Foreign Shores

Merlin Resort Hotel – Derelict in Tenerife

Merlin Resort Hotel was a 3-star hotel located in Callao Salvaje, West Coast of Adeje, Southern Tenerife. It had 130 rooms, 110 of which were standard rooms, with an additional 20 junior suites. Located 300 metres from the sea and small pebble beach, the hotel closed it’s doors for good in October 2009. The hotel had fives floors, laid out in an L shape. The private land the Merlin Resort Hotel sits on, covers 10,600m2 (2.1 acres), and is surrounded by subtropical plants and palm trees.

The Resort had a redevelopment in November 2007 and at some point was known as Merlin Resort Ocean Club. The Merlin Resort sign on the roof once said Ocean Club. This older sign we found remnants of on the roof.


The main dining area was on the ground floor and was called the Lancelot Buffet Restaurant. There would be the occasional BBQ outside. There were two pools. The main one was near the main building and the smaller pool was in the quieter garden area. A snack bar accompanied the main pool and the Wizard’s Brew Bar was right beside the nightclub. Also next to the main pool, guests could play table tennis or darts.

To the rear of the hotel was the multi-sports court where you could play Tennis, Basketball, Volleyball or Football. The hotel also had a rooftop solarium with sauna and bar service. The club house was a wooden chalet out front where guests could play chess, or cards or surf the internet.

Callao Salvaje

Callao Salvaje was originally a small fishing village. However in recent years, the boom of tourismĀ  and rapid development, has seen the town become a popular tourist area. It is roughly 10km from Playa Del Las Americas and about 25km from Tenerife’s Southern Airport.

The views are spectacular on this south-west coast. In good weather the island of La Gomera can be seen.

The Explore

This explore was great. Easily located on maps, we punched the address in the sat nav and set off the 10km distance from where we were staying. We parked the car just up the road and walked up, preparing to do the usual recce. However once we reached the front gates, they were wide open. The hotel opposite had maids on the balcony, but no one was bothered about what we were doing. Like I always maintain, as long as you’re not being a nuisance, with a camera in your hand, there shouldn’t be a problem.

We spent roughly 2 hours exploring the abandoned hotel. It was good fun having unhindered access to it. The sun was beaming. We even fit in a little chill time on the roof.



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