In the hot and arid east coast’s Güímar Valley, backed by the dramatic Izaña Mountains and surrounded by cactus prairie. A five minute drive to the coast and marina of El Puertito reveals sheltered crystal waters, art on a harbour wall and tasty fish and seafood menus. A 20-minute transfer from the south airport and 20 minutes into Santa Cruz.
Bedrooms go for ‘home on the range’ chic, with exposed stone or wood-panelled walls and beamed ceilings teamed with bold print and plaid fabrics. Floors are polished wood or warm terracotta tiles and furniture is chunky, rustic Mexican style. Suites are expansive with a separate living room, kitchenette and a private terrace, while bungalows have maximum privacy away from the main hotel and with their own parking. Don’t expect anything fancy like in-room WiFi or air conditioning – rustic is the word you’re looking for.
Hacienda style meets Texan ranch, but with lizards instead of cattle. A sweeping driveway leads through swathes of avocado and fruit trees to the primrose walls of a rambling country house where cactus spurge stand sentry against stone arches. Intimate terracotta tiled corners vie for attention with the elegant pool and walled gardens of the estate which are filled with endemic plants. The lounge and conservatory have rich, terracotta walls, polished wood floors and dark beamed ceilings. Big, comfy armchairs and sofas abound, as do Canarian artefacts and pictures.
Eating and drinking
The award-winning restaurant is set in the old tobacco-drying barn, and features traditional cuisine with a creative makeover. When I was last there, the menu included Iberian fillet steak in a palm honey sauce – excellent. For a change of scene and a lovely fish lunch, head to the coast at Puertito and try Chibusque’s picturesque terrace.
The outdoor pool is set amongst the gardens and its sunbathing terraces and courtyard tables get sun for most of the day. There’s not much to do after the sun sets, with only the sound of cicadas for company, so a car is essential for finding other life.
Family owned and run, service is friendly and attentive if a little slow at times.
Who stays there
Predominantly mature British and Germans. More couples than families.
- Mature travellers
- Nature / wildlife
Pros & Cons
- Peaceful location
- Beautiful grounds and gardens
- Nothing to do after dark
- Isolated - a car’s a must if you plan to see anything of Tenerife