La Isla y El Mar, Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote
That's La Isla as in the island of Lanzarote and El Mar as in the nearby Atlantic Ocean rather than sea. A five-star boutique hotel, it's neat as it is petite. Situated in Lanzarote's most popular resort, Puerto del Carmen, La Isla y El Mar appears to be the polished product of a perfect template as well as an extension of the island's natural environment. Walking into the hotel feels like crossing over the border into an accommodation complex re-imagined as paradise. It's a transformative experience that never fails to turn a frown upside down. You could be forgiven for thinking you'd stumbled onto the set of a fashion shoot, so stylish are the surroundings. It's an immaculate conception.
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The ever-inventive Arenas Lounge kitchen is nearby, serving the likes of a lobster salad with pineapple carpaccio, and frozen celery and green apple juice.
The hotel is a ten minute walk from Playa Chica Beach, and it's a short drive to the capital Arrecife and Timanfaya National Park.
By plane: flights from London, Birmingham and Manchester to Lanzarote take around 4 hours 30 mins. The hotel is a 10 minute drive from Lanzarote airport. skyscanner.net
Style & Character
La Isla y El Mar is the perfect spot for couples looking for an intimate stay in secluded surroundings. Your heart rate drops entering the hotel as the ambience is so chilled, it's difficult to do anything but relax.
Service & Facilities
The tour of neighbouring La Graciosa takes you to the purple waters and white sand of Playa de las Conchas.
- Swimming pool
- Fitness centre
- Free Wi-Fi
The Premium Suite feels like a Hoxton loft apartment, complete with Chester sofa, tropical plants, and Jacuzzi on the terrace. The open-plan layout of the suites lets the sunshine in and the tropical fauna are beautiful.
Classic Suite, Deluxe Suite, Junior Pool Suite, Excellent Atlantic Suite, Premium Suite, Classic Villa, Classic Premier Villa, Deluxe Villa, Gran Deluxe Villa
Facilities include: ensuite shower or bath, private terrace or balcony, tea and coffee facilities, TV, hairdryer, air conditioning, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
Welcome to the jungle at Kentia Gourmet Restaurant whose exotic interior includes Phillipe Starck Louis Ghost chairs and rattan lampshades. Their steak tartare with roasted marrow is two parts work of art to two parts taste sensation.
Kentia Gourmet: fine dining, Canarian and international influences, salads, grilled meat and fish, creative gourmet dishes. Open daily from 7pm till midnight.
Kentia Cocktail Bar: cocktails, drinks, light bites and entertainment. Open Sun-Thurs, 6pm-1am, Fri & Sat, 6pm-2am.
Buffet restaurant: breakfast and dinner buffets, à la carte options in the evenings. Open daily.
Flamingo pool bar: drinks and snacks. Open daily 10am-6pm.
Rooms available from £205.88 per night
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