Tenerife is the biggest of the Spanish Canary Islands, perched off the coast of West Africa. Thanks to its location, it’s a brilliant year-round sun destination, with temperatures sticking around the balmy mid-20s and rarely dipping below 18°C, even in winter.
The south of Tenerife is all about white beaches and colourful entertainment, with popular seaside resorts and a string of luxury beach hotels. In the more traditional north you’ll get a feel for the island’s unique volcanic scenery (crowned by the soaring Mount Teide), with lots of little resorts revealing the special blend of Spanish and African culture and cuisine.
Tenerife is also celebrated for its huge carnival celebration; it’s one of the biggest on the planet (second only to Rio de Janeiro) and takes over Santa Cruz for two weeks every February.
Things to do
Siam Park waterpark
If you’re considering Tenerife with kids, save a day for Siam Park. One of the biggest waterparks in Europe, this brilliant Thai-inspired park (a self-professed ‘water kingdom’) has everything from beaches, a lazy river and kid-friendly slides, to seriously high adrenaline water rollercoasters.
Capital city Santa Cruz hosts one of the biggest carnival celebrations in the world. It attracts thousands of visitors each February for two weeks of parades, parties and excitement – it’s worth it for the costumes alone. There’s a different theme each year, with 2017’s set to be the Caribbean.
Explore La Gomera
If you like to experience the side of a country the locals see, try a trip to La Gomera. The tiniest Canary, located just off Tenerife’s south-west coast, this island’s gorgeous scenery, unspoilt villages and UNESCO-listed national park invite exploration.
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Ideally located in the south of Tenerife, the Costa Adeje Gran Hotel features well appointed rooms and suites that are decorated in warm colours and include all of the facilities you would expect from a quality hotel. The main restaurant, La Finca, offers a variety of cuisine from its themed buffet or for guests staying in a suite, dinner at the à la carte restaurant La Laja is on offer. For those who wish to relax and unwind, a visit to the spa is a must, whilst those who are a little more active have the opportunity to take part in plenty of sporting activities. For a trip to the ocean, both Duque Beach and Fanabae Beach are just 500 metres from the hotel.
Built in 2011 and located in Costa Adeje, Hotel Suite Villa Maria features 78 traditional Canarian style villas and is set within beautiful, landscaped gardens with views of the mountains and Atlantic Ocean. Spacious villas are fully air-conditioned and are decorated in soft neutral tones which create a relaxed and inviting environment for its guests.
In the evening, the hotel's restaurant, La Torre, serves a range of traditional culinary delights which are prepared using local, fresh ingredients and can be accompanied by a selection of fine wines. Bar Plaza is the place to be for sunset drinks where you can enjoy a selection of cocktails or one of the multitude of gins on offer in the Gin Corner.
Perfectly located in an elevated position, opposite the glorious golden sands of the Playa del Duque beach, the IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel El Mirador*****GL enjoys wonderful views over the Atlantic Ocean. Designed to reflect a traditional village, warm pastel façades complement luscious green palms and winding pathways lead down to the vast lagoon. Taking on a colonial feel, guest rooms emphasise space and light, using calming tones to encourage a state of relaxation. At three refined restaurants you can sample an exquisite selection of dishes, varying from Mediterranean cooking, to international cuisine and traditional Spanish fare.
Family Optional All In Gold
Located between the two main beaches of Costa Adeje, the IBEROSTAR Anthelia has been designed to combine luxury and comfort. In a privileged location taking in panoramic ocean views, six small buildings are set amid 60,000 square metres of landscaped gardens, achieving a sense of privacy.
A dedicated family's area boasts enviable facilities with a children's club and dedicated activity programme. Quiet time can be enjoyed in the elegant lounges and gardens, while the extensive selection of restaurants offers an array of exquisite cuisine.
Optional All In Gold
With a privileged location between the two main beaches of Costa Adeje, the luxurious IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Salomé sits amid 60,000 square metres of landscaped gardens, achieving a sense of privacy. Once part of the IBEROSTAR Hotel Anthelia, this adults only hotel is perfect for couples wishing to experience the next level of opulence while still benefiting from the many facilities available at the IBEROSTAR Hotel Anthelia. Quiet time can be enjoyed in the elegant lounges and gardens, while the extensive selection of restaurants offers an array of exquisite cuisine.
Elegantly-decorated, spacious suites provide a true oasis away from it all and the private swimming pool offers an ideal place to spend a relaxing day. Guests can enjoy exclusive services including private check-in and check-out, a personalized butler service, breakfast on the Mirador Terrace, unlimited sparkling wine at the Beach Club Salomé, daily tea & coffee time and preferred reservations at the SPA Sensations and à la carte restaurants.
The Sovereign Standard
To help you choose your perfect holiday we have rated all of our hotels using our own system.
Classical Sovereign hotels are more modest hotels offering charm and character, or an exceptional location. Many of these hotels have been firm favourites with Sovereign customers for countless years and offer great value for money.
Luxury Collection hotels offer everything you would expect to go hand in hand with a luxury holiday. They offer high standards of service and attention to all those important little details.
Exclusive Collection hotels provide the ultimate luxury; they are the finest, most opulent hotels offering superlative service and excellent facilities, which will satisfy the needs of even the most discerning traveller.
Family Collection hotels are some of the finest family-friendly resorts and offer a wide range of facilities for both children and parents. Families can enjoy a whole host of amenities including fun kid's clubs, a dedicated children's pool and spacious accommodation.