Get ready for some serious R&R (rest and retox) at this modern eco-resort nestled on the most enviable stretch of Tenerife’s coastline. Locally sourced vegan food, cocktails by the pool and an eclectic choice of events await those seeking a greener, slower-paced brand of hedonism. Canary Green was invited to explore this green paradise and discover the ways that Mynd Hotel is boosting sustainable tourism on the island.
Slow travel in Tenerife
When Canarian Hospitality together with the Acosta Matos group announced that they were converting an abandoned building into a sustainable hotel, the excitement was palpable. The result?
Mynd Hotel: Adeje managed by Björn Mildner. The first eco resort of its kind on the island. The hotel boasts 165 rooms spread across six floors as well as an open plan dining hall with a show kitchen, three bars, two pools as well as a vast array of sporting facilities. Inside, the floor to ceiling windows frame the picture-postcard vistas beyond from the pool area to the crystal clear ocean. Drenched in Canarian sunshine, Mynd invites guests to feel at home and become a part of the local culture. They even welcome four-legged travellers thanks to the growing demand for pet-friendly destinations for the millennial market.
Let’s talk green credentials
Of course, it goes without saying that Mynd has made every effort to reduce its carbon footprint and become as green as possible. From solar panels to electric car charging points and recycling bins across the entire hotel there seems to be no box unchecked on the green living checklist.
They have also made access to drinking water free across the hotel and have partnered with Foresta, an environmental charity, to donate 1€ from the sale of the Mynd hotel reusable water bottle. But, in our opinion, one of the most impressive efforts made has been the changes to the laundry service. Guests are given an option to reuse their towels instead of having fresh towels daily. It is predicted that this change alone will save 40-50,000 litres of water a year and 20c of each towel not washed will be donated to Foresta.
What are the eco-resort rooms like?
Mynd has made sure that no details go unmissed. There are eight different styles of bedroom each decorated in a sleek and modern style. These rooms are designed for comfort and functionality with a strong focus on being as sustainable as possible. All rooms have a rain shower, luggage rack, 50-inch television and a large desk. Some offer direct access to the pool area, others offer private terraces where guests can soak up the sun on Balinese beds and some rooms even have their own private pool. The prices for rooms are very reasonable and start at around 60-80€ per person, per night.
What’s for breakfast?
Mynd ensures that all guests start their day on the right foot by including breakfast in all bookings. A bountiful breakfast buffet is served in the open-plan dining hall overlooking the pool and tranquil blue ocean. Guests can choose from a smorgasbord of cold meats, local cheeses, fresh fruits from the Adeje area, freshly baked bread and yoghurt sprinkled with granola. Alternatively, there is also a menu that guests can order from and have their chosen food prepared instantly.
And, What are the green eating options for lunch and dinner?
One thing that makes Mynd a spectacular eco-hotel is its dedication to supporting eco-conscious brands and local producers. This is most apparent in the hotel’s dining area where the fridges are full of Ocean Beer, Tierra de Perros Tenerife beer, Fritz sparkling drinks, Kombucha and locally pressed fruit juices.
Lunch here is long, lazy and best enjoyed lounging by the pool. Cocktails, wine and sharing plates flow freely and are the ideal accompaniment to a sun-soaked siesta. Our recommendations are the crispy sweet potato fries, the delicious hummus with veggie sticks and the gently fried tempura aubergines. But, don’t just take our word for it, indulge in the all-day, on-demand service and enjoy a vast array of freshly prepped plates all with a 0km focus.
Dinner is more of an indoor affair. The menu remains the same so anything that you didn’t get to tuck into at lunch can be devoured when dinner time arrives. The focus on seasonal, zero-waste eating and local produce means that the dishes will vary depending on the time of the year. With the Atlantic ocean teeming with life just a stone’s throw away lookout for crispy calamari or the fisherman’s favourite catch of the day as these will be as fresh as money can buy. If you are veggie or vegan there are over 20 options to choose from including a melt in your mouth vegan burger or a sensational vegan bowl bursting with goodness.
Is there an eco-friendly bar?
There is not just one, but three bars for the sustainable traveller. As soon as guests step foot inside the eco resortl they are met with a warm welcome by the reception staff. The check-in desk doubles as a bar. So, depending on the hour of the day guests may enjoy a coffee, refreshing soft drink or a relaxing sundowner all before reaching their rooms.
Of course, the pool area offers a fully stocked bar too and it is 100% recommended to order one of their artfully mixed cocktails in between dips in the pool. But, the jewel in the crown of Mynd hotel has to be the impressive rooftop bar with its tropical, cosmopolitan vibes. Located on the 6th floor, the rooftop is the ideal spot to drink in the golden hour as you sip on some local wine or aperitif. Relax the gentle electronic beats mixed by a local DJ and let your stress melt away in this corner of paradise. There is even a small infinity pool available for guests to enjoy while using the roof.
What eco-friendly travel amenities are available?
Aside from the incredibly inviting, turquoise outdoor pools, there are plenty of amenities for the active traveller to choose from. The hotel offers a volleyball court complete with a sandy floor, a basketball court, areas for Tai Chi and Yoga, a Wellness centre for massages, a gym for private use as well as a bike shop that offers both regular push bikes and e-bikes for rental. There is even a coworking area designed for digital nomads and an extensive calendar of cultural events ranging from rap battles, cooking classes, recycling workshops, photography classes and summer concerts with famous DJs from across Europe.
Things you should know about this new green travel destination
If you really want to explore the island during your stay consider hiring an e-bike or a green hydrogen car. The eco resort is located just 10 minutes from some of the best beaches in Tenerife and it would be a crime not to visit them. Also, the town of Callao Salvaje offers some fantastic foodie hangouts to discover and since the arrival of the hotel local commerce has increased by 20%. So, be sure to book a table if you plan to eat outside of the hotel one night. Mynd hotel is 100% Canarian with a huge focus on transforming the local area through sustainable innovation. Not only do they fight to include as many local brands as possible throughout their service they also help guests plan their itineraries while on the island. Be sure to quiz staff on their favourite corners of the island to explore and make use of their local insights.
Canary Green’s tips to enjoying sustainable tourism in Tenerife
Visiting Tenerife on holiday doesn’t give you free rein to leave your values and principles at home. We encourage travellers to seek out sustainable options and keep up with environmental practices while travelling. Our top tips for a relaxed and wholesome stay include:
- Consider green transport options. Are you able to take a ferry to the island instead of flying? While you are here is a car necessary? Investigate public transport links or choose green options such as electric cars, green-hydrogen cars or e-bikes.
- Choose destinations that value sustainability and choose green alternatives such as solar power, recycling and energy-efficient architecture. This extends to places that value workers’ rights and the impact on the local community.
- Bring your own water bottle with you and refill it instead of buying single-use plastic bottles.
- Make use of the recycling when out and about and don’t just throw your rubbish in the nearest bin.
- Take advantage of local knowledge and immerse yourself in the culture through campaigns such as #Ilovecanarias and #meatfreemondaycanarias.
- Most of all, have fun and enjoy your time in the Canary Islands.
If you are interested in booking a stay at Mynd Hotel eco resort and supporting sustainable tourism in Tenerife, visit their website here.
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