Travellers tend to choose the smaller and less-developed island La Gomera for a more serene and peaceful break compared to its bigger and brasher Canarian cousins. And while there’s no shortage of resort-style properties, hotels tend towards a more rustic and relaxing setting to soak up the isle’s laid-back vibe. Read on for a selection of our favourite hotels on the island.
Hotel Rural Ibo Alfaro, Hermigua
Hotel Rural Ibo Alfaro, Hermigua | Courtesy of Ibo Alfaro Hotel Rural
Nestled in the lush valley of Hermigua in the north-eastern corner of the island, this 19th century manor was completely and carefully restored in 1996 to its former glory. Moorish influences can be seen in many of the property’s original architectural features, including in its 17 guest rooms, while views take in the beautiful surrounding mountains that slope down to the Atlantic. Facilities are basic, but an excellent breakfast in the hotel’s restaurant sets visitors up for exploring the multitude of hiking opportunities in the surrounding valley.
This parador (a sort of government-controlled hotel) is the only one of its kind on the island, and set on a clifftop overlooking the marina in La Gomera’s main town – San Sebastián. Built in 15th century colonial style, it combines wooden balconies, secluded patios, and knotty pine floors to atmospheric effect, topped off with a scattering of naval antiquities related to Christopher Columbus’ voyages. Modern facilities, such as a wellness zone with outdoor swimming pool, sauna, and Jacuzzi, provide the necessary holiday comforts.
This eco-conscious, low-rise hotel is located in the relatively long-established, hippy-tinged resort of Valle Gran Rey on the island’s west coast. Its seafront setting affords some superb views not only of the Atlantic, but of the valley and mountain surrounds, with most of its 100-odd guest rooms enjoying fine vistas. Outstanding panoramas can also be enjoyed from its rooftop pool terrace, with views of the neighbouring islands of La Palma and El Hierro.
Perched on a clifftop overlooking the Atlantic, this family-friendly hotel surely features some of the finest sea views on the island. The property is also in the style of a Canarian village, comprising low-rise, whitewashed buildings scattered around 70,000 square metres of beautiful gardens. Facilities are certainly also impressive, with no fewer than four restaurants and a whopping five pools in all, plus a kids’ club to keep the little ones happy, while parents enjoy the adults-only spa.
Positioned next to the pretty Torre del Conde Park in San Sebastián, this hotel of the same name is nothing flashy, but offers good solid facilities, comfortable accommodation, and makes a great base for exploring the island. Rooms are kitted out with flat-screen TVs, free wifi, and air conditioning, while a restaurant provides buffet breakfasts and a la carte dinners. After a hard day’s exploring, guests can return to relax in the hotel’s sauna or Jacuzzi, while the more open-minded can really let it all hang out in the nudist area.
Hotel Rural Casa Lugo, Agulo | Courtesy of Hotel Rural Casa Lugo
The Hotel Rural Casa Lugo is a simple, 10-room guesthouse set in the pretty village of Agulo on the island’s north-east coast. Surrounded by high cliffs, and banana groves, it is the historic village considered one of the most picturesque in the Canaries. The traditionally-Canarian building is over a century old, and features a central courtyard where guests can enjoy drinks surrounded by tropical plants. There’s also a small restaurant serving breakfast daily, quaint lounge-library, and free wifi connection throughout.