“A charismatic country-house conversion with restaurant on the fringe of pretty Yaiza”
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.
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.
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.
Teens (over 12)
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
Baby cots are available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking