Although it has yet to open, the Royal Hideaway Corales Resort is already the best new hotel in 2018, according to the European Hospitality Awards (EHA). These awards, which are organised by the British magazine Hotel Management International, reward the excellence of the best international hotels. In this case, the envelope for the best new hotel in 2018—Opening of the Year, which recognises the most interesting, newly-built hotel in terms of architectural innovations, facilities and interior design—held the name of the Royal Hideaway Corales Resort.
Why is the Royal Hideaway Corales Resort the best new hotel in 2018?
The million-dollar question is: What does this hotel have that makes it deserve this important award?
Firstly, if we focus on the design by the renowned architect Leonardo Omar of the Canary Islands, it will undoubtedly remind us of a ship. The two buildings, which are joined by a gangway and completely surrounded by the ocean, further boost this effect. Another element that helps meld the hotel with its surroundings is the seafloor-inspired interior, with the fractal shapes of the coral reefs located around the island as the main protagonists.
The moment you set foot in one of the reception areas, you will feel as if you have entered an underwater world, immersed in a sea cave. Even the smallest details have been included: the walls are made of natural rock and the space is surrounded by small, indoor lagoons. Everything is so realistic that you will be taken aback when you are greeted by a human without a wetsuit.
It is no coincidence that the hotel is divided into two buildings. One is an adults-only hotel featuring 121 Junior Suites with 55 m2 of floor space and impressive 20 m2 terraces that boast ocean views. In addition, 21 of these rooms are also equipped with a hot tub. The other building, which is tailored to families and groups of friends, has 114 Deluxe Suites, Villa Suites and exclusive Penthouses with 1, 2 or 3 bedrooms, a living room, open-plan kitchen and large terraces with ocean views, as well as a private pool in 54 of the suites. In the area around the two buildings, guests can enjoy the more than 10,000 m2 of spacious gardens and heated saltwater pools.
Maresía and its vanguard cuisine
In addition to the impressive and vanguard design, the Royal Hideaway Corales Resort also stands out for its culinary offering created by the Padrón brothers. Juan Carlos and Jonathan Padrón are the chefs behind the restaurant El Rincón de Juan Carlos, which earned a Michelin star last year. They helped define Maresía, a space divided into three culinary concepts: a cocktail area, the restaurant itself and the pool bar, all joined by the Canary Island’s identity and food.
Some of the creations that the Padrón brothers have prepared for Maresía include smoked eel with raspberry and teriyaki mayonnaise; Canary black pig snout dumplings; prawn in its own sauce and tapioca; cherne wreckfish with aged vinegar gazpachuelo soup; lamb shoulder with anchovies, Jerusalem artichokes and cacao; and oysters with lychee vinegar. As far as desserts, highlights include Rémy Martin ice cream, orange sorbet with orange blossom, passionfruit and cardamom ice cream.
Tailored guest experiences
What marks the difference at a hotel, aside from the design and food, are the experiences made available to the guests who choose them. In this sense, the Royal Hideaway Corales also stands out because it has created an innovative concept of luxury by offering plans designed to connect with the true essence of the island and the ocean, so guests may enjoy the most authentic experiences Tenerife has to offer. For example, the Star Night Cruise takes guests to the middle of the ocean where they can gaze at the stars away from light pollution. There is also an immersion at El Hierro to explore the coral reefs and a helicopter ride over the island and Mount Teide National Park.
Indoor concepts are also available for guests. The hotel will offer plans that guests can enjoy in the privacy of their room, such as the In-Room Chef service for villas, suites and penthouses equipped with a kitchen, consisting of private dinner made by an exclusive chef. Another alternative is the Mindfulness Massage, which is a floating treatment in the suites equipped with a pool.
Three of the group’s hotels amongst the best
Besides Royal Hideaway Corales Resort, there were other two Barceló Hotel Group hotels very present in the nominations: La Bobadilla, a Royal Hideaway Hotel, a perfect example of Eco Slow luxury tourism located in Loja, Granada, and nominated as Green Hotel of The Year, and Barceló Torre de Madrid, nominated in the New Hotel Opening category, one of the group’s 5 star hotels located in the Spanish capital and a famous hotspot in Madrid since it’s inauguration in early 2017, all of this thanks to it’s original proposals under the “Unconventional Experience” claim.