“Self-catering with a difference: family-friendly yurts and stone cottages (sleeping 2-8) on a self-sufficient and stylish eco resort”
The white Mongolian yurts scattered around the gardens vary in size, from the small Eco Chico Yurt and Eco Palm Yurt and Eco Yurt (both with kingsize beds and ideal for couples) to the Eco Chiquitita Yurt and Eco Twin Yurt, made up of 2 yurts and a covered dining terrace (each sleeps 4; best suited a family). The larger Eco Beach Yurt is made up of 2 yurts, both with a double bed, and a palm-leaf covered pod, sat on a raised platform which works as a living or summer sleeping area with a double sofa bed. All have private kitchens and bathrooms (most with a shower only), set in stone buildings next to the tents.
Our favourite was the jaw-loosening Eco Yurt Royale, which sleeps up to 8, and would be perfect for family holiday with the grandparents. Its tardis-like interior has 83sq.m of eastern promise, with 2 kingsize beds and 2 single beds separated by weighted, drop-down drapes. Mosquito nets, Balinese furniture and Mongolian artefacts add to the exotic air. Within its walled garden is a bathroom with a bath and a shower, a thatched dining hut raised on stilts, a curtained Balinese daybed, and a huge open-sided kitchen and lounge area. Similar in style and comfort is the Eco Yurt Suite, which sleeps up to 6 in a super-kingsize bed, 2 single beds and 2 rollaway beds; both this, the Eco Casita (see below) and the Eco Yurt Royale come with airport transfers and exclusive use of a Toyota Prius hybrid car.
For those who prefer their accommodation made of sturdier stuff, the Eco Tower is a restored water mill with 360-degree sea and mountain views. Ideal for a couple, it has a super-kingsize bed, an ensuite shower room and access to a communal kitchen. Slightly larger, with an open-plan contemporary interior and room for 2 adults and a child is the Eco Lodge. The stone-walled Eco Garden Cottage and Eco Casita are open-plan self-contained studios for up to 4 people, with kitchens, bathrooms and lounge areas with sofabeds.
For larger families (and budgets) are the Eco Barn (sleeps 4), the Eco Luxury Villa, which sleeps up to 6 in 2 bedrooms (a double and a twin) and a sofabed, and the vast 3-double-bedroom Eco Farmhouse, which accommodates up to 8. The latter 2 have a lounge and a kitchen, plus 2 bathrooms; the farmhouse also comes with its own private plunge pool and a wonderful outdoor lounge area. Rates also include airport transfers and use of a car.
Off site, in the nearby village of Tabayesco, the new Casa Volcan is an enormous and much more modern retreat suitable for up to 12 (in 5/6 bedrooms). We're yet to personally view it, but it's self-catering, has a solar-heated swimming pool and also includes airport transfers and use of a car.
Most cottages and all tents have a private kitchen; if you’re staying in the Eco Tower you’ll need to use communal cooking facilities, but the laid-back atmosphere is conducive to swapping tips and tales around the stove. And you can dine in private, as all have their own terraces with tables, chairs and BBQs (the Eco Yurt Royale also has a funky Balinese dining house on stilts).
The kitchens are very well equipped, with ovens, hobs, fridge-freezers, pots and pans, crockery and cutlery, plus basic supplies such as tea, coffee, sugar, milk, crisps washing-up liquid and bin bags. The eco ethos means there are no high-energy appliances such as dishwashers or electric kettles (you get a ring-top kettle instead), though microwaves are provided on request. A basket of fresh local produce, including fruit, vegetables, herbs, wine, cheese and jam, can be pre-ordered, or you can fill your fridge with supplies from one of the 2 small but well-stocked supermarkets in Arrieta (a short stroll away) or the large hypermarket in Costa Teguise (20 minutes by car). There’s a small honesty shop at the finca, with a variety of soft drinks and snacks, and if you want to whip up an omelette you can collect eggs from the farm's hens.
The village of Arrieta might be small, but it packs a punch when it comes to the number of options for eating out. No less than 7 restaurants, including the great Chiringuito beachside snack bar, grace its main road and waterfront; Amancer is perhaps pick of the bunch, specialising in fantastic fresh fish and seafood. Tila and Michelle can also recommend other restaurants in the surrounding villages, including LagOmar, which was previously owned by Omar Sharif.
Casa Volcan is in village of Tabayesco village (1km away) and has a full kitchen, a dining area and an alfresco poolside barbecue area.
Kids of all ages will love it here (except perhaps teenagers looking for a bit of neon nightlife), and the quirky accommodation is a great option for families who want a fuss-free holiday without a guilty eco conscience. Tila and Michelle have a young family themselves and are extremely welcoming to children, who will be in their element bouncing on the trampoline, splashing in the pool and clambering about in the playground. There are also donkeys, ducks, chickens, cats, a dog and a frog to meet. During school holidays kids have the run of the place, visiting each other, and roaming around playing together.
Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)
The Eco Farmhouse (3 double bedrooms), Eco Barn (1 double and 1 twin) and Eco Luxury Villa (1 double and 1 twin) are ideal for larger families, as are the Eco Casita, Eco Yurt Suite and Eco Yurt Royale; all come with the use of a Toyota Prius hybrid car. The Eco Twin Yurt, Eco Chiquitita Yurt and Eco Beach Yurt would suit families with older children who might want their own space. Those with 1 or 2 children will find space aplenty in the Eco Garden Cottage and the Eco Yurt. Bathrooms in all but the Eco Farmhouse, Eco Luxury Villa, Eco Yurt Suite and Eco Yurt Royale have showers only, but baby baths can be provided on request. Casa Volcan is enormous and much more private: 1km away with a private pool and 5/6 bedrooms.
Babysitting can be arranged on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
The kitchens are fully set up for self-catering, although you may have to share facilities with other guests if staying in the Eco Tower. Plastic crockery and highchairs are available on request
The track from the finca to the beach is very bumpy. We don't recommend attempting it with a buggy. The resort is surrounded by walls and set back from the road so parents can relax and leave the kids to their own devices knowing they are safe.