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Europe Villa Cortés, Costa Adeje, Tenerife
History isn't always written by the victors. As you can see on Tenerife which celebrates its pre-Spanish past with statues to the Berber-originating Guanches. Thankfully, the theme at Europe Villa Cortés is less about the conquistador it's named after and more a love letter to Mexico, from architecture to cuisine to overall vibe. This is Playa de las Américas after all, the original resort in the south of Tenerife. Much like on neighbouring Gran Canaria, island authorities switched the tourism focus from the north of Tenerife to the more reliably sunny south. The hotel has turned into somewhat of a celebrity hotspot too, with the likes of J.Lo staying here.
La Milla de Oro is Playa de las Américas' Golden Mile and is great for window shopping.
The hotel is in the popular Playa de las Américas resort, with Europe's biggest waterpark a 10-minute drive away.
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. Parking costs €15 per day. skyscanner.net
Style & Character
Sunshine breaks don't get much more romantic for couples young and old than at this warm and friendly hacienda-style complex. Every day feels like Día de los Muertos as you stroll the grounds and run into the scarily hilarious Day-of-the-Dead figures.
Service & Facilities
You can play spot the famous face at a museum offering photographic evidence of some of the celebrities who have stayed here.
- Beachfront location
- Swimming pool
- Fitness centre
- Paid parking
- Free Wi-Fi
The Royal Hernán Cortés Suites as big out as in with 200 square metres of interior space and identically-sized terraces. We love the Balinese beds on the terraces of the Presidential Suites - an ideal spot to observe the tradition of siesta.
Standard Room, Garden Room, Sea Room, Junior Suite, Suite, Presidential Suite
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom, hairdryer, terrace, TV, air conditioning, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
The small and large tasting menus at Taste 1973 are a smorgasbord treating you to experimental interpretations of Canarian classics. We love the Mojito Guatemalteco, an OA Beach Club signature cocktail, combining Zacapa rum, lime, sugar, and angostura drops.
Taste 1973: local cuisine, dishes include goat stew and black pork royal. Open Weds-Sat for dinner. Tasting menu from €85.
OA Beach Club: Canarian cuisine, seafood, steaks. Open daily 11am-11.30pm. Mains from €19.50.