The Costa Salada stands on the edge of the sea

The Costa Salada stands on the edge of the sea

The Costa Salada stands on the edge of the sea One of the bedrooms The hotel's swimming pool Hotel Costa Salada The atmospheric dining room A typical bedroom The hotel at night

Hotel Rural Costa Salada

The Canary IslandsTenerife › Valle Guerra

Set right on the edge of the ocean within the grounds of a large flower plantations, this small and pretty decorated rural hotel is an immensely tranquil retreat.

If you are looking for an utterly tranquil retreat set right on the edge of the ocean, you could do worse than to consider this charming and comfortable little hotel. Situated on the north coast of the rugged Anaga peninsula, the Costa Salada feels delightfully removed from the hustle and bustle of the busy south coast resorts. This part of the island remains largely agricultural, with small villages scattered amidst banana plantations, orchards and vegetable farms.

The hotel itself stands in the grounds of a 60-acre plantation growing exotic flowers for export and was created from a cluster of old farm buildings. The parking area and reception are set back a little from the accommodation in order to completely preserve the peace (an electric buggy is on hand to take you and your baggage on arrival).

Expertly restored, the hotel now has a dozen rooms, a few of which are located in a small separate building by the pool. All are prettily appointed with period furnishings and equipped with en suite bath or shower rooms, satellite TV, mini-bar and telephone, and all have terraces or balconies with at least partial sea views. The superior rooms are more spacious, and there are also three junior suites, available on request.

The public rooms are equally appealing. The cosy restaurant, where breakfast is served has huge panorama windows facing the sea, and in the adjacent lounge guests may help themselves to complimentary tea and coffee throughout the day. If you don't wish to go out for dinner, a reasonably priced table d'hôte menu is served in the evenings (except on Mondays, when the restaurant is closed).

The sun terrace that surrounds the hotel's seawater swimming pool is an appealing place for indulging in a spot of relaxation, and there is a Jacuzzi, a sauna and a small fitness room. There is a rocky cove, where sea swimming is possible in calm weather and the coast along here is also excellent for angling. An atmospheric wine cellar in a stone cave where you can chat to your fellow guests over a digestive completes the hotel's facilities.

When you can drag yourself away from this haven of serenity, the historic town of La Laguna is only 20 minutes' drive away, and the capital Santa Cruz just a little further. The long sandy beach of Las Teresitas is 25 km away, and there is much to be explored on the Anaga peninsula itself, which boasts excellent terrain for walking and wonderfully unspoilt villages.

NB: The hotel is closed from 30 July - 1 Sept.

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