I have passed Baobab Suites in Tenerife's Costa Adeje various times with it's almost Bauhaus lines that I am so drawn too. In my uber-cluttered world this sort of purity makes me feel like I can BREATHE. It's one of those new wave suite-style hotels that has just opened (October 2013), which I think I prefer!
So what's the difference between a hotel and a suite hotel? A suite hotel has different sized rooms and the Baobab has 125 that can include several bedrooms and bathrooms, and even private kitchens, balconies or patios, swimming pools, offices, and more. Some of the suites even have there own beach, which is indulgently quirky but rather great if you like feeling the sand between your toes!
In fact, it's really an apartment that is intended to accommodate a party of friends or family. I suppose it also allows you to feel more like you're at home, allowing you to relax, do yoga, work and stock your fridge with bubbly, which by the way, Bite, their own deli, seems to have a rather large selection of.
Being a resort hotel means I can alter my requirements a little...although not so much, I just add more!
1. FREE WiFi – there is a strong signal throughout the property - tick. 2. Proper towels – one shower, one hand - tick. 3. Coffee and tea making facilities and free bottled water. 4. Somewhere for my suitcase - tick, tick. The almost concealed wardrobes are the kind you lust for in your own home. 5. Clean – decent bed and pillow - tick. 6. A window - tick, tick. Actually each suite has at least one outside terrace, so the room is flooded by natural light. 7. Resort hotels need a view. Sea or mountain is a must - tick, tick. Nearly all the suites have breathtaking views across Costa Adeje.
1. Location, location - tick. Within walking distance to the luxury fashion mall, Plaza del Duque. 2. A café for breakfast that caters to my requirements for the ‘uncontinental' variety - tick. The Bite has a proper coffee machine so you can grab there or make your own 'chez vous'. 3. Safety and a decent concierge – it's 24hrs - tick. Baobab's Experience Centre will give you information and organise anything from paragliding to food tastings. 4. Pool. I adore swimming - tick, tick. There are two beautifully heated outdoor pools, which are seriously bigger than the plunge variety if you choose to pay for one in your own suite. 5. Beauty centre - tick, tick. Wo betide if there isn't a waxing/pedicure station. Sens Care has all that, but goes just one step further with a selection of firming, anti-aging and exfoliating treatments.
Of course there is more to it than that. Baobab have got a small secluded tapas bar called Xispa, a fabulous restaurant called Sucas helmed by chef Lucas Maes and the BB Pool Bar/Brasserie, and they have their own properly informative magazine Mojo, in both English and Spanish. What could you possibly want for more? I know, a holiday! Just a wee no, no. If you're not into communal lavatories, make sure your suite has a separate one to the bathroom.