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Looking for a slice of island luxury? Here are our Forbes Travel Guide editors’ picks for the best places to stay in the Canary Islands:
1. Hotel Botanico. Beautifully perched at the foot of Tenerife’s Mount Teide, the tallest mountain in Spain, classy Hotel Botanico offers 252 well-appointed guest rooms and suites with king bed, complimentary Wi-Fi, flat-screen television, furnished balcony and marble bathroom. The onsite Oriental Spa Garden, exclusively available to guests of the hotel, features 20 private treatment rooms and access to an extensive thermal circuit that includes indoor and outdoor pools, Japanese sauna, ice temple and experience showers. Want to live it up like a (former) president? Splurge on the opulent Bill Clinton Suite, which takes up a whole wing of the penthouse floor.
2. Royal Garden Villas. One of the most exclusive resorts in the Canary Islands, Royal Garden Villas pulls out all the stops and then some with its 28 palatial villas, all of which are outfitted with a private solar-heated pool, two - four flat-screen plasma televisions and DVD player, antique furnishings and king-sized beds. The award-winning restaurant is one of the best in Tenerife, and you won’t want to leave the tranquil Asian-style wellness spa. We’re floored.
3. Iberostar Gran Hotel Mencey. Located in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the Iberostar Gran Hotel Mencey recently underwent extensive renovations that introduced new, modern furnishings that further up the ante at this already posh accommodation option. Long serving as the social center of hi-so island society, the new Mencey has fewer rooms (52), but they’re larger and sport an attractive design inspired by the style and glamour of the 40s and 50s. The spa, pool and gym facilities here are immaculate.
4. Seaside Grand Hotel Residencia. There’s a lot to love about this luxury hotel located near Maspalomas Beach on Gran Canaria, starting with the 94 lavish guest rooms and suites designed by famed Parisian architect Alberto Pinto that come with a balcony or terrace and bonus extras like daily fresh fruit and bath products from Bvlgari or L’Occitane. Though the hotel has a full suite of facilities (wellness spa, restaurants, bars, pools), during your stay you’ll also receive complimentary access to amenities at nearby sister hotel Seaside Palm Beach Hotel.
5. Abama Golf & Spa Resort. Sitting on Tenerife, this Canary Islands hotel provides a great sunny getaway. The Moorish-influenced resort has its own private beach, seven pools and a golf course designed by Dave Thomas. Go to the spa to experience what the land has to offer — the Treasures of the Canary Islands treatment pampers with a banana body mask and a volcanic stone massage.