My wife and I booked this hotel based on the recommendations of a number of travel agents, and particularly based on the favourable tripadvisor reviews.
Whilst driving into the resort we were a little underwhelmed at the surrounding areas, it seemed very built up, with lots of other resorts close by. However, driving to reception through the resort was far more reassuring. The reception area is simply stunning, the wonderful design and architecture is extremely interesting, but, as it was so hot we didn't find it the most pleasant of places to be. Check-in was smooth although we were given a little "hard sell" on the half board package, which I didn't expect of a hotel of this calibre.
A short walk brought us to our room, which I have to say felt small, dark and quite dingy, and was a bit of a disappointment, the TV was a very nice flat screen on the wall, but reception was appalling, luckily we always bring our own media streamer so it didn't really bother us, but, if you'd of wanted to watch the in hotel channels you would have been very disappointed.
We took a golf cart to dinner at The Hacienda, which was in a very nice setting. Unfortunately I was disappointed to find that more than 30% of items on the menu attracted a premium over and above our half board supplement, whilst being told at reception only approximately 5% of the menu items did so. The food was good, and it was nice to sit down and relax in such pleasant setting.
The grounds are absolutely immaculate, with lots of pools, and piazzas, more a kin to a small village than a hotel, there are lots of swimming pools to choose from, and they're designed to look like natural parts of the landscape, the gardens and pool areas are probably one of the most interesting I've ever seen.
Breakfast is the typical buffet style affair, with has an excellent selection, everything was either in chilled closed cabinets or under muslin, probably one of the most comprehensive breakfast buffets I've seen, with plenty of quality food for all.
Unfortunately whilst at breakfast my wife spotted the main pool was closed for maintenance, after breakfast we spoke to management who explained the pool had been closed for 3 weeks, and would probably be closed for another week or so. The management then went on to explain that all the tour operators had been informed over a month ago, and appropriate arrangements had been made to compensate for this, such as free Spa passes, the use of The Villas pool etc. etc. Whist we were checking in we weren’t informed the main pool was closed, this was highly disappointing, as we wouldn’t have checked in we’d have known.
With this in mind my wife and I decide that we would check out and find another hotel, the Bahai is a nice hotel, not for everyone, and has some faults, if you are a little less mobile then getting round the hotel is a real pain, the swimming pools whilst inviting aren’t very accessible.
- 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
- Bahia Del Duque Costa Adeje, Tenerife