The Canary Islands get a bad rap but it's not all package deals, and away from the mass-market resorts, you'll find gorgeous landscapes, deserted beaches and romantic hideaways - plus you can't beat it for a bit of winter sun if you don't want to go long-haul.


Tranquil Abama looks like a castle fortress rising from manicured gardens and surrounded by banana plantations overlooking the sea. Opt for the exclusive Tagor Villas, where the adults-only policy gives you boutique-style peace.

Check in pool side, without bothering with reception, and sink into a double bed by the pool while a butler tempts you with fruit and drinks on constant rotation.

Abama's spa is lavish and luxe, and with more than a dozen restaurants and bars to choose from - including the only Michelin-starred venue on the island - there's no chance of getting bored.


WOW FACTOR: Embrace the big kid in you by scooting around the vast, 160-hectare resort in your own golf buggy - so much fun!

FLIGHT TIME: 4 hours

WHEN TO GO: Winter, Spring

GO: Elegant Resorts ( offers seven nights, B&B, in a Deluxe room from £1,250 per person. Includes Easyjet flights and transfers.