Jardin de la Paz

La Matanza, Tenerife, Spain Book from Book from £211 per night

A dozen stylish self-catering apartments and villas high in the lush ‘garden of Tenerife’ hills, providing peace and incredible ocean views
Jardin de la Paz translates as 'Garden of Peace', a wonderfully apt name for this flourishing oasis above Tenerife's north coast. Although only about 100km from Playa de las Americas, this cluster of 12 apartments and villas feels a million miles away from the frenzy of the southern resorts. Frequented by those who appreciate the climate, scenery and sub-tropical flora of Tenerife - but not the crowds - Jardin de la Paz provides high-quality self-catering accommodation in lush gardens, plus 2 heated swimming pools. Although activities such as trekking, horse-riding, tennis and golf can be arranged, most guests spend their days lazing on loungers, reading and soaking up the staggering panoramic views.

The German owners are a husband-and-wife constructor and interior designer team. After failing to sell 3 neighbouring properties, they were inspired to create Jardin de la Paz, a huge gain for Tenerife’s hospitality industry. Only Hotel San Roque further along the coast matches the high quality service in the island’s independent hotel scene.

Highs

  • Head-spinning ocean vistas; most apartments and villas have picture windows with unobstructed views of the briny below
  • Lush, terraced sub-tropical gardens; bursting with colour plus plenty of secluded corners shaded with palm leaves
  • Peacefulness aplenty; just you, birdsong and the occasional rustle of a page turning
  • 2 heated pools and a choice of temperature - refreshing or lukewarm
  • The freshly squeezed juices - made from fruit grown in the garden - are a treat for breakfast
  • Excellent restaurants nearby; Tito's Bodeguita serves delicious tapas and typical Canarian dishes

Lows

  • Lots of steps; a definite no-go for those with limited mobility
  • It's a long way down a steep hill for a swim in the sea - and a heart-pumping climb back!
  • Predominantly geared towards Germans; no English-language TV channels and library books
  • Some might find the décor a little dated and tired
  • No restaurant on site and only 1 within walking distance, but breakfast is available in the Vista Paraíso gazebo
  • Remote; a car is vital to explore the surrounding area

Best time to go

All year is great in the Canaries, but strong winds can make it feel cooler outside of peak season. June to September is busy and very hot, so for warmer temperatures without the crowds try visiting in May or perhaps September.

Our top tips

The sun can be seriously strong in the Canaries; lovely for lounging around, but don't underestimate the importance of wearing sunscreen.

Great for...

Great Outdoors
Honeymoon
  • Boutique Apartments
  • 12
  • Self-catering (breakfast available)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Heated Pool
  • Spa
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Towels & Bedlinen
Room: Luxury Studio

Rooms

Three separate buildings house the various apartments and villas, and all offer a good deal of privacy along with expansive panoramas of the gardens and ocean.

Both of the Luxury Studios are a spacious combination of living/dining area, bedroom and kitchenette. Spectacular Casa Bruno has an expansive open-plan layout, which is further enhanced by ocean-facing glass walls and a terrace overlooking one of the pools. Casa Victoria also has a balcony and the added luxury of a secluded garden.

There are 4 1-bedroom Junior and Design Suites: all feature a kitchen or kitchenette, a living room and bathroom with a shower and/or bathtub. Casa Teotima and Casa Domingo are slightly smaller (and cheaper) than Casa Frederico and (the particularly romantic) Casa San Marco, which has a private outdoor Jacuzzi pavilion.

Of the 2-bedroom Premium Suites, Casa de las Palmeras has the edge over the upper-level Casa Santiago by way of a lawned garden. However, the latter has by far the better views. This category also has the benefit of larger kitchens with extra amenities like a dishwasher and 2 bathrooms.

Each Villa has 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Casa Alberto is the preferred choice for families with small children due to its seclusion and its large, self-contained garden. Or you could push the boat out with Grand Villa Gabriela; a 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom villa with a marble staircase, extravagant furnishings, a huge open-plan dining and living room, and a well-equipped kitchen. It can also be extended into 3 bedrooms by utilising the Casa Antonia Studio below.

You may find some of the décor can be quite pastel and peach - slightly dated with a lot of white wicker furniture. If you prefer something more modern opt for the Suite (Casa Buenavista); a newer addition with an open-plan layout, a whirlpool bathtub and a dramatic light-well.

Features include:

  • Bathrobes
  • CD player
  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Cots Available
  • Extra beds
  • Fridge
  • Hairdryer
  • Kitchenette
  • Phone
  • Radio
  • Safe box
  • Satellite TV
  • TV
  • WiFi

Eating

All of the apartments and villas feature a kitchen or kitchenette, plus a dining table and chairs. Tea- and coffee-making facilities and fridges are also provided. The nearest supermarket involves a 5-minute drive to the village of La Matanza.

For breakfast (8.30am until 10.30am), there's freshly squeezed orange juice from trees in the garden, cheeseboards, walnut, fig and goats cheese canapés and a vast array of cold meats, fresh fruit and breads, plus eggs cooked to order. It's served in the stylish Vista Paraíso gazebo and terrace, which is set within the garden. Here you're surrounded by orange and lemon trees, as well as those panoramic sea views.

For other meals, Casa Juan is within walking distance of the hotel, and offers a varied menu including seafood, grilled meats and daily specials. Several good restaurants are within a short drive, including La Sabina (creative Canarian cuisine), San Nicolas (fresh fish) and La Cuadra de San Diego (tapas served at lunchtime only). We loved Tito's Bodeguita, serving tasty tapas and traditional Canarian dishes in a pretty courtyard flanked by palm trees. Late lunch consisted of octopus salad, vegan moussaka and fresh grouper. Delicious.

Features include:

  • Breakfast
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • In house cook
  • Kitchenette
  • Oven
  • Restaurants nearby
Eating:
Activity: Sauna

Activities

  • Do a whole load of nothing, except catching up on neglected novels

  • Top up the tan while snoozing around either of the 2 pools

  • Book a massage, beauty treatment or hair styling session in the on-site wellness room

  • Take a guided tour of the area with a local driver

  • Explore the lush slopes with a local walking guide

  • Spend a day strolling round the resort town of Puerto de la Cruz

  • Book a round of golf at the nearby Golf Real course

  • Saddle up at a local horse-riding school

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Plantlife / flora
  • Private guided tours
  • Swimming

Kids

Children are accepted, though not actively encouraged. Younger children might struggle with the steep stairs and lack of in-room activities; older teens will probably find the serenity, isolation and lack of activities too tedious. Children up to 5 years of age stay for free, children 6 and older incur a charge. Extra beds can be provided, as well as cots, changing mats and babysitting on request.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

Cots Available, Extra Beds Available

Baby equipment:

Baby cots available on request

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Families Should Know:

Cliff top location, many steep steps, hard marble flooring in each suite and there's a lack of in-room or outdoor activities for children.

Kid Friendly: Premium Suite

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 2 independent reviews from i-escape guests

10/10
Room
9/10
Food
10/10
Service
10/10
Value
10/10
Overall

It was just perfect for us! A place to relax and enjoy nature while staying in a hotel which is perfect in terms of service, location, view to the ocean.

10/10,

We spent an excellent week in Casa Teotimo, with superb views. Our key positives: quiet, privacy, good wines, nice pools, hospitality and service of Elena, the manager. Casa is well furnished and spacious for two. Every night watching the stars in the Milky Way....wow!!
We can recommend Casa Juan for lunch/dinner esp the seafood and the wines. Don't forget to pay a visit to Casa del Vino in neighboring El Sauzal for some nice food. Location wise, Jardin de la Paz is the perfect starting point to visit la Orotava, Puerto de la Cruz, Santa Cruz, el Teide, la Laguna and the north coast line. Don't forget to rent a car, you can't do without. We definitely would come back if we opt for Tenerife again.

10/10,

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