La Caleta is an “old school” destination.
Mon-Sun: 24 hours
Wi-Fi for a fee
What was your first impression?
Rising above tropical palm trees and ferns like ancient Moorish kasbah near the ocean, the Sheraton La Caleta is arguably one of Spain’s most stunning holiday destinations. From the moment you see its coral exterior drop jaw, spacious balconies and cascading pools surrounded by flowerbeds and cocktail bars, your body decomposes – you’re in for a serious pamper.
What’s the background?
Melvin Villarroel’s Spanish studio (also designed by Ritz-Carlton, nearby Abama) is the brain behind the vibrant Latin and African-influenced architecture that immediately gained international recognition for the property when it opened in 2005. Design enthusiasts appreciates a nod to Ricardo Bofill’s iconic Muralla Roja. at Calpe, a similar labyrinth of zigzag stairs and vast outdoor spaces crowned with red adobe turrets.
Tell us all about the accommodation. Any advice on what to order?
Rooms evoke interior tranquility with white duvets, cream walls, and patternless furniture, but botanical prints of tropical plants and bamboo accented tables remind you of the island. Fortunately there is plenty of room to do a whole morning yoga routine, or maybe a few flamenco steps, without crashing into anything. Even entry-level rooms have private balconies with partial sea views; Updated excavations look stunning from 180 degrees over palm trees toward the open Atlantic.
Is there a charge for Wi-Fi?
“Basic” Wi-Fi is free but too slow to video call or stream HD video without wanting to scream to your pillow (high thread count). “Premium” will do the trick, but it will cost you € 10 a day.
Drinking and eating: what are we looking at?
Don’t be put off by the old-fashioned no-shorts-no-sandals policy at La Venta – the menu at the property’s upscale Spanish restaurant is anything but stuff. After blasting on hors d’oeuvres like hand-cut Joselito, jamón ibérico and salted cod croquettes, feasting on crispy roast suckling pig or locally caught sama (red sea bream) grilled to perfection . La Caleta’s sushi restaurant, Kamakura, is a great antidote to all that wealth of Spanish cuisine, though for budget-conscious families and travelers it doesn’t get any better than El Parador, the side buffet restaurant the pool with its cornucopia of salads and the rotating appetizers. (Insider tip: Skip Vivace’s Pool Restaurant, whose tired “international” cuisine and inflated prices don’t suit a hotel of this caliber.)
And the service?
Once you brave the checkout gauntlet (think Northern European hordes full of baby carriers), it’s all smooth from a service standpoint. These bells are also cheerful as they escort you to your room. The restaurant and reception staff speak several languages and are ready to meet all your needs. La Caleta is also a well-oiled machine for weddings, banquets and corporate events, all of which benefit from the sunny 75-degree climate all year round.
What type of travelers do you see here?
Just as La Caleta is a “la vieja escuela” destination, so too are its guests: British and German snowflakes with a penchant for Hawaii prints, floppy sombreros and strawberry daiquiris. Families of all nations love it here, too, thanks to a large children’s area with a heated pool, football pitch and mini golf.
And the neighborhood? Does the hotel fit in, is it part of the scene?
Let’s face it: Costa Adeje is not a cultural mecca. High resorts mix with… other high end resorts, and most visitors to the area do not venture far from the pool deck. But holing up in Margaritaville has its advantages, namely, a well-maintained boardwalk, a number of watersports options, restaurants with English-speaking staff, and a noticeable sunshine, good vibrations, no matter what what is the season.
Is there anything you would change?
The fact that Sheraton was not at the top of the bedside outlet line in the 21st century AD. the truth is beyond us. We also want more Canary wines offered by the glass: anyone visiting Tenerife should not leave without tasting the island’s seductive and smoky anal negro reds.
Any other notable hotel features?
The multi-storey complex is fully adapted for lower mobility guests.
Bottom line: is it worth it? Why?
If you’re the kind of traveler who appreciates soft and relaxing poolside linen, for example, between eclectic museums and cultural escapades, La Caleta is your way. Those looking for a local flavor, on the other hand, would do well to look north, away from major destinations like this one.