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OVERVIEW

It's Mexico a-go-go at five-star Europe Villa Cortés in Playa de las Américas. This popular tourist resort was the brainchild of the father-and-son team, Catalan industrialist Rafael Puig Lluvina and professor Santiago Puig Serratussel. However, this upscale hotel positions itself to accommodate more exclusive clientele, including stars such as Jennifer Lopez.


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OUR REVIEW

THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

With an address in Avenida Rafael Puig Lluvina, an avenue named after one of the resort's founders, there's no mistaking you're in Playa de las Américas and it's a 17.5km taxi ride from Tenerife South. There's direct access to the promenade and a natural swimming pool. Siam Park, Europe's biggest water park, takes a mere ten minutes by car, and is a proper fun-for-all-the-family day out.

By plane: flights from London, Birmingham and Manchester to Tenerife take around 4 hours 30 mins. The hotel is a 20-minute drive from Tenerife South airport. Parking costs €15 per day. Book flights to Tenerife.

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THE LOOK AND FEEL

A shrine to Mexico, the hotel marries Mayan influences including a faux temple and Catholic touches with a chapel. There's a playful style seen in the Fernando Botero paintings; this Colombian artist is renowned for his satirical works which depict his subjects with disproportionately sized body parts for comic effect.

THE FACILITIES

Many A-listers have stayed at the hotel and the courteous service is extended to all, so you feel like a star. There's a large heated pool open all year round, along with a smaller children's one. Take advantage of the gym and make like Rafael Nadal on the tennis courts.

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Beachfront location
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Fitness centre
  • Spa
  • Paid parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

BED AND BATH

If you're loco for the Acapulco of yore, then the stylish accommodation at Europe Villa Cortés won't disappoint. Rooms are the very epitome of the ones you imagine Mexican high life occupying. The luxurious double rooms are more extravagant than suites at other hotels and the suites are another-level glamorous.

Room types: Standard Room, Garden Room, Sea Room, Junior Suite, Suite, Presidential Suite

Key amenities: ensuite bathroom, hairdryer, terrace, TV, air conditioning, free Wi-Fi

FOOD AND DRINK

Breakfast in style on a Veracruz-style courtyard underneath ficus trees; the egg menu includes Eggs Benedict and Quesadillas with eggs. Bräuhaus offers traditional Bavarian cuisine. Start with the likes of guacamole and nachos at Mexican restaurant Pancho Villa. Head to OA Beach Club for moreish garlic prawns and poke bowls.

Taste 1973: local cuisine, dishes include goat stew and black pork royal. Open Weds-Sat for dinner. Tasting menu from €85.

OA Beach Club: Canarian cuisine, seafood, steaks. Open daily. Mains from €19.50.

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