Monday 20 May 2019

This active Canary Islands lighthouse is now a luxury hotel

A new boutique hotel is shining a light on La Palma as an off-radar stay in the Canary Islands

Faro Punta Cumplida in La Palma
Faro Punta Cumplida in La Palma
The infinity pool at Faro Punta Cumplida
The spiral staircase inside Faro Punta Cumplida
Faro Punta Cumplida
Inside Faro Punta Cumplida
Inside Faro Punta Cumplida
Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

Fancy getting off-grid next to the Atlantic Ocean?

The Canary Islands have gotten their first working lighthouse hotel, thanks to a multi-million euro restoration of the Faro Cumplida lighthouse on La Palma.

After three years of renovation by Berlin-based Floatel, the 152-year-old lighthouse has opened its doors to guests on the most northerly part of the island.

The lighthouse, still in nautical use, offers four rooms and suites, sleeping up to eight guests in the light housekeeper’s house, directly below the watchtower.

The infinity pool at Faro Punta Cumplida
The infinity pool at Faro Punta Cumplida
Inside Faro Punta Cumplida
Inside Faro Punta Cumplida
Faro Punta Cumplida
The spiral staircase inside Faro Punta Cumplida
Faro Punta Cumplida in La Palma

Guests share an infinity pool overlooking the ocean, landscaped gardens and a roof terrace, among other luxuries and mod cons near Barlovento.

And the price? Suite rates start from €350 per night, or the entire lighthouse can be booked out from €950 per night at hafenkranhamburg.de.

Inside Faro Cumplida, facilities include four rooms, four bathrooms, a roof terrace, a dramatic infinity pool, a 36m high watchtower and Canary-Islands garden.

Faro Punta Cumplida
Faro Punta Cumplida
Faro Punta Cumplida in La Palma
The infinity pool at Faro Punta Cumplida
The spiral staircase inside Faro Punta Cumplida
Inside Faro Punta Cumplida
Inside Faro Punta Cumplida

The traditional patio with its pergola made of local tea wood leads to the lighthouse entrance and 158 steps that wind up to the top of the tower (and its views).

There's a 'Sky High Mini Bar' at the top, too.

Faro Punta Cumplida, famous for guiding to safety survivors of the British battle ship Pacific Star, torpedoed by a German U-boat in 1942, is the only working lighthouse in the Canary Islands to offer accommodation while still in nautical use.

German group Floatel is a mix of lighthouse enthusiasts and investors with plans to open several "fantastic hideaways" in Spain and Italy over the coming years.

In 2018, the group unveiled its first project - the 'Hafenkran', a repurposed crane sleeping two people in Hamburg harbour.

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The Secret Canary Island: A holiday paradise beyond the brochures

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