Bahia del Duque – Tenerife
Hotel Type: A 5* luxury boutique beach hotel.
Location: On the Costa Adeje in the south west of Tenerife, just 30 minutes from Reina Sofia airport.
Style: Spanish colonial chic.
Rooms: 386 spacious rooms, suites and villas, most with views of the Atlantic.
Our Favourite Room: We love the Presidential Suite for families – not only is its large terrace is greatly welcomed for that extra space, but it offers spectacular views overlooking the sea.
Ideal For: Instant warmth.
Swimming: There’s five heated swimming pools to choose from, Las Mimosas Villas include a large infinity pool, and the beach is only a short walk away.
Dining: Nine restaurants with international cuisine on the menu, including the Michelin-starred restaurant, Nub.
Children: Great for families with a kids’ club, teen lounge and babysitting services available on request.
Activities: Make the most of the stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean with a spot of surfing, windsurfing and paddle-surfing. Spend the afternoon scuba diving and exploring the island’s marine life. Enjoy a spot of tennis or practise your swing on one of the many golf courses nearby, including the 9-hole Pitch and Putt course. For some serious relaxation head to the Bahia Wellness Retreat where you can enjoy a spa treatment, yoga or Pilates. While away a few hours enjoying the scenic views of Tenerife on a yacht trip before star gazing at the on-site astronomical observatory.
Spa: The Bahia Wellness Retreat has a wide range of facilities including an outdoor thalassotherapy pool, 20 treatment rooms, an open air sun deck with hamman and sauna. There’s also a beauty studio, gym and yoga studio on site.
Low Season Price From: €280 for a Deluxe Room Garden View room, including breakfast.
High Season Price From: €410 for a Deluxe Room Garden View room, including breakfast.
Open: All year round.
Tenerife’s first luxury hotel, Bahia del Duque has been welcoming guests for nearly a century. And thanks to its colonial village style architecture and first class service, it continues to stand apart. Bold coloured facades and bright tiled roofs; acres of tiered lawns and tropical gardens, full of olive, cypress, palms and bougainvillea, meandering paths from swimming pool to swimming pool, it’s a real oasis. We love the relaxed vibe here, mixed with an air of distinction, and most of all, the spoiling choice of restaurants. A short walk across the promenade brings you to the exclusive beach – a long stretch of sun kissed golden sand with a very good beach bar. This is the place for warm and dreamy days, or your base for exploring this dramatically beautiful island.
By the sea or surrounded by tropical gardens, each room, suite and villa is different, and they are all elegantly styled with fabulously comfortable beds. They are decorated in earthy colours, bold patterned fabrics and tiled terracotta floors. Each one has a terrace or balcony and many interconnect, giving families lots of options. The Deluxe Rooms are exceptionally spacious with a living area, and can sleep two adults and a child. The larger Junior Suites, and our favourites, have an open plan design and are ideal for families with two children. Choose between a sea, garden or inland view – they’re all equally sophisticated. The Suites are airy and beautifully designed and come with good-sized bathrooms. And the Presidential Suite is very aptly named. In the heart of the hotel, it is elegantly designed, with a Jacuzzi on its roof terrace. The even larger and luxurious Suite Imelda can sleep up to 8 guests in its three bedrooms and also features a Jacuzzi on the terrace. Tucked away in a quiet corner of the grounds are the Casas Ducales, for adults only, where the feeling is more intimate and guests have their own butler service. The Deluxe Rooms are bright and airy, with daybeds on their terraces or balconies, whilst the larger Junior Suites are perfect for families. The Suites are larger still and supremely comfortable. The Presidential Suite can sleep up to five, and has a lovely outdoor space with its own Jacuzzi. For panoramic views, the beautiful Royal Suite ticks the boxes – it looks out over the Atlantic and the gardens and sleeps up to five guests. The villa selection is impressive and so is the level of service that comes with them. Built out of molten rock, and with private plunge pools, bathed in natural light, they are contemporary and chic. Breakfast is served on your terrace and you have your very own butler. The one bedroom Las Retamas Villas and exotic Las Palmeras Villas sleep two adults and a child, while the larger two bedroom Las Mimosas Villas can sleep up to five guests and feature a large infinity pool.
Well, where do we start? To stay here is like going on an exceptional gourmet tour of the world, with a total of nine restaurants, and a very well curated wine list. It’s so comprehensive, you’re unlikely to stray outside. And where best to begin, than at Nub with its delicate mix of Latin American and European cuisine, and most importantly with a Michelin star. At Kensei, against a lake garden backdrop, you’ll dine on contemporary Japanese dishes and also comes highly acclaimed. For delicious French food, La Brasserie is excellent, and its chef Pierre Résimont has Michelin history too. Over the water, the Beach Club is a great place for both lunch and dinner, with fresh seafood and a distinct Mediterranean flavour. Fresh pasta and excellent pizzas can be found in La Trattoria, accompanied by evening entertainment. Sophisticated Basque flavours emanate from SUA, with steak being a specialty. And it’s a quick hop over the Atlantic to Mexico at La Hacienda, right on the seafront looking over Playa del Duque. At the very modern Alisios Market Food the focus is on haute cuisine, with a very good selection of Spanish wines. Breakfast is served at El Bernegal, where the terrace has views of La Gomera and the choice is quite spectacular.
There’s a huge amount to do here for children of all ages. The Duqui Club, for children between 4 and 12, is well run and has a very good variety of fun activities, from treasure hunts to cookery classes and sports to painting classes. And at the end of the day, there’s quite often a mini disco. Babysitting can be arranged and the hotel has all the baby equipment you need. For the older ones, there’s a dedicated teen lounge, with a Wii, games and TV.
Tenerife is a great location for active families, and pretty much everything is available to guests at Bahia del Duque. Being right on the water, guests have access to a great array of water sports. From the sedate paddle boarding to the more adrenalin rush of surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing, and from the underwater wonders of scuba diving to a private motor boat charter, exploring the dramatic coastline of southern Tenerife and whale watching. Golfers are spoilt for choice on the island, with some exceptional courses within very easy reach. There’s also a nine hole pitch and putt right next to the Villas. Lots of the ATP tennis players come to use the courts here, and guests can benefit from some expert coaching. Get an aerial view of the island and its stunning scenery by paragliding or parasailing, or if you prefer both feet on the ground, there are plentiful trekking trails around the island, through lush forests and on volcanic craters. Or you could just wander around the hotel gardens and use one of the five pools – four of which are heated to a balmy 26 degrees and one is salt water. The Wellness Retreat, deep in the gardens, has a long list of treatments, therapies and holistic rituals, so be sure to book. Then maybe after a massage, a relaxed wander around the hotel’s boutiques. And Bahia del Duque has something that not many hotels have – a stargazing observatory. There’s a lot to do!
The hotel holds a UNESCO sponsored award for its commitment to responsible tourism. It is dedicated to minimising its environmental impact and ensuring that the local community benefits from employment and development.