About Hotel Riu Arecas
Boasting 4 stars, the Riu Arecas is a fine resort hotel in Tenerife that is located just minutes from the Playa del Duque beach - one of the most popular in Costa Adeje. The main town of Costa Adeje, with its restaurants, bars, and watersports opportunities in situated just to the south the of the resort, whilst La Caleta, a quieter area known for acting as a gateway between ‘resort Tenerife’ and ‘real Tenerife’, is just to the north. Whether travellers love the vibrant and lively resort atmosphere, or are looking for somewhere that allows them to easily explore the volcanic and rugged landscape of Tenerife, the Riu Arecas is in a prime position to meet all needs.
Resorts located within this beautiful region of Tenerife are just a short drive from both the airports and sea ports, so whether you’re arriving by plane or ship, from the Spanish mainland or from elsewhere in the Canary Islands, its simple to reach the hotel without hassle. Solo travellers, couples, and families are all welcomed here, and while the hotel does primarily cater to adults, with a number of the entertainment and activity facilities for over 18s only, the hotel do offer a select number of facilities for little ones, particularly during the busier summer months.
Room Information and Room Facilities
The Riu Arecas comprises of 371 guest accommodations, making it a standard sized resort for the Costa Adeje area. All rooms and ensuite bathrooms are well equipped with a mini bar, TV, high quality toiletries, and private balconies overlooking some of Tenerife’s most spectacular views. Ranging from mountain-facing rooms to those with windows gazing out over the pools, gardens, beaches, and ocean, the rooms here really do add to the overall enjoyment and experience of Tenerife.
Those travelling with families or in large groups have a number of choices regarding accommodation. The hotel offers a number of connecting rooms, which allow families to stay together whilst still maintaining their own privacy. Alternatively, spacious suites are available with separate living and sleeping areas, dressing rooms, and added luxuries such as soft and comfortable bathrobes.
Facilities, Entertainment, Activities
The Rio Arecas prides itself on its proximity to the ocean and stunning Costa Adeje beaches, so a number of the daytime activities are centred around this natural feature. The resort offers complimentary sun loungers and towels that allows guests to soak up the warm Tenerife sunshine, before heading back to the resort in the evening for food, drinks, and music.
While the hotel does boast two freshwater pools, it does not have an onsite spa. However, this is not a problem. The Riu Arecas has an agreement in place with sister hotel Riu Palace, just half a mile away. The Body Love fitness centre at the Riu Palace is open to guests of the Riu Arecas, and offers massages, facials, and a wide range of beauty treatments.
For children, a heated swimming pool is available for splashing around, and a small outdoor playground is great for burning some energy before heading to dinner.
Food and Drink Options
There are two dining establishments onsite at the Riu Arecas - the buffet restaurant, open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and the poolside snack bar, which serves small nibbles throughout the day. Healthy breakfast options, hot and cold appetisers, and mouthwatering desserts are just some of the dishes you can expect while eating here. Be sure to visit on the weekly themed night to sample some authentic international cuisine. ‘Formal’ attire - meaning no swimwear or shorts - is required for dinner, so be sure to pack some long trousers in your case.
If you’d like more dining options, the resort is nestled between many different bars and eateries. Heading down to the centre of Costa Adeje, there are unlimited options in terms of service type, cuisine, and atmosphere. However, guests choosing the half board option, where breakfast and dinner is included as part of the base price, will find dining onsite much more convenient, easy, and, most importantly, cost effective.
- high speed internet in room
- swimming pool
- free internet
- bar lounge
- fitness center
- dry cleaning
- meeting room
- laundry service
- concierge desk
- flatscreen tv
- multilingual staff
- breakfast buffet
- outdoor pool
- private balcony
- breakfast available
- heated pool
- facilities for disabled guests
- poolside bar
- infinity pool
- adult pool
13 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
My wife and I booked into Arecas after a...
"My wife and I booked into Arecas after a previous holiday at the Riu Palace, across the road. We found the hotel exceptionally friendly, clean and just perfect. The food was superb and lots available. The entertainment was certainly better than the Riu Palace.
During the day the young entertainment manager came around and let us know what activity was coming on and it was up to us whether we joined in. We took the opportunity to join in with boules and darts and table tennis as that way we got to meet new people and made new friends.
This we found was the perfect hotel to stay for a nice quiet holiday with lots of relaxation. Plenty to do if you want and some lovely walks along the prom. Reading other reviews I wonder if they in fact stayed a the same hotel!!! We are going back again this year and look forward to it very much. "
- Travel date: Mon 21st of January 2008
"The Plaza Del Duque area of Costa Adeje has a fantasy feel. The view from the water break reached by swimming from the manicured Playa Del Duque beach and looking back to the coastline is pure Disney at its best. The beach is a short walk from the Riu Arecas hotel with steps and gradients to ensure a holiday contains at least some exercise.
The hotel is typical of a good well run four star hotel catering for the mass market. The buffet food is plentiful, varied and enjoyable. The restaurant, pool and entertainment are ok. The staff are friendly and waiter service in the bar areas is prompt and courteous. We dined outside for the week in glorious weather with marvellous views of the sea and sky but this is because we were restaurant overspill for the Easter week. Iâve never been so glad to be overspill.
It is not a hotel for demanding guests expecting individual attention. There are hotels within close proximity happy to charge significantly more to provide this. The biggest complaint (which I make reluctantly as we had a great holiday and the cleaners were delightful) was the noise from cleaning trolleys early in the morning.
The quality is really provided by the local area as exemplified by the Plaza Del Duque shopping centre and its surrounding expensive apartments, villas and land due to become expensive apartments and villas. The quality appears to tail off pretty quickly as you head south, north or east. I will stay in this area again and very probably in this hotel.
We flew from Luton and the trip door to door was quick and easy. The taxi transfer between hotel and airport is approx 30 euros and takes about 20 minutes. We visited the Costa Adeje Gran about 4 years ago. It was splendid. Personally, I preferred the Riu Arecas. My wife preferred the Costa Adeje Gran. So thereâs the moral. If you take your spouse, stay in separate hotels."
- Travel date: Sun 15th of April 2007
"Fairly new Riu hotel in the upmarket section of Adeje. Standards of service, meals and rooms are what you would expect as a Riu guest. Situated behind the Riu Grand hotel so no direct access to the beach, but a walk through their gardens or down by the side of the hotel 100 m. gives access to the promenade. Facilities at sister hotel available to Arecas guests.
Lovely garden areas well tended. Good swimming pool area, and plenty of sunbeds with mattresses and towels. Food buffet style at both breakfast and evening meal which can be taken early evening 6pm or 8pm. Bus stop and supermarket only 100m. from hotel. Reception staff and management excellent, always with a smile and a friendly
'hola'. Good walking on promenade all the way to Los Christianos or to other end to La Caleta pretty fishing village with lots of bars and restaurants. Entertainment in the evening in pleasant cabaret room. All in all a lovely holiday with excellent weather, will certainly go again."
- Travel date: Fri 9th of March 2007
"Just returned from staying at Riu Arecas. In an ideal spot, overlooking the sea and away from the noisy Las Americas and Los Christianos, Easy walking on the promenade either towards Las Americas end (noisy, cafes-all day english breakfasts etc !) or towards La Caleta a fishing village (beautiful). The hotel was spotless, the staff were fantastic. Nothing too much trouble, polite and courteous at all times. The buffet meals had plenty of choices on offer. The weather was beautiful. I would definitely go again."
- Travel date: Sat 24th of February 2007
"Just returned from the hotel riu arecas and had to post a review as i was so impressed with excellent service and the friendly staff. Nothing was too much trouble for them and they were so professional in all aspects.
The location is good and the sea can be seen from the pool side. The only failing was not having a pool room and the shower and bath gel is sachet stuff and not that great so take your own.
Unfortunately weather was poor and apparently jan always has one poor week and this was it ( 26th Jan)
Food was good and they did let me swop dinner for lunch when I went on an evening excursion.
Dont bother to go on the anfi excursion unless you can spend half a day avoiding signing up for the "deal" but if you can you do get a 50euro voucher for an excursion.
Food good although I was buffed out by the end of the week,
but do walk to La Caleta and eat in the Piscis Restaurant overlooking the sea. This is a taste of Spain and the grilled fish platter is out of this world!"
- Travel date: Tue 6th of February 2007
Friendly helpful courteous staff
"We spent a week there in January 2007 and were completely satisfied with all aspects of the hotel. Since we prefer buffet type meals with lots of salads and selections, we were delighted with the food choices and quality. The hotel is very clean and our rooms were kept immaculate. All the staff without exception were very friendly and helpful, encouraged by a 'hands-on' manager, who clearly inspires respect and cordiality from his staff.
The evening entertainment was good, helped by our being able to share all facilities with the adjacent Riu Palace Hotel, which also gave us access to gym, sauna, jacuzzi and body treatments.
The coastal paths give pleasant walking and the location is well away from the more commercialised Playa de la Americas.
The Riu Arecas was a most enjoyable stay - full marks to the excellent staff. We would definitely go again."
- Travel date: Sat 3rd of February 2007
Will definately go back again.
"Went for a week in January with our 18 month toddler. Had a lovely time despite a couple of days of windy weather.
On arrival we were allocated the 8pm sitting for dinner, but told to ask for a change to 6pm if this did not suit. The staff at dinner were very friendly and helpful with getting high chair quickly. On second night hotel manager / director introduced himself and told us if there was no food for the baby, then to let him know and he would have some cooked specially! I have never experienced service like that before. The restaurant and bar were both non smoking.
We had no trouble at all with sunbeds - a sun umbrella for every two beds, and plenty free. The whole pool area was very clean despite pool side waiter service (experience of this in other hotels has left behind glasses / straws the following morning).
The evening entertainment for our daughter was fine. Most children her age were German or Dutch but the entertainer - Comachio - spoke all the languages and made sure they were all included in the fun. He even continued after the children's fun had finished to speak and interact with them whilst the mums and dads were enjoying a drink. The resident band could have been a bit more lively but when we heard them during Sunday lunch at the pool snack bar, they were obviously very talented. They sang a good range of songs in Spanish, English and German, and again smiled and waved with our daughter.
In fact all the staff were extremely friendly - those that could speak English and those that couldn't. The service at the hotel was exceptional and we will definitely be returning.
Talking of which, the drinks may not have been the cheapest in town, but the measures were more than generous! Try and get Victor to serve you!!
The room was very clean and the maid clearly made an effort to tidy what we left in a bit of a mess!!
I had my birthday whilst there and a bottle of Sparkling Wine was left in the room - very nice!! Unfortunately we went out for a meal, only to find (in a broken German conversation with our dinner neighbours) I would have had a card and candle on the table for the evening meal if we had stayed in the hotel!!
Also for my birthday I made use of the facilities at the Riu Palace next door and had a foot reflexology session. This was great and so relaxing. We could have used the Spa facilities (jacuzzi and whirlpool) and I think these were at no extra cost.
We specifically chose this area as it is more quiet than Playa de Las Americas but it is in easy walking distance if you want to go. We did with the toddler in a pushchair and the route along the seafront is an easy stroll (although we were lazy and had a taxi back!)
The hotel does cater for a lot of Germans but actually we found this lovely as we didn't have to listen to loud English people...if the Germans were then we didn't understand them anyway!!
Would recommend to others who enjoy a bit of sophistication but with accessibility to "Tacky land" for the odd day/night."
- Travel date: Fri 19th of January 2007
"Arrived on the 29/12/206 for two weeks through Portland holidays
no rep around at airport had to find them ourselves after twenty
minutes or so then sat on coach for over an hour so not a good
start however on ariving at hotel lovely service from staff and told
after unpacking cold buffett in restaurant at 11pm for us which I
thought was good also gave us room which was for disabled
daughter only downside to that was that where you entered the
door back of building was where they emptied bins etc and
got woken at 3am in the morning with the dustcarts etc arriving
and leaving but when I told them they said no problem as being
new year hotel was full but agter two days gave us a lovely room
overlooking pool and views for miles and even sent up a lovely
type lily flower with a note to say sorry for any inconvenience
all the staff from check in to waiters cleaning sevice their service
was second to none my eleven year old grandson was treated so
well by all the waiters playing with him giveing him free drinks
ice creams etc which tye paid for out of their own pocket.
It is a bit out from the main resorts but if you want upmarket
peace and quiet and not all the rowdy lager louts this is the place
to be we travelled on the bus a few times and if you time it right
do not have to wait to long entertainment was good and the
resident band sang in enlish and german so catered for all
new years eve you had to reserve a table in the bar lucky I read
it on the notice board as no reps or information form portland
as next day I heard an english family complaining because all
the tables had gone by the time they found out. Although new
years eve was good in the bar we ended up across the road
at Tiggys Bar just oppisite the hotel and had a great new years eve there the guy that owns it sings and is very good mostly
enlish people there but no rowdy types .
The rooms were cleaned every day excellent service tidied up for
us if we left things lying around food was very good lots of choices although most people were german and some dutch
my grandson made friends with two families one german and
another dutch who were very nice and played with their children
in fact they were better then one family from liverpool whi I heard
making nasty comments about the germans yes they do put
their towels on the sunbeds but so do we and I never had a problem getting one even when the hotel was full.
You can use the Riu Palave hotel across the road as well
and all the facilities but I preferred our hotel myself you could
walk into PLaya Fanaba where it is more lively in about twenty minutes and it was about 10-12 euros to go to Playa Las Americas but we stayed mostly at the hotel as the entertainment
was good in our opinion especially the last night a group called
the Four Tops they were fantastic as it was our last night and it
was just before my grandsons birthday he was presented with
a cake and bottle of champagne for us at no charge arranged by
the entertainment guy comachi who was also very good and the
group had him on the stage all singing happy brithday to him and
everyone up dancing at the end who wanted to.
What I would say if you can mix with other forgeign people do
want a nice peaceful holiday not to much going out and chasing around then Tiggys Bar and this hotel is for you but if you want lots of nightlife and drinking to all hours etc then it is not go to Las
Americas but have never in all the hotels I have stayed in received customer service like there was at the Riu Arecas it was
above excellent and I would suggest that Portland need to get their act together as their service was apalling I did not bother
with the coach transfer back again the hotel reserved a taxi for us
and the driver picked up our luggage and even put it on the trolleys for us when we arrived at at the airport.
If you go her say hello to comachi the entrtainment guy and especially victor the waiter who was so good to my grandson.
Do not think it is just for the older age group but it is for the more
non rowdy type of english who just to want to have a good holiday
with good food excellent service and relax . Go to Plaza Del
duque if you have lots of money as this is a fantastci upmarket shopping area but there are others further up which are cheaper
and Parque Santiago in Las Americas is also goos and the walk
along the beach to PLaya Fanabe is beautiful with nice bars
and restaurants and the beach further up is also very nice.
I will go back again sometime in the future as this is the sort of hotel and area which suits us."
- Travel date: Mon 15th of January 2007
"An excellent hotel, with clean rooms and a very friendly atmosphere. From the quick helpful staff at check in, to being greeted by one of the hotel managers before dinner, this hotel makes you feel welcome. The evening entertainment is better than the normal 'cheesy' offerings. The hotel entertainer/host was also very good without being a nuisance. Our 4yr old had a great time both in the pool and with the relaxed toddler club; (but the 'playarea' is just a slide and swing) The food was an excellent mix of salads, freshly cooked meat and fish dishes, every night the spread was different; remember that most Tenerife hotels operate a help yourself buffet; if you're looking for true waiter service find another restaurant. This hotel is situated away from any town centre, there is a small upmarket shopping centre about 15 minutes walk. It is also an hilly area with plenty of steps down to the very pleasant beach promenade. There are a couple of shops nearby to get your water and snacks. This resort is still developing and quiet and seems a million miles away from the 'English pub and grub' resort of Las Americas which can be seen about 3 miles down the coast. An advantage of the South is the better weather and only a 20 minute journey to the Airport. Recommended highly; we would stay again."
- Travel date: Sat 13th of January 2007
Very nice clean hotel
"Just back from a week at the Rui Arecas.
Rooms are very clean and good sized, maid was exceptional at tidying things away we had left lying about. Every night we returned to the room it was as new.
Food is excellent, plenty for everyone. When you arrive you can choose 6pm or 8pm sitting for dinner, and you are allocated a table for the rest of your stay. We chopped and changed a bit but they catered for us no problem. The 6pm sitting seems far busier than the 8pm, so if you are not in a hurry for dinner then the 8pm makes more sense. Restaurant is very well ran and organised. Meats are freshly cooked on the spot.
Pools are nice, but quite cold at this time of year. Although the hotel was not too busy, the usual suspects from a certain Central European Country were out at the crack of dawn reserving loungers round the pool. No surprise there then ...Guests can also use the facilities at the Rui Palace hotel next door free of charge.
80% of the guests seemed to be German. The hotel is in the German brochures and seems to cater for the over 50's. We stayed there with our 4 year old boy, and my only comment would be that the resident cabaret band tend to please the waltzers and sing a lot of their songs in German, but that is only to be expected. The bar is very nice and the waiter service is superb.
Our only gripe was the location. The hotel is on the outskirts of Playa, and the bus service is only every 40 minutes, when they bother to turn up. We like to travel about by bus, and that is what really let our stay down. Alternatives are to walk to Torviscas (15 to 20 mins) or get a taxi to the main bus station in Playa. A taxi from Los Christianos back to the hotel is around 15 Euros - but at least you don't have to wait for a bus that never turns up. The Del Duque shopping centre is about a 15 minute walk, and there are some nice bars and restaurants in close proximity along the sea front.
If you are looking for somewhere to spend all your time, it is excellent. If you like to get about it is a bit out of the way. We stayed at the Bouganville last year, and both hotels are reasonably similar. For us the Bouganville is in a better location, but that's just personal preference.
Just about to lie up and rest my feet from all that walking ......."
- Travel date: Fri 12th of January 2007
"just back from spending Christmas at the Riu Arecas. Lovely hotel-large rooms which were kept spotlessly clean, fantastic food, helpful attentive staff. We had a fantastic time here- most guests were German, British,Spanish or Dutch. No fighting for sunbeds despite the hotel being nearly full.
The Riu is in a lovely area. Del Duque is very upmarket and quiet- somewhat different to various other loud and brash areas of Adeje.
I loved my stay here and would definatly return."
- Travel date: Thu 28th of December 2006
My husband, myself and our son 13 stayed...
"My husband, myself and our son 13 stayed at this hotel in Feb 2006 half term holiday from school. The hotel is fab, food good, very clean, pleasant staff.
The downside was...full of German OAPs, they are rude and very selfish! To say it is advertised as a family hotel nothing for a teenage boy to do except play pool and table tennis. No childrenâs rep or any entertainment going on in the day.
Good job we found our own entertainment on a evening, it was like sitting in an retirement home!!!!"
- Travel date: Wed 22nd of February 2006