Situated next to the picturesque town of La Caleta, on the southern end of Tenerife island, this impressive white hotel, is under a year old. Designed by a top local architect, Leonardo Omar, The Royal Hideaway Corales Resort is shaped like a boat, with a hint of Art Deco and inspired by the island’s coral reefs. It’s modern and contemporary, with dreamy views over the Atlantic Ocean and the resort’s lush gardens. The joy for me was that the resort is split into two parts, one for families and the other is exclusively for adults (hurrah!) – perfect for couples looking for a relaxing getaway.
With views of the rugged mountains in the background, and the warm (all year round) sun, I felt immediately at home after my quick flight and easy 20 minute transfer from the airport. While checking in, I admired the chic decor including a rather quirky chandelier, and after a cool glass of Cava, went to explore. My room was an amazing sleek and modern space. It would make a really cool apartment, with a huge bed and massive bath – all very white and minimalist. There’s also a sitting area and the best balcony I’ve seen, with huge sunbeds, which I immediately tested! I had a great view of the pool and Playa Enramada from this comfy spot. If you’re not at the roof top bar, this is the best place to watch the sun go down, which I did while devouring the hand-made chocolates left in the room.
What to do
Top of my list of things to do is always to check out the spa, and I was not disappointed. The spa pool is very private and I had fun doing the hydrotherapy circuit, which included getting blasted by hydromassage jets, standing under swan neck jets and waterfalls. The Spa & Wellness Centre has seven private treatment rooms, plus a steam room and sauna. My massage was firm, but relaxing, using warm, herb-infused oils to induce a sense of well-being and serenity. It’s the perfect antidote for stress, exhaustion and overwork.
Another must-do activity is to go out on a private boat to see whales and dolphins. I was overly excited every time I saw a pod of whales (the dolphins refused to come out to play that day – I guess that’s nature for you), but I did see a turtle, which more than made up for it. During the cruise we devoured the delicious food and drink prepared by our crew (the yacht lifestyle definitely agreed with me!) and we stopped off and moored up for the braver members of our group to jump in the ocean, near caves to have a quick swim.
The Hotel also arranged for us to have a cooking lesson, in a fabulous two bedroom suite, with a swimming pool. I kept expecting JayZ and Beyonce to rock up any moment. We had our lunch cooked for us, watching and tasting all the way, and learning how to cook ‘papas arugardas” (salty jacket potatoes which you can fill with cream and herbs for a very impressive dinner party starter).
What to eat
Take your pick from a range of dining experiences, including an international buffet restaurant, a Peruvian-Asian fusion restaurant (which was my favourite), and Starfish – a great outdoor poolside dining experience. The paella here was fantastic and it was nice being cooled by the sea breeze, while the freshly caught fish was cooked on the grill. There’s also Maresía – the resort’s à la carte restaurant – where cocktails on the rooftop watching the sunset go down is not to be missed and the tasting menu full of lots of small dishes, paired with wines makes for a wonderfully romantic experience. This hotel is set to become a foodie destination for locals and guests alike with the appointment of the Padrón Brothers, who are the only chefs to specialise in Canarian cuisine with a Michelin star.
There was an amazing attention to detail in this hotel, even down to the choice of cutlery and crockery, which is different for each restaurant. All the furnishings are clean, modern and practical, but very beautiful and aspirational.
Even the breakfast menu is a delight. Normally I’m an à la carte type of person, but the buffet was vast with a selection of fresh local produce and great bread, I filled up on carbs! I sat on the patio looking out to sea with a gentle breeze, sunglasses on, thinking that the Tenerife way of life is rather special.
What to see
It’s worth popping down to see the amazing reception area and ice cream shop at the adjoining children-friendly part of the hotel. It was built on the side of the mountain so there are cave walls in reception and a light show art installation on the walls. If you want to leave the resort (although we’d forgive you for not wanting to!), there is a black sand beach walk two minutes away, and if you prefer a 20 minute walk there’s the white sand Playa de Luca. Take a visit to the breath-taking El Teide National Park. It’s named after Mount Teide, a towering volcano 3,718 m above sea level and the highest peak in Spain with a unique landscape of craters, volcanoes and rivers of petrified lava.