At this time of year, a break in the sunshine is super-appealing and we recently discovered the ideal setting for a luxurious stay when Camille Allcroft flew to Tenerife
Tenerife is one of those destinations that is perfect for a winter sun holiday. Not too far to fly from the UK and pretty much guaranteed sunshine when everyone at home is shivering their way through the winter.
Located in Costa Adeje at the southern end of the island, The Royal Hideaway Corales Resort is a stunning five-star Grand Luxury resort opened in February 2018 as part of the renowned Spanish hotel group, Barceló.
The resort immediately makes a striking impression with its modernity and impressive design and the sprawling complex is divided in to an adults only hotel and a family friendly resort featuring vast gardens, swimming pools, a spa, restaurants, a shopping avenue and a gelateria.
On arrival we checked in to our spacious junior suite, equipped with every amenity for a relaxing stay including a private terrace with sweeping sea views. After settling in, we had lunch at the hotel’s Starfish restaurant, where seafood and traditional dishes take centre stage – lobster with avocado tartare got the meal underway, swiftly followed by seafood paella and vegetable tempura. Lunch was paired with Tajinaste Blanco-Bambu tinto, a light and fruity local wine – it is worth noting that Tenerife produces several excellent wines and we sampled a good array during the trip.
We spent the rest of the afternoon lounging by the pool; there are several heated salt water pools to choose from, fringed by comfortable sun loungers and day beds. Poolside food and drink menus are available too, so you don’t need to venture far if relaxation is your main aim.
Fit for foodies
The resort focuses heavily on its culinary offering and there are dining options to cater to all tastes, from the more informal Olivia Buffet Restaurant in the Corales Suites family section of the resort, to the fine dining Maresía in the adults only Corales Beach section.
For our first evening meal, we dined at San Hô the hotel’s Japanese – Peruvian fusion restaurant where stylish and minimal interior design allows the open kitchen to add a touch of theatre to the experience. The skilled chefs created a tasting menu including delicacies such as razor clam sashimi, salmon ceviche Nikkei, gyoza with sweet potato and white fish cooked on the robata grill. Each dish was paired with a wine chosen by expert sommeliers and we enjoyed a selection of Sake, Fino Tio Pepe, Riesling and local Islas Canarias wines which complemented each course.
The next day started in style with breakfast at Nao restaurant, where a large buffet is available alongside àla carte dishes, free flowing Cava and freshly made smoothies. The hotel can arrange a wealth of activities during your stay and after breakfast we set sail for an unforgettable whale watching trip with local charter company White Tenerife. We saw numerous pods of resident whales, before sailing to a tranquil cove where we dropped anchor for a light lunch and rounded off the experience with a dip in the sea. Back at the resort, we headed to the Spa & Wellness area, to recharge with relaxing massages.
After enjoying sunset drinks at the rooftop terrace outside the hotel’s Maresía restaurant, we moved inside to take our seats for dinner. This is the star of the show when it comes to dining options at the resort – Juan Carlos and Jonathan Padrón are native Tenerife chefs with a passion for local cuisine. Sustainability lies at the heart of the brothers’ philosophy, and dinner showcased an impressive tasting menu of smoked eel with raspberries and teriyaki mayonnaise, foie gras velouté, wreckfish with gazpachuelo and Galician blonde oxtail stew all of which incorporated local and global influences.
There are several ‘fit & fun’ classes on offer at the resort, from aqua fit to Pilates and the next morning, we started the day with an outdoor yoga session overlooking the sea. We had one more treat in store before we bid the resort a fond farewell, as we were whisked to the penthouse suite for a ‘chef in room’ experience. This interactive culinary experience is a must for any food lovers and the chef explained all the recipes to us, before creating a lunch of rock fish ceviche, black pig taco and pineapple carpaccio served with a matching wine flight. This was a fitting way to wrap up such an amazing trip and the exemplary facilities, accommodation and restaurants make Royal Hideaway Corales an unmissable destination for the perfect balance of winter sunshine and luxury.
Take me there
Rates at Royal Hideaway Corales Beach for a Junior Suite start from €300 per room, per night on a b&b basis. Rates for a Deluxe Suite start from €400 per room, per night, b&b.
For more information, visit www.barcelo.com