Accommodations to pamper yourself

Today we’re going to make a deluxe review in places that most of us look with envy and normally can’t afford. It’s true that they are way out of our budget, but, it doesn’t hurt to keep them at hand when the day come and we decide, finally, that is time to spoil ourselves. We only live once, right?

Luxury holidays

Luxury holidays

Grand Hotel Mencey.– It is one of the best hotels with suites in Santa Cruz, Tenerife. A renowned five-star hotel which has hosted celebrities and international figures such as Liz Taylor. It still has that colonial charm, its old architecture, but filled with modern services and innovative ideas. The hotel’s garden is a natural jewel in the city, it even has a little turtle pond. It is a gourmet hotel also, considered one of the oldest still open hotels in Spain, besides, it offers a Spa, buffet style restaurant, chill out terraces, cooking classroom, and deluxe suites.

Vincci Aleysa.- A luxury hotel in Benalmádena, it is one of those places specially designed to become a high-standing touristic reference in the country. It was designed as a boutique hotel, where the high-quality services are the key, specially created to give you unique experience. In this way, the main service is the gourmet food, the relaxation and spa spaces and its exclusive five-star suites. The best gift, undoubtedly.

IBEROSTAR Son Antem hotel.- We had mentioned before every now and then, since it is a reference hotel in Majorca regarding golf and spa. But besides these characteristics that makes it unique in the island, it also offers you a different deluxe experience: is not another beach hotel, it’s located in the middle of the Majorcan countryside, surrounded by farms and green fields, beautiful gardens and two enormous golf courses. It also offers several gourmet services such as Sunday brunch which includes some children activities.

Hotel Iberostar Grand Mencey

Hotel Iberostar Grand Mencey

Grand Salomé.- South Tenerife, across from  the Duque and Fañabé beach, surrounded by the most beautiful gardens that lead to the sea. Besides its gastronomy, the specialized service and its deluxe, all these and even more in this Adults-Only hotel in Tenerife, This accommodation in Costa adeje is a five-star hotel next to the famous Anthelia hotel where you can live the most amazing and unforgettable holiday of your life. The design, the different ambiences and spaces create that idyllic air where dream is just as easy as breath.

The GastroSpa trend

First we had the Brunch, then the afterwork and now it’s time for the GastroSpa, a combination of body and mind care and a delicate cared gastronomy, in selected spaces with the best quality and attention. Sounds good huh? Well that may be the reason these model is spreading and many spa centres now offer these complete formula, the perfect way for a relaxation and care break.

One of the first ones to bet for this gastro-healthy tendency in Spain is the restaurant of Grand Mencey Hotel, which perfectly harmonized its exclusive wellness facilities with its wonderful Cocina del Mencey, One of the strongest culinary offers in Santa Cruz of Tenerife.

The Mencey GastroSpa cost 35 euros, it includes access to the hydrotherapy area (one of the best ones in Tenerife) for 90 minutes and a complete appetiser of your choice: Gourmet, vegetarian, or vegan. And you can add an additional massage (extra charge), and while being there, book in this historic gastronomic hotel in Santa Cruz and enjoy a complete relaxation weekend without any worries.

The hotel is a 5 star accommodation in Tenerife with guests like Liz Taylor, as well as other famous characters, like politicians, writers, and stars from tv, movies, and music industry of all times

The spa centre located in Santa Cruz is one of the most complex: almost 5000 metres squared dedicated to your cared, body therapies, beauty treatments and the most sensorial relaxation. Its hydrotherapy are is renowned (the one included in the GastroSpa offer) and it also has professional massages inspired in the latest Asian relaxation techniques.

To enjoy all these services and delicious restaurant aperitifs of this new proposal make a reservation in the 922609924, or send an email to:


What’s new in the IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Mencey

This June the Tenerife Island will have lots of news and activities to enjoy with family and friends.  The arrival of summer increases the number of proposals available on the island. Here we have some of these activities you shouldn’t miss this month.

During the weekend of June 13 and 14 the 4th edition of Mencey Fashion Room will take place in the IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Mencey turning it into an authentic concept store in the city of Santa Cruz in Tenerife. The hotel will change 50 bedrooms into luxurious fashion boutiques, jewelleries and decorations. The Mencey fashion room will be open for everybody, besides the fashion show, guests will enjoy the best live music and the gastronomic area Gastrolounge, specialized in high cuisine and the most amazing cocktails.

Every Saturday after 11, guests can enjoy the Mencey’s aperitif at the Iballa Cocktail Bar terrace.

During the night the Mencey Lounge Nights will continue this month with themed nights full of spice. The first night will be this Friday 5 of June at 19, where the theme will be ceviche and tartars. Guest will have the opportunity to enjoy a tuna tartar with mustard by 5 euros only,  accompanied with Peruvian cocktails and Cuban mojitos.

On Friday 19, at the same hour as before, the second night of Mencey Lounge nights will take place. This second evening will be theme with Andalucia’s flavours, like fried fish, Andalusian Calamari, shrimps tortilla, salmorejo, etc., drinks will be Andalusian of course: Chamomile, summer wine and the rebujito.

Regarding the cooking courses in the Mencey  cookery classroom, this June it will offer two cooking courses. One of them about  fresh potatoes and Italian sauces, given by the Italian chef Paola Soggiu, 1stplace winner in the VI Regional event of Canarian chefs. The course will be on June 22 from 17:30 to 20:30, with a 38 euros price.

The second cookery room will be on June 29 from 17:30 to 20:30, it will be about a banquet recipe for special occasions. This course will teach you how to cook snacks, canapés and fruit Sculptures, etc.). By the hand of Alberto Nieto we will learned how to surprise your family and friends with a delicious summer banquet.

Excellence is the goal

Being the best and standing out year after year in the tourism industry is really difficult. On one hand, it requires huge investments in facilities and, on the other hand, it requires a special attention to anticipate the needs of the customers. The rough competition along with the varied range of services in Spain have turned it into a worldwide tourism reference that set trends, but it has also generated a such excessive efforts in the hotel chains that many small chains have given up.

If we focus our attention only on the main Spanish hotel chains, we will find a limited number but, undoubtedly, la crème de la crème of the world hotel trade. NH, Barceló. Melià and Iberostar compete year after year for local, national and international destinations, as well as for very characteristic travellers: from sports lovers to music fans.

In the interests of achieving the top of the list, one of the best defined portfolios is from the Grand Collection of Iberostar Hotels & Resorts, exclusive group of luxury hotels situated all around the world. In Spain, it has conquered areas with high tourism demand such as Costa Adeje and Santa Cruz de Tenerife, two of the most visited places during summer in Spain. Additionally, there are other relevant destinations such as Budapest, although in this case, it is not in Spain and has a very special hotel concept if we compare it with the rest of hotels.

We only need to visit the website of any of these Grand hotels to understand which types of accommodations we are talking about when we refer to the competition for being the best:  5-star hotels in Tenerife such as Iberostar Grand Hotel Mencey; luxury resorts in Costa Adeje such as Grand Hotel El Mirador or Grand Hotel Salomé, and avant-garde accommodations in Europe specially designed for businessmen, managers and travellers with a high-medium purchasing power.

If there is a common characteristic between these hotels and resorts is that, regardless of the location, they have always invested in gastronomy and spa and wellness services as their main attractions. Cuisine is one of the oldest motivations when we travel and choose a destination, and, in the last years it has received a boost along with the rise of the chef profession, thanks to TV series that have democratized the high cuisine such as Masterchef or Topchef. Based on this, a new initiative appears: Chef on Tour, created by this chain in order to spread and promote more and more the select culinary tradition offered in the restaurants of their hotels in Europe and in the Caribbean.

As for gastronomy, there is a hotel belonging to the Grand Collection that surpasses all expectations (and it is really gaining ground). It is Grand Hotel Mencey. It famous Los Menceyes Restaurant and its Cookery Classroom has turned it into one of the best places to eat in Tenerife. Besides, we can enjoy its gastronomy not only in the exclusive Los Menceyes restaurant (also opened to the public in general), but also in a cocktail bar offering service of lunches and dinners based on the traditional Canary cuisine; in a casino bar with a complete menu of snacks; and a terrace restaurant called Los Laureles, which I now offering an additional menu with Mediterranean and healthy dishes.

Another important weapon of these hotels and their direct competitors is to offer some of the best spa and wellness centres in their destinations. They all have refurbished facilities, larger spaces and new areas, so that relaxation, mind and body are a key element in their holiday offer.

In fact, many wellness travellers stand them out as the most exclusive ones in the world, not only for their treatments and spaces, but also for the location: the possibility of enjoying a massage in front of the sea is a luxury that only few people can boast. In the same vein, hotels of Barceló such as Barceló Illetas are direct competitors, and hotels of Melià, such as Melià de Mar, both of them situated in the exclusive area of Illetas, just one step away from Majorca and with direct access to the sea from its spa areas.


Come enjoy the Mencey wine tasting festival

La Cocina del Mencey has prepared a special event to all the good wine lovers and those who want to learn about this fascinating world as well. It’s about the I Mencey Wine & Gourmet Festival, a wine tasting celebration with the exhibition of more than 30 different wines, like white, pink and cava.
The wine tasting will be in charge of professional staff from the Gusto por el Vino, Vinófilos and Bodegas Chivita. Not only aimed to wine connoisseurs but also to the haute cuisine and gourmet products lovers, as there will be a local, national and international wine exhibition, a delicacy sample will take place as well.

To be precise, the wine will be served with a meticulous Iberian selection brought by Montesano, as well as smoked fish and grilled meat brochettes from Vara del Rey, the chef masters from La Cocina del Mencey will also cook a luscious selection of cold and hot tapas for the occasion.

To complete this experience a beer bar will be open brought by Heineken and a Chill out with the Ginebra Premium Ish, a gastronomic day with ambient music played by the DJ from the restaurant of Grand Hotel Mencey in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

The event will take place on December 20 starting at 12:30 to 22:30 at the Iballa Cocktail Bar’s roundabout. Don’t miss the opportunity and come enjoy with us the good wine and the Mencey high cuisine. You will not only taste delightful wines and products, but be assure that you will spent a pleasant day in the best environment.


Tenerife, the perfect island to disconnect

With thousands of sites to lose yourself in, Tenerife is one of those destinations that were created to escape from the world and breath, finally, without the pressure of routine and responsibilities. With a wonderful weather, the spring temperatures all year round and just a few rainy days, it offers the opportunity of lying on a beach almost deserted, listening to the sea and diving in the delicious waters of the Atlantic Sea.

The capital of the island is a must visit: it offers the best culture and gourmet gastronomy of Tenerife. One of the classic places to visit is Los Menceyes Restaurant, which makes part of the spa hotel in Tenerife, The Grand Hotel Mencey. It has a cooking classroom which will transport you to another world just by tasting some of its innovative proposals. If you want to pamper yourself in your relaxing escapade, we recommend you to stay for a night at this 5 star hotel in Santa Cruz, which is the most historic hotel in Tenerife.

 IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Mencey

If you prefer to directly escape to a spot next to the sea, in Costa Adeje you will find all you need to spend some good time away from worries, surrounded by some of the best beaches.

Choosing a hotel in this area is not easy, since it has a very varied offer, so it depends on what your plans are. Now, if you are looking for relaxing, the best option is to opt for a spa hotel in Tenerife, or a space offering services focused on wellness tourism, such as the hotels with jacuzzi in Tenerife located in the area of Costa Adeje.

As for romantic escapades, Tenerife is a reference point. There you will find classic hotels, wonderful beach resorts with suites, affordable accommodations or event 5 star hotels, and apartments where you can enjoy at your leisure. Nevertheless, the best Adults Only hotels are in situated in Costa Adeje: this tourist destination is one of the most exclusive in the island, very lively in summer -even too lively- and perfect if you travel in autumn, winter or spring.

From Costa Adeje you can easily visit all the interesting places of Tenerife: El Teide, Loro Parque, Las Teresitas beach, El Médano, La Arena beach… And… Golf to complete the escapade! There are many golf courses in the island for different levels,, with all types of specialized services, from academies to equipment rental.

Do not miss the opportunity to attend the events of the Tenerife Auditorium since, depending on the dates, there are usually seasons of classic music and opera, folklore, theatre and dance performances…  Additionally, reserve a day to visit Icod de los Vinos and do a gastronomic tour.

In this way, your trip will be complete. And you will return home feeling completely rejuvenated.