Have you ever thought of going somewhere with your partner where you can feel like you are the only people on the planet? Would you like to spend a few days accompanied only by the murmur of the sea and the sea breeze at a very small and intimate hotel?
If you answered “yes” to these questions, the destination you are looking for is in the Canary Islands. Let us introduce you to a curious place on the island of El Hierro, which held the title of the smallest hotel in the world in the Guinness Book of Records from 1989 to 2010: Hotel Punta Grande.
This little building in El Hierro—declared Spanish Heritage of Cultural Interest—has two floors, containing 4 bedrooms and a restaurant. This means that, if you would like to experience a stay at the Hotel Punta Grande, you will have to book several months in advance.
The original structure dates back to circa 1830, but its current appearance is from the 19th century. In this particular location, your ears are regaled with the continuous murmur of waves as the sea is gently rocked by the trade winds. It is so close to the shore that there are those who claim they can fish from some of the bedroom windows.
There is pure wood and volcanic rock wherever you look and the unique décor around the hotel tells part of the history of our islands. Examples of this are the boat number plates that decorate the walls, including one from the Ángela Pando, a boat that ran aground and sunk at the Isleta in Gran Canaria. The banisters on the staircase were designed by the artist Néstor de la Torre and were recovered from the old Telde Town Hall.
Of course, no romantic getaway to the Canary Islands is complete without being able to spend time at the beach. At Las Puntas—the fishing village where the hotel is located—daytime temperatures will be a pleasant 22º C on average in winter and 26ºC in summer, and you will be amazed by the scenery at night after the sun goes down.
Canary Islands. Unique places. Unique experiences.