December 2017 / Travel / by Sam Playford

A Winter Escape – Baobab Suites in Tenerife

Baobab Suites, luxury accommodation in Tenerife

Thanks to Baobab Suites, part of a new wave of luxury accommodation in Tenerife, a run to the sun at this time of year doesn’t have to involve a long haul flight. Reluctant to subject myself (and fellow travellers) to a long haul flight with three-year old twins in tow, I am resigned to the fact that winter sun is off the agenda for the foreseeable future. “What about the Canaries?” A friend suggests. I shudder at the thought of British pubs offering full English breakfasts… no, package holidays are not my scene, thank you. And then I discover Baobab Suites. It seems, with my package holiday preconceptions, I have been too quick to judge. A four-hour flight time, coupled with year-round sunshine and a new breed of luxury accommodation makes Tenerife the obvious choice for families.

We don’t get off to the best start though: a 3am alarm call, plus two overexcited toddlers adds up to a boisterous flight (the less said about that, the better), and we arrive at the hotel, after a mercifully short 20-minute airport transfer, feeling frazzled. It must show, because we’re swiftly ushered through check-in and taken directly to our suite.

The hotel

It is spacious and impeccably designed. Sleek and contemporary in style, it has two large bedrooms, two bathrooms, a comfortable lounge area and a fully-equipped kitchen – truly a home away from home.

Outside, we are thrilled to discover a vast private terrace overlooking the Atlantic, complete with a water fountain for the kids to play in. With temperatures a good twenty degrees higher than when we left home, it doesn’t take the twins long to cast off their clothes and start splashing about. I can feel all of my toddler-induced tension beginning to melt away.

More excitement ensues when we spot the two outdoor heated swimming pools and separate baby splash pool; and levels go through the roof at the sight of the state-of-the-art play area. Children are clearly at the heart of the resort (though it is so calm, you wouldn’t know it), so it goes without saying that they are well catered for in the various restaurants. It means that, for this week at least, teatime tantrums are off the menu. In fact, from the tempting salads, pasta dishes, fresh fish and grilled meat at BB Restaurant, to the hearty breakfast spreads at Bite, we struggle to find something we don’t like on the menu. One evening, having asked the concierge team to sort a babysitter, we enjoy a meal at Sucás, where celebrated Tenerife chef Lucas Maes offers the finest dining in the most sophisticated of settings.

The facilities

So spoilt for choice are we, that by the end of the week I am struggling to do my trousers up. Aware that little black dress season is looming at home, I’m glad of the facilities at the on-site fitness centre. And post-workout, the adjoining Fuel restaurant offers a simple but delicious menu of healthy homemade dishes that manage to seem deliciously indulgent.

Tenerife itself

We find ourselves well placed for exploring the island, too. The hotel is set between the mountains and the coast, in the heart of the Costa Adeje (the newest resort in the south west of Tenerife). The area is home to some of the island’s most luxurious hotels, sophisticated clubs and restaurants and superb beaches. The latter of which are accessed via a short hop on a private shuttle bus. There’s little in life more pleasurable than enjoying a day at the beach when the weather at home is near biting. Baobab, we will be back.

A one-bed boutique suite costs from €230 per night in low season. For reservations, call +34 822 070 030 or email