Hotel Hacienda de Abajo
What We Love
- An award-winning, adults-only, antique-filled boutique spa hotel on La Palma's peaceful coastThis is one of the highest islands in the world and known for its spectacular star gazing
- The eclectic boutique charm of the interiors
- Exploring the island's lush green forests and black sand beaches
What To Know
- Set on a 17th-century sugar and banana plantation, surrounded by botanical gardens
- Interior design of antiques, chandeliers and oil paintings
- It's a 10-minute walk to the beach; but there's a tranquil outdoor pool on-site
La Palma is the most northwesterly of the Canary Islands, which lie just off the coast of northern Africa. Known as the ‘Green Island’, its mountainous landscape is dotted with laurisilva and pine forests and its dramatic black sand beaches are peaceful spots for sunbathing.
A dusky pink building on the west coast of the island and a 2017 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice pick among the top 25 hotels in all of Spain, Hotel Hacienda de Abajo is a boutique spa hideaway, set in a carefully-renovated 17th-century sugar estate in historic Villa y Puerto de Tazacorte. Surrounded by botanical gardens, it looks out over the Atlantic Ocean and a sea of exotic banana plantations.
With a unique sense of eclectic style, the hotel has curated a collection of antique furnishings, chandeliers and paintings that are scattered throughout the bedrooms and the chic restaurant. Dine on authentic local dishes while you look out over the sea and hang out by the poolside or in the wellness centre, where you’ll find a sauna and a range of international treatments.
How to Get There
I loved this hotel, I was travelling alone and it's somewhere really special for a treat, whether you're solo or in a couple (no families as it's adults only). Nestled in a banana plantation and 5 mins away from the historic cutsey town of Tazacorte AND on the sunny side of the island-the location is perfect. It felt quite quiet when I was there in January with lots of older couples and walkers. The property is rich with colour and flowers and plants and antiques and the staff are lovely, you really feel like this is a haven.
In summary it's all super relaxed, so maybe the following points are overly picky but when you're paying high end prices-I think the details matter?
A few things have prevented me from rating it as excellent. Some of the smaller touches-such as bringing suitcases in from the car. The woman at reception offered but she was on her own and also I felt I couldn't ask her and she didn't insist, so I struggled in on my own. And there was no offer to help me when I checked out. I was only given a brief tour of the hotel and no historical information-it's such an interesting place and this would have been a nice touch. Also I would expect unlimited water in a hotel at this price point-you got a few soft drinks per day and only one was still water. And the pool is NOT HEATED! Which may work in summer but not in January.
But my main issue was the food. Breakfast was great-huge selection of sweet and savoury, a hot eggs menu and cold buffet, even cava! But the first time ordered tapas was pretty bad. Patatas was 5. FIVE. Yes, that's right... CINCO potatoes on a plate for nearly 5 euros, another tapas was inedible dried up calamari which I sent back. I tried again with the room service menu-this was all sent straight back-tasteless watery noodles for 13 euros and a few leaves and slices of tomato masquerading as a salad for 9 euros. This time a manager came to my room and explained they were changing over the chefs and kitchen staff. He was very apologetic and insisted I try some more of the tapas complimentary. I then had 3 incredible tapas dishes that were fresh, flavoursome and delicious. Perplexed how they could have come out of the same kitchen.
Anyway, definitely stay here but I would eat in the nearby town until the food issues are sorted out.
We asked our travel agent to find us a quiet boutique hotel and he came up with this hotel which provided everything we wanted. My wife describes it to friends as quirky and it was certainly different in a very good way. The hotel is decorated with elegant antique furniture and porcelain and oil paintings throughout. Each bedroom is individual, spacious and well decorated. The garden is an amazing plantation of tropical flowers and ferns making a pleasant oasis including plantings around the swimming pool.
From the minute we arrived, we were made welcome and treated to a delightful stay. The staff were wonderful and nothing was too much trouble. Breakfast was good and the daily dinner, selected at breakfast from a short list, was always first class.
It was hard to find fault with this wonderful hotel- the only minor point was that our antique wooden bed was very noisy when you turned over.
Location in the banana groves below the town was quiet; the town just 10 minutes away offered a few restaurants, bars and supermarkets but few shops. Greta for a quiet holiday on a really pleasant island.
Stayi in elegant surroundings amongst priceless antiques, relaxing swimming pool area and faboulous jacuzzi. I like to watch the stars in the Balinese Bed in the garden, It is a peaceful place to disconnect from the Noise of the World :) and just do nothing.
It's difficult to add to all that has been said previously. Stayed 11 nights in a standard room which really was far from standard. Large room with king size unusual antique frame bed with beautiful chandelier overlooking the lovely banana plantations. Large bathroom with bath and separate shower with bath robes, slippers and pool towels.
Breakfast had everything you could want all served on beautiful china.
The pool area was lovely and sheltered so very warm even in early April. A perfect place to relax after some super walking. A perfect island for walking ...great temperature at a higher level ... quite cool and then lovely and warm at sea level.
A perfect base for walking utilising the local bus service.
The owner obviously loves antiques: they are everywhere in the common areas and in the rooms. This gives the hotel a personal touch, which works well with the traditional architecture. Fabulous tropical garden which a nice change from all the banana fields.
Good restaurant serving Spanish and local specialties (slow service though).