If you’re looking for the perfect place to get married or celebrate your honeymoon, it’s difficult to think of any better option, at least in Europe, than Tenerife.
Year-round fabulous weather (who wants to have wedding photos with grey skies and a soaking wet wedding dress?) and a long list of gorgeous venues and hotels to stay in, plus, of course, the chance to combine your wedding and honeymoon in one. Chances are your guests will be only too happy to travel to the Canaries for a wedding, too. And if all that wasn’t temptation enough, you’ll also find that it costs a lot less than in most other European countries. It’s a win-win in every aspect.
But don’t take our word for it. We chatted to one of the Canaries’ premier wedding planners, Miryam Batista from D-Bodas to find out why you really should say “I do” to Tenerife!”
Tell us a bit more about the type of weddings you can have in Tenerife…
“You can have almost every wedding imaginable, from quiet romantic elopements to 3-day cultural extravaganzas of different nationalities and faiths. Gay weddings, Hindu ceremonies, Chinese weddings, Buddhist celebrations, vegan weddings, you name it. Being such an established destination, there’s a wide network of professionals and suppliers that are on hand with years of experience to take care of absolutely everything, with services available in several languages.
“In terms of venues, you’re spoilt for choice: beach weddings on the sand; colonial estates; among banana plantations; luxury hotels; beach clubs; in the mountains; whatever you’re looking for, whatever you envisage for your big day, you’ll find it.”
What makes Tenerife such an ideal honeymoon destination?
“So much more than people realise! Whenever I talk about Tenerife as tourist destination, I always say the same thing: so much of Tenerife is unknown. What most people associate it with is usually its coastline, tourism resorts and good weather. But Tenerife offers so much more to be discovered, which is what makes is such an ideal destination to spend a romantic honeymoon: Traditional Canarian culture and architecture in small, unspoilt villages; untamed nature that you won’t see hardly anywhere else in Europe; different landscapes and climate conditions; ancient forests; delicious cuisine and a fantastic range of services that make a honeymoon in Tenerife a completely unique experience.”
Two pieces of advice for a perfect honeymoon?
“Firstly, make sure you choose the right hotel, with everything you need to really enjoy yourselves there – it’s not the time to worry too much about the cost. Go for extra special touches, after all it’s not any old holiday we’re talking about!
“But also get out there and discover the true essence of the island – you’ll never forget it!”
Any extra-romantic experiences that you recommend for couples?
“Yes, there are so many! A private yacht charter to do some whale and dolphin watching off the coastline, even swim with turtles; a relaxing trail through some of the stunning nature in Anaga; a romantic seafood dinner next to the ocean in Buenavista del Norte as you watch the sun set over the ocean…
And if you had to choose just one honeymoon activity in Tenerife?
“I can’t think of anything more romantic than to head up to Teide National Park and contemplate the infiniteness of our universe in one of the cleanest skies on the planet. The stargazing you can enjoy is simply breath-taking.”
If Tenerife is the perfect honeymoon destination, we like to think that Baobab Suites is the perfect honeymoon hotel. Stunning suites, intimate surroundings, gorgeous views and extra special touches such as a private Jacuzzi on your terrace, your own swimming pool…if that isn’t a fabulously romantic way to start your new life as a married couple, we don’t know what is!