Villa Alcalde

Macher, Lanzarote, Spain Book from Book from £364 per night

An elegant and tranquil rural villa with a heated pool and hot tub, just 10 minutes’ drive from a buzzing beach resort (sleeps 14-16)
Lanzarote is famed for its profusion of light, space and eye-popping panoramas. Villa Alcalde provides this holy trinity in bucketfuls, thanks to an open-plan design and ‘as-far-as-the-eye-can-see’ vistas. Set at the edge of Mácher, a rural village in the south, electric gates roll back to reveal a vast 1,200 sq.m plot. The landscaped gardens come with a heated pool and a 7-bedroom villa, wrapped with a wooden veranda. Inside, we found a calming, muted grey colour palette accented by hints of mustard.

We spent hours sitting on the deck, soaking up those views - a gentle slope of volcanic scrubland, dotted with palm trees and whitewashed villas, down to a watery horizon. Behind the villa, Mácher's sugar-cube houses dot the landscape and volcanic cones form a serrated backdrop. Walkers, sports enthusiasts and those after a chilled group or family holiday away from the crowds will find Villa Alcalde ticks all the right boxes. To feed the masses, there are indoor and outdoor kitchens and dining areas, plus a Stonehenge-like BBQ area. If you're too relaxed to wave a spatula, a trio of restaurants lies within walking distance.

Highs

  • Gorgeous, far-reaching views to the ocean
  • A sense of rural solitude, yet just 10 minutes' drive from Arrecife airport and the buzzy beach resort of Puerto del Carmen
  • Great for 1-3 families, with a games area, a high-walled garden and a gated, heated pool
  • All 7 bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms. There are 5 doubles and 2 twin/doubles, plus a sofabed for extra guests

Lows

  • A strict cancellation policy and a 7-night minimum stay all year
  • You'll need a car to get here, and to reach the beach
  • Although there are restaurants within walking distance, you'll probably want to drive in the evenings as there are no proper pavements
World Favourite Family Hideaway

    Parents should know...

    All bathrooms are shower only; no baths

On request

  • Heated pool with swimming toys
  • Gardens
  • Pool table
  • Table tennis
  • Puzzles and board games
  • TV/DVD player
  • A sandy beach with watersports

Great for...

Beach
Family
Great Outdoors
  • Boutique Villa
  • 7 bedrooms
  • Self catering; restaurants nearby
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Heated Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Babysitting
  • Creche / Kids Club
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Towels & Bedlinen
  • Concierge Service
  • Jacuzzi
Room:

Rooms

To maximise on natural light and the villa's views, the accommodation is arranged upside-down. On the top floor, there's a huge open-plan living room and contemporary kitchen, united by a timber, 10-seater dining table. This whole area represents the villa’s eclectic style as a whole: laid-back, high-tech and rustic-chic. Also on this floor is a double bedroom and shower bathroom, plus a TV room with comfy sofas (one of which is a double sofabed for extra guests).

Another 5 bedrooms are downstairs, 2 of which can be set up as twin rooms. Unfussy and neutral, with ensuite shower bathrooms and cool bamboo-ladder towel rails, all but one has direct access to the garden. An adjoining outbuilding contains the 7th double bedroom, perfect for those who prefer a little more privacy.

Features include:

  • Barbecue
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Coffee maker
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD player
  • Fan
  • Food blender
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Hairdryer
  • Hob or stove
  • Ipod dock
  • Jacuzzi
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Radio
  • Safe box
  • Satellite TV
  • Swimming pool
  • Terrace
  • Toaster
  • Toiletries
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • WiFi

Eating

Before you hit the supermarket, you’re given a welcome pack: bread, milk, cheese and biscuits, plus water, Coke and a bottle of Cava as a thank you for booking through i-escape. The kitchen is fully equipped for self-catering and includes a dishwasher. There’s also a kitchen/prep area in the garden, as well as a BBQ grill sheltered by rocks. Mácher grocery shops are an easy drive away.

If you want somebody else to do the work, ask the villa managers to book a private chef, or head for one of the 3 restaurants within a 10-minute walk. My pick of the bunch also happens to be the closest. The elegant and avant garde La Tegala presents innovative Spanish/Canarian cuisine via 9-dish tasting menus. It’s not cheap, and it’s certainly not an everyday restaurant, but it does offer sensational food. Expect combinations you’ve probably never tasted before, like melon infused with martini, and fillet of beef served with noisette butter and avocado alioli. Bear in mind the pavements around here range from ‘short’ to ‘non-existent’. The route to restaurants is along a busy, unlit road, so at night I’d recommend driving.

Features include:

  • Barbecue
  • Chef on request
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Coffee maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Food blender
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Hob or stove
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Shopping service
  • Toaster
  • Welcome hamper
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Chill out in the heated outdoor pool and hot tub, or read on the veranda and admire the views
  • The sandy stretches of Puerto del Carmen are 10 minutes away and provide the usual bucket-and-spade pleasures for toddlers, as well as watersports for bigger kids and adults
  • The island's main highway runs through Mácher, meaning all the island’s highlights are within 30-35 minutes’ drive. See the moonscapes of Timanfaya National Park, the bizarre vineyards of La Geria, the otherworldly volcanic caves and pools of Jameos del Agua and the blissful sandy coves of Papagayo
  • The villa managers can arrange anything from yoga classes and bike hire to surf lessons; just ask
  • The nearby Tinasoria Mountain is a take-off point for paragliders and hang-gliders
  • Lanzarote Golf course is within striking distance

Best Time to go

Because of its year-round sunshine, any time is good to visit Lanzarote; average temperatures rarely stray out of the 20-28-degrees Celsius range. The heat is most intense during July, August and September.

Our Top Tips

The idyllic white-sand beach of Caleton Blanco is one of the island’s best secrets, with crystal-clear waters.
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Location

Villa Alcalde is set in walled gardens on a tranquil cul-de-sac at the edge of Mácher (a traditional agricultural village) in southern Lanzarote. It’s 4km from Lanzarote’s biggest beach resort, Puerto del Carmen.

By Air:
Lanzarote's Arrecife Airport (9km away) is served by a range of scheduled, charter and budget flights from the UK and elsewhere - click on the links below for a list of airlines.

From the Airport
The rural location means you'll probably want a car (though transfers are available if you don't drive). See our car rental recommendations.

Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.com.

More on getting to Lanzarote and getting around

Airports:

  • Arrecife Airport 9.0 km ACE

Other:

  • Beach 4.0 km
  • Shops 2.0 km
  • Restaurant 2.0 km

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