With northern Europe’s sunny season totally about three weeks of hot weather, it is little surprise that so many of the region’s natives head for more reliably clement climes at this time of year. One of the most enduringly popular destinations is the Canary Islands, a Spanish archipelago nestled off the coast of West Africa, among which Tenerife is the largest. Attracting over 10 million visitors annually, the island combines revelry and clubbing with white sandy shores. But step beyond the island’s hedonism and sun-kissed beach-life and you’ll find an island awash with culture and adventure, from tropical-forest walks to a stash of museums, art galleries and charming old colonial towns.
But let’s not kid ourselves: Tenerife is somewhere that invites you, most alluringly, to kick back and do as little as possible. And for visitors of such a persuasion – especially those with kids – an all-inclusive resort may well be high on your list of demands. With this in mind, we’ve picked out five of the best the island has to offer.
From €195/ night
Nestled in picturesque tropical gardens just seconds from the oceanfront and minutes from the nearest beach, this popular club hotel has some great amenities – especially for sports fans. As well as a fully equipped gym, two outdoor pools and tennis courts, the hotel also runs a daily programme of activities that includes archery and volleyball, all available inclusive of the cost of your stay. Guest rooms are decorated in warm, soft colours and come with satellite TV, a private bathroom, a seating area, a balcony and a ceiling and for those balmy Tenerife nights. There’s several on-site restaurant where guests can enjoy buffet-style meals, including delicious barbecue food which is served out on a scenic terrace.
From €131/ night
Situated at the southern tip of the island, this hotel benefits from warmer temperatures, more sunshine and less rainfall than the north of the island – and the amenities certainly encourage guests to make the most of the idyllic weather. There’s a large saltwater pool with direct beach access, a sunbathing terrace, a separate children’s pool, and table tennis tables, while all guest accommodation comes with private balconies (some offering ocean views), a lounge area with satellite TV and a kitchen with microwave and fridge. There’s also an on-site diving school offering lessons at an additional cost. An on-site restaurant serves three meals a day, including authentic Spanish dishes, and there’s also a pool bar. The only disappointment is that the hotel charges for in-room WiFi, although at the pool bar and other communal areas it is free. There’s a bus stop and taxi rank directly outside, and a number of shops and restaurants within a few minutes’ walk.
From €224/ night
A high quality golf course, vast nature reserve and 8 individual swimming pools mark out this all inclusive resort as one of the finest on the island. But there’s also plenty of less conspicuous but equally popular amenities including a terrace, a mini-spa with Turkish baths (extra charge), a fitness centre and evening entertainment. Guest rooms feature a balcony and an indulgent hydromassage bath. As for food and beverage, there’s a choice of two restaurants along with 4 bars, plus a separate pool bar. Guests can stroll around attractive gardens, and if they find themselves wanting to explore further afield, there’s a free shuttle service to the famous Playa de las Americas resort running twice daily. Free WiFi is available in all areas of the hotel.
From €209/ night
A fitness centre and solarium, Kids’ club, daily entertainment, bottled water and fruits, and sun umbrellas around the outdoor pools are just some of the perks and facilities available inclusive of the cost of your stay at this beachfront hotel in Tenerife’s San Eugenio district. Guest rooms have air conditioning, satellite TV and a minibar. There’s a buffet restaurant serving a varied breakfast and a selection of authentic local dishes along with international cuisine for lunch and dinner, plus 3 individual bars. Reina Sofia International Airport is 15 minutes away by road. Free WiFi is available throughout the property.
From €175/ night
Activities and facilities for the whole family, including sports, shows, children’s areas and plenty more besides, are available for guests at this well-reviewed all-inclusive hotel, which is located 10 minutes by car from the upmarket resort town of Adeje. As for specifics, there’s a gym, tennis courts, spa, children’s playground and evening entertainment including karaoke. Guest rooms feature a private bathrooms, a TV and balcony. A wide range of shops and restaurants can all be found within a short drive, while Tenerife Sur International Airport is also easily reachable by car.