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CLASSY CANARIES; Holidays ECO SPECIAL Thought the Canaries were all about overcrowded pools? Think again, as Gill Williams guides you to stylish villas and hotels.. at prices you CAN afford.


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THIS hip boutique hotel at La Calzada on Gran Canaria takes its name from the surrounding volcanic rock called maipez. The canary yellow hotel is an award-winning blend of old and new design with only 10 airy, modern bedrooms and a glassencased restaurant with gobsmacking views of the Guiniguada ravine.

And most of the conversion work has been done under the careful eye of new owners in the last two years. The restaurant is open to locals with interesting nibbles such as a tuna and white asparagus salad. The cook uses organic produce and there are plenty of veggie choices. The property is tucked away in the Guiniguada Valley yet only 10 minutes' drive from the island capital Las Palmas for shopping and bar-hopping trips. The only downside is that the hotel doesn't yet have a swimming pool - so pack your flip-flops for trips to the beach.

HOW MUCH? From pounds 45pp per night when two share through


THEIR own private ocean-fed lagoon takes Sands Beach Villas on Lanzarote out of the ordinary run of holiday homes. One, two and three-bed villas surround the Paradise Island complex, an island in the lagoon reached by footbridges with a large heated pool, jacuzzi, Mai Tai restaurant and subtropical gardens. Nor is the complex entirely modern - the Hacienda Restaurant is within a carefully-restored 200-year-old traditional building.

Sand Beach Villas is also a spa specialising in hot stones' massage using Lanzarote volcanic stones, just the thing after an energetic day at the windsur fing school, playing tennis, working out in the gym or... er, snoozing on a lounger. The resort is on the east coast and well positioned for shopping trips to Teguise (about a half hour away). It's also just a quarter hour's transfer from the airport.

HOW MUCH? Prices start from pounds 23.57pp per night when two share. Book through the Great Hotels Organisation, 0800 032 4254 or go to


WHO knows what the Jesuit priests who built this ancient manor would have made of the golf balls flying above the rooftop? The glamorous Cortijo San Ignacia is surrounded by an 18-hole championship course, once the setting for the Spanish Open. The manor house at Telde on Gran Canaria is now owned by the aristocratic Lara family who have carefully preserved the elaborate architecture with its Russian floorboards, chapel and elegant salon ringed by long verandas.

But these days there is also a kidney-shaped swimming pool surrounded by tropical gardens with an honesty bar. The restaurant serves traditional island food in the evenings and there are more local eateries 10 minutes away in Telde, second largest town on the island. While you're staying on Gran Canaria, hire a car to explore the mountainous North of the island - the views of the sun setting over the Atlantic from the Tamadaba mountain are worth the effort.

HOW MUCH? From pounds 41pp per night through


EVEN the snootiest golf club secretary couldn't find fault with the new Royal Garden Villas, a collection of holiday homes at the Costa Adeje Golf Club on Tenerife. The villas have all the mod-cons a golfer and golf widow could desire, from his and hers satellite plasma screen TVs to a private swimming pool. Some villas also have a separate plunge pool. They set out to provide five-star service with the flexibility of self-catering. That means you can order a chef to cook dinner if you forgot to pack your apron. Work off the lbs on the golf links or at the health club and spa. And if you want more excitement you're only three miles from the casino and shops at Playa de las Americas.

HOW MUCH? A week in December at the Duchess Villa for two costs pounds 673.50pp including a daily champagne buffet breakfast. Book through Meon Villas (


LIVE like a colonial don at La Hacienda del Buen Suceso, the oldest manor on Gran Canaria. The hacienda, built in 1572, was the home of the Duchess of Arucas, hidden from the peasantry behind 200 acres of banana plantations. A decade ago, the aristocratic owners converted their pile into a luxury country hotel. Now the terracotta building has 13 double rooms and five suites, most with sloping beams and canopied beds. Lounge on wicker sofas on terraces around the pool or soak in the hot tub while you take in the views. The restaurant Alpende serves Canarian dishes with a modern twist. Paths from the hotel lead to the village of Arucas - which still has a working rum factory. And it's within a15- minute drive of the island capital.

HOW MUCH? Prices from pounds 55pp per night when two share through


PACK your boots for hikes into the mountains when you stay at the elegant 19th Century Finca Las Longueras at Agaete on Gran Canaria. The funky crimson mansion, built in the late 1800s, has been converted into a boutique hotel with just 12 guestrooms. There's a small restaurant where evening meals average a very non-aristocratic pounds 11 a head. Stroll through the mansion's avocado, papaya and palm groves before following trails through the valley of Agaete for views of the Atlantic. Puerto de las Nieves is about a mile away to try other other seafood restaurants. Or take the hour ferry from the port to the capital Santa Cruz for a day of shopping and eating out in the city - claimed to be challenging Palma in Majorca and Barcelona as centres of all-things-hip.

HOW MUCH? Prices from pounds 42pp per night when two share, go to


VIVA la difference when you stay at the holiday home with almost the same name near Puerto del Carmen on Lanzarote. Far from prying eyes, the villa in the wealthy Mojones district is enclosed by a balustraded terrace. Inside, there is lashings of art, a great wooden ceiling, tiled floors and even a fountain. The pool is enormous - and like the jacuzzi and kids' pool is biologically treated with no nasty chemicals. There is a barbecue, billiards table, table tennis and darts board - if you're missing your weekly pub session back home.

There are dozens of small restaurants in Puerto del Carmen if you don't fancy cooking. Try island specialities such as papas arrugadas - salty, wrinkled potatoes with hot mojo sauce. They're a bit like Marmite - you love them or really, really don't.

HOW MUCH? One week at the deluxe five-star house sleeping six starts from pounds 1,399 November 30 or December 7. Book through Meon Villas, 0870 850 8515 or


WIFI internet access at the Villa Autre Chose means you can keep up with your investments while you laze beside the pool. The posh villa is designed for big families or groups of friends, sleeping eight and with a kids' area sectioned off the main swimming pool - private, of course. And the pool is heated on the occasional day of the year when the sea is a bit chilly for a dip.

Saying that, Villa Autre Chose in Los Mojones is within easy reach of Playa Chica beach for warm winter days on the sand and you'd have to be a wimp not to have a swim in the sea - air temperatures rarely drop below 22 degrees in these islands off the coast of Africa. Dust the sand off your feet back at the villa for a game of pool or table tennis.

HOW MUCH? A week from November 30 or December 7 costs pounds 1,399 (aprox pounds 175.pp per week) when eight share. Book through Meon Villas, 0870 850 8515 or


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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 22, 2006
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