The Canary Islands contain some of the most geographically stunning terrain in the world: volcanic beaches, ancient pine forests, and strange rock formations left behind from a millions-of-years-ago tectonic era. A huge portion of the islands’ hotels are mid-range all-inclusives and self-catering aparthotels, but there are upscale accommodations, too. These 15 resorts in Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, and Gran Canaria are the most luxurious accommodations in the Canary Islands.
The most luxurious hotel in the Canary Islands, Hotel Las Madrigueras Golf Resort & Spa is a 57-room adult-only golf hotel on the border of Golf Las Americas. Manicured grounds and tropical foliage surround its Spanish-Colonial-inspired buildings, and a hushed atmosphere permeates inside and out. Spacious rooms and suites are regal and refined, with traditional decor such as hardwood floors and rich area rugs, plus conveniences like minibars, pillow menus, flat-screen TVs with satellite channels, and free Wi-Fi. Las Madrigueras' two restaurants offer outdoor seating, but note that terrace reservations go quickly. The hotel's heated pool, quiet spa and fitness center, and lush courtyard are peaceful, but the entire daytime atmosphere feels somewhat desolate, as most guests are out on the course. At night, a billiards room and piano bar provide some liveliness.
Royal Garden Villas & Spa is a serene, Southeast Asian-inspired sanctuary with a hillside location within the Costa Adeje golf course. Its tranquil atmosphere is the complete opposite of most area resorts. The 28 rooms are all sumptuous villas with Southeast Asian decor, full kitchens, massive marble bathrooms, and spacious terraces with private pools. The resort's main pool is surrounded by Balinese sunbeds, its restaurant has romantic decor and serves breakfast and lunch (lunch is available through room service), and the spa has a thermal circuit that's free for guests. Royal Gardens is built into a hill, so affords views of the mountains and sea from most points -- including private terraces -- but there is nothing within walking distance. This is the one true luxury boutique hotel in Southern Tenerife.
Built in Moorish Revival style with neo-Roman accents, adult-only El Mirador is one of the most striking hotels around. Its huge heated pool overlooking the ocean, luxurious spa, and high-end services make it one of the top hotels in Costa Adeje. Rooms are attractive and upscale, with large canopy beds, modern amenities, and natural stone baths with separate showers and tubs. The common spaces full of columns, fountains, and arched entryways are grand and impressive, if a tad ostentatious for some tastes.
RedLevel is an exclusive, adult-only section of the larger luxury Gran Melia Palacio De Isora. The 110 rooms in this section are stylish, but similar to those found in the main resort, though they add perks like Nespresso coffeemakers and many have hot tubs or at least jetted tubs in the bathrooms. Other RedLevel amenities include an exclusive fondue restaurant and a private pool with poolside concierge services (staffers go around giving out sunscreen and misting guests with water). Guests also have access to restaurants and facilities in the main resort, including a handful of fine-dining restaurants, a spa with a hydrotherapy circuit, and a gargantuan saltwater lagoon-style infinity pool, which spans the length of the property.
Groaning with antiques, carved wood furnishings, rich fabrics, and twinkling chandeliers, the 62-room Hotel Elba Palace Golf Course displays a version of five-pearl luxury that is decidedly traditional -- and adults only. The resort is centered on an 18-hole golf course and offers all the classes, equipment, and trappings to match. But features also include two restaurants, a posh cellar wine bar, a library, and two pools. Rooms in a mix of luxe materials, pile on the amenities, such as bathrobes and slippers, pillow menus, and free Wi-Fi. No doubt the resort’s Old World embellishments might strike some as stuffy, but travelers looking to stay in accommodations that evoke the glamor of Spanish estates will be content with this ritzy throwback.
One of Costa Adeje’s largest resorts, the luxurious Bahia del Duque has 351 rooms and villas on sprawling lush grounds. The long list of on-site amenities includes four large free-form pools, eight (pricey) restaurants, extensive sports facilities, a beautiful spa, and a fitness center with Pilates, yoga, and meditation classes. Rooms are decorated in a soft palette of ocean neutrals -- taupe, seagrass green -- with touches of beach-y wicker. And all rooms include a furnished balcony or terrace. Villas are a notch above standard Double Rooms and feature more upscale furnishings, large terraces, and private pools. The resort's location, right on Costa Adeje’s prettiest beach, is a major selling point.
The Ritz-Carlton, Abama is a luxury hotel with funicular beach access in the secluded enclave of Guia de Isora on the western side of Tenerife. While the hotel enjoys a stunning view of the Atlantic Ocean, it's a bit secluded for exploring the rest of the island. Thankfully, there's enough to keep guests busy at the resort with 10 restaurants (including free buffet breakfast), seven swimming pools, a spa, fitness center, fitness classes, 18-hole golf course, seven tennis courts, and 10 meeting rooms. Family travelers are catered to with the Ritz Kids' program and specific kids' menu. The 461 rooms have elegant Spanish decor and include flat-screen TVs, minibars, and large balconies.
The adult-only Lani’s Suites stands out for its polished design, top-notch services, and thorough attention to detail. All of its 25 sleek, contemporary suites are equipped with an array of high-end amenities such as wine coolers, Nespresso machines, and Chopard toiletries, and many have whirlpools on the terrace. The hotel’s oceanfront restaurant is known among locals and visitors alike for its excellent international menu, and is a favorite among couples for a romantic dinner. Butlers go around the lovely heated pool several times a day with free drinks, and body treatments are offered at reasonable prices in the small poolside massage room. Rates include Wi-Fi and a la carte breakfast, while airport transfers are available for a fee. The location right on the main drag and overlooking a small beach is convenient for all types of travelers, but those traveling by car may want to note that parking in the area can be challenging.
Known for its striking design, La Isla y El Mar is one of Lanzarote’s top hotels. The luxury property's 81 stylish suites are equipped with an array of high-end amenities, such as Nespresso machines and premium minibars, and many have panoramic ocean views from their terraces. The pools are small but lovely, with jets, plush loungers, and a peaceful atmosphere, while the poolside bar keeps drinks flowing until the evening. The buffet eatery offers a varied, tasty spread, but the standout is the a la carte restaurant, housed in a sophisticated space with an outdoor lounge offering stunning ocean views. Body treatments and salon services are available at the spa, and freebies include breakfast and Wi-Fi.
Hotel Suite Villa Maria is a secluded, upscale family-friendly hotel surrounded by golf courses in Costa Adeje. The hillside location provides great views and golf access, but it's about a 15-minute walk to the beach and there is little to do off-property in the immediate area. The resort is arranged like a small village, with a main square and 78 two-floor villas with simple decor, full kitchens, and furnished, south-facing verandas that get sunlight all day. The villas are positioned around a peaceful pool complex with three pools (one for kids), an enclosed playground, and a pool bar with barbecue. Freebies like Wi-Fi, private underground parking, and round-trip shuttle service to Playa del Duque, one of Costa Adeje’s best beaches, are nice extras.
This 271-room luxury hotel is kid-friendly and large -- with five buildings, two pools, three restaurants, four bars, and a wide array of on-site amenities -- but sprawling grounds allow for uncrowded and mostly serene spaces. Rooms have elegant decor, balconies or terraces, and large bathrooms, most with separate showers and tubs. The location across the boardwalk from a sandy beach is a great perk, and the Art Deco style in common spaces is elegant. This is one of the best luxury hotels for the price in Costa Adeje.
The impressive 242-room Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real is one of the few upscale hotels near Corralejo, with classically styled rooms, five swimming pools, and a great pier lounge with awesome sea views. Guest rooms surround a courtyard with swimming pools and tropical gardens, and the beachfront location means this hotel is ideal for a tranquil holiday. Guests include a mix of families -- drawn by kids' entertainment -- and mature travelers. Food is served on an all-inclusive or half-board basis, and there are six restaurants and three bars. A top-class spa has a large indoor pool, outdoor plunge pool, sauna, and treatment rooms.
The 313-room Sheraton Gran Canaria Salobre Golf Resort is a quiet luxury property that caters to golfers and couples. In addition to two scenic 18-hole golf courses, this property also has seven pools, four restaurants, a spa, and a fitness center with group classes. Rooms are have understated contemporary style, and great amenities such as free Wi-Fi, Sheraton’s signature mattresses, furnished balconies, and deep soaking tubswith separate showers. The hotel is nestled on a mountainside a 15-minute drive from the nearest town, but there is free shuttle service to a beach club on beautiful Maspalomas Beach, complete with a plunge pool and services.
The 189-room Radisson Blu Resort Gran Canaria is a luxury family-friendly property with a small but sandy beach. Large, contemporary rooms have marble floors, spacious bathrooms, and ocean views from furnished balconies; some units have full kitchens with dishwashers. There are two pools -- including a large freshwater one and a heated saltwater pool -- plus two restaurants with indoor and outdoor seating, a spa, tennis courts, and a small fitness center.
On the southern end of Gran Canaria Island, nestled on 10 acres of subtropical gardens, this 515-room luxury escape is within walking distance of the buzzing waterfront along El Faro Beach. Contemporary rooms are chic and sleek in muted gray and lilac tones, with private balconies and terraces, some of which have ocean views. The hotel has five swimming pools, including two freshwater infinity pools and a children’s pool, a whirlpool, solarium, and a fitness center. All rates are half-board and include dinner and breakfast, the latter of which features health-conscious options and cava.