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Educational Trip to Tenerife with Melia Hotels by Philippa Scott

When people think of Tenerife, the largest and most populated island of the Canary Islands, a picture of beaches, sun and palm trees will more than likely spring to mind. This beautiful island is one of the best places in the world to visit if you’re looking for plenty of sun, sand and sea. What many probably don’t realise though is that Tenerife is also a great destination for meetings, incentives and events.  Having never visited myself, I was delighted to have been invited by Melia Hotels & Marriott Luxury Brands to spend a couple of days exploring island and what it has to offer.

The direct flight from London Gatwick to Tenerife South Airport with British Airways took approximately four hours.  We were transported to the Gran Melia Palacio de Isora Hotel; a 5-star luxury resort with the Atlantic Ocean at its feet and the majestic Mount Teide Volcano as a backdrop.  Located in the south of Tenerife, Gran Meliá Palacio de Isora has quickly earned a reputation as one of the best resorts in Europe.

Upon arrival we were welcomed with champagne and checked into the hotel quickly. So quick, we even had a chance to watch England win against Columbia in the 2018 FA Cup football match before dinner! Making our way outside, the hotel grounds are immaculate. We dined Al Fresco on a private veranda overlooking the beautifully manicured lawns and out to the ocean.

The next morning breakfast was a superb choice of fruit, meats, fish etc. and alongside a fantastic a la carte which is quickly cooked to order.  After breakfast we had a look around the resort; this luxury hotel offers 570 Guestrooms and suites with 250-300 of them available for groups. There are 14 Conference rooms that can host up to 500 people in Theater layout. There is also plenty of flexible space (inside and outside) that can be adapted for meetings, conferences & celebrations.

For guests seeking an even more superior level of luxury the hotel offers an upgraded concept called ‘Red Level; created exclusively for adults only with dedicated adults-only areas within the resort.

That afternoon we moved onto the 5* Luxury Ritz-Carlton Abama Hotel. Located in Guía de Isora, a peaceful, gem of a destination on the South West coast of Tenerife, this exclusive five-star resort exists in a stunning setting surrounded by vibrant vegetation, volcanic landscapes and panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean.

The resort spans an area of 400 acres which includes seven swimming pools, a secluded beach, waterfalls and exuberant subtropical vegetation, composed of 90,000 trees with 300 different species of palms and shrubs.

To kick the first evening at the Ritz-Carlton off we had a pre-dinner drink and got involved in a private cocktail masterclass at the Michelin-Starred Abama Kabuki Restaurant; which offers the most amazing views of the Island La Gomera. For dinner we then moved onto the hotel’s ocean front Beach Club – there is nowhere better to catch the most spectacular show on the island: the sight of the evening sun slowly dipping into the Atlantic!

The following morning we got up early excited for a full day of site-seeing. We toured the National Park which is centered on Mount Teide, the highest mountain of Spain and took a cable car to the top of the volcano – the highest volcano in the Atlantic Ocean Islands.  The views from the top were stunning and if you are looking for something different, this is a really unique location to host a dinner under the stars!

Making our way back to the coast we spent the afternoon on a luxury yacht sailing along the coast of Tenerife and enjoying the sunshine!

Our final evening was spent at the Finca La Calabacera; a banana plantation that is a unique and natural space that can be used for all kinds of events. A section amongst the banana trees had been decorated and the trees lit-up – a magical backdrop for the final evening!

With it’s amazing year round weather, good flight connections, wide selection of event venue and activity options I would recommend Tenerife as a destination for events!

If you would like more information about hosting your next meeting, conference or exhibition in Tenerife, then make sure to contact us here at Zanna Events!

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