Yurt vacation accommodation in Lanzarote, Canary Islands

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Responsible tourism: Yurt vacation accommodation in Lanzarote, Canary Islands

Environment:
The eco twin yurt construction has a low impact on the environment as it is not a permanent structure and is made simply of wood and fabric. The yurts own green credentials include, led lighting (these are low voltage), A+ class fridge, recycled wood on its kitchen/shower room building, use of well water, linen is changed once a week in order to save water.

Its electric is supplied from natural recourses and runs "Off the National Grid" and gives guests the opportunity to experience firsthand, living with solar panels and wind turbines and using the latest renewable energy systems. It has been installed the most up to date energy systems on offer, and they work very efficiently. The system is the largest on Lanzarote and runs on a 48 Volt system and has no problem powering the 12 dwellings on site. Other Green credentials include use of grey water, led lighting, solar pool heating, use of well water for pool, A+ class fridge, half flush toilet, organic fruit and veg and within walking/cycling distance to amenities. Local stone and trades men have helped bring the retreat to a beautifully finished paradise.

Other environmental practices we follow include:

- Waste reduction: We encourage recycling and have bins locally. Any organic waste can be given to our chickens.
- Conserving water: We ask client to be use water sparingly. We use our own well water which is used for the swimming pool, we also use our grey water on our palm trees.
- Conserving electricity: We use only Wind turbines and solar panels
- Encouraging wildlife: We have planted many native trees and bushes to encourage birds.
- Building materialsL: the entire retreat has been built using stone from the 30,000 meter estate.
- The well and water tanks which are on the land and originally used for irrigating the farm land have been fully restored.
- Measures to educate staff & guests about our environmental practices - We educate guests/staff and local schools on the eco energy system provided.
- Office practices: We have low energy lighting, and reuse paper.


Community:
- Local employment: We use local builders, trades men, laundry etc...
- Local purchasing policy: We encourage guest to buy local products and wine.
- We take measures to encourage our guests to spend locally. We provide full information on local restaurants and farmers markets. We also offer excursions to the markets.

Reviews of Yurt vacation accommodation in Lanzarote, Canary Islands

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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 22 Aug 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Watching my daughter see the stars for the first time! Zero light pollution! Also, I was so surprised by how much there was to do on the island. Nice to wake up each day and know it was going to be sunny and dry! The retreats provided an atmosphere that really felt like a community. Lots to do for the kids, social interactions but also plenty of privacy. The honesty shop made things convenient for grabbing essentials.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


I would NOT recommend the boat trip to La Graciosa. The trip is a bit pricey but includes a guide and 3 course lunch. The island was so small a guide was not necessary and lunch was inedible. The restaurant the tour usually patrons was closed. Our guide went to their second choice which was awful, 3rd course was actually a cup of coffee or cappuccino! No discount was offered as a result of this experience. Truly disappointing. I would recommend visiting the island but perhaps book on your own.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, we had a fresh veg box delivered from a local farmer upon our arrival. The accommodations were green but very luxe. You can see that tourism on this island is essential for its survival.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


I thought the vacation was fantastic, however it is a VERY windy island which if staying in the yurt, takes a bit of time to get used to the timbers creaking. That being said, our accommodations were outstanding, and the highlight of our trip. It was not necessary to go anywhere but plenty of outings if we wanted. Things through the office seem to happen in their time which if you are trying to plan your days can be a bit frustrating.

Reviewed on 11 Jul 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


We really enjoyed the boat trip to Isle Graciosa – the operator organised it. We went on a RIB speed boat to get there, then went snorkelling, walking through the town and a beautiful lunch. It was a really lovely trip and our 2 year old loved it!! We even saw a flying fish!!!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


A car rental is needed to really explore the island and there is so much to explore. Rent a Prius from the operator - they drive really well, get great mileage and are automatic!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes the Finca is off the grid so the environmental impact is minimal.


4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellent, brilliant, vacation of a lifetime. We were celebrating our 10 year wedding anniversary and it was better than our honeymoon!!

Reviewed on 04 Sep 2011 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Arriving and being a little nervous about expectations and whether seeing everything in the "flesh" would match up. No problems at all really relaxed well judged approach. It is probably a huge cliche but seeing the children laughing and playing by themselves and with new friends meant I was more relaxed - it all just ticked over perfectly and resulted in a great vacation.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Get up early if you want to go the National Park. It is well worth the effort but the traffic queues were enormous by mid-morning.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


There was a brilliant emphasise on using local restaurants supporting those who cook authentic locally produced food and to attend markets, particularly the local farmers market. The grocery box on our arrival came from a local farmer and contained food I probably wouldn't have bought in the supermarkets but which I bought again during our stay.

Self-sufficiency was discussed properly, albeit over a bottle of wine and paella with the consultant who helped set up the solar and wind power sources! He was clearly well supported by Michelle and Tila who run the site and was very enthusiastic about continuing to improve their sustainability.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Absolutely lovely.

Reviewed on 22 Apr 2011 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Lots of little things that had clearly been thought through to make your life as easy as possible, whether it was the way the yurts had been laid out to give safe outdoor space for a toddler to play in, to the fact that child cutlery and crockery were available, to cling film and foil being on hand. Not exciting but kept hassle to an absolute minimum which was very much appreciated.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


The pool is solar heated so a bit too cold for swimming in the springtime (we were there mid March).

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes - the finca isn't on mains electricity so generates its own, and makes you aware of how to conserve water and electricity without it impacting negatively on your vacation. They promote local businesses (e.g. farmers providing welcome packs of food, car rental).

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellent - first big vacation with toddler, and she LOVED it! Very relaxing for us too.

Reviewed on 02 Jan 2011 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Probably visiting the Timanfaya volcano site, and the incredible (lunar) landscapes, also staying in a yurt and collecting tons of lovely volcanic stones was quite a must for the kids!!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Probably good not to go there in December if you want to enjoy warmth and sea-swimming, weather was rather unsettled, a bit of wind and rain, although of course it was 10,000 better than where we flew from!! (England).

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes! We liked the solar panels to heat water and feed lighting; Water is recycled according to the owners, to water the garden which is great; However, it could be improved by switching to Eco-friendly soaps and washing up liquids (the ones available there were very basic non-eco-friendly ones) for instance.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


8 out of 10; very relaxed, local people delightful, yurts are fun, incredible sceneries.

Reviewed on 19 Sep 2011 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The swimming pool! And the lovely, well thought out site. And Sally was great.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


It is a peaceful site and noise travels. Do not expect a riotous time.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


It certainly minimized impacts on the environment, it being powered by wind and sun. Not sure how much it benefited local people?

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


It was great. Everything you might need was either thought of in-advance or provided if possible on request. The owners and staff were lovely and very helpful.

Reviewed on 23 Aug 2010 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


We found Lanzarote very interesting, particularly the volcanic areas and various Cesar Manrique projects and did considerably more sight-seeing than anticipated on what was essentially a beach vacation. The beaches were varied and lovely, the Canarian food sensational and the yurt accommodation was charming, comfortable and as sociable or private as guests preferred it to be. The boat trip to La Graciosa and catamaran trip to Punta Papagayo were particularly enjoyable experiences.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


We pre-arranged car hire for four days of our fortnight and ended up extending that for a further week, as although Arrieta is in easy walking distance and has beach, supermarkets and restaurants, there was so much to do further afield. Car hire was extremely good value (as is everything in Lanzarote).Other than that, just book your trip for as long as possible, safe in the knowledge that you can look forward to a brilliant vacation. The owners and staff couldn't have been more helpful which meant that we could relax from the moment we touched down to the moment we joined the queue for check in. (Thanks Michelle, Tila, Jill, Manuel and co. x)

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes, Lanzarote Retreats use solar and wind power, rubbish is sorted for recycling and there are bikes available for guest's use. A number of local people are employed at the finca and the owners seem very supportive of other Lanzarote businesses.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellent - very relaxing, but also educational. The vacation was perfect for our family with three children between 9 and 14 yrs, but seemed equally suitable for those traveling as couples, or with toddlers and babies. We have never previously repeated a vacation, but this is one destination that we will seriously consider going back to.

Reviewed on 08 Feb 2010 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Watching the sunrise over the sea.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


If you are staying in a Yurt with small children remember that you are all in one room and sleep may be somewhat limited! Hire a car.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes - eco water system, solar panels, solar night lights and wind turbines.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Good. Donkey, chickens and rabbits are all great features when traveling with a high-energy 2 year old.

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