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Hacienda San Jorge, Santa Cruz de La Palma, La Palma
Imagine holidaying in a country estate that's next to a beach and you are somewhere near to appreciating the appeal of a stay at three-star Hacienda San Jorge. The brainchild of the father of tourism on La Palma, Don Francisco García Rodriguez, it was an example of sustainable tourism before the concept existed. His son has succeeded him in the family business. Capital Santa Cruz de la Palma used to be the third biggest port in the Spanish empire after Cádiz and Antwerp. Chestnut trees were introduced to the island for their wood used in shipbuilding. You can sit on the sofa of La Verdad, wrecked on coral reefs in Bermuda en route to Cuba in 1899, in the lobby.
Hacienda San Jorge is the kind of buried treasure you stumble upon and can't believe your luck having discovered it.
Set in a country estate near the beach, the hotel is just a 10-minute drive from the capital Santa Cruz de la Palma.
By plane: flights from London take around 9 hours with a stop in Barcelona; flights from Birmingham take around 11 hours with a stop in Tenerife. The hotel is a 5-minute taxi ride from the airport. Free parking is available on-site. skyscanner.net
Style & Character
Anyone and everyone can holiday in Hacienda San Jorge safe in the knowledge that they are in a sound-free vacuum. It was designed by celebrated La Palma artist Facundo Fierro whose paintings take pride of place around the complex.
Service & Facilities
Previously operating as a banana plantation, the old labyrinthine paths around the Hacienda San Jorge's grounds retain their original names. There's an orchid greenhouse you can drop by, a laboratory where they grow the fascinating specimens you see in reception.
- Swimming pool
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
The newer Premier Rooms are more subtle in their shades-of-green colour scheme and design than the more old-fashioned Standard Rooms. The roomier Premium Room with Two Bedrooms includes a queen-sized bed in one and a single bed in the other.
Standard Room, Premium Room, Premium 2 Bedrooms
Facilities include: apartment style rooms with fridge, cooker and microwave, ensuite bathroom with toiletries, bathrobe, TV
Food & Drink
The Orquídea Bar includes a selection of classic cocktails and a house special although the most popular is a mojito. The kitchen pride themselves on their desserts and their cheesecake has even won acclaim from visiting German guests, expert judges.
Buffet restaurant: serves breakfast, light lunches, drinks and a varied dinner menu.
Orquídea Bar: cocktails, wines, spirits.