It’s not every day I get the opportunity to fly off into the sunset and have a whole six days to myself. No early wake-up calls, no nap times or lugging around a bagful of snacks and toys. All I had to do was amuse myself (and my best friend) and what better way to do it than by staying somewhere quite special – like the Royal Hideaway Corales Beach Tenerife?
On a recent break to the Canarian island, it was lovely to return to an area I’ve stayed in before – and to be able to explore it at a much more leisurely pace. However, even though it was only four years ago, I was astounded by how many new hotels have been built in that time.
The Royal Hideaway Corales Beach Tenerife is one such establishment. Set in one of my favourite spots in the southern resort of Costa Adeje, it sits just a stone’s throw away from La Caletta – a small fishing village, that can be found around the headland from Playa del Duque.
The Royal Hideaway is so close, that all the views from the hotel look out over this pretty cove and beyond to the Atlantic Ocean.
The Royal Hideaway Corales Beach Tenerife
What struck me when we first pulled up to the Royal Hideaway Corales Beach Tenerife was its design. But rather than being an eyesore to the already heavily built-up landscape, it reminded me of a ship – all glass and sleek aesthetics, high-spec designs and ever so white and bright.
So I was smug to discover later that architect Leonardo Omar’s vision was to build the complex in the shape of a boat, with the interior inspired by the island’s marine corals.
Considering it only opened in January 2018, this new hotel owned by the Spanish Barcelo Group has already become one of the area’s top hot spots – winning awards and attracting guests from far and wide.
What also makes it unique, too, is that there are two distinct sections to the Royal Hideaway Resort. The Corales Beach is for adults only, while the Corales Suites is very much for families – with 114 deluxe ocean-view apartments with private terraces. Both have the same look and feel, but while the Corales Beach has a rooftop infinity pool and bar, the Corales Suites has a small paddle pool for youngsters, as well as a gelato bar and plenty of high chairs available.
Luxury and relaxation are very much the mantras for the resort, and while you may feel there is an air of superiority which comes with this, I didn’t find that at all, we were welcomed by every member of the team, from the reception hosts to the lifeguards, and were impressed by the efforts by all of them to make sure we had a good time.
Costa Adeje is considered to be an upmarket resort on the southern side of Tenerife. It has several beaches including Del Duque and Fanabé, as well as plenty of restaurants, shopping malls, designer shops and bars.
It’s also a good base to explore the rest of the island and its many attractions – Siam Park and Aqualand are only around 15-minutes drive away, while you can get to Mount Teide National Park or the capital Santa Cruz in just over an hour.
Corales Beach itself is just a three-minute stroll to all the wonderful seafood restaurants of La Caletta. But if you’re prepared to walk along the extensive seafront path, you can make your way all the way around to Los Cristianos and its lively hub.
The Corales Beach has Junior Suites with ocean view terraces and it’s hard not to be impressed as soon as you step inside. While everything is so shiny and new from the fixtures and fittings, to the bed linen and towels, the space has been designed for multi-functional use – with a gargantuan bed – adorned by a Tempur-type mattress – to a sizeable living space complete with a comfortable squishy sofa and desk.
The small touches such as high-end toiletries, a coffee machine and capsules, flat screen TV, plus oodles of storage and wardrobe space, really adds to the wow factor. As does, the open bath and his-and-her sinks. Luckily, for non-couples like my friend and I, we were happy to cleanse under the fabulous enclosed rain shower.
Once you step outside onto the private terrace, the views across the swimming pools below, as well as the ocean sparking beyond, are mesmerising – and it was a relaxing setting to be able to enjoy a drink and watch the sun go down.
If you weren’t inclined to move very far from the resort, then you’d have a substantial choice of dining options – there are nine restaurants at the Royal Hideaway Corales Beach Tenerife. Maresía, run by Michelin star chefs the Padron Brothers, is the pinnacle of luxury fine dining. Then there’s San Hõ, a fusion of Peruvian and Japanese flavours.
Because I am such a fan of La Caletta and the local eateries there, we didn’t sample much food aside from the extensive buffet breakfast at Nao Atlantic. It was the usual array of offerings from pastries, cold meats, cheeses and fresh fruit and smoothies. What was a nice addition was the cooked-to-order menu – and on our first morning I went for scrambled eggs and avocado on toasted soda bread. It was fresh and delicious.
We also ordered a few poolside lunches, including a club sandwich and a chicken caesar salad. Both of a good standard and reasonably priced.
With much anticipation, we kicked off our stay with a pampering treatment at the Royal Hideaway’s Wellness & Spa. It was suggested that my friend and I arrive around 30 mins before our treatments so we could enjoy the spa facilities first – so we did. After changing into the fluffiest white robes we headed straight to the open air heated thermal pool – which had several different jets, as well as taking a pew in the intense menthol fumes of the steam room. We even both braved the cold showers, although too cowardly to pull the chord on the ice bucket!
I opted for sports massage, which was just the tonic to work my tired, knotted muscles, and afterwards, took sometime chilling out on the heated day beds. Bliss…
With a five-star luxury hotel, you would expect all manner of services and facilities. And you’d be right. The poolside areas in both sections are stylish and elegant, with sunken dining areas and trickling fountains. The rooftop infinity pool is also a must. Swimming along with an epic view, it was hard to believe I was in Tenerife and not some Miami Beach House.
With a kids club, high-tech gym, to yoga and pilates lessons; concierge services and trip planning to valet parking and free wi-fi, there is nothing too big or small for the staff at the Corales. In fact, when I was struck down with a two-day migraine, the doctor was called for me and the guest manager was quick to order us a taxi so we could get to the pharmacy for my prescription. Even going out of her way later to ring and check I was okay. You can’t buy that type of service, it’s either there, or not.
The problem with so many of these luxury designer hotels is that they tend to project an air of elegance, but are often lacklustre. Stylish sofas and chairs may look the part, but plant yourself in one and they’re uncomfortable. The Royal Hideaway Corales is not one of those places. It is not ‘style over substance’ – rather it is a healthy mix of the two, and combined with impeccable service from all the staff, it really wowed.
I’ve never stayed in a hotel that has literally just been plastered, so I felt extremely blessed to be one of the first handfuls of guests enjoying the delights of a brand spanking new everything!
A testament to how much we enjoyed our stay at the Royal Hideaway Corales Beach Tenerife, was after travelling to the northern side of the island where we were due to spend our last two nights – not only was it raining there, but our new accommodation was rather uninspiring. We made a quick decision to return to the sunshine and to Corales Beach and fortunately, they had a room for us and secured our booking straight away.
It was much like returning to the bosom of a family member, and I am keen to go back with the family in tow next time, to experience the other side of this magnificent hotel. My advice, I’d get to the Royal Hideaway Corales Beach Tenerife as soon as possible before it becomes too popular!
* Junior suites at the Royal Hideaway Corales Beach Tenerife start at £209 per night.
** Even though my trip to Tenerife was hosted by Tenerife Tourism, I was not asked to write a review. I am not affiliated in any way to the Royal Hideaway but wanted to share my experience. I also paid to stay for our last night in the hotel