular ultra-modern hotel on the outskirts of Costa Adeje. The suites boast cutting-edge contemporary design features, minimalist furnishings and chic white colour schemes. Relax by the pristine swimming pools or enjoy cosmopolitan Canarian cuisine. A suave seaside escape.

    Families  -  The freedom of an apartment, combined with the luxury of a hotel, with free kids club, children's menu and year round sun.
    Romantic Break  -  Pamper yourselves with deluxe seafacing suites, boasting decked balconies, private pools, jacuzzis and excellent food.
    Great walks  -  Take a day trip to El Teide, a magnificent natural park full of great walking trails.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
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  • Villa Cortes 151 rooms from $327

    Playa de la Américas, Tenerife

    Villa Cortes is a vision of luxury in Playas de las Americas, equipped with all the bells and whistles of a five-star resort. All your culinary needs are met by six restaurants and a further four bars add a bit of kick to the atmosphere. A place to relax, whether it's on the beach or in the spa.

    Beach Life  -  Just a five minutes walk from the beach, with a funky beach bar, a beach club restaurant and sun terraces with Balinese beds.
    Honeymoons  -  A vibrant and opulent escape, filled with Arabic tiles, romantic courtyards, fragrant gardens and plush suites.
    Great walks  -  Make the most of the picturesque walking routes along the surrounding coastline.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
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  • Grand Hotel El Mirador 120 rooms from $441

    Costa Adeje, Tenerife

    Opulence and luxury reign supreme at the Grand Hotel El Mirador, resembling something off the set from Alibaba. With palatial rooms, an extensive spa, three restaurants, a heavenly beach nearby, it's hard to argue with the quality of service on offer. Five-star excellence.

    Romantic Break  -  With luxurious Arabian nights style suites overlooking the sea, and an excellent restaurant, it's ideal for a romantic getaway.
    Total relaxation  -  A sublime spa, combined with unbeatable service and indulgent interiors make for a pampering beach holiday.
    Surfing  -  Try your hand at catching some waves on the beach infront of the hotel.
    Fishing  -  The hotel will happily organise sea fishing trips.
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  • Ritz Carlton Abama 461 rooms from $464

    Guía de Isora, Tenerife

    A spectacular, Moorish-inspired five-star resort overlooking the Atlantic. Plush Colonial-style rooms with private balconies and pampering en suites. The hotel covers all the bases with ten restaurants, a deluxe spa, a championship golf course and much more. An opulent escape.

    Foodies  -  The hotel offers ten restaurants with MB having two michelin stars, and the Japanese Kabuki has been awarded one michel star.
    Hideaway  -  A secluded clifftop property overlooking a banana plantation and the neighbouring island of La Gomera.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
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  • Red Level Gran Melia Palacio de Isora 110 rooms from $480

    Alcalá, Tenerife

    Luxury abounds at this edge of the Atlantic hotel. It's home to a wealth of riches with chic rooms, eight bars, a superb spa and a handful of restaurants. Luxuriate by the lagoon-style infinity pool or on the beach in front of the hotel. Attentive 24hr private butlers gives it all a personal touch.

    Romantic Break  -  An adults only relaxing haven, with hammam, nightclub, jacuzzi, spa, an extensive range of restaurants and 24 hour butlers!!
    Beach Life  -  One minute walk from the the manicured sands of Playa Jaquita, with plenty of watersports and stunning views of the bay.
    Surfing  -  The surrounding coastline is great for surfing, grab a board and catch some waves!
    Great walks  -  There are beautiful walking trails along the cliffs at Los Gigantes.
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  • Bahia Del Duque 356 rooms from $575

    Costa Adeje, Tenerife

    A stellar beachside resort that will cater to everyones needs with grace, style, and aplomb. All the creature comforts of a five-star hotel including deluxe private villas and eight restaurants set on six hectares of incredible subtropical gardens. A seaside stunner.

    Families  -  Family heaven, with huge private villas, a playground, a pool and babysitting, as well as a range of bars and spa treatments.
    Beach Life  -  With direct private access to the whole of the Del Duque beach, on the most exclusive stretch of the Costa Adeje.
    Great walks  -  Take a walk through the extensive botanical gardens and down to the beach.
    Opulent
    Recommended by  -  Johansens
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  • Royal Gardens Villas & Spa from $614

    Adeje, Tenerife

    The Royal Gardens Villas combine luxury and intimacy, on the Costa Adeje. Each villa is uniquely decorated with ornate Balinese style furnishings, flowing drapes, and plush carpets. Indulge yourself at the atmospheric cocktail bar, Spanish restaurant or deluxe spa. An tranquil coastal gem.

    Total relaxation  -  With a deluxe spa and massage treatment as well as private villas with pools, it's perfect for a relaxing break in the sun.
    Honeymoons  -  Intimate Balinese-style villas with private pools and incredible views, perfect for romantic escape.
    Sailing  -  Visit Los Gigantes cliffs, the perfect backdrop for a boat trip.
    Great walks  -  Superb walking paths in the El Teide nature reserve.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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