Where to Stay in Tenerife – The Best Areas and Hotels

Set your sights on Tenerife, where hot weather, beautiful beaches, and outdoor adventures come as standard. This Canary Island has been a favourite with Brits for decades. Whether you like to spend your holidays horizontally, cocktail in hand, or exploring the Great Outdoors, Tenerife has holidays for all. 

But the hardest part of the planning stage is deciding where to stay. So we’ve rounded up some of the tried-and-tested best places to stay in Tenerife to help get your holiday journey on track. The only question left after this will be: where are the suitcases? 

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Best places to stay in Tenerife
Where to stay in Playa de las Americas
Where to stay in Costa Adeje
Where to stay in Los Cristianos
Where to stay in Golf del Sur
Where to stay in Puerto de la Cruz

Best places to stay in Tenerife

Do you want to spend your holidays stretched out on the sands? Do you prefer slipping on your walking boots and exploring volcanic landscapes? Do you have the whole family in tow? Whatever you’ve got planned, the first step is to choose which area of Tenerife you want to stay in. 

Playa de las Americas

Boldly go where most Brits have gone before. Playa de las Americas is probably the most famous part of Tenerife. It’s got siestas and fiestas by the bucketload. It’s got giant shopping centres where you can splash the cash. It’s got golden sandy beaches lapped up by sapphire-blue waters.  

But what really sets Playa de las Americas apart from the rest of the island is its 24-hour party scene. It’s home to Tenerife’s main strip, Veronica’s, which offers up nightlife of all shapes and sizes. From superclubs to karaoke bars to laidback nights out, you’ll find it along Veronica’s Strip. But the king of clubs in Playa de las Americas is Tramps Tenerife in Centro Comercial Starco. 

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Costa Adeje

Embrace the thrills and spills in Costa Adeje. It’s one of the most popular spots for a holiday in Tenerife, and a favourite with families of all ages. Discover beautifully sandy beaches and waves that watersports enthusiasts love. And you’ve got plenty of options when the sun goes down too, from live music and games nights to big-named DJs and cocktail bars.  

Costa Adeje is also home to the number one waterpark in the world, Siam Park. With thrilling rides and slides, only the bravest can conquer the Tower of Power. Or if you’d rather take it down a notch, take a trip through Thailand on the lazy river or spend some time out on the beach. 

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Los Cristianos

With three beaches and a gorgeous harbour to its name, Los Cristianos is one for the sunseekers. Picture-perfect golden sands, sapphire waters, sun loungers galore. If your worries haven’t disappeared here, all you need is more sun, sand, sea, and a snorkel.  

The harbour and marina are the heart of Los Cristianos. Journey out on a glass-bottomed boat, embark on a catamaran cruise in search of dolphins and whales, or take a ferry out to explore some of the other islands. And when the sun goes down, the harbourfront bars light up and the restaurants come to life. 

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Golf del Sur

Aaaaand relax… If you’re looking to clear your mind and say farewell to any stresses, Golf del Sur is where you need to be. Golf courses, sandy beaches, high-end hotels, a glossy marina. Everything you need to escape the everyday is right here. And it’s a lot quieter than Tenerife’s other holiday resorts.  

Would you expect anything less than a huge choice of golf courses in somewhere named Golf del Sur? Your home course has nothing on these. Greens across the ocean, teeing off to awe-inspiring vistas, and decor by the famous César Manrique himself as well as world-famous course designers. 

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Puerto de la Cruz

Discover your very own slice of island paradise in Puerto de la Cruz. Life here revolves around the sea, from the famous Playa del Jardín’s black sands to deliciously fresh seafood restaurants to hidden coves filled with marine life.  

If you’re looking to fill your camera roll, this is where to do it. Wander the rainbow streets, botanical gardens, and orchid gardens or take the little ones through one of Europe’s biggest wildlife parks, Loro Parque. If you’re after some sightseeing, Castillo de San Felipe and the Church of Our Lady of the Rock of France are both worth a stop. 

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Where to stay in Playa de las Americas

Embark here for some of the biggest parties, the biggest beaches, and the biggest names in Tenerife. Playa de las Americas is a favourite with Brits looking for sun, sand, and sea. Whether you’re spending your holidays horizontally by the pool or searching for an adventure, you’re sure to have fun. 

KN Aparthotel Columbus 

Right in the heart of Playa de las Americas, KN Aparthotel Columbus uses two apartment-style buildings to make families and groups of people feel right at home. Book yourself a room with its own kitchen area so you don’t have to give up that greasy hangover cure or you can head straight for the buffet before taking a dip in one of the outdoor pools. 

There are plenty of activities to get stuck into too. From a spa and fitness centre and a late-night disco to a playground and a games room for all ages. However you holiday, KN Aparthotel Columbus has you covered. 

⭐ Star rating: 3
🛌 Good for: Groups and families
🍹 All Inclusive: Yes
👪 Family-friendly: Yes
🏝 Distance to beach: 650m
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La Siesta Hotel 

Pool or beach? Both are right at your fingertips at La Siesta Hotel. Just a short walk from the beaches in a leafy pedestrianised area, you’ll be in holiday mode in no time. Whether you’re sipping cocktails on a sunlounger or taking the plunge in the sauna, this is the relaxing escape you need. 

Let the kids run wild during the day at the playground or join them in the games room. And then every night the lobby bar plays host to musicians, dancers and singers after you’ve enjoyed a meal at the buffet restaurant or an al fresco barbeque.  

⭐ Star rating: 4
🛌 Good for: Families
🍹 All Inclusive: Yes
👪 Family-friendly: Yes
🏝 Distance to beach: 300m
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Hotel Best Tenerife

Traditional Spanish accommodation meets contemporary decor at Hotel Best Tenerife. Outdoor hot tubs, heated pools, All Inclusive cocktails under the sun. What could be better? Treat yourself to spa treatments and a solarium while the little ones enjoy the mini club and games room. 

Just a five-minute walk from the beach and the centre of the nightlife scene, the rooms can sleep up to four adults and a baby. It’s a great way to get the whole family in on the fun. Or round up your friends and stay within walking distance of the nightlife centre of Tenerife. 

⭐ Star rating: 4
🛌 Good for: Families and groups
🍹 All Inclusive: Yes
👪 Family-friendly: Yes
🏝 Distance to beach: 1km
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Where to stay in Costa Adeje

A holiday for the people, Costa Adeje screams British island escape. Go forth and relax on the golden sands, the waves lapping up the shore. Embrace adrenaline-fuelled adventures on jet ski safaris and heart-racing slides at the world-famous Siam Park. And conquer the world one volcano at a time. 

Sunset Bay Club

Looking for a home away from home? The apartments at Sunset Bay Club come with full kitchens, including a fridge, oven, hob, microwave and dishwasher. The whole family can pitch in, with apartments of all sizes from studios to 3-bedrooms which all have separate living areas with a TV, sofa, and tables. 

But if you’d rather relax on holiday, send the little ones to the playground and activity centre while you top up your tan at the solarium or treat yourself to massages and treatments at the spa. Make a splash at the outdoor pools with a separate one for kids or whizz around the whirlpool. 

⭐ Star rating: 3
🛌 Good for: Families
🍹 All Inclusive: No
👪 Family-friendly: Yes
🏝 Distance to beach: 500m
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GF Fañabé

Discover pools for all. GF Fañabé has five swimming pools to its name, including a children’s pool, one with a children’s section, and two adults-only freshwater pools. So grab your sunnies and slip on that swimming costume and take a dip, make a splash, or sit back and seize the sunshine for that perfect bronze. 

Whether you book a suite or a room at this hotel, you’ll find all the comforts you need. From a television and sofa beds to a fully furnished terrace and minibar. There’s plenty of room for everyone in the family rooms, or cuddle up in the spacious double rooms for a romantic getaway. 

⭐ Star rating: 4
🛌 Good for: Families and couples
🍹 All Inclusive: Yes
👪 Family-friendly: Yes
🏝 Distance to beach: 600m
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GF Gran Costa Adeje 

It’s relaxation without borders. GF Gran Costa Adeje offers an upscale holiday experience, from the rooms to the spa to the restaurants. Enjoy privacy with your partner in a relaxed and exclusive environment or get stuck into day-and-night entertainment with your mates, enjoying all the entertainment and activities on offer. 

Right in the heart of Costa Adeje, there are plenty of reasons to get out and explore. There are three shopping centres nearby if you want to splash the cash. The famous Siam Park is just a short bus ride away if you’re more about the splash of the waterslides. Golden sands await for sandcastle-making, topping up your tan, or trying out a new watersport. 

⭐ Star rating: 5
🛌 Good for: Couples and groups
🍹 All Inclusive: Yes
👪 Family-friendly: Yes
🏝 Distance to beach: 850m
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Where to stay in Los Cristianos

If you’re all about relaxation, glistening marinas, and fresh Canarian restaurants, Los Cristianos is the place to be. Nature and animal lovers won’t want to miss this opportunity either, with the Guaza Mountains and Tenerife Zoo Monkey Park on your doorstep. And dolphin and whale-spotting tours set off from the cafe-lined harbour regularly. 

Paloma Beach Apartments 

Holiday with all your favourite home comforts at Paloma Beach Apartments. Discover the wonders of self-catering holidays in comfortable, spacious apartments. Foreign supermarkets are the adventure you never knew you needed, and they’re within walking distance so you can cook to your heart’s content. 

Sip cocktails on sunloungers from the poolside bar, or make a splash in the warm, palm-lined water. But the beach is just a short walk away too if you’d rather watch the waves lap up the shoreline. Stop at Playa de los Tarajales for beautiful sunsets or Playa de los Cristianos is just down the road for a livelier beach day. 

⭐ Star rating: 3
🛌 Good for: Couples
🍹 All Inclusive: No
👪 Family-friendly: Yes
🏝 Distance to beach: 500m
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Apartamentos Aguamar 

Whether you’re on a romantic escape for two or a family getaway, Apartamentos Aguamar has space for all. Their biggest room can sleep up to six people with two bedrooms and two single sofa beds while the smallest sleeps two. These spacious apartments make for the perfect place to set up camp with its fully furnished balcony and small kitchen. 

Outside your apartment, there are plenty of activities to get stuck into, from crazy golf to a soft play area to a spa. And with a kids-only pool, everyone can make a splash or relax with a cocktail on a sun lounger. And away from the resort, whale-watching tours, horse treks, and watersports centres compete for your attention. 

⭐ Star rating: 3
🛌 Good for: Families and couples
🍹 All Inclusive: No
👪 Family-friendly: Yes
🏝 Distance to beach: 900m
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Arona Gran Hotel & Spa 

Escape the everyday with your favourite person on an adults-only getaway at Arona Gran Hotel & Spa. Enjoy refreshing walks along the beach, candle-lit dinners for two, and relaxing spa treatments to ramp up the romance. Soak up the sun by the pool, cocktail in hand and say farewell to all your worries. 

The spacious standard rooms offer up a 49” TV, pool towels, a pillow menu, and more to make your holiday as relaxing as possible. Or upgrade to an UP! suite for more privacy, the best views, arrival drinks, guaranteed sun loungers, and exclusive access to the jacuzzi, infinity pool, and more. 

⭐ Star rating: 4
🛌 Good for: Couples
🍹 All Inclusive: No
👪 Family-friendly: No
🏝 Distance to beach: Beachfront
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Where to stay in Golf del Sur

Whether you’re avoiding sandy bunkers or stretching out on with sweeping sea views and mountainous backdrops, Golf del Sur sure knows how to keep its visitors relaxed. And with a long line-up of al fresco bars and restaurants to explore, even the after-dark entertainment hits a hole-in-one. 

Santa Barbara Golf & Ocean Club 

Comfort and beauty await at the Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Award 2023 winner, Santa Barbara Golf & Ocean Club. White-washed walls, blue domes, gorgeous ocean views, spacious rooms. The exotic island escape you’re looking for is right here. And with apartments that sleep up to eight people, you can share the experience with all your favourite people.  

The on-site activities are as dazzling as the exterior. All your favourite films are now screening at the cinema, the sauna is ready to relax, and the solarium offers the perfect way to top up your tan. And right near some of Tenerife’s top golf courses, the only thing missing is you. 

⭐ Star rating: 3
🛌 Good for: Families and groups
🍹 All Inclusive: No
👪 Family-friendly: Yes
🏝 Distance to beach: 1.5km
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Alua Atlantico Golf Resort 

Discover something new at the Alua Atlantico Golf Resort after its full renovation. Heated freshwater and saltwater pools, entertainment all day and late into the night, and bars and restaurants to cover all tastes. However you holiday, you’ll find it here. 

Thanks to its stunning location in Southern Tenerife, there are plenty of things to get stuck into while you’re away. The hotel is between two golf courses, which offer discounts for Alua Atlantico Golf Resort guests. Raise a snorkel to Yellow Mountain Natural Monument, one of the best snorkelling spots on the island which is also next to the hotel. 

⭐ Star rating: 4
🛌 Good for: Families and couples
🍹 All Inclusive: Yes
👪 Family-friendly: Yes
🏝 Distance to beach: Beachfront
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Barceló Tenerife 

Embrace ultimate relaxation at Barceló Tenerife, a five-star beauty with a Moroccan feel. All the rooms come with their own fully furnished balcony and a hot tub, and they have rooms that sleep up to four people. You can also request a connecting room, which can sleep up to six.  

Discover daytime and nighttime activities for all. There are seven different outdoor pools at the hotel, as well as an artificial lake where you can try your hand at kayaking. You can slow things down at the spa, or ramp up the romance with salsa dancing lessons. And the Amarilla Golf and Golf del Sur golf courses are close to the hotel too. 

⭐ Star rating: 5
🛌 Good for: Families and couples
🍹 All Inclusive: Yes
👪 Family-friendly: Yes
🏝 Distance to beach: Beachfront
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Where to stay in Puerto de la Cruz

Puerto de la Cruz is Tenerife at its finest. In fact, it’s been considered to be a Place of National Touristic Interest since 1955 due to its long history as a centre for rest and relaxation. Tenerife’s most famous black sand beach, colonial-style Canarian restaurants overlooking the ocean, a landscape of tropical vegetation. And the year-round sun makes it even more enticing.  

HC Hotel Magec 

Right in the heart of Puerto de la Cruz, HC Hotel Magec invites guests of all ages to fall in love with Tenerife. Just 500m from the Plaza del Charco, almost all the top sights are just a stone’s throw away. Loro Park, Lago Martianez salt lakes, St Phillip’s Castle, and plenty of beaches await.  

While Tenerife is a family favourite holiday destination, HC Hotel Magec also caters to solo travellers, with single rooms that sleep just one person. Save on the “singles tax” and make some new friends on your island escape, whether you’re around the pool, in the sauna, or taking part in the group activities. 

⭐ Star rating: 4
🛌 Good for: Couples and solo travellers
🍹 All Inclusive: Yes
👪 Family-friendly: Yes
🏝 Distance to beach: 800m
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BLUESEA Interpalace 

Whether you spend your days topping up your tan by the pool or getting active with tennis and mini golf, you’ll find just what you need at BLUESEA Interpalace. Its recent renovation and All Inclusive offering make sure you have everything you need to enjoy your holiday. You can even book excursions to Mount Teide, Loro Park, Lago Martiánez, and more through the reception desk. 

But at BLUESEA Interpalace, you’ll have your choice of beaches. It’s close to three of Tenerife’s best sandy stretches where you can take a dip, stretch out, or just take in the breathtaking views. Seize the sunshine all day long, all year round. 

⭐ Star rating: 4
🛌 Good for: Couples and families
🍹 All Inclusive: Yes
👪 Family-friendly: Yes
🏝 Distance to beach: 1.3km
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Hotel Best Semiramis 

Stand up for your right to relax on your Tenerife holiday at Hotel Best Semiramis. Stretch out by the heated pool or top up your tan at the solarium. Grab a cocktail or two, courtesy of your All Inclusive package, or seize the buffet with its show cooking and open kitchen. Clear your mind with a wander along the coastline or through the on-site tropical gardens.  

The rooms can sleep up to four people with two queen beds, a desk, a seating area, and a fully furnished balcony overlooking the ocean and the north coast of Tenerife. Before you tuck yourself into bed, discover the live entertainment on offer every night or head further into Puerto de la Cruz for something livelier. 

⭐ Star rating: 5
🛌 Good for: Couples and families
🍹 All Inclusive: Yes
👪 Family-friendly: Yes
🏝 Distance to beach: 1.3km
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