Tenerife: A Sovereign Star

Stargazing is as old as time. Some cultures considered the heavens to be mirrors of the Earth. The stars have been utilised to make sense of life, guide great journeys, observe time, and even predict the future.  

Whether you choose to follow in the footsteps of ancient astronomers who only had the naked eye, or embrace modern observatories and masterful telescopes, there is something incredibly captivating and almost divine about gazing up at the starry skies. More than just a moment to pause and ponder, it is your chance to marvel in the mysteries of the universe. 

Tenerife has an ancient tradition of stargazing and boasts ideal environmental conditions for it throughout the year, particularly within Teide National Park. Tenerife is one of few places in the world that is a designated Starlight Tourist Destination, an area protected from light pollution so that you can enjoy the night sky in all its glory, observing 83 of the 88 known constellations.  

Learn how to know your novas from your nebulas with a trip to Hotel Bahía del Duque Resort. Already a treasure in its own right with direct beach access, multiple restaurants and bars, and an enormous swimming pool, there’s one extra perk to the resort: its own in-house observatory. You can take a private guided tour of the observatory and learn about how our ancestors would use the constellations. 
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“As the sun goes down you get this great view of the summer glow behind the rocks as dusk turns to night. As there is no light pollution the stars begin popping out, one by one. It is magical to see. Once the full sky is open the guide starts explaining all the stars and even the planets that are visible. Using the telescope, you can see everything up close and the colours they radiate: a smattering of pinky whites, light blues, and bright white. Then there are the Zodiac signs, and your guide will explain how the ancient people and different cultures used them! It is incredible.”  

Scott Oakley, Accommodation and Flight Executive  
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Alternatively, you can stay at The Ritz-Carlton, Abama, where you can partake in your own private stargazing picnic right on the beach. To call it a picnic, however, seems an injustice, given that you’re being served a gastronomic delight from the resort’s own Michelin-starred Txoko, from the world-renowned chef Martín Berasategui. Feast on contemporary dishes inspired by Basque traditions as you observe transforming skies with your naked eye. 
Hotel Bahia del Duque
  • An inspiring five star hotel with stunning colonial architecture
  • Easy access to Playa El Duque beach and Costa Adeje’s promenade
  • Award-winning spa treatments, various dining options, and child-friendly facilities
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The Ritz-Carlton, Abama
  • Set in lush, botanical gardens, with seven naturally designed pools
  • Great for families, with specially designed programmes for children
  • 9 bars and restaurants to choose from, including two Michelin-starred options

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