In the quiet port area of Puerto Calero, about a ten-minute walk to the slick marina, with its upmarket (and admittedly expensive) restaurants and shops. There's a free daily shuttle bus to Puerto Del Carmen.
Some of the bold colours (the bright blue and green stripes in some of the suites is a bit much) work less well than in the public areas of the hotel. That said, all the bedrooms are very comfortable and the suites magnificent, with several balconies and beds you can lose yourself in.
On arrival at the splendid, contemporary double height reception area, you are greeted with a welcome drink, which is something I always applaud. The hotel's spacious public areas, with lots of comfortable hidden corners, feature attractive flashes of bold colours and some subtle, innovative design touches. As a relatively new hotel, some more mature plants and trees are needed, but this is a relatively minor criticism.
Eating and drinking
My favourite part of the hotel is the beachside bar, with daybeds and candlelit tables on the sand – a welcome bit of hippy chic typical of Ibiza and rarely seen on Lanazarote. Some of the best hotel food on the island can be found in the restaurants here, which are also some of the most beautifully designed. Bright and beautiful Restaurant Botavara is literally a breath of fresh air, where full height windows provide panoramic views of the pretty pool area. Its menu is no less innovative, mixing traditional buffet fare with a menu highlighting a different cuisine every day of the week: Monday is Asian, Friday seafood, with local Canarian dishes served up on Saturdays. I initially thought the themes sounded a bit forced, but they worked. Also, as someone with a long-standing allergy, I was delighted to see that gluten-free dishes were available on request. In a second restaurant, El Risco, Italian food with a bit of a modern twist is very reasonably priced.
Three swimming pools, including one for children, form a lake-like expanse in front of the hotel’s recreation area, that is built over several levels. The spa, sports club and kids' club can all be described as five star.
Perhaps the best service I have experienced on the island, with a real army of staff that manages to be highly attentive and yet relaxed. Babysitting can be arranged (for a fee), even at short notice normally.
Who stays there
Germans, French, British. Families, couples and foodies – the cuisine is world class. Chic and decidedly swish, the hotel is a deservedly popular venue for wedding parties and honeymooners.
As this hotel often runs on low occupancy, free or reasonably priced upgrades are often available online or on checking in.
- Mature travellers
- Seasoned travellers
- Escaping the crowds
- Special occasions
- Chilling out
Pros & Cons
- Real five-star facilities
- Truly serene
- Modern style
- Car an advantage