The Bahia Del Duque occupies a great swathe of coastline in Costa Adeje, fronted by the white sand beach of Playa Del Duque and alongside the Del Duque commercial centre with its designer label brands. Exclusive nightclubs are a short taxi ride away and the south airport is a 20-minute transfer.
Designed by Pascua Ortega, rooms have antique period furniture, plush soft furnishings and thick drapes in gold, ivory and beige. The effect is to produce a contemporary take on a stately home, with modern conveniences such as WiFi and satellite, flat screen TVs thrown in. The two-storey suites move up a level - they have four-poster beds and a rooftop Jacuzzi - while villas are film-star fabulous with two bedrooms and bathrooms, private pool, Jacuzzi – the works. If you prefer Renaissance Italian to English stately home, go for a room in the Casas Ducales.
The first thing you need when you book in to the Del Duque (as it’s known) is a good pair of walking shoes and preferably GPS. I have never visited this hotel without getting lost, hopelessly and continuously. To say that the grounds are extensive is to take the art of understatement to new levels; the fact that the hotel employs golf buggies to ferry guests to rooms may be an indicator of what I’m talking about. Outside, sweeping staircases arc around landscaped rock gardens; fairytale turrets rise from candy floss pink walls; a mock Canarian church tower and mock village plazas climb up the tiered slopes like a vast wedding cake. And surrounding it all are stunning, landscaped tropical gardens.
Eating and drinking
With nine restaurants on site, you are spoilt for choice. My personal preference is for the Asian Kan restaurant which does superb Asian cuisine, and La Trattoria whose Italian menu is sensational. Also worthy of mention is the Las Aguas restaurant where Chef Braulio Simancas creates excellent traditional Canarian cuisine with state of the art interpretations. Romantics should try dining at one of the garden Balinese beds in the waterside Gastro Tapas chill out. Breakfast is taken in the bright, sunny, conservatory-styled El Bernegal restaurant, and is a sumptuous affair by anybody’s standards.
Having negotiated your way from your room to the outside, a wonderland of pools, fountains, sunbathing areas, plazas, courtyard cafes and gardens awaits you. And when you get tired of having your every whim pandered to under the Costa Adeje blue skies, you can try your hand at tennis, billiards, squash, beach volleyball, or just head to the gym to work off last night’s dinner. Spa lovers are in for a treat with the newly opened and most extensive ESPA spa on the island. Treatments and facilities are far too numerous to mention here; suffice to say guests have been known to disappear for days on end and emerge as different people.
The staff seem blessed with amazing memories, which mean they get to know individual guests and their preferences and ensure everything is just right for you. Expect gold standard personalised attention - fairly formal all day, more so after dark. Oh, and they wear traditional costume for uniforms.
Who stays there
The extremely well heeled; visiting dignitaries and celebrities.
The hotel has regular promotions for spa, golf and family holidays.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Pets Allowed
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Families with younger children
- Seasoned travellers
- Celebrity spotting
- Special occasions
Pros & Cons
- Superb service
- You may never stay anywhere quite like it again
- Lovers of small hotels, run!