La Isla y El Mar
The moment you step into the glass-walled lobby of La Isla y El Mar, you’ll be able to see how beautifully it sits in the landscape and respects it. The property is on a hillside overlooking the sea, with low-rise buildings arranged on terraces that drop away gently from the entrance. Grey-stone, white-washed, mirrored structures are interspersed with patches of greenery - palm trees and banana plants set in black volcanic pebbles - and vast boulders have been left in situ as a reminder of Lanzarote’s dramatic scenery. It’s all supremely cool, intimate and harmonious.
The hotel’s chic design isn’t solely about respecting the immediate environment, but the environment in general. Sustainability is taken seriously here, so they use geothermal energy to power the air-conditioning, intelligent systems to control the lighting and all manner of clever ways to minimise water use. All this has earned La Isla y El Mar an A energy rating and a UNESCO-backed BioSmart certification. Not that guests will be aware of all this as they chill out in the two pools (one with massage jets), indulge in a soothing ritual in the small spa or soak up the ocean panoramas from their private terrace. It’s just there in the background, helping to make a visit here a guilt-free pleasure.
The 81 generously proportioned suites wouldn’t look out of place in an interiors magazine. They are decorated in a sophisticated palette of soft greys punctuated by touches of mauve, green or turquoise, with stylish, modern designer furniture and sleek bathrooms featuring volcanic stone walls. As with all the accommodation, the open-plan Classic Suite has a terrace and a separate living space. The larger Deluxe Suite is perfect for two couples thanks to its two bedrooms, and it even has a private Jacuzzi. As its name suggests, the Junior Pool Suite looks out over the chic swimming pool; if you’d rather have panoramic sea views, opt for the Excellence Atlantic Suite instead.