A Unique Taste of Things to Do in Tenerife

Updated on 30 August 2017
There are so many interesting things to do in Tenerife besides sunbathing. We recently had the pleasure of visiting the island, one of the most picturesque of the Canary Islands. Our trip was arranged by Keys Lifestyle Concierge, and their VIP service started as soon as we arrived at Tenerife Sur airport, where one of their concierge team was waiting for us at the luggage carousel. They took our baggage and escorted us out of the terminal to our private transfer, handing us each a chilled bottle of water. We arrived at our destination in no time, The Paramount by Club Paradiso. This colourful property in the popular area of Los Cristianos is one of the best hotels in Tenerife.

where to stay in Tenerife - Paramount hotel
The friendly hospitality team are on hand 24 hours a day, and with just 25 luxury apartments it feels very exclusive. Our Paramount Suite was huge, with 2 master bedrooms, 2 twin bedrooms, and an enormous lounge. There were several balconies overlooking the pool, funky toiletries and a turn-down service that included this cute towelling swan!

Best hotels in Tenerife - Paramount Suite
The best part though was the gigantic upstairs terrace, with a barbecue area and sun loungers…

Tenerife attractions - Keys Concierge Paramount terrace
and the highlight, a private jacuzzi…the perfect place to watch the sunset.

Keys Concierge Paramount jacuzzi
The spacious pool, with its swim-up bar and snack bar was another favourite haunt.

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There was a welcome pack with some excellent local delicacies, as well as a list of recommended Tenerife restaurants. We savoured local cheeses including Trifillas and Elfos, both made from ewe’s milk, as well as a delicious orange and olive oil artisanal chocolate. There was a lovely selection of Spanish wines including Capricho white wine, Clave de do and Al-Nabiz red wine, of which only 8,000 bottles are made. I also loved the colourful shades of this floral bouquet, it matched the vibrancy of the hotel very well!

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We had an excellent night’s sleep in the comfy master bedroom, awaking refreshed for the next day’s activities. Our Keys Lifestyle Concierge, Karen, was in touch to give us information about the best things to do in Tenerife and directions to our next port of call. We were heading to Puerto Colón harbour for a private tour on board Thunderball! This magnificent Sunseeker yacht is one of several James Bond themed names for the Platinum Charters fleet including Octopussy and Quantum of Solace.

Thunderball yacht
It’s just one of the services that can be arranged for Keys Concierge cardholders. If like me, you’re forever in a rush, then Keys Lifestyle Concierge is a brilliant concept. It aims to unlock your time, giving you access to a huge range of benefits throughout the world. Cardholders benefit from considerable discounts on luxury hotels as well as assistance with booking meeting spaces, health appointments and much more. There are several membership levels, with their Keys Discovery package not only being free to trial but also giving you 300 Keys Credits to spend.

Our captain Victor had a really extensive knowledge of Tenerife’s marine life and where to find it. He pointed out pilot whales swimming close by – an incredible sight. They’re actually members of the dolphin family and are considered highly intelligent and sociable. They can be hard to spot as they tend to stick to deeper waters so this made their sighting even more of a privilege.

Tenerife pilot whale spotting
Soon afterwards, we came across a whole host of Atlantic spotted dolphins frolicking in the waves. They get this name as the older dolphins have a very distinctive set of spots on their bodies. It definitely seemed like they were playing with us as they kept getting closer. Our captain explained that they enjoy riding in the wake of a boat as it gives them momentum to move faster with less effort. He also explained that it’s illegal to swim with wild dolphins and whales in the Canary Islands – good to hear that they make so much effort to preserve their wildlife.

Dolphin spotting Tenerife
We then moored up in a quiet bay only accessible by boat. I dipped my toes in the water and judged it not quite warm enough for swimming yet. Paul had no such qualms and jumped right in! Once he’d dried off, we tucked in to a delicious tapas lunch with homemade tortilla, mozzarella and fruit skewers.

Keys Concierge yacht Tenerife
The next day we woke bright and early for another exciting adventure arranged by Keys Lifestyle Concierge…a private tour to the highest mountain peak in Spain. Our English speaking guide picked us up from The Paramount and we headed to Mount Teide National Park. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the most famous places to visit in Tenerife, being home to Mount Teide which stands proud at 3,718 metres. During the scenic drive up we saw wild almond trees in blossom at Vilaflor and magnificent pine forests as well as the Volcano plateau where films like Planet of the Apes were made.

Mount Teide landscape
Our VIP tour included a skip-the-line cable car ticket, handy on busy days! What made it particularly special, however was the admission to the peak of Mount Teide. The Pico del Teide access permit normally has to be obtained months in advance as visitor numbers are extremely limited to preserve the site. Thankfully our guidehad some up his sleeve and we were able to take the Telesforo Bravo Trail which connects La Rambleta with the summit. We stopped a few times along the way to catch our breathe and admire the scenery but the best view was from the top of course! I can see why Tenerife is nicknamed the island of eternal Spring – everything feels so fresh and new here.

Mount Teide summit
You’d think that it would be hard to top this experience but Keys Lifestyle Concierge had a surprise in store for us that evening…a table at Kabuki, the Michelin starred Japanese fusion restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton. The casual yet chic decor makes you feel instantly relaxed. The focus here is firmly on the food, and chef Daniel Franco has concocted a superb tasting menu. We kicked off with some delectable appetizers, or sakizuke including Japanese curry dumpling, eggplant with miso and shallots, and kumquat with mango, pineapple and ginger. The revelation for me was the sashimi oysters – I normally can’t eat them but these were very palatable.

Kabuki Tenerife sakizuke
Next we tasted an array of otsukuri or sashimi, such as this succulent tuna, together with red king prawns, tuna tartar and usuzukuri blanco, a thinly sliced white fish with cumin and citrus.

Kabuki tuna
By now we were pretty full yet there was more to come, and I found a bit of room for this superb Kabuki nigiri sushi selection.

Kabuki sushi
Our Kabuki dessert was a symphony of textures and flavours, a lovely end to a perfect evening.

Best restaurants in Tenerife - Kabuki
Which of these things to do in Tenerife would be your favourite? See more of the action in our video below and don’t forget to check out Keys Lifestyle Concierge to see what a year of lifestyle management could do for you.

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  • What a great trip! It looks like a wonderful place to stay.

    Gemma x

    • We loved it, Gemma – it was so spacious and the concierge team and staff were so helpful

  • Akmal Zamrood

    This looks like a great place for a vacation.. Love the blue tinge to all the images. Hope you had a wonderful holiday. 🙂

  • I think that first picture may be the best photo you’ve ever taken – those details on those waves are amazing, I can practically smell the sea salt from here!

    The lifestyle concierge sounds ideal for when you just want to hand the keys over to someone and avoid ‘planning burnout’ (it’s happened to me before and I couldn’t enjoy the itinerary that I worked so hard on)! x

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    • Ah that’s very kind, the sea was so beautiful that day and seeing dolphins and whales was an added bonus. We loved the convenience of the concierge service

  • Tatum Skipper

    oh em gee, these pictures are brilliant! May I ask what you use to edit them? The colors are so vibrant!! I am definitely always in a rush so this would be perfect for me and my boyfriend!

    • It’s great to save time, makes the whole experience so much more relaxing! We generally use Photoshop for our images

  • What beautiful vibrant colours everywhere! I would have loved the Japanese dinner, it looks great quality. The concierge is a really fantastic idea too.

    • The resort is such a colourful place and we found the concierge service very handy. I hurt my back before travelling and they looked up a massage service for me among other things

  • The first thing I noticed about these photographs are how incredible the colours are, so vivid and fun loving. I haven’t visited Tenerife yet however it looks like a great place to go.

    You look lovely in your orange dress also.

    The Japanese meal looked incredible, sushi is a favourite!

    Laura xo

    • The sushi was a real treat, although I must admit that I loved the appetizers too! Tenerife is well worth a visit

  • I’ve fallen in love with the hotel! That’s going straight into my bucket list. From the Canary Islands I’ve only been to Lanzarote and loved it, it’s high time I came back.


  • Hayley Rubery

    Sure these shops are simply stunning – especially those Dolphin ones.. WOW! Your posts always inspire me to travel to new destinations! I’ve never been to Tenerife, just Gran Canaria but it’s now on my list!

    Hayley xo

    • The nature really is breathtaking, Hayley! I hope you get to visit Tenerife and to see the dolphins for yourself

  • These pictures are simply amazing, perfect! Such vibrant colors, love them. This looks like a getaway that i would never forget. Uno mas on our bucket list!

    • Definitely a bucket list destination and experience! I’m glad that you liked the photos, we tried to do it justice

  • What a wonderful way to have experienced Tenerife! The concierge service sounds very impressive, I adored the patterned maxi dress you’re seen wearing in this post and I can imagine how fun it was to spend some time under the sun dolphin-spotting!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

    • Everything was so perfectly organised, which is great as we were there just for a few days but it meant that we got to see so many aspects of the island like the dolphins

  • Christie

    Gorgeous photos! I can picture spending a lot of time in that beautiful Jacuzzi, such views. Everything looks so amazing from the food to the buildings, and the boating, wow! Seeing the piolet whales and dolphins in the wild must have been exciting 🙂

    • The jacuzzi was so relaxing and it was amazing to see the dolphins and whales in the wild

  • Yasmin Hussein

    Wow! This place is stunning, thank you for sharing your adventures with us, the sunhat you are wearing in the first photo looks lovely! Hope you enjoyed your stay, the photos say 100 words at least!



    • I’m so glad that you enjoyed reading, Yasmin. It really was a colourful place and we had an amazing stay

  • bc21578

    I love the towel art! The hot tub looks especially appealing in the midst of the Pennsylvania winter. Sushi is one of my favs, especially salmon!

    • That hot tub was such a treat and it was almost a shame to undo the towel art! I love sushi too

  • Wow it look so incredible there, I love your floral dress

  • Keys lifestyle Concierge sounds like a fantastic service! The photos of the dolphins are amazing!


    • I was surprised to see so many dolphins and the water was so clear that you could spot them swimming underwater too

  • Ellie Adams

    Such a beautiful hotel, love the multiple coloured buildings, adds such a nice quirky vibe. Makes me want to be there jumping in that sea, I definitely need some sun right now!


    • It feels like a distant memory with the storms in London today, wish I was back there now!

  • Looks like you really got the VIP experience. The hotel looks incredible and it seems like you had plenty of great activites. I like the Bond themed boat names.

    • The Bond themed yachts were so much fun, it really felt like we were on a film set! Loved the hotel too and the whole VIP experience

  • This looks fabulous Suze – I’ve never seen a property this colourful before and your orange dress is just WOW! I didn’t even know you could find dolphins in Tenerife either!

  • Lucy

    This would be perfect for me I never have time but when it comes to holidays and activities am incredibly fussy Lucy x

  • Wow what a luxurious experience at Tenerife! The water and buildings all look so vibrant and colorful!

  • Lara Dunning

    The apartments look amazing! I love the style, and of course the pool they surround with the swim up bar. It all sounds and looks like an amazing experience!

  • Emma Oxley

    This looks like such a luxurious trip. Everything from the apartment to the food to the amazing trips you went to go one. Sounds like an incredible trip and the view from the top of that mountain is breathtaking!

  • Sandy & Vyjay

    The Keys Lifestyle Concierge concept, sure know how to indulge their customers. I can see that it was indeed a royal experience. Dolphins, swimming, cable car ride and spectacular views and culminating in dinner at a Michelin star hotel is indeed dreamy stuff.

  • We’re off to Tenerife tomorrow for some sunshine and winter tennis – a bit late for this year but I need to check out Keys Lifestyle Concierge for our next trip. Looks like you had a fabulous trip.

  • I had never heard of Keys Lifestyle Concierge, so a big thank you for introducing this concept to me. Btw I simply loved your hotel in Canary Island. You captured it really well with your words and your pictures…

  • Rashmi & Chalukya

    We are completely in awe of the splash of colors at The Paramount property. It is definitely a pleasant experience to stay amidst so many vivid colors. The apartment looks spacious and comfortable and a terrace with barbecue area and sun loungers and jacuzzi with sunset view? Can it get any better? 🙂 Looks like you had a great time spotting whales and dolphins, drive up the mountain and a wonderful evening with at Kabuki.

  • Brianna

    That resort is so cute! I love all the colors and the way it looks like a little village. I would love to watch the dolphins as well. I would probably also have jumped in the water, assuming it wasn’t freezing cold.

  • Suruchi Mittal

    I have fallen for this colourful Paramount property. It is just like out of a fairy tale for me. Keys Lifestyle concierge concept is quite new and interesting for me. You seem to had a wonderful experience and time with them.

  • The colourful apartments look so beautiful! You must have had such a nice stay.

  • Woww.. this place looks super luxurious , will be checking their site soon. You seem to had a fab vacation. I love the James Bond theme yacht names too.

  • Stefano Mura

    I lived in Spain (I love it)for 3 years and I went to Canary Islands manyyyy times, but never in a luxurious place like this since I went to visit my friends, but it looks really cool. Loved your high detailed pictures 😀 the water is alwaysss freezing, I couldn’t resist ahaha