Tenerife at this time of year is perfect; the weather around 22 degrees during the day, slightly cooler in the evening, combined with the island's friendly service, amazing hotels and facilities all so close to home make it a truly tantalising holiday option.
My trip started at Gran Hotel Bahia Del Duque, only 15 minutes from Tenerife South International Airport, where my Double Room overlooked the resort's "village centre" and the Atlantic Ocean.
With modern French fare and a great location in the central square, dinner was served at La Brasserie, the perfect venue to watch the children's entertainment followed by the evening entertainment (a very bendy couple of ladies on the night I visited). Breakfast is served in the buffet restaurant, El Bernegal (where anyone taking advantage of the complimentary Half Board offer valid throughout the year will enjoy the themed dinners) with a truly gargantuan and wonderful breakfast menu.
I was also fortunate to be shown around the whole resort including Casa Ducales, the resort's VIP area where guests have a dedicated check-in, lounge complete with drinks and nibbles throughout the day and an all round personalised stay, and also Las Villas, which are perfect for families and groups wanting seclusion and privacy but also access to all of the hotel's facilities.
My next stop was the lovely ABAMA Golf and Spa Resort, only 15 minutes away from clubs, ports and shops of Tenerife but a world away from the buzz. Here you will discover a resort that creates its own unique vibe and you will never be short of things to do.
A room in the Tagor Villas was my home for the next two nights and I can highly recommend it! Abama has a main building (the Citadel) which contains rooms, the spa and most of the restaurants. In between the Citadel and the hotel's private beach are four rows of villas; three of these rows accept children, however, there is one row dedicated to adults only where couples and groups can relax by the private pool or on your spacious balcony in complete serenity (unlike the other rows where children can happily run around the gardens and play in the pool). Another highlight of all of these villas is your own buggy - perfect for a drive to the spa, down to the beach or along the windy paths to the golf academy.
Abama offers complimentary daily activities to all guests, from Paella cooking to wine tasting. Alberto was our sommelier of the day in the wine cellar at the Michelin starred M.B Restaurant, and along with smelling strange smells (plums, tobacco and truffles) he taught me that I prefer red wine with less tannin. It was a fun evening spent laughing, drinking wine, eating the food that goes best with each wine - all in the presence of a bottle of Bollinger 007, worth a very tasty £15,000!
If that wasn't enough decadence I was then shown the luxurious suites in the Citadel. If you are after space, privacy and VIP treatment without being away from the main building these are definitely for you! Each suite has two bedrooms (including sumptuous en suite facilities), large living areas and rooftop terraces complete with Jacuzzi (the Imperial Suite also has a very large swimming pool) and spectacular views overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
My journey in Tenerife finished in the VIP lounge at Tenerife South Airport (complimentary to guests staying in ABAMA's Villas or VIP Suites) where you can relax away from the duty free queues with a drink and snacks, watching television or checking emails before your flight is called…the perfectly calm ending to a relaxing and enjoyable stay in Tenerife.