Tenerife is an island of diversity, not just in terms of terrain and vista, but also in terms of accommodation. Different areas of the island have gravitated naturally towards different demographics, and when you’re choosing hotels in Tenerife it helps to know which is which. Where are the luxury hotels with the highest price tags, which areas are good for families or for apartment hotels, where are the quieter areas or the locations that are good for town centre exploring? We’ve put together this quick guide to give you a short overview of what you can expect, where.
If you’re looking for the newest and most expensive hotels in Tenerife, you’d better head for the resorts situated in the south-west of the island. Wrapping you in sumptuous luxury and situated in sweeping gardens landscaped to perfection, the stretch of coast that runs between La Caleta and Costa Adeje is the place to go when you’re leaving budget behind and embracing all that’s rich and indulgent.
Head over to the south-east of the island and you’ll find it’s mostly populated by more budget oriented hotels. Look around the Costa del Silencio area and the Golf del Sur golf courses. You’ll also find apartments in this region, and if you’re looking for self catering, El Medano is a good place to look, where the accommodation is mostly of this kind.
As you might expect, the popular resorts around Playa de las Americas is great for families looking for three and four star hotels or apartment complexes (aparthotels) that offer good value and welcome children. There’s not a great deal to choose between them when it comes the type of accommodation you’ll find, or the amenities offered by the hotels, so it’s largely down to personal preference and which one happens to take your fancy. One thing most have in common is relative close proximity to golden sandy beaches, man made with sand from the Sahara, and always popular for lounging or water sports and activities.
For a more cultured and traditional holiday, head up north and stay in one of the high-rise hotels of Santa Cruz. They’re mostly contemporary in style and offer plenty of comfort, if not as much space as you’d get from, say, a resort hotel in the south. They are, however, great places to base yourself for exploring the town and taking in the sights of the bustling capital city of the island.