If you’re planning a trip to the sunny southern shores of Tenerife, then the five-star resort of Bahía del Duque needs to be at the top of your list. Recreating a traditional Canarian colonial villa from the 19th century, this idyllic resort will embrace you with its top-notch rooms and suites, exceptional service and facilities and leave you with enchanting memories to return home with.
Step inside the 25-acre estate and you’ll never want to leave, in fact, you most likely won’t need to with the range of fantastic facilities available. From pools to bars to restaurants to an astronomical observatory and more, expect to find the typical resort amenities and some not so. For 27 years, Bahía Del Duque has been charming guests with its high-quality food, appealing location and sophisticated allure and, over the years, has endeavoured to improve its offerings to provide the best in the region.
Comprising 346 rooms, 58 suites and 40 private villas, the five-star accommodation at Bahia del Duque will surely delight. Surrounded by beautiful gardens and offering breath-taking views of the exotic greenery including 63,000 square metres of tropical and sub-tropical vegetation or El Duque Beach, the rooms and suites at Bahia del Duque offer a tranquil and stylish escape. Check out the presidential suite where you can relax in your own private Jacuzzi and solarium with exquisite ocean views before relaxing in your four-poster bed with interiors inspired by colonial style décor. Or perhaps the suite Imelda is the one for you. The finest offering in the hotel, this suite holds two terraces, spectacular views, a private outdoor Jacuzzi, and elegant, modern interiors over two floors of space.
Casas Ducales is the area of the resort for guests looking for a little more privacy and a personalised service. With a dedicated reception, butler service, independent breakfast lounge, sheet and pillow menu and other exclusive services available for residents of Casas Ducales, this is certainly a refined way to travel. The royal suite sleeps five and holds two bathrooms, a terrace, Jacuzzi, and is decorated in subtle tones with hints of colour.
For the ultimate in luxury stays it has to be Las Villas; 40 offerings, all with their own private pools, sun terrace, exclusive dinners served in the villa, with bathrooms finished in basalt stone and extras such as floating brunch served in your pool. Expect breakfast, afternoon tea and Champagne to be served in Las Villas Lounge, a 24-hour butler service and exclusive communal pool for villa guests only.
Located in the illustrious Costa Adeje region, this stately resort encompasses no less than eight restaurants from an Italian trattoria to Japanese haute cuisine to the finest Basque offerings, coordinated by executive chef, Juan Miguel Cabrera. Expect Michelin quality cuisine in La Brasserie by Pierre Résimont, which overlooks the hotel’s swimming pool and plaza. Offering passion, creativity and flavour, expect to find dishes such as lobster with ricotta ravioli and bisque, or sole meunière on the menu with some renowned French wines to pair.
For a more informal meal pop to the Beach Club for some Mediterranean fare with succulent seafoods and exquisite wines or, for a classic Mexican meal with a cocktail at sunset, The Hacienda awaits. Embodying the harmony of Japan and the delicacy of the country’s cuisine, Sensu offers fine dining within haute cuisine dishes, a Robatayaki grill and sushi bar with a sake bar too. Bringing another of the world’s leading food regions to your doorstep is Sua, a Basque eatery with grilling at its heart. Meaning fire in the Basque language of Euskera, Sua offers a range of mouth-watering dishes including roasted grilled octopus, terrine of roast suckling pig and beef rib steak.
La Trattoria serves up a selection of traditional Italian dishes in its Tuscan-style restaurant, from pasta to pizza to panna cotta. El Bernegal is the hotel’s main restaurant where you can try themed buffets and international cuisine with show cooking, all with stunning views of the Atlantic and La Gomera. Finally, Alisios Market Food is where you’ll find daily recommendations of fresh, seasonal market fare in a modern, elegant setting. Iberian ham croquettes, marinated red king prawn and steak tartare are some of the dishes available on the menu.
Take your pick of the 12 stunning bars and lounges, where you can enjoy some relaxed and informal dining, sip on a cocktail or relax with friends over a glass of wine. From a classic burger in Burger Bar Azul, where children have their own menu, to elaborate snacks and healthy dishes at La Brasserie Terrace to sipping on a range of beers in the Sports Bar, you’ll surely find something to suit your mood. Café la Bahía sits on the seafront and serves international foods with relaxing seaside views, while La Heladeria is ready and waiting with some scrumptious ice creams to cool you down. Whether it’s a freshly made juice at La Zumeria, a cocktail at Bahía Del Duque Beach, a Champagne at the Beach Club Bar, an array of wines at the Wine Bar or an evening tipple at Piano Bar, this hotel does not disappoint.
Of course, no holiday would be complete without a spot of absolute relaxation to relieve you of any pent-up stresses you may have brought with you. Head to the Bahia Wellness Retreat where you will leave feeling utterly calm and peaceful. Take a tour of the unique outdoor thalassotherapy circuit, which is submerged in tropical gardens, indulge in a volcanic mud treatment in a VIP suite, visit the hamman, sauna and experience showers or take a trip to the Thai Room Spa and Plaza. There are tailor made programmes on offer, a huge range of treatments and even a nutrition service to give you all the help you need in regaining the best version of yourself.
For those active days head to one of the two tennis courts, squash court, paddle tennis courts, or for something a little less strenuous, but perhaps more competitive, there’s a pitch and putt to challenge your fellow guests to.
There’s also a gym, which is open for 24 hours, meaning you can get up nice and early to prepare yourself for a day of fine dining, relaxation and fun, safe in the knowledge that the hard part is over. Don’t forget the five swimming pools in the resort – one saltwater, heated saltwater, freshwater, heated freshwater and a kid’s pool – where you can jump in for a refreshing swim or recline in a cabana.
The hotel has direct access to two beaches so you can be sure of a quick escape to the shores and here you can enjoy kitesurfing, paddle-boarding, take a trip out on the hotel’s yacht or simply build sandcastles with the kids. Speaking of which, Bahía del Duque certainly doesn’t ignore the needs of its younger guests and provides them with plenty of exclusive entertainment options such as a kid’s club and a teen lounge.
Rooms can be booked from €315.
Address: Av. de Bruselas, s/n, 38660 Costa Adeje, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
Phone: +34 922 74 69 32