We spent the last night of our holiday in Finca de la Florida, after 6 nights in a cheap and cheerful aparthotel in Costa Teguise for the first 6 nights - and I don't think we could have made a better choice.
The set-up is a bit unconventional, as the owners don't live onsite, so be aware that you'll need to pre-communicate your time of arrival so that there will be someone available at reception to check you in. The receptionist was helpful and showed us around the grounds and to our room. After which, we were left to our own devices (we had the run of the place as the only other guests arrived later that night).
The building is gorgeous, many older features but renovated with care and tact. Our room was comfy and welcoming, with a balcony to boot overlooking the vineyard and mountains.
This brings me onto the ambience - we enjoyed our too-short stay at Finca de la Florida because of the peace and tranquility. After arriving we debated taking a swim, but the water was a bit cold and full of insects (hey, it's the countryside, let's be realistic people) and instead we went for a long walk around the grounds and vineyards - it was very interesting to see all the different trees and plants (we spotted lemons, limes, oranges, figs, nuts, cherries and of course vines). Inside the finch there is a lovely common lounge area with an open fire, selection of books and board games - I'd love to return for a longer stay in the winter. There's plenty to entertain kids onsite too; outside alone there is a climbing frame, swings, crazy golf and a tennis court (good ole' physical activity, as it was back in my day, before Wii's and arcade machines and karaoke etc...)
We booked a half-board package deal, so we had dinner (3 course meal) in the evening in the restaurant - this must be pre-booked in advance to allow the staff to buy in ingredients and prepare. To be perfectly honest I wasn't expecting much from the food but I was blown away by the starter (salad with caramelised goats' cheese, tomato, bacon and nuts) and the main (leg of duck with a mixed-berry sauce) - the dessert was fairly simple, fruit and cream. Andres, the owner, was a great host (he was a chef in the Basque country before - ask him about the trophies in the lounge!) and he and his wife returned in the morning to set up the breakfast buffet.
That brings me onto expectations - I wouldn't recommend this hotel if you don't have a car. Trying to reach it by public transport/taxis would be much too tricky, the charm is that you're smack bang in the middle of the relatively unspoilt vineyard region of Lanzarote. The set-up with no staff on site is unconventional, yes, but I was already aware of it having read reviews and I have to say I enjoyed the privacy/freedom. This hotel is perfect for those, like my partner and I, in dire need of R&R, fresh air, good food and getting away from civilisation.
Like ChasMM, the local wine El Grifo, or better yet Malvasia' Seco comes highly recommended.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Finca de la Florida Rural Hotel is surrounded by 15.000 m2 of vineyards and bordering the Timanfaya National Park. A Hotel full of enchantment where guests can find a mix of styles and cultures…where lines and curves meet… ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Finca De La Florida Hotel Lanzarote/San Bartolome