Hotel Botanico and The Oriental Spa Garden is a luxury 5* hotel in Puerto de la Cruz set within 25,000sqm of Asian-inspired gardens and surrounded by views of Mount Tiede and the Orotava Valley. The island is well known for its blue skies and temperatures between 20-28°C all year round making it an ideal destination for anyone looking for some winter sun without the long haul travel.
Only a 4-hour flight from the UK, Hotel Botanico is an hour drive from Tenerife South where all the international flights arrive. Located in the north of the island, it’s said to offer a more authentic experience of the Canary Islands and on the drive from the airport, I noticed more and more lush palm trees and vegetation in the surroundings as we approached the hotel.
Being a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, I had high expectations and was not disappointed. As soon I entered the hotel, I was greeted by a beautiful display of leaves suspended over a large amethyst that glistened in the reception area. The hotel is elegantly decorated with a relaxing ambience, ideal for those wanting a tranquil holiday with plenty of space to relax on the loungers around the main pool or the first floor-terrace as well as the adults-only spa area. As the name suggests, the hotel is set within 25,000sqm of beautiful oriental-inspired gardens filled with flowing ponds of koi carp, black swans and tropical plants and trees where you can wander around without a care in the world. For art lovers, there’s also a range of paintings and sculptures to discover around the hotel by local and international artists which are the largest private collection in the Canary Islands.
The old town is a pleasant 15-minute walk downhill, eventually arriving at the crashing waves and black sand beaches of Puerto de la Cruz; for those not so keen on the steep walk back can take advantage of the shuttle service provided by the hotel. There are numerous shops and restaurants within walking distance of the hotel if you want to venture out and try something local. The guest services team also helped me arrange a visit to Loro Parque, a conservational wildlife park and suggested a visit to the town of Orotava which is easily accessible by a bus that stops right outside the hotel, both of which I highly recommend.
All 252 rooms and suites are decorated in classical and elegant furnishing equipped with modern touches including USB ports and a large flatscreen TV with international channels. Each room leads on to a private balcony with Mount Teide, spa or ocean views. I stayed in the Ambassador Junior Suite with Ocean Views which had a lounge area, walk-in dressing room, spacious marble bathroom with a bathtub and shower. French doors opened onto a terrace area furnished with tables, chairs and a sun lounger allowing me to wake up to beautiful views of the lush green putting green and crystal blue sea.
As I was on the Slim, Wellness and Spa programme, breakfast was delivered to my room each morning at my preferred time having chosen my menu the evening before. Breakfast was brought to my room each morning which I was able to enjoy on my terrace overlooking the putting green and the ocean. This was very much appreciated as I was able to avoid the temptations of the breakfast buffet.
Lunch and dinner were served in The Slim restaurant with a menu tailored to my goals with meals eliminating fats, sugars and alcohol using organic herbs and vegetables grown in the hotel gardens. Even though my meal plan was 1200 calories a day, I was pleasantly surprised that I was able to have a starter, main and dessert for lunch AND dinner with delicious meals bursting with flavour and can safely say that I was comfortably full after each meal. Guests of the hotel who are looking for a lighter and healthy meal option are also able to dine in The Slim.