The Best Boutique Hotels in Lanzarote

Stay at La Cala for stretching views over the Atlantic
Stay at La Cala for stretching views over the Atlantic | Courtesy of La Cala Suites Hotel /
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31 January 2018

The Canary island of Lanzarote is known for its volcanic landscape, black sand beaches and windsurfing hotspots, taking advantage of the Atlantic trade winds. Avoid one of the large Spanish resorts and opt for a boutique hotel, complete with mini spas and saltwater swimming pools.

Renowned for its lava rock landscapes, sweeping golden beaches and perennially sunny climate, Lanzarote attracts its fair share of holidaymakers. But scratch the surface and there’s a lot more to it, including the ubiquitous influence of local artist César Manrique who has stamped his unique vision across the island. While many associate the island with resort-style hotels, an increasing number of boutique properties cater to independently-minded travellers, too.

H10 Sentido White Suites Boutique Hotel

Boutique Hotel

While certainly the larger end of the ‘boutique’ hotel, this bijou holiday complex has all the intimate atmosphere and personality you’d expect from one. It’s an adults-only establishment, located in the Playa Blanca resort, a short stroll from Dorada Beach. Hispanic-meets-Arabian design adds a touch of the exotic, while a pair of pools, a full-service spa and several dining options give little reason to leave the grounds. Book your slot at the exclusive Palapa for an extra romantic dining experience.

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Hotel Boutique Palacio Ico

Hotel, Boutique Hotel

Set in the heart of Teguise village – considered one of the Canaries oldest – the Hotel Boutique Palacio Ico also has deep historical roots. Built around 1690, the palacio was carefully restored staying true to its original Canarian character. Most of its nine guest rooms are huge-yet-homely, with centuries-old wooden floors and island-style furnishings. An emphasis on art and music is reflected in an extensive library of art books and impressive vinyl collection which, of course, you are free to use.

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Aqua Suites

Boutique Hotel

Just on the edge of the popular resort of Puerto del Carmen, Aqua Suites is made up of a triangle of whitewashed, clean-lined buildings centred around a sunny swimming pool. Breezy modern decor with aquamarine accents give the hotel a cheerful holiday atmosphere, popular with families. There’s a poolside bar for tipples and nibbles during the day, while dinner is a daily-changing set menu. Alternatively, the buzzy beachfront lined with eateries is a pleasant 10-minute stroll away.

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Seaside Los Jameos Playa

Resort, Hotel
Seaside Los Jameos Playa, Canary Islands
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With its arched entrance, tall shuttered windows and whitewashed walls, the Seaside Los Jameos Playa sets a distinctly Canarian tone before you’ve even set foot inside. Once you have, the theme really takes off with fabulously intricate wooden craftsmanship, Manrique-inspired touches and a small forest of native flora. As well as containing two freeform pools, the subtropical gardens make a lovely spot for al fresco dining, too. You’re also just steps from Puerto Del Carmen’s popular Playa de los Pocillos and its many bars and restaurants.

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Hotel Las Costas

Boutique Hotel

With its beachfront location, directly overlooking the sand of Playa de los Pocillos, the Hotel Las Costas certain scores high for setting. A perfectly positioned pool terrace takes full advantage too, as do most of the guest rooms. With a kids’ club, splash pool and playground, there’s loads to keep the little ones happy, plus evening entertainment for all ages. Sporty types can enjoy onsite activities such as squash, and soak over-stretched limbs in the big outdoor jacuzzi afterwards.

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Finca Isolina Hotel Boutique

Hotel, Boutique Hotel, Luxury

Finca Isolina is a genuinely unique boutique hotel, born out of a converted, traditional Canarian rustic house, dating from the early 19th century. It’s set on a hill overlooking the Lanzarote countryside with dramatic mountain backdrop and distant sea views. Together with various local products, the family-run hotel offers homemade ice cream and smoothies made with produce grown in their own gardens. There’s a small saltwater pool, too, where you can unwind while taking in the scenic volcanic surrounds.

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Kamezi Boutique Villas

Boutique Hotel, Villa

Positioned at the foot of an ancient volcano overlooking the Atlantic, this upscale villa complex boasts a spectacular natural setting. César Manrique-inspired design gives the villas a distinctly Lanzarote feel. Each villa comes fully self-contained and extends to its own garden with a private pool. There’s an excellent 0KM restaurant onsite, as well as a supermarket full of local produce and freshly baked bread. Wellness options like yoga sessions, spa facilities and massage treatments complete an impressive package.

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La Cala Suites

Boutique Hotel
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With its box-fresh decor, broad sea panoramas and five-star facilities, La Cala Suites is hands-down one of the swishest holiday complexes you’ll find on Lazarote’s south coast. This chic adults-only hotel offers a choice of rooms, suites and two-bedroom villas, all with Atlantic views as far as neighbouring Fuerteventura. Take your place on a salmon-pink poolside sunbed or cool off on a semi-submerged lounger. Cocktails are just steps away at the pool bar, while the more virtuous can find deluxe wellness facilities onsite, too.

Hotel Lava Beach

Boutique Hotel

With direct access to the long stretch of dark volcanic sand of Matagorda Beach, it’s no mystery where this five-star hotel got its name. Its immaculate white-and-blue colour scheme creates a sunny yet soothing vibe throughout, especially around its two-tiered freeform swimming pool. From Nespresso machines to pillow menus, rooms certainly don’t scrimp on the amenities – deluxe rooms also add sea-view bubble tubs. For the best vistas, head to the rooftop lounge bar for sundowners and widescreen panoramas of the Atlantic Ocean.

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  • La Isla Y El Mar Hotel Boutique

    Boutique Hotel
    Hotel Boutique La Isla y El Mar
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    A combination of volcanic rock, bold contemporary architecture, and striking design touches make this one of the island’s standout hotels. Sharp lines, mirrored surfaces, and open spaces also add to the feeling of light and modernity, while also boasting super eco-friendly credentials. All-suite accommodation is swish and stylish, with some extending to spacious sea-view terraces, others private jacuzzis. Excellent dining and two swimming pools – one heated over the winter months – complete an impressive boutique-style stay.

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    Casa de Hilario

    Boutique Hotel, Hotel
    Casa De Hilario, Yaiza
    Casa De Hilario, Yaiza | Courtesy of Casa de Hilario

    Occupying a whitewashed farmhouse fringed with colourful bougainvillaea, the Casa de Hilario takes its name from the island’s legendary character, Hilario Lanzaroteño who came to live in the area after the Philippines War with the sole company of a camel. There are just seven rooms, each beautifully decorated with handmade furniture and high-end perks such as jetted tubs and fluffy bathrobes. Another highlight is the lovely views over the small town of Yaiza and the sea beyond from the pool terrace, plus easy access to the neighbouring Timanfaya National Park with its dramatic volcanic landscape.

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    Lani's Suites Deluxe

    Suite Hotel, Hotel
    Lani's Suites Deluxe | Courtesy of Lani's Suites Deluxe
    Courtesy of Lani's Suites Deluxe

    Originally part of a building designed by celebrated Canarian artist and architect César Manrique, this adults-only all-suites hotels takes luxury to the next level. Most of the 25 high-end suites open to terraces with fabulous ocean views. Upscale amenities include Nespresso machines, smart TVs, and even private wine bars. The entire hotel gleams a pure, clean white, while outside space is decorated with brightly coloured flowers around a super-swish swimming pool. Ultimately, a contender for the best hotel in the whole Canaries.

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    Hotel Villa VIK

    Hotel, Villa
    Hotel Villa VIK has just 14 rooms
    Hotel Villa VIK has just 14 rooms | Courtesy of Hotel Villa VIK /

    Opened in 2003, this former private villa is located in the quiet, largely residential Playa del Cable neighbourhood, just outside the island’s capital, Arrecife. It’s low-rise and high-end, with a laid-back, intimate atmosphere of a homestay and the added bonus – to those seeking total relaxation – of being child-free. The 14 rooms all provide welcome chilled Cava, while rooms features terraces with a jacuzzi – just the spot for popping the fizz.

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    La Casona de Yaiza Restaurante

    Boutique Hotel
    Hotel La Casona de Yaiza
    Hotel La Casona de Yaiza | Courtesy of Hotel La Casona de Yaiza

    Located on the outskirts of the small whitewashed town of Yaiza, La Casona de Yaiza is a quirky, eight bedroom country house hotel right next to the Timanfaya National Park. The property boasts large gardens with pool and jacuzzi. Inside the rooms, expect lavish decor with a touch of playful renaissance flair; many have fresco painted ceilings and dramatic headboards, plus some feature bathrooms with large free-standing bathtubs. The small-but-well-received restaurant serves modern interpretations of local cuisine, and the breakfast is excellent.

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    Caserío de Mozaga

    Independent Hotel, Boutique Hotel

    Owned by the same family for 200 years, Caserío de Mozaga is a traditional 18th-century Canarian country house, with a simple yet stylish rustic charm. The eight peaceful rooms are decorated with family heirloom antiques and crisp white linens, while bathrooms are small, bright and contemporary. Sadly, there is no pool but the courtyard and gardens make a lovely spot to kick back with a book; nab a spot in the seating area overlooking impressive cacti and bright pink bougainvillea. The former stables have been converted into a popular restaurant, serving good quality local dishes with some excellent wines.

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