We’re just back from a winter break at this popular hotel in La Palma, Canaries. It’s popped up many times in our holiday searches and we’ve dismissed it because of remote location, but as we’ve had a mad few months we thought we would give it a go.
It certainly is a place to rest, with over ten pools to choose from and loads of sunbeds. One pool is heated and this was naturally the busiest, but there were lots of secluded places to nip off to and read.
We were all inclusive and generally speaking the quality of the food was good – especially the veggie selections. I can vouch for the rose wine and cava but the coffee was dire and completely unpalatable. There is a kettle in your room, so my advice would be take your own.
We took breakfast on the terrace at the La Choza restaurant and it was fab to start the morning with a sea view.
The hotel is set in lush sub tropical gardens which was a real joy. Loads of wildlife too – including lizards, egret and a couple of kestrels which flew over every day.
Our room was colonial in style with an excellent shower, separate bath and marble basin. The room was huge with a large verandah looking out towards the gardens. My only complaint was that the room was cool because it got no sun at all. Fine in the summer, but in the winter, not so good. We enquired about upgrading but the hotel was full so we stayed put and they gave us extra blankets.
The hotel is fairly isolated, but there is a little bar about 25 minutes walk where you can get decent coffee, as well as a good selection of fresh fish and wrinkly potatoes with freshly made mojo sauce and alioli. The view from the bar is fantastic too.
We took the bus to the capital one day – an hour away over the very tortuous mountain road. It has really good shopping plus some very pretty houses with traditional balconies. We enjoyed some excellent tapas too. The bus ride is not for the faint hearted – in fact the lady behind me threw up because of all the twists and turns!
We picked a bad day to go into town unfortunately as it poured with rain and was pretty cold – but it gave me an excuse to buy a jacket!
The hotel is surrounded by banana plantations which we found fascinating – there were little trucks carrying bananas about and lots of processing plants along the road to the hotel.
Evenings at the hotel were spent in the huge riad style bar/lounge. There is a separate entertainment lounge for those who prefer to watch a show, but we were happy to chat to anyone and everyone in the bar. The hotel appeals to a diverse range of nationalities and we enjoyed some fun conversations with new friends from Aarhus to Essex. Bar service was hit and miss at busy times with no-one clocking who was next in the queue, so that those who shouted loudest were served.
I think I would return if I wanted a complete rest – I read eight books in two weeks which was pretty relaxing! There is a little library where you can swap books and I made full use of it. The hotel is four stars and it just about gets there….better coffee would make all the difference!