While the island of Lanzarote might be better known for its hulking, pack-them-in resort hotels, there are an increasing number of bijou properties catering to the more independently-minded traveller. Read on for a selection of the best boutique hotels to be found on this volcanic Atlantic isle.
La isla y el mar Hotel Boutique, Puerto del Carmen
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 terraces with Atlantic views, others private Jacuzzis. Excellent dining and two swimming pools – one heated over the winter months – complete an impressive boutique-style stay.
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.
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, with some also adding whirlpool tubs for alfresco soaking. 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 sea-view swimming pool. Ultimately a contender for the best hotel in the whole Canaries.
Budget but not too basic, the Hotel Rural Finca de la Florida is located in the heart of the island surrounded by vineyards. The 16 rooms are modern and comfortable, with terraces or balconies looking out over the vines – some with clear views of the volcano. The building itself is traditional in style, built from volcanic rock with green shutters and a low surrounding wall to protect from the wind. Don’t be fooled by its seemingly remote location – the hotel is not only well positioned for exploring the Timanfaya National Park, but it is only a 15-minute drive from the capital. But if you don’t fancy going anywhere, there’s a swimming pool, tennis court, sauna, and mini-golf onsite.
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 and 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 high-end accommodation features terraces with Jacuzzi – just the spot for popping the fizz.
Located on the outskirts of the small whitewashed town of Yaiza, La Casona de Yaiza is a slightly quirky, eight bedroom country house hotel right next to the Timanfaya National Park. The property boasts large gardens with pool and Jacuzzi with spectacular views over the island’s volcanic landscape. 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.
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 in which to relax, with seating areas overlooking impressive cacti, and bright pink bougainvillea providing splashes of colour against the whitewashed walls. The former stables have been converted into a popular restaurant, serving good quality local dishes with some excellent wines.