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
This may be the best holiday hotel we've stayed in......the unusual layout of the several buildings making up the hotel and the beautiful gardens raise it far above the run of the mill and the location couldn't be better. It's right by the sea with a pleasant stroll in either direction (useful after the lovely food).
We had a great room looking out to sea with large private terrace (thanks for the upgrade!).
The very pleasant and professional staff were impressive and we really felt that they very much wanted guests to enjoy their stay. Particular shout out to those in Reception, to those in the Restaurant El Bernegal (good range of gluten-free food btw) and also to leaders of the fitness classes. It was really good to have the latter and the gym as well as the swimming pools for a hint of exercising as well as lazing about.
We had a lovely holiday and are immediately looking to see when we might return.
We had a lovely weeks stay at the del Duque. It is in a great position that is quieter than the main part of town but within walking distance of the noisier parts of Adeje if you wish to visit.
The food is excellent and staff are very helpful. Some rooms are being updated (some are already great). We had a beach facing room which was lovely.
What a hotel, this place is amazing!
Hubby and I booked a very last minute trip for our 10 year anniversary after other engagements were cancelled. We had done no research, but found an offer and saw that the hotel was part of the Leading Hotels of the World group, so we took the risk.
From the moment we arrived we have been amazed.
Upon check-in we were given a good overview of the hotel and facilities. We were also advised of a half board offer, but that we could try one of a la carte restaurants that night, and upgrade the full stay retrospectively to the half board if we wanted.
We were given a welcome drink in the beautiful gin bar, with soft lounge music playing, attentive and friendly staff and the sound of birds and smell of fresh flowers. Great start.
I had only time to read about 2 reviews before leaving and had noted one reviewers comments about not getting to eat anywhere. We made reservations at the friendly club house for all our dinners in advance, while waiting for our room to be made up.
Unlike many hotels half board which is normall just in the buffet restaurant, here included any of the 4 a la carte restaurants (with a 5th one being separately owed.) all in different parts of the hotel grounds, guaranteeing different views, interiors, menus and atmosphere, it was so refreshing and varied.
The breakfast buffet is one if the best we've ever seen, chocolate fountains, pastry stations, full English, eggs any way you like, meats cheeses, gluten free, fruit bar you name it, they've got it... and a terrace with one of the most gorgeous views of ocean, palm trees and lagoon pools to sit and eat out on.
There's nightly entertainment, some of which you can enjoy while dining al fresco at a number of the restaurants. We saw fire eating and Brazilian dance Capoera show.
The gym here is good, air conditioned, free and 24 hour access, complimentary towels and water, up to date machines with visual journies on, free weights area and daily classes including spin and trying out cross fit for the first time!
The staff here are phenomenal and such a credit to the hotel. Most members of staff speak 4 or 5 languages (check their name badge for flags) and the balance between professionalism and friendliness was perfect. Such talented people, (we were a little annoyed on occasion hearing people be rude to them.)
The rooms and architecture in general is beautiful and makes for a super romantic atmosphere. The grounds are amazing, you can have a massage by a waterfall or your nails done in the garden listening to the waves, the lagoon pools and gardens are just beautiful from every corner of the place, it's like a little eden.
There's a full spa here with access starting at €28, €30 for Pilates on the beach and personal training on the weekends €80.
The beach is at the bottom of the garden you simply use your room key card to get in and out of the gate, great if like me you like to greet the ocean each morning. There's also a well paved long prom to walk or run along the ocean here (lots of morning runners around).
You can get pool towels and complementary water bottles from a couple of stations and take them to the pool or beach. (Keeping guests hydrated with free water throughout the day, we thought this was excellent service.) Both beach and pool have lovely loungers with thick padding for maximum comfort.
The hotel has a number of bars for daytime eating and snacking as well as a beach front ice cream shop and over the beach cafe all of which you can charge to your room so no need to worry about cash at the beach.
If you would like to save a little money then there is a Spar shop to the left across the road from the front of the hotel. They sell baked goods as well as anything you've forgotten from home. Plaza Del Duque nearby is mainly designer names and prices if you want your high end brands then that's for you but if not bring what you need.
This hotel has been one of the best trips we've ever taken and are now looking at when we can return.
From the moment we arrived, we knew we were somewhere special. The surroundings, ambience and staff all made a good impression. The bar tender, Mario, who served us our welcome drinks, made us feel particularly welcome. Our room was well equipped, with a very comfortable king size bed. The room was a little tired in areas from general wear and tear, but this did not deter from the enjoyment of our stay. We found the Alisios Market and La Brasserie restaurants particulary enjoyable dining experiences. We very much hope to return one day. Keep up the excellent work from an extremely satisfied customer.
I am torn about this hotel as the pools and overall architecture are undeniably stunning. However, I thought our room was terrible. We were given an un refurbished room with amazing sea views - but it was so old and worn we asked to move to a refurbished room which had a view of a building and the sea if you craned your neck! However, I was really disappointed in the refurbished rooms - I just don’t think they are good enough for this price point. I found our room to be small, shabby and just not pleasant interior design. Who did do the interior design? I’m not sure what the brief was but if it was to make the rooms look really old fashioned, poorly put together, a bit dirty and not smart, they did well.
The pools are amazing and beautiful. However there was no pool service when we were there. Surely a hotel of this service should employ waiters to serve drinks to your lounger? I’ve been to much cheaper hotels with much better service and more pleasant staff.
We had bed and breakfast and personally, i found the breakfast tasteless. It all looked nice but it just didn’t taste good. We ate in the hotel restaurants and again, we were just really disappointed in the quality of the food and the flavours.
I think this hotel trades off the beautiful buildings, the gorgeous pools and the views. It is certainly a spectacular hotel to look at. However, I didn’t enjoy being a guest.