It is known as Isla Baja, on Tenerife’s north-western coastline. Here, in Buenavista del Norte municipality, Meliá Hacienda del Conde Hotel and Buenavista Golf are bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and the majestic Macizo de Teno volcanic formation. The area is home to impressive landscapes that conceal within their ravines the hamlet of Masca, one of the finest examples of natural Canary Isles architecture, numerous trails dropping to hidden coves, traditional ancestral crafts, rustic homes (typical of Tenerife), and an historic town centre that preserves its monuments, buildings and squares, all providing an enchanting idea of how the early inhabitants lived. Northern Tenerife is one of the island’s least-known areas and its closest guarded secret.
Buenavista Golf was designed by Severiano Ballesteros and inaugurated in 2003. The links-style 18-hole course is one of the legendary golfer’s iconic designs, a 6,019-metre par-72 comprising six par-three, six par-fours and six par-fives set out in an exquisite balance between the two clearly distinctive parts of the layout.
The first nine holes are located in the high part of the course, showcasing the beauty of Macizo de Teno, which rises majestically not far away. The second nine runs along the coast, where the holes overlook the Atlantic Ocean and its breathtaking cliffs. A modern, cutting-edge clubhouse is situated in the centre of the course, with its terraces offering spectacular views of most of the holes and the ocean.
The northern part of Tenerife is a natural miracle created millions of years ago and, as soon as you place a foot there, you immediately assume a respectful and harmonious attitude towards the surroundings – marvelling at so much beauty. Buenavista Golf is a good example of this attitude, as the only course in the Canaries with dual ISO 14001 y 9001 certification for management and environmental management, and the first one honoured with the “Madera Verde” (“Green Wood”) award that recognises environmental responsibility.
The club has achieved a constant run of successes since its inauguration. In 2016, it holds down 17th position in the “Leading Courses” ranking for Spain, which takes into account such aspects as the quality of its golf classes, maintenance, the clubhouse and amenities, and having been the venue for several top events at a European level, including the European Ladies Tour (LET) with Europe’s leading players taking part.
Located in the same complex and just two minutes from the golf course, the five-star grand-deluxe, adults-only Hotel Meliá Hacienda del Conde was designed following the traditional lines of Canary isles architecture and integrating perfectly into the surrounding natural landscape, with its wooden colonnades, open terraces that allow nature to stream in, and colonial-style décor.
Privacy, tranquillity and exclusivity in 117 double rooms with separate lounge areas and dressing rooms, bringing to reality Meliá’s commitment to providing rest, relaxation and care of the body through its superb services and facilities, including some that are truly exclusive such as THE LEVEL. Offered to the most demanding clients, this service comprises exclusive rooms and services such as a water circuit in the YHI Spa for all guests included in the stay, and their own reception area where they can take care of every administrative task: arrival, departure, reservations, information on excursions, etc. – and all with complete personalised attention.
Gastronomy is another wonderful experience offered by northern Tenerife, traditional and varied and mainly based on crops from the area’s volcanic lands, which give the vegetables an exceptional taste, as well as on products from the sea. Meliá Hacienda del Conde follows the traditions of Canary Isles cuisine added to the refinement of a five-star hotel – dishes that provide guests with a pleasant surprise the first time they taste them. Typical fish such as Atlantic wreckfish (or stone bass), aromatic herbs (widely used in the area), more than 80 varieties of the famous Canary potato, including black, “bonita” and mojo (both red and green), and denomination of origin wines such as “Valle de la Orotava”.