If you’re chasing a week of winter sun, or looking for somewhere warm to spend a little longer, Los Cristianos, on the south coast of Tenerife, is one of the most popular resorts in the Canary Islands – and for very good reason. This delightful former fishing village has it all: safe beaches, fishing and pleasure cruises, day excursions to encounter the wildlife or explore neighbouring islands, and some superb restaurants to sample the delicious Spanish cuisine.
But sometimes, even when you’re on holiday, you need that little bit of extra pampering to make you feel totally relaxed. The resort has a number of excellent spa, beauty and wellness facilities that offer everything from luxuriant skin treatments to remedial deep tissue massage – and quite a lot in between.
Take a deep breath, check your stress at the door and enter the realm of Emporium Hibiscus Massage. This popular establishment is renowned for its therapeutic massages, which claim to take the recipient to a place of deep relaxation using ambient music, essential oils and the skills of a trained professional masseuse. For those suffering from sciatic or back pain, many happy customers extol the virtues of therapist Marta’s healing hands, and she has been praised over and over for her accuracy in diagnosing and treating clients’ issues.
Whether you’re looking for a deep massage to knead out the knots, correction of a specific back problem, or simply a relaxing gentle massage to start your holiday off on the right note, this is definitely the place to come.
Find it: Calle Juan XXIII N 26, 38660 Los Cristianos. Ph: +34 642 92 55 40
Tip: Marta is very popular with regular clients so you’ll need to make a booking.
Paradise Park Fun Lifestyle Hotel
This next recommendation is a virtual one stop shop of spa indulgence, but, more than that, if you’re still vacillating about your accommodation in Los Cristianos, Paradise Park offers the perfect option in a quieter part of the resort. Their spa programme is second to none, and over the course of a couple of weeks you could try something new almost every day!
Along with massages, specialised facial and body treatments, hydrotherapy (so relaxing), aromatherapy and hot stone therapy, you can also enjoy anything from the regular beauty round up, including manicures and pedicures.
The amazing Spa Circuit is an experience that consists of the following in succession:
- A Roman bath
- A cold water bath
- A Scottish shower (hot, cold, hot, cold – you get the picture!)
- A bio-thermal shower
But the most outstanding and indulgent experience is the private spa bath for couples, which comes complete with Champagne, truffles and a fruit platter. It’s incredibly relaxing and, yes, most definitely romantic – no matter how long you’ve been together!
Find it: Calle Hawaii, 2, 38650 Los Cristianos. Ph: +34 922 38650
Nature Fish Spa
Looking to step out of your comfort zone a little? Maybe it’s time for a nibble. And if that doesn’t sound too adventurous, I might just add it’s not you who’ll be doing the nibbling…
The latest in beauty treatments for your feet is the fish spa, in which you immerse your tootsies into a very large fish tank and allow hundreds (or maybe thousands, who’s counting?) of tiny fish to nibble on the dead skin! It may sound a little unsavoury, but that’s only for the fish – and they certainly don’t seem to mind. For the recipient, it’s actually quite relaxing and ticklish, and after 10 or 20 minutes you withdraw your feet, which are now lovely and soft and smooth.
Nature Fish Spa is renowned as one of the best and most professionally-managed. It’s very cool, clean, hygienic and comfortable – you’ll be seated quite comfortably on a bench, so don’t worry, you won’t get the rest of your body wet!
Find it: Compostela Beach Complex, Geranium Walk, Los Cristianos
Tip: If you want bragging rights, this treatment is officially known as Ictioterapia and it’s an ancient Turkish therapy used to treat skin conditions including eczema.
Relaxation and Rejuvenation
Whatever you’re looking for in terms of therapies and pampering treatments you’ll find it in one of these places – along with some treatments you probably never even knew existed. You’re Googling that fish spa right now, aren’t you?
Tip: If you’re looking for some more ideas of what to do when you’re not getting pampered, this blog post will help.
How to Get to Los Cristianos
Getting to Los Cristianos is fast, easy and entirely hassle free. From the UK the flight time is around four hours and, with a range of airlines including British Airways, Monarch, Thompson and Ryanair offering regular flights from various UK airports, it’s not hard to find one at a convenient time of the day.
When you land at the airport, the fastest and most relaxing way to get directly to your accommodation in Los Cristianos is on a Tenerife airport transfer with Shuttle Direct. You’ll be met at the airport and one of our friendly experienced local drivers will have you and your luggage at the resort in under an hour if you fly into Tenerife North, and around 20 minutes if you arrive at Tenerife South.
Where to Stay:
Paloma Beach Apartments: Away from the hustle and bustle at the better end of Playa de las Americas, the Paloma Beach Apartments are just a short stroll to the beach and the centre of town, with no hills to negotiate. Beautifully facilitated with spacious living rooms, balconies, a stunning pool area and delightful views, these contemporary apartments are quiet, private and very accessible.
TRYP Tenerife: Just a few minutes from the beach and featuring magnificent ocean views, TRYP Tenerife provides the convenience of a central location with the relaxation of one of the quieter areas of the resort. You’ll be able to enjoy the lovely outdoor pool with sun loungers, a quiet escape on the sun terrace, or take a gentle stroll to the shops and restaurants nearby.
Aguamar: With a superb location and a very laidback ambience, Aguamar offers the perfect base from which to enjoy the attractions of beautiful Los Cristianos. Everything is on hand to ensure a relaxing stay, with spacious apartments, sun terrace, excellent onsite restaurant and the shops and restaurants all just a few minutes’ easy walk away.
About Shuttle Direct:
If you’re looking for fast, friendly and affordable transport to and from the airport, Shuttle Direct is the most trusted name in airport transfers anywhere in Europe. We offer a vast range of shared and private services to suit any budget and any group size, and you can book online through our user-friendly system.
Make a booking for your transfers to and from Los Cristianos before you leave home and we’ll do the rest. Our experienced team will ensure all your onward travel arrangements are in place with our competitive, fixed price services and all you’ll need to worry about is relaxing.