The best hotels in Tenerife: Five-star hotels and children’s resorts

Tenerife has a bad reputation, but take a look at it and it doesn’t seem to care.

Three million years ago, this volcanic island erupted from the Atlantic swell and today it still stands tall, its peak the cone-shaped, ever-smoldering Mount Teide – the tallest mountain in Spain, no less.

The Teide broods above plunging barrancos, towering cliffs and sandy beaches. Put aside your preconceptions and discover hotels offering everything from Michelin-starred cuisine to sublime spas. And not a full English fry or disco bar in sight.

Some of the best hotels in Tenerife are:

  • Ideal for escaping children: Red level at the Gran Melia Palacio de Isora, booking.com
  • Ideal for swinging: Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife, booking.com
  • Best for eating: Royal Hideaway Corales Beach, booking.com
  • Ideal for sports: The Ritz-Carlton, Abamabooking.com
  • Ideal for total luxury: Bahia del Duque, booking.com
  • Ideal for authentic island living: Hotel San Roque, booking.com
  • Ideal for the spa: Hotel Botanico, booking.com
  • Ideal for family fun: Fantasia Bahia Principe Tenerife, booking.com
  • Ideal for relaxation: Tropical Garden Hotel, booking.com
  • Ideal for a budget break: H10 Tenerife Playa, booking.com

Neighbourhood: Guia de Isora

Enjoy a dip without fidgety arms or inflatables at the red level of the Gran Meliá Palacio de Isora

(Red level at the Gran Meliá Palacio de Isora)

Are you looking for peace and quiet? This adults-only enclave within the larger Gran Melia Palacio de Isora has its own (very quiet) pool, lush garden with hot tubs, and daily one-hour open bar scheduled for sunset. You will also benefit from preferential reservations at the hotel’s Clarins spa and can even ask your butler to draw you a bath on your balcony. Happiness.

Price: Doubles from €366 (£304)

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Neighbourhood: El Roque

Channel your inner rock star at Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife

(Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife)

There’s music everywhere at the Hard Rock Hotel, from the pool to your room – where you can request delivery of a bass guitar or relax to the beat of one of three ‘Rock Om’ yoga videos. Kids’ clubs give the little ones the chance to join the group, while adults can sip cocktails at one of the poolside bars (called, of course, Oasis and Nirvana) or retreat to the Rock Spa to recuperate. .

Price: Doubles from €189 (£157)

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Neighbourhood: La Caleta

Foodies will be in their element at Royal Hideaway Corales Beach

(Royal Hideaway Corales Beach)

The Padron brothers are renowned in these regions for their gourmet cuisine (their restaurant Rincon de Juan Carlos holds a Michelin star). Foodies shouldn’t miss their latest opening, the Maresia rooftop restaurant, which sits next to the stunning pool atop this five-star adults-only hotel. The suites are also exquisite, with expansive balconies with soaking tubs, and the downstairs breakfast area by the second pool can keep you busy for hours with its hearty buffet.

Price: Doubles from €335 (£278)

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Neighbourhood: Guia de Isora

The Ritz-Carlton, Abama

(The Ritz-Carlton, Abama)

Golfers and tennis enthusiasts won’t need to leave this lavish hotel – there’s a tennis academy with seven courts and a history of hosting professional events, plus an 18-hole golf course, a driving range and a putting green. All of this on-site, plus two Michelin-starred restaurants (the Japanese Abama Kabuki and the super-luxurious Basque-inspired MB), numerous pools, and a funicular to a gem-like private beach.

Price: Doubles from €313 (£260)

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Neighbourhood: Adeje

Bask in Bahia del Duque

(Duque Bay)

Everything about this beachfront hotel feels oversized, from the faux 19th-century Canarian architecture to the huge suites with their ceiling fans and four-poster beds. Among the palm trees you’ll find eight restaurants, 13 bars, five pools, and direct access to a white-sand beach (one of the best on the island). There’s even an astronomical observatory for tours of the night sky. You’re also in the heart of the action – just outside, the seafront promenade leads to the center of the resort.

Price: Doubles from €299 (£248)

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Neighbourhood: Garachico

For an authentic Canarian experience, head to Hotel San Roque

(Hotel San Roque)

Away from the touristy south coast, the small northern town of Garachico retains a local vibe, with men in flat caps playing checkers in the square. This charming little hotel in the center has only 20 rooms spread over a 17th century mansion with a heated swimming pool in its center. Book ahead for casual dining at the hotel’s Restaurante Anturium, where tables are set around the pool, or head outside to soak up some authentic Tenerife city nightlife.

Price: Doubles from €217 (£180)

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Neighbourhood: Puerto de la Cruz

Pamper yourself at Hotel Botánico

(Hotel Botanico)

It’s worth booking the Botanico for its Oriental Spa Garden alone — though you’ll also find super spacious rooms with marble bathrooms, Mount Teide views, and the best Thai restaurant on the island. The Spa Garden offers all kinds of massages in small pagodas under palm trees, while a “thermal circuit” package includes access to indoor and outdoor heated pools, Japanese sauna, and Turkish baths. The hotel also has its own dreamy botanical garden with plenty of quiet spots to get away from it all.

Price: Doubles from €251 (£208)

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Neighbourhood: Los Abrigos

Kids will find plenty to love at Fantasia Bahia Principe Tenerife

(Fantasia Bahia Principe Tenerife)

Wow the kids with a stay at this all-inclusive resort, which has its very own Cinderella Castle. Little ones will be wowed by the miniature water park and nightly circus shows, while adults will love the included kids’ clubs and the chance to escape to the gym, spa, or adult-only infinity pool. Food and drink is unlimited and it’s a short walk to the pretty fishing village of Los Abrigos for a seafood supper.

Price: Doubles from €206 (£171)

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Neighbourhood: Adeje

Relax in the tropical setting of the Hotel Jardin Tropical

(Tropical Garden Hotel)

A heated tropical pool, expansive gardens, and a beach club with saltwater pool make this four-star hotel an attractive place to sit back and do nothing. Alternatively, there’s an outdoor fitness center and poolside massages. Couples should reserve a table for dinner atop the Las Rocas cliff, a romantic setting for local seafood dishes. You are also very close to Puerto Colon, where you can take ferries to nearby La Gomera and go on whale watching tours.

Price: Doubles from €170 (£141)

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Neighbourhood: Puerto de la Cruz

Small budgets should opt for the H10 Tenerife Playa

(H10 Tenerife Playa)

All the amenities of a luxury hotel with rates closer to a budget B&B, the H10 Tenerife Playa is also ideally located for exploring the north of the island. You are here in the center of Puerto de la Cruz, just 50 meters from the magnificent Lago Martianez outdoor swimming pool complex, designed by the famous Canarian architect Cesar Manrique, and 20 meters from the cultural and historical sites of the capital Santa Cruz. Rooms are simple, but there’s a pleasant poolside bar, live music, and a small spa.

Price: Doubles from €134 (£111)

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