TOP WINTER SUN DESTINATION
This month the UK Sunday Observer ran a feature on the top 10 trips to find winter sun. We were voted the number 1 choice for FAMILIES! We pride ourselves on making family holidays in Lanzarote a unique experience so of course we are thrilled that the Observer recognised us again.
“Lanzarote is a great winter sun destination for families – and nobody caters for them better than Lanzarote Retreats , which has an ever-expanding portfolio of quirky accommodation, ranging from yurts to fisherman’s cottages, in the island’s less touristy corners”.
You can read the full article HERE.
ANSWERS ON A POSTCARD BLOG
This month Liz from Answers On A Postcard decided to stay with us for three nights taking advantage of our Flexi Stay rate. She was travelling by ferry from Fuerteventura, so she hired a car with PlusCar and in no time she was on her way up to Finca de Arrieta, driving through Lanzarote’s stunning volcanic landscapes. After arriving at the Finca, she easily self-checked-in and settled to her new home away from home, the Eco Chico Yurt!
“Have you ever taken one look at a website and decided instantly that this is a place you need to visit?! For me, with Lanzarote Retreats, this was definitely the case!”
You can read her full experience HERE.
Ali Horsfall from Gurgle magazine stayed with us during her last visit to Lanzarote. She felt in love once again with the “sandy beaches, spellbinding scenery and year-round sunshine” as she describes Lanzarote on her article Spain’s Family Friendly Love Island.
“Life is go-slow at the Finca so days can be spent in the small communal pool, lying around the chill-out area or pootling across the road to the long, golden sands of Playa la Garita; you can borrow beach toys, towels and puschairs from the Finca. Grab a seafood lunch at the beach restaurant La Casa de la Playa, before an afternoon of sandcastle-making and paddling.”
You can read the full article HERE.
Alla scoperta di una Lanzarote inedita, fra yurte e gita in Catamarano [Italian article] / Discovering the unspoilt Lanzarote, between yurts and catamaran tours.
“Have you ever thought about sleeping in a Mongolian Yurt, on a volcanic island just off the coast of Africa? For an unforgettable alternative holiday that also takes into account the sustainability and respect for the surrounding environment, the perfect place is Finca de Arrieta.”
EFE ESTILO – Glamping or luxury glamping [Spanish article]
“Could you imagine being able to sleep in the nature with the comfort of a five star hotel? This is Glamping. […] Finca de Arrieta is an “ecofriendly” space for relaxation and enjoyment in the north of Lanzarote where you can get involved in a wide variety of activities in the surrounding area and spend time with your children in the playground that the Finca offers.”
I-ESCAPE BLOG featured Finca de Arrieta in their article “Our first family holiday in Lanzarote with 2 babies”
Marketing Manager Sarah from i-escape was on maternity leave when she stayed with us in Finca de Arrieta. She wrote an article about her favourite things to do in Lanzarote suitable for babies and our eco-retreat is one of them!
“This is a quirky and cool family-friendly eco-resort in the north of the island. There’s accommodation to suit all sizes of family, including stone cottages and Mongolian yurts, plus farm animals to meet and a solar-heated pool. Best of all, it’s just a short walk from a sandy beach.”
MEDITERRANÉE DUTCH MAGAZINE
Hans Avontuur is a Dutch travelwritter and photographer who stayed with us in Finca de Arrieta with his family. He loved the experience so much that he spontaneously wrote an article about the retreat for a dutch magazine called Mediterrané on its Island-Special “Lanzarote – Betoverd door het woeste noorden”.
In the article “Top 10 luxury camp sites in Europe” this Danish travel magazine says…
“Europe’s most famous glampsite, this English-owned scape is found on the sun-drenched Canary Islands of Lanzarote. Its cluster of Mongolian yurts – plus cottages built from the local, volcanic stone – sit amid mango trees, donkey fields and an entirely off-the-grid estate. Think wind turbines, a solar-heated pool and DIY egg collection for kids. But rustic doesn’t equal roughshod: the tents encompass private athrooms, iPod docks and gated gardens, and are decidedly luxurious.”
You can read the full article HERE.
VAGABOND (Swedish Travel Magazine)
Finca de Arrieta has been featured as one of the best ten glamping sites of the world!
“In the north of Lanzarote sits the eco-retreat Finca de Arrieta, which offers accommodation in luxury villas and Mongolian yurts, decorated in Indonesian and Moroccan style. They have their own kitchen and bathroom and there is access to a swimming pool with sun beds on site. Beautiful views of both sea and mountains, 300 meters to the beach and the possibility of walking along different trails, surf and sail with catamaran. The Finca is run by the island’s largest green energy system, allowing you to enjoy your holiday without having a bad conscience.”
On the 15th of April, The Times newspaper featured an article called Glamping: the 20 best sites in Europe and Finca de Arrieta was mentioned!
If you are subscriber of the The Times newspaper, you can read the full article here.
“The Finca de Arrieta eco-site runs on wind and solar power but this off-the-grid yurt doesn’t scrimp on luxury. Styled using hardwood Mongolian furniture, it has a small kitchen with a stove and granite worktops, en suite bathroom and a romantically lit double bedroom. Outside there is a private south-facing terrace, with a barbecue and day beds. There’s a communal swimming pool, while the quiet beach is near by.”
TOP WITH KIDS
Menno and Angela Lanting from Top With Kids had a fantastic holiday while staying with us at Eco Yurt Royale. You can read their full experience HERE.
“The energy-conscious crowd are not the only ones who can enjoy Finca de Arrieta, parents and children will feel right at home, too. The grounds encompass an amazing 30,000 square metres in effect a huge natural playground. Don’t expect anything fancy in the way of entertainment, nor a fully-equipped children’s club, but instead enjoy small pleasures such as hunting for the eggs laid by the pet chickens, jumping on trampolines, riding on a donkey’s back, waking up to gaze at the starlit sky or collecting volcanic rocks.”
BRISTOL POST – Article by Stan Cullimore
Stan Cullimore, a founder member of The Housemartins and current journalist at the Bristol Post stayed with us in Eco Yurt Royale.
“When I booked the place the lovely lady on the other end of the email did assure us that it was big enough to sleep six and she was not wrong. If you’ve ever visited Yurt Lush, the café near Temple Meads station in Bristol, you’ll understand when I say it was THAT big!”
“No wonder the place had so many families staying. It’s perfect for a multi-generational getaway. A place where grandparents, parents and kids will all be happy until the cows come home. Not that they have any cows. Yet.”
London Evening Standard featuring some lovely ideas for February half-term escapes… including Finca de Arrieta!
“Quirky doesn’t come close to describing this unique family-friendly self-sufficient eco-resort of stylish yurts and volcanic-stone cottages. Expect Balinese furniture, fully-equipped kitchens and a homely vibe. The pool is solar-heated, the playground is fantastic with its giant chess set, trampoline and real boat to clamber over, and you’re just 300m from the sea.armed with chilled cava. He drives me the short distance north along the west coast to Finca de Arrieta, a plot of 15 yurts, villas and traditional cottages just yards from a natural beach. Part hipster, part hippie, it’s cool community living under a canopy of stars — a place where couples, families and wannabe surfers all converge to take a deep breath. For the extra-stressed there’s also Molly, a donkey on call for therapeutic petting duties. Think The Good Life goes glamping. And not a straw hat in sight.”
Travellers Worldwide recognise Finca de Arrieta for excellence in hospitality.
Finca de Arrieta has received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. Now in its sixth year, the achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned great traveller reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. Certificate of Excellence recipients include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a quality customer experience.
With the Certificate of Excellence, TripAdvisor honours hospitality businesses that have consistently received strong praise and ratings from travellers”, said Heather Leisman, Vice President of Industry Marketing, TripAdvisor. “This recognition helps travellers identify and book properties that regularly deliver great service. TripAdvisor is proud to play this integral role in helping travellers feel more confident in their booking decisions.”
The Certificate of Excellence accounts for the quality, quantity and recency of reviews submitted by travellers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.
“The long-maligned Canary island is now home to eco- villages, trendy bars and tributes to its favourite artistic son.” says Paul Tierney
“Things get off to a good start. A young surfer dude named Josh greets me at the airport armed with chilled cava. He drives me the short distance north along the west coast to Finca de Arrieta, a plot of 15 yurts, villas and traditional cottages just yards from a natural beach. Part hipster, part hippie, it’s cool community living under a canopy of stars — a place where couples, families and wannabe surfers all converge to take a deep breath. For the extra-stressed there’s also Molly, a donkey on call for therapeutic petting duties. Think The Good Life goes glamping. And not a straw hat in sight.”
THE GREEN MATCH
Lanzarote Retreats has been awarded as one of the Best Green Accommodation Websites of 2016 by Greenmatch!
“These awarded websites make it easier for individuals to be able to choose green accommodation online, as they have provided detailed information and varieties.”
“Lanzarote Retreats: This is a family run business that offers rural & eco-friendly holiday homes, mainly in and around Arrieta, a stunning, rural village in the North of the Canary Islands, Lanzarote. Lanzarote Retreats has grown over the years and now offers a wide selection of holiday villas, cottages and apartments. It is also the creator of the original eco village “Finca De Arrieta” which is set behind Arrieta beach and offers luxury holiday yurts and stone cottages.”
On the article called “10 Glampings de ensueño para viajar por el mundo”, this Spanish online medical centre recommends Finca de Arrieta as one of the ten best Glamping retreats around the world.
“Lanzarote Retreats is located on the island of Lanzarote, on the Canary Islands. With a unique atmosphere, 15 accommodations offer sustainable, responsible tourism without forsaking luxury holiday comforts. Their cottages and yurts are powered by solar and wind energy so guests can enjoy a luxurious stay fed by nature. In the area you can enjoy the local cuisine, spectacular views of the sea and the black volcanic mountains of the island. They also have a large swimming pool and outdoor chill-out areas. Children can be in contact with nature collecting eggs from the chickens or visiting Molli the donkey, an experience which will introduce children the passion for animals and sustainable world.”
FAMILY BREAK FINDER
Lanzarote Retreats has been recognised by Family Break Finder as one of the 100 best Glamping experiences in the world.
“You do not have to forsake modern facilities, rich comforts and luxury to have a responsible and sustainable tourist experience.”
‘Glamping under the stars in Chile and The Canary Islands
The volcanic Canary Islands off the coast of West Africa and the slender South American country of Chile don’t share an obvious amount in common. But dry atmospheres and a lack of light pollution mean they’ve both been lauded as some of the best stargazing locations in the world. There’s nothing we love more than a night under the sky, so we’ve chosen some of our favourite glamping spots for a memorable celestial escape.’
FOOD AND TRAVEL MAGAZINE (DE)
Titled ‘Luxus Camping’ (luxury camping) the article looks at the best glamping options, Finca de Arrieta is recommended.
EL PAIS NEWSPAPER (ES)
Spain’s largest newspaper runs a feature titled:
‘Lazarote Retreats, noches en una yurta mongola. Un complejo ecosostenible en la playa de Arrieta’.
(Lazarote Retreats, a Mongolian yurt nights. A eco-sustainable beach resort infArrieta)
For non-Spanish speakers here is a Google translation:
Live in a Mongolian yurt has nothing indigenously on the island of Lanzarote. Nor rest in a Balinese bed or sleeping in a bamboo hut. But the complex designed by London duo of Michelle and Tila Braddock near the beach and Arrieta manages to convey the ecosostenible ideology inherited from Cesar Manrique and, more recently, experimental work of John Hardy. This jeweler today Canadian origin who lives in Bali encourages the use of bamboo in architecture for its neutralizing virtues of carbon footprint. The best examples of his work are the Bambu Indah Hotel, Ubud, and the Green School (both in Bali).
That inspired the project Lanzarote Retreats, nourished by solar panels, windmills and water pumped from a well to the pool was born. It will be said that the eco-resort has an exotic look, that Braddock are neohippies and deserves thrifty lighting lanterns carried in the suitcase. He also thinks that the regime breakfast, range from the small supermarket in another cabin, underscores the slacker of this militant environmentalism. But the proposal attracts many curious especially, centroeuropeos- to begin in the nomadic life of yurtismo.
The Eco Family Farmhouse hosts up to six people in three bedrooms with private pool. The Eco Yurt Royale is a sovereign building fabric coming Mongolia with three housing areas and cottage converted into an outdoor bath. Luxury Eco Villa is surround by a wall of volcanic stone and its 200 square meters has a garden, hammocks and two suites dream. The Eco Yurt Suite offers the same, but with one bedroom. Other yurts and huts of stone and wood give each to shoot a sequence hobbits so funny that result in sight.
Arrieta beach is just three minutes walk away. Others lost paradise of Lanzarote require a motorized displacement. True to their sustainable awareness, Tila and Michelle made available to guests a small fleet of hybrid vehicles Toyota.
READY FOR A CUPPA (BLOG)
‘Traveling With Twins – Glamping At Finca De Arrieta Lanzarote’
One of our favorite bloggers came to visit.
“Hi, I’m Nina, I am a 30 something year old mum to boy/girl twins born 2011. I am also step mum to a teenage boy and wife to a geek who was my childhood crush. I live in a small town in the East Midlands. I blog and Vlog about everyday life, tips, shopping hauls, crafts, and more. I love to craft but I’m no Pinterest mummy! Join me for a cuppa we can figure this parenting thing out together”.
THE SUNDAY TIMES NEWSPAPER (UK)
The Travel Section of the Sunday Times carries a 2 page feature entitled:
‘Turning The Canaries Green’.
Of course with a heading like that it heavily features Lanzarote Retreats, Finca de Arrieta, our eco-village.
“One of our favourite fly-and-flop destinations is waking up to the potential of eco-tourism, writes Niall Toner. The words otro mundo es possible are scrawled on a rusting metal overpass across the LZ-1 road as it leaves Costa Teguise behind for the more rugged northeast coast of Lanzarote, the most easterly of the Canary Islands. It serves as a reminder of the recent campaign of resistance the islanders fought and lost to stop oil exploration off the coast and protect tourism — the island’s lifeblood.
Despite robust local opposition, the oil companies and their geologists came anyway. They found nothing, or at least not enough to justify sticking around.
Meanwhile, natives of the volcanic outcrop are beginning…”
LANCELOT TELEVISION (ES)
Lancelot interview Lanzarote Retreats founder, Tila Braddock, on the subject of sustainability and environmental protection among travelers.
“Agrotourism in Lanzarote is becoming an increasingly visible and demanding activity. North of the island, in the coastal village of Arrieta one autofuciente farm, dedicated to promoting sustainability among travelers rises. Specifically, we find 30,000 square meters for a tourist who wants to live in a more pçroximo to nature setting, surrounded, for example, animals or plants.
This farm, owned by Tila Braddock an entrepreneur who lives on the island is self-sufficient thanks to its 100 solar panels and windmills. It even use electéctricos is encouraged cars and charging points are provided. In fact, at this resort in any corner of it you can find a solar energy receiver.
The tourist inculcated eco-ideas, including how to reuse in the garden irrigation water for washing or showering. In this environment alberar accommodate 15 families, each receiving area is different and independent, but the common areas for eating or practice yoga are also encouraged”
THE INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPER (UK)
Feature on ‘The Best Holiday Villas In Spain For Summer 2016’. The Independent recommends.
“A beachside property, set on the sprawling Finca de Arrieta estate in the less-touristed northern tip of Lanzarote. The Eco Luxury Farmhouse, sleeping eight, is one of 15 properties on the estate, which generates its own electricity and has a heated pool. A hybrid car is also available for the duration of your stay”.
THE GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER (UK)
The Guardian on Saturday recommends our newest properties ‘Pebbles’ and ‘Driftwood’in an article titled:
‘Hare Off To Sunny Climes This Easter’.
“If you like the idea of waves coming right up to your front door Pebbles, a brand new two-bedroom ground floor apartment, could be your kind of place. It’s perfectly situated for a beach holiday for those also looking to experience a traditional Canarian village destination. For a larger group, Pebbles can be booked alongside Driftwood, a two-bedroom apartment which is above. The apartments are in the laid back fishing village of Punta Mujere”.
THE TELEGRAPH NEWSPAPER (UK)
Travel writer Annie Bennett for the reviews Finca De Arrieta in the aricle titled:
‘Europe’s 10 best family villas for 2016’.
Finca de Arrieta is no. 2.
2. Finca de Arrieta, Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain
The sun and wind – and there are plenty of both in Lanzarote – provide the power at the traditional-style Finca de Arrieta Eco Retreat. Staying at this family-run, low-rise complex of luxury yurts and stylish cottages between the mountains and the sea is a great way of understanding what the island is all about, away from the resorts. The farmhouse is the largest property , sprawling over 2,700sq ft on one level, with three bedrooms and a private pool. There is another gated, shared pool on-site for other properties, a playground, and a donkey called Mollie. You can learn to surf, too.
THE SUNDAY TIMES NEWSPAPER (UK)
The Sunday Times Travel Magazine featured an article titled:
‘Canaries For Connoisseurs’.
Finca de Arrieta is the only recommended place to stay in Lanzarote.
SQUARE MEAL MAGAZINE (UK)
For 22 years Square Meal has been the market-leading independent restaurant commentator.
Travel writer Kate Simon wrote an article titled:
‘Take Flight – Struggling With The Changing Seasons? Beat The Blues And Treat Yourself To a Moment In The Sun’.
Here she recommends staying at Finca de Arrieta.
THE YORK PRESS NEWSPAPER (UK)
The York Press ran a feature in their Travel Section:
‘Unearthing The Unspoilt North Of Lanzarote’.
Journalist Mandy Appleyard discoveries an unspoilt hideaway in northern Lanzarote, Finca de Arrieta, the perfect base to explore this stunning region.
“My travelling companion was wary of Lanzarote when we first arrived, troubled by the hordes of tourists and the barren landscape. At the end of our week in the quiet north, I asked her how she felt about it. ‘Beautiful,’ she said. ‘Absolutely unique. Can we come again?´”
NON SOLO TURISTI BLOG (IT)
Non Solo Turisti (Not Only Tourists) blog writers from Italy stayed in our Eco Twin Yurt. For those that don’t speak Italian here is part translated:
“I could tell you about my trip to Lanzarote, one of the most popular islands of the Canaries, without dealing with the structure in which I stayed. And it is about this place that I want to speak to you today because the success of my trip is largely due to it.
Looking information in the weeks before the start, a friend told me that he had stayed in a very particular structure, attentive to environmental values and very original. I was very curious why I have collected information on the network and, in the end, I convinced myself. So I booked a one week stay at Finca de Arrieta, one of the Lanzarote Retreats group structures.
Finca De Arrieta is an environmentally friendly property consists of 15 different accommodations ranging from yurts – traditional tents of Mongolia – in simple cottages, and again, to luxurious villas. What is common to all these solutions is that they are designed to have a low environmental impact. To begin the consumed energy is entirely formed by a system of solar panels and wind turbine blades which ensure the demand of all the 15 structures. Additionally there are other tools available for each structure such as, for example, lights that are recharged with sunlight and then simply leave out the day so you can use them in the evening. We chose the Eco Twin Yurt. Curiosity was a great deal because our space was hard to imagine how it was composed. On the evening of my arrival I was literally ecstatic because, for much that I had imagined beautiful, our accommodation far exceeded expectations. First, the area in which lies the entire Finca de Arrieta: a space surrounded by the arid nature of Lanzarote in a five minute walk from the main beach of Arrieta, a country located in the north of the island. The entire complex blends with its surroundings so as to form a kind of harmonious whole.
All facilities, except of course yurts are built in stone and adorned with plants typical of this island. Specifically our space consisted of two yurts, a large double (diameter of six meters) and a smaller one with two single beds (three meters in diameter), a stone outdoor kitchen designed so as to be protected from the strong wind that often characterizes the days on this island, as well as from possible rains, an outdoor bathroom built entirely of stone, with a wooden porch and a sun deck. Inside our accommodation we have found several indications on how to take a more environmentally friendly attitude during our stay: of course an invitation to make the collection, an invitation to collect the water used for washing dishes in order to use it to wet plants, as well as a bucket placed in the bathroom to use to collect the water that goes down while waiting to become warm when you want to take a shower. Well, this is such a thing which I would not have thought! In following this indication, I realized how much water you waste even in the short period in which it waits until the water starts to warm down.
The surprises of Finca De Arrieta does not finish here! Indeed, the structure houses some animals, like a donkey – which can give you some of their leftover food carefully following the instructions that are provided – some ducks and hens whose eggs are available to all hotel guests. Simply log in to the chicken coop and use of fresh eggs of the day! After spending a week in Lanzarote, I would be able to give reason: an island amazing and although petite, full of pearls of beauty. But this I’ll tell you in my next article!
JUDITH BAKERS TRAVEL BLOG
See Judith Bakers travel blog “Going Eco In Lanzarote”. Judith explains her first trip to the Volcan island of Lanzarote and her stay in the yurt.
“This is a charming place for families and it was lovely to see young children playing in their own adventure playground and collecting eggs from the resident hen for breakfast. There is also a donkey, Molly, and a giant chess set. Each property comes with it own Hybrid electric car, so guests can get out and about in an environmentally friendly way and discover the local attractions”.
MOTHERLAND ONLINE (UK)
For women who happen to be mums – and for those who might be one day… Launched in September 2014, Motherland is an online destination for women who happen to be mums. It is the brain-child of mother-of-three Charlotte Philby – formerly an editor and writer at The Independent newspaper, and an award-winning journalist who has worked for the likes of Dazed & Confused and the BBC – and her husband, graphic designer Barney Beech.
Charlotte Philby came to visit our Eco Twin Yurts at Finca de Arrieta and wrote this fantastic story on her stay.
“As I watch the other families enjoying the safety and ease of the resort, which is lined with colourful, indigenous plants and scrub, and connected by a series of stone pathways, and laid out so that everyone has their own, private area but situated close enough together that you feel safe here even as a lone woman (perhaps why it is so popular a destination with single parent families), I can’t help but think how much my kids would love it here. And how easy it would be to actually relax, as a family”.
GL MAGAZINE (UK)
GL Magazine reports on luxury and emerging trends in fashion, beauty, for those that live and spend in Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds.
They recommend glamping at Finca de Arrieta as a luxury getaway.
THE SUN NEWSPAPER (UK)
The Sunday edition of The Sun Newspaper carries a feature titled:
‘The 20 Greatest Places To Go Glamping’.
The emphasis is on luxury camping in the UK but 4 places were reserved for outside the UK. The Sun chose our Eco Chiquitita Yurts as one of the recommendations.
THE DAILY RECORD NEWSPAPER (UK)
The Daily Record published a 2 page feature and travel review weekend edition of The Times features us in their Travel section.
‘In Pictures: Lanzarote Eco Retreat Perfect For Friends Of The Earth’.
“LINDSEY Archibald takes her mum to Lanzarote on a girl’s trip but there is no sipping sangria by the sea as they head off on a luxury eco adventure”.
“When we arrived, we were blown away by how pretty the retreat was as it consists of 15 individual Mongolian yurts, quirky cottages and luxury villas.
For five days, we stayed in the retreat’s eco lodge. It boasted open-plan living, a walk-in shower and a sun terrace with its own barbecue. There was a gorgeous pool area and a very cute little farm shop which had an honesty box where you left your money for food and drink. Plus, the beach was a 10-minute walk away”.
THE TIMES NEWSPAPER (UK)
The weekend edition of The Times features us in their Travel section.
‘Where To Stay In The Canaries’.
THE INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPER (UK)
The Independent features Tiagua 81 in a feature titled ‘Rural retreats in Lanzarote: Fincas, volcanic quarries, and vineyards’.
“This 200-year-old house stands in the village of Tiagua, with a set of four self-catering apartments, each sleeping two people. A communal interior courtyard, reading room and an outdoor pool provide space for guests to gather, while a detached cottage in the grounds lends room for larger groups of up to four. There’s an excellent local supermarket for stocking up the fridge nearby and a traditional Canarian restaurant, El Tenique, for when you fancy eating out. The 6km sandy stretch of Famara beach is a drive away”.
DAILY MAIL ONLINE (UK)
With David Cameron (UK Prime Minister) and his family selecting Lanzarote for their annual vacation, of course media focused on the island the Cameron’s love.
This feature appeared in the Daily Mail Online and was titled ‘Holiday like the Camerons: Sun, warm seas and surfing in volcanic island Lanzarote’.
“Lanzarote offers some of Europe’s best surfing, with no shortage of dreadlocked dudes willing to hire out boards or coach you. The Camerons chose a villa near the old capital, Teguise, with SamCam apparently won over by its on-site yoga facilities. Certainly Teguise is a pretty little town, with a good choice of restaurants offering traditional Canarian fare — grilled octopus with herby ‘mojo’ sauce being such a favourite with our 12-year-old son that he soon demanded it for every meal. But Finca de Arrieta would have been a better choice. By which I mean, he could have felt all smug that he was saving the planet without compromising on comfort”.
EL MUNDO NEWSPAPER (ES)
Spanish national news paper “El Mundo” features The Eco Beach Yurt at Finca De Arrieta. They love its unusual holiday home design!
SAWDAY’S MAGAZINE (UK)
The magazine that focuses on inspiring independent travellers features Finca de Arrieta with a big spread titled ‘Go Slow, Stay In An Eco-Friendly Place. DEEP GREEN’.
It tells the story of Finca De Arrieta.
PINNER MAGAZINE (UK)
Titled ‘Retreat, Refresh & Rejuvenate In Lanzarote’.
“Following a ti from Pinner Mums’ Facebook Page YPN (Your Travel News) editor Jerry Lyons and his family packed their suitcases and headed off to an eco-retreat in Lanzarote”.
This story is what they found out at Finca de Arrieta.
Norwegian Airline’s in-flight magazine runs an article on the most westerly Canary Islands and recommends us.
THE SUNDAY TIMES (UK)
Lanzarote is the big cover story in The Sunday Times Magazine. We are the recommended choice for where to stay.
‘We’ve Found The Heat. The Canaries Take Off’.
“it’s lose, it’s cheap, it’s chic and it is bikini weather all winter”.
“Everything you thought about our closest winter-sun desitnation was wrong. Richard Green discovers boutique hotels, spectacular countryside, wide open beaches – and terrific value”.
LONELY PLANET TRAVELLER MAGAZINE (ES)
Feature on Eco-tourism in the Spanish edition of Lonely Planet Magazine, recommending Finca de Arrieta.
‘Ecoturismo, Destinos Sostenibles Para Todos Los Gustos y Bolsillos’.
(Ecotourism, Sustainable Destinations For All Tastes and Pockets)
L-INK MAGAZINE (ES)
Feature on glamping in Spain titled ‘Apuesta Al Glamping’.
“We got our backpacks and headed to discover the camping that have glamour”.
GOED REIZEN (NL)
Dutch publication Goed Reizen (Good Travel) recommends Lanzarote Retreats, Finca de Arrieta.
THE GUARDIAN NEWSPAPER (UK)
The Travel Section of The Guardian features Finca de Arrieta.
“A luxury yurt in an off-grid finca set amid the stark beauty of Lanzarote’s north coast gives Alice Fisher new hope that family holidays can (and should) be fun. Lanzarote may not seem the obvious choice, but flee its flop-and-drop resorts for the north and this Canary Island comes into its own. We stayed near Arrieta, a crisp, white fishing village crisscrossed with cobbled alleyways next to the clean sand of La Garita beach. While Arrieta felt traditional, a throwback to pre-package-holiday days, the retreat where we stayed was unique. Finca de Arrieta started as a tumbledown farm and grew with its owners, Michelle and Tila Braddock. They renovated the farmhouse and barns, moving from one to the other as their family expanded, letting the properties they’d outgrown. A guest suggested that a yurt would make a useful extra bedroom and that really set the ball rolling. The property now comprises 11 self-catering properties, a mix of buildings and luxury yurts, all off-grid, with a communal veranda and two large sunken water tanks serving as splash pools. The yurts come with kitchens and bathrooms so you can pretend to impressionable children that you’re camping yet still enjoy a massive double bed and cook with a fully fitted oven. You won’t know how great the Finca is unless you have kids. My daughter thinks 6am is a lie-in. That’s at least four hours to fill before any shop, café or tourist attraction opens. I don’t know what I’d have done without Molly the donkey, the clutch of chickens and the children’s playground at the Finca. No one wants to be on a trampoline as the sun rises but as the alternative was staring into her adorable, shouting, bored face, most mornings I could have kissed its coiled steel springs”.
BINTER CANARIAS NT 123 (ES)
Binter, Spain’s leading domestic airline, feature Finca de Arrieta in their in-flight magazine. Titled ‘Tentaciones Canaries Muy Exclusivas’ (very exclusive Canarian temptations).
THE TIMES NEWSPAPER (UK)
The weekend edition, Travel section of The Times ran a feature titled ‘Cool Camping By The Beach’. They picked the 20 best European locations for luxury camping (glamping).
“From a tipi with a hot tub in the Vendee to a clifftop campsite in Elba, Liz Bird picks 20 perfect pitches in Europe”.
THE GREEN PLANET MAGAZINE (UK)
The magazine that focuses on a greener world and raising kids with a conscious suggests that Finca de Arrieta might be the best holiday ever!
“Our stay really begins as we are greeted at the airport by our effervescent host, Tila Braddock. He has come armed with a bottle of fizz to aid our relaxation into the retreat and island life. As he drives us to the Finca de Arrieta he gives us a potted history of the island and how he came to be here.
He created the Finca de Arrieta in 2007, along with wife, Michelle, and their four children. Originally the family lived on site amongst the yurts and other eco accommodation at the retreat but they now live a short distance away and have a passionate team working for them to provide guests with a real sense of nurture. Tila and Michelle have combined their strong environmental ethics, great business sense and creativity to manifest accommodation that is really special. Each yurt, lodge or barn is quite unique and each is completely off grid; solar and wind energy are used to power the whole site. This is just the start though; there are many green initiatives implemented here. From the chickens that eat the scraps and provide residents with free eggs to the careful conservation of water to the hybrid vehicles included in the rental of many of the properties.
Everything is thought of. Having a large family themselves, the couple are well aware of what makes a holiday relaxing for parents. They have thought of everything and provided it in a way that doesn’t detract from the gorgeous boho chic feel. There are highchairs, travel cots, toys and games tucked unobtrusively into each residence. The communal area has two pools, one suitable for babies and a huge Vietnamese style covered daybed, affording much needed shade in the heat of the day, big enough for two families at siesta time. The communal fridge houses chilled drinks and fabulous deli snacks from Browns Deli in Costa Teguise.
LIVING SPAIN MAGAZINE
Finca de Arrieta featured in the Spring edition titled ‘Great Escapes’.
“Learn to dance the tango, hire a castle or get back to nature in a yurt. We look at the perfect breaks to get away from it all”.
La moda del «glamping»: diez «campings» de lujo en España
Los enemigos de los sacos de dormir y las tiendas de campaña escuchan la palabra camping y se echan a temblar. Dormir en plena naturaleza puede ser una experiencia maravillosa para muchos, pero otros son incapaces de pegar ojo tumbados en el suelo y no les atrae nada la idea de lidiar con los insectos o utilizar unos aseos demasiado compartidos. A estos espíritus delicados, cuya versión de la aventura es reservar noche en un hotel de menos de cuatro estrellas, se dirige el fenómeno del glamping.
Esta moda turística está causando furor en todo el mundo. Básicamente, los partidarios del «glamping» respetan el concepto de acampada al aire libre, pero tanto el alojamiento en sí como los servicios son de auténtico lujo. Las tiendas de campaña dejan paso a tipis, yurtas o lodges decorados con buen gusto y equipados con cómodas camas king size y un baño privado con amenities, agua caliente y toallas suaves. Ya no hay excusa para disfrutar de la naturaleza de cerca.
Lanzarote Retreats es un refugio idílico de corte ecológico sembrado de yurtas mongolas, casas de campo y villas de lujo para pasar unas vacaciones sostenibles. La finca insular, ubicada al lado de la playa, está compuesta por diferentes alojamientos singulares de concepción verde. Una opción para el descanso que tiene como reclamos las vistas al mar y a la montaña, jardines y terrazas espaciosas e, incluso, un coche híbrido en alquiler.
A PLACE IN THE SUN MAGAZINE (UK)
The official magazine of the hit UK TV series ‘A Place In The Sun’ carries a major feature on us.
“The actor, TV presenter and writer Ryan Philpott fell in love with Lanzarote eight years ago, and on a recent property-hunting trip was further inspired by a British family living the dream”.
He was talking about Lanzarote Retreat founders, Michelle & Tila Braddock and their family.
‘The Laid-Back Lanzarote Life That Keeps Luring Us Back For More’ is the rather long title of this feature,
THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH (UK)
The Discover section of The Sunday Telegraph carries a feature on Lanzarote recognizing our island as the perfect place for a family holiday. Its ‘Essentials’ list names the 3 best places to stay, 2 of which are ours, Finca de Arrieta and Tiagua 81. The other was the Princess Yaiza Suite Hotel Resort in Playa Blanca, a large 5 star hotel.
The main story tells of the Telegraph’s experience staying with us.
“Finca de Arrieta, as a place to stay, it was organic honey next to Princess Yaiza’s refined sugar”.
RADIO 5 RNE (ES)
Spanish national radio reports on Finca de Arrieta. Spain is aware that our eco retreat has always been at the forefront of eco-travel, we were the first in Europe to mix luxury with a cutting edge attitude to sustainability.
Spanish speakers can LISTEN HERE
Explorer, the in-flight magazine of Monarch Airlines again recommends Lanzarote Retreats for their July-August 2012 issue.
L’OFFICIEL HOMMES (IT)
Italy’s L’Officiel Hommes magazine include Finca de Arrieta in their feature entitled ‘coccolarsi nel lusso’ (translated – pamper yourself in luxury).
GELB MAGAZINE (DE)
German magazine Gelb feature. The huge rise in glamping continues and again Finca de Arrieta is the poster-child for luxury eco-camping.
RYANAIR IN-FLIGHT MAGAZINE
Putting Finca de Arrieta on the Lanzarote Map.
LONELY PLANET BEST IN TRAVEL 2012
The leading annual travel guide names the ‘Top Spots To Glamp’ for 2012. Of course including Finca de Arrieta with the star rating.
They also name the ‘must-do’s when you stay here:
“Jump of the pier at Arrieta beach, sip a chilled wine on the top of El Risco at sunset and visit Haria Saturday morning market”.
EXPLORER, the in-flight magazine of Monarch Airline, features Finca de Arrieta as a place to stay in Lanzarote.
OK! EXTRA MAGAZINE (UK)
OK! publish double page feature on Finca de Arrieta, titled ‘Carry On Camping’ as the fashion for luxury camping (Glamping) goes mainstream.
“People weren’t jealous when we told them we were staying in a yurt. They scoffed, Isn’t that just a big tent? More fool them. Our big tent was bigger than most hotel rooms. With three sleeping areas (2 doubles and 1 twin) separated by silky drapes, the beds all adorned with embroidered cushions, fitting in with the Far-Eastern style of decor. But the outside area was the real attraction – a covered lounge and fully equipped kitchen, huge day bed, upstairs eating area with views over the sea, and even a bath! It makes living indoors seem pretty dull”.
L’OFFICIEL VOYAGE MAGAZINE (FR)
French magazine, L’Officiel Voyage, focuses on the huge interest in the ‘alternative’ Lanzarote, Finca de Arrieta features heavily as their preferred accommodation partner.
ACTIVE LIFE MAGAZINE (DE)
Active Life Magazine, Germany features Lanzarote Retreats, Finca de Arrieta at the top when it comes to discussing luxury camping.
CARA, the in-flight magazine of Air Lingus carries a big feature on Lanzarote and we are their top choice for a holiday stay.
“Stay in a small collection of luxurious, individual Canarian villas, or a selection of Mongolian yurts, and feast on produce from the organic garden, relax by the beautiful pool. Lanzarote Retreats also rents the romantic tiny Fisherman’s Cottage right no the slipway of Arrieta’s little harbour. Watch the sun go down from your upstairs bedroom window, which overlooks the coloured fishing boats or pop into El Marinero a few doors down, a small local bar and restaurant, for freshly caught lobster.
RED MAGAZINE (UK)
January, when the UK weather is dismal, RED suggests how to get a new year tan.
“Cut down on flying time and head to Lanzarote, where it is a very acceptable 22 degrees centigrade”. They recommend us for “eco-friendly stays, from yurts to penthouse apartments”.
JOURNAL MAGAZINE (UK) feature Winter 2010/2011 edition.
Finca de Arrieta is their choice of best eco destination for winter sun.
“Glamping at its most glam!”
MARIE CLAIRE (UK) double page feature.
“Finca de Arrieta, an eco-resort of fabulous Mongolian yurts that offer a welcome change from the ubiquitous all-white egg-box hotel rooms and apartments”.
RYANAIR IN-FLIGHT MAGAZINE features Finca de Arrieta.
“Eco yurt Royale, which at 82 meters square, with beds fit for a sultan and a stone walled bathroom, looks more like an eastern temple”,
THE OBSERVER MAGAZINE names Eco Luxury Yurt in their top 10 for glamping.
“This yurt is part of a collection of nine eco properties located on the family-run Finca de Arrieta estate, 30km from the capital, Arrecife. It sleeps up to five and is beautifully decorated with rich fabrics, wood flooring and antique Mongolian hardwood furniture, such as the super king-size bed. It also has its own marble-floor bathroom, outdoor kitchen and garden with a Polynesian-style daybed – perfect for a sundowner. Soak up some rays on the small sandy beach just 200m away, walk to the nearby fishing village of Arrieta, then head back to the finca for a dip in the communal solar-heated swimming and plunge pools”.