My family and I have just got back from a very enjoyable stay at the Gran Melia Palacio de Isora. It is the second time this year we have stayed at this resort. Having now stayed at what are considered to be the three best hotels in Teneriffe, I thought I would compare them based on a range of criteria...
Both the Gran Melia and the Abama are located in the middle of nowhere. You have to take a taxi to reach the nearest decent sized town. Arguably, however, the whole beauty of these resorts is that there is no reason to leave them, so I wouldn't let this put you off. The Gran Melia is located on the coast and you can go for walks along the sea front or to the (small) nearby town. The Bahia del Duque is in a much better location in the middle of Adeje with lots of shops and decent restaurants in easy walking distance. You are also a short taxi drive away from Playa de las Americas which is excellent for shopping, restaurants, and if you fancy it, a 'night out on the town'.
Gran Melia 3 (out of 5)
Bahia del Duque 5
The food at the Gran Melia is very good. If you stay on a full board basis you can eat at either the buffet or one of three a la carte restaurants. The buffet is excellent with a great range of options to suit even the fussiest of eaters. The restaurants vary in quality. The Ocean Club Italian restaurant is excellent, the others average. You have to book the restaurants in advance if you want to guarantee a table. I would say that the Bahia del Duque has the edge over the Gran Melia in terms of food, both in terms of quality and choice. The Bahia del Duque has a buffet as well as several a la carte restaurants to choose from including a Japenese, French and Italian option. These are all included as part of the half and full board packages although you pay a supplement for certain menu options which I found quite annoying. The Abama is let down by poor food. The breakfast buffet is excellent but the restaurants are poor unless you pay a supplement to eat in restaurants not included as part of the half and full board packages
Gran Melia 4 (out of 5)
Bahia del Duque 4.5
The service at all three of these hotels is as you would expect from a five star hotel, although arguably the Bahia del Duque has the edge in terms of professionalism and attention to detail. The Gran Melia offers 'Red Level' accommodation which has a 'Red Glove Service'. I failed to see any benefit of this over and above the service offered to other hotel guests. The villa guests in the Bahia del Duque have a separate reception area as well as separate breakfast areas and lounge facilities. This is a lovely bonus although obviously at a price premium.
Gran Melia 3.5 (out of 5)
Bahia del Duque 4.5
At the Gran Melia we opted for a Red Level Family Garden Suite. This consisted of two rooms connected by a lounge. Each room had its own private garden complete with cabanas directly leading onto the family pool. The rooms were modern, spacious and difficult to fault in any way. At the Bahia del Duque we stayed in a private villa. This consisted of one bedroom, a lounge and one of the most impressive bathrooms I have ever seen. The bath was big enough to fit an entire football team! The villa had a private garden and pool. One of the main downsides of this resort is the fact it is situated on a hill with loads of steps to get anywhere (which is particularly annoying when you have a child in a buggy). The villa is located at the top of the resort, so to get to the beach or main pool was about a 7-10 minute walk. At the Abama we also stayed in a villa which consisted of a lounge and bedroom. Each villa comes with a private golf buggy to enable you to easily get around the resort. Non-villa guests have access to shared resort buggies which you have to phone and order to your room. The buggies are a great bonus as the resort is fairly big and hilly, plus the kids love them (and the dads love driving them!).
Gran Melia 4.5 (out of 5)
Bahia del Duque 4
FACILITIES AND ENTERTAINMENT
For me, the Gran Melia wins hands down in terms of facilities. In particular the kids clubs and the sports hub activities, most of which are free to use. The kids played football in organized tournaments every day, and had the option of a range of other activities throughout the day. there is a huge swimming pool as well as a family pool and a kids pool (complete with pirate ship) to choose from. Unfortunately, the main pool was not heated and was too cold to use in the winter. In the evening there is a kids room with bouncy castles and computer games to keep the kids occupied, as well as shows throughout the evening in the hotel theatre. The Abama has a kids club which you have to pay for. There is little in the way of evening entertainment. They have kids movie nights where they screen films on the beach. The set up is amazing, however, a lot of the time the films are screened in Spanish. The Bahia del Duque has a complimentary kids club which is geared to younger children (3 and under). There is a nightly show in the main area of the hotel which is of varied quality.
Gran Melia 5 (out of 5)
Bahia del Duque 2
All three of these hotels are excellent and you won't go wrong with any of them. If you are travllening with a young family, then I would say the Gran Melia has the edge over the other two hotels based on the spacious rooms and the excellent resort facilities and entertainment. The Bahia del Duque is a stunning hotel in a great location although perhaps a bit boring for kids. The Abama is a lovely resort in a picturesque setting, however, in my opinion, let down by poor quality of food.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bahia del Duque is a charming hotel inspired by the traditional Canarian architecture of the end of the 19th century. This adaptation of a tropical oasis rises majestically on the azure shores of the beautiful Duque Beach. Apart from the original 19 buildings of the resort, 40 exclusive villas designed by the prestigious interior decorator Pascua Ortega have been opened in January 2008. Additionally, the inauguration of the luxurious Spa is planned for this summer. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gran Hotel Bahia Del Duque Adeje
- Gran Resort Bahia Del Duque
- Bahia Del Duque Tenerife/Costa Adeje