Hotel Gran Melia Palacio de Isora
... Luxury Resort in Alcalá

Hotel Gran Melia Palacio de Isora is nothing but a piece of Heaven on Earth. Everything related to the hotel is high class: decoration, location, service, facilities, spa, infinity pool… This is certainly one of the most luxurious hotels in Tenerife, deserving more than the mere 5 stars that they have.

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General Features

The location of the Gran Melia Palacio de Isora is enviable, because it is distanced from the tourist masses to give space and exclusivity to the clientele in a classic, superior, comfortable environment. On top of that, it enjoys an average temperature of 21°C almost all year round thanks to the never-ending sunshine.

The hotel was designed by the architect Álvaro Sans in a neoclassical style and opened in 2008.

No sooner did we enter than we understood that it is a very high quality hotel, not only because it is grand and beautiful, but because the bellboys were waiting for us and knew who we were. First big point for the Palacio de Isora J

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All the staff at Gran Melia Palacio de Isora greets you with their hand on their heart, which is the characteristic greeting of the company. The truth is that, although it is a practised gesture, it’s a very welcoming feeling when they conscientiously greet you and look you in the eyes J

The hotel is proud to be certified as a ‘Biosphere Hotel’ by the Institute of Sustainable Tourism, as well as having been chosen as the best resort in Spain by the Condé Nast Traveller magazine in 2012 and 2014.

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Communal Areas

There is free wifi in all the communal areas of the hotel Gran Melia Palacio de Isora.

From the reception you climb some stairs with some beautiful abstract doves (which fall from high above) to reach the Plaza Atlántica. It’s a grand and wide terrace which is a romantic and relaxed environment at night thanks to the lights and water fountains. The background music is constant and relaxing the majority of the time.

There, on the Plaza Atlántica, you will find a boutique shop selling all kinds of clothing, photographs and jewellery and on Thursday afternoons there’s a little market with local artisans

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The surprising thing is that the hotel was at maximum capacity and it didn’t feel like it, which is an advantage of being in such a spacious and beautiful palace.

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Swimming Pools

There are five swimming pools; the infinity pool is of salt water, and the other four are heated.

Across the Plaza Atlántica you’ll find the family and adult pool. The children’s pool is located on the left when you enter the hotel and has a lovely pirate ship with slides and a mini pool for babies. This swimming-pool delights young children and their parents as they enjoy the adventures which they can live out on the amazing ship. The children’s pool is open from 10am to 6pm.

The spectacular infinity pool (not heated) is the largest in a resort or hotel in Europe. It is 260 metres long and 5000 square metres in total, with salt water. In the surrounding gardens there are hammocks where you can relax at no extra cost.

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Throughout the hammock area there are buttons to press to call a hotel employee for whatever you need.

The Balinese beds which can be found at the different pools must be reserved in advance, and the cost changes depending on the time and location. The reservation includes sun cream, a towel, a drink and even Clicquot champagne and canapés.

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Entertainment to All Ages

There is a miniclub with a wide pool (250m²) with a big pirate ship in the middle of it. The miniclub puts on activities aimed to entertain the children who are staying at the Gran Melia Palacio de Isora. For teenagers there is an area with internet and video games, and sometimes there is a special itinerary for them.

There is a varied programme of activities for young people and adults, not just to entertain but also to look after their health in all senses. In a sporting sense they hold tennis and ‘padel’ tournaments on their six courts (three tennis and three ‘padel’), there is a well-being garden and daily workshops aimed at enriching your life, such as sushi classes, cocktail-making, cookery, dance, wine tasting … Among the activities that you can try are spinning, pilates, echo walking, archery, Tai Chi, yoga and many more.

Walking left from the entrance towards the miniclub, halfway you’ll find the Atlas Theatre, where the Sensatory group puts on different shows throughout the week.

Nemo’s Lounge offers live music (piano, modern jazz, etc.), whereas Club Ocean has a DJ playing in the evening, often playing chill out music which lets you relax in a sophisticated way. It also offers its own schedule of entertaining activities and live music, alternating with the Atlas Theatre.

In the Plaza Atlántica you’ll find the Lava Disco which opens on Friday and Saturday nights.

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Restaurants and Bars at Gran Melia Palacio de Isora

There are seven restaurants (six à la carte and one show cooking buffet) and six bars. Three of the bars only open at night and offer Japanese food and tapas, among other snacks.

Dine Around is the perfect option for those who want to try the gastronomic options at the Palacio de Isora. If you stay ‘half board’ or ‘full board Plus’ then you can choose between Market Grill, Oasis Pool Grill and Club Ocean, as well as Pangea Show Cooking.

You can only get into La Terraza and Red Level Restaurant and Lounge with a reservation. Their speciality is fondues and their location means that you can enjoy spectacular views of the sea looking out opposite the island of La Gomera. It is for over-18s only, and can seat a maximum of 88 people (52 on the terrace and 36 inside). The dress code is formal.

The Ocean Club is made up of the Ocean restaurant and bar. The Ocean restaurant only serves dinner and is open every night of the week. It is included in the half board option, and serves Mediterranean and particularly Italian food. The dress code is formal. It only has 100 seats, so we recommend you book in advance. The times which you can book for dinner are 7pm, 8pm and 9pm.

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We recommend that you book in advance, especially at busy times of year such as Holy Week, the summer months (from June to September) and Christmas, because the hotel is usually full to capacity and it can be complicated getting a table at any of the restaurants in the Gran Melia Palacio de Isora.

The Ocean bar opens to serve drinks at night, and is characterised by its chillout music.

During the day, à la carte restaurant Oasis Pool Grill is next to the infinity pool and serves Mediterranean specialities at lunchtime and Spanish food (tapas, paella, etc.) at night. It has capacity for 250 people and the dress code is formal.

Market Grill Restaurant is included on half board at Gran Melia Palacio de Isora and has grilled meat and fish options as well as a salad bar. They serve lunch and dinner (from the middle of May to September). They also serve snacks between 4pm and 5pm, perfect for when you’re enjoying the infinity pool in the typical sun of the region. On Friday nights they have a barbecue and a Cuban band livens up the evening. It can take 80 people and is more informal.

Pangea is a great restaurant with an international buffet. It serves breakfast, lunch (only during some seasons) and dinner. There is live cooking and at night there are two extra buffets, even cooking crepes if you want them.

Dama de Noche is the terrace belonging to Pangea restaurant which serves dinner in a quiet, outdoor setting. The buffet can be enjoyed without having to book.

There is room for 468 people (316 in Pangea and 152 in Dama de Noche), and the dress code is smart.

The Nami restaurant only serves Asian fusion meals (mainly Japanese) with a sushi bar, bistro and Tappanyaki tables. It can seat up to 80 people and the dress code is smart.

Nami Bar is a bar between the Asian restaurant and the creative kitchen one.

In the Dúo Restaurante there are two different environments: Dúo Fine Dining (with traditional flavours and delicacies from the Canary Islands, for up to 38 people and over-18s only except on Thursdays) and Dúo Bistro Bar (which offers a wide tapas menu on the terrace, and can seat 36 people). The dress code is smart.

The Pool bar offers drinks, sandwiches, ice cream and snacks in the infinity pool.

Lotus Bar is located in the reception area, Lava Lounge is in the Lava Disco, and Nemos Lounge Bar is in the area where the evening shows take place six times per week.

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Rooms at Gran Melia Palacio de Isora

The Gran Melia Palacio de Isora has 579 bedrooms, whereas Red Level has 94 bedrooms and 6 villas. and although the Red Level Palacio de Isora is a very exclusive hotel, for adults only, Palacio de Isora has a Red Level section for families.  

The standard bedrooms are known as Demi Suites, are 48m² and have either a straight-on or partial view of the garden and resorts or the sea. They all have either a private terrace or a balcony, mahogany furniture, a sofabed and a big bathroom with a waterfall shower. They have a widescreen television and everything you need to feel comfortable and relaxed, like for example different levels of lighting, 24hr room service and high speed internet.

The one bedroom Master Suites (68m²) have a facing or side view of the sea and everything included in the Demi Suites, but also a whirlpool bath and double waterfall shower, and a separate living room with a sofabed, dining table and coffeemaker. As there are two separate areas in the Master Suites, they have put two flatscreen televisions (each 32”). It is possible to sleep three adults or at most two adults, two children and a baby in a cot in one of these suites.

Two bedroom Master Suites can sleep six people and are 116m², made up of a one bedroom Master Suite and a Sea View Demi Suite bedroom. It accommodates six people, or at most four adults, two children and a baby in a cot.

Family Suites have views of the garden or resort (68m²) and everything which the Master Suites include.

The Red Level Family Villa is aimed to entertain children and provide all the needed for a luxury stay with your family.

But in case you are coming to Tenerife to spend some days off without children and with the highest standards possible, then we recommend that you stay at the Red Level Gran Melia Palacio de Isora, located just next to the Palacio de Isora. This hotel is very exclusive and provides the guests a unique experience during their stay.

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Yhi Spa and Yhi Moves

The Yhi Spa is a 2,000m² space which stimulates, purifies and relaxes your body and all your senses. This is easy to comprehend when you see its indoor pool with its massage deck chairs and buoyancy pool. There is also a section called ‘Ritual de Agua’ (Water Ritual) with a sauna, Turkish bath, contrast shower, Jacuzzi and bi-thermal foot baths.

In the area to the left of the infinity pool (looking out to sea) we find the five ECO massage cubicles with sea views, to increase even more the level of relaxation. In the Yhi Spa there are five massage cubicles, one for Thai massage and a deluxe, private double cubicle with a Jacuzzi. Finally there are relaxation areas, a beauty room and spa shop.

The spa treatments (hydrotherapy, aromatherapy, reflexology, facial and body treatments, massages and beauty treatments) must be booked separately and in advance.

Yhi Moves is a sophisticated concept for a hotel gym. Is is well equipped with Lifefitness machines and is open 24 hours per day for over-16s. Access is with your room key. The Concierge Club is free and gives you the option of booking activities at the gym.

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Extras at Gran Melia Palacio de Isora

In the bar area of Red Level at Gran Melia you could celebrate your wedding.

There are also rooms for business meetings in its more than 2,500m². In the EOS Ballroom you can have cocktails for 800 people or lunches and dinners for up to 500.

Avis provides hire cars directly at the Gran Melia Palacio de Isora. If you want to be met at the airport, you should request this in advance and it incurs an additional cost.

From the hotel gardens (in the area between the infinity pool and the Red Level part) there is access to the beach and the promenade for all hotel guests.

The Meliá Hotels chain is very aware of the correct use of natural resources, and that is important on an island like Tenerife. They have their own desalination plant where they treat salt water to make it useable in their swimming pools and for watering their gardens. They recycle and promote the development of the environment around them, supporting and encouraging cultural and traditional values.

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Getting There

The Gran Melia Palacio de Isora is between Costa de Adeje and the Acantilados de Los Gigantes. It is located some 35 minutes from Tenerife Sur airport. Santa Cruz de Tenerife is an hour and a half away, and Las Cañadas del Teide is just 40 minutes away by car.

The beach which is in front of the hotel can be accessed from the gardens which are between the Gran Meliá and Red Level areas.

Gran Melia Palacio de Isora - Avenida Los Oceanos, S/N, 38686, Alcalá, Guia de Isora, Tenerife

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Final Comments from the Authors

At Tenerife Travel Secrets we try to promote getting to know its beauty and being interested in exploring when tourists come to the island. We believe that if you stay at the Hotel Gran Melia Palacio de Isora it will be very difficult to want to go out and visit Tenerife properly. For that reason, we recommend enjoying as much as possible everything that this great hotel has to offer, but we also invite you to at least spend a day visiting the Las Cañadas del Teide National Park, which was designated as a World Heritage Site in 2007.

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