Finca de Arrieta

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

Self-catering with a difference: family-friendly yurts and stone cottages (sleeping 2-8) on a self-sufficient and stylish eco resort
It’s hard to miss Finca de Arrieta. Driving north along highway LZ-1, you see to your right a traditional Lanzarote scene: a sweeping bay bordering a sugar-cube fishing village. On the left, however, is the slightly less conventional sight of a cluster of Mongolian yurts and volcanic-stone cottages set amongst 3 hectares of mango and peach trees. And donkeys.

But it’s not just the aesthetics that make Finca de Arrieta stand out from the crowd; it’s also the ethos. English owners Tila, Michelle and their family are so eco-friendly that the entire finca is 'off the grid'. There are wind turbines, solar panels and DIY egg collecting. But sparing the planet doesn’t mean skimping on comfort. Whether you choose to stay under canvas in a yurt or under slate in a cottage, you’ll find comfortable beds, Balinese furniture, hot showers and fully equipped kitchens. There's a solar-heated pool, a chill-out area with daybeds, super playground with giant chess set and trampoline, plus an honesty shop. This is a quirky rural retreat with a real feel-good factor, ideal for anyone seeking a laid-back holiday off the beaten path.

Highs

  • Fantastic value for money
  • A great option for families - yurts and cottages sleep up to 8, there's baby equipment and body boards to borrow, and young children will love the pool, trampoline and playground
  • Only 35 minutes' drive from the airport, and 300m from a sandy, family beach
  • Guest Relations are on site daily from 9am-1pm and can offer local advice or book activities, including surfing, snorkelling, sea kayaking and boat trips
  • A good choice of restaurants beachside and in the fishing village of Arrieta (a 10-minute stroll away), or Tila can deliver deli meals to your door

Lows

  • Don't expect luxury - the Eco Tower doesn't have a private kitchen, and all the accommodation is simple and stylish rather than sumptuous
  • Not for those who want complete privacy: the yurts are set close together and though they are separated by walls, noise does carry - but the atmosphere is convivial
  • The track to the beach is bumpy; you'll need a buggy with big wheels, and there are torches for after dark
  • Expect strong breezes - the weather in this part of Lanzarote is always bright but often blustery
  • You might hear occasional traffic from the nearby road

Best time to go

Lying just 100km off the coast of Africa, Lanzarote enjoys year-round sunshine and thus any month is a good time to go. Those who prefer a little less heat might want to steer clear of July and August. Expect strong sea breezes throughout the year.

Our top tips

  • If the finca is full (which it often is), and you're coming in a group, you can book the very sleek Casa de Volcan, 1 km away, with 5-6 bedrooms and a solar-heated swimming pool

  • For an alternative dip in the sea head to Caleton Blanco, a lagoon just a few minutes north of Finca de Arrieta on the way to Orzola. The warm, shallow water is ideal for young kids to splash around in.
  • Great for...

    Beach
    Cheap & Chic
    Eco
    Family
    • Boutique Cottages & Yurts
    • 7 cottages + 8 yurts + 1 large villa
    • Self-catering (+ restaurants nearby)
    • 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
    • Concierge Service
    • Board games
    • Trampoline
    Room:

    Rooms

    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.

    Features include:

    • Barbecue
    • Cd player
    • Coffee tea making
    • Cots Available
    • Extra beds
    • Food blender
    • Fridge
    • Full kitchen
    • Hob stove
    • Ipod dock
    • Microwave (on request)
    • Oven
    • Radio
    • Terrace
    • WiFi

    Eating

    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.

    Features include:

    • Children meals
    • Coffee tea making
    • Food blender
    • Fridge
    • Full kitchen
    • Hob stove
    • Honesty shop
    • Oven
    • Restaurants nearby
    • Shopping service
    Eating:
    Activity: Playa Garita

    Activities

    • Laze on a shaded daybed by the pool, while the kids amuse themselves on the trampoline and in the playground
    • Say hello to the myriad of animals on site
    • Soak up the rays on Arrieta’s sandy beach, Playa Garita, just 300m away. Afterwards, enjoy a long, lazy lunch at the beachside Casa de la Playa Garita (we recommend the paella)
    • Visit neighbouring Punta Mujeres to paddle in rock pools and snorkel in a natural lava-rock swimming pool
    • Try windsurfing, surfing or body boarding at Costa Teguise, 20 minutes away by car. Courses for novices can be arranged through Finca de Arrieta (it’s not as hard as it looks)
    • Explore above or below the waves with a sea kayak safari or scuba dive (Sally in the finca’s office can arrange these for you)
    • Don some hiking boots or hire a mountain bike and head off into the wilds along old donkey and goat paths (remember to take lots of water and sun cream)
    • Explore Timanfaya National Park, with its lunar-like landscape, which includes clusters of volcanic craters and a lava lake
    • Visit the Canaries’ eighth island, La Graciosa; zoom over in a power boat for a picnic on one of the best beaches in the area (a very memorable day out)
    • Go underground at the fabulous Cueva de los Verdes and Jameos del Agua volcanic caves (15 minutes away). Be warned, though: the multilingual ability of some of the guides is sketchy

    Activities on site or nearby include:

    • Boat trips
    • Body boarding
    • Caving
    • Hiking
    • Kayaking
    • Mountain biking
    • Playground
    • Sailing
    • Scuba diving
    • Scuba diving courses
    • Snorkelling
    • Surfing
    • Swimming
    • Wildlife
    • Windsurfing
    • Yoga

    Kids

    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.

    Best for:

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

    Family friendly accommodation:

    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:

    Babysitting can be arranged on request.

    Baby equipment:

    • Baby cots
    • Highchairs
    • Potties
    • Child steps
    • Baby baths
    • Bath mats
    • Changing mats
    • Plastic crockery

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

    Children's meals:

    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

    Kids Activities on site:

    • Swimming pool
    • Trampoline
    • Kids' playground with little play houses and giant chess set
    • Table tennis
    • Donkey rides
    • Toy box
    • Board games

    Kids Activities nearby:

    • Making sand castles and learning to body board at Playa La Garita and Costa Teguise
    • Swimming at Caleton Blanco lagoon
    • Paddling in rock pools at Punta Mujeres
    • Day trips to La Gracious

    Families Should Know:

    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.

    Distances:

    • Airport: 35 minutes
    • Shop: 5 minutes
    Kid Friendly:

    Our guests' ratings...

    Based on 15 independent reviews from i-escape guests

    9/10
    Rooms
    10/10
    Food
    9/10
    Service
    9/10
    Value
    9/10
    Overall

    I thought the value for money wasn't great as its hotel prices without the hotel treatment. On the plus side it was incredibly child friendly and everyone who works there is kind and helpful.

    8/10, , February 2017

    Great location off the beaten track but still within walking distance to the quiet and friendly village of Arrieta. Here you will find a couple of nice restaurants and a clean sandy beach. Perfect for those travelling with children. The atmosphere at the Finca is relaxed and friendly. Common areas are clean and tidy, the honesty shop well-stocked and the playing-ground a real saver. On the downside, the mosquitos! Bring repellant. Also, although the accommodation is very well-equipped, cleaning cannot be described as spotless.

    7/10, , October 2016

    Room was smaller and darker than expected. Donkey rides no longer available and our daughter was disappointed. Overall a great concept and our kids loved the freedom. As we had a late flight they allowed us spend the day in one of the bigger rooms which was very nice and eased our journey home.

    8/10, , May 2015

    Friendly welcoming team. Good quality and well maintained facilities. <br>Very good nearby restaurant in historic brewery in the hills: Los Aljibes - good quality regional dishes and good wine selection. <br> <br>

    10/10, , April 2016

    We loved the yurts, they are beautiful and cosy. Also the setup of the resort is nice. The pool is small but really nicely built, with comfy day beds. My son liked it so much he’s building the Finca's pool is his minecraft village! There we two things that we didn’t like; First and most importantly, the resort is right next to the main road that goes from Arrecife to the north. And by main road I mean: there’s a constant flow of traffic. So you hear traffic all the time, except when it’s so windy you hear only the wind and not the cars. And we were there in low season, so I imagine traffic gets even worse in high season. <br>Secondly, we didn’t particularly like the way we were welcomed, or actually not welcomed. We informed the resort about our flight number and arrival time, on their request. When we arrived there was no one there to greet us. The reception was apparently closed on that time of day, which is understandable. So we had to go online and find the email in which the name of our yurt was mentioned. Eventually we found our yurt and there was a note saying welcome Nanja & family and a bottle of wine, so that was just fine. But it was the impersonal and careless way that put us off at first. It may not sound like a big thing, but it does create a not so nice first impression. When we fall in love with a place on our travels it’s almost always because of the warmth and friendliness and care of owners or staff.

    8/10, , February 2016

    We've just come back from a stay at Finca Arrieta and was so impressed by the fabulous service. We were very unlucky to have some of the worst storms Lanzarote have seen in years last week. I'm 6 months pregnant and wasn't very well and the staff kindly offered to move us to one of their (very lovely) villas when the weather got so bad that our yurt leaked a little. The yurts are actually incredibly sturdy - the winds and rain were torrential so a few little leaks wasn't too bad, but we were so impressed with the way the owner and team dealt with moving us into more comfortable accomodation in the situation. Shame we had to move as our four year old had fallen in love with the place! She loved the donkeys, chickens and trampoline - and of course the other kids. So friendly and fun despite the awful weather. We plan to return as the island was beautiful in the last few days when the storms passed!

    10/10, , February 2016

    Overall we had a wonderful time. The place is so well thought out. The whole ethos of the eco and the honesty shop set up as well as the chickens and kids play area make it a wonderful place to relax and the kids to feel truly free.

    8/10, , May 2015

    We had a fantastic holiday at Finca de Arrieta. The place is perfectly set up for toddlers which meant the parents could have a relaxing time. The main heated pool was a hit with the little ones and also has shade cover. We stayed in the Farmhouse accommodation which is extremely spacious and fully equipped with everything you need (including the extra items on top of the standard cot and high chair for the little ones, e.g. bed guards, plastic crockery, potty and step, etc.). Highly recommend this place. The only issue we had is that the place can get quite warm as there is no air con or fans given it is eco friendly - though we were there during a heat wave where it reached 37 degrees! <br>Tips: All the Cesar Manrique attractions are fabulous to go and visit. We also had a great lunch at the Cantina restaurant in Teguise. There is a fish restaurant and a beach bar with a small play park on the beach next to the Finca in Arrieta (within walking distance) which again is great to enjoy a sundowner with little ones.

    10/10, , May 2015

    Loved the whole site. Very relaxed, lovely for the children, extremely helpful service. Definitely explore the island. Lanzarote has a lot more to offer than we realised. Very interesting landscape. Papaguyo beaches were a highlight. La Cantina restaurant in Teguise old town was brilliant.

    10/10, , April 2015

    We had a great holiday here in March 2015. It was our first visit to Lanzarote and we had a four year old and four month old with us, so expectations were high. Finca de Arrieta was perfect for us! From the warm welcome at the airport, to the excellent common facilities and play areas, the car, the friendly and helpful staff - and of course 'our' beach (as my daughter called it) which really was just a short walk away. Everything the i-escape site said it would be and even better than we expected. The farmers box, dine in at home - and yoga! - were great additions and to be recommended. On top of all that the island was more beautiful and interesting than we had imagined - we will be back!

    9/10, , March 2015

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