Hotel Jardín Tropical, located towards the south of Costa Adeje on Tenerife’s west coast, opened a brand-new Cycling Centre. Luxurious Magazine went beyond the crowds to experience life on two wheels.
Long gone are the days when tourists wanted to fly and flop to their holiday destination. Nowadays, holidaymakers are more likely to want to tick as much as they can from their bucket list rather than sitting around soaking up the sun around a pool.
With winter highs reaching into the 20s, and a maximum monthly average of six rainy days, you’ll be sure to score some sunshine on your visit to Tenerife no matter what time of the year you go. Add to that the chance to get some fitness in the great outdoors, and for me it spells the ideal place to spend a few days away from the humdrum of city life. I couldn’t don my cycling gear quick enough.
Having undergone a comprehensive €12 million refurbishment two years ago, the new Cycling Centre, in collaboration with rental company Bike Point, is the latest addition to the hotel’s commitment to improving the guest experience. Road bikes, mountain bikes and e-bikes can all be hired to potter around locally, but if you want a real thrilling experience, you can book a tour to discover the rural areas of the island.
Tenerife has long been the sports enthusiast’s island of choice to train on due to the perfect climate and rugged conditions. So, we enlisted the help of tour company Tenerife Bike Adventures to show them to us while checking out Mount Teide – an active volcano which last erupted in November 1909.
Starting our expedition from Santiago del Teide, a half an hour car journey from the hotel, we were kitted out with bike helmets and handed our bikes (courtesy of supplier Bike Point). The adventure company can organise various tours according to your fitness ability. I would advise getting an e-bike if your fitness levels are questionable; otherwise, it’s not the bike that will be carrying you up steep mountains of heights of up to and above 1300 metres!
A workout is what we wanted, and that is what we got. The steady and sharp incline had at times, even the fittest among us stopping to catch our breath. Just as well, it gave us the chance to take it all in. The landscape is so diverse here that it changed from rocky roads, valleys and forests, to a clearing of volcanic rocks at the peak of our trip of Arenas Negras, all within the space of a few seconds.
It’s not difficult to understand why athletes and cyclists like Chris Froome train here. The mountains help you push through your limits. But all that hard effort pays off, even for us mere mortals. We saw nature in its glory with the sun shining for just enough time to take evidential pictures of our triumphant moment.
Engaging in a lively four-hour bike ride is not everyone’s cup of tea, and the hotel provides the ideal opportunity to strike a perfect balance between physical activity and relaxation. The focal point is no doubt the main pool area whose perimeter is dotted with sun loungers and surrounded by towering palm trees. A saltwater pool filled directly from the sea daily, and another heated pool complete with a dedicated children’s’ area, is situated close to the ocean surrounded by green foliage. The pools are coupled with a jacuzzi spa and a tropical wellness centre where you can enjoy a well-earned massage after rigorous activity.
Morning activities are offered for those with the get-up-and-go, and if an indoor gym’s air conditioning puts you off, you may be persuaded by the sea breeze to motivate you instead. Ocean Club gym has to be right up there as one of the best outdoor gyms I have ever worked out in. Overlooking the sea, it has all the equipment you will ever need to put your whole body to the test.