Finca Arminda, Villa de Mazo, La Palma
Finca Arminda is not a hotel. It's a family home. You are treated as a guest of la familia rather than a tourist. Especially as the majority of staff speak only Canarian, a dialect of Spanish that is more South American than Castilian. Walking into the property takes you back in time to when owner Arminda grew up here, with the decor preserved for posterity. The whitewashed property has a colonial air to it - this is an area that grew rich on exports and there are banana plantations nearby. It was their popularity in the UK that led to the South Quay Import Dock in London's Docklands being renamed Canary Wharf, after the boats laden with fruit arriving there.
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This B&B is tucked away in rural Monte de Breña, a stone's throw from the airport.
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 1o-minute drive from the airport. Free parking on-site. skyscanner.net
Style & Character
Older couples will adapt easily to the slow pace at Finca Arminda. We love strolling around the estate inside and out and getting to know exactly how the other half lived in colonial La Palma.
Service & Facilities
Staff are so welcoming that they will gladly natter to you while going about their tasks, including while preparing meals.
- Swimming pool
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
The suite is separate from the main building and offers more privacy as well as space, along with a divine view. At Finca Arminda, bedrooms are for sleeping in and you get to mingle with fellow guests in the common areas.
Double Room, Triple Room, Family Suite
Facilities include: ensuite bath or shower, tea and coffee facilities, TV, desk
Food & Drink
Breakfasting on the patio with Atlantic views is a semi-precious experience that you will never tire of during your stay. At nearby Casa Goyo, owner Francisco Camacho Felipe catches the fish that's then sold for upwards of €20 per kilo.
Breakfast: continental spread of bread, meat, cheeses, fruit.
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