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
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,