You don’t have to be a mind-reader to know what inspired Tenerife-born architect Leonardo Omar when he designed Royal Hideaway Corales Suites. The staggered white terraces of this luxury family hotel – which jut cruise ship-like above the black sands of La Enramada Beach – are home to sparklingly spacious apartment-style suites, all with sea views from their private sundecks. Luckily, that’s where the cruise-ship similarities end. A sea-rivalling heated saltwater pool – Canarian cuisine enjoyed alfresco and children’s activities to occupy every age are worth getting on board with. And, the villagey charms of La Caleta are just a flip-flopped amble away…
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A welcome gift on arrival and free entry to the spa for two adults (once per person, per stay)
114 suites, with either one, two or three bedrooms.
Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from £341.30 (€405), including tax at 7 per cent.
The hotel has room-only, bed and breakfast, and half-board rates.
If you're booked on the half board rate, you'll need to use the buffet at your own hotel for breakfast and dinner. The exception is if you're staying at Corales Suites without children, and would rather not dine with families at Olivia restaurant. In that case, just ask at reception if there’s availability at Nao restaurant at Corales Beach. If you're on the half board rate but want to eat à la carte, you can dine at either hotel, and will get 25 per cent off the bill (drinks are excluded, and the offer isn’t valid at Maresía).
At the hotel
WiFi throughout. In rooms: fully equipped kitchen.
Our favourite rooms
As the floors get higher, the sea views get better and the peace increases. Villa suites, secluded below the main hotel, all have private pools and uninterrupted ocean views.
There is a gated and heated outdoor, saltwater pool, which is tended by a lifeguard daily and locked at night. Some suites have private pools for a dip straight off the deck, and if you’re leaving the Little Smith’s in the kid’s club there are two adults-only pools (one up on the roof) at the adults-only Royal Hideaway Corales Beach, next door.
Tiptoe over the grass to sister property Corales Beach to use the spa. Its relaxation pool, steam room and sauna are open to Suites guests aged 16 or over, as is its menu of body and beauty treatments. If your suite has a private pool, you can book a floating mindfulness and massage session.
Even with no plans to swim, you’ll need bathers to spare your modesty at the unisex spa. Mr Smith will need trousers and closed shoes to meet the evening restaurant dress code.
All communal areas are wheelchair and pushchair friendly, and there is a pool hoist but no wheelchair-accessible suites. Eight suites at sister property Royal Hideaway Corales Beach are adapted for wheelchair access.
All ages are welcome and even the smallest suites sleep two adults and two children (in one double and one sofa bed). Extra beds and cots (for under-4s) can be added to all rooms, and babysitting’s available with 24 hours notice (for an extra charge).
Any of the outdoor tables at Starfish play the hotel’s joker card of fabulous sea views and a side of Canarian sunshine. By night, they feel extra special, with tables dressed with linen and candles, serving up romance as well as finely grilled fish.
There’s no dress code for breakfast, but smart-casual is the way to go for dinner, and both restaurants request that Mr Smith dons closed shoes and long trousers in the evening.
Il Bocconcino di Olivia brings a little Italian gastronomy to the Canary Islands, with lively cooking on show in the open kitchen, an elaborate (pasta-and-risotto-packed) tasting menu and a sea-facing terrace. Chef Niki Pavanelli's CV includes stints at El Bulli and Pakta, so you're in safe hands. Be sure to book. Breakfasts run the gamut from fruit, yogurt and cereals through pastries to eggs. Poolside Starfish morphs from a Mediterranean restaurant at lunchtimes, serving salads, paellas, seafood and a few meat dishes, into Starfish Grill by evening, when tables are dressed in their linened best and the menu is à la carte, with surf and turf grills stealing the show. La Gelateria serves as both ice-cream parlour and bar, its home-made gelato cool and tempting.
The Starfish is the hotel’s poolside bar, serving snacks, coffees and cocktails.
Breakfast is served until 10.30am; lunch between 12.30 and 3.30pm, and dinner until 10pm. Il Bocconcino di Olivia opens for dinner from 6.30pm to 9.30pm, Tuesday to Saturday.
Order meals and treats off the dedicated room service menu to your suite throughout the day and night.
Av. Virgen de Guadalupe 21
Playa La Enramada, La Caleta
Royal Hideaway Corales Suites is on the southerly Costa Adeje in Tenerife, in the village of La Caleta, overlooking La Enramada Beach.
Tenerife South airport, the main destination for international flights, is 25 minutes away by car.
There are no tracks and no trains – you won’t be going loco in Tenerife.
Car hire from Tenerife South airport is an option-boosting choice if you plan to explore the island. The lure of the beach and just-a-stroll-away La Caleta, however, mean that an airport shuttle or taxi could well be all you need.
With 48 hours’ notice, the hotel can arrange airport transfers (for an additional charge).
Worth getting out of bed for
Think of the choice of activities at Royal Hideaway Corales Suites as tapas: there’s temptation everywhere, but only so much you can take on. A game of golf, vineyard tours, stargazing, surfing and diving... This is a menu to dip into, between laps of the pool and stints at the beach. The hotel has a brilliant programme of exclusive experiences that allow you to tick off typical Tenerifan activities with an experienced guide, as well as a handful of VIP touches. Take the hike to Mount Teide: guiding, permits to summit the volcano and cable-car transfers are all taken care of. All you need to bring is enough energy to trek for five hours. A much shorter walk away is Costa Adeje Golf Course: this coastal course has 18 holes and a putting green and is worth packing your clubs for. Stargazing in Tenerife is neck-craningly wondrous away from the resort glare, and an ingenious way to achieve optimum conditions is on a night cruise, organised through the hotel, which involves a gourmet dinner washed down with constellations seen through a telescope in the company of a ‘sky coach’. Volcanic cliffs plunge into the sea at El Hierro, making it a sealife-rich playground for scuba divers: the hotel can organise a taster for the uninitiated, or a guided plunge for qualified divers. The island’s zoo Loro Parque and water park Siam Park & Beach are two Tenerife classics that can be tailored with an all-day VIP experience for a unique take. You’ll get access to special areas at the zoo, getting up close with the penguins and seals, and learn about all the different residents from wildlife experts. The trip to Siam Park includes exclusive sunset access to the beach, and an artificial waves session tailored to your desires.
A table on the terrace makes all the difference at Saúco in Alcalá: a lunch spot to linger at, this Italian abroad has stonebaked pizza, fresh pasta and a choice of antipasti that make it hard to bypass starters. For a laid-back supper to savour, make the short walk to El Caldero in La Caleta: it’s best described in two words: fabulous paella. Also small but wondrous is the tastier-than-it-sounds Mediterranean-meets-Mexican mash-up at Lupulo. A special occasion calls for the culinary wizardry of a night across the road at Padrón brothers’ rooftop restaurant Maresía at sister property Royal Hideaway Corales Beach– it’s all veloutés, artisanal vinegars, tiny stews and deliciously odd desserts. And, the menu at La Brasserie by Pierre Résimont – an engaging read with foie-gras spread on spiced bread, lamb with smoky aubergine purée and such – shows why the skilled Belgian chef has a restaurant named after him.
It’s not often we recommend gin from a teapot or drinking cocktails out of a bag, but Lagarto in La Caleta is well known for its arresting menu of novelty concoctions. And, should you brave it with children in tow, their non-alcoholic options are cleverly sweet and quirky.
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Don’t let the double-height lobby etched out of the rock mislead you – this is no cave hotel. Royal Hideaway Corales Suites has far too much sun-drenched light for that; far too much crisply modern space. And there’s nothing subterranean about its vista-affording perch, looking over the glinting Atlantic towards La Gomera, with seductive sea views from all of its suites. Then there’s the warmth: not only from the Canarian sunshine, but also the staff, as friendly and attentive as you’d want them to be. Everything from the kid’s club to the gelateria articulates why this is a luxury hotel just made for families. But there’s the happiness of its geography, too: you can enjoy the ease of being on the island’s well connected southerly coast, simultaneously cocooned in the calm of La Caleta, where the restaurants, bars and coastal charms are as authentic as the black sand between your toes.
Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel or villa, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Royal Hideaway Corales Suites’s Guestbook below.
There was nothing not to love!
Busy, loud nights and late dining.
Stayed on 3 May 2019
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