Even in the doldrums of winter, the Canary Islands offer travellers sun-drenched seascapes and sugar-sand beaches. Choosing the right hotel is key to making the most of your time on these paradisiacal islands, which is why we’ve whittled down the dizzying array of accommodation options. Whether you’re seeking a romantic rendezvous for two or want to take the whole family for a trip, one of these stylish boutiques should fit the bill.
Hotels Jardines De Nivaria, Tenerife
Families flip for this plush pad in Adeje, which boasts 271 rooms kitted out with cosy amenities. Hotels Jardines De Nivaria has two palm-fringed outdoor pools for those who prefer not to brave the ocean’s waves. Soak in the sunshine from your private balcony or go for a bite in one of the three on-site eateries.
Iberostar Bouganville Playa, Tenerife
Situated a leisurely 10-minute amble from the sands of Troya Beach and Torviscas Beach, Iberostar Bouganville Playa features a sprawling central pool overlooking the sea. The two buffet restaurants offer a broad enough selection to please even notoriously finicky children’s palates, while parents will enjoy sundowners at the Pool Bar.
RedLevel at Gran Meliá Palacio de Isora, Tenerife
Leave the kids at home and make a beeline for this luxe, adults-only boutique on a serene side of the isle. In contrast to some of the mass-market resorts, RedLevel at Gran Meliá Palacio de Isora flaunts serious style, not to mention jaw-dropping views of the Los Gigantes cliffs. Don your slickest resort duds and indulge in innovate cuisine at DÚO, contemporary Japanese at Nami Asian Bistro, or soulful Italian fare at Club Ocean.
Gran Castillo Tagoro Family & Fun Playa Blanca, Lanzarote
A sprawling crowdpleaser in Yaiza, Gran Castillo Tagoro Family & Fun Playa Blanca has something for everyone, including 11 swimming pools, four restaurants, and a soothing spa. Best of all, the resort’s all-inclusive option means you can set aside the pocket book and never worry about ordering that extra daiquiri or dessert.
Meliá Salinas, Lanzarote
A swish haven marked with the aesthetic signature of award-winning architect Fernando Higueras, Meliá Salinas offers a distinctly grown-up take on this island paradise. Guests can dine on sophisticated fare at the resort’s Casa Nostra and Spices restaurants, or swing by Onix Lounge for a tipple. Thoughtful little extras, including Nespresso machines, a personalised turndown service, and a pillow menu, abound.
Occidental Lanzarote Mar, Lanzarote
Fitness junkies will find themselves right at home at Occidental Lanzarote Mar, which features an Olympic-sized swimming pool and a professional cycling centre. Less athletically inclined little ones can splash about in the two children’s pools or play at the Kids Club. After breaking a sweat, unwind with a little pampering at the spa or a bite at Coco, the resort’s low-key gastrobar.
Sheraton Fuerteventura Beach, Golf & Spa Resort, Fuerteventura
Ideally situated on sea at Caleta de Fuste, Sheraton Fuerteventura Beach, Golf & Spa Resort is an idyllic oasis complete with a 1,000-square-metre spa and a rolling green designed by golf guru Juan Carineau. There are dozens of dining options within the area, but the resort’s restaurants offer plenty of temptation. Try traditional Spanish dishes at El Faro de Antigua or pan-Asian cuisine at Wok-N-Zen Asian Fusion.
Meliá Gorriones, Fuerteventura
Bask in the natural splendour of the dunes of Sotavento at Meliá Gorriones, with a winding lagoon-style saltwater pool. Couples looking for a romantic evening should head to the adults-only Gabi Club for a G&T from the extensive gin menu. Should you find yourself craving a bit more adventure on your holiday, try a kitesurfing class courtesy of René Egli, one of the largest schools on the planet.
Radisson Blu Resort, Gran Canaria
With easy access to three of the best beaches in the archipelago, Radisson Blu Resort, Gran Canaria is a dream for lovers of aquatic sports. After a whale watching excursion or a day of scuba diving, recharge with a treatment at the stunning Estilo Estética Spa. The aptly named Very Important Child Club makes sure tiny travellers stay entertained while mom and dad enjoy some much needed R&R.
Bohemia Suites & Spa, Gran Canaria
Strictly for grown-ups, Bohemia Suites & Spa offers one of the best views in the Canary Islands. Book any of the tables 360º Restaurant and take in the dreamy oceanic panorama from floor-to-ceiling windows while nibbling on light bites, then enjoy a traditional Thai massage at the opulent Siam Spa.
Barceló Teguise Beach, Lanzarote
It doesn’t get much more romantic than Barceló Teguise Beach, an upscale bolthole exclusively for adults where most of the 305 rooms have private hot tubs. Thanks to a top-to-toe refurbishment in 2015, the resort sports a cutting-edge design almost as eye-catching as the surrounding Costa Teguise.