In a rural setting in the village of Yaiza, with a grand walkway lined with colourful tropical plants. The hotel takes its name from the nearby ‘salinas’ (salt pans), which still produce salt from the nearby Atlantic Ocean.
There are 19 rooms and a junior suite located around the pool, as well as three suites with views of the garden. All rooms and suites have air conditioning and heating, direct dial telephones, minibars and their own terrace. It is worth asking to see your room on arrival; the first one I was shown was rather musty. There was a little too much yellow and pink paint and cane furniture in the rooms for me.
There is a full service spa, swimming pool, gym, garden and terraces. I particularly enjoyed the series of lounges that allowed you to relax away from other guests, although the cane furniture and pinkish hues were not really to my liking.
Eating and drinking
The hotel boasts a lobby bar and two restaurants. Bodega Dongonzalo containing the original wine press serves rustic cuisine. Restaurant Mariateresa serves Mediterranean haute cuisine, using local fresh local produce. A bottle of local wine is presented to guests on arrival, which I really appreciated after my long trip from the UK.
The hotel has a full service spa with whirlpool, hydro massage and pool. In the grounds are tennis courts, table tennis and billiards, and mountain bikes can be hired.
Don’t expect the same attention as you would get in an upmarket city hotel - the staff are helpful but not always available on demand.
Who stays there
Those seeking peace, and particularly couples. Brits, Spanish and German mostly make up their clientele.
Look out for off-season offers, particularly from October onwards, as well as last-minute deals. The hotel offers a range of packages for food lovers, honeymooners and spa goers that are very good value.
- Mature travellers
- Sporty types
- Escaping the crowds
- Great views / scenery
Pros & Cons
- Peaceful retreat
- Excellent restaurants
- Full-service spa
- Car essential
- Some basic bedrooms