Winter Warmer: Tener­ife

No.1 dis­cov­ers that it isn't al­ways nec­es­sary to go long haul in the quest for out-of-sea­son sun in lux­u­ri­ous sur­round­ings.

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Af­ter what can be best de­scribed as an un­der­whelm­ing summer No.1 de­cided that a dose of vi­ta­min D and some sun­shine was in or­der. With a jour­ney time of less that five hours, the Ca­naries of­fer the per­fect so­lu­tion for those in search of some out-of-sea­son sun. Hav­ing spent many of my first par­ent-free hol­i­days in Tener­ife I was keen to re­turn, al­beit mi­nus my pre­vi­ous wardrobe sta­ple of denim hot-pants and this time with hus­band in tow. Given that my hol­i­day essentials no longer in­clude co­pi­ous shots of schnapps and a var­ied se­lec­tion of night­clubs within stum­bling dis­tance, I de­cided to give the row­dier re­sorts a body swerve and set about try­ing to find some­where that would de­liver a more au­then­tic Ca­narian ex­pe­ri­ence. I set­tled for Costa Adeje, a beau­ti­ful wind­ing coast­line on the south west of the is­land. My home for the du­ra­tion of the stay was the Ho­tel Suite Villa Maria. Perched at the top of a gen­tly slop­ing hill the prop­erty ac­tu­ally over­looks La Caleta, a tiny fish­ing vil­lage with beau­ti­ful views over the harbour. Built in the grounds of an old ba­nana plan­ta­tion, the vil­las have been de­signed in keep­ing with tra­di­tional Ca­narian ar­chi­tec­ture and all of them have views of the sea and the Adeje moun­tains. Be­stowed with a five-star rat­ing, the high end ac­com­mo­da­tion of­fers a num­ber of op­tions in­clud­ing two and three bed vil­las, all with their own kitchen, lounge and out­door seat­ing area. In­ter­nally the spa­cious vil­las have been fur­nished to the high stan­dard and dec­o­rated in nat­u­ral hues. Our villa had two beau­ti­ful big bed­rooms, both with en suites, an open plan kitchen diner and pa­tio with views over the pool. The set up meant we could in­dulge in a beau­ti­ful break­fast in the ho­tel, with a lighter lunch in the villa, be­fore me­an­der­ing down to the harbour at night for din­ner. How­ever with two huge pools that are heated out with summer and the on site gourmet restau­rant La Torre and cock­tail bar, you don’t need to ever leave. In­deed, it quickly tran­spired that Ho­tel Suite Villa Maria is es­pe­cially well geared up to ac­com­mo­date

those with young chil­dren. A quick blether with our villa neigh­bour re­vealed they had three young chil­dren. The flex­i­ble ac­com­mo­da­tion meant that they could eat in the ho­tel or villa at night and then en­joy an al fresco cock­tail af­ter the lit­tle ones were tucked up for the night. The south west of the is­land gets some of the best weather and has some­thing for ev­ery­one. We whiled away many a morn­ing wan­der­ing into Costa Adeje via the coastal path ad­mir­ing the beau­ti­ful views and plush ho­tels on the prom­e­nade. At the end of which you will dis­cover The Plaza Del Duque which of­fers a lux­ury shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence, with brands rang­ing from Mango to Ver­sace. Those look­ing for a cul­ture hit should check out the Unesco World Her­itage Cen­tre, San Cristóbal de La La­guna, the for­mer cap­i­tal of the is­land. The beau­ti­ful old streets with pas­tel coloured build­ings are post­card per­fect and lit­tle known so rel­a­tively tourist free. Beau­ti­ful an­cient churches sit along­side lit­tle bou­tique cafés and it’s easy to pass the hours get­ting lost in the back­streets stop­ping to nib­ble on tapas and sip on cava. Spain’s high­est moun­tain, Mount Teide is also worth a visit – you can take a 10-minute cable car ride right to the sum­mit. It's a worth­while trip as you are re­warded with panoramic views of the en­tire is­land and on a clear day you may even spot the other Ca­nary Is­lands. Five days later I re­turned home re­laxed and re­vived. I con­cluded that Tener­ife re­ally is the per­fect an­ti­dote for sun-starved Scots in search of winter sun, with­out long haul prices.

San Cristóbal de La La­guna is a must visit.

A trip to Mount Teide of­fers panoramic views

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