Cut into the cliffs on the edge of the beach in chilled-out Canyamel, being here feels rather like being on a cruise ship.
Described as ‘vintage’ in the marketing bumf, the hotel has kept those lovely lines of the era, but the rooms themselves are nothing special. Clean and comfortable enough, the furniture is dated rather than retro-chic and I think it’s worth paying the extra for a Sea View room with a terrace, over the bigger Mountain View rooms (without a terrace). All have WiFi included in the price.
Here the vintage look is a bit more successful. The lobby lounge and terrace remind me of places I’ve stayed on the beach in California, with lots of whitewashed wood and plate-glass windows, and greens, blues and turquoises picking up on the colour of the sea. I love the curved, decked terrace here, one of the nicest on the island.
Eating and drinking
The hotel used to be called Las Cuevas, after the caves that now house their very own lobster tanks. You can choose your own before dinner, and have a glass of fizz while it’s cooked to order. It’s not cheap – good lobster never is, and never should be - but the quality is high. As is breakfast: in a sea of buffets it’s nice to get it made to order for once.
No pool, but who needs it when you’ve practically got a private beach?
Warm and welcoming, with a sense of buzz about it. I'll be interested to see how this hotel develops over the next couple of years.
Who stays there
The revamp happened in 2007 and slowly but surely word is getting out among those looking for a more chilled, beach holiday. So far a more or less equal mix of Germans and British, families and couples.
Can escalate if you eat here a lot, but always worth enquiring about any special offers. They seem quite flexible, especially on long and out-of-season stays.
- High-Speed Internet
- Families with younger children
- First-time travellers
- Mature travellers
- Escaping the crowds
- Great views / scenery
- Chilling out
- Nature / wildlife
Pros & Cons
- Mellow town
- Beachside location
- Room standards lag behind the rest