De Luxe & Spa – 5 stars
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If it’s good enough for Jennifer Lopez we decided to try out Villa Cortes too! With colonialarchitecture, and an array of colours Villa Cortes is quite unique. Backing directly onto the beach, the location is just superb in the heart of Playa de Las Américas and the nightlife at Parque La Paz. This Mexican hacienda style 5-star hotel is located on the golden mile.
We flew with Aer Lingus direct to Tenerife South for a 7-night stay at the Villa Cortes. It’s 25 minutes from the airport by taxi and situated in the Arona area of Las American on Avenida Rafael Puig.
At the side of the hotel is it a pedestrianised area with several small shops including a supermarket and chemist and just outside the main entrance is a myriad of designer shops, bars, cafes and the Safari shopping centre further down. Once inside Villa Cortes it is a haven of tranquillity and its was sometimes hard to believe how busy it was outside. It’s the best of both worlds.
The vibrant colours of Villa Cortes with Yellow, Terracotta, and shades of Pink to name a few and staff dressed in traditional Mexican theme, it was a very pretty and inviting sight. The hotel reminded me of a very large Mexican mansion!
With 151 rooms available in three luxury categories on five floors all slightly different in colour and design with most facing the sea or with views. There are plenty of lifts and stairs.
It is important to point out that some rooms are located on the street side and may experience some noise level so consider paying a supplement for a sea view room. The lobby area is beautiful with lots of designs and bold colours – a very classy feel of elegance and sophistication. It’s warm and inviting.
We arrived at 11.30 am we hoped we may get our room key an hour or two after and were pleasantly surprised when the very friendly reception staff said our room was ready and we were brought there personally with the luggage arriving minutes after.
We stayed in room 418 which was a sea view superior room with the largest balcony I have ever had on a trip abroad! Located near a lift and had views of the pool and the sea and was not overlooked. The room was spacious with a sofa, tv and mini bar. With a quick scan around the room I then checked out the bathroom and was amused and surprised to see a flower in the toilet bowl! There’s a first time for everything and I wondered how I would get used to returning home to a flowerless toilet!
With his and hers sinks and an array of toiletries the Mexican tiled bathroom was lovely. It had the fluffiest white towels which were changed twice a day. The hotel also has a pillow menu. We decided to purchase a small kettle for 15 euros locally as with most five-star hotels there are none provided. This proved to be a great investment as we love our coffees!
On the balcony area we had very comfortable sun loungers with plush covers and a patio set with large umbrella, there was no need to go anywhere! However, one could not resist the large fabulous heated pool area with mock cliff, a Mayan chapel and the most amazing cascading waterfall. With Balinese beds in abundance both around the pool and at the beach club we were very happy indeed!
We booked on a B/B basis and breakfast buffet was very good. Breakfast was served from 7 am to 11am each morning in Veracruz, a colourful and well decorated courtyard area of the hotel with a choice of indoor or outdoor dining. The ceremony each morning with omelettes and pancakes cooked as you require was most definitely worth viewing! The varied choice on offer and with prosecco on tap It was a great start to each day. The staff in their colourful traditional Mexican dress added that extra special touch too.
The hotel spa is located beneath the beautiful gardens in mock Mayan ruins. (Check for weekly special offers) We did not avail of the spa at the hotel on this occasion and we found the Aroma Thai Massage Spa quite by accident on Paseo Mocan (to the right of Villa Cortes) It is located along the beach walk and it was very reasonable for a traditional Thai foot massage at 25 Euros for 40 minutes but advisable to book early +34 922 75 0449. Next time we plan to try out the hotels spa facilities
Fountains and patios and a Mayan temple the setting is amazing. Just through a small tunnel past the hotel spa is The Beach club. It is a nice compact area serving snacks and light lunches directly on the beach front from 11 to 6 pm.
The beach club is very relaxing and located just in front of a public promenade. We found no shortage of beds and as with most holiday properties lots of towels securing the best seats from early morning which as always is very frustrating when they are not in use. There are many places to sunbathe and relax and an array of beds both in and around the beach club area as well as around the swimming pool. Beach towels are provided. Check out the Maui Bar serving fresh fruit juices or cocktails at your sunbed.
There is a Bavarian BrauHaus Bar and Restaurant which is open till midnight. It is not internally connected with the hotel and we came upon it heading back to the hotel one evening. There is a very large copper vat in the centre of the bar and with the staff dressed in lederhosen it’s a great place to stop and have a drink before retiring. The Lobby Bar which is just behind the reception and closes at 11pm. It’s nice for a quiet drink and the resident pianist is excellent. It’s quite laid back with comfy sofas and cushions.
The Sirena and Pancho Villa Restaurants on site are worth checking out however there are an abundance of great places to eat around the area near the hotel. I can personally recommend the Café Del parque on the beach front located on Paseo Francisco for the best Paella and great prices. It’s just a 5-minute walk to the left of Villa Cortes. Further on from there, a few minutes’ walk to the left you will find Las Salinas. This is a great place to sit and watch the sunset whilst sipping a mojito with views of La Gomera in the distance! The best open-air Flamenco I have seen also. Just to point out there are no toilets here and very few seats. It’s just a small beach hut cocktail stop on the boardwalk but a must!
The hotel also offers a courtesy bus to Corte Ingles, a very large store in the capital Santa Cruz. It’s one of my favourite places to shop with most of their stores 7/8 floors high with a great rebajas (sale) section. The bus leaves from Villa Cortes daily at 09.50am apart from feast days or various special days. The journey takes approximately 1 hour, and It is best to check the days of operation with the tourist information desk on arrival at the hotel.
The staff are very friendly at Villa Cortes, willing to please and room service is very efficient. There is a charge for WIFI which surprised me! There are no special facilities for children or teenagers and in fact during the time of our stay it was mainly adults. However, there is a children’s section at the pool.
I would recommend this hotel to anyone seeking a laid back tranquil atmosphere with everything available in the surrounding area and in my opinion, it is perfect for a couple’s getaway.
We travelled to Tenerife at the end of April into early May 2018. It was very quiet during this period. However, there were some renovations taking place near the pool area at the hotel which did not cause too much of a disturbance during our stay, but it would have been helpful to know of this in advance.
We were very satisfied and extremely happy with our room size and facilities on site. It also was a lovely surprise to check in to our room immediately on arrival early morning and the staff are very pleasant and willing to help. We just loved the location.
To check prices and availability contact your local bonded travel agent or contact the hotel directly….
Villa Cortes, Avenida Rafael Puig, n.38, Playa de Las Americas 38650, Arona, Tenerife, Espana
Tel +34 922 757 700 or fax +34 922 757 701