The Finca Las Salinas has a beautiful structure, which gives guests' stay a real air of Lanzarote authenticity; a welcome change from the larger resorts lined up along the south coast of the island. The Finca sits on the side of the main road (not busy) crossing Yaiza and is hard to miss, with its typical architecture and Bodega (typical Canaries restaurant) out front. The hotel reception is separate to the restaurant entrance, although the two meet inside via the hotel bar. The lobby is small and cosy, with the bar to the left, leading to the restaurant. Straight ahead is a large quiet area with comfortable rattan sofas and magazines as well as a television. The skylight makes the room bright, giving it a calm and relaxing atmosphere. The stone walls and volcanic stone floors help keep the house cool during the hotter months and the style is in keeping with a traditional Lanzarote design. To the back of the house, there is a small veranda looking out onto what used to be the owner's 'finca' (field in English). This plunges the guest into a world of noblemen having high tea and peasants working the land. The setting is ideal for guests wanting to get away from it all but who are not beach motivated. Nature here is present everywhere in the colours and natural materials used. In the breakfast room, the architect has left a small group of trees growing through the roof as opposed to cutting them down. The guesthouse architecture is very smart but has a tired look as it has not been renovated in a while and could do with a lick of paint to bring it to life again.
The accommodation is found to the back, around a small pool; this area is separate from the main house. This area has some great views of the arid surrounding towering hills, making you feel like you are at the very heart of this volcanic island. On the way to the accommodations, you will also find the Spa las Salinas, which is unexpectedly elaborate, with several baths, Jacuzzis, a pool, massage rooms and a large relaxing area. The owners were in the process of cleaning it during our visit so we were unable to take any shots of the spa in use; however the structure was there and looked fairly impressive. Guests will also find a small gym at the entrance of the spa centre. Sports fiends will also be happy to find tennis courts in fairly good shape.