Five-star lux­ury in Tener­ife

Iberostar Ho­tels & Re­sorts pro­vide lux­ury in over 120 ho­tels in 18 coun­tries. Katie Tait and Laura Wood visit two ho­tels in Costa Adeje, south Tener­ife, to ex­pe­ri­ence this re­lax­ation first hand

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COTSWOLD TRAVEL

Upon en­ter­ing the grand fives­tar Iberostar An­the­lia Ho­tel lobby we were wel­comed with a re­fresh­ing glass of bub­bly whist we checked in for what we knew would be a fan­tas­tic stay.

The room bal­cony pro­vided a great space to re­lax and ad­mire the beau­ti­ful sea view of Playa de Fañabé.

The ho­tel, re­cently ren­o­vated in 2017, pro­vides mod­ern ameni­ties within the 60,000 foot space, in­clud­ing a sep­a­rate adults only ho­tel, Iberostar Grand Salomé – a ho­tel of made up of a range of spa­cious suites with idyl­lic views. With Iberostar An­the­lia cater­ing for all ages, it is clear how it has won the Tri­pad­vi­sor ‘best all-in­clu­sive ho­tel’ for six con­sec­u­tive years. Boast­ing three pools, five restaurants and three bars, guests could never be stuck for choice.

Gas­tron­omy at Iberostar An­the­lia is a su­perb treat. Af­ter pon­der­ing the break­fast op­tions at Zeus Restau­rant we chose pan­cakes and pas­tries be­fore a de­li­cious cooked break­fast. We were also spoilt for choice whilst din­ing at both the à la carte Po­sei­dón Gourmet restau­rant and Sea­soul Restau­rant & Lounge, both show­cas­ing lux­ury with the fresh­ness and pre­sen­ta­tion of the food and am­bi­ence whilst din­ing. It was clear to see that the dishes are pre­pared us­ing the finest in­gre­di­ents and would highly rec­om­mend tak­ing the time to visit both of th­ese restaurants. For those stay­ing at Iberostar Grand Salomé, Mi­rador Ter­race of­fers a lux­u­ri­ous se­lec­tion through­out the day to be en­joyed whilst tak­ing in the stun­ning views span­ning to the is­land of Gomera.

There are a range of ac­tiv­i­ties to en­joy on your stay. SPA Sen­sa­tions al­low you to choose from a range of treat­ments spe­cific to your needs and the gym is avail­able for guests who like to con­tinue an ac­tive regime whilst away. With five golf cour­ses nearby, dis­counts are of­fered to ho­tel guests or if you would pre­fer to stay within the com­plex there are tennis courts and a daily pro­gramme of events to par­tic­i­pate in. Af­ter wav­ing good­bye to Iberostar An­the­lia and a short car jour­ney we ar­rived at one of Iberostar’s lat­est re­fur­bish­ments, Iberostar Sá­bila. March 2018 saw the open­ing of the Iberostar Sá­bila, a five-star adult only ho­tel. It was easy to see when some­one says re­lax­ation, Iberostar Sá­bila is the epit­ome of the term with aloe vera be­ing a pre­dom­i­nate theme. The name of the ho­tel de­rives from the Ara­bic word ‘Sabaira’, sci­en­tific name of ‘aloe’ and the lo­ca­tion of the ho­tel is also the site of one of Europe’s largest crops of this plant.

The ren­o­va­tion of the ho­tel is beau­ti­ful ex­e­cuted with a mod­ern and airy feel through­out the 470 rooms, and six floors. There is an out­stand­ing range of leisure and re­lax­ation fa­cil­i­ties, mouth-wa­ter­ing gas­tron­omy and lux­ury fin­ish­ing touches that make for a mem­o­rable visit – stay­ing here did not dis­ap­point.

The ho­tel ac­cen­tu­ates as­tound­ing qual­ity through­out, but upon ar­rival we were es­corted to level six, the ul­ti­mate stay in ‘Star Pres­tige’, the lat­est con­cept to Iberostar’s col­lec­tion of im­pec­ca­ble lux­ury. This ser­vice in­cludes ac­cess to the Sky Lounge rooftop pool and Jacuzzi, a sep­a­rate area at the main pool with drinks ser­vice, all-in­clu­sive drinks and snacks and a favourable ta­ble when din­ing.

Ev­ery de­tail has been ad­dressed by the ho­tel – a beach bag to trans­port tow­els, a cof­fee ma­chine and com­pli­men­tary mini bar within the room, con­ve­nient check-out times and

a choice of pil­low type to en­hance your com­fort whilst you sleep.

When din­ing, the food was fault­less. Vis­it­ing the Main Restau­rant for all meals may present a pre­con­ceived idea of lim­ited choice, how­ever we were over­whelmed with the ex­ten­sive ar­ray on of­fer. Some even­ings adopt a theme al­low­ing you to ex­pe­ri­ence culi­nary de­lights from far and wide. The chefs pre­pare and cook the dishes in front of din­ers through­out the evening cre­at­ing a sense of in­volve­ment and in­trigue.

The Gourmet Mar­ket pro­vides an al­ter­na­tive din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. We selected cooked to or­der del­i­ca­cies from the seven stalls in­clud­ing meat, fish and tapas to try whilst ad­mir­ing the sun set over the ocean. We then took the time to en­joy the live mu­si­cian with an af­ter din­ner cock­tail.

Iberostar Sá­bila, also has a small shop­ping area to ex­plore. With two shops stock­ing a range of fash­ion ac­ces­sories and hol­i­day es­sen­tials, a ro­ta­tion of lo­cal re­tailer stalls and the Art­room of­fer­ing an eye-catch­ing range of pieces, there re­ally is some­thing for ev­ery­one. For a break from shop­ping, and ideal for a mid-morn­ing snack, Star Café, lo­cated next to the shop­ping zone, serves gluten free of­fer­ings and great se­lec­tion of bev­er­ages.

To fin­ish off the day there is al­ways the op­tion to in­dulge in a SPA Sen­sa­tions aloe vera treat­ment or re­lax in the rooftop pool – which is ex­actly how we ended our sen­sa­tional stay.

Iberostar Sá­bila Ho­tel, Tener­ife

Iberostar An­the­lia Ho­tel, Tener­ife

Iberostar An­the­lia Ho­tel, Tener­ife

Iberostar Sá­bila Ho­tel,

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