In the heart of the rural hamlet of San Miguel, 600 metres above sea level and the coastal golf courses of Golf del Sur. Just a 20-minute drive to the coastal resorts, San Miguel provides a tranquil base with the best of two worlds - warm and sunny southern Tenerife weather, and genuine Tenerife culture.
Every room is unique, with original period furniture restored to an immaculate standard, and terracotta tiled or wood floors; many have rough stone walls. Chandeliers add a touch of elegance; religious paintings and wooden crucifixes are faithful to the original, and bathrooms have the sort of tiles you trawl flea markets for and never find. You could find yourself sleeping in the hen house, the cheese making room or the goat shed, each individually styled to reflect its character.
Original treasures and quirky corners abound. From the cave wine cellar to the outdoor courtyards and inside patio, there are intimate spaces packed to their beamed rafters with curios and antiques. Walls are kept white to maximise the light.
Eating and drinking
Breakfast is cooked to order and served amidst the sights and scents of the garden on an idyllic terrace which feels like it’s straight from the set of a Merchant Ivory movie. San Miguel has one or two culinary treasures like La Tasca de Nino where you can get wonderful tapas (and if you forget to duck a bad headache), and La Pimienta Verde which is a meat eater’s nirvana.
There’s a rooftop Jacuzzi and sauna, but perhaps the most surprising aspect of the hotel is its amazing thermal bath set into the walled garden where stress is banished to a distant land. The rooftop sun terrace has a Jacuzzi, sauna and views over an arid landscape punctuated with volcanic cones, the runways of the south airport and the startling-by-contrast greens of the golf courses of the south-east coast.
It’s like staying with friends on a weekend country retreat.
Who stays there
Germans, French, British - mostly middle-aged couples, including some hikers.
- Mature travellers
- Escaping the crowds
- Design and architecture
- Nature / wildlife
Pros & Cons
- The thermal baths
- Individuality and personality aplenty
- Lovers of anonymity will find the space too intimate