La Casona de Yaiza

Yaiza, Lanzarote, Spain Book from

Reviewed by Joe Cawley
A charismatic country-house conversion with restaurant on the fringe of pretty Yaiza
Positioned at the very edge of Yaiza, a whitewashed village of utter inertia in Lanzarote’s wild interior, La Casona de Yaiza is a converted country house catering to outdoorsy types. It offers a stylish base with comfortable facilities, in an attractive rural setting. Owned by the same proprietor as nearby Casa de Hilario, it sets itself a couple of marks higher when it comes to spaciousness and décor.

Inside, the hotel weaves a touch of elegance into the ‘walkers' guesthouse’ feel, with dashes of Italian Renaissance art and Sunday-best furniture. The 10 rooms and suites feature ceiling frescoes and gaily daubed headboards. All have nice ensuite bathrooms, some with free-standing tubs. Aside from tramping up and down volcanoes, activities such as horse riding, diving and sailing can all be arranged by the owner. Closer to home, guests can make use of the outdoor pool, hire bikes to potter around the village, or delve into the art-lined communal lounge in the cellar. Up on the roof, a Jacuzzi provides bubble-laden views of the sloping hills of Fenauso, a protected area that's ideal for hiking.

Highs

  • Owner José makes it his personal mission to arrange any imaginable activity desired (within reason!)
  • The grotto-like lounge in the cellar is a great hideaway for chilling out with a glass of wine
  • The village of Yaiza is one of the prettiest on the island and its heart is within easy strolling distance
  • A pool (heated in winter) and jacuzzi for relaxing

Lows

  • Reports before that suggest the food had gone downhill
  • Trying to find a member of staff can be a challenge - don’t lose José’s mobile number or you'll be left to your own devices
  • Some of the furniture has a feel of faded grandeur, with the exception of newly renovated rooms 1, 3 and 9
  • The thick stone walls restrict WiFi access to the public areas
  • Wooden floors mean noise really travels
  • The rooms and restaurant can feel a little chilly at times

Best time to go

The sun shines all year round in Lanzarote. Winter is one of the most popular times, when north Europeans start to shiver and yearn for warmth. July and August can be very hot and might be best avoided if you’re planning to go hiking or biking.

Our top tips

Take a stroll through sleepy Yaiza, largely unchanged for centuries. It's peaceful and very pretty.

Great for...

Great Outdoors
Wedding
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 10
  • Restaurant and bar (closed Thursdays)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Bicycles Available
Room:

Rooms

The 6 Double Rooms, 3 Junior Suites and 1 Suite are spread over 2 floors. They’re all decorated to a high standard and either overlook or lead onto a stone-flagged courtyard or the cacti-studded gardens. All are very spacious and unique in design; the Junior Suites and Suite are bigger and have seating areas.

Light pastel shades or gleaming whites cover the walls and ceilings, except where intricate frescoes have been delicately created. In my room, a pair of floating cherubs smiled down from above - quite a masterpiece but apparently crafted by one of the owner’s friends.

These touches of Italian Renaissance styling are continued in detailed artwork on the headboards and in the many gilt-framed pictures hanging on the stone walls and wood-panelled hallways. Regal red seems to be the chosen colour for the corridors leading to the bedrooms, with chaises longues and padded armchairs arranged at either end. The upholstery in some areas has seen better days, but it does permeate a charming feel of faded grandeur.

All rooms have TVs (most flat-screen) with multi-lingual satellite channels, plus a safe and plenty of wardrobe space. The ensuite bathrooms come with contemporary wash basins, walk-in showers, hairdryers, fluffy robes and slippers, and a basketful of complimentary toiletries. Some also have free-standing tubs.

One note of criticism: the house's ‘old charm’ (wooden floors and panels) can make for a creaky environment in the upstairs rooms, and footsteps, no matter how light, can be heard with every movement.

Features include:

  • Bathrobes
  • Cots Available
  • Extra beds
  • Hairdryer
  • Safe box
  • Satellite tv
  • Slippers
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi

Eating

The hotel’s restaurant and bar has been considered by some to be among the best on the island - and has been praised as such by French newspaper Le Monde. It's open for dinner every day except Thursday, and for lunch from Saturday to Wednesday.

The renowned chef turns out a varied Mediterranean-style menu, creative in both presentation and flavour. If you have a problem choosing, take our advice. Do not miss the tuna paté or corn pies with red pepper marmalade for starters, then make straight for the leg of lamb. And although you may be replete afterwards, it would be very rude to leave the table without at least sinking a spoon into the chocolate volcano dessert. If there’s something you fancy that’s not on the menu, ask and ye shall receive… the staff are accommodating to suggestions.

A large continental breakfast is laid out every morning, and can be eaten in the restaurant or on the tree-shaded patio outside. Breads, cheeses, meats, yoghurts: all the usual suspects. Fruit from the hotel’s orchard (often juicy figs) is served when in season.

A small clutch of alternative eateries are located within a short stroll if you fancy dining out. Highly recommended is La Era, which also happens to be the closest. It's set in a pretty whitewashed villa, with a menu of local specialities and Canarian classics.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
Eating:
Activity: Timanfaya National Park

Activities

  • Follow the camels towards Timanfaya National Park; José will guide you if he’s free. Here, you'll find a stunning lunar landscape of reds and blacks, created by volcanic activity

  • Stroll, shop, windsurf or sail at the swanky Rubicón marina in Playa Blanca (20 minutes away)

  • Or ask José to arrange a private boat trip to visit coves and empty beaches; he can also advise on the best dive spots

  • Grab your tackle and head out to sea for the big game fishing season, from May to December. If you're lucky, you can catch marlin, tuna and wahoo

  • Swing a club at one of 2 golf courses on the island

  • Visit the vivid green volcanic lagoon of El Golfo, just a short drive away

  • Take to 4-legged transport - horse or camel - at nearby Lanzarote a Caballo, and enjoy an afternoon's ride

  • Yoga lessons can be arranged at the hotel or at sister property Casa de Hilario; request when checking in

  • Lanzarote is fast becoming a big destination for cycling, triathlons and Iron Man programmes. You can rent bikes from the hotel for training or gentle exploration

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Boat trips
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Horse-riding
  • Mountain biking
  • Private guided tours
  • Sailing
  • Scuba diving
  • Shopping / markets
  • Windsurfing
  • Yoga

Kids

Children are welcome at the hotel, although there are no specific facilities, toys or games for kids. Cots are available free of charge on request; children 3-12 years old pay a supplement if staying in an extra bed.

Best for:

Teens (over 12)

Family friendly accommodation:

Cots Available, Extra Beds Available

Baby equipment:

Baby cots are available on request.

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

Kid Friendly:

Our guests' ratings...

8/
Rooms
8/
Food
9/
Service
8/
Value
8/
Overall

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