We stayed here for a couple of days as part of a broader tour of Lanzarote ... and concluded after about 10 minutes that we shouldn't have bothered with anywhere else!
Where to start? Well ... this is a very special retreat. It's very, very cleverly sited in the most peaceful, rural and traditional northern part of the island: a million miles away in terms of its culture, 'back to nature' feel and plain old-fashioned courtesy from the tourist areas of the east and south. The Finca is near enough to road access to make day trips by car - to any part of the island - very simple: but inside the grounds, it radiates a gentle, laid back, very tranquil ambience. Result: you just can't help feeling totally away from it all and wrapped in a private world of incredibly comfortable simplicity.
It's position, just outside the small fishing town (really no more than a large village) of Arriete, is close enough to the beach to walk in minutes - and just a couple of minutes further to a couple of top-rate restaurants. As well as that more immediate convenience, there are some truly stunning walks into the hills towards Harria and, only slightly further north, the Mirador de Rio and the tiny town of Orzola from where the ferry runs regularly to La Graciosa. The Harria walk offers fabulous views (and good exercise!) and was a must as far as we were concerned.
The yurts are special: we hadn't heard the expression 'glamping' before we went to the Finca, but completely understand the concept. It is wholly back to nature - as 'under the stars' as you could ever want to be - yet immensely civilised! And clean. And comfortable - that bed ...! And sociable - if you want to mix. And fun - collecting hens' eggs from the friendliest hens I've ever encountered! And as for the baby donkey ... talk about a soft touch for a piece of carrot! You probably get the picture.
This review would not be complete without a final word on the brains and effort behind it all. Tila and Michelle, the creators, have combined a unique Eco-vision with family values, genuine hospitality and offering outstanding value for money. That they've made commercial sense of it is a real tribute to their determination to establish a viable, but very different destination that ticks all the boxes - and especially if you simply can't stand the thought of yet another hotel or villa, and fellow tourists hell-bent on comparing Lanzarote with Benidorm.
Their deep knowledge of the island and genuine concern for the happiness of their guests is just guaranteed to ensure you make the very most of your time on Lanzarote.
And last but by no means least (I wouldn't dare!) come Sally and Nigel who look after the Finca day-to-day. They are simply and utterly dedicated to what they do - and it shows in every aspect of the retreat. Sally spared no effort to make sure we were looked after, and Nigel masterminds the paella feast on Wednesday evenings: the best we've ever eaten.
So - thank you all at Lanzarote Retreats for creating and sharing such a special experience. Next year's visit is already being planned ...!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Finca De Arrieta is a great example of rural Eco Tourism on Lanzarote. Being just 300mts from the sandy beach & sea front restaurants its a perfect place to unwind & soak up the sun. Finca De Arrieta is Off Grid, all electric is provided by Wind Turbines & Solar Panels. Guests can enjoy collecting fresh eggs from the hen house, solar heated pool, the convenience of our honesty shop & for younger visitors the play park. Fifteen different accommodations are on offer including a luxury villa's, cottage's & a range of unique & fun Yurts. Some of these come complete with VIP airport transfers (ideal for a stress free start to your holiday) & exclusive use of a hybrid Toyota Car throughout your stay. Finca De Arrieta is perfect for families & couples alike. Come & stay for a chance to experience real Eco living in style. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Finca De Arrieta Hotel Arrieta
- Finca De Arrieta Lanzarote, Spain