Vega de San Mateo is the nearest small town and has a few simple restaurants as well as a lively cattle fair and farmers' market at the weekends. Las Calas itself makes a good base for walking through the rugged countryside, or for exploring the island’s interior, including historic towns such as Teror, one of the loveliest on the island. Hikers will be drawn to the UNESCO-biosphere haven, including Tejeda and Roque Nublo. But there are plenty of walks closer to home, as well as an equestrian centre - perfect for a canter through the countryside. If you feel in need of some cultural life, then Las Palmas is within easy reach.
As Las Calas is high up, set at an altitude of 1000 metres, it is cooler than on the coast in the evenings and can be chilly in winter. A car is essential for exploring the surrounding area. To reach the hotel from the airport, take the GC-1 towards Tafira, the GC4 to Santa Brigida, and then the GC-15 to San Mateo. At Vega de San Mateo, follow signs for Tejeda, then La Lechuza.
The comfortable rooms, each with its own personality, open onto a tranquil courtyard and garden. The shuttered, upstairs rooms lead off a Canarian wooden verandah. Two suites, with a charming cottage feel, are slightly more secluded and seem like secret garden retreats. Bedrooms can be half-timbered and whitewashed or painted in pastel shades. The traditional bedrooms have more charm the more contemporary options, which are decorated in a vibrant red. Bathrooms have mostly been well-modernised, and one even has a Jacuzzi bath. Rooms come equipped with satellite-TV, safe and mini-bar.
The stone-and-wood structure is enlivened by ethnic touches, such as Moorish latticework in the bedrooms or African sculpture in the sitting room. Some of the indoor public spaces tend to be under-used.
If you’re there in summer, the best period, relax in the tented open-air sitting room, or cool off in the small swimming pool. Guests are also encouraged to scrump fruit from the orchard (pears, plums, oranges, mandarins) and admire the abundant vegetable garden.
Eating and drinking
If the weather is fine, the breakfast buffet is served in the garden rather than in the cosy dining room. It includes home-made pastries, fresh juices, cheese, cold cuts, rolls and yoghurts. There are mixed reports on dinner, served at 7pm and centred on a communal table. At its best, the three-course meal is a friendly affair, based on simple but hearty Canarian cuisine, with wine extra. Other options include dining in neighbouring San Mateo, 4 kms away, or in the Restaurante Martell, a bodega in El Madrional.
Although lovely all-year-round, the garden really comes into its own in summer, when the (unheated) pool is in use. Given its rural nature, facilities are limited but include a sitting-room, a lounge-bar with a fireplace, and private corners for reading or hiding out.
Service is generally friendly, and personal, if limited, but can feel rather rushed at dinner-time. There is also a shortage of information about where to go and what to do.
Who stays there
An international mix of quiet couples, families and escapists who want to get away from the beach scene of the southern resorts.
Ponder choosing half-board as there are other options locally.
- Swimming Pool
- Families with teenagers
- Mature travellers
- Seasoned travellers
- Sporty types
- Escaping the crowds
- Nature / wildlife
Pros & Cons
- The charming gardens induce a sense of well-being
- A delightful base for hiking and excursions into the interior
- The temperature is cooler than on the coast
- Don’t expect the services or standards of a boutique hotel