Casa El Morro

Uga, Lanzarote, Spain Book from Book from £96 per night

Rustic self-catering suites and a yurt (sleeping 2-6), offering a laid-back base for island exploration
A cross between a Moroccan riad and an executive hippy hideaway, Casa El Morro is infused with a relaxed, meditative quality. An 18th-century house turned rustic hideaway, it’s perched above the pretty village of Uga, with Balinese daybeds round every shady corner, plus a large pool and terrace. Yoga sessions are held twice a week, and the sweet smell of incense adds to the floaty atmosphere.

Seven self-contained suites for 2-5, each with its own kitchen and terrace, are scattered around the central balconied courtyard and the extensive grounds, while a family-sized yurt sleeping up to 6 holds a lofty position in the garden; there are further cottages at sister property Casa de la Caldera, a few miles down the road. Part Arabic, part Canarian and part East Asian, the décor in all is as eclectic as the clientele. From young families to yoga devotees to stressed-out professionals, there's a broad range of visitors enjoying carefree days in this stunning, lunar landscape. Getting back in tune with nature is the major lure, and the gardens are awash with citrus trees, Canary palms, figs and lavender. But it’s also a great base for exploring – Timanfaya National Park, the La Geria vineyards and the beaches of Papagayo, Playa Quemada and Famara are within easy reach, and several walks begin and end close by.

Highs

  • Supremely relaxing: the heated pool is surrounded by daybeds, massages can be arranged, and there are twice-weekly yoga classes
  • Close enough to walk to local villages, but far enough away to feel pleasantly isolated
  • Breakfast is provided, and there are restaurants, markets and supermarkets close by for other meals
  • The personal touch: owner Raquel took 10 years to create this hideaway, and shares many of her belongings so that it’s like staying with a close relative
  • Lots to see and do nearby: the spectacular Timanfaya National Park, vineyards and beaches, riding and mountain-biking, hiking

Lows

  • Small lizards stroll nonchalantly around the bedrooms like paying guests
  • Mosquitoes can be a problem, though nets are provided for your bed
  • There's a minimum stay of 1 week, but shorter stays during the low season are considered
  • If you're seeking sleek décor or buzzing nightlife, this isn't the place for you

Best time to go

With year-round sunshine, any time is a good time to visit Lanzarote, especially if you’re in need of a little calm. Bear in mind that flights tend to be more expensive from December to February, when the island is at its busiest. From July to October the winds generally keep temperatures in the high 20s.

Our top tips

Do try out the yoga sessions in the magnificent on-site hall - Raquel provides a soothing, relaxed environment, which is ideal for all levels.

Great for...

Cheap & Chic
Eco
Family
Great Outdoors
  • Boutique Suites
  • 7 suites + 1 yurt
  • Self-catering (breakfast provided)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Heated Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Towels & Bedlinen
  • Bicycles Available
  • Kayak available
  • Twice-weekly yoga sessions
Room:

Rooms

The 7 self-contained suites are spread between the main house and separate cottages in the grounds. All are furnished with pieces from Arabia, the Orient and Indonesia, fused with original Canarian dark-wood trimmings. Each is unique, but all have the same amenities including a fully equipped kitchen, multilingual satellite channels, a DVD and CD player, and some form of outside space for dining and relaxing.

Our favourite couples' hideaway is El Aljibe. It has 1 double bed, though the sofa can provide sleeping for 2 more, within a narrow whitewashed cave - although not for the claustrophobic, it gave us a sound silent night's sleep. The earthenware tiling, washed salmon walls and ceiling beams are distinctly rustic, and the large bathroom features hand-painted tiles and an ornate tub. The covered terrace is shielded by bougainvillea, banana palms and hibiscus, with a grand Balinese bed for alfresco siestas.

Similar in size are Uga and Isidora, which also sleep 2-4 in a bedroom (twin beds in the former, a double four-poster in the latter) and a lounge with a sofabed. La Troja and El Alpende sleep 2-3 in a double or twin bedroom and a sofabed, while Leo sleeps 2 and has a garden plus a large terrace with a carved Javanese daybed.

Large families should book 2-storey Raquel (sleeps 4-5), with its wood-burning stove, jaw-dropping volcano views, and 2 each of bedroom, bathroom, lounge and terrace. Or sleep Mongolian-style in the princely yurt, which houses 2 double beds and a sofabed covered in sumptuous silks, as well as a bathroom with a shower. Its kitchen sits in a little stone building next door.

Features include:

  • Barbecue
  • CD player
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Cots Available
  • DVD player
  • Extra beds
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Hairdryer
  • Honesty bar
  • Juicer
  • Microwave (on request)
  • Mosquito net
  • Oven
  • Radio
  • Satellite TV
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi

Eating

Breakfast is served under a communal wooden pagoda in the garden. It consists of the usual suspects - fresh bread, cold cuts, cereals, tasty organic jams - and you might also be treated to fresh melon grown on site or delicious cakes baked by Raquel.

For other meals, you’ll have to self-cater or head out. All units have kitchens with an oven, kettle, crockery, cutlery, utensils and juicer, and some with antique furniture and fine china. Raquel is the only suite with its own microwave, but they’re available on request if you really need one. You’ll also find a BBQ on your terrace in all except El Aljibe.

For stocking up on supplies, don't miss the farmers’ market in Tias on Saturday mornings; it’s great for local cheeses, fruit, vegetables and bread. Failing that, there’s a supermarket less than 1km away in Femés village. There are several simple eateries a stroll away in Uga, and some good restaurants within a short drive, too.

Features include:

  • Barbecue
  • Breakfast
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Organic produce
  • Oven
  • Restaurants nearby
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Head to the hills for a hike up and down volcanic peaks: nearby Timanfaya National Park is a hotbed (literally) of seismic activity and lunar landscapes
  • Hop on a horse at a local riding school for a slow trek across the rocky scenery
  • Or borrow a bike from Raquel and pedal through whitewashed villages. You can also take her kayak for a paddle along the coast
  • Slap on the SPF, grab a bucket and spade and spend the day on the beach - the sands at Papagayo, Playa Quemada and Famara are all within an easy drive
  • Spend a day at sea on a private sailing charter with local salty sea dog José (a real character!); Raquel will arrange this for you on request
  • Hang out with the locals at one of the village bars, or watch Canarian wrestling (lucha)
  • Take a class in painting, creative writing, diving, cookery or Spanish; Raquel will gladly make arrangements for you
  • Back at Casa El Morro, book a massage or join the twice-weekly yoga sessions, open to all

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Art classes
  • Boat trips
  • Cooking classes
  • Creative writing
  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Kayaking
  • Language courses
  • Mountain biking
  • Sailing
  • Scuba diving
  • Swimming
  • Trekking
  • Well being
  • Yoga

Kids

Children of all ages are welcome, though we feel Casa El Morro is best suited to younger ones as the atmosphere might be too quiet for older kids and teens. Baby cots are available free of charge and babysitting can be arranged on request. The 2 house cats, Pedro and Jack Sparrow, are particularly fond of children.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

The Raquel suite has 2 bedrooms and sleeps up to 5, while the yurt sleeps up to 6 in 2 double beds and a sofabed. Most of the other suites have a double or twin bedroom plus a single or double sofabed, making them suitable for families of 3-4.

Babysitting:

Babysitting can be arranged.

Baby listening:

Baby monitors are available on request.

Baby equipment:

  • Baby cots
  • High chairs

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Kids Activities on site:

  • Toys and games to borrow
  • Beach kit such as boogie boards

Families Should Know:

The pool is unfenced.

Distances:

  • Airport: 15 minutes
  • Hospital: 20 minutes
  • Shop: 5 minutes
Kid Friendly:

Location

Casa El Morro is 15km west of Arrecife Airport, overlooking the village of Uga in southern Lanzarote.

By Air:
Fly into Lanzarote's Arrecife Airport (15km away). It's served by a range of scheduled, charter and budget flights from the UK and elsewhere in Europe - click on the links below for a list of airlines.

From the Airport
Hop in a taxi or hire a car (see below).

By Car:
Although you could walk to the nearest supermarket and simple restaurants, we advise hiring a car so that you can easily reach the beaches and explore the rest of the island. See our car rental recommendations.

Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.com.

More on getting to Lanzarote and getting around

Airports:

  • Lanzarote Arrecife 15.0 km ACE

Other:

  • Beach 7.0 km
  • Shops 1.0 km
  • Restaurant 1.0 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 8 independent reviews from i-escape guests

9/10
Room
9/10
Food
9/10
Service
9/10
Value
9/10
Overall

An excellent hotel, small yet very well equipped. We had 2 very comfortable rooms with a lovely outside space. The pool area is good and felt very safe for children. The breakfast is very good, everything is fresh and locally made, the rice pudding and cakes are to die for. Casa el Morro is located away from the noisy resorts so you are guaranteed a peaceful and relaxing stay. Everywhere on the island is very accessible if you have a car.

10/10,

A lovely place to stay and Laura and the other staff looked after us well. We had a spacious and comfortable room with lovely outdoor space, plus there is a great pool area. In a good location to escape the crowds and to visit some of the beaches, walks and restaurants in the South of the island.

10/10,

Casa El Morro is stunning. Our room, Uga, was a great space. Beautifully decorated, cool, large with all the things we needed (big fridge, good shower, stunning terrace). The grounds were beautifully well kept and the pool was gorgeous. Rachel and Laura made us feel very welcome and we didn't want to leave. Incredible! We will be back.

9/10,

I loved the location. Really amazing. The hotel is gorgeous and I can't fault it, except the yurt was really musty. The breakfast was great and the staff were even better. The town of Uga is so cute and there's a great local restaurant there. There is a really cool wine bar called Chupadero with great views of the mountains and great wine and tapas.

9/10,

Our stay was outstanding. We loved the yoga lessons and enjoyed staying in the yurt. We can recommend to everyone the wonderful peaceful and loving atmosphere of this place!

10/10,

Charming rustic place, felt quite private. Great location for exploring the island. Loved the day beds around the pool & tasty breakfast. Has a shabby-chic style but some parts starting to look a bit tired, e.g beds/ pillows/ bathroom could do with an upgrade. Restaurants; El Golfo - for fresh fish by the sea. Playa Quemada for fish lunch as well.

8/10,

Fantastic place run by really nice people. We liked everything!

10/10,

Recycling of waste could have been made easier with a separate bin for cartons and bottles and paper. Otherwise it was a perfect retreat for a few days.

10/10,

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