La Isla y el Mar Boutique Hotel | Courtesy of La Isla y el Mar Boutique Hotel
While the Canary Island of Lanzarote is no Paris or Rome when it comes to romance, avoid the noisier resorts and there’s plenty to offer the average loved-up couple. And as choosing the right place to stay is so important for keeping the romantic vibe alive, here’s a selection of the best hotels that are ideal for just that.
There’s more than a touch of the Arabian Nights to this impressively palatial property, albeit reimagined with a generous smattering of funky design touches and cool contemporary styling. It’s adults only, ensuring any romantic moments aren’t ruined by a screaming child, while the grounds comprise various footpaths, tropical flora and numerous spots for a secluded sunbathe. Two lagoon pools offer plenty of space for cooling off, plus the hotel offers a nudist area for more open-minded couples.
A swish contemporary vibe permeates the Barcelo Teguise Beach, complimented by traditional-style whitewashed walls and a peaceful adults-only ambience. Sleek sun terraces surround a super-long swimming pool, part-shaded by palms and lined with double daybeds, great for lounging with your partner. There’s also a smaller infinity pool with a sundeck and sea views, plus a spa that uses Canarian aloe vera in its massage treatments. Romancing couples should be sure to pick one of the rooms with a Jacuzzi terrace featuring ocean vistas.
A combination of volcanic rock, bold contemporary architecture and striking design touches make this one of the island’s standout hotels – and one particularly popular with younger couples. All accommodation is swish and stylish, with some rooms extending to spacious terraces with romantic sea views, others with private Jacuzzis perfect for a sensual soak. Excellent dining and two swimming pools – one heated over the winter months – make this a great place for holidaying couples.
Originally part of a building designed by celebrated Canarian artist and architect César Manrique, this adults-only hotels takes couples-friendly luxury to the next level. Most of the 25 high-end suites open onto terraces with fabulous ocean views, with some also adding whirlpool tubs for romantic alfresco soaking. Upscale amenities include Nespresso machines, smart TVs and private wine bars. The entire hotel gleams a pure white, while outside, a swish swimming pool offers views over the sea.
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 the laid-back and intimate atmosphere of a homestay and the added bonus – to those seeking total relaxation – of being childfree. The 14 rooms all provide welcome chilled Cava, while the high-end accommodation features terraces with Jacuzzis, the perfect setting for popping the fizz with your other half.
Lofty ceilings and darkwood detailing give the interiors of this adults-only hotel a grand colonial feel in what is otherwise a modern, resort-style property. Set overlooking the ocean on the southern tip of the island, it’s all about the sea views, which can be enjoyed from one of two lagoon pools or various alfresco lounging areas scattered around the huge gardens. Count on hydromassage tubs and fluffy robes in all the suites, plus more fabulous sea views.
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 a pool and Jacuzzi and 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, and some feature bathrooms with large freestanding bathtubs. The small but well-received restaurant serves modern interpretations of local cuisine, and the breakfast is excellent.