Casa Tomaren

near Mozaga, Lanzarote, Spain Book from Book from £76 per night

Nine rustic houses (each sleeping 2-8) with Bohemian overtones make up this cosy converted farm in the heart of Lanzarote
Isolation can be a splendid thing - when you can find it. By the time I had squeezed my car down the long, narrow driveway leading to Casa Tomarén, I was ready for a bit of winding down. Thankfully, that's what this cluster of stone houses, hidden behind bougainvillea, jasmine and palm trees on the outskirts of Mozaga village, specialises in.

Owner Damian Hidalgo's rural accommodation is all about contemplation, meditation and relaxation. The 9 houses are individually furnished with a mix of Canarian, Moroccan and Indonesian artefacts. Earthy tones abound, from the washed ochre walls to the terracotta floor tiling. Breakfast is the only concession to serviced dining, but all the houses have fully equipped kitchens for DIY meals - easy for families. Pursuits include trekking, biking, wine tours and all things ocean-related - surfing, sailing, diving. Or you could always just loll around in the hammocks next to the gorgeous swimming pool and do absolutely nothing.
Covid-19 update: some services and facilities may be changed as a result of Coronavirus measures.


  • A post-apocalyptic sense of silence and seclusion; even the birds seem to sing in hushed whispers
  • The magnificent heated swimming pool: turquoise waters with tropical shading in a sheltered volcanic sinkhole
  • The lush gardens: a wealth of exotic colour bursts from the black, volcanic-ash earth
  • A central location, an easy drive from the coast and volcanic areas


  • When we visited, there was a lack of signage from the road, but we're assured that this has been improved
  • No meals provided apart from breakfast (an additional cost)
  • You're very much left to your own devices - it's best suited to more independent travellers, though the welcome is warm and friendly
  • Some may find the decor and furnishings a little more rustic than chic

Best time to go

With year-round sunshine, any time is a good time to stay at Casa Tomarén, especially if you’re feeling stressed out and need to chill in the sun.

Our top tips

There's lots to see and do nearby, but the pool here really is superb, so make sure you leave enough time to enjoy it.

Great for...

Great Outdoors
  • Boutique Villas
  • 8 villas (each sleeping 2-9)
  • Self-catering (breakfast provided + other meals on request)
  • 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
  • Laundry Service
Room: Dewa


Scattered around the sunken swimming pool, the 9 houses each have their own quirky configurations, but you can expect very similar facilities and Indonesia-meets-Morocco styling.

The Mawar and Melati, are the best choice for couples. Ours (2-storey Mawar) had a large, ground-floor living room with wheat-coloured walls, a beamed ceiling and a small fireplace for rare chilly winter nights. The small kitchen has a fridge-freezer, 4 rings, a microwave and a kettle. The bathroom has a separate wash area with 2 stone sinks and wooden steps up to a shower and toilet. An open stone staircase leads to the bedroom, where a double bed - framed by a billowing white mosquito net - faces a large window with a marvellous duvet-view of the ashen landscape and a couple of low-lying volcanic cones. It also overlooks a private walled terrace and garden coloured by hibiscus, begonia and orchids.

If budget is important, the open-plan Dewa, Dewi and Hall - are great-value and set up primarily for couples.

For families with small children, Akar Wangi and Sari Wangi each have 2 bedrooms (1 double and 1 twin) plus a garden with a barbecue and terrace.

Features include:

  • CD player
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Cots Available
  • DVD player
  • Extra beds
  • Fan
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Hairdryer
  • Hob or stove
  • Internet access
  • Microwave
  • Mosquito net
  • Radio
  • TV
  • WiFi


Breakfast is served in the dining room and conservatory every day. Down by the pool is a self-service bar.

Otherwise, all the houses are set up for self-catering, though some kitchens are more equipped than others. For example, Sari Wangi and Akar Wangi have ovens, while Mawar has only hob rings and a microwave. Sari Wangi, Akar Wangi and Melati have barbecues.

For stocking up the kitchen cupboards, the nearest supermarket is a 5-minute drive. And, although none are within a short stroll, there are several restaurants just a few minutes away. For homemade Canarian dishes try the restaurant at Caserio de Mozaga nearby. The excellent Casa del Enyesque in San Bartolomé is recommended for a creative spin on local meat and fish; the same village also offers Pizzeria El César for all things Italian. The eatery at Casa Museo y El Monumento al Campesino is a good bet for lunch.

Another option is to buy takeaway homemade Canarian dishes and spit-roasted chickens in tupperware from Baya Baya in San Bartolomé. While there, pop into the Lolita bakery opposite for freshly baked bread and cakes.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Children's meals
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Dinner by arrangement
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Hob or stove
  • Lunch by arrangement
  • Meal delivery service
  • Microwave
  • Vegetarian menu


  • Hit the waves with a surfboard, windsurfer or kiteboard, sail on the northwest coast, or get down and deep with an ocean dive experience (the best diving and snorkelling is off the southeast coast)
  • Don your boots and go walking, with or without a guide - check out the surreal Timanfaya National Park
  • You can go birdwatching all over the neighbouring La Geria nature reserve
  • Put your feet on the pedals and take in the glories of Lanzarote by mountain bike - ask Caroline or Damian to arrange bikes for you
  • Head out to sea for the big game fishing season from May to December; deep-sea fishing excursions are also possible
  • Saddle-up for a horseback view of Lanzarote's stark beauty; several nearby equestrian centres cater for all levels of rider
  • Go green and take in a round at the Costa Teguise or Tias golf clubs
  • Take an island-wide self-drive tour of monuments designed by famous local architect César Manrique; his Casa Museo y El Monumento al Campesino is just down the road
  • And then unwind back at Casa Tomaren: the team can arrange a massage for you on request

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Birdwatching
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Kitesurfing
  • Mountain biking
  • Sailing
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkelling
  • Surfing
  • Well being
  • Windsurfing


Lie back in a hammock or on a daybed near the pool and sip a cold drink from the bar while your youngsters splash about in the sunshine. Casa Tomarén is a great family-friendly spot, particularly as you feel like you're staying in your own private house. There's also a babysitter available if you want a night out or some time alone as a couple.

Being in the centre of the island, you're close to everything there is to do, but given that this is such a tranquil haven, there's no shame in doing nothing but kicking back, watching the children play and reading a good book.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

We recommend the Sari Wangi and Akar Wangi, as not only are they large, but they also each have a private terrace with a barbecue area.


Babysitting is available by arrangement (24 hours' notice at least). See Rates.

Baby equipment:

  • Baby cots
  • High chairs
  • Baby bedding
  • Stair gates (where needed)

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

Children's meals:

All houses have slightly different kitchens; basically, the bigger the house you book, the better the kitchen. Breakfast is included in the rates; at other times you can request lunch or dinner (24 hours' notice), get a takeaway from a nearby restaurant, or stock up at the local supermarket.

Kids Activities on site:

  • Communal play area
  • Swimming pool with shallow end
  • Garden with hammocks
  • Playground
  • Children's DVDs

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Mountain biking
  • Horse riding
  • Walking
  • Watersports
  • Beaches - we'd recommend Papagayo near Playa Blanca as a sheltered, sandy spot

Families Should Know:

The swimming pool isn't fenced or heated, but is behind a wall a short distance from the houses. Some houses have stair gates where needed.


  • Airport: 15 minutes
  • Hospital: 20 minutes
  • Shops: 5 minutes
Kid Friendly: Akar Wangi


Casa Tomarén is in Islote, near the tiny village of Mozaga, in central Lanzarote. It's north-west of Arrecife Airport, heading inland.

By Air:
Lanzarote Arrecife (15km away) is the island's only airport - click on the links below for a list of airlines serving it.

From the Airport
You really need a car here, but see Rates for an idea of how much a taxi may cost if you really don't want to drive.

By Car:
A car is essential unless you plan to remain in your house for the duration of your stay - see our car rental recommendations.

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

More on getting to Lanzarote and getting around


  • Lanzarote Arrecife 15.0 km ACE


  • Beach 8.0 km
  • Shops 2.0 km
  • Restaurant 2.0 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 8 independent reviews from i-escape guests


Cannot fault the location, decor and staff! We had a great stay! The huge kitchen in our house was woefully equipped however. Cooking was virtually impossible (just missing a lot of really basic kit). We gave up any kind of catering beyond sandwiches.


I did love my stay at Casa Tomaren and I think it’s a great choice for people who would like a different experience to the normal resort option. However I did find the apartment could have been a bit cleaner - mainly the floor and a bit of general dusting. The apartment had a unique style and it was spacious. Breakfast is great but simple and no variety so after a week it gets a bit repetitive. The staff are friendly and accommodating. We thought it was really good value for the size of the room and lovely pool and jacuzzi.


The landscaping is really well thought out and the pool area is very tranquil, it’s really a calm oasis but it seems tired. Certainly Dewa needed a refresh and deep clean. The kitchen area smelt damp and kitchen supplies were very basic. The breakfast was perfectly fine but again, the breakfast area needs a refresh. It is inexpensive however.


Rooms were comfortable enough but all rather tired – more shabby than chic. The kitchen smelt damp and the equipment provided was minimal (just two knives, forks and spoons – although the electrical equipment such as toaster, coffee machine, iron etc were ok). Breakfast each day was the same offering, and on some days the rolls were still a bit stale. On our first night we realised the shower head was cracked. We reported this the following morning and it was fixed the same day. Likewise, later in our holiday we noticed dripping from the roof – again we reported this and it was fixed within two days. So when alerted to an issue the team fix it immediately. However, the standards of housekeeping left a little more to be desired. When taking into consideration the very well-kept grounds and pool area, the price we paid and the pre-holiday information we received from them represented fair value.


We were upgraded to the two-bedroom Akar Wangi which was a wonderful space with a lovely private garden which had a covered seating area (loggia style). We liked the furnishings (with oriental references). The kitchen equipment was sufficient if basic. Breakfast could have been better. There was no one in charge throughout the week. The cleaner, who emptied the bathroom bins during breakfast, would do her best when around but no cooked option was offered and there was no one in the kitchen to provide one. And reception was closed for our final three days which seemed strange. Having said this, it was exactly the sort of place we look for on the i-escape website.


This is a really lovely spot, but it feels tired and shabby. It was very cold and dark (though that is probably more a casualty of the time of year and the type of house designed to keep the heat out in hot summer months), so not somewhere to hang out and relax. The in-house provisions are very basic: just enough citlery, plates etc for everyone. The staff were helpful to a point, but there were some days when reception wasn't manned at all.


A mixed bag. Accommodation in the Studio's & rooms was poor compared to the 2 bed villas which were lovely (our friends stayed in one). Whilst we were there our heating broke, the bath couldn’t fill up - so not great! No wood left for guests for the wood burning stoves. Staff were a bit absent and the pool didn't feel heated. The gardens are lovely.


Wonderful, peaceful little getaway. Located in the center and you can reach any location within 30 minutes drive. Car Is nessesary. You are pretty much on your own with little input from staff. Pool area is wonderful, but the pool is cold even though it should be heated.


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