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
I am not a beach holiday, big resort type holiday kind of person. When my family decided on this hotel for our fathers 70th birthday I was a little reluctant. I am happy to report that I was completely wrong.
This is a beautiful resort with many great options for food and drinks. It has beautiful poolside areas for lounging and eating, direct access to the beaches and staff that were incredibly helpful, polite and happy to help.
We loved our time there and can’t recommend it enough.
Great location and good service throughout especially in Casas Ducases area. Very relaxing atmosphere. Ate out with hotel as there are lots options to choose nearby. Think spa very overpriced for the facilities therein and was not clear beforehand entrance to spa cost extra.
But would return some day to this very pleasant stay in a great location
Having being recently widowed I wanted to stay somewhere where I would feel safe. The Bahia del Duche didn’t disappoint. It is a beautiful hotel, the architecture is marvellous with lots of character. My room was good over looking a garden and all the staff were excellent. I booked HB and dare I say I was a bit disappointed with the buffet restaurant. It looked fabulous but by the time I had selected my food it was lukewarm. The only heated plates were on the meat station, the rest were cold. I ate at Sua one evening which was excellent and another at The Brassiere, unfortunately I had to send the lamb back because it was so rare the blood seeped into the mashed potato. When I finally received it ‘medium pink’ as asked it was very good, unfortunately the rest of meal was lukewarm. The brûlée was good but for some reason I received half a cup of coffee and had to ask for it to be filled. Having said that because I now know the area, the next time I visit I would probably go BB and eat at the surrounding restaurants.
Not a brash 5 star hotel but a stunningly attractive 5 star hotel...what's not to like in this elegant understated hotel...if you can treat yourself just go....its less than 4 hours from the UK south coast.....sure the Caribbean is better but over 9 -10 hours plus getting to a major hub airport is daunting.....Tenerife is not a really nice island and doesn't have the stunning Carribean beaches and turqouise seas BUT if you chose The Bahia del Duque and want sunshine and a brilliant hotel just book..the gardens and lake with egrits flying around is magical with lots of birdsong in this large oasis..... some rooms are many thousands of pounds a night, so they would not get the rich staying there if it was naff ; but stay in a basic room and enjoy all what the hotel has to offer.
AN ABSOLUTE MUST; there is a restaurant a 100 yards to the right of the bottom security gate called Torre del Mirador....if you go to the hotel book for Thursday or Sunday you will see the singing chef...sounds naff but it will be a night to remember! The resident singer Ged Roberts starts at 8.30 pm then is joined by Phil Gibson at 9.30 who was a lead singer in The Drifters then at 10pm the singing chef appears....just utube Ged Roberts or Torre del Mirador.......you will not be disappointed book a table early and ask for a table overlooking the music...its not cheap but very very memorable...Ron Atkinson was having a great time the other night!
This was our first time at Bahia, having stayed last year in the neighbouring "adults only" Mirador hotel. On the recommendation of friends we changed to the Bahia this year. At first, we were not sure that we had made the right choice as we found the hotel and its grounds very large with only a fairly unhelpful map to guide us. However, after a couple of days we found our way around and by the end of the stay we were converted! It is quite a walk down to the beach via a step free path but we eventually found the shorter route, via a short flight of steps. Some signs indicating the two routes would be helpful. We met a couple who had been there longer than us and had not found the shorter route! We had two evening meals at the Brasserie and two lunches at the Beach Club, all of which were excellent - not cheap but of a good standard. Our room was a standard double with sea view. It did not have a full view of the sea or the hotel complex which we would have preferred but maybe we needed to upgrade to a superior room with sea view. The room was of a very good size with a small balcony. The breakfast buffet was excellent with outside seating for plenty of people, overlooking the sea. We will return.