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.
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