When it comes to some winter sun, Tenerife has long been a destination of choice for most. This iconic island within the Canaries has seen it's popularity rise from the Brit invasion of the 70s and 80s though to party island in the 90s and noughties.
But have things changed in recent years? We have seen a growing movement within Spanish owned resorts to try to shed of the cheap as chips 3* image. So has this trend found it's way to the island, or will it hold onto some old traditions? We spent a few days here in December, 2019 to find out.
One things that struck us immediately was the fact Tenerife is so accessible. Flights are available across the UK regularly most days and it's just a 4 hour flight. So it could easily open itself up to corporate incentives and short breaks for private groups. It's also easy and quick to get in and around the island, so again making transfers from airport to resort, or to off site incentive activity pain free.
Our base for the stay was the Gran Meliá Palacio de Isora in Costa Adeje, just north of Playa de las Americas in the south of the island. A stunning resort which caters for everything. You could literally just stay on resort and have all you need for your stay. It works well for a corporate stay as well as for families, small groups and couples. In terms of hotels, there has clearly been a huge swing in recent years towards the boutique brands coming here. Hard Rock Hotel and La Jardin are great choices. But we also spent time at the Ritz Carlton Abama which is a unique but great option. It style felt a real Mexicana Day of the Dead type feel to us.
Venturing out of resort you can head up into the north and the mountain for a more active athletic experience. Or to experience it slightly less energetically you can do the jeep safari? Never one to miss a boat trip, we decided to jump on the party boat and go whale watching along the coastline towards La Gomera.
There is much on offer and so much to experience with Tenerife. Very instagramable which we know is important to some! With such diverse and unique opportunities, it has done much to shrug off past opinions and experiences. If we are being honest, it does have some work still to do to completely move away. But then it could then lose its charm and character in doing so. But we recommend having the discussion really put this destination under consideration for corporate incentives and for private group looking for a different but accessible short break. It really can offer the wow factor like dining out and partying in a banana farm!
To find out more, or to discuss your options, please do get in touch with the team. Or simply comment below and let us know what you think.