Bahia del Duque
What We Love
- Six swimming pools: two saltwater, three heated and one exclusively for children
- Expansive award-winning Spa by L’Occitane en Provence, Spain’s first
- Extensive network of eating and drinking options, including nine restaurants and a dozen cafés and bars
What To Know
- The attempt to dramatically recreate Canarian village architecture may be a bit overblown for some tastes
- Sprawling multilevel hotel with a web of stairs, elevators and walkways leaves some guests struggling to find their way around
- Food can be overpriced by Canarian standards
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Canaries meet Las Vegas: The ambitious architects replicated traditional Canarian village architecture, but on an extravagant scale that often has more in common with the hotels of Las Vegas than the quaint whitewashed villages of Tenerife’s hinterland. Staff members sport traditional costumes, and the “village” comes complete with little squares, church spires and a clock tower. Tiled roofs abound, and pastel buildings contrast sharply with whitewashed façades in what is undoubtedly a feast for the senses. Inside and out, fresh subtropical flowers, rich shrubbery and palm trees connect the resort to the lush island, while paintings and murals conjure up scenes of Canarian life.
Bed and Bath
All accommodations have their own terrace or balcony, bathrooms feature L’Occitane en Provence toiletries, and all guestrooms have free WiFi and flat-screen TVs. The balmy local climate means floors are tiled rather than carpeted, and there’s a wash of marble in the bathrooms. Accommodations are split between the 354 rooms and suites in the main hotel, the Casas Ducales (which have private terraces and butler service) and the newer ultra-luxurious villas. The villas are crafted from local volcanic stone and boast their own private pools, while the interiors are styled by renowned designer Pascua Ortega and feature aromatherapy baths and Bang & Olufsen sound systems.
The highlights among the nine restaurants are the adults-only Las Aguas in the Villas, where young chef Braulio Simancas reimagines Canarian cuisine, and the newest arrival, Asia-Kan, which brings a swish of color and Eastern spice to the resort. It serves sushi and sashimi, as well as more creative dishes (such as anglerfish tempura with sour-and-spicy tamarind sauce). Active visitors can enjoy the half-dozen swimming pools, gym, squash court, tennis courts, paddle tennis courts, jogging circuit and beach volleyball court, while more sedentary souls can savor darts, boules, giant chess and even an astronomical observatory. The Bahía del Duque also offers numerous water sports, a luxury yacht (the Pámpano) and its own beach. Then there is Spain’s first L’Occitane en Provence spa, with its myriad treatments.
In the Area
Costa Adeje is the most recently developed and most upmarket resort spot on the south coast of the island of Tenerife. In place of tacky tourist shops and cheap bars are fashionable boutiques and chic cafés. A landscaped oceanfront walkway now connects Costa Adeje to the east, while to the west is the relatively unspoiled fishing village of La Caleta, which has superb seafood restaurants. La Vieja is named after the renowned fish caught off the island (it’s the house specialty), while Masia del Mar has its own fishing boat and even better ocean views.
How to Get There
Outstanding hotel in every way. So good in fact that 2 days after we arrived home we had booked again to go the following month. We’ve been to great hotels around the world and this is one of the best.
We have just returned after spending a week in Room 623 at this wonderful hotel.
The service is impeccable, staff everywhere to cater for visitor's needs.
As the hotel is quite spread out, and on a slope, buggies are used to ferry guests around, but there are sufficient slopes to walk around without using steps.
Breakfast is brilliant, almost every food known to man.
For dinner, there are a number of restaurants to sample, we used five of them, and none disappointed.
Our room was spacious, and spotless, excellent housekeeping service including nightly turn down.
Very large gym, and several swimming pools, two are heated.
All the staff are friendly with a welcoming smile.
We are already looking forward to our next visit.
The minute you arrive at the gates, you feel you are entering a very special place. The hotel grounds are beautiful, abundant in flowers and trees, with paths and steps leading you on different tiers to pools, seating areas and eating places. It is perhaps not suitable for people with mobility problems, although there are buggies that will transport you to the areas you wish to go. We had a lovely comfortable room with a sea view and the bed and breakfast basis suited us fine. We really enjoyed the breakfasts sitting out on the terrace and the freedom to try the local restaurants in the evening. All staff at the hotel were courteous and helpful, there were always plenty of sun beds. We hope to return!
I had been wondering about this hotel for many years so when the opportunity arose to stay for a short break I seized it. The reputation appeared to be a good five star hotel with a pedigree for service and Luxury. The good bits- the location of the hotel is in a smarter part of Tenerife and on a nice promenade by good quality hotels, excellent shopping in a small luxury precinct and farther down the promenade some good restaurants cake shops and some kiss me quick type bars for good measure.
The hotel and villas are set out in an oasis of gardens and pools with restaurants and bars a small selection of shops and plenty of activities from tennis,gym and Spa to children's club, giant chess and water fowl feeding.Bars are well stocked and prices are comparable with similar hotels in Europe.
All sounds good?
Our arrival, we were greeted at reception offered a drink and told we would be shown to our room, staff were pleasant but not focussed and very flappable.
We had our drink and reminded reception we were waiting to be shown to our quarters, some twenty five minutes later I remind reception we are still waiting to be shown to our room, apologies given, no one came, Again I approached and a member of staff was called this was after four couples had been checked in before we were attended to and shown to our room and almost an hour after arriving not very helpful especially as we had been delayed and flying for five hours and the airport is shambolic.
We were shown to our room by a very nice member of staff who showed up how to operate the air con tv etc, The room itself was a fairly good size nice quality bed very comfortable and the view was good, The room itself was very tired in decoration and required a refit none of the mod cons you get from other leading hotels and not too many personal touches either.
Our room had an odour of stale urine which depending upon the part of the day would become stifling, We had some unusual heavy rain on one day and unfortunately the outside areas smelled of poor drainage.
The cleaning staff were efficient and the rooms were spotless no faulting them.
Restaurants-this hotel has several restaurants but it is essential to book or you will be unable to eat at your choice of venue as they only have so many covers, Staffing seemed to be a problem in all restaurants with the exception of The Hacienda, the best experience for service and food we had.
The buffet restaurant was excellent for its produce but again service was very hit and miss and the managers were focused on the high rollers at the expense of the other guests needs or at least this is how it felt when requesting drinks,or extra cutlery.
The Italian restaurant was the only other we could book in to as all others were either full or not available, this was the very worst of all for food and service rudeness by management the staff just did not know what was going no direction or leadership we had a long wait for a very mediocre meal and poor service to boot.
I would say it is a great family hotel but the management needs to up its training programme for all staff, service is one of the biggest scores for me on holiday and I could only rate this a mediocre 6/10 for service.
All in all it was an underwhelming experience not terrible, nothing too bad however I would suggest it has lost its ranking and was well below par for a leading hotels of the world maybe the villas are the way to go?
From the moment you arrive the service and attention to detail is spot on. So attentive, polite and friendly. Would recommend to couples particularly. Bit of a rabbit warren but you quickly get used to it. Perfect location, great food and excellent facilities. Having stayed at other so called 5 star hotels in the same area, it’s nice to find one that actually is.