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Bahía del Duque, Adeje, Tenerife
Luxury tourism didn't exist in the south of Tenerife before the Bahía del Duque opened in 1993. It saw owners, the Zamarano family from capital Santa Cruz de Tenerife, spread their business interests even wider. They specialised in tobacco at first, before branching out into mineral water. The Zamaranos have invested €120 million in this, their flagship establishment, half in its construction and the remainder on adding the spa and villas in 2008. This exclusive five-star property has its very own helipad for VIPs, and celebrities to have stayed here include the likes of Brian May and Mariah Carey. They're guaranteed privacy in a resort spanning 250,00 square metres - it's so vast that it has three different receptions to check into!
We love that you can cut the cost and time of a flight to the Caribbean by holidaying here - Europe's version of the West Indies.
The hotel is on the beachfront by Playa del Duque, a short walk from the shops and restaurants in town.
By plane: flights from London, Birmingham and Manchester to Tenerife take around 4 hours 30 mins. The hotel is a 20-minute drive from Tenerife South airport. Free parking on-site. skyscanner.net
Style & Character
Bahía del Duque is ideal for guests who like to be pampered, with more than 600 staff on hand to help. We love that designer Andrés Piñeiro went low-rise, styling the resort along the lines of a pueblo with 19 villas rather than skyscraper buildings.
Service & Facilities
The Canaries are perfect for stargazing because of their low light pollution and the hotel has its very own observatory.
- Swimming pool
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
Casas Ducales are fit for a duke, mirroring iconic Santa Cruz de Tenerife properties: Palacete Martí Dehesa and Casa Maffiotte. We also love Villa Las Palmeras, one of Ortega's volcanic villas with a bamboo-roofed bedroom and basalt stone tub in the bathroom.
Deluxe Room, Junior Suite, Suite, Imelda Suite, Presidential Suite, Casas Ducales Rooms and Suites, Las Villas
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom, Molton Brown toiletries, terrace or balcony, tea and coffee facilities, TV, air conditioning, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
We love that the Beach Club's extravagant €32.95 grilled wreckfish, mashed potatoes, and caviar main is available to half-board guests for €14. Michelin-starred Nub negotiates an adventurous culinary path between Europe and South America, with dishes including impregnated tomato, risotto, and truffle.
Nub: Michelin-starred dining. Set menu from €155 per person. Open for dinner Tues-Sat.
Kensei: Japanese cuisine, seafood, Wagyu beef. Open for dinner Mon-Sat, lunch and dinner on Sundays. Mains from 19€.
La Brasserie: classic French cuisine. Open daily 7-11pm. Mains from €22.50.
El Bernegal: buffet breakfasts. Open daily 7.30-10.30am.
The Beach Club: seafood, paella, pasta, fish. Open daily 1-4.30pm. Mains from €18.95.
Alisios Market Food: creative contemporary cuisine. Open daily 7-11pm. Mains from €22.
La Trattoria: traditional Italian. Open daily 7-11pm. Mains from €19.85.
Sua: Basque cuisine. Open daily from 7-11pm. Mains from €17.
La Hacienda: Mexican. Open daily 7-11pm. Mains from €17.10.