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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
We stayed at del Duque for a week, and found the quality of service to be amongst the best we have experienced. The friendliness and sincerity of the staff is what makes this hotel really stand out. The room was comfortable, and all public areas were spotless. One point to note, the grounds of the hotel are on steep slopes, not very suitable for disabled or infirm clients. Thoroughly recommend the del Duque for a stay.
We have been staying in Tenerife for three weeks. Two weeks in The Abama and one week at the Royal Garden Villas. I have stayed at the Abama twice before and Bahia Del Duque twice before. I was keen to show my new partner the Bahia Del Duque as I had told her that she would probably like the hotel. Disappointingly we arrived at the entrance only to be point blank refused entry to have a drink at one of the bars and equally see if any tables were free in the restaurants. I explained everything to the doorman at the gate but classic ‘computer says no’ how shortsighted! Needless to say, no way will I ever be giving them my money to stay at there hotel or associated hotels within the group.
Elegant hotel with a lovely local charm and an excellent position just a short walk from a gorgeous beach. Beautiful gardens and pool areas to explore. The staff are very friendly and helpful and there is a wonderful relaxed atmosphere about the place. We tried various restaurants and enjoyed the food particularly as they were very knowledgeable regarding gluten free food (I'm a coeliac). My favourite though was the buffet where the chef Silverio is superb. He was worried about cross contamination and prepared my food from fresh - delicious! I'm sure I've put on half a stone ???? We met so many people who were here for their 5th, 10th even 30th year! I'm not surprised. We're already planning to come back next year.