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5 star Canary Island hotels

The pool at Hotel Botanico
The pool at Hotel Botanico
Richard Basch

The Canary Islands are to Spain as Hawaii is to the United States. It's sunny and mild there year round. There is a subtropical climate and there are even banana plantations there giving the Islands the title of the greatest producer of bananas in Europe.

Famous for their luxury accommodations, this is a report on 5 of those hotels. The first of these 5 star inns is the Hotel Botanico. Built in the seventies and completely reimagined and redesigned by a Thai architect 10 years ago, the building exudes polished refinements. There are liveried hotel employees ready to assist with the guest's needs. There are three restaurants plus poolside dining and free wifi in the rooms. It is a gorgeous destination and makes a stellar impression. It's set in tropical gardens and is in Puerto de la Cruz in the north

There is even an Oriental Spa which caters to every need of the weary guest. I had a massage there and can tell you from personal experience that it's wonderful.

Next is the Hotel San Roque in Garachico. This is a small, 21 room, hotel built into an elegant old noble's house. It has an open courtyard and three floors of guest rooms. All the rooms are different to each other. It has a clear blue pool where guests swim and around which they eat their meals. I enjoyed the San Roque. It was rebuilt in the '90s by a Canarian family, opened in '96, and is still run by one of the sons. It's just simply an elegant, refined boutique hotel set in the old quarter of a 16th Century ocean front village in North Tenerife. If you're looking for a quiet, beautifully designed hotel you won't go wrong there.

After I stayed at the Hotel San Roque I moved to the Abama Golf and Spa Resort, which is a large hotel with a spa, located in South West Tenerife, one of the largest hotels on the Island. A self contained resort set in banana plantations and lush tropical gardens. Architecture inspired by Pueblo Indians. Everything sparkles at the Abama including the polished marble floors in the lobby area. This is excellent 5 star living at it's best. All of the hotels in this review offer breakfast included in the fee. The Abama is no different. I don't think I've ever been to a hotel where they serve champagne for breakfast, but they do at the Abama. Lots of young families are seen there, so it obviously caters to them.

There's also a spa at the Abama. I was treated to a massage and it was superb.

The Abama is a part of the Ritz Carleton group of hotels. It's also one of the few places on the island where the hotel's Kabuki restaurant has a Michelin Star. Another restaurant at Abama with a Michelin Star is the MB, these are the only two restaurants on Tenerife to have this distinction. The food is excellent and the service is almost perfect.

In fact the hotel is undergoing an upgrade and will soon be known as the Ritz Carleton Abama. The name change won't change a great deal because the Abama has always been a first class, five star hotel. The name change will simply indicate the hotel's membership in this elite group of top of the line, 5 star hotels.

The last hotel where I stayed is the Iberostar Grand Hotel Mencey in Santa Cruz. Declared a cultural heritage site and completely renovated in 2011, the Grand Hotel Mencey in Santa Cruz de Tenerife is one of the most iconic hotels in Tenerife. Set in a peaceful, residential area,with gardens and a brand new spa the Iberostar Grand Hotel Mencey is near the old town capital of the Island and close to the park, shopping centers and sites of interest.

I was put into a wonderful upgraded room and was very pleased. The food in their restaurant, Menceyes, the service and the personnel were all first class. All in all the hotels in Tenerife were wonderful and with many of them having first class spas they are complete in their attention to detail and elegance.

The Island offers completely first class service, food and accommodation. I would go back in a heartbeat.

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