It’s an island that offers the unique experience of sunbathing on a beach while just a few miles away snow sparkles on the tip of its centrepiece volcano. Temperatures rarely dip below 15ºC and it hardly ever rains. No wonder Tenerife is known by the Spanish as Isla de la Eterna Primavera, Island of Eternal Spring.
Five Star Accommodation at Reasonable Prices
For an island only 40 miles in length, Tenerife’s north and south are startlingly different: the balmy south is the domain of the island’s spectacular beaches and their sun-loving visitors. While the north, with milder sub-tropical temperatures, is the place to find deserted coves, verdant forests and winding mountain roads. But what links both regions is the attention to detail of the island’s luxurious hotels.
And it’s not just the hotels that make Tenerife as hospitable as a Spanish fiesta. For the latest in spa pampering, Tenerife is indulgent heaven. There is the award-winning Oriental Spa Garden at Hotel Botanico and it’s Volcanic Earth Wrap, sourcing materials from Mount Teide overhead, never to be forgotten. Or be transported far to the East and head for the Spa Golden Pond at the new Royal Garden Villas, perched on a cliff above Costa Adeje. Turkish baths, Thai waterfalls and abundant Zen stones provide this escape in the most elegant of gardens.
World Class Golf Courses Dot the Island
There’s more gentle relaxation to be had on the island’s world-class golf courses, often links perched on dramatic cliffs. Highly regarded is Golf del Sur, situated close to the Hotel Bahia del Duque, a 27-hole course flanked by 8 000 palm trees and featuring volcanic black sand bunkers. Or there’s Golf Las Americas with its trademark streams and waterfalls close to the hotels on the famous coastline of Playa de las Americas.
Gourmets are in for a treat. Local Canarian cuisine – drawing its influences from the indigenous Guanche people, Spain and Africa – features treasures from the sea including parrot fish, tuna, Canarian lobster and octopus, while vegetables grown all year round in the glorious climate, offer the perfect complement. Don’t miss Canarian signature dish, mojo, a spicy sauce with coriander and saffron, liberally applied to the island’s famous wrinkly potatoes. For the best of local cuisine try The Bocoy at the Hotel Gran Tacande or the Restaurante Casa Poncho in Santiago del Teide.
And for an island in the grip of an eternal spring, the reasons for stepping into nature are all around; in the seas off the coast, there’s dolphins and whales, while divers will find a volcanic underworld of caves and ravines; in the tranquil skies above, paragliders can look down over deserts and mountains; on a walk in the park at Mount Teide a memory to treasure will be to see a canary in the Canaries.