14 of the best hotels with swim-up rooms in Tenerife - Times Travel (2023)

There’s something delightfully indulgent about a swim-up room. Diving into a pool just steps from your bed makes pre-breakfast dips a doddle, even if your partner is keen to doze for a little longer. Bring the family, and you can keep an eye on the kids splashing around from the chair on your terrace, calling them in for extra sun cream as the day warms up.

With year-round sunshine, every day is a pool day in Tenerife, so you’ll really feel the value of a swim-up room. They are more common in the island’s sunnier south, with most in the popular resorts of Costa Adeje and Playa de las Americas, but you’ll also find them in hotels located in smaller villages or standing in splendid isolation. These are luxurious stays, but for better value, look for swim-up rooms that give direct access onto a shared pool. If you’re happy to spend more, some properties offer both suites and villas with private pools.

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1. Hotel Gran Tacande, Costa Adeje

Best for spa stays
With both swim-up rooms and swim-up suites on offer, couples and families alike are catered for at this mid-size hotel at the upmarket end of Costa Adeje. These Gold Level rooms come with extra benefits, including an exclusive area with an infinity pool, Bali-style daybeds and complimentary snacks and drinks. You’ll also have access to the opulent spa, with its thermal circuit, sauna, salt cabin and Turkish bath, plus a wide range of treatments. It’s usually reserved for over-12s, but younger children are allowed access for a couple of hours each day.

Spa Y
Restaurants 3
Price ££

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2. Coral Ocean View, Playa de las Americas

Best for adult-only breaks
The swim-up suites at this adult-only hotel all have direct access from their terraces to a long, shared swimming pool, so you can bake on a lounger and cool off again without even needing to find your room key. If you do venture out, you’ll find plenty of places to relax, including the main pool, a rooftop sundeck and a chill-out terrace. This four-star is a quiet haven in the heart of bustling Playa de las Americas, close to plenty of restaurants and a five-minute walk from the beach.

Spa Y
Restaurants 2
Price £

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3. Hotel Royal Garden Villas, La Caleta

Best for a boutique feel
With just 28 sprawling villas all equipped with private, heated pools, this tranquil resort overlooking a golf course is all about space and serenity. The decor — think bamboo and Buddhas — references Asia more than the Canary Islands, but the smart main restaurant is all about elevating local produce and flavours. The villas feel self-contained, but there’s also a main infinity pool with a bar, plus a spa, gym and squash court. It’s a five-minute drive from the pretty coastal town of La Caleta, and unless you plan a totally lazy stay you will need a car — parking is free.

Spa Y
Restaurants 2
Price £££

4. Baobab Suites, Costa Adeje

Best for large group gatherings
Featuring one, two and three-bedroom suites with private pools, this cool, contemporary hotel suits both families and groups of friends who want to stay together. There’s an onsite kids’ club, and just across the road is the hotel’s sports club, providing a wide range of classes and a large gym. You’ll also find a main pool plus a sandy beach area with hammocks and a playground. The real deal — the nearest is Playa del Duque beach — is a ten-minute walk away, but there’s a shuttle service if you’re feeling lazy.

Spa Y
Restaurants 3
Price £££

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5. H10 Atlantic Sunset, Playa Paraiso

Best for family facilities
Some hotels won’t allow children to stay in their swim-up rooms; happily, not this one. Swim-up suites at this modern new-build can sleep families of four, so everyone can pile into the pool at a moment’s notice. Around the wider hotel there’s plenty for younger guests too, with a kids’ club, children’s pool and splash park. A 24-hour all-inclusive programme will keep the budget under control, and with meals at the speciality restaurants part of the package, you won’t get bored of the same buffet every day. An entertainment team gets the place buzzing, day and night.

Spa Y
Restaurants 6
Price ££

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6. Green Garden Resort & Villas, Playa de las Americas

Best for bang for your buck
You’ll find excellent value for money at this friendly hotel featuring both one and two-bedroom villas with private pools set in lush gardens. Facilities are extensive — from an outdoor gym and a spa to a kids’ club and playground — and there is one buffet restaurant on site that rings the changes with themed dinners. The compromise is the area; rather a quiet spot on the Las Americas golf course, a 20-minute walk or five-minute drive from the resort centre and beach.

Spa Y
Restaurants 2
Price £

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7. Ritz Carlton Abama, Guía de Isora

Best for deluxe dining
With not one but two Michelin-starred restaurants — Basque cuisine and Japanese fusion — plus another six less formal options, this hotel will spoil you for culinary choice. Set in a large private estate on the southwest coast, it’s pricey, particularly if you want a true swim-up room, as the only option with a private pool is the Imperial Suite — but the less-astronomical Villa Club rooms and suites come with access to a semi-private pool just metres away. There’s every facility you could dream of, including a spa, golf course, tennis centre, huge kids’ club and a beach accessed by private funicular railway.

Spa Y
Restaurants 8
Price £££

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8. Bahia Principe Fantasia Tenerife, Golf del Sur

Best for all-inclusive action
Just ten minutes from the airport, this big, boisterous behemoth of a hotel on the south coast has every bell and whistle you could think of: seven pools and a water park, five restaurants, a spa and gym, clubs for kids and teens plus a playground, and a full-size theatre for shows. The all-inclusive package covers most things bar the spa, but it’s worth noting that the swim-up rooms are for over-18s only. If you’re travelling without children, you may want to avoid school-holiday stays, when the hotel is overwhelmingly family-orientated.

Spa Y
Restaurants 5
Price ££

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9. Hotel Suite Villa Maria, La Caleta

Best for chilling out with children
The three-bedroom villas at this low-key, village-style property on a hilltop outside La Caleta have private pools, giving families the best of both worlds — the space and privacy of their own self-contained stay, plus the extra facilities of a hotel. There’s a kids’ club, children’s playground and mini-disco to keep youngsters entertained, plus a spa, gym and squash courts for parents. Eat at the restaurant or more relaxed pool bar; otherwise, a complimentary shuttle runs to the Plaza del Duque shopping centre, so you can sample the dining options of Costa Adeje.

Spa Y
Restaurants 2
Price ££

10. Mynd Hotel, Callao Salvaje

Best for great value
With live bands at the bar in the evening, plus yoga and mindfulness workshops, this hotel in a laid-back village on the west coast a few miles north of the main resorts is designed to appeal to a youthful market. The swim-up suites, like all the others at the hotel, have two single beds — perfect for friends staying together — and direct access to a shared pool from the outdoor seating area. There are hammocks by the main pool, a rooftop sundeck, and two restaurants with a focus on healthy, local cuisine.

Spa Y
Restaurants 2
Price £

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11. Bahia del Duque, Costa Adeje

Best for beachside indulgence
With an enviable location next to one of Tenerife’s best beaches, at the sophisticated, northern end of Costa Adeje, Bahia del Duque is a large, luxurious hotel with an enclave of sleek, volcanic-stone pool villas. These involve four-poster beds, pillow menus, butlers and round-the-clock room service — you can even order a “floating brunch” to enjoy while you bask in your private pool. Venture out into the wider hotel, and you’ll find a host of high-end restaurants, kids’ and teens’ clubs, a large spa, gym, tennis courts and a pitch-and-putt golf course.

Spa Y
Restaurants 9
Price £££

12. Sir Anthony Hotel, Playa de las Americas

Best for a lively location
This established boutique hotel is an oasis right in the heart of Tenerife’s busiest resort, with a dedicated clientele of well-heeled, mostly British couples. Some first-floor superior rooms come with private pools, and other ground-floor options have direct access to the main pool via a few steps. From the pool deck, a gate leads straight onto Playa del Camison beach, and within a stone’s throw of the hotel you’ll find restaurants, shopping and nightclubs. There’s an à la carte restaurant and a spa on site.


Spa Y
Restaurants 2
Price ££

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13. Royal Hideaway Corales Suites, La Caleta

Best for entertainment for all ages
This curvaceous, modern hotel is a sleek number, with plenty of one and two-bedroom suites attached to private pools, all with expansive sea views over La Caleta bay. Despite its relatively modest size — just 114 suites — amenities are extensive, including a clutch of restaurants, one with a Michelin star, plus a kids’ club, a teens’ club and even a range of activities for adults, from fitness classes to cocktail mixology and tastings of local produce.

Spa Y
Restaurants 5
Price £££

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14. Gran Melia Palacio de Isora, Alcala

Best for layers of luxury
You can’t get much further from the harsh realities of the wider world than a stay in one of this hotel’s villas. First, you’re cocooned in your own private paradise — a palatial villa with its own heated pool and garden. Leave this sanctum, and you’ll still be within the Red Level, a boutique hotel-within-a-hotel with an exclusive pool, two restaurants, lounge area and butler service. And if you do venture into the full-scale hotel proper, well, you can enjoy Europe’s largest saltwater infinity pool, a Clarins spa, a further six eateries, tennis courts, gym and a kids’ club.

Spa Y
Restaurants 8
Price £££

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