Casa Tomaren

near Mozaga, Lanzarote, Spain Book from

Reviewed by Joe Cawley
Eight 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 8 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. Alternative health and wellness play a big part of life at Casa Tomarén - for those who choose to participate - and yoga, Tai Chi, massages and Reiki can be arranged in the colossal yoga hall. Other 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.

Highs

  • A post-apocalyptic sense of silence and seclusion; even the birds seem to sing in hushed whispers (though there's free WiFi throughout, just in case you need to check the pulse of the outside world)
  • A feeling of ownership; you're very much left to your own devices. This can also be one of the downfalls...
  • 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

Lows

  • When we visited there was a lack of signage on the main road and in the grounds, but the team assure us this has since been improved
  • No meals other than breakfast offered
  • Best suited to more independent travellers, after arrival you're given plenty of privacy (though it's always possible to reach someone if you need assistance)
  • 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...

Family
Great Outdoors
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • 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
Room: Akar Wangi

Rooms

The 8 houses are scattered around the sunken swimming pool. Each has its own quirks and bed configuration, but all have more or less the same facilities and Indonesia-meets-Morocco styling.

Ours, Mawar, is the best choice for romantic couples, occupying the most remote position. The ground floor of this 2-storey house consists of a large, terracotta-tiled living room with wheat-coloured walls, a beamed ceiling and bare stone features. Surprisingly, there's also a small fireplace for rare chilly winter nights. A large wooden coffee table takes centre stage in front of a wicker settee festooned with bright cushions.

The small kitchen has a fridge-freezer, 4 rings, a microwave, a kettle, an ironing board, and cutlery and crockery for a maximum of 3 guests. The bathroom has a separate wash area with 2 square, stone sinks. Wooden steps lead up to a shower and toilet with daylight pouring in from a high window.

An open stone staircase leads to the bedroom, where a double bed - framed by a billowing white mosquito net - faces a large double 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.

For families with small children, Kintamani would be a perfect choice with its double master room and second twin room; a stair gate provides security on the staircase.

Also ideal for families are Akar Wangi and Sari Wangi, each of which have 2 bedrooms (1 double and 1 twin) and a garden with a barbecue and terrace.

Dewa and Dewi (both studios), and Melati, a 1-bedroom house, are set up primarily for couples. Melati has a terraced private garden and barbecue; Dewa a little terrace with plants.

We're yet to see Casa Grande, the largest house, which has 3 double bedrooms and a fourth single room. It comes with a fully equipped kitchen, a large living area, a dining room, and a terrace and a balcony which look to offer impressive views over the countryside.

Features include:

  • Cd player
  • Coffee tea making
  • Cots Available
  • Dvd player
  • Extra beds
  • Fan
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Hairdryer
  • Hob stove
  • Internet access
  • Microwave
  • Mosquito net
  • Radio
  • Tv
  • WiFi

Eating

A continental breakfast is served in the 6-table dining room and 4-table conservatory between 8.30 and 11am every day. It includes cooked eggs and bacon, a choice of cereals, hams and cheeses, and a selection of home-baked breads and confectionary. Guests can help themselves to juices, coffee and tea. 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, Akar Wangi and Casa Grande 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 meals
  • Coffee tea making
  • Dinner by arrangement
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Hob stove
  • Lunch by arrangement
  • Meal delivery service
  • Microwave
  • Vegetarian menu
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Request a yoga, Tai Chi or Reiki session in the large yoga hall, or book a massage
  • 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

Activities on site or nearby include:

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

Kids

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 Sari Wangi and Akar Wangi - not only are they large, but they also have a private terrace with a barbecue area. Large families should opt for Casa Grande, which has 3 doubles and a single room, plus one of its 3 bathrooms has a bathtub. Also ideal is Kintamani, which has a master bedroom and a second bedroom with space for up to 6 single beds.

Babysitting:

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, but is behind a wall a short distance from the houses. Some houses have stair gates where needed.

Distances:

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

Our guests' ratings...

9/
Rooms
9/
Food
9/
Service
9/
Value
9/
Overall

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