In the La Paz district of Puerto de la Cruz, opposite the wonderful Botanico Gardens which are a Puerto must-see. A 20-minute transfer from the north airport, 50 minutes from the busier south airport, and 1.5 km or a 10 minute taxi ride from the resort centre and beach.
Luxurious furnishings with deep, comfy armchairs, ceiling to floor curtains and antique furniture. WiFi and flat screen TV bring contemporary convenience to bedrooms, while Italian marble adds timeless style to bathrooms. Private terraces have views over Mount Teide or over Puerto to the Atlantic.
East meets West in sweeping staircases, expansive marbled floors, crystal chandeliers and the owner's personal collection of Thai and Canarian fine arts. Step outside and you enter a sub-tropical paradise of lawns, palm trees and lakes filled with coi carp and home to a black swan.
Eating and drinking
Three a la carte restaurants offer themed décor and fine dining in Asian, Italian/Mediterranean and Spanish cuisine, while restaurant Al Fresco delivers the seemingly oxymoronic miracle of haute-cuisine diet food. Prices are high but then so is the quality. My particular favourite is the Thai restaurant.
The jewel in Botanico's not inconsiderable crown is the Oriental Spa, where antique doors imported from Thailand open onto an authentic scented paradise of indulgence and pampering straight from the pages of Anna and the King of Siam. Treatments include wraps in chocolate, fruit, marine mud or volcanic earth, and there’s a spa treatment for everything from weight loss to kicking the tobacco. Couples can indulge a deux for an ultimate romantic experience.
Consummate professionalism coupled with being friendly and welcoming. Dinner dress is formal.
Who stays there
Discerning holiday makers, businesspeople and the occasional visiting dignitary or pop star.
Not the cheapest hotel on Tenerife, nor the most expensive, but quite possibly the best.
- Business travellers
- Mature travellers
- Special occasions
Pros & Cons
- Old fashioned luxury, comfort and service
- The seductively addictive Oriental Spa
- Location may not suit holidaying families
- Modernists will find décor too old fashioned