Recently I visited the Island of La Palma, one of the 7 Canary Island. If you plan to go to this destination I have an hotel tip for you : Hotel Hacienda de Abajo in Tazacorte aka the town with the most sun hours in Europe. Perfect for a winter getaway.
History of Hotel Hacienda de Abajo
Hotel Hacienda de Abajo is a the result of the rehabilitation of an old sugar plantation’s estate from the 17th century and a part of the building is still original. The rest of the complex was renovated using recycling : doors, windows and other architectural elements used in the façades and interiors of the new buildings are, to a great extent saved from destruction and are from the the 17th to the 19th century.
The hotel was for this awarded as “Emblematic hotel” a classification that only exists in the Canary islands marking the finest historic buildings.
The art collection at hotel Hacienda de Abajo
Not only Hacienda de Abajo is an amazing piece of architecture, it’s interior also pays tribute to the history of the Canary Islands. The Canary islands were a center of rich trade with Flanders, Andalusia and the West Indies. Trade from this time brought sculptures, furniture, tapestry and porcelain from many different destination and can be find in the different rooms of the hotel making it a walking museum.
For this reason, the hotel is for adult only!
The facilities at Hotel Hacienda de Abajo
Hotel Hacienda de Abajo is quite a small hotel but it has a very lush garden with exotic plants from all over the world. It also has in it’s garden a small pool to relax as well as a Badehause aka a spa with jacuzzi and sauna. I really enjoyed using both the pool and the spa. Indeed we visited in November and therefore even though the Canary Island are still warm at this time of the year I didn’t feel like going to the beach. It was perfect to have a space to relax in the hotel. The hotel also proposes a spa menu with massages, facials, etc
The food at hotel Hacienda de Abajo
We had dinner and breakfast inclusive in our booking. We started the day with breakfast with eggs, frehs fruits, local cold cuts, patry and homemade jam but also an à la carte menu serving different egg types and pancakes.
During breakfast we could choose what to eat during our 3 course dinner in the evening. Every day we had an option of fish, meat or vegetarian food for the evening. I choose fresh fish every single day.
If one happens to be hungry during the day it is also possible to order sandwiches or tapas. I ordered the octopus sandwich once and it was very tasty.
The hotel also has got a restaurant, “El Sitio” that is opened to everyone so it is best to reserve in advance. There you will find an à la carte menu that changes every season.
The restaurant is worth a visit even though you don’t sleep at the hotel as it is a beautiful place decorated with amazing art : chandeliers from France, Tapestry and flatware from compagnie des Indes!
You can book the hotel HERE!