Behind Fañabé beach, mid way between the exclusivity of Del Duque and the shiny, new internationality of Playa de Las Américas. The Jardines straddles a mini border between the euro-a-pint mentality of the old Tenerife and the up and coming new, improved version. In easy reach of dolphin-watching boat trips, Siam Park and the entertainment capital of Tenerife – Playa de Las Américas.
Standard doubles include flat-screen satellite TV, WiFi, and are tastefully decorated featuring wood panelling on walls in light beech or mahogany and walls in shades of soft olive and grey. Furniture is modern and combines good design with functionality so you get more wardrobe and shelf space than in many similar sized and priced rooms. Those with the budget should upgrade to suites or superior suites for more sophisticated style, individual furniture pieces and additional floor space. Five rooms are adapted for wheelchair access.
A glass and chrome open-plan lobby features Art Deco design in gold and midnight blue ,and has an amazing stained-glass domed roof. The Art Deco theme is echoed in touches throughout the public areas with stained-glass panels, dark wood furniture, elegant water features and bronze nudes bearing lamps.
Eating and drinking
Get down to breakfast early and bag a terrace table in the Solandra restaurant, where the aroma of freshly baked bread gets the appetite under starter’s orders. The variety and standard of food on offer can best be summed up by the phrase ‘breakfast like a king’. Dinner is a very civilised affair with waiter service for the main course which makes a pleasant change nowadays. I’d really recommend pushing the boat out at least once and dining at the Cúpula a la carte restaurant. It’s pricey and a little too formal but the food is sensational.
The hotel's pièce de resistance for me is its splendid grounds. Two beautiful pools, one heated to warm bath temperature, meander through a paradise of tropical plantings and palm trees and over a rather impressive waterfall beside the La Cascada terrace. For total relaxation, try a massage in the gazebo beside the pool. There’s a fully equipped gym which is just as well with the standard of food in this hotel, and for golfers there’s a nine-hole putting green.
Professional and attentive at all times. A bit too formal in the La Cúpula for my liking but in keeping with the gourmet menu.
Who stays there
Mainly British in the winter but also an increasing number of Eastern Europeans. Middle-class Spanish in the summer months.
- Seasoned travellers
Pros & Cons
- Art Deco style and the gardens
- Possibly the best breakfast on Tenerife
- Entertainment’s a bit Derby & Joan
- Location doesn’t quite match the hotel’s image