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OVERVIEW

La Palma is home to four lighthouses, built in locations to correspond with the points of the compass, in the north, east, south, and west. The last three were all built in the 20th century but the north-easterly Faro Punta Cumplida was fully functional by 1867. Nowadays, it doubles as a hotel with the lighthouse keeper living off-site.


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OUR REVIEW

THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

La Palma's nickname is La Isla Bonita and one of the most beautiful parts is the northeast's Barlovento. It's a municipality whose village capital is bordered by laurel forests. The north of the island's lighthouse was originally going to be in north-westerly Puntagorda before studies showed that Barlovento was more suitable. Nearby, you'll find the Piscinas de La Fajana, natural swimming pools which fizz like Mentos in Coca-Cola once the Atlantic surges into them.

By plane: flights from London take around 9 hours with a stop in Barcelona; flights from Birmingham take around 11 hours with a stop in Tenerife. The hotel is a 45-minute taxi ride from the airport. Free parking on-site. Book flights to La Palma.

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THE LOOK AND FEEL

A picture postcard image if ever there was one, Faro Punta Cumplida's tower is 34 metres high and climbing the 150+ steps will reward you with a panoramic view of the northeast of the island. If you're travelling with a larger group, you will inevitably have the lighthouse for yourself.

THE FACILITIES

Pili, the housekeeper, is a La Palma local who remains in the background rather than the foreground of operations. She can, however, arrange for a masseuse to visit for a body treatment with a view. Work out by swimming in the infinity pool or striking a pose on the yoga platform.

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Roof terrace
  • Swimming pool
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

BED AND BATH

The 45 square metres of the Atlantic Suite fits two people and has an ocean-view terrace. Neighbouring La Palma Suite adds an extra ten square metres. The largest room, however, lies opposite, with the Farero Suite able to accommodate up to four guests. Rainforest showers certainly wake you up.

Room types: Farero Suite, Atlantic Suite, La Palma Suite

Key amenities: ensuite shower or bath, private terrace, fully equipped kitchen, TV, free Wi-Fi

FOOD AND DRINK

A big breakfast basket is left on your kitchen top by Pili, laden with local specialities. This includes Pili's mojo (a medium-curry-spiced condiment) and cactus-fruit jam, giant avocados, and bananas from the 16 organic plants growing along the lighthouse wall. There is a barbeque and patio to grill your own.

Breakfast: the housekeeper can bring a continental breakfast basket each day.

Lunch/dinner: there is a fully equipped kitchen. A small supermarket and several restaurants can be reached in 10-15 minutes by car. Your fridge can also be stocked with local specialities by arrangement.

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