“Eight rustic houses (each sleeping 2-8) with Bohemian overtones make up this cosy converted farm in the heart of Lanzarote”
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.
- 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
- 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
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Our top tips
- 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
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Daily Maid Service
- Towels & Bedlinen
Scattered around the sunken swimming pool, the 8 houses each have their own quirky configurations, but you can expect very similar facilities and Indonesia-meets-Morocco styling.
Ours, One-Bedroom Villa 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. The small kitchen has a fridge-freezer, 4 rings, a microwave and a kettle. The bathroom has a separate wash area with 2 square, stone sinks and then wooden steps up to a shower and toilet where daylight pours 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 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. One-Bedroom Villa Melati is very similar, and makes a great alternative for couples. If budget is important, the open-plan Studios - Dew, Dewi and Hall - are great-value and set up primarily for couples.
For families with small children, Large Two-Bedroom Villa Kintamani would be a perfect choice. It has a double master room and second twin room; a stair gate provides security on the staircase. Similarly, Two-Bedroom Villas Akar Wangi and Sari Wangi each have 2 bedrooms (1 double and 1 twin) plus a garden with a barbecue and terrace.
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.
- Cd player
- Coffee tea making
- Cots Available
- Dvd player
- Extra beds
- Full kitchen
- Hob stove
- Internet access
- Mosquito net
A continental breakfast is served in the dining room and conservatory 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.
- Children meals
- Coffee tea making
- Dinner by arrangement
- Full kitchen
- Hob stove
- Lunch by arrangement
- Meal delivery service
- Vegetarian menu
- 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:
- Mountain biking
- Scuba diving
- Well being
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.
Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)
Family friendly accommodation:
We recommend the Two-Bedroom Villas (Sari Wangi and Akar Wangi), as not only are they large, but they also each have a private terrace with a barbecue area. Larger 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 Large Two-Bedroom Villa Kintamani, which has a master bedroom and a second bedroom with space for up to 6 single beds.
Babysitting is available by arrangement (24 hours' notice at least). See Rates.
- Baby cots
- High chairs
- Baby bedding
- Stair gates (where needed)
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
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
- Children's DVDs
Kids Activities nearby:
- Mountain biking
- Horse riding
- 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.
- Airport: 15 minutes
- Hospital: 20 minutes
- Shops: 5 minutes