The Roca Nivaría is located at the most westerly edge of Costa Adeje on a headland overlooking La Gomera, in the small, purpose built resort of Playa Paraíso. It’s a ten-minute taxi or hotel shuttle bus journey to the centre of Costa Adeje and a thirty-minute transfer from the south airport. There’s very little else in Playa Paraíso so guests will be largely confined to the hotel for eating and drinking. There’s a quiet little, man-made beach at the foot of the cliffs with direct access via a lift from the hotel grounds.
If size matters, the Roca Nivaria rooms are onto a winner. The bedroom is big enough to host a party - and it would be a very cool affair to boot. The style is ultra modern and minimalist, so even I managed not to make the place look untidy. Colour schemes are gentle olives and oatmeal with a splash of vibrant, primary colours provided by the silk bed cover. There’s a huge, walk-in wardrobe, a cosy corner with settee and easy chair, and a handy bureau for net surfing on the free WiFi. The bathrooms are equally impressive size-wise, with a walk in, powerful shower, a separate bath and twin sinks. Five rooms are adapted for wheelchair users.
Not everyone’s cup of tea, the hotel entrance appears quite stark and masculine with its grey and sienna concrete and tinted glass façade. But get beyond the frontage and you find a stylised world of modern materials combined with elements of Oriental and Colonial design softened by lush foliage. Walls feature hand-painted murals of Tenerife traditional scenes and indiginous flora while antique cabinets display deep red lacquered Oriental ornaments.
Eating and drinking
The Roca serves some of the best buffet breakfasts on Tenerife. Try the favourite breakfast of Canarian students – churros (doughnut fingers) dipped in hot chocolate, then make a mental note to check out the hotel’s popular gym. The dinner buffet is outstanding too, with choices of cooked meats and fish from the show cooking every night, a good choice for veggies, and regular theme nights to keep menus varied. Kids get their own buffet area, with burgers, pizzas and fish fingers on offer.
Like its sister hotel, the Jardines de Nivaria, the pools and gardens at the Roca are simply stunning. Water is the dominant feature with lake-sized pools set on different levels. The infinity pool is like swimming on a ledge over the Atlantic Ocean, and below it a cascade falls to the next level down and you can wander through the cave behind the waterfall. Rock pools and streams meander through manicured botanical gardens, populated by coi carp. A big plus for this hotel are the facilities for children, with an excellent mini club available pretty much all day and staffed by people who appear to adore your offspring almost as much as you do. The nightly kids' disco seemed to be a hit with pretty much everyone I spoke to. Mums and dads can relax and take advantage of the hotel’s excellent gym, tennis courts, putting green and rather splendid spa and wellness centre.
A real strong point of the hotel, staff are friendly and attentive and quickly establish themselves as heroes and heroines with the youngest guests.
Who stays there
Families and couples spanning young to middle aged and when I was staying there, from all over Europe. I spotted French, German, Dutch, Spanish and of course British accents.
The hotel offers all inclusive - a good choice for families who don’t want to run up big bills on extras.
- Families with teenagers
- Families with younger children
- Chilling out
Pros & Cons
- Good food
- Big rooms
- Facilities for kids
- Playa Paraíso is run down and offers little outside the hotel
- Isolated from the rest of Costa Adeje