La Finca de Las Salinas is a splendid 4*Rural Hotel which abounds in creativity and originality. An old 18th century mansion which through its history was acquired by Don Jaime Lleó a licensed Pharmacist, who dedicated his time between businesses to the exportation of salt throughout the islands and abroad. Luckily, among his possessions were the Salinas de Janubio, a place of natural tourist interest and from where the salt could be collected directly from the edge of the sea.
With its graceful architecture, red ochre and white and a romantic walkway of exotic trees, the building is decorated with well preserved antiques and a balanced mixture of designer furniture. Bedrooms which in their day were stables and sheds are now rich in detail, and bright colours which help to paint a perfect picture.
Don Gonzalo Lleó commissioned his good friend the Architect Ángel García Puertas to carry out the rehabilitation of the Finca. This was done between 1994 and 1996. At the World Travel Market in London in 1997 the Hotel won the award of Best Rural Hotel. Today the Finca de Las Salinas offers its guests all the comforts expected from a hotel of this category. It is easy to discover the seductive corners of its rooms and passageways, and become carried away with the views of seas of lava that surround them.
A refreshing swim in the pool, a session in the gymnasium, a game of tennis or a `relax´ in the waters of the “Spa Las Salinas” with a variety of treatments on offer, these are some of the options open to the visitor.
The Hotel has two magnificent restaurants “Bodega Dongonzalo” and “Restaurant Mariateresa” Careful service, attention to detail, colourful atmosphere and warm ambience create an ideal setting to enjoy an exquisite selection of dishes prepared under the gastronomic guidance of the Chef Joaquín Koerper (owner of 5 Michelin Stars).
With his particular mixture of textures and flavours using as a base excellent products of the region such as vegetables, game and fresh fish he re invents the classical kitchen converting it into that something special for which he is well known. His original desserts, confectionery and selection of infusions are worth a mention, as is the extensive selection of some of the finest Spanish wines, and those of Lanzarote including the house wine which is presented as a gift to clients on their arrival.