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 a slightly less conventional sight: a cluster of Mongolian yurts and volcanic-stone cottages set amongst 3 hectares of mango and peach trees.

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, a 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 picnic boxes and deli meals can be delivered 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
  • Access to the beach includes crossing a busy road and navigating a bumpy track, but 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 you're coming in a group and the finca is full (which it often is), book the self-catering Casa Volcan instead (1km away). Its very sleek, 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

Finca de Arrieta has a huge variety of accommodation, from couple-friendly yurts and restored watermills to family-friendly yurt clusters and spacious villas.

Yurts for 2-4
Set in small private garden areas, the Eco Chico Yurt (sleeps 2) and Eco Palm Yurt (sleeps 2-4) are great for couples. We stayed in the Eco Yurt (sleeps 2-4) - it was well appointed, cosy and furnished with antique Mongolian furniture. All have kitchens and bathrooms next to the yurts.

Buildings for 2-4
Ideal for a couple, the Eco Tower (sleeps 2) is a restored water mill with 360-degree sea and mountain views, a super-kingsize bed, an ensuite and access to a communal kitchen. The Eco Lodge, Eco Garden Cottage and Eco Casita (all sleep 2-4) are self-contained stone-walled open-plan studios with kitchens, bathrooms and lounge areas.

Yurts for 4+
Within private garden areas, the Eco Chiquitita Yurt (sleeps 4) and Eco Twin Yurt (sleeps 4-6) each have 2 bedroom-style yurts and an alfresco shaded dining terrace. The larger Eco Beach Yurt (sleeps 4-9) has an additional palm-leaf covered pod, sat on a raised platform. Our favourite was the tardis-like Eco Yurt Royale (sleeps 4-8). Its interior has 83sq.m of eastern promise, with 2 doubles and 2 single beds separated by drapes. Mosquito nets and Balinese furniture add to the exotic air. Similar in style and comfort is the Eco Yurt Suite (sleeps 4-6). All have private kitchens and shower bathrooms.

Buildings for 4+
The detached Eco Barn (sleeps 4) has a child’s bunk room and a lovely bbq terrace. The larger Eco Luxury Villa (sleeps 4-6) has 2 bedrooms (a double and a twin) plus a sofabed. The vast 3-double bedroom Eco Farmhouse (sleeps 4-8) comes with a private plunge pool and a wonderful outdoor lounge area. All have a private kitchen and lounge.

Off-site Villa for 6-12
In the nearby village of Tabayesco, the new self-catering Casa Volcan is an enormous and much more modern retreat. We're yet to personally view it, but it has a solar-heated swimming pool and 5 / 6 bedrooms.

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

All yurts and most buildings have a private kitchen and dining terrace. If you’re staying in the Eco Tower you’ll use communal cooking facilities, but the laid-back atmosphere is conducive to swapping tales around the stove. Self-catering Casa Volcan is in Tabayesco village (1km away).

The kitchens are very well equipped: ovens, hobs, fridge-freezers, pots and pans, crockery and cutlery. Basic supplies include tea, coffee, sugar, milk, crisps, washing-up liquid and bin bags. There are no high-energy appliances (expect a ring-top kettle), but you can request a microwave.

There’s a small on-site honesty shop with soft drinks and snacks, plus you can collect eggs from the farm's hens. If you’re super-organised, pre-order a basket of local produce: fresh fruit, vegetables, herbs, wine, cheese and jam.

Beyond the finca, fill your fridge with from one of Arrieta’s two small but well-stocked supermarkets (a short stroll away) or the large hypermarket in Costa Teguise (20 minutes’ drive).

Arrieta might be a small village, but its main road and waterfront include some lovely eateries, like the great Chiringuito beachside snack bar and Amancer, which specialises in fantastic fresh fish and seafood. Tila and Michelle can also recommend other restaurants in the surrounding villages.

Features include:

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

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 garlic prawns)
  • Visit neighbouring Punta Mujeres to paddle in rock pools and snorkel in a natural lava-rock swimming pool
  • Explore the waves with windsurfing, surfing, body boarding, scuba diving or a sea kayak safari - the finca’s can arrange these for you
  • Hike or mountain bikeinto the wilds along old donkey and goat paths (take lots of water and sun cream)
  • Explore Timanfaya National Park's lunar-like landscape, includeing clusters of volcanic craters and a lava lake
  • Zoom over to La Graciosa island in a power boat and have a picnic on one of the area's best beaches (a very memorable day out)
  • Go underground at the fabulous Cueva de los Verdes and Jameos del Agua volcanic caves (15 minutes away)
  • Visit one of the island's volcanic vineyards, they are like none you’ve ever seen and the wine is pretty good. too!

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

Finca de Arrieta is extremely welcoming to kids of all ages - they'll be in their element bouncing on the trampoline, splashing in the pool and clambering about in the playground. The quirky accommodation is great for families wanting a fuss-free holiday without a guilty eco conscience, too. 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:

Larger families wanting a building should consider the Eco Barn (2 bedrooms) and Eco Luxury Villa (2 bedrooms), Eco Farmhouse (3 bedrooms). Casa Volcan ihas 5-6 bedrooms and is located 1km off-site, with a private pool. Of the yurts, the Eco Yurt Suite and Eco Yurt Royale each have multiple beds in one enormous yurt, whereas the Eco Twin Yurt, Eco Chiquitita Yurt and Eco Beach Yurt bedrooms span 2 yurts - good for older children.

Bathrooms in all but the Most bathrooms have showers only (baby baths can be provided on request). The Eco Farmhouse, Eco Luxury Villa, Eco Yurt Suite and Eco Yurt Royale have bathtubs.

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. Guests staying in the Eco Tower use communal cooking facilities.

Kids Activities on site:

  • Swimming pool
  • Trampoline
  • Kids' playground with little play houses and giant chess set
  • Table tennis
  • Ducks and chickens to visit
  • 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 and you have to cross a busy road. 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. Teenagers looking for a bit of neon nightlife may be disappointed here, Arrieta is a small, sleepy village.

Distances:

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

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 14 independent reviews from i-escape guests

9/10
Room
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,

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,

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,

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

10/10,

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.
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,

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,

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,

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!
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,

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,

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,

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