Gastronomic tourism in the Canary Islands sealed by Cocina del Mencey

The Canary Islands offer a unique natural environment in the world (due to its volcanic tradition and its geography). This quiet destination offers great leisure and relaxing activities. Those who have the opportunity of travelling to this destination in the Atlantic ocean know that it will be a different, original and unique travel.

Apart from its nice climate and its natural beauty, the Canary Islands offer us traditions of a quiet life and an exquisite gastronomy.

gastronomic tourism

A gastronomy that attracts many tourists who travel to the Canary Islands in summer to discover the flavours that make this gastronomy so special. La Cocina del Mencey, in Santa Cruz de Tenerife offers delicious dishes from the Canary Islands.

It has become really popular due to its amazing combination of local and international ingredients. The culinary offer of this gastronomic hotel in Santa Cruz de Tenerife changes monthly and adds new innovations to its proposals, its flavours or its presentation. For this reason, it is one of the main gastronomic centres of this beautiful Canary island.

La Cocina del Mencey offers its visitors exclusive culinary courses where to learn how to prepare Canarian dishes with local products.
In reference to the flavours and presentation, la Cocina del Mencey guarantees quality due to its unique Canarian dishes (as the delicious majorero cheese or local species) and high-quality wines. Its menu includes great local wines (the so-called “wines of the land” as well as national and international wines.

New in the Kitchen Mencey for Christmas

This Christmas in Mencey’s Cookery Classroom there are many exciting innovations. These are special dates for children, but also for adults and therefore at the IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Mencey they have decided to combine activities toen to enjoy with family and friends.

The most notable novelty is the celebration of a Christmas Market on Sunday 13th of December. The traditional Christmas market will take place from 10.00 am to 20.00 pm, with many activities planned throughout the day. The market will feature over 30 stalls with hand crafts, traditional toys, decorations, gourmet cuisine and delicious Christmas sweets.

The youngest members of the house, will enjoy throughout the day an exclusive space for them in the Agana Terrace of the hotel and activities designed by the prestigious Eureka Kids company. This space will feature a fantastic playroom with fun games and activities. You can find further information on this Facebook page.

At 12.00 am there will be a concert by the Orchestra of the Orfeon La Paz, and also the coral of the Spanish/English school, that undoubtedly will a delight for the children.

Attendees will also enjoy the best cuisine provided by this gastronomic hotel in Tenerife. The Christmas market includes typical proposals such as cups of hot chocolate, roasted chestnuts and numerous delicacies prepared by Mencey’s Cookery Classroom.

Attendees will also enjoy the sprunch service by Mencey’s Cookery Classroom and the hotel’s SPA. Starting at 11:30 am, anyone who wants to enjoy 90 minutes in the SPA’s water circuit Spa Sensations and the gourmet brunch for only 45€ per person.

For further information please contact the IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Mencey or Mencey’s Cookery Classroom.

Gourmet Brunch, Mencey's Cookery Classroom

Gourmet Brunch, Mencey’s Cookery Classroom

October news for IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Mencey

This month of October, both the Grand Hotel Mencey as the Cookery Classroom of El Mencey, present several novelties with the aim to enjoy a terrific Halloween night. The night of the 31stof October will be a night you will not be able to forget!

The resort will transform the emblematic building of Casa Duque del Mencey into an authentic house of terror.  The night of the 31st of October, starting at 21.00h, La Casa Duque will hold a themed Halloween dinner that will include all kinds of surprises.

The themed dinner will consist of a tasting menu with wine pairings included. In addition, the evening will also include the best live music until 24:00. The price to attend this terrifying event will be 50€ per person, and can be booked via email ( or by telephone: 922 609 900.

Gastronomic hotel in Tenerife

Gastronomic hotel in Tenerife

An interesting novelty for the month of October at the Grand Mencey hotel, is the opening of Mencey’s Vermutería on the following 10th of October. It will be available to guests and public every Saturday from 12.00h until 15.00h where, as well as the best snacks and cocktails by the Iballa Cocktail Bar, attendees will enjoy a selectionoftapas and gourmet preserves.

As for the Cookery Classroom and its cooking courses, after a short break during the summer months, the courses and classes are back with two very interesting and popular proposals.

The first cooking class, set for Thursday the 8th of October, is a cooking class designed for attendees to learn how to prepare homemade jams, marmalades and preserves, and will be led by chef Carlos Perez. You will learn how to preserve seasonal produce and learn all the secrets required to have a stack of marmalades, jams and preserves all year round. The price per person is 40€.

The second cooking course focuses on the perfect Halloween night. It will be held on Friday the 30th of October, between 18.00 and 21.00, and the price is set at 40€ for adults and 30€ for children. The cooking course will be led by chef Javier Martin.

September news for Mencey’s Cookery Classroom

The month of September brings some interesting news for Mencey’s Cookery Classroom. The summer holidays are coming to an end for many,however there is a large number of lucky people that will enjoy their holidays this month, and there is no better place to do so than the island of Tenerife.

The Grand Hotel Mencey and its gastronomic space inaugurates a new terrace, the Bacardi Terrace. It is situated within the hotel complex, in an area especially designed for guests to enjoy an incomparable setting. The Bacardi Terrace will be opened every day from 13.00 to 23.00 and guests will be able to enjoy the best mojitos on the island for only 5€.

Another important news arethe new evening menus of the restaurant and terrace of Los Laureles. The menus have been created to include local produce and the latest international gastronomic tendencies. Designed to enjoy the best gastronomic experience in Tenerife in a relaxed and comfortable ambience. The restaurant will beopened everyday from 19.30 to 23.00.

During the month of September Mencey’s Cookery Classroom will not ne holding any cooking courses, however, those who crave a delicious gastronomic experience can do so at the Terrace of Los Laurels and its Special Rice degustation menu, that includes Los Laureles salad, the rice dish of the week, dessert and water or sangria. The price is only 35€ for adults and 16€ for children.

Regarding the themed nights, there are two dates that you do not want to miss. The first of all is the following 11th of September, and the theme will be Mexican food. Enjoy the most authentic Mexican dishes such as nachos, burritos, flautas, fajitas and much more!

The themed night on the 25th of September will focus on ceviches and tartars, and some examples include cherne ceviche with cilantro, pompano with tropical mango or tuna tartar with old mustard. Both nights will have live music, from 19.00 to 23.00, only at Mencey’s Lounge.

Mencey’s Cookery Classroom

The Cookery Classroom is part of the 5 star hotel Iberostar Grand Mencey, located in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. It is an iconic hotel in the Canary Islands for its commitment to agastronomycentered on quality, local produce and innovative cuisine.

This gastronomic hotel in Tenerife has 2 restaurants, the Mencey restaurant and the restaurant Los Laureles, as well as two cocktail bars, the Iballa cocktail bar and the Casino bar.

This video shows in detail Mencey’s Cookery Classroom and all the corners of this luxury hotel.


Bacardi opens a new terrace in the Gran Mencey

The rum brand Bacardi made its way through the big door into one of the most exclusive places in Santa Cruz in Tenerife: The Grand Hotel Mencey, which now offers one of the most sophisticated chill out terraces, a 5 star luxury with these drinks brand.

Black and white, with a minimalistic style, comfortable chairs, pufs and little tables, these new relaxation and cocktails area is located in the wood platform next to the pool of these 5 star hotel in Santa Cruz in Tenerife. The service is a non-traditional list of cocktails and shots, giving a new way to enjoy the nights in the hotel.

The decoration was change to create different atmospheres and make a different space, a place to live new experiences inside the hotel, plus, the terrace is part of the chill out lounge area of the Iballa Cocktail Bar, which now brings themed nights: Mexican, sushi and gins, live music and djs, etc. and of course, La Cocina del Mencey restaurants, with the Menceyes dining room and Los Laureles big terrace.

This way, in barely one month, these complementary offer in the luxury hotel in Santa Cruz had emphasise in its gourmet hotel concept. With more specialized areas and more activities for adult customers, business travellers, couples and families who want to enjoy holiday and know where to go.

A very special Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is one of the most important dates of the year. For some, it is a time to celebrate love and friendship. However, it can also be a time of stress and panic, when trying to organize the perfect Valentine’s Day. At the IBEROSTAR Grand Mencey hotel and the Cookery Classroom of El Mencey, they have prepared a series of events that will make this date a truly unique moment.

The Grand Hotel Mencey is one of the most distinguished hotels in the Canary Islands, and where many illustrious personalities from the film, art, culture and society have stayed. The hotel rooms have been designed to guarantee maximum comfort and an incomparable stay.

The hotel features the Cookery Classroom, a space designed to enjoy cuisine in all its forms, with a special care to local and traditional products. This is why the Mencey is considered as an example of gourmet hotel in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

For Valentine’s Day, the Cookery Classroom has designed a special tasting menu at the very special restaurant Los Menceyes. You can view the full tasting menu on this pdf. This special Valentine’s menu has a special price of 55€ per person, with drinks and taxes included.

Another special Valentine’s day pack is the offer of the SPA Sensations complex at the hotel. Apart from the exclusive beauty treatments, they have designed a special package for couples that includes 120 minutes in the Spa and a dinner for only 130€ per couple.

Definitely one of the best plans to celebrate a unique Valentine’s Day is waiting for you at the IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Mencey. Stop thinking about it and book now!


Mencey’s Cookery Classroom at the IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Mencey

The IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Mencey is a gastronomic hotel in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, which boasts among its services with the Cookery Classroom, especially designed to hold cooking classes, live show cookings, business events, weddings and family reunions…

The Mencey’s Cookery Classroom guarantees the guests of the hotel, a stay full of unique flavours and sensations in an idyllic setting. They can also enjoy Cocktail Bar Iballa and their exclusive cocktails.

Discover the secrets with this video Grand Hotel Mencey.

Madrid: the cult of gastronomy

Madrid begins the year with one of its best plans, the Madrid Fusion 2015 Food Festival which will gather the crème de la crème of the Spanish and most influential cuisines in the world. Besides, more than 400 establishments in the capital of Spain will turn on the stoves intending to surprise the visitors from January 31th to February 15th.

This event, which has the support of the Madrid Council, covers all types of plans where gastronomy is the main course, including original and creative seasonings: new sensory experiences from the most sophisticated dishes, conferences, talks and workshops about gastroculture, fashion and gastronomy, health and gastronomy and nutrition… All this from innovative perspectives, trying to stand out this industry which has turned into one of the mainstays of the tourism in Spain and, specifically, into one of the main attractions in Madrid as a holiday destination.

Catalonia Las Cortes Hotel

Catalonia Las Cortes Hotel

For gastronomy lovers, gourmets and cuisine fans, Madrid is a must visit destination if you want to escape a few days at the end of January. The most recommended option is to look for an accommodation in the centre of Madrid (a hotel in La Gran Via or close to Plaza Mayor, where we can enjoy some of the best gastronomic establishments and tapas routes which make part of the food festival) or an accommodation close to IFEMA, where the Madrid Fusion will be celebrated: a hotel next to Arturo Soria or in Ciudad Lineal, for example. 

You can move by metro, bus and taxi, or even rent a bicycle, a pair of skates or a skateboard -which are very common in the centre- to tour the city on wheels and turn the visit into a different and amusing experience. Additionally, you have the advantage of finding a parking space easily in the centre of Madrid.

Practice your recipes for Christmas at The Mencey Cookery Classroom

If you enjoy cooking and this Christmas you want to surprise your family and close friends with a special menu, the Mencey Cookery Classroom offers you a course that will teach you fabulous recipes that will leave your guest jaws dropped on the floor.

This month the Mencey Cookery Classroom of Iberostar Grand Hotel Mencey had created and exquisite menu ideal to special dinners such as the Christmas dinner or the year-end dinner.

Under the leadership of the renowned chef Rogelio Quintero, an expert of the traditional cuisine of the Canary Islands, you will have the opportunity to learn how to prepare a delicious menu made up of:

·         Tempura fried octopus brochette with ginger aioli

·         Asian salmon soup

·         Boletus risotto with grated truffle

·         Pompano stew on shrimps and clamps ragoût

·         Iberian pork stew with fig and hasselback potatoes

·         Chocolate cremoso with turrón mousse

If reading it didn’t make your mouth water, imagine what tasting it would be like. Even better, surprise your guests with this menu, Be sure that you and your gourmet cuisine will be the theme of the night.

The course will star on December 17, so if you want to learn how to prepare this delicious recipes don’t waste your time and sign in. join us in the Mencey monthly courses that the renowned chefs from the Iberostar Grand Hotel Mencey will teach the Tenerife high cuisine.

The best gastronomic hotel in Tenerife prepares every month interesting courses and culinary workshops where you can be delighted by the cuisine from Tenerife taught by renowned island chefs.

Undoubtedly this is a unique opportunity to discover fascinating and dainty recipes, to practice at home. Thanks to Mencey cookery room the high cuisine is accessible to all, so give yourself the opportunity to live this experience and dazzle your guests with succulent dishes.