It is entirely possible to visit this collection of Spanish islands, located off the coast of Morocco, in absolute style, staying in stylish properties far from the built-up tourism that the Canaries have become synonymous with. Soak up year-round sunshine in these luxe abodes, just four hours from the UK.
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Bahia del Duque, Tenerife
One of our all-time favourite Canary Islands hotels, Bahia del Duque is our go-to hotel for couples and families looking for a high-quality hotel experience located in the heart of upmarket Costa Adeje. Rightly proud of its heritage, lavish Bahia del Duque and its pastel-coloured buildings stands as a beacon of excellence, with its 19th century colonial Canary charm and good old-fashioned service.
This sprawling hotel seems more like a Spanish village complete with five swimming pools, spa, star-gazing observatory, kids’ club and tennis courts but also suits holiday-makers who like to get out and experience the area – on your doorstep there’s designer shopping, extremely good restaurants and the beach is just across the road. For those looking for adventure a little further afield, we can arrange horse riding trips to the mountains or a hike to get a closer look at active volcano, Mount Teide.
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Amazingly, Bahia del Duque has an astonishing 21 bars and restaurants to choose from. This means there’s no chance of getting stuck in a food rut on holiday – more than likely you’ll enjoy a plethora of foodie choices from Michelin-starred Latin American food, innovative sushi to fine French food.
Bohemia Suites & Spa, Gran Canaria
One of Gran Canaria’s most stylish hotels, Bohemia Suites & Spa is just five minutes’ walk from Playa del Ingles, a wide stretch of sand on the south coast of the island. Set back from the beach, with a view over the Maspalomas dunes and the crashing surf of the Atlantic Ocean, Bohemia has a modern, upmarket feel and bucks the trend of traditional Canary Island properties.
As well as two heated pools, the Siam Spa is the spot for unwinding with Asian-inspired treatments such as Thai and Balinese massage. On the rooftop, the adults-only 360-degree restaurant and cocktail bar, is ideal for a sunset aperitif or to try the six-course gourmand menu. For sleeping and downtime, we recommend opting for one of the roomy suites, such as the aptly named Sky Suite, with its dual panoramic views of the ocean, two terraces, an Illy coffee machine and a free-standing bath tub in the bedroom.
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Bohemia Suites is well aware of the gorgeous beauty that surrounds it on Gran Canaria. Get out and explore the island with a trip to the sand dunes, enjoy windsurfing or hiking coastal pathways that lead you into lush laurel forests.
The Ritz-Carlton Abama, Tenerife
With commanding views over the Atlantic Ocean and the island of La Gomera, and quite a landmark in itself due to its pink-hued Moorish architecture and dramatic clifftop location, the Ritz-Carlton Abama redefines modern luxury with a contemporary take on resort holidays. Situated on Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands, the hotel is a mecca to downtime with seven swimming pools, a large kids’ club, a luxury spa, a championship golf course and two Michelin-starred restaurants.
If this isn’t enough to keep you amused, the hotel’s friendly staff (numbering 800 in total) can give you information about hikes around Tenerife’s volcanic landscapes including exploring the caldera of Mount Teide, Europe’s tallest mountain. Oenophiles might be keen to discover Tenerife’s wine-making scene and foodies will find other Michelin-starred restaurants scattered around the island.
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Make the most of the Ritz-Carlton’s commanding position by having drinks and dinner at sunset-spot El Mirador, soaking up sea views and enjoying Canarian gastronomy including seafood paella and arroz caldoso, a brothy rice soup.
Jardin Tecina, La Gomera
Arriving by ferry from Tenerife into La Gomera’s port San Sebastián, you’ll feel like an explorer discovering the island as its forest-clad peaks come into view. And in fact, this is exactly how Columbus felt when he stopped here on his way to the Americas. For you, you’ll benefit from a dual-island break with time spent on both Tenerife and La Gomera.
Simple yet elegant Jardin Tecina, wrapped around a cliffside location on the south of La Gomera, makes the most of the natural paradise on its doorstep with low-rise white-washed buildings topped by terracotta roofs, all clasped in overflowing greenery and colourful flowers. Between pockets of shrubbery there are four swimming pools; and beach-lovers (plus kids) will love the lift car down to Playa de Santiago. Rooms are simply furnished and light-filled – choose a Junior Suite for extra space and crittal-style doors that open onto balconies with sensational sea views. It’s worth getting out into the surrounding nature of La Gomera though for incredible hiking – discover ancient rainforests, flora and fauna filled valleys, volcanic landscapes and dramatic black pebble beaches.
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For something completely different, take advantage of some of La Gomera’s natural wonders. For example, Jardin Tecina can arrange for you to have dinner in a candle-lit cave, featuring the best of La Gomera’s cuisine.
Royal Garden Villas, Tenerife
Sometimes a totally private and secluded space is the best way to fully unwind, safe in the knowledge that everything has been considered with relaxation in mind. Royal Garden Villas have created an upmarket, chic way to spend time as a family or small group with its stylish villas with pools, perfect for those that like some independence without compromising on luxury.
Located on the sun-kissed southern shores of Tenerife, couples and groups will find an opulent atmosphere where no detail has been overlooked in the quest for luxe repose. Villas are decorated with more than a nod to Asia and a pared-back colour palette is designed to soothe. All the villas come with their own private pool, generous sundecks and terraces, fully stocked wine fridges, kitchenettes and spacious bathrooms replete with large bathtubs. If activity strikes drive to the nearest beach, five minutes away, or play a round on the adjoining golf course.
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Tempting as it is to stay put in your luxe enclave, don’t miss out on the stunning natural beauty of Tenerife. Hikes the volcanic pathways around Mount Teide National Park or explore the unusual lava tubes of Cueva del Viento.
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